All - something slightly different today. The below is a letter cowritten by myself and colleagues here at UVM.
Best wishes -
Science is essential. Evidence is helpful. Facts don’t have alternatives.
We are writing to encourage you to participate in the March for Science on April 22, either in Washington DC or here in Burlington.
This is not about political parties, climate change, or funding. It’s more fundamental than that.
Science underpins our economy and our lives: more people have better medicine, technology, nutrition, renewable energy, and safety because of science. Evidence improves policy: big decisions need to account for what we know as well as what we believe. Science is discovery: the stuff we learn is breathtaking and inspiring, and we need to engage more people in that inspiration.
Others have laid out their own reasons, and we encourage you to look at the March principles, statements by AAAS, AGU, ESA, and more than100 other organizations. Also, read this powerfuleditorial by a leading scientist about his family. And a nice blog post on inclusion and access.
Here is what we hope you will do:
1. Go to the march website and register now to go to the Burlington or DC marches. Adding your name now helps.
2. Bring at least 2 non-scientists with you. This is important. This is a march for science, not for scientists.
3. Use this timely event to discuss the issues in your classes and with your peers.
4. Get together with your friends and colleagues to discuss links above, your own message, make signs, etc.
5. If you agree with this message, share it by email or with this link: http://bit.ly/2ofxIS5
This isn’t the world’s only issue these days, or the only concerning thing about our current leaders. But science is essential to continued progress in this country and the world, and it’s relevant to the mission of all centers of education and research. We hope you’ll add your voice.
Robert Bartlett – Professor, UVM
Breck Bowden – Professor, UVM
Alison Brody – Professor, UVM
Chris Danforth – Professor, UVM
Stuart Hart – Professor, UVM
Jane Knodell – Professor, UVM
Chris Koliba – Professor, UVM
Jane Kolodinsky – Professor, UVM
Beth Mintz – Professor, UVM
Taylor Ricketts – Professor, UVM
Donna Rizzo – Professor, UVM
Nathan Sanders – Professor, UVM
Stephanie Seguino – Professor, UVM
The comments or opinions here expressed are our own and should not be taken as a statement, opinion, position or endorsement by the University of Vermont.