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Science marches on

"Keep Calm and Do Science," reads the poster Professor Cooper carried in the March for Science."Keep Calm and Do Science," reads the poster Professor Cooper carried in the March for Science.

Professor Stuart Cooper joined hundreds of thousands of scientists and science supporters in the non-partisan March for Science which took place in Washington DC and 600 other locations worldwide on April 22, 2017 (Earth Day). 

The poster he carried was made by award-winning Professor John Clay's daughter, Meredith Clay, who was eight years old when she made it. 

Cooper attended the Washington march representing Sigma Xi (President-Elect and Board Member of the Columbus Chapter); AAAS, otherwise known as the American Association for the Advancement of Scientists (Council Representative for Engineering); and The Ohio State University.

Participants braved nearly-continuous rain, miles of walking, and few creature comforts in a demonstration of commitment and support for science and the role it has played in their lives.

"It rained steadily through the middle hours of the March and I got soaked through, but we made a point and it was fun to be there," Cooper said.

Sources report that of the hundreds of thousands who participated, up to 70% were not scientists themselves, but community members who wish to see the sciences strongly supported.

The March for Science is hoped to be the beginning of a longer conversation about the value of STEM education and the role science plays in public health and safety, innovation, economic prosperity, and daily life.

 

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