Science Advocacy


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Social Distance and Social Movements During COVID-19

David S. Meyer, author and professor, , UCS

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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Sneak Peek: Five Ways to Become a Science Advocate in 2020

Valorie Aquino, March for Science; Jorge Ramos, Stanford University; Melissa Varga, Union of Concerned Scientists, , UCS

2020 is here, and it’s a big deal. With a presidential election, the escalating climate crisis, and social inequality exacerbating public health inequities, the pressure is on for all of us to raise our voices and show how science can help us solve some of our most pressing problems Read more >

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In May 2017, Ben marches with fellow Graduate Students at the University of Chicago for union recognition. Photo: Claudio Gonzáles

Our Next Generation of Scientists, Exploited

Dr. Ben Zalisko, , UCS

Our federal labor laws have a loophole: If you can get away with characterizing your employees as “students”, you don’t have to respect their right to unionize. Research institutions have been doing this to prevent graduate student workers, who are paid to teach and perform research for their institution, from forming an effective labor union. It’s a neat trick; could a “Walmart University” be on the horizon? Read more >

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From Scientist to Activist

Heather Price, , UCS

No one wants to sacrifice time and energy or become a political prisoner. Yet sacrifice of time and freedom by the great activists (MLK Jr, the suffragettes, Rosa Parks, etc…) was required to effect change. And they did not act alone. Thousands marched and sacrificed with them. You can too. Join a climate action near you on Sept 20, 2019: the Global Climate Strike. Everyone is needed. Read more >

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Women Scientists Form a Policy Advocacy Network in the Mid-Atlantic

JoEllen McBride, PhD; Kristen Gulino, Ph.D. candidate; Jewel Tomasula, PhD candidate, , UCS

Many societal challenges are rooted in structural inefficiencies and inequities that require government solutions informed by science. Women experience burden and harm from inaction in distinct ways, but our voices are underrepresented in both the advocacy and policy processes. We believe women scientists have untapped potential to leverage their expertise and perspective and to connect with their elected officials to lead discussions about policies that impact their communities. Read more >

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