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Darlene Cavalier

Professor of Practice
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Professor of Practice
Faculty, TEMPE Campus, Mailcode 5603
Biography

Darlene Cavalier is a professor of practice at Arizona State University's School for the Future of Innovation in Society. Professor Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter (a popular citizen science portal and research platform connecting millions of people to real science they can do), founder of Science Cheerleaders (a non profit organization comprised of current and former NFL, NBA and college cheerleaders pursuing STEM careers), and cofounder of ECAST: Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology. She is a founding board member of the Citizen Science Association, an advisor and Fellow at National Geographic, a member of the EPA's National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology and she was recently appointed to the National Academy of Sciences "Designing Citizen Science to Support Science Learning" committee.  She is the co-editor of "The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science," author of "The Science of Cheerleading,"  and co-author of the Field Guide to Citizen Science (Timber Press, Jan 2020). She resides in Philadelphia, PA with her husband and their four children.

Education
  • M.L.A. University of Pennsylvania 2005
  • B.S. Communications, minor in Performing Arts, Temple University 1991

 

Publications

Field Guide to Citizen Science.  Darlene Cavalier, Catherine Hoffman and Caren Cooper. Timber Press January 2020.

Hoping for optimality or designing for inclusion: Persistence, learning, and the social network of citizen science. Julia K. Parrish, Timothy Jones, Hillary K. Burgess, Yurong He, Lucy Fortson, Darlene Cavalier. PNAS,  Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Feb 2019, 116 (6) 1894-1901; DOI:10.1073/pnas.1807186115

Learning Through Citizen Science: Enhancing Opportunities by Design. Washington, DC: The National Academies Press 2018. https://doi.org/10.17226/25183.

Information to Action: Strengthening EPA Citizen Science Partnerships for Environmental Protection. EPA National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (NACEPT) 2018.  https://www.epa.gov/sites/production/files/2018-04/documents/nacept_2018_citizen_science_publication_eng_final_v2_508_0.pdf  

Bacterial communities associated with cell phones and shoes. PeerJ Preprints 2019. David Coil, Russell Neches, Jenna Lang, Wendy Brown, Darlene Cavalier, Jack Gilbert, Jonathan Eisen. 7:e27514v1 https://doi.org/10.7287/peerj.preprints.27514v1

Cavalier, D., Kennedy, E., (2016) “The Rightful Place of Citizen Science,” The Rightful Place of Science is a book series published by Arizona State University's Consortium for Science, Policy & Outcomes, and edited by G. Pascal Zachary. 

Dunn, R., Urban, J. Cooper, C., Cavalier, D. (2016). The Tragedy of the Unexamined Cat: Why K–12 and University Education are Still in the Dark Ages and How Citizen Science Allows for a Renaissance. JOURNAL OF MICROBIOLOGY & BIOLOGY EDUCATION, March 2016. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1128/jmbe.v17i1.1049

Coil, D., Morgan, J.,  Neches, R., Eisen, J., Cavalier, D., Brown, W., Severance, M., (2016) "Growth of 48 built environment bacterial isolates on board the International Space Station (ISS)" (#2016:01:8584:0:0:REVIEW). PeerJ

Cavalier, D. "The Science of Cheerleading," available for free on iTunes (2015). Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Cavalier, D. (2014). Science for the People, by the People, DISCOVER Magazine Top 100 Science Stories of 2013, http://discovermagazine.com/2014/jan-feb/76-science-for-the-peopleby-the...

Worthington, R., D. Cavalier, M. Farooque, G. Gano, H. Geddes, S. Sander, D. Sittenfeld, D. Tomblin (2012). Technology Assessment and Public Participation: From TA to pTA, http://www.loka.org/Documents/ecast-report-ta-to-pta.pdf

Cavalier, D. (2011). Scientists Tap Wisdom of Crowds, DISCOVER Magazine Top 100 Science Stories of 2010, http://discovermagazine.com/2011/jan-feb/82

Cavalier, D. (2010). Science Sets Its Eyes On the Prize, DISCOVER Magazine Top 100Science Stories of 2009 http://discovermagazine.com/2010/jan-feb/069

Cavalier, D. (2009). Harnessing the Power of Citizen Scientists, Science Progress, http://scienceprogress.org/2008/07/harnessing-citizen-scientists/

Research Activity
  • 2018-2019 PI  #1845241 National Science Foundation “Practitioner Workshop for Deploying SciStarter Affiliate Tools To Support Strategic STEM Learning 

  • 2018 Kavli Foundation grant to ASU to author a workshop report: “Support Systems for Scientists’ Communication and Engagement Workshop IV”  

  • 2017-2019 PI LG-95-17-0158-17, PI, Institutes for Museum and Library Services, “Libraries as Community Hubs for Citizen Science.” $249,000

  • 2016-2017 coPI #1645382  National Science Foundation, ENG Directorate For Engineering EAGER: Exploring a Taxonomy for Citizen Science Tools Database 

  • 2016 PI NSF I-Corps L: Leveraging Citizen Science Pathways To Connect Millions Of People With Citizen Science 

  • 2015-2017 PI #1516703 National Science Foundation, Advancing Informal Science Learning, SciStarter 2.0: A Dashboard to Drive Research, Participation, and Community-building in Citizen Science 

  • Finn,Edward Frederick*, Cavalier,Darlene Faith,(coPI) Gano,Steve, Guston,David H, Halpern,Megan K., Montoya,Mitzi, Ostman,Rae Ellen Marie, Simeone,Michael Paul, Tebeau,Mark Thomas, Wylie,Ruth. Increasing Learning and Efficacy about Emerging Technologies through Transmedia Engagement by the Public in Science-in-Society Activities. NSF-EHR-DRL(8/1/2015 - 7/31/2019).
  • Cavalier, Darlene Faith (PI) , Bennett,Ira, Gano,Steve, Cooper,Caren. SciStarter 2.0: A Dashboard to Drive Research Participation and Community-building in Citizen Science. NSF-EHR Total Award Amount: $299,970.00 (10/15/2015 –9/30/2017).
  • Cavalier, Darlene Faith (PI), Lande,Micah, "I-Corps L: Leveraging Citizen Science Pathways To Connect Millions Of People With Citizen Science Tools" NSF. ASU.  Total Award Amount:  $50,000 (07/01/2016 -06/30/2017
  • Lande, Micah (PI), Cavalier,Darlene (coPI). NSF EAGER: Exploring a Taxonomy for Citizen Science Tools Database. Total Award Amount: $100,000 (08/01/2016 - 07/31/2017)

Honors / Awards

Shuttleworth Foundation Award Recipient: "bestowed to people with brilliant ideas."

Pop Warner Little Scholars, Inc, National Cheerleading Award: "for inspiriing thousands of youth cheerleaders in positive ways."

Professional Associations

2016-2018 Appointed to National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (EPA); 2015-2018 inaugural board member, Citizen Science Association; 2014-2015 appointee to 15-member US Delegation to participate in the NSF-funded Belmont Forum E-Infrastructure and Data Management Knowledge Hub. 2014 Advisory Board NSF-funded Twin Cities Public TV’s “SciGirls”. 2014 Steering Committee, Association for Public Participation in Scientific Research. Advisor, NYU’s Center for Science and Progress. Steering Committee, Coalition for Public Understanding of Science. Advisor.

Work History

Senior advisor, contributing editor Discover Magazine (worked for Discover in various roles since 1994) Advise on business development and content strategies. Authored articles featured in Discover’s Top 100 Science Stories; secured funding for and produced series of live events, web and broadcast video features, and full feature articles, in partnership with the National Science Foundation, the Weather Channel and NBC and others. Cohosted NSF web tv series with editor in chief of Discover. Conceptualized and produced series of Capitol Hill briefings and public panel discussions at venues including SynBerc, Yale, CalTech, GaTech, Franklin Institute, Exploratorium, etc. Previous work Walt Disney Global Publishing 1994-2002 Discover Magazine, Disney Publishing · Executive Director and Co-host –Discover Technology Awards. Disney Publishing’s largest signature event. Produced and managed awards program and launched ancillary programs including national TV show, gala event at Epcot and in NYC, several educational partnerships, government partnerships, public affairs and outreach, and special issue of Discover in which winners were featured. Helped create and launch spin off award programs including the NSF/Bayer/Columbus Foundation Awards, NAE’s Grand Challenges. Increased Awards revenue from ($125K) to $750K +. · Project Director Discover’s 25th Anniversary Celebrations Senior Manager, Global Business Development, Walt Disney Publishing 2000-2002 (confirming years) · Managed editorial, publishing and business teams to relaunch and redesign magazines including Disney Adventures. Corporate synergy representative and spokesperson for Disney Publishing Worldwide. Responsible for managing and guiding distributed staff.

Service

2016-2018 Appointed to National Advisory Council for Environmental Policy and Technology (EPA); 2015-2018  inaugural board member, Citizen Science Association; 2014-2015 appointee to 15-member US Delegation to participate in the NSF-funded Belmont Forum E-Infrastructure and Data Management Knowledge Hub. 2014 Advisory Board NSF-funded Twin Cities Public TV’s “SciGirls”. 2014 Steering Committee, Association for Public Participation in Scientific Research. Advisor, NYU’s Center for Science and Progress. Steering Committee, Coalition for Public Understanding of Science. Advisor.