Science Rising is a nationwide mobilization effort taking place throughout 2018 in the run-up to the midterm elections. It is not a one-day march—it is a series of local activities, events, and actions organized by many different groups.

Our shared goal is to ensure that science is front-and-center in the decision-making processes that affect us all—and to fight back against efforts that sideline science from its crucial role in our democracy.

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October 2018

Tennessee STEAM Festival

October 12 - October 21
Tennessee TN United States + Google Map

The inaugural Tennessee STEAM Festival inaugurated in 2017, and is coming back in 2018 even bigger than before.

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Science-a-thon 2018

October 15 - October 19

Science-a-thon is a five day celebration of science and scientists - from the lab to the field, from learning to teaching, from routine tasks to major discoveries!

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I-1631 Carbon Fee Debate

October 16 @ 5:00 pm - 6:30 pm
Gowen Hall 301, Univserity of Washington
Seattle, WA United States
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Washington Initiative 1631, the Carbon Emissions Fee Measure, is on the ballot in Washington as an Initiative to the People on November 6, 2018. The initiative proposes the following: enacting a carbon emissions fee of $15 per metric ton of carbon beginning on January 1, 2020; increasing the fee by $2 annually until the state's greenhouse gas reduction goals are met; and using the revenue from the fee to fund various programs and projects related to the environment. The University of Washington Center for Environmental Politics will host a debate…

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Environmental Justice: Running Dry

October 16 @ 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm

Our lives depend on having access to clean, safe water, but forces from climate change to politics to human activity are leading to water crises around the world. Join an exploration of the history of and solutions to this critical issue.

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Join a Letter to the Editor Writing Party

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Online United States

Be a Voice for Science this Election by Putting a Spotlight on Science in Your Local Paper. Attend one of two locations in person. Snacks will be provided: UMaine Orono campus, Nutting Hall room 204. Directions. Click here to register. Contact Mackenzie (mackenzie.mazur@maine.edu) Downeast Salmon Federation, 13 Willow Street, East Machias. Directions. Click here to register. Contact Shri (verrill@gmail.com) OR join the webinar from your computer. Register for the webinar here to get joining info. Broadcast begins at 6:30pm.

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U.S. Senate Debate Watch Party

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Craft Beer Cellar, 111 S. 9th St.
Columbia, MO United States
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Scientists will discuss how their research interfaces with policy and explore sustainable agricultural. Following the panel, the debate between U.S. Senate candidates Claire McCaskill (D) and Josh Hawley (R) will be streamed live for attendees to watch.

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St. Louis Debate Watch Party

October 18 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Blueberry Hill Dart Room, 6504 Delmar Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63130 United States
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Scientists will discuss how their research interfaces with policy and explore putting science and evidence based policy at the forefront of the legislative conversation. Following the panel, the debate between US Senate candidates Claire McCaskill (D) and Josh Hawley (R) will be streamed live.

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Diversity Challenge 2018, Making Race and Culture Work in the STEM Era: Bringing All People to the Forefront

October 19 @ 9:00 am - October 20 @ 7:00 pm
Boston College, 140 Commonwealth Avenue
Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 United States
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Join an interdisciplinary forum in which researchers, practitioners, educators, government officials, and social activists explore a variety of perspectives and issues and interact with each other while addressing mutual concerns related to race, ethnic culture, and STEM defined in various ways.

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Get Out the Vote for Yes on 1631 in Washington State

October 20 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Hill N’ Dale Park, 502 E. Jay Ave
Spokane, WA 99218 United States
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This November Washington voters have a chance to do something no one has done before—pass an initiative to charge the state's biggest polluters, and invest in cleaner, more climate-resilient communities.

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Women, Wonder, and White Matter: Women Neuroscientists Share Their Stories

October 23 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm
3901 Shaw Blvd. St. Louis, MO 63110 United States + Google Map

Please join the St. Louis Pod of 500 Women Scientists as we screen the Emmy nominated film, "My Love Affair With the Brain: The Life and Science of Dr. Marian Diamond." Dr. Diamond was one of the founders of modern neuroscience and her team was the first to find evidence of plasticity in the brain. Her engaging YouTube anatomy lectures have over 4.6 million views. This documentary highlights Dr. Diamond's 60 year career researching the human brain, an endeavor she…

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Wonder & Skepticism: What’s my age again?

October 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
The Empty Bottle, 1035 N Western
Chicago, IL 60622 United States
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This month at Wonder & Skepticism, a monthly science outreach event at the Empty Bottle, we present "What's my age again?" We will hear from two presenters: Bridget McGann and Sylvia Ortega-Martinez. Bridget will talk about her research on the science of parenting and how it impacts development and Sylvia will discuss her research on neurogenesis and Alzheimer's. Through this lens of development and degeneration, we hope to gain some insights into how our brains mature and age.

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November 2018

The Complex Relationship Between Climate Change Beliefs and Sustainable Behavior

November 2 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Gowen Hall 1A (Olson Room), University of Washington WA 98195 United States + Google Map

Please join UW Dept of PoliSci for a talk and discussion with Neil Lewis, Jr., Assistant Professor of Communication and Social Behavior at Cornell University.

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Women in Science & Entrepreneurship (WISE) St. Louis

November 2 @ 1:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Union Station, 1820 Market St
St. Louis, MO 63103 United States
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The 2018 WISE Statewide Conference is an ambitious event with three panel discussions and featuring twenty women leaders succeeding in science, medicine, business, technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.

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Get Out the Vote for Yes on 1631 in Washington State

November 3 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Yes on 1631 Campaign Office, 4347 Roosevelt Way NE
Seattle, WA 98103 United States
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This November Washington voters have a chance to do something no one has done before—pass an initiative to charge the state's biggest polluters, and invest in cleaner, more climate-resilient communities.

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Get Out the Vote for Yes on 1631 in Washington State

November 4 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

This November Washington voters have a chance to do something no one has done before—pass an initiative to charge the state's biggest polluters, and invest in cleaner, more climate-resilient communities.

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2nd Annual Science Policy Symposium

November 10 @ 9:00 am - 6:30 pm
Greenberg Building, The Rockefeller University, 1230 York Ave
New York, 10065 United States
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The National Science Policy Network and the student group Science and Education Policy Association are hosting the annual NSPN science policy symposium, a daylong event focused on bringing together early career scientists with an interest science policy, advocacy and diplomacy.

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