User talk:Dave Vigerust
Welcome to the Citizendium! We hope you will contribute boldly and well. Here are pointers for a quick start. You'll probably want to know how to get started as an author. Just look at CZ:Getting Started for other helpful "startup" links, and CZ:Home for the top menu of community pages. Be sure to stay abreast of events via the Citizendium-L (broadcast) mailing list (do join!) and the blog. Please also join the workgroup mailing list(s) that concern your particular interests. You can test out editing in the sandbox if you'd like. If you need help to get going, the forums is one option. That's also where we discuss policy and proposals. You can ask any constable for help, too. Me, for instance! Just put a note on their "talk" page. Again, welcome and have fun! Ruth Ifcher 03:32, 6 December 2008 (UTC)
Some ideas for contributions
Hi Dave, welcome aboard CZ. Ruth has already given you some hints as to how things work here in general, and I wish to add some more practical hints on what possibilities you have to contribute. For a start, I just took some of the keywords from the information you supplied upon registration, and display below the current state of related CZ articles (for icon documentation, see Template:Rpl/Doc):
- Science: The organized body of knowledge based on non–trivial refutable concepts that can be verified or rejected on the base of observation and experimentation
- Scientist: A person employing the scientific method to gather information about a system of interest; often used in the narrow sense of people engaged with natural sciences.
- Research: The process of systematic inquiry and traceable vindication within a logically organized system of knowledge.
- University: A type of institution that provides higher or tertiary education.
- Microbiology: The study of microorganisms (overlapping with areas of virology, bacteriology, mycology, and parasitology).
- Faculty: Add brief definition or description
- Infectious disease: In broad terms, diseases caused by living organisms; also a subspecialty of internal medicine concerned with the treatment of such diseases
- Pediatrics: Branch of medicine that deals with the medical care of infants, children, adolescents, and the treatment of their diseases.
- Laboratory: Add brief definition or description
- Immune system: Add brief definition or description
- Virus (biology): A microscopic particle that can infect the cells of a biological organism and can reproduce only with the assistance of the cells it infects.
- Virology: The study of viruses, sometimes included in the field of microbiology.
- Respiratory syncytial virus: Add brief definition or description
- Metapneumovirus: Add brief definition or description
- Influenza: An acute viral infection in humans involving the respiratory tract; the viruses are discussed in separate articles
- Infection: Invasion and multiplication of microorganisms in body tissues, especially that causing local cellular injury due to competitive metabolism, toxins, intracellular replication or antigen–antibody response.
- Host: Please do not use this term in your topic list, because there is no single article for it. Please substitute a more precise term. See Host (disambiguation) for a list of available, more precise, topics. Please add a new usage if needed.
- Parasite: An organism living off another living being.
- Cell biology: The study of the components of biological cells and their interactions.
- Macrophage: A type of leukocyte (i.e., white blood cells) that is associated with chronic inflammatory response. It digests foreign cells using the mechanism of phagocytosis, and both circulates in the blood, but later attaches to tissue as a part of local immune response.
- Microscopy: Add brief definition or description
- Confocal microscopy: Add brief definition or description
- Electron microscopy: Add brief definition or description
- Immunofluorescence: Add brief definition or description
Furthermore, in case you are involved in homework assignments, please consider doing so via Eduzendium articles.
Finally, you can help future newcomers by giving your feedback on the above suggestions. To do so, please leave a note on my talk page.
Looking forward to fruitful collaborative editing, Daniel Mietchen 13:55, 11 December 2008 (UTC)