The Daily Targum | WASHINGTON, D.C. — Chanting “science, not silence,” and holding signs advocating for properly funded, peer-reviewed research, thousands of scientists and supporters rallied in the nation’s capitol on Saturday.
The march was organized in response to budget cuts proposed by President Donald J. Trump to the Environmental Protection Agency, the National Institutes of Health and several other scientific research organizations, said Matthew Buckley, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy.
Buckley organized a satellite march with the assistance of Women’s March New Jersey founder Elizabeth Meyer in Trenton, New Jersey to coincide with the march in D.C.
“I’m a physicist and in the last couple months I woke up, read the paper and saw that there were horrific cuts being planned for many federal agencies which fund scientific research,” he said. “At the same time, I’m seeing my colleagues in other areas of science which are perhaps more politically sensitive than my own being told that they were not allowed to speak publicly as federally employed scientists.”