#MarchForScience – Tweets and Treats

“What do we want?”    

“Evidence-based Science!”

“When do we want it?”

“After Peer review!”

April 22, 2017 witnessed over 500 marches for Science around the world rally for science and its policy-making.

At different March for Science rallies, demonstrators gathered to hear a mix of scientists, politicians, and celebrities laud science as the force moving humanity forward, and demand of our leaders and government evidence-based policy. Keynote speakers included Megan Smith, Bill Nye the Science Guy, Adam Savage, Mayim Bialik and Prof. Manu Prakash amongst others. They acknowledged the vital role science plays in our lives and the need to respect and encourage research that gives us insight into the world.

There were folks dressed in lab coats and pink knit brain hats. There were costumed characters and festooned pets.  Across the nation and abroad, as thousands of scientists and their supporters convened on Earth Day to defend science against proposed government cuts and political interference, many got their messages across with colorful and candid protest signs. I could not personally make it to the march (who else hates falling sick when something fantastic is going on?!) However, I followed the marches across the world on Twitter.

Here are a few signs/tweets I fell in love with:

Though this was not a tweet from Tyson on the day of Science March, it stresses the importance of science and research unlike anything else.

Scientists and citations. This one got it all right in one tweet. I had a stupid smile on my face while reading this. NIH is life. Literally.

The electrical engineer in me squealed a little when I saw the following sign. This was then inducted into my list of favorite tweets (Get it, get it… ;))

Boy, did they get this right! A woman’s place is in the lab. Agree? (:

Yes. Yes. YES.

I am not one for mixing science and politics. But with the proposed budget cuts affects funding for research where it is needed most, politicians force scientists’ hands.  Also, who doesn’t love Katie Mack!?!

When we have support from one pole to another, you know we did this right!

Here are some cute brain hats for you. Pretty neat, don’t you think?

This was only the beginning. The following week (April 23-29, 2017) will be a “Week of Action”. Please read more about it on the March for Science blog. You could also join a Satellite near you here.

For those of you interested in meeting other scientists, the World Science Festival, founded by Prof. Brian Greene, will reconvene for the 10th annual World Science Festival in New York City from May 30, 2017 to June 4, 2017. Watch out for tickets here.

To wrap up, this was the message I had planned for my sign:

May the facts be with you.

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