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An intern doing scientific research in a US Navy laboratory.
Ebony Stadler, an intern doing scientific research at the Naval Research Laboratory in Washington, D.C., in June 2015. Photo: John F. Williams, US Navy/CC BY 2.0, Flickr

An Open Letter to Federal Scientists in the Age of Trump

, director, Center for Science & Democracy

Dear Colleagues,

I am writing to tell you that I have great respect for scientists working for our federal (and state, local and tribal) government, and I believe we need you now more than ever before. I am not alone in this conviction. I have many colleagues who feel the same, in academia, and in public interest advocacy organizations. We all depend on you to do our own work. Read more >

Photo: John F. Williams, US Navy/CC BY 2.0, Flickr
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The FDA Released a Long-Awaited Social Media Policy—and It’s Impressive

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Earlier this year, I looked at the social media policies of 17 federal agencies and departments with science in their missions. All but one of those agencies had a social media policy in place. So we asked the lone agency—the Food and Drug Administration—to produce the social media policy it claimed it was working on. This week the agency released that policy. And it’s not just any policy, it’s a strong one. Read more >

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Censorship of Government Scientists Spreads to the United Kingdom

, Deputy director, Center for Science & Democracy

British scientists are pushing back strongly against a move by the UK government to control how government scientists communicate their research with the public. This is a very troubling development that is bad for science and bad for the public interest. The news was reported on Friday in the Guardian and Science. Read more >

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Freedom to Tweet? Government Scientists and the Right to Engage on Social Media

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Social media has done great things for science. We’ve seen it educate, advocate, and communicate on scientific issues around the world and at an unimaginable speed. Social media has allowed open science to thrive, scientists to connect, and movements to start. It allows us to organize, debate, and discuss breaking news on science-related topics. As my colleague Aaron has said, when Neil deGrasse Tyson has more Twitter followers than Seth Rogen, we know that social media has potential for communication of science. Read more >

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Why Does UCS Survey Government Scientists?

, Research Director, Center for Science and Democracy

Today, thousands of scientists who work for federal agencies will get emails from the Union of Concerned Scientists asking them to take an online survey. The surveys will go out to employees who deal with science at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), with other agencies to be surveyed in the future. Read more >

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