As a nonprofit committed to improving communication, transparency, and the use of evidence in the sciences, we are proud to partner with and support the March for Science on Earth Day, April 22, 2017. Like the organizers of the march, we believe that it is vital to have open and clear communication between the scientific community and the public. We look forward to supporting scientists in this endeavor, and ensuring that they are addressing the questions and concerns of those in their communities.
Along with our talented designer, Danny Taylor, we have created a series of art posters that celebrate our connection to the sciences and the diversity that exists within them. Science is present in all things, and allows us to do all things.
This artwork also seeks to challenge typical visual representations associated with science and scientists. A scientist represented in the same way as a film star? Rock star? Sci-fi hero? Why not?
Let’s hear it for the SuperScientists out there, who, like us, value curiosity, our environment, determination, knowledge, and progress. Learn more about these fascinating figures below and download the art posters for free.
Every Wednesday on Twitter we’ll highlight the work of a #SuperScientist.
Here is a list of actions you can take daily to protect the work done by SuperScientists and in the sciences.
MARCH FOR KNOWLEDGE
with Grace Hopper, computer scientist, U.S. naval officer, and one of the first female coders.
“To me programming is more than an important practical art,” Hopper is quoted saying in the 1962 book, Management and the Computer of the Future. “It is also a gigantic undertaking in the foundations of knowledge.” (1906-1992)
MARCH FOR CURIOSITY
with Jonas Salk, medical researcher and the creator of the polio vaccine. “Intuition will tell the thinking mind where to look next,” Salk wrote in his 1983 book, Anatomy of Reality: Merging of Intuition and Reason. (1914-1995)
Watch: Jonas Salk Research Video
Listen: Jonas Salk and the Scourge of Polio
Read: On the Edge: Paralyzing Polio
Activity: National Museum of American History
MARCH FOR NATURE
with Rachel Carson, marine biologist, conservationist, and author of Silent Spring. “But man is a part of nature, and his war against nature is inevitably a war against himself,” Carson said in a 1963 episode of “C.B.S Reports.” (1907-1964)
Watch: American Experience: Rachel Carson
Listen: Femmes of STEM Episode Two: Rachel Carson + Priya Shukla
Read: U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service: Rachel Carson
Activity: NY Aquarium
MARCH FOR CONNECTION
with Ajay Bhatt, engineer and co-inventor of the USB. About the invention, Bhatt told Business Insider, “I did this to bring about change, and it’s not very often that somebody gets a chance to bring about this big a change.” (1957-)
Watch: How humble USB turned engineer into tech ‘rock star’
Listen: Ajay Bhatt: Intel’s Rock-Star Inventor
Read: Happy birthday USB: The standard turns 20, and proud inventor Ajay Bhatt tells all
Activity: Intel Museum: Journey Through Decades of Innovation
MARCH FOR PROGRESS
with Flossie Wong-Staal, virologist and the first scientist to clone and genetically map HIV, which led to the development of HIV tests we have today. In an interview for the sixth edition of the Campbell Biology textbook, Wong-Staal said: “It adds to the joy of discovery to know that your work may make a difference in people’s lives.” (1947-)
Watch: The Age of AIDS (Viewer Discretion Advised)
Listen: AIDS/HIV: Past, Present, and Future (Audio) Episode 34
Read: 8 Women You Had No Idea Saved Your Ass
Activity: Science Friday Trivia
MARCH FOR DETERMINATION
with Shirley Ann Jackson, physicist and president of Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute. For Women’s History Month, Jackson, the first African-American woman to earn a Ph.D. from MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology), was quoted by scientific honor society Sigma Xi saying: “Do not be limited by what others expect of you, but reach confidently for the stars.” (1946-)
Watch: Big Think Interview With Shirley Ann Jackson
Listen: Black Scientist’s Path To Success Was Often Lonely
Read: 7 Facts You Should Know about Shirley Jackson
Activity: Fermilab | Home Events
Are you a scientist and want tips on better ways to engage the public around research you’re doing? Check out our Media Guide for Scientists.
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