The March

March

SCIENCE, NOT SILENCE

The March for Science is a celebration of our passion for science and a call to support and safeguard the scientific community. Recent policy changes have caused heightened worry among scientists, and the incredible and immediate outpouring of support has made clear that these concerns are also shared by hundreds of thousands of people around the world. The mischaracterization of science as a partisan issue, which has given policymakers permission to reject overwhelming evidence, is a critical and urgent matter. It is time for people who support scientific research and evidence-based policies to take a public stand and be counted.

ON APRIL 22, 2017, WE WALK OUT OF THE LAB AND INTO THE STREETS.

We are scientists and science enthusiasts. We come from all races, all religions, all gender identities, all sexual orientations, all abilities, all socioeconomic backgrounds, all political perspectives, and all nationalities. Our diversity is our greatest strength: a wealth of opinions, perspectives, and ideas is critical for the scientific process. What unites us is a love of science, and an insatiable curiosity. We all recognize that science is everywhere and affects everyone.

Science is often an arduous process, but it is also thrilling. A universal human curiosity and dogged persistence is the greatest hope for the future. This movement cannot and will not end with a march. Our plans for policy change and community outreach will start with marches worldwide and a teach-in at the National Mall, but it is imperative that we continue to celebrate and defend science at all levels - from local schools to federal agencies - throughout the world.

Mission

Mission

The March for Science champions
publicly funded and publicly communicated science
as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.
We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group
to call for science that upholds the common good
and for political leaders and policy makers
to enact evidence based policies in the public interest.

The March for Science is a celebration of science. It's not about scientists or politicians, it is about the very real role that science plays in each of our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world. Nevertheless, the march has generated a great deal of conversation around whether or not scientists should involve themselves in politics. In the face of an alarming trend toward discrediting scientific consensus and restricting scientific discovery, we might ask instead: can we afford not to speak out in its defense?

Scientists and supporters of science have remained silent for far too long in the face of policies that ignore scientific evidence and endanger both human life and the future of our world. New policies threaten to further restrict scientists’ ability to research and communicate their findings. We face a possible future where people not only ignore scientific evidence, but seek to eliminate it entirely. Staying silent is a luxury we can no longer afford. We must stand together and support science.

The application of science to policy is not a partisan issue. Anti-science agendas and policies have been advanced by politicians on both sides of the aisle, and they harm everyone — without exception. Science should neither serve special interests nor be rejected based on personal convictions. At its core, science is a tool for seeking answers. It can and should influence policy and guide our long-term decision-making.

The March for Science champions and celebrates science, but it is a small step in the process towards encouraging the application of science in policy. We understand that the most effective way to protect science is to encourage the public to value and invest in it. This can only be achieved through science education and outreach.

The best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science. That can only happen through education, communication, and ties of mutual respect between scientists and their communities. There has too long been a divide between the scientific community and the public. We encourage scientists to reach out to their communities, sharing their research and its impact on people's everyday lives. We must take science out of the labs and journals and share it with the world.

PRINCIPLES AND GOALS

Goals

Science protects the health of our communities, the safety of our families, the education of our children, the foundation of our economy and jobs, and the future we all want to live in and preserve for coming generations.
We speak up now because all of these values are currently at risk. When science is threatened, so is the society that scientists uphold and protect.

Our Core Principles
Science that serves the common good Scientists work to build a better understanding of the world around us. Science is a process, not a product -- a tool of discovery that allows us to constantly expand and revise our knowledge of the universe. In doing so, science serves the interests of all humans, not just those in power. We must protect the rights of every person to engage with, learn from, and help shape science, free from manipulation by special interests.
Cutting Edge Science Education We support science education that teaches children and adults to think critically, ask questions, and evaluate truth based on the weight of evidence. Science is not a field that should be understood only by a small few -- every person, from every background, deserves an education that encourages scientific learning alongside the arts and humanities. Science works best when scientists come from diverse perspectives, and we must work to encourage and support a new generation of scientists that increasingly includes historically underrepresented groups.
Open and honest science communication and inclusive public outreach Gag rules on scientists in government and environmental organizations impede access to information that is a public right. Our tax dollars support this scientific research and withholding their results limits the public’s ability to learn from the important developments and discoveries that we have come to expect from our scientists. In addition, scientists often rely on the public to help identify new questions that need to be answered.
Evidence-based policy and regulations in the public interest Science observes and asks questions about the world. Our understanding is constantly changing, presenting us with new questions and answers. Science gives us the ability to examine these questions, enabling us to craft improved policies and regulations that serve our best interests. Political decision-making that affects the lives of Americans and the world at large should make use of peer-reviewed evidence and scientific consensus, not personal whims and decrees.
Funding for scientific research and its applications De-funding and hiring freezes in the sciences are against any country’s best interests. We believe that the federal budget should reflect the powerful and vital role that science plays in supporting our democracy. We advocate federal funding in support of research, scientific hiring, and agency application of science to management. This funding cannot be limited to environmental and medical fields -- scientific support must be inclusive of diverse disciplines.
Our Goals for This March
Humanize Science Science is first and foremost a human process -- it is conducted, applied, and supported by a diverse body of people. Scientific inquiry is not an abstract process that happens independent of culture and community. It is an enterprise carried out by people who seek to expand our knowledge of the world in the hope of building a better, more informed society.
Partner with the Public We join together as scientists and supporters of science to embody the importance of partnerships formed between the lab and the broader community. Science works best when scientists share our findings with and engage the communities we serve in shaping, sharing, and participating in the research process. We also look to the public for inspiration about what new questions need to be asked about the world around us. The lines of communication must go in both directions. If scientists hope to discuss their work with the public, they must also listen to the public's thoughts and opinions on science and research. Progress can only be made by mutual respect.
Advocate for open, inclusive, and accessible science We strive to break down barriers in our own community. A career in science should be an option for anyone and everyone who is passionate about discovery. Likewise, the process and results of scientific inquiry should be open to all. Science can ably and accurately inform the decision-making of all people, from the choices we make as consumers to the policies we adopt through public debate. By bringing scientists to “teach-in” at the National Mall and in public spaces around the globe, we voice our support for science being freely available.
Support Scientists We gather together to stand up for scientists, including those in public service. We pledge to speak up for them when they are silenced, to protect them when they are threatened and to provide them with support when they feel they can no longer serve their institutions. Scientists in both public and private sectors must be allowed to communicate their results freely, without misrepresentation or distortion and without the fear of retribution.
Affirm Science as a Democratic Value Science is a vital feature of a working democracy, spurring innovation, critical thinking, increased understanding, and better, healthier lives for all people. By marching in Washington, DC and around the world, we take one of many steps to become more active in our communities and in democratic life. We hold our leaders -- both in science and in politics -- accountable to the highest standards of honesty, fairness, and integrity. We gather together to send a message: we will all work to ensure that the scientific community is making our democracy stronger.

DIVERSITY PRINCIPLES

Unity

The March for Science strongly supports diversity, inclusion and equality in science.

American and global citizens are best served when we build and sustain an inclusive scientific community. We advocate for equal access to science education and scientific careers. When evidence-based science and policy are ignored, marginalized communities are differentially and disproportionately impacted.

Scientists and people who care about science are an intersectional group, embodying a diverse range of race, sexual orientation, (a)gender identity, ability, religion, socioeconomic and immigration statuses. We, the march organizers, come from and stand in solidarity with historically underrepresented scientists and science advocates.

Diversity in Science:

  • Scientists and people who care about science are an intersectional group, embodying a diverse range of race, sexual orientation, (a)gender identity, ability, religion, age, and socioeconomic and immigration status. We come together under a shared passion to pursue and share knowledge.
  • We, the march organizers, come from and stand in solidarity with historically underrepresented scientists and science advocates.

Inclusion in Science:

  • We do better science and better serve both American and global citizens when we build and sustain an open scientific community that celebrates and includes people from diverse backgrounds, experiences, and perspectives.
  • We acknowledge that institutions in science often fail to include and value the contributions of scientists from underrepresented groups and that scientific endeavors historically have been used to harm and oppress marginalized communities.
  • We work to address these concerns and advocate for equal access to science education and careers in science.

Broader implications:

  • Issues of equality in society at large are issues of ethical concern. When evidence-based science and policy are ignored, marginalized communities are differentially and disproportionately impacted.

Atlanta MFS Board

ATL Board
Executive Committee
Dr. Jasmine Clark A Lecturer at Emory University School of Nursing. She received her B.S. in Microbiology from University of Tennessee in Knoxville and her PhD in Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Emory University. She was driven to be a part of this movement because of a passion for science and science education as well as her insistence of the necessity for peer-reviewed empirical data to remain unaltered and uncensored.
Matthew Bowen A Chemistry graduate from Mercer University. Currently employed as an environmental consultant in Atlanta with a focus in sustainability. Serves as the Environmental and Infrastructure Eastern U.S. Coordinator of Sustainability for his consulting firm, and is a certified member of the Institute for Sustainable Infrastructure.
Flint Barrow A computer scientist hailing from Georgia Tech. An avid coder, he specializes in natural language processing and business processes. He has previously worked with large companies like Google and smaller agencies like Moxie. He is now growing his own start up. He strives to make this march a success by empowering people to do what they do best by providing tools for organization and communication.
Daniel Smith, MS A behavioral and clinical researcher for the past 11 years, but has been an aspiring scientist for most of his life. Daniel donates his time as treasurer to the March for Science with the firm conviction that science requires open communication and reliable data gathering; silencing of scientific information cannot be tolerated in a free and just society.
Logistics Chairs
Bekah Ward A microbiologist who is an Assistant Professor at Georgia Gwinnett College. She received her PhD from Cornell University and did her postdoctoral fellowship at Emory University. Her areas of research include symbiosis and environmental metagenomics. She is also an activist who has participated in other social movements. She has written on science and society for publications like the International Socialist Review.
Lara Martin, MA, MPH A Medical Anthropologist with degrees from the University of South Florida, SOAS University of London, and RSPH- Emory University. She was a Logistics Fellow with the CDC and she specializes in the management of emergency health & nutrition programs in conflict settings, particularly in the Middle East/North Africa.
Public Relations Chairs
Benny Villegas, OSCP A Biological engineering graduate from the University of Georgia with research experience in Applied Genetic Technologies and Chemistry. He is currently pursuing his Masters in Software Engineering, while working alongside Offensive Cyber Security and technology accessibility initiatives.
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Dr. Nadia Lelutiu A research project and laboratory manager at Emory University. Nadia was a freelance writer for several music publications and began a music promotions company that established music and arts festivals, music showcases, and a local music blog.
Information Technology Chair
Louis Kiphen A graduate of the University of Texas with a degree in Electrical Engineering. His past experience includes civil service with the U.S. Air Force as a Systems Engineer with a focus in Electronics Warfare. He is currently a Service Management Engineer in the Travel & Expense industry and pursuing projects in Data Science.
Finance Chairs
Paige Lightman, PhD A Biological Oceanographer (PhD Florida State, 2001) who works with an international consultancy as an ecological risk assessor and uses biological and chemical food web models to direct cleanup of freshwater, marine, and terrestrial hazardous waste sites.
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Volunteer Coordination Chairs
Lukis Newborn A political activist since 2015 with passions in building community and government interaction. He brings with him to March for Science a love for Theoretical Physics. Outside of activism and business he enjoys playing piano and hanging out with his cat, Carlo.
William McClane A doctoral student and educator in Industrial-Organizational Psychology at the University of Georgia. His work focuses on understanding the interaction of people, technology, motivation, and work. He also works as a facilitator with conflict resolution and communication facilitation.

After the March

After the March

The need to advocate for policy change and improve scientific outreach does not stop after April 22.

We believe science education is the key to influencing policy change. We will be updating this page soon with plans that we hope will encourage your dedication to the March for Science long past the day of the march itself.

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