Monitoring the Impact of the Trump Presidency on Science

We have heard anecdotal stories about the election of Donald Trump causing immediate disruption to career plans, investments, and roles in new consortia because of uncertainty about his understanding of and commitment to the US science enterprise, whether he will continue to fund certain areas of research, and concern over his history of science denial on climate change, vaccinations, the dangers of asbestos, and other topics.

We are seeking to rapidly gather your concerns and to document any changes you may be experiencing. We need to move from rumors to a set of case studies to help inform what we need to monitor and respond to.

Additionally, the public and media are interested in the potential impact. It is vital for our sector to get strong representation in policy during these turbulent times – and that means public awareness of the challenges we are facing.

Please let us know your concerns and how the election of Donald Trump and his statements about science (at http://sciencedebate.org/20answers and elsewhere) are affecting you, your colleagues, and US science.

What impacts have you seen or concerns have you voiced over science under president Trump?

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  1. Should I still pursue my studies in environmental science?

    I'm just finishing up my Forestry Tech AAS and planning to move on to study environmental science and soils. Should I even bother investing that much time and energy and money into my education when by the time I get out the job market could be practically non-existent?

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    • Rational Use of Science to Support National Goals

      I actually think we have an opportunity to make national decisions in a more rational and scientific manner.
      As I have told many people Science is not the problem, the application of scientific and engineering to solve national goals/issue is the problem. Do any of you know how Obama came to the conclusion to not support the Pipe line to transport Canadian and US oil?
      We have politicized how we will meet our "national"
      objectives. For major national project we have NEPA, which was intended for examining major decisions made or supported by the federal government. It was the intent…

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      • Sustainable support of fundamental research in physics as the basis for the qualitatively new technologies of the future

        Would it be possible to maintain sustainable financial support for DOE Office of Science sufficient to operate in full prime hadron physics facilities Jefferson Lab and RHIC (according to the current Long Range Plan), getting answer on the most fundamental open question on the nature of the dominant part of the visible mass in Universe and quark-gluon confinement ? It will create new leap in technologies opening the possibilities to operate by the Nature objects at the distance scales deepest ever achieved inside the nucleons.

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        • How to create genuine useable database of Trump's attack on science?

          Please consider our near future. Bad news is going to start coming in fast and furious, with cascading consequences sneaking up before we fully appreciate what just happened. I believe there would be genuine value in setting up some sort of website dedicated to "Tracking Trump's Attack on Science".

          Along a template that facilities crowd sourcing to help collect news stories, set up so stories could be slotted into appropriate categories, keeping related items together. Then its there for crowd-sourcing fact-checking along with long term follow-up. All the while building up an authoritative reference library for others to use.

          Anyone…

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          • Climate science

            Trump is slated to elect Myron Ebell, an outspoken climate change denier, as the head of his EPA transition team. This would undermine all climate change initiatives that have been taken under Obama's initiative.

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            • Science Education

              Education in America is lagging, but science education is falling further behind than many other disciplines. With a president setting an example and driving policy I fear an entire generation of youth will grow up to not only be ignorant to but denounce science altogether. Mike Pence is most notable for denying evolution and Trump climate change. This does not bode well for the direction of science education under this administration.

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              • Take action - write and call

                Write and call Trump and tell him to replace Ebell with someone less odious. Write and call your congresspeople and tell them to demand that, too. If the Sceince Debate team could coordinate that (e.g., provide a form on a web page and inform everyone interested), many thanks - that would be really helpful.

                Climate change is real. Whether it is a fluctuation or a man-made phenomenon, and to what extent we can slow it down - these questions still need to be investigated. Ebell is not going to do that; he will just ignore the issue altogether.

                P.S. No…

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                • Cultural War

                  Our country is in a cultural war in which the know somethings are at war with the know nothings. The problem is that it takes great effort and investment for the know somethings to create something worthwhile but it takes little time and effort at all for a know nothing to destroy what the know somethings create. And the destruction will last a very long time.

                  For example, we were making magnificent progress in eliminating obsolete fossil fuels as a source of energy but now the project to completely eliminate fossil fuels will be set back several centuries by the…

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                  • Federal data collection/access

                    Under some past administrations, federal data collection/access (i.e Census) and terminology for population health was a problem. I've seen challenges to the Census (imagine racial data under an alt-right administration) epidemiological research. Health disparities and health equity data are threatening to conservative world views. If what gets measured gets addressed, then public health science is vulnerable.

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                    • Trump Can't Grasp Common Facts, Much Less Scientific Facts

                      It almost seems like a luxury to be concerned about scientific knowledge and advancement when Trump and his associates seem unable to distinguish between the true and the false in everyday matters, much less scientific ones. For a man who couldn't determine if Obama was from the US, it will be nearly impossible for him to grasp the issues surrounding the question of global warming and whether or not it's anthropomorphic. He probably doesn't even know what anthropomorphic means...and I'm not trying to be dismissive. I'm serious. His degree of understanding about the world and his level of interest and/or…

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                      • Trump will be sympethic to the public land transfer movement

                        Trump has already made statements that he will rollback regulations. This means that Federal agencies like the EPA and the BLM may see significant budgetary cuts to their agencies and radical changes in environmental protections and land management policies. The BLM is already seen in the west as a "Bureaucratic", with Washington D.C. in complete the control. GOP politicians have taken advantage of this perception and are actively trying to pass legislation that will strip power from the Federal Government. We are likely to see starving the BLM and EPA of funding and staff resources, thereby rendering these agencies ineffective.…

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                        • Students are afraid for their future

                          Students are afraid for their futures, seeing their career options in science suddenly narrowing at the same time that the overwhelming crisis of climate change is endangering their planet.

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                          • Flooding the job market: Impacts of cutting federal funding for science and freezing federal hiring.

                            I'm finishing my postdoc now and looking for jobs in the science industry. I'm extremely concerned, not only about the potential for further gutting of federal funding for science, but also about Trump's desire to freeze federal hiring, except in a few select health-related sectors. This will likely flush job applicants out of both academia and the federal government, and I'm extremely worried that I'll have reduced success finding a job because of these anti-science policies.

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                            • Trump's Election Has Already Had A Chilling Effect

                              Trump's election to the US Presidency has already had a chilling effect on international relationships. The scientific community is truly an international enterprise, and the US has since World War II been at the forefront of research and teaching science and attracting worldwide talent. I am an astronomer in Chile, and I have I have documented brilliant students here who were once considering the US as an option for graduate school now seriously rethink those plans. The US, once thought to be a promising option for study and research, is looking less plausible as an option due to the campaign…

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                              • A Changed World Coming: Going backward

                                Among the things I fear is (1) going back to a time when abortion was unavailable and contraception was a secret, and expensive. Women's lives were determined and constricted by these conditions. Families were ruined. (2) It is not only Trump who will arrange this, but a significant portion of the Republic party (if they call my party the Democrat party, we should call theirs the Republic party) and they will do it through the Supreme Court appointments. After all, there was no publicly available contraception when the Constitution was written, and they want things to be only what was…

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                                • Never been concerned with leadership before. . .

                                  Really worried after seeing the rhetoric and false truth proffering, and especially from a person who will be our next president. My entire adult life I have been an academic, bordering on a translational science developer. From new tests for healthy foods to environmental advice for natural pollutants and manmade contaminants, and new drug for chronic disease, none of this could have happened without Federal support. My work has always been for the benefit of the American people. I believe this administration may be the end of science as we know it. And I am in despair. We ALL should…

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                                  • A Time to Pause for Perspective

                                    11-8-16 has had, for me, the identical effect as 9-11-01: shock. What I hope does not happen is what happened after 9-11-01: when we reached the fork in the road of what to do, we chose the route of anger and war. Our response was disastrous, to us, then and continues to today. I blog, and for anyone interested see Nov. 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 at outsidethewalls.org/blog. A wise church pastor in Minneapolis, Fr. Joe Gillespie, helped put the situation in a more hopeful perspective last Sunday. "...we must address our grief, anger and differences in candid conversations based…

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                                      • No Understanding period

                                        You could have stopped after 'concerns of his understanding'. Whether Science, Or Anything Else, he has NO Understanding. His academic level of whatever degree of science he has will only carry so far, again, as with anything else. Without True Knowledge that includes the branch of Common Sense, nothing can be done let alone built, furthermore, become solid & permanent. We all need to hope for Good Luck and good riddance of all things and People not aligned with Mother Nature, SCIENCE! Wisdom Is that Foundation.

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