Kathleen Rest

Executive director

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As executive director of UCS, Dr. Kathleen Rest leads the organization, overseeing programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security. See Kathleen's full bio.

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An October 14 screenshot of The New York Times' interactive coronavirus tracking map, which shows the 14-day trend of confirmed cases by state and county and the number of average cases per 100,000 over the past seven days.

Trusted Sources of Information about COVID-19: What We’re Watching and Following

Are you looking for reliable and trustworthy information about COVID-19 and the pandemic? Here at the Union of Concerned Scientists, we’ve assembled a team of scientists, researchers, and public health and communications experts from across the organization who have been tracking and responding to the ongoing public health crisis since February, especially when we see political interference in science-based decision making. Here are some of the resources, organizations, experts, science publications, and other sources that I and our team look to and recommend. Read more >

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COVID-19 and Worker Safety: An Absence of Federal Leadership Is Putting Lives at Risk

Our nation’s system for safeguarding the health and safety of working people is in crisis. The Occupational Safety and Health Administration has gone from hampered to virtually absent in the face of a pandemic that has killed or sickened tens of thousands of health care and other essential workers. It’s an agency missing in action and essentially AWOL. Perhaps this should come as no surprise. Since its inception, the Trump administration has taken a wrecking ball to public health protections, favoring private over public interests, employers over working people, and profits over the health and safety of people. Read more >

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Data tell only part of the story; they don’t begin to capture the pain and loss of the families left behind.

Worker Memorial Day in the Time of COVID-19

Tuesday, April 28, is Worker Memorial Day, when we should all pause from our daily routines to recognize, remember, and honor those who have suffered and died of injuries and illnesses related to their work. Every year, the toll is far too high. But this year, in the midst of a pandemic, the story is especially egregious, heartbreaking, and worthy of our attention and action. Every year, the toll on workers’ lives, health, and livelihoods is far too high. But this year, in the midst of a pandemic, the story is especially egregious and heartbreaking. Read more >

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We’re All in This Together: Support and Solidarity for Our Heroes on the Front Lines

As COVID-19 continues its exponential growth here at home, there is plenty of material to post in my Profiles in Cowardice series — like the confusion, disinformation and rosy forecasts coming from the White House on a daily basis. Or the unconscionable lack of testing and the unpardonable delays in getting basic protections to our nation’s workers who are putting themselves on the front-line of this pandemic every day. I honestly wouldn’t know where to begin.

So, I am shifting the frame today to Profiles in Courage.

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Profiles in Cowardice: Oregon Lawmakers Run Away from Climate Action. Literally.

Last week, 11 Republican senators walked off the job in Oregon and took to the hills; they literally ran away in order to prevent a vote on a climate bill (SB1530) that would phase in tighter restrictions on carbon emissions. Read more >

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