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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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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Reflections on “Making Government Work for All: A Workshop on Public Comment”

By Mary Fisher Our fourth floor room at the Seattle Public Library slowly cleared out at the insistence of the Library’s event space coordinator, reminding us that the building would be closing in only fifteen short minutes. Half of our workshop coordinators were still deep in discussion with the remaining attendees, while the other half of …

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