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Groups call for scientists to engage the body politic

from The New York Times

The National Academy of Sciences is starting a Science Ambassador Program in which researchers will be recruited and trained to speak out on their areas of expertise. Separately, a five-year-old nonprofit group called Scientists and Engineers for America offers guidance and encouragement to researchers considering a run for public office — from local school boards to the House and Senate. This year, former U.S. Congressmen Vern Ehlers and Bill Foster, two of the three physicists that served in the last Congress, formed a bipartisan political action committee they called Ben Franklin's List, whose goal was to offer engineers and scientists the credibility and money they need to win office. more

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