Scientific Integrity

Scientists shouldn’t have to face pressure or harassment from political figures or institutions—but too often they do. Our experts expose attacks on science across the country.


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USDA Reorganization Sidelines Dietary Guidelines

, Food Systems & Health Analyst

Last month, Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue announced a number of proposed changes to the organization of the vast federal department he oversees. While some of these changes may seem arcane, they will have real impacts on all of us. The proposed merger of two key nutrition programs is a case in point. Read more >

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EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt Accelerates Politicization of Agency’s Science Advisory Board

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

Earlier today, EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt strongly suggested that the agency will not consider any candidate for EPA’s science advisory committees who has received a grant from the agency. Such a gobsmackingly boneheaded move would further hamstring the ability of the EPA to accomplish its public health mission. The administrator is directly challenging the intent of Congress, which established the Science Advisory Board to provide independent scientific advice so that EPA can effectively protect our health and environment. Read more >

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The Trump administration is using bogus science to justify restrictions on birth control access, building on a legacy of Presidential administrations' politicization of science around contraceptives. Photo: www.quotecatalog.com

The Trump Administration Fakes Science to Justify Restrictions on Birth Control Access

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

The Trump administration is using bogus science to justify restrictions on birth control access, building on a legacy of Presidential administrations’ politicization of science around contraceptives. Read more >

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Halting a National Academy of Sciences Study Is Unacceptable

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

I have been a participant in National Academy studies as a scientist, a recipient of their advice as a federal agency manager at NOAA, and involved in setting up studies as a board member. Last week was the first time that I have ever seen a study in progress halted. Read more >

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Lessons for Fighting the Trump Administration’s Attacks on Science

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

With all the recent headlines about the Trump administration’s attacks on the government scientific enterprise—from dismissing scientists from advisory committees, to hiring untrained or conflicted heads of agencies, to blatant misinformation from administration officials—it can be difficult to think about the solutions. But we must. My new paper, out this week in Conservation Biology, does just that.  Read more >

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