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Science AMA Series: Hi Reddit, we’re the organizers of the March for Science, and we’re here to talk about the importance of fighting for science and how you can get involved. Ask us anything!
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Hey Reddit! We’re organizers from the March for Science, here to answer your questions about the March. The March for Science champions 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. The March for Science got started with a reddit discussion on /r/politics about a Scientists’ March on Washington. We scientists took that initial interest and started a website and social media accounts to start recruiting. The march quickly gained hundreds of thousands of followers on social media and became the March for Science, an event planned to take place in over 400 cities across the globe, with hundreds of thousands of people expected to attend. More information about March for Science at marchforscience.com. We are: Dr. Jonathan Berman - National Co-Chair I’m a postdoctoral fellow at UTHSCSA. I study how the kidney reabsorbs sodium and the relationship between sodium reabsorption and blood pressure. I’m one of three national co-chairs for the March for Science, along with Dr. Caroline Weinberg, and Valorie Aquino. Dr. Rachael Holloway - National Diversity & Inclusion Lead I’m a clinical psychologist who specializes in behavioral medicine, trauma, and neurocognitive disorders. My graduate program has won national awards for its training in diversity and its rate of graduating underrepresented minority students. In my postdoctoral fellowship at VA San Diego/UCSD, I served on the diversity committee and completed mentorships in diversity and social justice advocacy. Miles Greb - Organizer of the Seattle March for Science. Sci Comm writer focused on returning optimism to science and science fiction. Creator of several comics designed to promote skepticism, scientific wonder, and a dedication to accurate science in literature. Organizing the the Satellite March for Science group in the beautiful city of Seattle Washington. Dr. Bryan Dunyak - Steering Committee, Chair of Marketing & Tech, March For Science - San Francisco I’m a postdoctoral fellow at the University of California at San Francisco. I study the role of cellular housekeeping mechanisms and their misregulation in cancer and neurodegeneration. I am passionate about science outreach; I have a long history working as a moderator with /r/science to encourage scientific discussion while helping to bridge the gap between practicing scientists and the public. We’ll be back at 1 pm EST to answer your questions, Ask Us Anything!