“The chorus must continue to ensure science is not taken for granted”
Annapolis, MD; March 19, 2018—As a continuing advocate for the role of science in advancing human society, the Entomological Society of America has reaffirmed its support of the March for Science in 2018.
ESA was an early supporter of this grassroots movement in 2017, and entomologists turned out in droves to march for science in both Washington, DC, and satellite locations around the world. This year, ESA has committed once again as a partner for the 2018 March for Science, which will take place April 14.
“A year ago we saw a groundswell of voices rise up to assert science’s place as a crucial pillar of societal progress. That chorus must continue to ensure science is not taken for granted,” says Michael Parrella, Ph.D., president of ESA and dean of the College of Agricultural and Life Sciences at the University of Idaho. “We encourage entomologists to engage in this celebration of science again in 2018 and to carry that energy forward into sustained public engagement and outreach.”
To foster enthusiasm for entomologists’ civic engagement, ESA has again commissioned promotional artwork from entomologist, artist, and ESA member Carly Tribull, Ph.D. Her illustrations will be available as posters, buttons, and stickers for entomologists participating in the March for Science in Washington, DC, and other locations. (Interested participants may download the poster as a PDF and request buttons and stickers by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.)
In addition, ESA will also support and send delegates to the March for Science SIGNS Summit, July 6-8, in Chicago.
The guiding principles of ESA, a non-partisan scientific society, recognize that the discipline of entomology is global, that all of its members must be able to participate fully in the organization, and that entomologists must collaborate with government and the public to maximize the positive benefits insect science offers to the world. The stated goals and principles of the March for Science align closely with these strategic principles of ESA.
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ABOUT: ESA is the largest organization in the world serving the professional and scientific needs of entomologists and people in related disciplines. Founded in 1889, ESA today has nearly 7,000 members affiliated with educational institutions, health agencies, private industry, and government. Headquartered in Annapolis, Maryland, the Society stands ready as a non-partisan scientific and educational resource for all insect-related topics. For more information, visit www.entsoc.org.