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Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey’s Legacy for Science and Democracy

On August 7, 2015, Dr. Frances Oldham Kelsey passed away at the age of 101. Dr. Kelsey—a true hero of science and democracy—championed science-based policies that protected public health and safety throughout her life. Most famously, her actions preventing the FDA approval of thalidomide—a drug that causes birth defects—stopped what could have been a devastating tragedy for Americans. As my colleague Celia Wexler wrote, “The lesson of thalidomide is that regulations matter.” Read More

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Why We Need an Executive Order on Political Spending: An Open Letter to President Obama

Dear President Obama,

You’ve had a great week. With the Affordable Care Act upheld and nationwide marriage equality now the law, you must feel like celebrating. But wait!  Why not carry this momentum and take another step that would increase the equality and well-being of Americans?  I’m talking about an executive order asking government contractors to disclose their political spending. Read More

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Three Ways Citizens United Helped Undermine Science Policy Debates

Five years ago next week the Supreme Court issued a decision that would soon have major impacts on our political system.  In Citizens United v. FEC, the court ruled that spending limits violated free speech, opening the floodgates to vastly increased political spending by corporate interests. Read More

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Bleeding for Science and Democracy: Thinking about Climate Change in the Emergency room

While on my way to a climate change conference at the University of Notre Dame earlier this month I managed to slam my hand in my car door.  So my first evening in South Bend was spent in the Memorial Hospital Emergency Room with ample time to think about my presentation on climate science and the personal attacks on climate scientists that have become all too frequent, and how to respond to those attacks using resources such as the UCS manual “Science in the Age of Scrutiny”. Read More

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Terror and Tragedy at the Boston Marathon: and in the Aftermath, Science and Evidence Are Key

I grew up in Boston and as a kid would ride my bike to Commonwealth Avenue on the third Monday in April to watch the runners go by. I don’t really know why, as I wasn’t a runner or any kind of athlete and didn’t really know any runners. But in Boston it was spring (finally), and all along the 26-mile route people would come out to watch, silently like me or cheering friends and family. Read More

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