Lucky Tran: on standing up to an anti-science administration

In the wake of the 2016 Presidential election, Science Soapbox sat down with Dr. Lucky Tran — scientist and science communicator — for a conversation about the future of science activism at the dawn of a new administration. Already, thousands of scientists have signed on to petitions and open letters calling for the President-elect and his emerging administration to respect the integrity of science and the rights of those conducting research. Last week, scientists and advocates gathered at the American Geophysical Union’s annual meeting to #StandForScience. In this episode, we chat with Lucky about his experiences as an organizer, strategies to defend the scientific enterprise, and the need for scientists to stand up for and see each other.

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This episode was recorded on December 15, 2016 in the Rockefeller University Outreach Lab. Special thanks to Visager for music and Thelma Young for photo rights.

Jessica Polka: on how young scientists can shape the future of research

Dr. Jessica Polka is the Director of ASAPbio, which advocates for the use of preprint servers in biology, and co-founder of The Future of Research. She also sits on the steering committee for Rescuing Biomedical Research, determining what actions can be taken to address systemic flaws in the biomedical research enterprise. In this Abstract, Jessica shares her thoughts on the infrastructure of science and how young scientists can be grassroots agents of change in the research endeavor.

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This episode was recorded on September 17, 2016 at MIT during the Advocating for Science Symposium. Special thanks to Visager for music and to the Future of Research and the Academics for the Future of Science for making this interview possible. Thanks to Rick Groleau for the photo used in this post.