Sci Comm Resources for Everyone

Help Scientists Collect Data!

Community science is the merging between scientists and the public to help solve real world challenges. You can help advance research! 

Stall Catchers: Aid in Alzheimer’s Research
Alzheimer’s is a chronic disease of dementia, including memory loss. Scientists need your help at looking through images of blood vessels in the mouse brain to determine if the vessels are stalled or blocked. These data will be reviewed to understand if a potential drug for Alzheimer’s is effective in a mouse model for the disease. Read more about how data from Stall Catchers has helped the community.

Folding@home: Help scientists study protein mis-folding
Diseases can arise when proteins in cells do not fold properly. In order to better understand protein folding, scientists are using computational simulations, however this could take 500 years on one computer. The community helps with this research by using their personal computers to obtain more computers to run these calculations.  

Virtual Access:
With the closure of public buildings during the pandemic, several museums have put content online so the exploration continues!

Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History 
University of Michigan Museum of Natural History
Oxford University History of Science Museum Exhibits
      Oxford University History of Science Museum Virtual Tour
NASA Langley Research Center

More links coming soon

Read about a variety of science topics at these blogs! : A blog run by graduate students at the University of Michigan. Also includes posts written in Spanish!

LearnToRELATE: Graduate students at the University of Michigan describe their research projects after participating in a science communication program, RELATE. 

The University of Michigan Natural History Museum Youtube channel has an array of science videos, including “Scientist in the Forum” presentations in which students and faculty at U-M describe their research.

Live interactions:
Skype a Scientist: This non-profit organization connects individuals, families, and classrooms with scientists! Learn about their exciting research and ask questions.