Potential cuts in critical investments in federal research threaten the ability of our nation’s educational institutions to provide a world-class education to our future workforce. These cuts also hinder the pursuit of groundbreaking research that addresses key challenges of our time and the delivery of cutting-edge services to our communities.

You’re Invited: Please join a Twitter discussion about “The Value of Federally Funded Science” on April 20, 2017 at 10 a.m. PT.

The #UCScienceChat is co-hosted by UC Food Observer and UC Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources (UC ANR).

#UCScienceChatAbout Your Hosts: UC Food Observer is funded by University of California’s Global Food Initiative, which seeks to address one of the most compelling global issues: how to sustainably and nutritiously feed a growing world population.

UC ANR brings practical, science-based answers to Californians. Advisors, specialists and faculty are part of their local communities and work closely with stakeholders to enhance agricultural markets, address environmental concerns, protect plant health and provide farmers with scientifically tested production techniques and residents with increased food safety and improved nutrition. UC ANR has:

  • 288 Cooperative Extension advisors and specialists
  • 57 local offices throughout California with 173 advisors
  • 115 Cooperative Extension specialists, most based on UC campuses
  • 9 Research and Extension Centers
  • 8 statewide programs and 2 institutes
  • 700 academic researchers in 40 departments at 3 colleges and 1 professional school

How to Participate in #UCScienceChat:

If you are concerned about cuts to federally funded research, we invite you to join #UCScienceChat. You do not need to be affiliated with University of California to participate. Some tips:

  • Tweet under the #UCScienceChat hashtag during the hour-long chat.
  • Discuss federally funded research and how it’s supporting agriculture and natural resources, as well as improving the quality of food we eat.
  • Interact with other participants.
  • Show results of your own research.
  • Support federally funded science.

March for Science

ICYMI, a large, nonpartisan and diverse coalition of organizations and individuals are hosting a March for Science on April 22 at the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and 425+ satellite marches around the world.

Organizers of March for Science say they are standing up for science and evidence-based policymaking, science education, research funding and accessible science.

“The best way to ensure science will influence policy is to encourage people to appreciate and engage with science. That can only happen through education, communication, and ties of mutual respect between scientists and their communities — the paths of communication must go both ways. There has too long been a divide between the scientific community and the public.”

See You at #UCScienceChat

The #UCScienceChat on April 20 at 10 a.m. PT is designed to open the paths of communication between the scientific community and the public. We are eager to discuss the value of federally funded research. And we hope you can participate. See you there!

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