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Answers to Frequently Asked Questions About Cell Day 2014

Cell Day 2014

What is Cell Day?

Why the Cell?

Who is sponsoring Cell Day?

When will the chatroom be open?

What background materials can I read before the chatroom opens?

Who will be participating in the chatroom?

What software is required for me to participate in the chatroom?

Will my question(s) get answered?

Will a transcript be available after the chatroom is over?

What should I do if I experience technical problems during the chatroom?

Where can I send questions or comments about Cell Day or the online chatroom?


What is Cell Day?

As part of its commitment to encouraging future generations of scientists, NIGMS will host an interactive Web chatroom about the cell and careers in research for middle and high school students.

Why the Cell?

Cells are the smallest form of life—the functional and structural units of all living things. Your body contains trillions of cells, organized into more than 200 major types. Different cell types are each customized for a particular role. NIGMS is keenly interested in cell biology because knowledge of the inner workings of cells underpins our understanding of health and disease.

Who is sponsoring Cell Day?

Cell Day is sponsored by NIGMS, which is part of the National Institutes of Health, a component of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NIGMS' mission is to support research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment and prevention.

When will the chatroom be open?

The chatroom will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET on Friday, February 28, 2014.

What background materials can I read before the chatroom opens?

There are plenty of suggested background materials to read before the chatroom opens. Visit the Cell Day Classroom Resources page to learn more.

Who will be participating in the chatroom?

NIGMS scientists will be on hand to field questions from teachers and students on cell biology and careers in research. Please visit our Meet the Cell Day Scientists page to learn more about our Cell Day experts. Middle and high school students, educators and members of the public can ask questions. You must be at least 13 years of age or have the permission of your parent/guardian to participate.

What software is required for me to participate in the chatroom?

Since the chatroom is Web-based, a computer with a browser with JavaScript enabled and an Internet connection are required. On a PC, the chatroom is compatible with relatively recent versions (within the last 24 months) of the following browsers: Internet Explorer, Firefox, and Safari. On a MAC, it's compatible with recent versions of Safari and Firefox.

Will my question(s) get answered?

We will make every effort to answer questions in a timely fashion. However, we are expecting a very high volume of questions throughout the day. Please be patient, and remember that you can always check the transcript if you do not see your response posted during your class period.

Will a transcript be available after the chatroom is over?

Yes! A transcript will be available shortly after the chat is over. The transcript will be fully searchable. You can either search for answers by a certain expert or search for particular keywords.

What should I do if I experience technical problems during the chatroom?

If you experience technical problems during the chatroom, please report them to websupport@nigms.nih.gov or call 301-435-9291.

Where can I send questions or comments about Cell Day or the online chatroom?

Please visit our feedback page.

This page last reviewed on October 23, 2013