UCS Science Network


Through our Science Network, UCS collaborates with nearly 20,000 scientists and technical experts across the country, including physicists, ecologists, engineers, public health professionals, economists, and energy analysts. Science Network Voices gives Equation readers access to the depth of expertise and broad perspective on current issues that our Science Network members bring to UCS. The views expressed in Science Network posts are those of the author alone.

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A Shout-Out to Government Scientists: Have You Completed the UCS Federal Scientists Survey?

Dana Gold and Anne Polansky

“I can’t afford to make any wrong moves,” a PhD scientist and career federal worker recently confided to us, adding grimly, “they are watching us closely.” Normally cheerful and extroverted, she now often appears tired and frazzled. She is not alone—not by a long shot. As federal science and technology (S&T) budgets are being squeezed, and key programs and offices are being zeroed out altogether, federal government employees are becoming fearful of losing their jobs, which are becoming increasingly stressful. Read more >

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Andrea Johnson, part of the research field crew, monitors water quality in a rangeland stream. Photo: Kris Hulvey

Collaboration Between Ranchers and Scientists Leads to Rangeland Management Opportunities

Kristin Hulvey

When I arrived in Utah four years ago to start my new research position, I was worried that the political climate would make any form of collaboration among ranchers, government managers, and scientists difficult. I was wrong. Read more >

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Building Relationships to Promote Science-Based Decision Making

Taryn Black, Michael Diamond, and Emma Kahle

In an era when “fake news” has become a common phrase, it is more important than ever to make sure our policymakers are making decisions based on the best available information.

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Photo: Anna Scott

Our Science for Public Good Project: Hosting a Holiday Air and Water Quality Party

Nabeehah Azeez, Jennifer Kunze, and Anna Scott

Nothing says ‘happy holidays’ like environmental justice, so the three of us co-hosted a holiday party in West Baltimore to talk about a recent lead water testing campaign and an upcoming air quality monitoring campaign called Baltimore Open Air. Read more >

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Cyanobacteria-Based Biofuel: an Innovative Platform for Clean Energy Production

Viji Sitther, Behnam Tabatabai, Somayeh Gharaie Fathabad

Burning fossil fuels is a major driver of climate change with more than two billion tons of carbon dioxide released annually, leading to increased frequency of natural disasters and health concerns. Replacing fossil fuels with renewable energy sources is a key strategy to mitigate this harm.

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