Hi everyone! In April 2014, a decision was made to switch Flint’s water source from Lake Huron to the Flint River. Since then, the city has faced unending water woes. After numerous boil advisories and a violation of TTHM (total trihalomenthane) levels, our water became discolored, and I decided to educate myself on everything water and water distribution. Eventually we had the water tested properly and it came back at 2.5 times the level of hazardous waste. It was after that and reading the monthly operational reports that I learned that officials were breaking a federal law. They denied it and threatened me with Child Protective Services if I didn’t bow to their wants. They wanted me to sign a document stating I would never pursue them for poisoning my son. They even offered me money. Then, when trying to figure out what I should expect from my son (who also has a compromised immune system) being lead poisoned, I was told by a state nurse that it was nothing. “Just a few IQ points—it’s not the end of the world.” With the local, state, and federal government against us, my family forged ahead and with the help of Marc Edwards and his Virginia Tech team led a sampling of almost 300 homes. This sampling proved there was a city-wide problem. Because of everything that has happened, I have now become a water activist and citizen scientist. The breaking of a federal law in Flint makes what happened an anomaly, but there is still a nation-wide problem. There are lead pipes throughout the country and almost every state allows testing with loopholes. We need to keep a conversation about lead at the forefront to help protect this nation’s children. I’m here to answer any questions you have about my experience and what I learned. Also, I make an appearance in PBS NOVA’s new film about the Flint crisis, called “Poisoned Water,” which you can watch online for free here. They also made a video profile of me for their website. Finally, here are both parts to an interview I did with Constantine Cannon. I’ll be back at 1pm EST to answer your questions. AMA!
Hi, I’m Dr. Bonnie Buratti, and I’ve worked at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 35 years. Most recently I’ been on the following missions: Cassini to Saturn, New Horizons to Pluto, and Rosetta to a comet. I’m interested in what planets are made of and what it would be like if we just stood on their surfaces. I’m fascinated by all the exotic things we’ve found – sulfur volcanoes on Io, methane lakes on Titan, polar caps of dry ice on Mars, and nitrogen glaciers on Pluto. I’d like to share my excitement about what we’ve found with you. I just published a book, “Worlds Fantastic, Worlds Familiar”, that is a personal guide through the Solar System. I describe how landforms on the planets are similar to those on the Earth, only often more fantastic. I’ll be back at 2 pm ET (11 am PT) to answer your questions, ask me anything! edit: 1:28 PM PST - Thank you to the entire /r/science community for your participation and thoughtful questions. I would also like to thank the mods for their great stewardship and seamless setup (especially Nate).
Hi, I’m Matt Hourihan and I run the AAAS R&D Budget and Policy Program, where we follow trends in federal science spending and analyze legislation–like the recent omnibus–for its impact on science and technology budgets. We’ve served for 40 years as a source of info for policy makers and the science community. Ask me anything! After months of waiting and weeks of negotiating, the Republican-controlled Congress finally released their omnibus bill to fund government for the next several months, and they did something many scientists weren’t expecting: they completely diverged from President Trump’s blueprint. As part of their historically difficult science budget for 2018, the Trump Administration also recommended a set of steep cuts to take effect immediately in the current fiscal year, on everything from basic science at NIH to technology programs at the Department of Energy to climate research at NOAA. But Congress pretty much ignored these in their 2017 bill. According to our current estimates, the omnibus bill would increase federal R&D by five percent this year, with increases for basic and applied research, development, and R&D facilities funding. Among science agencies, there were a few clear winners, while most managed to avoid the sorts of cuts sought by the President. The bill has passed the House and looks set to pass the Senate today, per the latest update (knock wood). How does the bill shape up? Does it tell us anything about what might happen in the next funding debate, just over the horizon? What kind of say does President Trump have over all this? How does the federal budget process even work?? Ask me anything! (you can also follow me on Twitter or check out our website, or play around with our science budget data dashboard) I’ll be answering your questions at 3 pm EST. Ask Me Anything!
Hi Reddit! We are Scott France (deep-sea biologist, University of Louisiana at Lafayette), Del Bohnenstiehl (geophysicist, North Carolina State University), Michael White (NOAA seafloor mapping expert), and Kasey Cantwell (NOAA ocean explorer). We are joined by the Mission Team on board NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer to answer your questions about our expedition to explore deep waters in the central Pacific- an area of the world where the vast majority of deeper waters remain unseen by human eyes. We are currently on the “Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin” expedition to explore deep waters within Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument; around the Cook Islands Marine Park; and the high seas. Throughout the expedition, we are using remotely operated vehicles (ROVs) to explore the seafloor and video streams from the ROVs are being transmitted via satellite from ship to shore. This means anyone with an Internet connection – including YOU! – can tune in LIVE with scientists from around the world, sharing an unprecedented glimpse of never-seen-before deep marine habitats. We expect to encounter large, diverse coral and sponge communities; uncover important deep-sea ecosystems; explore ancient seamounts; map the seafloor; and learn more about the geologic history of the area. Information collected during the expedition will support management decisions, to appropriately use and protect what we know as well as what we have yet to discover. We have all participated in numerous deep-ocean exploration missions. We’re here from 2:00 pm ET to 4:00 pm ET to answer your questions about the current expedition or ocean exploration in general…AUA! You can follow us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/OceanExplorationResearch/, Instagram @noaaoceanexploration, or Twitter @oceanexplorer, or visit our website http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov to stay up to date with all of our deep-ocean exploration activities! Thanks for joining us today to talk about ocean exploration! Unfortunately, we are out of time. Good news is that you can continue to follow the Mountains in the Deep: Exploring the Central Pacific Basin between now and May 19, 2017. While we aren’t diving today (May 1), all things permitting, ROV dives are planned most days until May 15, 2017, typically from about 8 am to 5 pm SST (3 pm to 12 am EDT). Expedition home page: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/explorations/ex1705/welcome.html LIVE video of our dives: http://oceanexplorer.noaa.gov/okeanos/media/exstream/exstream.html
Update: We just learned Kristen, MFSSF lead organizer, will not be joining this AMA. Stephanie will be representing MFSSF in this forum. Hi Reddit, My name is Valorie Aquino, and I am a PhD Candidate in Anthropology at the University of New Mexico. My research reconstructs and compares original, high-resolution archaeological and paleoclimatological records to better understand the articulation of climate volatility and politics in the ancient Maya world. I am an organizer with the March for Science DC, where my role is Co-chair. My name is Stephanie Fine Sasse and I am Co-Founder & Creative Director at The People’s Science. My work focuses on improving the relationship between science, society, and the individual through educational technology, informal learning, and interactive STEAM experiences. I am also an organizer with the March for Science SF, where my role is Chair of the Partners & Programming committees. I also supported the national team in their Week of Action and initial post-March development. With over 600 satellite marches worldwide, there’s no doubt that March for Science was an incredible moment. Now the question on everyone’s mind is how we can turn that moment into a movement. That’s no easy feat, but I can’t tell you how excited I am that we have this chance to try. You can follow us on Twitter: Stephanie @thescientish. March for Science SF @sciencemarchSF March for Science DC @sciencemarchDC
Hello Reddit! I am Dr. Beau Lotto, a neuroscientist fascinated with human perception for over 25 years now. Originally from Seattle, Washington, I have lived in the United Kingdom for over twenty years and is a Professor at University College London. I received my undergraduate degree from UC Berkeley, my PhD from the University of Edinburgh Medical School, and was a fellow at Duke University. I’m Founder / CEO of Ripple Inc, which is a NY based company which owns IP (and patents) in AR Ripple has two products: Meego and Traces. The former is a Social platform and the latter an Enterprise platform … both in AR. I am also the Founder and CEO of Lab of Misfits Studio, the world’s first neuro-design studio. The lab creates unique real-world ‘experiential-experiments’ that places the public at the centre of the process of discovery. By spanning social and personal boundaries between people, brands and institutions, our aim is to create, expand and apply their insights into what it is to be perceiving human. What is perception? Perception is the foundation of human experience, but few of us understand why we see what we do, much less how. By revealing the startling truths about the brain and its perceptions, I show that the next big innovation is not a new technology: it is a new way of seeing! What do we really see? Do we really see reality? We never see the world as it actually is, but only the world that is useful for us to see. Our brains have not evolved to see the world accurately. In my new book DEVIATE, and what I’m here to talk about today, is the science of perception, how we can see differently, and how to unlock our ability to create, innovate and effect change. You can check out my recent TED Talk on the subject, or poke around my website to see some optical illusions, and feel free to ask me questions about things like dressgate, and how to use perception in nature, groups, while using technology and in solitude – and how we can unlock our creative potential in every aspect of our lives. I will be back at 11 am ET to answer your questions, ask me anything! Thank you for all your questions, they were terrific — I’m signing off now! I will try to come back later an answer a few more questions. But for now, thank you.
Millions of children have been born in the United States with the help of cutting-edge reproductive technologies, much to the delight of their parents. But alarmingly, scarce attention has been paid to the lax regulations that have made the U.S. a major fertility tourism destination. And without clear protections, the unique rights and needs of the children of assisted reproduction are often ignored. Babies of Technology, hardcover out April 4th from Yale University Press, is the first to consider the voice of the child in discussions about regulating the fertility industry. The controversies are many. Donor anonymity is preventing millions of children from knowing their genetic origins. Fertility clinics are marketing genetically enhanced babies. Career women are saving their eggs for later in life. And Third World women are renting their wombs to the rich. Meanwhile, the unregulated fertility market charges forward as a multi-billion-dollar industry. Who will protect our babies of technology? Ask me about that, or anything. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BabiesofTechnology/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/BabiesofTech Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/32073353-babies-of-technology?from_search=true Amazon: https://www.amazon.com/Babies-Technology-Assisted-Reproduction-Rights/dp/0300215878 THANK YOU FOR ALL OF YOUR THOUGHTFUL AND PIERCING QUESTIONS. I AM NEW TO REDDIT AND IT MIGHT TAKE ME A FEW HOURS (OR DAYS), BUT I HOPE TO RESPOND TO YOU ALL. CHEERS!
Hi Reddit, I’m back again, ask me anything about drug discovery or blogging about science. You can read my blog here: In the Pipeline I will be back at 1 pm ET to answer your questions, ask me anything! Edit (5:30 PM EST): Keep the questions coming, if you have them - I’ll be back later this evening (EST) to check for new ones, and thanks!
ACS AMA Hi Reddit! I’m Dr. Lily Raines, Manager of the Office of Science Outreach at the American Chemical Society. I completed my B.S. in Biochemistry with a Spanish minor at Eckerd College and my Ph.D. in Biochemistry, Cellular, and Molecular Biology at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in the department of Biophysics and Biophysical Chemistry. I have been actively involved in science outreach throughout my scientific career, and my office manages both domestic and international outreach programs for ACS. I look forward to answering your questions about science outreach, including our upcoming Chemists Celebrate Earth Day event, which ACS has sponsored since 2003. This year, ACS’s nationwide celebration of the positive impact chemistry has had on society and the environment coincides with the March for Science, which ACS supports. At the March for Science event in Washington, D.C., our volunteers will host hands-on educational activities for kids during a teach-in on the National Mall in partnership with the Earth Day Network. In addition to this weekend’s activities, ACS also sponsors National Chemistry Week, which will celebrate its 30th anniversary this October, and Chemistry Festivals around the world. Ask me anything about these events, the importance of promoting public awareness and understanding of science, and ways you can have an impact in your communities. I’ll be back at 11:00 a.m. EDT (8:00 a.m. PDT, 3:00 p.m. UTC) to answer your questions. Thanks for having me today, /r/science! If you have any other questions about our Earth Day event, other ACS Outreach programs, or how generally how to get involved in science outreach, please email me at [email protected]. It’s now 12:10PM and I’m signing off, have a great day!
Hi reddit! I completed several studies examining how feeling overqualified at work affects morale, well being, performance and retention. A recent paper I have forthcoming in Journal of Management examines how coworkers react to these workers. Companies often debate whether it makes sense to hire the overqualified job applicants, often struggle with the stigma attached to it, and employees deal with this demoralizing perception. I study over-qualification among new college graduates, as well as employees in various industries. Let's talk about it! I'll be back at 4 pm EST to answer your questions. AMA!
Good afternoon Reddit! I’m Suzannah Iadarola, and I’m an Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the University of Rochester Medical Center. I’m a clinical psychologist and board certified behavior analyst who specializes in working with children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and their families. I’m happy to be here today to answer questions about ASD and to hear about your experiences. I’ve been working with children with ASD and their families for over 15 years. In addition to providing direct clinical services, I also am involved in various research studies. This includes projects related to family stress and to helping under-represented families access high-quality interventions. Much of this work is done in partnership with key community members and family members. I’m looking forward to a lively discussion today! I will be back at 1 p.m. to start answering questions. In the meantime, here are some links in case you want to get started with some information. -General information about ASD from the CDC -Autism Speaks and the Autism Treatment Network created a variety of helpful Toolkits for families and educators -The Interactive Autism Network (IAN) can connect you with potential research studies about ASD Thank you all for the lively conversation today! I am signing out, but I will try to check back in to read additional comments.
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!
ACS AMA Hi Reddit! My name is Lindsay Johnson and I am a Ph.D. candidate in chemistry at the University of Minnesota (UMN). I received my B.S. in Chemistry from Virginia Tech in 2012; my undergrad and grad research has focused on developing, modifying, and characterizing polymers for enhanced drug delivery. I’m very active in my home Department of Chemistry, serving as the Student Seminar Series Committee Chair, and the chair for the Graduate Student Symposium Planning Committee. I have also been involved with the planning committees of several outreach events (for committees like our Women In Science and Engineering, etc). In the American Chemical Society, I serve on the Graduate Education Advisory Board, and was selected as a recipient of the ACS Younger Chemist Leadership Development Award in 2017 and so attended the ACS Leadership Development Institute in Dallas, TX earlier this year. Today I’d love to talk with you about professional development so you can make the most of your student program and then excel in your career! Whether you’re looking to get into academia, industry, science policy, business, or something else entirely, there are going to be certain critical skills necessary to be competitive in that field. I want to help you identify what those are! The process of building your own INDIVIDUAL DEVELOPMENT PLAN starts with identifying your career goals. Then you back-formulate what skill sets you will need. By mapping out a proactive plan to help you achieve your individual goals, you can then develop yourself to be a competitive applicant in your future. Some ideas on how to design your plan can be found in the ACS’s ChemIDP tool [https://www.acs.org/content/acs/en/education/students/graduate/gettingready/chemidp.html] I look forward to answering your questions on potential careers, available resources, development opportunities, how to get involved, or tailoring your resume. Ask me anything about professional development! I’ll be back to answer your questions at 11am CDT (12pm EDT, 9am PDT, 4pm UTC). 11:00 AM here in sunny MN! Let’s do this! 12:00 PM That’s all for now, folks! I’ll check back in later today to see if I can help answer any more questions. Best of luck in all of your professional endeavors!
Hi Reddit, My name is Kaitlin Raimi and I am an Assistant Professor at the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. My research focuses on how people think and act when it comes to climate change, including how social motivations can promote or prevent sustainable solutions. I’m particularly interested in how people compare their own beliefs and behaviors to those of other people, how the desire to make a good impression can influence people to mitigate climate change, and how one adopting one sustainable behavior affects later environmental decisions. I also have ongoing work on how framing climate change in different ways affects people’s understanding of climate change and support for climate policies. Together with my colleagues Paul Stern and Alex Maki, I recently published a paper titled “The Promise and Limitations of Using Analogies to Improve Decision-Relevant Understanding of Climate Change” in the journal PLOS ONE. My name is Alex Maki and I am a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Vanderbilt Institute for Energy and Environment and the Vanderbilt Climate Change Research Network. My research uses theory-based behavior change interventions to understand and influence environmental (e.g., energy use), health (e.g., eating choices), and prosocial (e.g., volunteerism) behaviors. Specifically, I am interested in how interventions can help people initiate and maintain changes to multiple, related behaviors over time (e.g., both conserve energy and water at home). I also examine the social dynamics surrounding environmental behaviors, including who chooses to talk to other people (e.g., friends or family) about environmental issues, and how we can help people have more constructive conversations about important environmental issues, including climate change. My name is Paul Stern. For over two decades I was staff director of the Committee on the Human Dimensions of Global Change at the U.S. National Research Council. At the same time, I have been conducting research with colleagues outside the Council on topics that have included household energy consumption, the effectiveness of policies to reduce greenhouse has emissions by changing consumer behavior, and people’s understanding of various kinds of environmental risks. Understanding the risks of climate change is a real challenge because of its long-term nature and the difficulty of making confident predictions of what risks particular communities will face. This paper is part of an effort to find ways to help people think through the risks without having to understand all the scientific details. We wanted to know whether using analogies helps people understand key factors that are important for climate change decisions, including uncertainties about when and where serious damage may occur, its unprecedented and progressive nature, and trade-offs in limiting climate change. Specifically, across two studies, we looked at whether comparing climate change to medical decision-making, disaster preparedness, or courtroom trials helped people to understand these issues. We found that disaster preparedness and a courtroom trial analogy weren’t very helpful, and that none of the analogies helped people understand the basic science of climate change. However, we did find that comparing climate change to a medical decision helped people–especially political conservatives–to to better recognize several decision-relevant attributes of climate change. Follow Kaitlin on Twitter @KaitlinRaimi We will be back at 1 pm ET to answer your questions, ask us anything!