Science Advocacy


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Using Workshops as a Tool to Build Scientists’ Engagement in Policy

Jennifer Mongiovi, MS, doctoral candidate and Jessica O'Neill, PhD, MPH, co-founder, , UCS

Scientists have a lot to contribute to their communities, the environment, promoting equity and justice, protecting health and safety, and other important aspects of public life. As the Covid-19 pandemic took hold of the United States, we knew that the policy workshop we had been planning for 6 months would need to change. The Buffalo 500 Women Scientists hosted a virtual science policy workshop in May 2020. Our hope is that grassroots groups in small towns and big cities across the nation will adapt this strategy, build from it, and share what they have learned. Read more >

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Rebuild Arecibo Observatory: One Scientist’s Reflection on Advocacy and Research

Héctor G. Arce, Ph.D., Professor of Astrophysics, , UCS

On December 1, 2020, the 900-tonne platform that held most of the instruments of the Arecibo Observatory (AO) at a height of more than 500 feet above the ground came crashing down. People from all walks of life, old and young, scientists and non-scientists, for whom this iconic telescope meant so much, have watched the footage of the collapse in disbelief. Soon after the collapse, students, scientists and the general public began a campaign to rebuild the AO. Read more >

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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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