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Citizen Science

Tuesday, Dec 1, 2015

Sponsors: Earth Institute

Smartphone Apps for Citizen Scientists Workshop Series: 2. Water Contaminants

Tuesday, December 1, 2015 from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm

Location: Columbia University
Morningside Campus
Alfred J. Lerner Hall, Satow Room

Contact: For further information regarding this event, please contact Pamela Vreeland by sending email to


Moderators: Patricia Culligan, Co-Director, Urban Design Lab, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Professor, Civil Engineering and Mechanics Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University; Associate Director, Institute for Data Science and Engineering, Fu Foundation School of Engineering and Applied Science, Columbia University: Panelists: Diana Eddowes, Program Manager, Earthwatch; John Feighery, Co-Founder, mWater; Samuel Janis, Project Director, Billion Oyster Project; Karen Pagliaro-Meyer, Privacy Officer, Columbia University Medical Center, Columbia University; Alexander van Geen, Lamont Research Professor, Geochemistry, Lamont-Doherty Earth Observatory, Earth Institute, Columbia University; Associate Director, Superfund Research Program, Center for International Earth Science Information Network, Earth Institute, Columbia University.

The Earth Institute presents the second in the Smartphone Apps for Citizen Scientists Workshop Series.

Join us for the second in the series on Environmental Apps for Citizen Scientists, Water Contaminants. Presentations include:
Diana Eddowes, FreshWater Watch: Smart technologies helping global communities monitor their environment
John Feighery, The mWater Surveyor Platform and Mobile App
Samuel Janis, Environmental Monitoring in the Age of the App; Building a Networked Solution for Middle School Kids
Karen Pagliaro-Meyer, What you need to know about Privacy
Alexander van Geen, Disseminating well-water quality data with an app while respecting privacy: Arsenic in New Jersey and Bangladesh

Smartphones are revolutionizing the collection and sharing of environmental data, but their potential as tools for citizen science is vastly under-utilized. This series will examine a range of topics including the underlying science and technical development, as well as the legal and privacy concerns of data collection and dissemination, and the implications for environmental justice and regulations enforcement. Each workshop will cover a different scientific topic from airborne contaminants to soil and water and feature speakers leading the field from the researchers behind the science to the users in our communities.

RSVP required. Open to the public. Photo ID required for building access. The next workshop will take place on February 16, 2015.

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