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Watching President Obama bid adieu to the highest office in the country is heartbreaking for many, but most of all, perhaps, for those who hoped science would be held to a higher regard by the end of his two terms. With Donald Trump officially assuming the role of commander in chief, the scientific community can only expect their hard-won progress to be derailed—thanks to his disregard for facts, his severe denial of climate change, and his contempt for intellectual debate.
But that doesn’t mean scientific minds are about to back down. In anticipation of Inauguration Day, researchers jumped behind the hashtag #USofScience, propelling the opinions of researchers to the forefront of the social media platform. University of Maine ecologist Jacquelyn Gill launched the celebration of knowledge with a call for fellow science lovers to post about historic discoveries and groundbreaking research.
Stand up for science! We'll be flooding the social media airwaves with research and discovery during the inauguration, using #USofScience.— Dr. Jacquelyn Gill (@Dr. Jacquelyn Gill) 1484839598
If you’re looking for something inspiring to cut through the surreal normalcy of a spray-tanned bigot assuming the role of president, scroll through the most uplifting (and sobering) messages from some of the internet’s brightest.
In 1962, marine biologist Rachel Carson published Silent Spring which raised awareness about humans' impact on the… https://t.co/a031qOyJMu— Katie O'Reilly (@Katie O'Reilly) 1484920700
Basilosaurus, ancient whale, can help us learn about positions of ancient shorelines. Here's a piece. #USofScience https://t.co/uOb1n6JFvz— Katy Smith (@Katy Smith) 1484931875
A world without #antibiotics, Nice #TEDtalks by Maryn McKenna #USofScience #Inauguration https://t.co/tq3T1BTEot— A Microbiologist (@A Microbiologist) 1484931856
Other #nanopore work: just recently submitted a paper on detecting alcohol-soluble proteins that have role in #celiacs disease #USofScience— Adam Hall (@Adam Hall) 1484931773
My students/postdocs and I have found 9 #newspecies in 3 years. The Earth is still worth exploring. #USofScience— Chris Martine | Plants are Cool, Too! (@Chris Martine | Plants are Cool, Too!) 1484929465
Instead of watching the inauguration, I'm mentoring a new PhD student through a manuscript on public engagement & dam removal. #USofScience— Caroline Gottschalk Druschke (@Caroline Gottschalk Druschke) 1484929414
Fun fact: @NASA employs a lot of people. #USofScience https://t.co/sbYMXH6cRH— Dr. Tanya Harrison (@Dr. Tanya Harrison) 1484928848
"There is only one sure way to save polar bears from extinction: decisive action on climate change."… https://t.co/Y0SZoqbPVP— Dr. Claire Simeone (@Dr. Claire Simeone) 1484874759