Meet the Real Brains of the NFL’s Ravens-Patriots Game!

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Science Cheerleader Hilary here! I cheered at Colgate and I’m getting my PhD in Molecular Pharmacology and Physiology from Brown. I’m also a regional coordinator here at Science Cheerleader. While you watch the Patriots take on Ravens this weekend, keep this in mind: The New England Patriots have eleven cheerleaders pursuing careers in science, technology, engineering and math! I’ve showcased a few, below! The Baltimore Ravens have thirteen science cheerleaders this year and my fellow Science Cheerleader, Megan (an engineer who cheered for the Washington Redskins) showcased them…
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Preliminary results from Project MERCCURI on WHYY’s The Pulse, today

Thanks to everyone who helped collect all those microbes we sent to space for Project MERCCURI! If you have a few minutes, listen to this radio segment about Project MERCCURI, that aired Friday on WHYY. From WHYY radio: A first look at how our germs are behaving in space! Preliminary results are in for a science experiment we’ve been following (and participating in) on The Pulse, called Project MERCCURI. Darlene Cavalier, founder of, which promotes citizen science projects, joined…
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Astronauts Tracking Microbe Growth on the International Space Station This Week

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Project MERCCURI Progresses; Microbe Growth Documented for Analysis and Interpretation by UC Davis Scientists This week on the International Space Station, astronaut Terry Virts is measuring the growth of microbes collected by citizen scientists across the United States. This citizen science research, known as Project MERCCURI, investigates how microbes from different places on Earth compare to each other and to those found on the International Space Station. The microbes shot into space on a SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket in April…
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Project MERCCURI featured on NASA’s “Space To Ground”

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“What do Buzz Aldrin’s shoe, the Liberty Bell & sports arenas all have in common? Watch Space to Ground, your weekly update on what’s happening aboard the International Space Station.” Project MERCCURI (a citizen science project to compare microbes on Earth and in space) is featured on NASA’s Space to Ground program (a weekly update on what’s happening aboard the International Space Station). Learn more about Project MERCCURI, keep apprised of the findings, and discover how and why the Science…
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Science Cheerleaders take citizen science to Pop Warner regional cheer championship!

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We had TWO SETS of twins lead Science Cheerleader activities at the Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc. Northeast Regional Cheerleading Championship in NJ on 11/8!! Angela, Beverly, Kim and Kelly, led 2063 spectators and 1800 cheerleaders and coaches in cheers to activate a citizen science project featured on SciStarter! For this event, we focused on NOISETUBE, a research project to study noise pollution. And with all those cheerleaders present, we measured A LOT of noise!! See you at the Pop…
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Brittany: I.T. Auditor and former cheerleader

Brittany Dallas Desperados Science Cheerleader at Work

Brittany holds a degree in Management Information Systems and she also cheered for most of her life. Why MIS, Brittany? When I was in high school, I had a teacher that encouraged me to pursue a computer science degree and suggested Management Information Systems (MIS). I was in her computer information systems class my junior year of high school and I excelled in the course and enjoyed it as well. She recognized that and helped to fuel my desire to…
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Cheering on Vets, including Science Cheerleaders who served our country

Dolphins cheerleader and nurse, Chantal, is fourth from the left.

In honor of Veterans’ Day, we want to take this opportunity recognize all of our troops including a few who are also Science Cheerleaders:   In addition, we received a  great note from the Miami Dolphins’ front office to inform us that Dolphins Cheerleaders participated in a salute to our military during a 15-day tour of Afghanistan, Kuwait and Africa! This was arranged by the Department of Defense’s Armed Forces Entertainment. Over a 15-day period, the group visited six bases and the…
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Science Cheerleaders, SciStarter and Citizen Science featured in current American Airlines magazine

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We love this article in the current issue of American Airlines magazine, “American Way” (the one with Carson Daly on the cover). Highlights include: “Still, stereotypes that suggest female scientists are the dour antithesis of personable cheerleaders do have an impact on keeping women from pursuing science careers. Jenna Carpenter, associate dean in the College of Engineering and Science at Louisiana Tech University, says when those stereotypes are combined with the ways that women are sometimes discouraged from pursuing STEM…
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Upcoming and Recent Science Cheerleader Events

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We’ve been busy! Here’s a brief rundown of upcoming ad recent events! Upcoming Events November 1 Discovery Days at AT&T Park San Francisco, CA Science Cheerleader and our sister site, SciStarter, will have a booth at this culminating event for the Bay Area Science Festival to talk about women in STEM, citizen science and NASA’s Asteroid Initiative. November 4 Tech-Ed Day Garden City, NY Science Cheerleader Christine will be talking with visitors at the Cradle of Aviation Tech-Ed Day about…
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Citizen Science with Pop Warner in Chicago and pregame at the Chicago Bulls game!


Science Cheerleader Tracy has been busy! She helped lead the parents for the Plainfield, Illinois Pop Warner Saints (and Angels) cheer teams through the NASA Asteroid Initiative texting activity on September 7. The Angels are a special-needs cheerleading sister squad for the Saints. The Angels squad includes girls with cerebal palsy, autism, muscular dystrophy, and other conditions. Tracy had this to report: “It was amazing; the Angels even go out at halftime right after the Saints and do their own…
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