Scientists, feeling under siege, march against Trump policies

“Thousands of scientists and their supporters, feeling increasingly threatened by the policies of President Trump, gathered Saturday in Washington under rainy skies for what they called the March for Science, abandoning a tradition of keeping the sciences out of politics and calling on the public to stand up for scientific enterprise,” as the New York Times is reporting.

“As the marchers trekked shoulder-to-shoulder toward the Capitol, the street echoed with their calls: ‘Save the E.P.A.’ and ‘Save the N.I.H.’ as well as their chants celebrating science, ‘Who run the world? Nerds,’ and ‘If you like beer, thank yeast and scientists!’ Some carried signs that showed rising oceans and polar bears in peril and faces of famous scientists like Mae Jamison, Rosalind Franklin and Marie Curie, and others touted a checklist of the diseases Americans no longer get thanks to vaccines.

“Although drizzle may have washed away the words on some signs, they aimed to deliver the message that science needs the public’s support.

“’Science is a very human thing,’ said Ashlea Morgan, a doctoral student in neurobiology at Columbia University. ‘The march is allowing the public to know that this is what science is, and it’s letting our legislators know that science is vitally important.'”

The rest of the article is here.

Author: jeffpelline

Jeff Pelline is a veteran editor and award-winning journalist - in print and online. He is publisher of Sierra FoodWineArt magazine and its website SierraCulture.com. Jeff covered business and technology for The San Francisco Chronicle for years, was a founding editor and Editor of CNET News, and was Editor of The Union, a 145-year-old newspaper in Grass Valley. Jeff has a bachelor's degree from UC Berkeley and a master's from Northwestern University. His hobbies include sailing and trout fishing.

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