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Diary of a Database

Official Blog of the National Scientist Volunteer Database

About this Blog

We are so happy you have found your way here! This is the diary of a database, a database full of real life superhero scientists willing to volunteer they time and expertise to the COVID-19 public health crisis. Our articles cover who we are, what we do, and explore the things that may be holding us back. Happy Reading!

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Pandemic Protesting

This is what democracy looks like. The recent civil rights protests that held the news cycle for a couple of weeks never stopped; given recent events, these protests are obviously still necessary. In light of the COVID-19 viral pandemic, we have gathered a list of best practices for Pandemic Protesting.

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Meet a Scientist:
Shannon Kozlovich

She took it upon herself to be the Volunteer Communications Coordinator for the 9000+ strong volunteer database—that continues to grow each day! She took this volunteer position because “it leverages my pre-academic skills, my scientific knowledge, and training, as well as my ability to communicate with policy-makers.”

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Meet a Volunteer:
Crystal Lantz

Capitalizing on one of her non-scientific skills as a sewer and quilter, she has also sewn over one hundred masks for essential workers, using her fabric stash which she has collected over the years!

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Meet a Volunteer:
Ben Aldern

COVID-19 has highlighted shortcomings in our data infrastructure and data quality - from the project level to the global level. I was on the lookout for projects that could benefit from getting started on the right foot along those lines when NSVD came along.

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The Origin Story

The database came into existence with a bang! We had 1,000 scientists sign up on the first day, and 4,000 had signed up by the end of the first week. At that point, we had to get practical.

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