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Feb 23, 2006

Strategies for Scientific Activists

The annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) wrapped up on Monday, 20 February, but not before it generated quite a bit of news and commentary on scientific activism. One example was this article from The New York Times, detailing an event where scientists spoke out about the practices of the current administration. In addition, some particularly insightful commentary can be found at the following blogs:
  • In a post on the Bad Astronomy Blog Phil Plait discusses the talk he gave—on current attacks against science—at the AAAS meeting. His blog also sports several additional posts about other aspects of the meeting.
  • Matthew Nisbet of Framing Science, also gave a talk at the meeting on scientists using the media to engage the public on scientific topics. He outlines the take-home message of his talk in this post.
  • At The Intersection, Chris Mooney gives a condensed version of Nisbet’s post, and he points readers to a recent article he wrote for Seed about how scientists can join the political dialogue.
  • Finally, Dietram Scheufele of Nanopublic also gave a talk on the need for scientists to engage the public on controversial scientific topics and how scientists can go about doing so by framing the debate.


  • I wish more organizations would speak out, but many are afraid of losing their tax-exempt status if they critize the Bush regime. I know from second-hand accounts that the The American Physical Society is deadly afriad of losing it and has resorted to using pro-Bush administration language in its lobbying.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Thu Feb 23, 05:09:00 AM  

  • I'd be interested in what you think about the way ITAR and EAR is being applied at American universities. It's new at my university as of 3/1/06. It seems to have started with an audit at the University of Maryland, and now awareness of this how law applies to science/engineering speech is making its way to research universities such as the one that employs me.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at Fri Feb 24, 12:32:00 AM  

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