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Fighting for Science’s Role in Society

Councilmember Elizabeth Brown to speak at Columbus March for Science 

[COLUMBUS-OH] On Saturday April 22, Councilmember Elizabeth Brown and thousands of science enthusiasts will sound their collective voice for the first-ever worldwide March for Science. 

Councilmember Brown will speak at the event held outside the Ohio Statehouse. There are over 500 March for Science locations.

This event is partially in response to the proposed federal budget cuts that eliminate funding for biomedical research, STEM-education programs, and efforts to understand and combat climate change.

“Investing in research and STEM education benefits every part of society” said Councilmember Brown. “Public policy should focus on expanding research opportunities and sharing its benefits with everyone.”

Some of the largest proposed cuts will come from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), which is facing a 31% budget reduction of $2.5 billion. The reductions include cutting funding in half for the EPA’s Office of Research and Development and eliminating funding for international climate-change programs.

The National Institutes of Health (NIH) also faces an 18% budget reduction of $5.8 billion. The NIH is a research network that funds and conducts research efforts aimed at curing cancer, heart disease, mental illness and other disease throughout the world. In 2017, The Ohio State University received $55 million from NIH for the funding of 152 research projects while Nationwide Children’s Hospital’s research division received $13 million.

“Public displays like this march send a powerful signal to our leaders and our communities,” Brown continued. “My hope is that these events will raise awareness of the importance of science and its positive impact on all of our lives.”