Marching for Science

Nina Martin | Johns Hopkins Center for Global Health

This past Saturday was Earth Day, and also the day that people participated in hundreds of "March for Science" events around the globe - including a team of scientists on Antarctica!  According to the organizers' website, Saturday's march was "a celebration of science.  It's not only about scientists and 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." This comes in the wake of extensive proposed cuts to funding for scientific research, which jeopardizes development of new treatments and health promotion here and around the world.

Scientists and scientific research are sometimes perceived as distant from everyday life, locked in an academic tower and or read about in textbooks. One journalist at the San Francisco march noted that "[he] couldn't find anything that would make a Trump supporter -- or even a fence-sitter -- care. Too many signs, indeed, smacked of superiority." The March for Science in some ways has tried to re-ignite the conversation about how far scientific advances reach into all our lives (think plastics, seat belts, polio and measles vaccines), and build bridges to more effectively share findings with those outside of traditional academia.

Curious about how you can do this? Here are a few resources and tips: 

JHSPH's Brian Simpson and the Global Health Now team covered the Washington DC march (amid pouring rain) - check out his full write up here!

And for fun: Politico has rounded up some brilliant signs, including "Make America Full of Bees Again"!  

People

Yukari C. Manabe, MD

Associate Director of Global Health Research and Innovation

Robert Bollinger Jr., MD MPH

Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Clinical Global Health Education (CCGHE); Associate Director, Johns Hopkins Center for Global...

Stefan Baral, MD MPH,MBA,MSc

Director, Key Populations Program

Caitlin Kennedy, PhD MPH,BA

Co-Director, MPH concentration in Social and Behavioral Sciences in Public Health; Associate Director, Center for Qualitative...

Joanne Katz, ScD MS,BSc

Associate Chair, Director of Academic Programs

Noreen Hynes, MD MPH

Director, Geographic Medicine Center of the Division of Infectious Diseases
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