Dear Research Advocate, The title of a 1997 report, “ Worlds Apart : How the Distance Between Science and Journalism Threatens America’s Future,” is as relevant today as it was then , and it’s still a good read. Television journalist Jim Hartz, who died last week , was the author. Jim was vexed by the interplay between the media’s lack of interest in science and the research community’s weakness in communicating with the public; and he decried the decline in federal science funding as a share of our economy — realities that challenge us to this day. Research!America worked with Jim to strengthen the links between journalism schools and graduate science schools; this is still...
Dear Research Advocate, We hosted our Annual Meeting of Members this afternoon, pausing to reflect on our work together over the last year and looking ahead. ( Watch the recording .) One meeting highlight was Sjögren’s Foundation CEO Janet Church’s powerful recounting of the challenges she and others with Sjögren’s syndrome face. She made a rock-solid case for patient engagement in research and advocacy. Another highlight was a fireside chat between our Board Vice Chair The Honorable Bart Gordon (U.S. Representative 1985-2011) and Senator Roy Blunt (R-MO), an extraordinary research champion who is retiring at the end of 2022 after 26 years in Congress. Sen. Blunt offered this advice: “Big...
Dear Research Advocate, Today is day 50 since Russia invaded Ukraine, initiating a deplorable, heartbreaking conflict, foremost so for the Ukrainian people. Today we reflect on the repercussions for scientists in both countries as well as the implications of the radical disruption of international research collaboration. In a thought-provoking CNN o pinion piece , American physicist and popular science figure Don Lincoln, PhD, notes that scientists are currently wrestling with decisions about how to engage with their Russian counterparts. He addresses the interconnectedness of scientific enterprise: “academic researchers are, by and large, internationalists. We ask hard questions and aim to...
Dear Research Advocate, Today is World Health Day ; it’s National Public Health Wee k ; and National Minority Health Month as well – calling attention to how we are connected to each other. The COVID-19 pandemic has made the persistence of domestic and global health disparities more apparent; it is time to act! Please us e this editable email to let your representatives in Congress know a rock-solid public health system is important to their constituents! Just In From the Hill : Leaders in both parties in the House and Senate have announced conferees on vital competitiveness legislation ( H.R. 4521; S. 1260 ). Both bills include authorization for significant increases in the National...

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The capabilities are enormous, a little bit of research can pay off quite a bit in the long run.
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