Anita Desikan

Research Analyst

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Anita Desikan is a research analyst for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists. In her role, she investigates the role of science in public policy, focusing on topics like scientific integrity at federal agencies, and political interference in the scientific rulemaking process. See Anita's full bio.

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Trump Administration Endangers the Lives of Health Care Workers

Our health care workers are nothing short of heroes. They are choosing to put themselves in harm’s way in order to help others during a pandemic. And yet right now the Trump administration is failing to provide them with the equipment they need to stay safe and healthy. This is unacceptable and unconscionable. The administration—and the nation—must do everything it can to ramp up production of critical protective equipment for health care workers NOW. Read more >

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Coronavirus Data Is Being Concealed by the Trump Administration

Just yesterday, we learned that the White House has held dozens of meetings on coronavirus that were considered “classified,” meaning that federal health officials, including experts, were unable to enter the room. Without experts in the room, how can we expect our government to follow the best available science on this rapidly developing issue and enact science-based policies that protect our health and safety during this pandemic?

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The EPA’s Rule to Restrict Science Could Compromise Your Confidential Research Data

On March 3, the EPA announced that they will issue a supplement to the misleading-titled “Strengthening Transparency in Regulatory Science” rule, open to a 30-day comment period, which appears to be just as restrictive, if not more so, than the original rule. Read more >

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It’s Time to Ask the Candidates: How Will You Use Science to Protect Everyone?

Now that election season is in full swing and presidential candidates are actively seeking out the opinions and viewpoints of voters, we have the rare moment to get their attention about a fundamental issue: the need for science and democracy to aid the public good. This election is an opportunity for positive change—to strengthen the ability of science to inform decisionmaking at the highest levels of our government and ensure that the channels of democracy work better for everyone. Read more >

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The Trump Administration Has Hindered Our Ability to Effectively Respond to the Coronavirus Epidemic

The novel coronavirus, known as COVID-19, may be the most intense international public health crisis seen in the last few years. In the coming days, as COVID-19 inches towards becoming a full-on pandemic, it will become more important than ever to listen to the scientists and public health professionals advocating for disease control and prevention measures based on the best available science. But the unfortunate truth is that the Trump Administration has carried out actions that appear to leave the US less prepared to face the threat of this disease. Read more >

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