A January 31 New York Times opinion titled, "A Scientists' March on Washington is a Bad Idea" by Robert S. Young, a professor of coastal geology at Western Carolina University, claims that rather than persuading the government to support science, a march will only serve to reaffirm the notion that scientists are an "interest group".
Lydia Villa-Komaroff, a molecular cellular biologist and honorary national co-chair of the March for Science, said the problem is not new, and that federal support for research has been declining since the 1960s.
I bring all this up because the knowledge nerds in the science community are mad that we finally have a president who doesn't read books and believes rising ocean levels mean greater opportunities to sell oceanfront property in Nebraska.
The motivating issues are both specific to the Trump administration - concerns over researchers' freedom of movement due to travel bans or other immigration restrictions, and an open disregard for established climate science - as well as long-term negative trends in areas like federal support for research.
Organizers of the Saturday protest, which is being held in Washington, D.C., along with 600 satellite marches across the nation and worldwide, insist the march is political but nonpartisan.
A nonpartisan group is calling for marches across the USA on Saturday (April 22) to start a global movement to defend what they call the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies, and governments.
But Eickhout said the assessments were not as objective as one would think.
The coalition includes the The Carrie Dickerson Foundation, the Green Country Sierra Club, All Souls Green Team, Tulsa Blue Thumb joined with March for Science, Tulsa.
"We are pointing fingers at Trump, but we should also point them at ourselves", he added.
But now evidence-based research is under attack to a stunning degree.
"It clearly has a partisan framing", said Roger A. Pielke Sr., senior research scientist, Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences at the University of Colorado Boulder.
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The size of March for Science Chicago projects to be somewhere in the middle.
When you have climate change deniers like this in power, the assault on basic science only grows stronger.
"It's bewildering to me and members of the scientific community that any group of leaders would lie down passively and accept some of the proposals that have been bandied about", said Kedes, a professor of immunology, microbiology and cancer biology at the UVa School of Medicine.
One such group is the Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS), which will capitalise on the gathering to train scientists and science supporters to be more politically active.
"Science is above politics", says Shaughnessy Naughton, a chemist at Princeton University. Scientific advancement has given our society a standard of living that was unimaginable for many generations. Their participation in the March for Science is fantastic, but we need our brilliant glaciologists and solar engineers to spend the majority of their time on their research, not on campaign strategy and organizing.
"We are in an era in which the way that people structure their beliefs around science is of concern", Lynn said.
"The March for Science and the Peoples Climate March go hand-in-hand", said MIT and Harvard renewable energy modeler Dr. Geoffrey Supran.
Well, tomorrow, we're marching for science.
"The protests are often fueled by those with left-leaning political views who were surprised by Trump's victory but have not been quelled by his policies and actions since taking office", the Post reported on Friday. "We must capture the imagination of the very people whom our mission benefits and share with them our own enthusiasm for science", they write. "We want to make a point about science in our community, and then also creating a group that is advocating for this evidence-based policy so that politicians hear us, see us and listen", she says.
We saw with the women's marches in recent months that you can catch the president's attention.
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Muhammad shot the guard, 25-year-old Carl Williams, multiple times at close range shortly after 11 p.m., police said. Another was carrying a bag of groceries after stopping at a charity center. "That's what he set out to do that day".