The International Society for Stem Cell Research (ISSCR) and the journal Cell Stem Cell, are asking stem cell scientists to take part in a social media campaign with the hashtag #AStemCellScientistBecause between October 1 and October 14.
“We want to share with the world our pride and excitement to be a part of a worldwide effort to transform human health,” the association states on a web page created for the event, calling the effort a “campaign to give a voice to the scientists behind the research.”
ISSCR suggests several ways to take part:
- Tweet a brief statement about why you entered the field,
- Record a 10-20 second video to accompany the Tweet,
- Talk to peers about taking part,
- Share and retweet favorites posts.
The journal’s October issue will include an article with contributions from all the first authors of papers in the issue stating why they entered the field as well as contributions from other authors in the issue.
As always, CIRM is facilitating getting researchers we fund into high school classrooms on October 14th to give guest lectures. We expect to reach more than 50 classrooms including several school-wide assemblies this year.
Several institutions in California will be hosting special events to commemorate Stem Cell Day this month. And if you are across the border, the MaRS center in Toronto is hosting the children’s museum exhibit we helped develop, “Super Cells: The Power of Stem Cells.”
All the events con be found at http://www.stemcellday.com/