When President Barack Obama was sworn into office in 2009, he promised to “restore science to its rightful place.”
Eight years later, the scientific community is bracing for a considerably more contentious relationship with President-elect Donald Trump. From his loose relationship with facts, to his denial of climate change, his low-opinion of the National Institutes of Health, and his meeting with an anti-vaccine leader, Trump has signaled that his administration will not just challenge proven scientific principles, but also undo the significant science policy progress of President Obama.
Enter the #USofScience hashtag. Researchers are using Inauguration Day to stand up for science, filling social media with celebratory comments about discoveries, debunking some of Trump’s anti-science claims, and reminding the public that many of our favorite inventions came from basic research. It’s the nerdiest hashtag to watch today.
Stand up for science! We'll be flooding the social media airwaves with research and discovery during the inauguration, using #USofScience.— Jacquelyn Gill (@JacquelynGill) January 19, 2017
I wish it was a prerequisite to holding political office that you had to take a class in science and pass with flying colors. #USofScience— Stephen Sipila (@StephenSipila) January 20, 2017