I'm a finalist! YAY! Editorial Cartoons Can Be Funny. Political Interference in Science Is Not.
I've taken yet another sabbatical but am pumping up the toon muscles and will return tomorrow the a new toon that should light your screen on fire. In the meantime, please vote for my toon! It's #6
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Editorial Cartoons Can Be Funny. Political Interference in Science Is Not.
This spring, creative minds throughout America had the opportunity to show off their artistic and comedic talents in support of independent science by entering the third annual Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest. Now it's your turn to decide this year's winner. Read about the artists behind the cartoons, then vote for your favorite!
Federal government science has played a large role in the policies that keep us safe and healthy and protect our environment. It has brought us to space and to the depths of the oceans. Science helps clean our air, protects us from unsafe products, and improves our quality of life. Where would we be without independent federal science?
Unfortunately, recent investigations and surveys show that political interference in science threatens the unprecedented scientific legacy that the United States has worked so hard to create. With the presidential election only four months away, we are at a critical point in our campaign to protect federal government science from manipulation, suppression, and distortion. While guarding against last minute attacks from the outgoing administration, we need to build a foundation to guide the next president.
Concerned scientists, citizens, and cartoonists, have joined together against the corruption, distortion, and censorship of federal government science!
The next president and Congress must renew the independence of science at federal government agencies and create a thriving scientific enterprise. We must protect the ability of scientists to do their jobs. We must open up the way the federal government makes decisions to shine the light on abuses of science. We must change the culture of many federal agencies to value open scientific communication. We must protect scientists who report the distortion, manipulation, and suppression of their work.
Defending science with art
We opened the search for your creative take on the issue of political interference in science and the tasks that await our next president. Cartoonists submited one-panel or multi-panel print cartoons that address the misuse of science on a specific issue or in general, the affects of this abuse on our society, or your hope for the new administration. Check out this year's contest guidelines for further contest information. You can also find tips on incorporating editorial cartooning into a high school or middle school lesson plan and learn about the artists who drew this year's finalists.