Union of Concerned Scientists launch The Center for Science and Democracy

The Union of Concerned Scientists, a science-based nonprofit started at MIT in 1969, has recently launched a new initiative: the Center for Science and Democracy. This new initiative is “dedicated to restoring the essential role of science, evidence-based knowledge, and constructive debate in the U.S. policymaking process…” The Center’s three main strategies for attaining these goals are: restoring confidence and support for evidence-based scientific research, helping groups ranging from policy makers to journalists differentiate between evidence-based research and misleading propaganda, and helping scientists to become better public policy communicators. Activities within the center will range from “Science and Democracy Forums” to helping scientists respond to harassment, to releasing an annual report on “Science in our Democracy.” I encourage you to explore the new website and sign up for news alerts from UCS. There is also an interesting article linked to on the Forums webpage regarding the history of science and democracy in the United States.

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