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Open Science responses during the COVID-19 pandemic

Open Science responses during the COVID-19 pandemic

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The COVID-19 pandemic, while affecting the lives and work of scientists all over the globe, has also enabled an outpouring of generosity and innovation when it comes to rapid and open sharing of research outputs. During the International Open Access Week 2020, we examine some of the initiatives taken by various national and international organisations to improve global access to COVID-19 research.

 

The echo network – raising voices for a better future

The echo network – raising voices for a better future

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Some of the most pressing global concerns of today can only be addressed if disciplinary barriers are breached and a nurturing environment is created to enable free and open exchange of ideas. The echo network is an initiative that aims to facilitate this process by creating a network of like-minded thinkers and bringing them together on a common platform to brainstorm solutions to issues related to human-environment relationships in India.

 

A New Podcast Exploring History, Science and Cultures in Stories from the Margins

A New Podcast Exploring History, Science and Cultures in Stories from the Margins

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In August 1817, Robert Tytler, a British surgeon, enters a hut in the Jessore bazaar and encounters a man with diarrhoea and vomiting. Tytler is shaken. This seems like cholera. Within days, dozens more die, and soon, the funeral pyres burn continuously in Calcutta. The cholera epidemic has begun.

 

Online education in India — the good, the bad and the ugly!

Online education in India — the good, the bad and the ugly!

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Online education comes in shades of grey. In this article, educators, Prashanthi Karyala and Sarita Kamat, bring the voices of teachers, students and parents from across the country to the fore, as they highlight the good, the bad and the ugly faces of online education in India, and the need for inclusive education policies.

 

Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 4

Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 4

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Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 4 Project Lead -- Ullas Kolthur and Sandeep Juneja Interviewers -- Uma Ramakrishnan (NCBS) and Meena Kharatmal (HBCSE-TIFR)

 

Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 3

Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 3

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Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 3 Project Lead -- Ullas Kolthur and Sandeep Juneja Interviewers -- Uma Ramakrishnan (NCBS) and Meena Kharatmal (HBCSE-TIFR)

 

Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 2

Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 2

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Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 2 Project Lead -- Ullas Kolthur and Sandeep Juneja Interviewers -- Meena Kharatmal (HBCSE-TIFR) and Uma Ramakrishnan (NCBS)

 

Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 1

Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 1

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Seroprevalence Study in Mumbai: In Conversation with TIFR Scientists -- Part 1 Project Lead -- Ullas Kolthur and Sandeep Juneja Interviewers -- Meena Kharatmal (HBCSE-TIFR) and Uma Ramakrishnan (NCBS)

 

Adversity quotient In the era of the ​‘new normal’

Adversity quotient In the era of the ​‘new normal’

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Among the COVID-19 pandemic’s many consequences is its impact on students and early career researchers all over the country, who have had to face new and challenging adversities, including breaks in experimental work, having to adapt to online education modes, and uncertainty over their future careers. A panel discussion organised by the Department of Biochemistry, JSS Medical College, Mysuru, attempted to address some of these issues.

 

Online education, not a threat but a boon for higher education

Online education, not a threat but a boon for higher education

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The increasing demand for virtual learning is making information and communication technologies (ICTs) an integral aspect of higher education. In this article, Aparna Dixit, Assistant Professor at Dr. B. R. Ambedkar Center for Biomedical Research, University of Delhi, shares her views on some of these technologies and how they can be used to enhance the learning experience of students.

 

Equitable Digital Education – Blockers and Enablers

Equitable Digital Education – Blockers and Enablers

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The push for digital mode of education in recent times has surfaced the ​‘digital divide’ that exists in our society. In this article, educator Charu Dogra Rawat and her former student, Pranjal Gupta, highlight the various roadblocks en route to equitable digital education, and the efforts that might bridge the divide.

 

Researchers in Lock-down : Breaking boundaries, building bridges

Researchers in Lock-down : Breaking boundaries, building bridges

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In this series, we ask scientists from different backgrounds, disciplines and career stages to reflect upon their life in lock-down and how it has influenced how they approach doing science. In this article, Mayuri Rege from Ramnarain Ruia College, Mumbai, writes about how the lockdown has transformed scientific networking, especially for those for whom international travel was always a barrier.