I’m gonna get on my soapbox this Friday. Learn more about the March For Science here. Back to our regularly scheduled program next week.
Those who know me IRL know that I am a huge science enthusiast. Honestly the jobs I wanted growing up were to be an astronaut, or a NASA engineer. Unfortunately my maths ability was not quite up to snuff so I started writing about science. I didn’t know it at the time but my writings (seriously I’m talking like 100 pages hand written by a 5th grader) would be considered fan fiction. I wouldn’t necessarily use the characters from my favorite sci-fi shows but it definitely was an homage to them. I could never understand those who were not curious about the universe, who didn’t want to learn more, go further maybe even find life! It saddens me to see this becoming more and more prevalent among people and especially among our government. I truly believe that cutting funding to science research and to important organizations like the EPA and NIH is detrimental to our society. Our current administration is full of climate deniers and yes even some science deniers. We cannot stand for this. They can chose to “not believe” in climate change or science all they want, that isn’t going to stop it from happening or being true. This is our Earth and we have to live here. No one should stand for policies that will prove harmful to the place we call home.
Another reason I’m grateful and will stand up and fight for science, is because it will keep me cancer free. I’d like to take this time to give a shout out to the man Georgios Papanikolaou, who you probably haven’t heard of but for whom the Pap smear is named after. Yes, he invented this low-cost easy to perform screening that has helped drastically reduce the number of cervical cancer cases. It took him a while to get the medical community on board with his screening, but nevertheless he persisted. And for that I am grateful. Grateful that my HPV was caught, that my doctors were well equipped with a plan and that now a year later, I am currently HPV and pre-cancer cell free.
Science Matters. Science saves lives. If it sounds scary or intimidating, learn! You would be hard pressed to find a scientist who would not happily talk your ear off about their area of expertise. They are passionate about their work and want to share it with the world. In the 6th grade I had written to a physicist at the Kennedy Space Center asking a question on black holes. Shot in the dark, but I wanted to know. He wrote me back. He continued writing me back, answering all my questions. He responded in a way I could understand, was never patronizing and always praised my curiosity. So I’m going to help in anyway I can. Help to keep their research going, help them to continue educating society, and help protect them from those that seek to turn people against scientific integrity. I won’t stand for it. I hope you won’t either.