March for Science North Pole Edition

March for Science North Pole Edition

Today thousands of science supporters, all over the world, March for Science. They even march at the North Pole! This piece, which was first published on 2Degrees, is from Bernice Notenboom who is currently performing research at the North Pole.

"During the last three weeks I have supported scientists by marching to the North Pole, an extreme expedition of 224 km facing -40°C temperatures while still collecting data on the ice to support NASA/ESA and arctic scientists...

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Everyone Can Advocate for Science: Tips for Immigrants Supporting Science

Everyone Can Advocate for Science: Tips for Immigrants Supporting Science

This piece is by Gary McDowell the executive director of Future of Research covers how immigrants on a visa can advocate for science. 

Many scientists are looking to become more politically engaged or to advocate—whether it be through marching for science, or contacting elected representatives and attending town halls. As someone here on a Green Card, who likes to actively engage and wants to advocate, I wondered what I can and cannot do in the US...

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Why Scientists Care so Much About Gnats, Weeds, and Brewer’s Yeast

Why Scientists Care so Much About Gnats, Weeds, and Brewer’s Yeast

This post is by Nicole Haloupek and Cristy Gelling on behalf of the Genetics Society of America. The road from a discovery to its impact on society is rarely straight. Few of the scientists in these stories could have predicted how their work might one day be applied. Today’s investment in some seemingly obscure, weird quirk of a model organism may tomorrow surprise us with a wealth of new possibilities. 

"In the late 1970s, a pair of biologists chatted over a microscope, working together to examine some mutant fruit fly embryos. The mutants in view were stumpier and spikier than usual; the scientists agreed these defects were worth further study. As they focused on their tiny subjects, they could not have known that this moment would eventually lead to...

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Cool Effect’s Carbon Reduction Projects Save Lives Thanks to Sound Science and Simple Technology

Cool Effect’s Carbon Reduction Projects Save Lives Thanks to Sound Science and Simple Technology

This post is from Cool Effect, a partner of March for Science. Cool Effect can help you offset the carbon associated with your March for Science travel.

"There are a ton of reasons why we should save the planet from climate change. And, thanks to science, there are solutions that you can access. My husband and I have reduced one million verified tonnes of CO2 and to share our experience with you, we created Cool Effect.

Our story began 13 years ago in a little schoolroom medical clinic in the mountains of rural Honduras..

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Why Former U.S Chief Data Scientist, D.J. Patil, Is Marching and You Should Too

Why Former U.S Chief Data Scientist, D.J. Patil, Is Marching and You Should Too

A letter from D.J. Patil, former U.S. Chief Data Scientist:

"On April 22 I’ll be joining fellow Americans from around the country to show our support for science. In addition to Washington, DC, there are more than 500 marches planned all around the world! I’ll be speaking and marching at our hometown march in San Francisco alongside with Mythbusters’ Adam Savage and many other great scientists.

Why am I and my family coming out to march for science?...

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#AmericanSTEAM - Profile of an American Scientist: Dr. Zafir Buraei

#AmericanSTEAM - Profile of an American Scientist: Dr. Zafir Buraei

Dr. Zafir Buraei is a neuroscientist at PACE University. He is pictured here with his partner at the Bronx Botanical Garden, 2017. This is what he has to say:

"After the Iran invasion of Kuwait we came to Serbia, and I did high school there and I did college there. In college it became very clear to me that if you want to become anybody in science you have to spend some time in the US. Everybody was talking about the US - that it’s an environment that has to be experienced if you are to advance...

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There Will Be No Jobs on a Dead Planet.

There Will Be No Jobs on a Dead Planet.

Our oceans are dynamic ecosystems. But the changes happening now, both large and small, are damaging our oceans, and with that our lives and livelihoods. We are all unmistakable contributors to these changes. And their devastating effects are being witnessed first hand by those of us who work on the water on a daily basis. Whether it’s rising water temperatures driving fish populations northward or more frequent extreme weather events, it is clear that we are now on the front line of a climate crisis that has arrived a hundred years earlier than anticipated.

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Building A Lab With A Wedding Registry

Building A Lab With A Wedding Registry

I grew up in a rural village in Kenya and went through local elementary and public high school. I didn’t experience science in a laboratory setting until late in high school. Even then, much of the science I was exposed to was literature oriented, and only designed to allow me and the rest of the students to acquire the knowledge we needed to pass the practical exams. Science was never practical nor hands on; therefore, our curiosity was silenced. They say that every child is a natural scientist, but sadly, for me and many other children, that innate scientist ability was never encouraged or nurtured. As a result, I did not see myself ever becoming a scientist.

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Reflecting on Hope for Life in the Anthropocene

Reflecting on Hope for Life in the Anthropocene

Springtime is a welcome reprieve from a prolonged cold winter. It is a time of reawakening when all kinds of species become impatient to get on with their business of living. We hear the trill of mating frogs, see leaves unfurl from their quiescent buds, and behold forest floors and fields unfold rich color from a dizzying variety of blossoming wildflowers. The energetic pace of life is palpable. It is only fitting, then, that we dedicate one spring day each year – Earth Day – to commemorate the amazing variety of life on this planet, and to take stock of the human enterprise and reflect on how our behavior toward nature is influencing its sustainability.

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Useful Steps for Marching (And Other Active) Scientists

Useful Steps for Marching (And Other Active) Scientists

Yes, you know that the Science March’s mission is a simple call to support publicly communicated scientific research and evidence-based policies. But contrary to the March’s stated aims, some still believe that the March is a partisan statement that might alienate the very people whom you are calling. At CSLDF, we have seen well-meaning scientists and academics experience problems after advocating for science (e.g., here) or taking a personal political stance (e.g., here or here). What’s a scientist to do?

Don’t fret; prep. If you are one of the many scientists considering participating in the March for Science or engaging in other science-related activism, we are here to arm you with tools that will help you avoid ending up in political crosshairs.

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Ways Science Has Affected My Life: An Essay By An 8th Grader

Ways Science Has Affected My Life: An Essay By An 8th Grader

This piece was written by Brianna Wildermuth, an eighth-grade student from South Dakota.

"Science has done so many things for me in my life. It has made cars that I use daily and the social technology that I live off of. Science has told me that it isn’t my heavy shoes that are keeping me on the Earth, it is the gravity of our planet. Extraordinary things have been done with science that affect myself and society every day, but I think the largest impact science has made on me comes from the health field.

When I was twelve years old...

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How to Fight the War on Science and Win

How to Fight the War on Science and Win

The latest battle in the War on Science has shifted into high gear.

Attacks on science might sound trivial compared to the larger political upheaval happening in America today, but make no mistake: the War on Science is going to affect you, whether you are a scientist or not.

In fact, it’s going to affect everything — ranging from the safety of the food we eat, the water we drink, and the air we breathe. It will affect the kinds of diseases we get and the medicines we use. It will dictate what our kids are taught in school, what is discussed in the news, and what is debated in Congress. It will affect the jobs we have, and what powers our economy.

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Science Game Night

Gamification is an increasingly popular strategy for learning. While its tangible benefits may not be well established by researchers, it certainly can't hurt to try. Whether you're aiming to pull off a DIY impromptu game night tonight or just getting the ball rolling on planning one soon, we've put together a list of science-inspired games for you to check out!

SCIENCE TRADING CARDS
Ages: 8+
Players: 2+

Phylo is a crowd-sourced, biodiversity-themed card game that anyone can order at a revenue-neutral price or download and print at home for free. There are over 1000 trading cards, as well as a few specialty decks with their own sets of rules. Genetics Society of America (GSA) created a version focused on model organisms and experiments with cards that invites anyone to experience a taste of what its like to be a researcher. Protip: you can expand the game by adding your own cards!


BRAIN GAME
Ages: 8+
Players: 2-4

The Stroop Effect refers to a phenomenon that demonstrates the challenge your brain faces when reconciling competing signals, such as naming the color of the word "blue" when its written in red. "Stroop" turns this concept into a game, testing your skills and demonstrating the ways the brain does - and doesn't - work.


CHEMISTRY IN ACTION
Ages: 13+
Players: 2-5

Take on the role of the director of a lab who is trying to make a particular chemical compound before their rivals. "Compounded" is a chemistry-inspired board game that incorporates both educational elements - like empirical formulas and atomic arrangements - with game-changing characteristics like how the volatility of certain compounds changes over time. 


WOMEN IN SCIENCE
Ages: 7+
Players: 2+

In 2015, Luana Games ran a successful Indiegogo campaign to fund the creation of an easy-to-play card game featuring the stories of women in science throughout history. The game can be downloaded and printed, purchased online, or playing virtually. You can also read the biographies of featured women - such as Euphemia Haynes and Grace Hopper - on the game's website.


BEGINNER'S HACK-A-THON
Ages: 8+
Players: 1+

MIT's Scratch is a free online platform where anyone can learn to program using a simple language. Though it was designed for kids, it's a great way for adults to learn the basics of coding in a world increasingly shaped by computers. Co-create an animation with your kids, setup a competition to tell the best visual science story with friends, or just settle in and learn something new on your own.

 

Do you have any favorite science-inspired games? Tell us with #MarchforScience!

 

Exploring the Intersection of Art & Science

There is a growing movement to add Art to the Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) equation. This effort, often referred to as STEAM, has resulted in many incredible projects leveraged for education, advocacy, empowerment, and fun. Check out a few of our favorites below, and make sure you share your picks or personal STEAM projects with @ScienceMarchDC #STEAM!

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