An Open Letter to My Science Colleagues 

I never thought I would see the day when as a nation we would turn our back on the ferverent pursuit of knowledge that pushes us to new innovations for the betterment of all people. I wake up daily with an old Chinese saying ringing in my ears…

May you live in interesting times.

Someone once told me that was more a curse than a simple saying. But with all of the fear and uncertainty that is spreading across the US right now, my hope is that we will keep our wits about us. 

I am supportive of the March I hear is going to take place in our nation’s Capitol in the near future. However, there are some other matters that require all of our attention as well. The recent freeze imposed on the Environmental Protection Agency tops my list. I am greatly coming concerned for the students and staff who are employed in work funded by these grants. As many of us who have worked in the world of “soft money” most institutions do not have special funds set aside to cover these students and employees when a sudden and drastic change such as this happens. 

This is made worse by the fact that pulling the access to funding doesn’t exactly create clear cut conditions for the employees to access unemployment resources and students who rely on that money to support their education and living are really up a creek.

What are we going to do about this problem?  Now is the time to appeal to our private funding supporters and to find ways of helping our colleagues who are living out the nightmare that comes when an administration makes fast moves without putting in a plan for the disruption their actions cause for everyday Americans. 

The EPA oversees so many things that many people don’t think about. They keep our public schools safe for crying out loud.

And if you think this doesn’t apply to all of us, just wait. If this can be done to one agency, it can be done to any agency.  Look at what’s happening to the National Endowment for the a Arts and the National Endowment for Humanities. (Smh)

I am all about marching but marching alone isn’t going to solve the problems brewing in our nation.

Marta C. Youngblood

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