March 16, 2017

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UUP partners with March for Science

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UUP is an official partner of the March for Science.

The union is one of nearly 100 organizations nationwide that have signed on as partners. Other groups include AFT, the Cornell Alliance for Science, the National History Museum, the California Academy of Sciences, and the Geological Society of America.

The March for Science will be held April 22 in Washington, D.C. Nearly 400 satellite marches are scheduled that day across the U.S. and worldwide, in places as far away as New Zealand and Cape Town, South Africa.

"We are proud to be an official partner of the March for Science,” said UUP President Fred Kowal. "It’s obvious that President Donald Trump has no use for science. He's called climate change 'a hoax' and he’s slashed funding for science and research in his proposed budget—including a 22 percent cut to the National Institutes of Health.

"Now, more than ever, it’s imperative that we speak out about the importance of science and scientific research and move to protect and encourage scientific discovery."

"This incredible show of support and interest in becoming partners reflects how important it is to recognize the critical role that science plays in all parts of society, and among different communities providing diverse services around the world," said Teon Brooks, Co-Director of Partnerships. "We look forward to collaborating with all of our partners and expanding our global network in the coming weeks ahead."

A no-brainer

Endorsing the March for Science was a natural for UUP, since science and research are important components of SUNY. UUP members work as doctors, scientists and researchers at SUNY colleges and university centers, as well as SUNY’s public hospitals and health sciences centers.

The union’s beliefs mesh with the March for Science’s goals, which include encouraging cutting-edge science education, diversity and inclusion in STEM, and pushing for open, honest science and public outreach.

"We support science and scientific discovery," said Kowal. "And we must rise up and fight any attempt to suppress these noble endeavors."

"When politicians push for deep budget cuts and try to censor researchers, they aren’t just hurting the scientific community, they’re hurting the communities and people science serves," said Jayde Lovell, Director of Film and Video for March for Science.

UUP members are encouraged to take part in the March for Science march in Washington, D.C. or in satellite marches in Albany, Buffalo, Ithaca, Keene Valley, New York City, Poughkeepsie, Rochester, Rockville Centre, Syracuse or Utica.

More information about the marches will be posted soon on UUP's website, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

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