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314 Action Endorses John Mack (aka @PharmaGuy) for Local Office

314 Action Endorses John Mack (aka @PharmaGuy) for Local Office | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

314 Action, a nonprofit 501(c)4 that was founded by members of the STEM community, grassroots supporters and political activists who believe in science, has endorsed these scientists and other STEM leaders who will fight to protect science and stand up to climate deniers.

 

John Mack (Newtown, PA Township Supervisor)

Martin Miller (West Norriton, PA Commissioner)

Herbert Riede (Meadville, PA City Council)

Christina VandePol (Chester County, PA Coroner)

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Scientists Run for Office in Washington and Will March for Science Too!

Scientists Run for Office in Washington and Will March for Science Too! | Pharmaguy's Insights Into Drug Industry News | Scoop.it

Michael Eisen would like to teach Washington a thing or two about the scientific method.

 

Last month Eisen, an evolutionary biologist at U.C. Berkeley, announced plans to run for a seat in the Senate in 2018. As a Republican-controlled Washington has waged war against as basic truths and evidence-based reasoning, it has inspired a political awakening among a scientific community that often resists political engagement. With their work under attack, scientists like Eisen have concluded they can no longer sit idly by.

 

“So many political problems are practical problems,” Eisen recently told Gizmodo from his Berkeley office. “You study them, you collect data, you try to make the right decision. That is somehow absent from Washington.”

 

Eisen doesn’t hope to serve as merely another Congressional vote in favor of aggressive climate change policy or investment in renewable energy. He aspiration—to lend a scientific perspective to the political process itself—is summed up by his campaign slogan: “Liberty. Equality. Reality.”

 

He’s not alone: more than 2,500 scientists have expressed interest in running for office through new group called 314 Action, prompting the group to plan an event in D.C. next month [read “Science Not Silence! MARCH FOR SCIENCE - April 22, 2017”; http://sco.lt/8TdiaH] to give scientists a crash course in politics. Over the weekend, hundreds of scientists convened at a political rally “to stand up for science” in Boston’s Copley Square. At least one other scientist besides Eisen—Tracy Van Houten, a rocket scientist in Los Angeles—has already committed to run.

 

“I’m not exaggerating, the response from scientists has been pretty incredible,” Ted Bordelon, communications director for 314 Action, told Gizmodo. He said that 314 Action has received more interest from scientists than it ever expected.

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I'm not a practicing scientist, but I have an MS and MPhil in Biochemistry, and I'm running for Newtown Township PA Supervisor! 

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