The Crowd & The Cloud is a TV series focusing on the power of “Citizen Science in the Digital Age,” with examples of projects that range from how crowdsourcing is speeding up Alzheimer’s research to how citizen science apps are helping to combat Zika. The series is hosted by Waleed Abdalati, former NASA Chief Scientist and current Director of CIRES at the University of Colorado Boulder.
EyesOnALZ and Stall Catchers will be featured on the first episode of the series.
“The Johanson and Lovell families share emotional insights into how Alzheimer’s is impacting their lives. Evadene and Steve are just two of the 5.2 million Americans with the disease. At Cornell, biomedical researchers are working to understand why brain blood flow is reduced in Alzheimer’s patients. Using advanced optical instruments, they’re scanning the living brains of Alzheimer’s-afflicted mice. Their challenge: timely analyses of the tremendous amounts of data their lab is producing. The solution: EyesOnALZ, a citizen science project that enlists the crowd to help speed up the data analysis, cutting what would otherwise take one year to just 1-2 weeks. Based on two highly successful crowdsourcing projects, Stall Catchers is an online game where players help all those fighting to find cures for this dreadful disease.”
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