AAAS President Barbara Schaal: Make the Case for Science as a Public Good

DURING HER PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS ON 16 FEBRUARY, AAAS PRESIDENT BARBARA SCHAAL EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF OPEN COMMUNICATION AND THE FREE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS FOR REALIZING THE FULL BENEFITS OF SCIENCE.| ATLANTIC PHOTOGRAPHY

DURING HER PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS ON 16 FEBRUARY, AAAS PRESIDENT BARBARA SCHAAL EMPHASIZED THE IMPORTANCE OF OPEN COMMUNICATION AND THE FREE EXCHANGE OF IDEAS FOR REALIZING THE FULL BENEFITS OF SCIENCE.| ATLANTIC PHOTOGRAPHY

BOSTON – Actions taken by the Trump administration to stifle communications at federal agencies and to ban travel from select countries “have been deeply troubling” to many scientists, said AAAS President Barbara Schaal at an opening presentation of the AAAS Annual Meeting.

The immigration and visa executive order and communications directive threaten key pillars of scientific practice, and could cause long-term harm to the global economy and the health of its citizens, Schaal noted.

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