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Darlene Cavalier

Professor of Practice, Arizona State University

Founder of SciStater and ScienceCheerleader


Darlene Cavalier is the founder of SciStarter, a popular online citizen science community that collaborates with scientists to tackle formal and informal research projects. She is also the founder of ScienceCheerleader, a site that creates mechanisms for public engagement in scientific research and policy discussions, but is far better known for giving rise to the “Science Cheerleaders” comprised of more than 200 current and former NFL and NBA cheerleaders who are also scientists and engineers. Cavalier herself was a cheerleader for the Philadelphia 76ers. These so-called Science Cheerleaders playfully challenge stereotypes, inspire young women to consider science careers, and involve people from all walks of life in citizen science projects and science policy conversations. Cavalier is a senior advisor at Discover Magazine. She holds a Masters Degree from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia where she resides with her husband and four children.

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Cavalier, Darlene and Lloyd, Jason. September 05, 2017. "Want to Help Shape the Future?." Slate Magazine.

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Cavalier, Darlene and Kennedy, Eric. 2016. The Rightful Place of Science: Citizen Science. Consortium for Science, Policy, & Outcomes.

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Worthington, Richard, Cavalier, Darlene, Farooque, Mahmud, Gano, Gretchen L., Geddes, Henry, Sander, Steven, et al. 2012. Technology Assessment and Public Participation: From TA to pTA. Expert and Citizen Assessment of Science and Technology (ECAST).

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