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Jun 4, 2006

Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest

I think we can all agree that political interference in science is a pretty big problem right now. One of the preferred methods here at The Scientific Activist of dealing with this has been discovering that the interferer lied on his resume, causing him to immediately resign from his position of influence. Since that isn't always an option, though, the Union of Concerned Scientists has announced a different approach:
The Union of Concerned Scientists is hosting Science Idol: the Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest. We're looking for your creative take on the issue of political interference in science. Submit one-panel or multi-panel, print cartoons that address the misuse of science on a specific issue or in general...

...The subject of the cartoons must relate to political interference in science in the federal government. UCS defines political interference in science as action by elected officials or political appointees to manipulate, alter, or suppress independent government science or inappropriately restrict or censor government scientists. This definition is distinct from the ethics of scientists themselves; direct corporate influence over science; or more ethical debates on issues like stem cell research.

The prizes look nice, and it's for a good cause, so if you have the skills (unlike me) it's worth taking a look at.

Hat tip to Sex Drugs and DNA.


  • On occasion, I find my mood drifting toward happiness or complacency. But when I notice my anger dissipating over the two budget cuts (in three years) of my main US NIH research grant, I merely head over to California Rep. Henry Waxman's compilation, Politics & Science: Investigating the State of Science Under the Bush Administration, for a refreshingly restorative negative vibe. It's a gold mine for cartoonists looking for subject matter.

    By Blogger Abel PharmBoy, at Mon Jun 05, 02:01:00 PM  

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