Why You Should Care About The March For Science

Why You Should Care About The March For Science

Scientists are now not allowed to share research; in response, they plan the March for Science.

Regardless of what we may believe about President Trump, the recent actions on behalf of him and his administration regarding censorship and restriction of scientists in communicating their findings with the public should raise concern.

White House Removed Search Results Related To Climate Change

After President Trump's inauguration as the 45th President of the United States, the official White House website has removed any search results on their website related to climate change and environmentalism and have indicated for the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to do the same. As can be seen, the only result is not related to climate change.

However, the EPA still maintains these topics on the website. Try it yourself and see what you find. It is hard to say what other topics have been deleted from the website, but so far search results directly related to race issues and LGBTQ are no longer available.

Significant Reductions To Science Budget

President Trump's administration plans $10.5 trillion of federal budget saving over the next ten years. This includes major cuts to various agencies, including the departments of Energy, Commerce, Transportation, Justice, and State. These will likely see significant budget cuts and even program eliminations.

According to a report by New York Magazine:

"At the Department of Justice, the plan would eliminate programs that aim to prevent violence against women, encourage community-oriented policing, and provide legal aid to the indigent. It would also drastically reduce funding the DOJ’s Civil Rights and Environment and Natural Resources divisions.

At the Energy Department, the plan would eliminate the Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy and Office of Fossil Energy, which develops technologies to reduce carbon emissions.

Two of the top State Department programs focused on climate-change prevention are marked for elimination.
The Minority Business Development Agency, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Humanities are all headed for the scrap heap. The Corporation for Public Broadcasting would be privatized."

The new budget for Department of Energy will be downsized to the levels of 2008, resulting in cuts to many important programs and scientific advances. Also, NASA's incredible climate change research department will likely be eliminated.

National Science Agencies "Silenced"

An internal department-wide email from Sharon Drumm, chief of staff for Agricultural Research Service (ARS), published on BuzzFeed read, “Starting immediately and until further notice, ARS will not release any public-facing documents. This includes, but is not limited to, news releases, photos, fact sheets, news feeds, and social media content." After much criticism from the public and scientific community, the ban was lifted.

Similar instructions have been released to many other federal research institutions in the U.S. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) sent orders not to send “any correspondence to public officials”. In turn, an email to directors of the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides more details on these regulations. President Trump has stopped Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) contracts and grant funding.

The CDC recently canceled a February conference regarding the health effect of climate change. The Department of Transportation and National Park Services sent out similar instructions.

The ARS will adhere to United Stated Department of Agriculture (USDA) instruction for scientists to seek approval of top officials when answering questions involving "legislation, budgets, policy issues and regulation."

"Although still allowed to publish in scientific journals, any reference to their work in any other form would have been banned. News releases, photographs, infographics, fact sheets, and any social media content on Facebook, Twitter, and elsewhere would be prohibited in any form, according to the memos."
- Robin Andrews

Online Science "Resistance"

In light of these events, "rogue" versions of Twitter accounts of these major research institutions have been started by their scientists. The purpose of these accounts is to publish important scientific material to the public which is being "censored" and create awareness of the existing problem.

The movement apparently started with a rogue Badlands National Park Twitter. This was been followed by the creation of the AltUSNatParkService Twitter.

Other accounts include: AltYosemiteNPS, AltYellowstoneNatPar, AltUSForestService, AltBadlandsNatPark, Resistance_NASA, RogueNASA, RogueNOAA , altUSEPA , among many others.

For more of these verified accounts please click here.

March For Science

All of these events, and maybe more, have lead scientist and science-enthusiast to protest these regulations. The public should have access to scientific information that has a direct impact on their lives.

A group on Reddit started a discussion of the subject that caught like wildfire among professors, students, researchers, artists, scientists, and people passionate about science.

Thus, a large number of America's scientists have banded together to organize the March For Science. Within a few days, the Facebook and Twitter handles have reached 166,044 likes and over 185,000 followers, respectively.

This is not the only effort made along these lines. Climate Central states that librarians and researchers are storing climate data on federal websites and scientists have led peaceful protests in San Fransisco.

If interested, you can sign up for updates of to join the march at http://www.scientistsmarchonwashington.com/

"If someone's political stance requires preventing scientists from informing you about your own planet, that's not politics, it's oppression."
- Katie Mack, astrophysicist

Cover Image Credit: SFGate

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It's Time To Thank Your First Roommate

Not the horror story kind of roommate, but the one that was truly awesome.

Nostalgic feelings have recently caused me to reflect back on my freshman year of college. No other year of my life has been filled with more ups and downs, and highs and lows, than freshman year. Throughout all of the madness, one factor remained constant: my roommate. It is time to thank her for everything. These are only a few of the many reasons to do so, and this goes for roommates everywhere.

You have been through all the college "firsts" together.

If you think about it, your roommate was there through all of your first college experiences. The first day of orientation, wishing you luck on the first days of classes, the first night out, etc. That is something that can never be changed. You will always look back and think, "I remember my first day of college with ____."

You were even each other's first real college friend.

You were even each other's first real college friend.

Months before move-in day, you were already planning out what freshman year would be like. Whether you previously knew each other, met on Facebook, or arranged to meet in person before making any decisions, you made your first real college friend during that process.

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The transition from high school to college is not easy, but somehow you made it out on the other side.

It is no secret that transitioning from high school to college is difficult. No matter how excited you were to get away from home, reality hit at some point. Although some people are better at adjusting than others, at the times when you were not, your roommate was there to listen. You helped each other out, and made it through together.

Late night talks were never more real.

Remember the first week when we stayed up talking until 2:00 a.m. every night? Late night talks will never be more real than they were freshman year. There was so much to plan for, figure out, and hope for. Your roommate talked, listened, laughed, and cried right there with you until one of you stopped responding because sleep took over.

You saw each other at your absolute lowest.

It was difficult being away from home. It hurt watching relationships end and losing touch with your hometown friends. It was stressful trying to get in the swing of college level classes. Despite all of the above, your roommate saw, listened, and strengthened you.

...but you also saw each other during your highest highs.

After seeing each other during the lows, seeing each other during the highs was such a great feeling. Getting involved on campus, making new friends, and succeeding in classes are only a few of the many ways you have watched each other grow.

There was so much time to bond before the stresses of college would later take over.

Freshman year was not "easy," but looking back on it, it was more manageable than you thought at the time. College only gets busier the more the years go on, which means less free time. Freshman year you went to lunch, dinner, the gym, class, events, and everything else possible together. You had the chance to be each other's go-to before it got tough.

No matter what, you always bounced back to being inseparable.

Phases of not talking or seeing each other because of business and stress would come and go. Even though you physically grew apart, you did not grow apart as friends. When one of you was in a funk, as soon as it was over, you bounced right back. You and your freshman roommate were inseparable.

The "remember that one time, freshman year..." stories never end.

Looking back on freshman year together is one of my favorite times. There are so many stories you have made, which at the time seemed so small, that bring the biggest laughs today. You will always have those stories to share together.

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The unspoken rule that no matter how far apart you grow, you are always there for each other.

It is sad to look back and realize everything that has changed since your freshman year days. You started college with a clean slate, and all you really had was each other. Even though you went separate ways, there is an unspoken rule that you are still always there for each other.

Your old dorm room is now filled with two freshmen trying to make it through their first year. They will never know all the memories that you made in that room, and how it used to be your home. You can only hope that they will have the relationship you had together to reflect on in the years to come.

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Irish-American History Is Just As Important As Any Other Culture, You Can't Prove Me Wrong

I cherish being Irish and I will not let anyone let me feel bad for that.


Depending on when you're reading this, Saint Patrick's day has either just passed or is around the corner. For me, Saint Patrick's day is tomorrow. I've been debating this article for some time now because I didn't know how it would be perceived. At this point, though, I feel it's important for me to get out. No, Irish people were never kept as slaves in America, and I will never be one to try and say they were. However, Irish people were treated tremendously awful in America. A lot of people tend to forget, or just try to erase entirely, the history of the Irish in America. So much so that I felt shameful for wanting to celebrate my heritage. Therefore, I want to bring to light the history that everyone brushes under the rug.

In 1845, a potato famine broke out across Ireland. This was a big deal because the Irish lived off, mainly, potatoes. They were cheap, easy to grow, and had tons of nutrients. So when the famine struck, many people either died of starvation or fled to America in seek of refuge. When the Irish arrived in America they were seen as a threat to the decency of America. People viewed them as drunk beasts, sinful savages, barbaric, violent, belligerent, stupid, and white apes. When the Irish would go to look for jobs, many times they found signs that read "Irish Need Not Apply," even when the job was hiring. Therefore, the Irish did the jobs no one wanted, and even jobs African slaves wouldn't do. The biggest example of this is when Irishmen built canals and drained swamps. They were sent to do these things because of the enormous amount of mosquitoes; in the swamp, they would get bit and ultimately die of malaria.

Also, during this time, Irish people were poor and therefore lived in the same neighborhoods as the free African Americans. A lot of the Irish people were friendly with their neighbors of color and even got into interracial relationships. Because the Irish lived in these neighborhoods they were seen as dirty and even a lot of people at this time put African Americans higher on the totem pole than Irish. One person during the time even said, "At least the black families keep their homes clean."

The main reason American's outlook on Irish people changed was that most Irishmen took up fighting for the Union in the Civil War. I make this argument, not because I think the Irish suffered more than African slaves. I don't say this in means of trying to erase the struggles of the African slaves. I do not think that any of our ancestors should have been treated the way they were. I mean to say that the Irish did in fact suffer. Irish people were treated wrongly on the basis of...nothing. Simply because my ancestors hailed from the shores of Eire, they were treated with malice. And I write this simply because I want people to remember. I want people to understand what happened.

On Saint Patrick's Day this year, next year, and for the many years to come, I want people to embrace the Irish culture. I want the folks of Irish heritage to not be ashamed of where they come from; to not be ashamed to share their culture the way I have for many years. I want everyone to have a beer, wear some green, eat a potato or two, and dance the Irish step; to celebrate the history of Irish people with a bit more understanding than before.

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