Science Network Member Profiles

 The UCS Science Network is a diverse group, united by a common passion for using their expertise to make a difference. Here are some of the stories they have to tell.

Julian Reyes

“First and foremost, scientists need to *listen* to the needs of communities if they want their work to be useful.” Learn more >

Varsha Vijay

“As an early career scientist, being part of the UCS Science Network has helped me develop my outreach skills and given me connections to a diverse community of scientists with similar goals.” Learn more >

Erin Heim

“Many scientists don’t want to get involved with politics because they don’t want their science to be viewed as political. But greater numbers of scientists are realizing their science is politicized, whether or not they want it to be.” Learn more >

Tina Gruosso

“To students and early career scientists, be assured that there are many fields in which science can have an impact and be a driver of change. Science diplomacy is one of them. ” Learn more >

Abigail Lynch

“I think that it’s important for us to provide science-based information to others who rely on objective USGS research to help them make better decisions. That's not advocacy, that's a public service.” Learn more >

Alexi Arango

“Scientists have a responsibility to help people think about the problems they encounter in their lives in a solid and concrete manner, without falling prey to misinterpretation or mischaracterization.”  Learn more >

Ariana Tsiattalos

“I realized that my fundamental motivation to become politically involved in advocating for evidence-based action came from my sense of being a citizen first and a scientist second.” Learn more >

Camille Parmesan

“We need scientists to be much more out there in people’s faces …. We need people to see how science is shaping their lives. We need people to know that in their own city they’ve got people changing the world with their science.” Learn more >

Charlotte Levy

“The graduate students I work with are amazing people; they want to cure heart disease, end hunger, discover something new and amazing. We can’t do that work unless we’re willing to talk, and collaborate, and put our research out there.” Learn more >

Christopher Gambino

“My favorite part of my career so far is the opportunities I’ve found for engagement. Being able to take the scientific knowledge I’ve gained and am so passionate about and putting it to work, getting others excited about how it can make our lives better—that’s a huge component of what I’m interested in as a scientist.” Learn more >

Dane Samilo

“My science policy student group exposed me to a whole new world of science and its implementation in policy, diplomacy, reform, and advocacy.” Learn more >

Darshan Karwat

“It’s about changing an establishment, and it’s about changing a system. It’s not just at the fringes of developing alternative energy—it’s something much deeper than that.” Learn more >

David Cleveland

“To combat the sickness, hunger, and climate warming caused by our global food system, we need to move beyond the strategy of increasing production and profit, and toward a food system focused on human and environmental health—on food justice and climate justice.” Learn more >

David Gordon Wilson

“The fact is, a lot of scientists and engineers are very colorful people and they’re good speakers; they should speak more.” Learn more >

Edward Rios

“Don’t fall into the trap of thinking that only certain people are made for math and science. I am living proof that is not the case.” Learn more >

Evelyn Valdez-Ward

“When DACA was rescinded, I realized that STEM fields were not talking about these issues, which was upsetting because I myself am undocumented and do science. Undocumented students are in our scientific communities and deserve to be protected. We deserve for scientists to fight for us.” Learn more >

Frank Wilczek

“It’s a gift to be able to contribute to the public culture because the things you find in these deep explorations are really beautiful and fascinating and strange.” Learn more ><

Kevork Abazajian

“I was motivated to do science to better humanity.” Learn more >

Kristen Brown

“Now more than ever, we need scientists on the front lines, fighting in difficult places for necessary change.” Learn more >

Kristin Carden

“At the end of the day, there’s nothing I’d rather be working on than trying to protect our national heritage, our wildlife, our wild oceans, our wild lands.” Learn more >

Maryam Zaringhalam

“While scientists may not be able to change the culture of an entire nation overnight, they can recommit to the work of equity, inclusion, and ethics within their own institutions.” Learn more >

Melinda Hemmelgarn

“Art, media and storytelling are key to teaching science, and influencing policies that protect public health and our environment.” Learn more >

Peter Pella

“I think the more we get into the public and let people know what we believe and the basis for it—well, that can’t be anything but helpful.” Learn more >

Richard Ezike

“I got the environmental preservation bug. And it only grew as I matured and gained more education; eventually I realized that I could use my chemistry interests to protect the environment. Learn more >

Richard Wiener

“The greater the ability people have to understand and analyze data … I think that puts us in a better position to address policy and to come up with better possible solutions.” Learn more >

Terry L. Root

“I always felt that science has an obligation to try and provide information to policymakers and the general public in order to try and make the world a better place.” Learn more >

Thzaira Charles

“Something I learned is that technical people speak a language all their own, and they think that everyone speaks that language. I’m just trying to find a simple, everyday language.” Learn more >

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