In two weeks the United States will pick a new President. This is certainly one of the most important elections in recent memory. We are a nation facing economic and environmental catastrophe. And although these issues are clearly linked to science and technology, the voices of scientists are, as usual, somewhat muted (notwithstanding 67 Nobel Laureates [including all of this year’s American laureates] endorsing Obama).
The Scientists & Engineers for America Action Fund (SEFORA) runs a great (non-partisan) website, chock-full of information about science and policy. They have teamed up with Scienceblogs (our dastardly competition) to host A Vote for Science on YouTube. This is a non-partisan effort, featuring videos of scientists explaining their vote for President. All scientists (including students) are welcome to post a video.
Your face could be up there alongside a brand-new Nobel Laureate (Marty Chalfie) and the father of the internet (Vint Cerf) [both of whom endorse Barack Obama]. And yours truly. Scientists, this is your chance to get your voices heard. Literally. Take five minutes and post a video.