Science Policy in 2017

The Scientist’s coverage of key science agencies, the early days of the Trump administration, and the March for Science

By | February 13, 2017

March for Science: Interactive Map

On April 22, 2017, scientists and supporters from across the globe will take part in the March for Science. Click on a TS logo to read about specific marches and their organizers, or click on a red dot for basic information. 

March for Science: Complete Coverage

Protesters at the Women’s March in Washington, DC, January 21, 2017JEF AKST

Features
 

The Science of Science Advocacy By Joshua A. Krisch | March 16, 2017

Marching for Science, from Berlin to Sydney By Diana Kwon | February 20, 2017

Will a March Help Science? by Diana Kwon | February 2, 2017

News

March for Science Gains Support from Scientific Societies By Diana Kwon | February 27, 2017

Opinions
 

Scientists Must Think Beyond Science by Jon F. Wilkins | March 23, 2017
 
After We March by Sheril Kirshenbaum | March 16, 2017

Sometimes, Scientists Must March by Katie Gibbs, Alana Westwood, and Kathleen Walsh | February 13, 2017

Should Scientists Engage in Activism? by Adam Marcus and Ivan Oransky | February 7, 2017

Q&As with Satellite March Organizers

Activist and undergraduate student Sydney Bryant in Memphis

PhD candidate Alex Bradley in Los Angeles

Postdoc Robert Cooper, entrepreneur Alex Eyman, and lawyer Melissa Slawson in San Diego

Startup founder and chemist Amado Guloy in San Francisco

Ecologist Bryan Box in Anchorage

Evolutionary biologist Patricia Princehouse in Cleveland

Writer and geologist Ruby McConnell in Eugene

PhD candidate Alexandria Trujillo and undergraduate research assistant Jonathan Plaza in Buffalo

Science enthusiast Alejandra Ruley in Houston

Analyst Sierra Owen and retired paramedic firefighter Sara Pack in Lansing

Atlanta Science Tavern Executive Director Marc Merlin in Atlanta

Trump’s Early Days

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Trump Meets with HHS, NIH Brass By Bob Grant | April 5, 2017
 
Science Policy: Anxiety and Resolve at AAAS Conference By Ben Andrew Henry | February 21, 2017

Science Policy Recap by Joshua A. Krisch | February 9, 2017

Trump’s Crackdown on Federal Regulations by Joshua A. Krisch | February 1, 2017

TS Picks: Trump’s First Week in Office by Joshua A. Krisch | January 26, 2017

TS Picks: Obama’s Science Legacy by Joshua A. Krisch | January 17, 2017

Doctors Concerned About Trump's Anti-vaccine Leanings by Joshua A. Krisch | January 12, 2017

Science Advocates Voice Unease with Incoming Administration by Bob Grant | December 6, 2016

Scientific Community Reacts to Trump’s Win by Bob Grant | November 11, 2016

Potential Science Advisors

By Bob Grant


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David Gelernter

The Yale computer scientist last month met with President Trump before his inauguration, as well as with key advisors, to discuss the position of Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, among other things. In a conversation with The Scientist, Gelernter shared his thoughts on climate change, the impacts of immigration on science, and more.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW.


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William Happer

The Princeton physicist told The Scientist that President Trump agreed with his position that climate change research has become a “cult movement,” when the two met before inauguration. Happer also shared his thoughts on federal research funding, demonstrators marching for science, and more.

READ THE FULL INTERVIEW.

 
Scientists to Trump: Appoint a Science Advisor By Tracy Vence | March 1, 2017
 

Agencies

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What Budget Cuts Might Mean for US Science by Diana Kwon | March 21, 2017
 
 

Terabytes of Government Data Copied by Kerry Grens | March 8, 2017 

Reactions to Proposed EPA, NIH Budget Cuts by Tracy Vence | March 3, 2017

Q&A: What the Executive Order on Regulations Could Mean for EPA, FDA by Joshua A. Krisch | February 10, 2017

Tom Price Confirmed as HHS Director by Joshua A. Krisch | February 10, 2017

GOP Legislator Introduces Bill to Abolish EPA by Bob Grant | February 6, 2017

Scientists Respond to CDC Climate Summit Cancellation by Joshua A. Krisch | January 25, 2017

Califf Vacates FDA’s Top Post by Bob Grant | January 20, 2017

HHS Nominee Tom Price Grilled in Confirmation Hearing by Joshua A. Krisch | January 19, 2017

Oklahoma Attorney General Nominated to Lead EPA by Kerry Grens | December 8, 2016

Immigration

WIKIMEDIA, URCOMUNICACION

Nasser Zawia: An American Scientist Born in Yemen by Bob Grant | March 23, 2017

Ubadah Sabbagh: An American Scientist from the Middle East by Kerry Grens | February 24, 2017

Wael Al-Delaimy: An American Scientist Born in Iraq by Bob Grant | February 17, 2017

Pardis Sabeti: An American Scientist Born in Iran by Bob Grant | February 9, 2017

Scientific Societies Respond to Trump Immigration Order by Joshua A. Krisch | February 2, 2017

Scientists Offer Lab Space for Stranded Peers by Kerry Grens | February 1, 2017

US Immigration Ban Affects Scientists by Joshua A. Krisch | January 31, 2017

Education

FLICKR, VICTOR BJÖRKUND Trump Signals Support for Women in STEM by Joshua A. Krisch | March 2, 2017

Science Teaching Standards up for Revision in Texas by Kerry Grens | February 9, 2017

Tenure Under Attack in Two More States by Joshua A. Krisch | January 17, 2017

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