A Trusted Resource for our Community.Science at Cal would like to provide our followers and members with a list of curated resources around COVID-19. We hope that this page will help you better understand scientific topics surrounding COVID-19, help answer some of your questions, and, as a result, provide a sense of clarity during these uncertain times. We will be updating content daily and hope you visit again as the science progresses.
News & Announcements
Science at Cal presents “Chatting-in-Place”, a new video series featuring UC Berkeley researchers. In these short interviews, we’ll be asking UC Berkeley scientists about COVID-19 developments and the latest virus science research taking place across campus. You’ll be able to find the videos on our YouTube page.
The first installment of Chatting-in-Place features Prof. Britt Glaunsinger from the Department of Plant & Microbial Biology. How does a virus transfer from animals to humans? How does a virus take over a cell? Get the answers to these questions and more by watching here!
Professor Grace O’Connell, UC Berkeley professor of mechanical engineering, is working with a large team of engineers and physicians to repurpose sleep apnea machines for COVID19 patients.
VentilatorSOS.com has intake forms for people that are willing to donate their sleep apnea machine. These devices have relatively low compliance rates, so there are potentially millions of devices sitting in people’s closets.
Learn more by watching the ABC7news broadcast about the effort here, and share this information with your networks!
What is a virus? How do scientists build vaccines? How does a virus travel? You might be asking yourself these same questions! Luckily for us, we are surrounded by scientists across UC Berkeley who are at the frontlines of virus science and public health research. And Science at Cal wants to make sure you have all of your questions answered.
If you could ask a scientist a question, what would it be?
“UC Berkeley has launched a new online video series, ‘Berkeley Conversations: COVID-19,’ to connect UC Berkeley experts with the public and each other. Through Q&As, seminars, and panel discussions, faculty from a wide range of disciplines – from epidemiology to economics to the computing and data now undergirding their work – will share what they know, and what they are learning.
Resources for Families
At the Learning Toolbox for COVID-19 School Closures, you can engage in activities about the science of coronavirus and explore online resources including videos and articles for at home learning.
Explore our vast collection of inquiry-rich activities for teaching and learning science with simple materials.
Even though UC Berkeley’s Lawrence Hall of Science is closed, that doesn’t mean the fun and learning has to stop! At this site, you can find science-centric family-friendly things for you to do at home. Explore, investigate, discover and invent through DIY projects, meet animal friends, watch science demonstrations, shows, and more!
Our partners at Community Resources for Science (CRS) have also pulled together their resources to share with families and teachers, including videos from the amazing BASIS (Bay Area Scientists in Schools) teams, made up of UC Berkeley students. Many of them are working on Science@Home videos so they can continue to share science explorations with students and families!
Websites & Articles
“Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) News and Resources” includes helpful links to helpful information, including upcoming live events, from the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine.
Scientific American, has written numerous articles about the Coronavirus that span a range of fields including Medical & Biotech, Behavior & Society, Policy & Ethics, and Medicine. Scientific American has provided insights about developments in science and technology through their magazine for more than 170 years.