Great Sunflower Project at the Commonwealth Club on August 26th

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I'm going to have so much fun talking with Heidi Ballard at the Commonwealth Club. Come join us!

Dr. Heidi Ballard

* Backyards, Beaches, Birds and Bees: Citizen Science, Monday, August 26th:
Gretchen LeBuhn, Ph.D, Professor, Department of Biology, SFSU
Heidi Ballard, Ph.D, Associate Professor, School of Education, UC Davis
Mary Ellen Hannibal, Journalist – Moderator

Public participation in scientific research, also known as "citizen science," is a burgeoning practice that is more accessible than ever. As the world is confronted with growing challenges, from climate change to political upheavals, the individuals' ability to record observations to help assess the health of people and ecosystems is a valuable asset. Citizen science programs help empower communities to understand threats to their landscapes and well-being. They also help people understand science and how it is applied.

Professor Gretchen LeBuhn of SFSU directs the world's largest citizen science undertaking on pollinators, The Great Sunflower Project, which enjoins regular people to make observations of bees in their own backyards. As one in every three bites of food each of us takes depends on pollinator services, she asserts that it is imperative to understand what is causing current bee declines.

Professor Heidi Ballard of UC Davis is at the forefront of finding out how citizen science works and why it matters, and her work emphasizes citizen science that empowers communities to ask their own questions and thus to more directly serve their own needs.

These two leading intellectuals will discuss the ways in which people, technology and crowd-sourcing are making a difference. The program will be moderated by award-winning journalist Mary Ellen Hannibal.

MLF: Science & Technology/Environment & Natural Resources
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program

We have a discounted coupon code.

The coupon code will give non-members the opportunity to purchase tickets to the event at the Tuesday through Thursday Club member rate of $8. Instead of paying the $20 rate, each person using the coupon below will receive a $12 discount at the check-out page. Tickets purchased with this coupon will therefore be $8.

To redeem the discounted tickets: Visit the direct event page below, select the number of tickets desired, click on "enter promotional code," and type in "citizenscience" (case sensitive)

If there is any trouble redeeming the coupon online, it can also be used by calling the Club’s automated ticket line at 415-597-6705.