76ers halftime performance by the Science Cheerleaders on 2/18: Science at the Sixers!


Science Cheerleaders Visit the Philadelphia 76ers on February 18, 2014. NBA 76ers game to feature interactive science exhibits on the concourse, halftime performance by the Science Cheerleaders, in-game citizen science project for research on the Space Station! Current and former cheerleaders (pursuing careers in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) from the 76ers, Eagles, Redskin, Ravens, Titans, Sacramento Kings, Baltimore Blast, Orlando Predators, NY Unofficials, the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University will take over the court at halftime.  They will…
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Wendy: NFL cheerleader, Biomedical Engineering PhD candidate

Photo Credit: Bob Carr

[Editor's Note: It's difficult to keep up with Science Cheerleader Wendy. Since we originally posted this interview, Wendy graduated from Georgia Tech with a degree in biomedical engineering and is now in pursuit of a PhD at the University of California, Davis. Along the way, she's been a cheerleader for the Atlanta Falcons, Sacramento Kings and now the Oakland Raiders! What's next? She says she plans to graduate from medical school to become a reconstructive surgeon and help the military...
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Oklahoma Zoo and Botanical Gardens + Oklahoma Association for Environmental Education = Citizen Science!

Oklahoma Zoo citizen science scistarter science cheerleader

From the Oklahoma Environmental Education Expo website: REGISTER NOW! THE EE EXPO WILL BE FEBRUARY 7TH, 2014 AT THE OKLAHOMA CITY ZOO! We are excited about our line-up of presentations and keynote speaker. This year’s keynote is Darlene Cavalier – the Science Cheerleader! Read more about her work on citizen science and changing the image of science at her websites – Science Cheerleader and SciStarter. The Expo’s schedule will be full of citizen science and hands-on activities for learners of…
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It’s the 49ers vs the Patriots in the (microbial) SuperBowl (in space)!

While the San Francisco 49ers and the New England Patriots may not be playing in the Super Bowl this Sunday at the Meadowlands, they will be participating in a Super Bowl onboard the International Space Station in March! That’s right, a Microbial Super Bowl.  Science Cheerleader Talmesha Richards explains the connection in the following post, originally posted on Teach For America’s Pass the Chalk Blog. It’s reposted here with permission. By Talmesha Richard, PhD Picture it. It’s the NFC Championship game…
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Are you ready for some citizen science at the Sixers on 2/18!?

Citizen Science at the 76ers SciStarter Science Cheerleader

NBA 76ers game to feature interactive science exhibits on the concourse, halftime performance by the Science Cheerleaders, in-game citizen science project for research on the Space Station.

Liberty and science for all!

Darlene Cavalier Citizen science Liberty Bell Project MERCCURI

Thanks to the Independence National Historical Park for giving me access to the Liberty Bell. I had a lot of fun collecting microbes from this national treasure in my hometown! Happy to announce that the microbes from the Liberty Bell have been selected to fly on the International Space Station where their growth rates will be analyzed and compared to their counterparts back at the UC Davis lab! This research is part of Project MERCCURI, a citizen science project from…
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PR Meets Hard Science in Project MERCCURI


[Russell]Neches went on to do a couple events with Science Cheerleader Wendy Brown, a biomedical engineer at UC Davis. When they went to a science high school fair to talk about space and microbiology, he realized how well Wendy in her Science Cheerleader’s outfit could talk and interact with the young girls. “When I looked at how 4th grade girls and like junior high school girls reacted to her and interacted with her, it was completely and 100% positive.” – Russell Neches , PhD student in the Microbiology Graduate Group at UC Davis

“Calling a Million Mentors!”

“The [science] cheerleaders, who support professional sports teams… work as public health professionals, IT engineers and satellite intelligence analysts when they’re not on the sidelines. They make it their mission to playfully challenge stereotypes and encourage women to pursue careers in STEM. They, like all of us at AT&T, see no reason why science and “cool” things like cheerleading should be mutually exclusive. “

Georgia Tech cheerleaders participate in citizen science (Project MERCCURI!)

Swabbing shoes and cellphones for microbes!

Howdy, folks! The Georgia Tech Gold Rush dance team collected microbes for Project MERCCURI in October and sent along some great pictures. Our thanks to Brandy and the whole team for participating! Project MERCCURI microbe samples collected from stadiums and other cool surfaces are scheduled to go up on the next SpaceX launch to the International Space Station, currently scheduled for February 22, where they will be analyzed by the astronauts up there. See Space Microbes to learn more about…
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Thursday evening: Citizen Science and Project MERCCURI at ASU’s Science Cafe.

In the Tempe, AZ area? Come learn more about Science Cheerleader’s sister-site, SciStarter and other online communities expanding the reach and visibility of citizen science projects. Darlene’s talk will explore the roots of online citizen science platforms and will examine novel approaches to reaching new audiences. Then, participate in our citizen science project, Project MERCCURI simply by swabbing microbes from your shoe and cell phone. Learn why we’re doing this at www.SpaceMicrobes.org . In case you missed this last year,…
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