Research!America President and CEO Mary Woolley had several opportunities this spring to speak with young scientists about the importance of advocating for science and discovery. On March 7, 2019, Woolley was the keynote speaker at the University of Miami’s first ever Graduate and Post-Doctoral Research Symposium. She shared Research!America's newly updated public opinion survey data, encourage students to become advocates for science, and emphasized the urgency of the looming sequestration-driven budget caps. Without a deal, she noted, nearly $4 billion could be cut from NIH.
On March 21, 2019, Woolley provided a keynote address at an event convened by the National Academies of Science, Engineering, and Medicine, the meeting of the New Voices in Science, Engineering, and Medicine. The group, a cohort of emerging leaders, heard from Woolley about the urgent need for scientists to advocate for their work. “I look forward to the day that every scientist will be comfortable in saying and conveying -- in their words and their actions, “I work for you,” Woolley said.