Standing up for science at the Women's March
Science is real. Science works for everyone. Science and reason matter.
Scientists and science supporters joined the Women's March and sister marches yesterday. They're worried about what might happen to science during the Trump term.
Researchers at the Women's March in Washington DC defended their work, writes Nature. Among them were a number of US government employees who told Nature that they worried for their jobs under the Trump administration.
These are dire days for science so we welcome all the pro-science messages spotted. Here are some favorites.
"What do we want? Evidence based science. When do we want it? After peer review."
Antarctic scientists joined in. Seals = science.
You can't legislate the laws of nature!
Science is not a liberal conspiracy.
Science is a party for everyone. We value curiosity. We value diversity.
500WomenScientists.org is a group of scientists that formed after Trump's "anti-knowledge, anti-science" election. In 2 months their group has grown from 1-13,000 scientists in 2,700 scientific disciplines.
Read their pledge and join them: https://500womenscientists.org/updates/2017/1/19/weekly-wrap-up
The thing about science is that it's true whether you believe it or not.
Families stand up for science.
No science, no evidence, no facts, no democracy.
Think while it's still legal.
Make our climate great again.
Scientists for truth.
Girls just wanna have fun....ding for science.
Marchers worry that the president's rhetoric and nominee choices threaten research, the scientific method and reproductive rights, reports Scientific American.
"Some of the protestors said they were here to stand in solidarity with efforts to protect the rights of women and their families. Others said they came to register their dismay about the Trump administration’s stance on certain scientific and medical issues—including climate change, reproductive rights and the future of research funding. Some researchers who joined the march said they were alarmed over what might happen to science in general with Trump at the helm." ~ Scientific American
Read the Scientific American article: https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/womens-march-on-washington-protestors-say-science-is-a-driving-force/?WT.mc_id=SA_TW_POLE_NEWS
Data science is getting a little attention, with the debate over how many people attended the Trump inauguration. 160,000 is the estimate from crowd scientists. It CAN be estimated.
Popular Mechanics looks at estimating crowd-size and why it's so hard, and how it gets even harder when political motives are involved.
Bad Astronomer responds to a Trump spokesperson declaring in a television news show today that the Trump administration uses "alternative facts":
Scientists are organizing a march on Washington, and there appears to be an alternate Twitter for the national parks account that was muzzled today.