When you trace our innovation back to its foundation, we fall under the category of medical science education. We have created a translational neuroscience-oriented news source. It is translational in the sense that it doesnt distort or dumb down the information from published PhD or graduate papers, but rather translates it to a more achievable vernacular; so those seeking the information can reach it. We have also been figuring out how to organize and accomplish tasks even though we attend separate colleges. We also utilize some online websites such as WIX and confluence to help us plan both material and design. We are using WIX as a template to help us get our bearings on what looks good and then we have plans to release some “help wanted” flyers for programmers. We are willing and have already begun to learn basic HTML, but we know it takes more than that to make a functional and friendly website. We will have a main News Website archetype with a passive top layer wiki-facet. This will allow us to constantly translate new articles covering modern science while allowing those who need a bit more help to place the cursor over a term they don’t understand, and it will display a “same-page word bubble” giving a brief explanation with a link to more information if desired. This website could finally bridge the gap between convoluted published papers and the information buried inside there. It makes information available to those who want it.
What inspires you?
My partner and I are both Undergraduates and are both STEM focused. I am Pre-Medical, but my major is in Cellular and Molecular Biology. I am also an active member of the honors college. The Honors college typically requires a more in depth understanding of concepts and that will usually manifest in a pretty hefty essay. After writing a couple essays I realized that the only place I could get information was either from some non-governed website that could be spitting out any amount of incorrect information or going directly the source. The source being the original published papers. Typically, the information published has been shrouded in the overly complicated and convoluted PhD vernacular. As a freshman this led me to rely on some less trustworthy sites for quick information or I would skim through the entire paper and fail to find the information that I need. Both Chris and I discovered that if we are looking for information for either our own research or for classes it was only accessible via the original source or through heavily biased articles produced by large news corporations (like Buzzfeed). All I had to do was type in “Buzzfeed Brain” and it pulls up hundreds of equally misleading articles and titles that continue to spread the misinformation about Neuroscience. Here are three that I found in about 10 seconds:
If you look through the articles they love to provide misinformation in exchange for catchy titles to act as click bait. This further dilutes the amount of true information out there making it harder for truly interested individuals to get involved. Chris and I got tired of talking to somebody about our fascination with the brain and then have a majority of their knowledge come from a BuzzFeed article. Chris and I want to desperately create a Neuroscience oriented website that is able to take back the shroud of misinformation and journalist digestion that has surrounded medical news and papers for years now. We wish to provide people with unimpeded information and bridge the enormous gap that lives between PhD documents and the people wanting to understand them. There is an enormous potential for education here and that is a beautiful thing. It could bring in the frustrated undergrads lost amongst a sea of overly complex scientific jargon and reel them back into reality. It could also act as a catapult for those who know they enjoy neuroscience but can’t break past the metaphorical PhD wall. This lifelong love for the brain combined with a distaste for the misinformation that surrounds the brain led us to join together and try to fix this issue.