28 Mar UICUF March for Science
UIC United Faculty endorses and will participate in the Chicago March for Science, a sister march to the Washington, DC, March for Science, planned for April 22, 2017.
The organizing/steering committee of the DC March for Science includes an anthropologist, a physiologist, a health educator, a neuroscientist, an ethnobotanists/indigenous scientist, a science communicator, a pharmacologist, an engineer, and a philosopher of science.
The mission of the March for Science in DC is “to champion robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity. We unite as a diverse, nonpartisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy makers to enact evidence-based policies in the public interest.” https://www.marchforscience.com/
The march has been officially endorsed by several organizations, including AAUP, AAAS, the Union of Concerned Scientists, the NY Academy of Science, various professional organizations, and more. See the full list at http://www.sciencemag.org/news/2017/02/will-they-or-won-t-they-what-science-groups-are-saying-about-joining-march-science
Sister marches are planned in hundreds of cities across the country and the world, including Chicago. The mission of the Chicago march is “to show support for the scientific community. To safeguard the scientific process, and research funding, when seeking answers to the things that matter.To publicly celebrate science, which helps us make sense of ourselves and our world. To encourage curiosity and exploration, the heart of the scientific approach.” http://sciencemarchchicago.org/
UICUF endorses and will participate in the March for Science to foster an environment conducive to science, because:
- Science is essential for the health of our communities, the safety of our environment, the future of our planet.
- Science values diversity; diversity enriches sciences.
- Science is an international pursuit.
- Science needs to be open and independent.
Adopted by the UICUF Representative Assembly March 1, 2017.