Science and Democracy

The partnership between science and democracy has played a huge role in U.S. history. But misinformation and attacks on science have strained that partnership. UCS science and democracy experts keep you informed on the latest developments, from Capitol Hill to local communities.


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The Trump Administration’s Ban on International Students Hurts Us All

, senior climate scientist

As of this fall, any student (including high school exchange, college, and graduate students) enrolled in a school that decides to go entirely online to keep students and faculty safe will need to leave the country, including students who are already in the U.S. right now. Contact your legislator and tell them to stop the #studentban that will hurt the country’s ability to attract talent, our standing in the world, and people we care about. Read more >

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New UCS Analysis: How to Protect Democracy and Public Health During 2020 Election

, Kendall Science Fellow

While the COVID-19 pandemic may have kept us from celebrating Independence Day as we should, we still have time to protect the foundation of our democracy: voting. Read more >

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Texas Governor Greg Abbott, who banned local jurisdictions in Texas from mandating face coverings in April, reversed himself last week amid the latest spike in COVID-19 infections to issue a statewide mask order. World Travel & Tourism Council/Wikimedia Commons

Blaming the COVID-19 Messengers: Public Health Officials Under Siege

The vilification of public health officials in the COVID-19 crisis reminds us of their vital role as the crossing guards of science. When their vigilance gives us the green light to eat, drink, and recreate, we hardly notice them waving us onto normal activities, barely knowing their names.

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Policy During a Pandemic: How to Make Research Accessible for Policymakers During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Gary W. Kerr, Ph.D., Lecturer in Festival & Event Management and Erin Heath, Associate Director of Government Relations, , UCS

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of effective science communication – in particular, the vital importance of making research accessible for policymakers. Here, we present our top tips for researchers on how to write for policymakers.

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

, executive director

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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