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Data for the People

Welcome to D4P: Science for all, straight from the source

Data for the People (D4P) is a weekly, interactive web-series that invites ‘the people’ (YOU!) to engage with relevant scientific research topics. Scientific research topics are presented by scientists in our communities—directly from the primary scientific literature— and explored through a variety of scientific reasoning styles in a way that showcases the process of science. Our goal is to maintain the rigor of the research, while eliminating the inaccessible jargon so that everyone can participate in science.

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Upcoming D4P Webinars

Stay tuned for a new D4P season, coming soon!

Past D4P Webinars

Check out our previous D4P webinars, including discussion guides, downloads and links to related scientific publications, and more!

About the D4P Webinar Series

The D4P webinar series is supported by a grassroots collective of scientists who want to channel their skills into action (while still adhering to the guidelines of physical distancing—safety first!). The D4P initiative was co-founded by Elizabeth Zale (graduate student from Weill Cornell), Eva Stevenson (research specialist from Weill Cornell), and members of the RockEDU Science Outreach team. D4P also partners with Scientists, Inc. We are funded in part by the Kavli Foundation, as part of the LiveSci Collective. We plan on growing the D4P initiative, so watch this space for new announcements!

What is “scientific literature” and why is this the focus of D4P?

Cutting-edge scientific literature (AKA the latest research that is released from scientists across the world!) is generally shared in expensive, subscription-based journals. The experimental and theoretical findings presented in these reports can directly impact our lives by providing the basis for new technologies, healthcare options, or deepening our knowledge of our own biology. Yet, these highly-specialized reports are usually written using field-specific jargon that make it difficult for non-specialists to digest. In the age of COVID-19, we feel that providing access and insight into the information —specifically, information that can impact our lives— is more important and urgent than ever. This is why we formed D4P. 

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