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Through our Science Network, UCS collaborates with nearly 20,000 scientists and technical experts across the country, including physicists, ecologists, engineers, public health professionals, economists, and energy analysts. Science Network Voices gives Equation readers access to the depth of expertise and broad perspective on current issues that our Science Network members bring to UCS. The views expressed in Science Network posts are those of the author alone.

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“Fattening” the Curve: Funding Equitable Scientific Research After the Pandemic

Barbara Allen, Professor

After the pandemic subsides, we need to build reliable knowledge on the ground about successes and failures in “flattening the curve” in the hardest hit communities during the early phase of the pandemic. What social rhythms were disrupted and what suggested behavior modifications were difficult?  Were they related to infrastructure (i.e. running water, transportation), patterns of financial support (i.e. hazardous employment, paydays), extended family living and caregiving, distrust of government, religious commitments, or other culturally specific activities? Read more >

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Social Distance and Social Movements During COVID-19

David S. Meyer, author and professor

As a UCS Center for Science and Democracy Kendall Fellow, Fernando Tormos-Aponte is working to support scholars in their efforts to become politically engaged. As part of this work, Fernando is convening an interdisciplinary group of science advocacy and social movement scholars with the goal of promoting and learning more about activism within the scientific community. The working group seeks to develop a better understanding of science policy and advocacy through public outreach that directly engages science activists and disseminates new and existing research. As part of this work, working group members are publishing a series of blog posts that cover a range of issues related to science and advocacy. The blog series will draw from a variety of perspectives and use social science lens to spotlight and analyze existing science advocacy efforts, discuss equity issues, and share information about resources that scientists can use for their advocacy work.  Read more >

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Roundup: Sidelining Science Hits New Lows in Response to Public Health Crisis

Liz Borkowski

The first three months of 2020 provided an immediate and terrible demonstration of what can happen when an administration ignores and misrepresents evidence on a threat to public health, in the form of a rapidly mounting death toll from COVID-19.  Despite the pandemic, the Trump administration pushed ahead with a dangerous rule at the Environmental Protection Agency. Advocates are pushing back against damaging actions while highlighting the value of transparency and whistleblowers. Read more >

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In a Snapshot, “Sea” the Future Today

Cuong Tran and Diana Lopera

They say that a picture can speak a thousand words … but what if the picture could paint a future 10, 50, 100 years from now? And not just a future that’ll impact one person, but rather the future that will impact many. Through the eyes of concerned community members and the power of community science, we find that things may be closer than they appear. Read more >

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Beginning a Courageous Journey: Connecting Science & Justice

Dr. Brian R. Shmaefsky

One year after the Flint Water Crisis I was invited to participate in a water rights session at a conference hosted by the US Human Rights Network in Austin, Texas in 2015. The reason I was at the conference was to promote efforts by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to encourage scientists to shine a light on how science intersects with human rights, in the United States as well as in the context of international development. My plan was to sit at an information booth and share my stories about water quality projects I spearheaded in communities in Bangladesh, Colombia, and the Philippines. I did not expect to be thrown into conversations that made me reexamine how scientists use their knowledge as a public good. Read more >

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