Science and Democracy

The partnership between science and democracy has played a huge role in U.S. history. But misinformation and attacks on science have strained that partnership. UCS science and democracy experts keep you informed on the latest developments, from Capitol Hill to local communities.


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Latest Science and Democracy Posts

It’s the Fourth of July! What Could be More Patriotic Than Serving on a Science Advisory Board?

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Earlier this month, I wrote about my experience serving on various federal science advisory boards and committees. In that post, I encouraged my fellow scientists to consider taking on this challenging but rewarding task. A lot has happened over the last two weeks that makes this even more important. Read more >

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Science Institution Can Help Alleviate Puerto Rico’s Crisis—If It’s Free of Political Interference

, Kendall Science Fellow

In the midst of Puerto Rico’s most severe social, political, and economic crisis in its modern history, a public institution shines brightly to help develop the economy by advancing science and technology. The Puerto Rico Science, Technology, and Research Trust is an independent, non-partisan entity that provides grants and infrastructure for academic and enterprise-focused research, fostering the business, environmental, human health, and biotechnology research communities in Puerto Rico. Read more >

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

, executive director

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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Evelyn Katingi and Tsehay Gashaw of the International Livestock Research Institute working on their laptops at a conference in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. Photo: ILRI\Zerihun Sewunet

American Prosperity Depends on International Science: Our Border Policy Should Reflect That

Tyeen Taylor, , UCS

At first, the new ‘laptop ban’ sounded like a minor nuisance. This is a part of a recent executive order prohibiting large electronics as carry-on items on flights to the U.S. from eight countries in northern Africa and the Middle East. Only when I saw a Facebook outburst from my American colleague in Africa did it become clear how even a small encumbrance like this can cast a devastating blow to science. Read more >

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Better Ways to Describe the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

It is not exactly a secret that these are challenging times for both science and democracy in the US. From attacks on science and science-based policies, to the increasing body of evidence that we may not be able to count on the federal government to protect public health and safety, the days are long, and not just because of the summer solstice. Read more >

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