TS Picks: Trump’s First Week in Office

Gag orders at key science agencies were reportedly given, rescinded, and denied. Meanwhile, scientists say they are organizing a march on Washington. 

Joshua A. Krisch
Jan 25, 2017

WIKIMEDIA, MICHAEL VADON

Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • Officials at the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) informed staff at both agencies that they were not permitted to speak with reporters or discuss research projects as of Monday, Scientific American reported. Employees at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) received similar instructions, according to Science. It’s possible that the guidance is “a normal thing that happens in any transition period,” Benjamin Corb, the American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology’s director of public affairs, told Science. “But we want to make sure federally funded science agencies are able to carry out their mission without political interference.”
     
  • Hours after the gag orders were reported, and only days after the National Park Service was forced to shut down its social media activity, someone posting to the Twitter account for Badlands National Park in...