UCS Science Network


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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Houston Stop Asian Hate Vigil and Rally
Melody Tan

The Science Policy Community’s Responsibility to Address Anti-Asian Xenophobia

Christopher Tonnu Jackson, Ph.D. candidate in Chemistry at University of California, Berkeley, and Melody Tan, Ph.D. candidate in Bioengineering, Rice University

As early-career Asian American scientists pursuing science policy professions, we have witnessed the weaponization of scientific research against people who share our heritage as our communities in the United States face the consequences of this rhetoric. 

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Melody Tan
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Censorship of Federal Environmental Agency Websites Under Trump: What We Learned and How to Protect Public Information Moving Forward

Gretchen Gehrke, Marcy Beck, Eric Nost, Shannan Lenke Stoll

A review of thousands of web pages from federal agencies, including the EPA, NASA, and NOAA, found that the use of the term “climate change” decreased almost 40 percent between 2016 and 2020. Establishing better web governance policies is a central piece of regaining and retaining the public’s trust and restoring faith in the scientific integrity of federal agencies. Read more >

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A bike lane, an MBTA bus, and the Green Line trolley in Boston
Eleanor Fort/UCS

Why Scientists Shouldn’t Heed Calls to “Stay in Our Lane”

Ben Santer, John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Fellow

It’s hard to lose a long-term friendship. That happened to me last year. My friendship did not survive my unwillingness to “stay in my lane”. Read more >

Eleanor Fort/UCS
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Marcia Cassidy Communications

Renewable Energy Technology is Not Fully Helping Communities That Need it Most

Carolyn E. Ramirez, Chemical Engineering Ph.D. Candidate, Northwestern University

In the United States, renewable energy technology, like solar cells, is still mostly utilized by white populations when data show that communities of color are impacted most negatively by fossil fuel pollution and climate change. Read more >

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President Biden’s Science Policies Are…Good, Actually. And That’s Worth Celebrating.

David Shiffman, marine conservation biologist

As an interdisciplinary conservation scientist, I spent a lot of time thinking about the proper role of science in advising and informing government decisionmaking. While scientists don’t know everything and science can’t solve every problem, relying on expertise and evidence to inform decisionmaking generally results in better outcomes than just making up nonsense. When science and expertise is ignored, marginalized, or mocked, when experts are threatened rather than listened to, well…. *gestures around at the current state of the country after the last four years*. Read more >

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