Science Rising in Action

Here we share with you stories of successful Science Rising events and activities. Science advocacy is a growing movement, and there is a lot we can learn from each other about how best to make an impact on the issues we care about. How was an activity planned? What were the outcomes?  How did people …

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Art for Science Rising Installation #3: WE ARE THE ASTEROID II

Artist and environmental activist Justin Brice Guariglia was driving down a highway last year when he saw a large LED sign on the side of the road flashing traffic-related alerts for motorists. Inspiration struck. “I thought, this is the perfect metaphor for organized human life,” he says. “We’re collectively flying down this highway called civilization …

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Public comments make a difference

By Mary Fisher “When has a public comment on a federal regulation actually made a significant difference?” This question consistently arises during workshops, presentations, volunteer trainings, and even from the editor of our article in The Conversation. As an organization whose mission is to encourage scientists and other experts to submit public comments, this question …

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Vote for Science Billboards Rise on I-95

Their stark simplicity jars drivers into considering the meaning of their words Drive between Boston and New York City on Interstate 95, and you’ll encounter a forest of billboards: for casinos, car dealerships, restaurants. Now, throughout September 2018, three bold red-white-and-blue billboards break up the familiar landscape of advertisements—by encouraging motorists to vote for science …

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Op-Eds for Cheeseheads: Training New Scientists as Communicators in Wisconsin Food Systems Policy

By Greta Landis “Facts aren’t impartial. They have great implications for people. They threaten people.” A few dozen graduate students and handful of public employees and farmers in the room nod thoughtfully over Margaret’s comment, laughing as she says, “It has never been a rational world!” On a June afternoon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, this group …

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What Are Deer Doing in Casco Bay?

PORTLAND, MAINE Nestled into the waters of Casco Bay in Portland, Maine, is a stand of discarded pilings, worn and decaying wooden posts that once supported a long-gone commercial dock. As of today, and until November of this year, Portlanders and visitors to the city will see some unusual creatures among the pilings. Local artist …

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Science Rising in Indiana

by Dori Chandler This summer, Hoosiers gathered at several science rising events throughout Indiana to show their support for sound science in our political systems.  Events included a webinar watch party on engaging candidates this election cycle; a Faith, Food, & Farm Bill event, which included an advocacy postcard writing session to members of Congress …

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Public Discussion of Science Policy Surges Nationwide as Thousands Engage in Science Rising

by Michael Halpern The great awakening of the science community is only gaining steam in the wake of increased attacks on science. Since the spring launch of Science Rising, we’ve recorded more than 125 events submitted by 118 organizations around the country who are focused on making sure science is front and center in the decision-making …

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Giving students a seat at the table: why we should teach science policy advocacy early on

By Jordan Harrod After walking down a winding hallway on the eighth floor of the Chicago Hilton, I quietly opened the door to the Lake Michigan Room to find a table full of middle school, high school, and college students asking a lawyer from the Environmental Defense Fund questions about clean energy policy. I had …

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500 Women Scientists Film Night sparks discussion and action

By Emily Eisenhauer At the end of 2016, after witnessing a crescendo of attacks on science and rhetoric with misogynistic, racist, and homophobic undertones, 500 Women Scientists was formed. Its mission is to increase scientific literacy through public engagement, advocate for science and equity, and provide self-identifying women with the tools and support they need to …

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Employing a Public Health Approach to Gun Violence Prevention

By Sandra Butler From April through June 2018, the Consortium for Affordable Medical Technologies (CAMTech) employed a public health approach to gun violence prevention by sourcing pain points and solutions for unmet needs in gun violence prevention.  CAMTech, based at Massachusetts General Hospital, uses an innovation methodology to identify pressing clinical and public health needs, …

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Science Gong Show: Communicating Science

By Matthew Davidson A researcher stands in front of a crowd of 60, beer in hand, ready to present her work. [Super technical-sounding jargon] *CLANG*   *CLANG*  *CLANG* [Somewhat less technical sounding jargon] *Clang*  *Clang* [Better, understandable explanation of her research] *CHEERS* WELCOME TO THE GONG SHOW To many people outside of the lab, scientists might as …

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Hosting an Edit-a-thon

By Maryam Zaringhalam In nearly any web search, one of the first results to pop up is Wikipedia. It’s a go-to information resource as a site that aims to give free access to the “sum of all human knowledge.” But the scientific contributions of women, gender and sexual minorities, and people of color remain underrepresented …

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Albany Advocacy Days Bring Success

by Elizabeth Ahearn On Tuesday, April 24th, 2018, Clean and Healthy New York hosted “What’s In There?” Workshop and Advocacy Day in Albany to highlight the need for disclosure of toxic ingredients in products.  Roughly eighty people were in attendance. Among the attendees were members of WEACT for Environmental Justice who traveled from Harlem, professionals …

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Advocating at the State Level: 3 tips to host an advocacy day

By Matt Steffen Each year, my organization – the Illinois Environmental Council, or IEC – hosts Environmental Advocacy Day, and this year was no different. On Thursday, April 26th, 2018, roughly 300 people gathered in Springfield, IL to meet with their state legislators regarding policies that would grow clean energy, counter rollbacks of environmental protections …

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Advocacy for All

By Sara Wong Asking someone to participate in science advocacy is either met with an enthusiastic smile, a blank stare, or a hard grimace. While some scientists wholeheartedly consider themselves advocates, others are hesitant to identify that way. Just as many people might think all scientists wear white coats and have wild hair, we might …

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How international scientists can advocate, and how U.S. scientists can support them

By Gary McDowell In the current political climate in the United States, many scientists are looking to become more politically engaged or to advocate, whether it be marching for science (#ascbmarches), or contacting elected representatives and attending town halls. As someone here on a Green Card, and as someone who likes to actively engage and wants to advocate, …

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