Friend of the lab Dr. Will White, an assistant professor of marine biology at the University of North Carolina, Wilmington, participated in a panel discussion on NPR’s Science Friday program aired on December 19th, 2014. Will and others were there to talk about a string of recent attacks on science coming from conservative politicians and organizations around the US.
Such recent attacks on high quality research have most often served only to demonstrate the lack of scientific literacy, profound misunderstanding of research and its value to humanity, or plain old discomfort with the harsh realities research has brought to light regarding things like climate change and the effect of people on their environment.
Really, it’s a little too familiar. The conservative government in Canada is under fire for it’s tendency to muzzle researchers whose findings call into question federal policies and positions.
Listen to the podcast here: