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Solid science education is the best inoculation against ignorance.
Hello, Inoculation Project fans! This isn't a "real" Inoculation Project diary, in that it highlights no science or math projects for you to help. A lot of you have embraced using our beautiful graphic, by design genius navajo, as your avatar at, and that is pretty cool to see, especially when a bunch of us get together on a project on a Sunday morning.

The instructions for using it first appeared in our 200th Project Party diary, but we wanted them to be maintained here, in their own diary, so they'd be a little easier to refer to. This diary is being published chiefly so it can be linked to in our regular diaries in the future, for anyone who needs assistance installing the image (shown below the squiggle) at DonorsChoose as their avatar.

If you need help with that, and these instructions don't do the trick for you, please don't hesitate to send a kosmail to the Inoculation Project group.

Look for us every SUNDAY morning at 10 AM ET/ 7 AM PT.

Installing Our DonorsChoose Avatar!
Donors Choose avatar for Inoculation Project readers to use.
◊ (Windows users: Right-click / Mac users: Control-click) on the image above and select Save Image As. Save the file on your computer as a JPEG Image file (.jpg).

◊ Go to If you are not currently logged in, you'll see an Account link in the upper right. If you are logged in, the same link will say Hi, [your name] and will have a dropdown choice Account/Sign In.

◊ Select Account in one of those two ways. If necessary, log in when prompted. If you don't have an account yet, follow their instructions to create one.

If you do not already have a DonorsChoose avatar: near the top of your account page, there is a box headed Who told you about our site?, with an upload a photo link in the center. Click this link.

If you already have a DonorsChoose avatar: at the upper right of your DonorsChoose page, your current avatar is shown. Click the Change Photo link under it.

◊ A new window appears. On the left is your current photo, and on the right, the option to change the photo. Click the Select a file button. Browse to the Inoculation Project image you saved on your computer in step 1 and select it.

◊ Check the box to indicate you have permission to use the picture and it's not inappropriate, and click Upload.

◊ A screen will appear offering to allow you to crop the image. That's not necessary, so just scroll down below the picture and click Save.

◊ Voila! When you make any donation to DonorsChoose, the Inoculation Project image will appear on the project page where your donation is listed, so that, whether or not you want to share your name or location or any further message, the teacher will know that another reader of Daily Kos has contributed to the success of their project!

Originally posted to The Inoculation Project on Fri Jul 20, 2012 at 10:25 PM PDT.

Also republished by Science Matters.

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