Monthly Archive

August 2012

Interview Series: Q&A with Researcher Peter Mills

iAMscientist - What is your view of the current system of educating scientists? Peter Mills – The whole process of training scientists seems to be designed to suppress the very things that make science possible: innovation and creativity.

August 27, 2012 ·



Featured Project: Robotic Hand Rehabilitation Device with 2 DOF

The HERRI hand rehabilitation system, developed at the Biomedical Mechatronics lab at Northeastern University, is composed of a 2-DoF robotic interface, virtual environment, practitioner’s graphical user interface (GUI), and the auxiliary control hardware/software. The patient manipulates the robotic hand interface just like a joystick to navigate in a virtual environment (i.e. maze game) while the robot applies force fields to the patient’s hand. The device is intended to aid motor recovery in post-stroke patients through repetitive and coordinated motions for task specific exercises.

August 23, 2012 ·



Thank You’s: Saving Diamondback Terrapins with New Technology

Last week we posted our featured project, Saving Diamondback Terrapins with New Technology and this week we would like to thank all the of the organizations that have contributed so far. Currently we are 22% towards our goal of $10,344.

August 17, 2012 ·



iAMScientist Looks to Crowdfunding to Support Scientific Research. Here’s Why You Should Care

Ask any scientist in the university system what they spend most of their time doing, and the answer may surprise and disappoint you. Generally speaking, it’s not science. It’s not even grading papers or overseeing students to nurture a new generation of researchers and innovators. Filling out grant paperwork is the single activity that dominates the days of all too many researchers and academics.

August 14, 2012 ·


CrowdFunding Science

How to Create an Amazing Crowdfunding Pitch

Thanks to the Pebble E-Paper Watch's recent $10 million record-breaking fundraising effort, and similar online ventures, crowdfunding has recently exploded onto the mainstream consciousness, and with good reason -- for several reasons, it's a superb approach to raising venture capital and angel investment.

August 14, 2012 ·



Crowdfunding Platform iAMscientist Launches Thought Leadership Portal to Foster Community Building for Science, Technology, and Medicine Disciplines; Announces New Projects

iAMscientist today officially launched KnowledgeXchange

August 14, 2012 ·



iAMscientist Lets You Fund Scientific Research

Crowdfunding is entering its golden age, with new startups popping up at a frequency that rivals daily deals sites in their heyday. iAMscientist is one of the few to bring the Kickstarter model to the deepest and darkest depths of science and academia.

August 14, 2012 ·



Featured Project: Saving Diamondback Terrapins with New Technology

Diamondback terrapins are magnificent and unusual turtles in many ways—they live in salt water but are not sea turtles, they are restricted to the Atlantic coasts of the United States, and they play key roles in their ecosystems. From the 18th through the 20th centuries they were hunted and eaten in huge numbers, sometimes as the unpopular food of the poor and other times as haut cuisine.

August 2, 2012 ·


Russell Burke

Moving Academic Research Out of the Ivory Tower & Into the Crowd

Thanks to popular sites like Kickstarter and Indiegogo, crowdfunding is now commonplace. They’re the platforms musicians turn to, to release their first CD, or where local alumni pray to break their initial $18,000 fundraising goal in just 25 hours. Although started for today’s creatives, however, crowdfunding’s begun to to take a turn for the educational. Because if you can crowdfund art, why not crowdfund academic research?

August 1, 2012 ·



iAMscientist launches site to fund research

A startup aimed at supporting early-stage research, iAMscientist launched its website Tuesday aiming to offer not only a source of donations for scientists, but a community of peers to provide advice and career development.

August 1, 2012 ·