This past Earth Day, April 22, 2017, organizations and individuals gathered worldwide to rally for the support of science. The March for Science was formed with an important goal in mind: to “champion science for the common good.” The mission statement is as follows: 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. By uniting together, the aims of this movement are to strengthen the role of science in policy making, improve science outreach and communication, advance science education and scientific literacy, and foster a diverse and inclusive scientific community.
Right here in Columbus, former Sigma Xi president’s: Professor Mark Peeples and Professor Larry Feth, spoke to thousands of individuals as part of our city’s March for Science (sponsored by the Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi). As an organization of scientists supporting scientists, the Ohio State Chapter of Sigma Xi is an enthusiastic supporter of the missions of the March for Science. For more information about the March for Science, please visit this link.