A group calling themselves “Concerned Scientists @ IU” is trying to send a message about the value of science and research in their community.
Organizer and Indiana University professor Michael Hamburger says in an email the group is made up of faculty, staff and students and focuses on preserving federal funding for science-related issues, ensuring policy makers are not ignoring scientific experts, and promoting “scientific integrity.”
The group will hold a “Stand Up for Science” campus-community forum Thursday at 5:30 on the Bloomington campus.
Vice Provost of Research at IU Bloomington Rick Van Kooten organizes with “Concerned Scientists @ IU” and will speak at the event. He says science is at the heart of innovation.
“We’re all aware of how well America is doing, and part of it is because we’re arguably number one in science research,” Van Kooten says. “And that science research ultimately creates jobs and is the engine of economic growth.”
Van Kooten says the event was timed to be just before the national March for Science event on Saturday.
“It’s almost communicating the reason for the March for Science to our local communities,” Van Kooten says.
Van Kooten plans to attend the March for Science in D.C. Concurrent events are planned throughout the country, including in Indianapolis, Vincennes and Terre Haute.