COVID-19 Science and Society Resources

Like nearly everyone around the globe, daily life at the Center for Science and Society has been uprooted during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many of us are looking for ways to help, options for teaching our children, and sometimes, an escape from it all. This list will be updated regularly. Please feel free to contact us with any additional resources. 

  • #CoronavirusSyllabus developed by president of the Social Science Research Council, Alondra Nelson, and crowdsourced from hundreds of instructors and scholars. Includes relevant articles and books, symposia, podcasts, film, and other resources for teaching this moment in higher education.
  • COVID-19 Ethics: Health, Inequality, and Justice is a teaching, research, and practice resource from the Columbia University Department of Medical Humanities and Ethics.
  • COVID-19 Forum from Somatosphere, a science, medicine, and anthropology journal. They are continuously updating their archive of essays, Dispatches from the pandemic. 
  • Crises of Democracy Curriculum, created in 2019, examines threats to democracy through the prism of cultural trauma. This teaching resource was developed by Columbia University in partnership with four global universities.
  • Mini-lectures in science and anthropology developed by CSS Affiliated Faculty member Paige West and Zoë Wool.
  • Pandemic Syllabus is a historical look at pandemics, public health, and infectious-disease control developed by David Barnes, Merlin Chowkwanyun and Center Interim Director Kavita Sivaramakrishnan. 
  • Virtual Campus is an online resource for Columbia and Barnard students with social games and ideas for the general public along with Columbia-specific health resources. 
  • For more ideas, search for #coronavirussyllabus or #teachthevirus on your social media platform of choice. 
  • Bash the Bug asks users to analyze plates of tuberculosis cells to help University of Oxford researchers fight antibiotic resistance.
  • Join the COVID-19 Citizen Science Study led by the University of California, San Francisco.
  • Play Foldit, a computer game from the University of Washington asking players to design proteins that can latch onto the novel coronavirus and block its entry into cells.
  • Students from anywhere in the world ages 13-17 can join the New York Academy of Science’s 6-week challenge to develop technology-based solutions to slow the spread of COVID-19.

News organizations that have lowered their paywall for Covid-19 coverage include:

Listen to Lab in the Time of Coronavirus from Columbia's Zuckerman Institute or Columbia Public Health Now Podcast

The Royal Society of London is making all of its research findings and data regarding the Covid-19 pandemic open access. 

You can also read first-person accounts shared in major news outlets and other resources via the Institute of Psychiatry at Cornell University. 

What Happens Next? breaks down possible Covid-19 futures with playable simulations. 

General Science and Society Resources