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Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races
Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races
Numerous candidates with STEM backgrounds are running for federal seats, and record numbers are competing in local races across the country.
Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races
Amid Pandemic, Scientists Lean on Credentials in Political Races

Numerous candidates with STEM backgrounds are running for federal seats, and record numbers are competing in local races across the country.

Numerous candidates with STEM backgrounds are running for federal seats, and record numbers are competing in local races across the country.

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Candidates from STEM and Medical Fields in the National Elections
Candidates from STEM and Medical Fields in the National Elections
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 9, 2020
See who’s on the ballot for House and Senate seats this year.
Interior Department Distorted Climate Change Evidence: Report
Interior Department Distorted Climate Change Evidence: Report
Kerry Grens | Mar 3, 2020
Agency documents, including scientific analyses, included language that misrepresents the uncertainty surrounding climate change, according to a New York Times investigation.
Trump Administration to Weaken Migratory Bird Protections
Trump Administration to Weaken Migratory Bird Protections
Shawna Williams | Jan 30, 2020
A reinterpretation of the Migratory Bird Treaty Act of 1918 won’t punish oil and gas companies whose activities kill birds unintentionally, The New York Times reports.
Iranian Students Denied Entry to US
Iranian Students Denied Entry to US
Kerry Grens | Jan 28, 2020
Despite having valid visas to attend universities, more than a dozen would-be graduate students have been detained at the airport and sent back to Iran in recent months.
Did On-Site Rapid DNA Testing Identify al-Baghdadi’s Remains?
Did On-Site Rapid DNA Testing Identify al-Baghdadi’s Remains?
Emma Yasinski | Oct 31, 2019
Over the past few years, several companies have developed rapid DNA tests that can be used in the field to identify remains in 90 minutes—but President Trump suggested the confirmation only took 15.
EPA Will Not Ban Pesticide Linked to Neurological Issues
EPA Will Not Ban Pesticide Linked to Neurological Issues
Nicoletta Lanese | Jul 19, 2019
The agency argues that chlorpyrifos is one of few “cost-effective options” for controlling certain farm pests.
As Visa Difficulties Persist, Scientists Push for Change
As Visa Difficulties Persist, Scientists Push for Change
Katarina Zimmer | Jul 10, 2019
Individual researchers and science societies are finding solutions so colleagues around the globe can attend conferences, from remote presentations to relocating conferences.
US-China Tensions Leave Some Researchers on Edge
US-China Tensions Leave Some Researchers on Edge
Diana Kwon | Jun 7, 2019
Changing policy has left academics uncertain about what is legal for foreign involvement in research, and increased hostility and bureaucracy have led students and scholars to seek opportunities elsewhere.
NIH Scientists Banned from Studying Human Fetal Tissue
NIH Scientists Banned from Studying Human Fetal Tissue
Kerry Grens | Jun 6, 2019
External researchers funded by US federal grants can continue their experiments under tighter scrutiny.
Trump Signs Executive Order Tying Grant Money to Free Speech
Trump Signs Executive Order Tying Grant Money to Free Speech
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 22, 2019
It’s unclear how the order, which charges academic institutions to follow existing rules regarding the First Amendment, will be implemented and enforced.
Trump Releases 2020 Budget Proposal
Trump Releases 2020 Budget Proposal
Jef Akst | Mar 12, 2019
The draft budget includes deep cuts for science funding, hacking more than $5.5 billion from the NIH’s allotment, but historically Congress has not accepted the White House’s proposals.
Trump Threatens to Cut Federal Research Funding Over Free Speech
Trump Threatens to Cut Federal Research Funding Over Free Speech
Carolyn Wilke | Mar 4, 2019
On Saturday, the US President announced that he would soon issue an executive order denying funds to colleges and universities that fail to protect free speech.
US Science Agencies Reopen After Shutdown
US Science Agencies Reopen After Shutdown
Kerry Grens | Jan 27, 2019
The consequences of the partial government closure could be long lasting.
Trump Administration Asks to Roll Back Rules Against Water Pollution
Trump Administration Asks to Roll Back Rules Against Water Pollution
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 12, 2018
Environmental groups are concerned and plan litigation.
UCSF HIV Lab Planning to Close
UCSF HIV Lab Planning to Close
Ashley P. Taylor | Dec 5, 2018
The facility claims to have a federal contract involving fetal tissue research canceled. HHS denies that claim.
Meet the Scientists Still in the Running for Congressional Seats
Meet the Scientists Still in the Running for Congressional Seats
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 23, 2018
After a surge of political enthusiasm among the scientific community since 2016, only a small fraction of candidates with science and engineering backgrounds made it through primary elections this year.  
Numerous Life Scientists Seek Election to State Legislatures
Numerous Life Scientists Seek Election to State Legislatures
Katarina Zimmer | Oct 23, 2018
In local races across the country, researchers are running on platforms of bringing more evidence-based decision-making into state governments.
Trump Administration’s Definitions of Sex Defy Science
Trump Administration’s Definitions of Sex Defy Science
Ashley P. Taylor | Oct 23, 2018
The government wants to limit a person’s sex to male or female as determined by genitalia at birth and genetics. It’s not so simple, say scientists.
Interior Department Wants Stricter Data Standards in Conservation Decisions
Interior Department Wants Stricter Data Standards in Conservation Decisions
Kerry Grens | Oct 4, 2018
A new rule would emphasize public, peer-reviewed reports in its decision-making, which has scientists concerned about the exclusion of sensitive, private data.