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Stories by Caren Cooper

Birdwatchers, Hunters Train Their Scopes on Conservation

Birdwatchers, Hunters Train Their Scopes on Conservation

Sparked by Richard Louv's book on Nature-Deficit Disorder, many organizations, agencies, teachers and the White House have made the push to get people outside for the benefit of their mental and physical health...

March 9, 2015 — Caren Cooper

Animal Care Ethics in Citizen Science: My Conundrum

Several recent blog posts and a session at Scio13 (discussed here) have addressed ethical issues in citizen science. Ethics in research is taken extremely seriously in academia: every single research project that involves human subjects gets reviewed by an independent committee (an Institutional Review Board, IRB) before it begins.When citizen science involves human subjects, it has to play by the same rules – even when it seems like there is no possible ethical conflict...

March 5, 2013 — Caren Cooper

The Most Stressful Science Problem

Last week Forbes Magazine listed university professor as one of the top 10 least-stressful jobs. Academics, particularly scientists, were indignant and flooded Forbes with stories asserting stress levels that induce Einstein hair in a world that doesn’t appreciate their work...

January 10, 2013 — Caren Cooper

Retro Science, Part 1

My teen and tween daughters have started wearing big sunglasses. They feel confident and cool because they think this style is radically new and flamboyant.

August 23, 2012 — Caren Cooper
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