Citizen Science

Citizen Science @ Princeton 2019

Citizen Science Day 2019 Peter B. Lewis Science Library Princeton University April 13th, 2019


The Lewis Science Library and the Council on Science and Technology partnered to host students, staff, researchers, and members of the community for Citizen Science Day 2019 at the Lewis Science Library on Apr. 13.


This year’s featured citizen science project was StallCatchers, an online citizen science game designed to help advance Alzheimer’s disease research at Cornell University through public participation in the research process. By identifying flowing and stalled blood vessels in the brains of live mice using footage from a virtual microscope, Team ‘CitSciPrinceton’ contributed to crowd-sourced data collection which has doubled the speed of Cornell’s data analysis, potentially shortening the number of years to find a treatment for Alzheimer’s from 30 years to 15.


The group also participated in Snapshot Serengeti, a citizen science project from Princeton researcher Dr. Meredith Palmer (Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology), that identifies migrating animals in the Serengeti through camera trap images.


Collaborators: Meredith Palmer, Ph.D., Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Princeton

Partners: SciStarter, Princeton Council for Science and Technology

Contribution: Co-organizer


Press release: At Citizen Science Day, Lewis Science Library and Council on Science and Technology partnered to help advance Alzheimer's research


Citizen Science @ Princeton 2020

Princeton's second annual Citizen Science @ Princeton event was held in celebration of Citizen Science Month 2020.


Collaborator: Meredith Palmer, Ph.D

Partners: SciStarter, Zooniverse, Snapshot Safari, Verizon

Contribution: Co-organizer


Press release: Over 100 people attended PUL's annual Citizen Science Month event, which uses volunteers to help complete research projects


[Preprint] Citizen Science: StallCatchers Results

In 2019, the Princeton community participated in StallCatchers, a Citizen Science Day event held at the Lewis Science Library in which participants helped gather data on blocked blood vessels for Alzheimer’s research.


The preprint now available lists StallCatchers as co-author.


We are now that much closer to a cure because an army of ordinary folks volunteered their time for science. Over 60,000(!!) individual capillaries were analyzed, a feat which simply would have been impossible otherwise. Very proud of our participants and happy to see this out!

📑 Muhammad Ali, Kaja Falkenhain, Brendah N Njiru, Muhammad Murtaza-Ali, Nancy E Ruiz-Uribe, Mohammad Haft-Javaherian, Stall Catchers, Nozomi Nishimura, Chris B. Schaffer, Oliver Bracko

bioRxiv 2021.03.05.433976; doi: https://doi.org/10.1101/2021.03.05.433976