Defining events: 2020 in hindsight

Protzko, John, Tanner, Isaac Z., Dedyo, Morgan Daly, Fu, JiaJia, Perma, Bhavya, Friedman, Daniel Ari, Blidner, Ada Gabriela, Johnston, Juliet Tegan, Srivastava, Anant Kumar, Ruscher, Roland, Kupz, Andreas, Tarselli, Michael A., Beardsley, Felicia, Jensen, Mark Martin, Konstantinides, Nikos, Agarwal, Divyansh, Yuen, Julia, Gopinath, Suchitra D., Duong, Michael Tran, Strong, Michael, Soták, Matúš, Burnette, Katie, Kirshner, Samuel Nathan, Nikolaou, Athanasia, Ali, Basant A., de Oliveira Júnior, Benedito Alves, and Sojli, Elvira (2021) Defining events: 2020 in hindsight. Science, 371 (6524). pp. 22-24.

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With 2020 finally behind us, we can begin to think about how the historic events that took place will be understood in years to come. To do so, we asked young scientists this question: What new word or phrase would you add to the dictionary to help scientists explain the events of 2020 to future generations? Read a selection of the best responses below. Follow NextGen Voices on Twitter with hashtag #NextGenSci. Read previous NextGen Voices survey results at

Item ID: 66274
Item Type: Article (Commentary)
ISSN: 1095-9203
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Date Deposited: 25 Aug 2021 00:10
FoR Codes: 31 BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES > 3107 Microbiology > 310702 Infectious agents @ 40%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3202 Clinical sciences > 320211 Infectious diseases @ 40%
32 BIOMEDICAL AND CLINICAL SCIENCES > 3204 Immunology > 320407 Innate immunity @ 20%
SEO Codes: 28 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 2801 Expanding knowledge > 280102 Expanding knowledge in the biological sciences @ 65%
20 HEALTH > 2001 Clinical health > 200104 Prevention of human diseases and conditions @ 35%
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