Madison scientists plan for March for Science to ’embrace the core of the Wisconsin Idea’

By Pat Schneider, The Capital Times

sciencerally_CapTimesScientists in Madison are preparing to join colleagues in more than 400 cities across the globe in a March for Science on Earth Day, April 22.

They are hoping that area residents who are not scientists will join them, said Dave Lovelace, a research scientist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

“This is not a protest,” Lovelace said Monday. “It is a celebration of science.”

The Madison event will include a march, a rally and a science expo on the Library Mall. Keynote speakers at the rally will include Bassam Shakhashiri, UW-Madison professor and creator of the popular “Science is Fun” demonstrations, and Tia Nelson, director of the Outrider Foundation and daughter of Earth Day founder Gaylord Nelson.

Some of the nation’s biggest scientific organizations, including the American Association for the Advancement of Science and the American Geophysical Union, are partnering with grassroots organizers to plan a rally in Washington D.C. aimed at defending “robustly funded and publicly communicated science,” the Washington Post reported. Read more …