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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How Is the USDA Doing on Scientific Integrity?

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

In March 2013, the US Department of Agriculture updated its scientific integrity policy, a policy mandated by the Obama Administration for all federal agencies with a significant focus on science. Along with 22 other agencies and departments, the USDA developed a policy in 2011 that the Union of Concerned Scientists assessed to “not make adequate commitments to scientific integrity.” How does the revised policy measure up and does it appear to be working? Read more >

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The Case for Investing in Women Scientists ASAP

, science and policy analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

I knew from a very early age that I was destined to pursue the sciences.  Growing up in an urban part of New Jersey, I had little access to the ‘great outdoors’ but made the most of what little there was. During a school field trip to the nearby Hackensack Meadowlands, a huge expanse of wetlands that has historically been dumped in and destroyed by human intervention, I fell in love. I studied each and every creature that was a part of the underdog ecosystem and pledged to help save it from additional degradation. Read more >

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Avoiding Chemical Disasters, Managing Risks: EPA Addresses Chemical Safety

, Washington representative, Center for Science and Democracy

In response to the 2013 West, Texas disaster that killed 15 people, injured 200 more, and impacted thousands in the community, President Barack Obama asked the federal government to modernize its chemical safety rules. Nearly three years later, the Environmental Protection Agency has finally proposed changes to the Risk Management Program (RMP) Rule. Read more >

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Ada Lovelace, Women’s History, and the Challenge of Science While Parenting

, lead analyst, Center for Science and Democracy

The challenges that Ada Lovelace faced trying to raise children and be a scientist in the 19th century are disturbingly similar to the challenges faced by parents today, especially for women who tend to bare the greatest parenting burdens. Read more >

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Will Spring Bring More Sunlight? Freedom of Information on Congressional Agenda

, sr. Washington rep., Center for Science & Democracy

There’s so much bad news about partisan gridlock on Capitol Hill, it’s refreshing to have some good news to report.

When it comes to improving the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), fifty years old this year, Republicans and Democrats are working together to achieve reform.  Indeed, both the House and the Senate have passed bills that would significantly strengthen FOIA.  The bills had overwhelming bipartisan acceptance. No Senator objected to the FOIA Improvement Act of 2016, S. 337. The House FOIA Oversight and Implementation Act, H.R. 653, bill passed by voice vote. Read more >

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