The Politics of Science

Science will prevail when decisions require verifiable facts

By Nick Houtman

As the Trump Administration proposes to slash federal investments in environmental research, scientists are considering how to sustain work on issues such as air and water quality, wildlife and climate change.

“An apparent lack of concern for scientific evidence” poses a challenge to environmental management, writes Staci Simonich, chemist at Oregon State University, in a recent editorial in the journal Environmental Science & Technology Letters, published by the American Chemical Society. However, she adds, the global research community is resilient because it draws support from an array of funding sources.

“As with prior administrations,  we must speak up for the importance of federally funded research, which sustains not only important knowledge development but also technological solutions to environmental problems and grows our next generation of STEM workforce,” writes Simonich, who is also an associate editor of the journal.

Read her editorial titled An Inconvenient Administration.

By Nick Houtman

Nick Houtman is director of research communications at OSU and edits Terra, a world of research and creativity at Oregon State University. He has experience in weekly and daily print journalism and university science writing. A native Californian, he lived in Wisconsin and Maine before arriving in Corvallis in 2005.