AAAS President, CEO Say Concerns about Science Are Unprecedented

DURING THE 2017 AAAS ANNUAL MEETING, AAAS PRESIDENT BARBARA SCHAAL SPOKE ABOUT RESEARCHERS' CONCERNS OVER THE POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF A NEW PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION ON SCIENCE. | ATLANTIC PHOTOGRAPHY

DURING THE 2017 AAAS ANNUAL MEETING, AAAS PRESIDENT BARBARA SCHAAL SPOKE ABOUT RESEARCHERS' CONCERNS OVER THE POSSIBLE IMPACTS OF A NEW PRESIDENTIAL ADMINISTRATION ON SCIENCE. | ATLANTIC PHOTOGRAPHY

BOSTON — Researchers are concerned at unprecedented levels about how a new presidential administration may undermine scientific work and delay its benefits, AAAS President Barbara Schaal and AAAS CEO Rush Holt said at a press event at the AAAS Annual Meeting.

“It used to be when someone would say they were concerned about the state of science, they were talking about funding for research … these concerns about funding are not the ones being brought to me,” said Holt. “What I hear now are concerns about what I would call an ongoing trend that goes back many years, even decades, where ideology and ideological assertions have been crowding out evidence in public and private debates and policymaking.”

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