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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Top Four Ways that the Biden Administration Can Center Environmental Justice Reform

One of the greatest tragedies in our country is that many communities—especially communities of color, low-income communities, and Indigenous communities—are unnecessarily burdened with higher levels of air pollution, contaminated water, and other environmental stressors. It’s a genuinely encouraging sign that the incoming Biden administration has pledged to carry out significant reforms to promote and center environmental justice. Here are our top four actions that we think the incoming Biden administration should take to fulfill this promise. Read more >

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Science Is Taking Center Stage in President-Elect Biden’s Plan to Combat COVID-19

In a positive and encouraging sign, President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris announced last Monday the formation of a Transition COVID-19 Advisory Board—made up entirely of doctors, scientists, and former governmental health officials—and presented an updated version of their COVID-19 pandemic response plan. Read more >

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A Win for Science and Transparency: FDA Publishes New, Strict COVID-19 Vaccine Guidelines

Food and Drug Administration (FDA) scientists just did something pretty awesome – they stood up to bullying and won. And their win could be a key event in safeguarding the development of a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in the US.

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Three Tips for Getting Political Candidates on the Record About Science

One of the most devastating lessons we’ve learned during the COVID-19 pandemic is that when science is sidelined by the government, people pay for it with their lives. As we approach 200,000 people dead due to the novel coronavirus in the US, along with millions of sick and hospitalized, it is the responsibility of all of us to encourage our government representatives to restore the role of science in policymaking during the pandemic and beyond.

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Political Officials Undermine CDC Scientists’ COVID-19 Studies

In a scary and dramatic shift away from normal, the entire process for publishing CDC reports on COVID-19 has been upended by political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reasons that appear to be entirely political, Politico reported late last week.

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