Kathleen Rest

Executive director

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As executive director of UCS, Dr. Kathleen Rest leads the organization, overseeing programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security. See Kathleen's full bio.

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Six Months into the Trump Administration: Science and Public Health Under Siege

Make no mistake. There is an all-out assault on the federal agencies charged with protecting our nation’s public health—and on the critical resources and infrastructure they need to do just that. Read more >

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President Trump’s Budget Leaves Workers Behind

Budgets reflect priorities; they also reflect values. And the Trump Administration has signaled where it stands loud and clear via its agency appointments (Scott Pruitt, need we say more?) and its FY18 budget proposals. We have already said plenty about what the proposed cuts to the EPA budget mean for public health and the environment.

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Trump Administration Delays Protections for Construction and Shipyard Workers, Weakens Beryllium Rule

Beryllium is a very dangerous material. It’s a carcinogen and the cause of chronic beryllium disease, a devastating illness. Now a new proposal is out to “modify” (read “weaken”) protections for workers exposed to beryllium in construction and shipyards. Read more >

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Scott Pruitt testifies this week before the Senate for the first time as EPA administrator. Photo: Gage Skidmore/Flickr

Five Questions Scott Pruitt Should Answer at This Week’s EPA Budget Hearing

This is the first time Mr. Pruitt will appear on Capitol Hill since his confirmation hearing, and the first time members of Congress will be able to publicly question him about the proposal to slash the EPA budget by 30%. Read more >

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Worker Memorial Day: 13 Workplace Fatalities Occur Every Day in the United States

Amidst the groundswell of information, energy, and genuine excitement around last week’s March for Science and the upcoming People’s Climate March, there’s another global and national event that should not get lost in the mix.

This one relates to workers—you know, those dedicated and hardy souls that are the backbone of what makes America great. Read more >

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