Press Coverage

November 20, 2018
Inside Higher Ed

"The Grad Activist: Resources for Science Advocacy"

Outside of my lab work, I’ve spent the last year learning about community organizing and advocacy as a satellite organizer for March for Science. Learning about advocacy has given me a sense of community outside of my lab group that I didn’t think I’d find in graduate school—we marched together, registered new voters, and now it’s time for to decide as an organization what comes next. In doing so, I’ve been looking at the excellent work other science advocacy groups have done for inspiration. If... Read more.

January 23, 2018
Big Think

"10 quotes on scientific issues from 2018 political candidates"

Science Debate, a nonpartisan organization which seeks to get candidates, elected officials and the public to discuss vital science policy issues, has released some answers to its 10 Science and Technology Questions for 2018. The mission of Science Debate, as stated by its Executive Director Sheril Kirshenbaum in Scientific American, is to prepare politicians “to meet the 21st centuries greatest challenges on day one.“ Science Debate believes... Read more.

December 2017
Inquiring Minds

"Getting Politicians to Talk About Science"

We talk to Sheril Kirshenbaum, executive director of Science Debate (, a nonpartisan organization that asks candidates, elected officials, the public and the media to focus more on science policy issues of vital importance to modern life. Listen here.

October 23, 2017
FOX5 New York

Matthew Chapman and Sheril Kirshenbaum are trying to get all candidates for public office to answer 10 questions about science.

November 17, 2016
Times Higher Education

"Trump agenda must not endanger what makes US HE strong"

The presidential election continues to dominate the conversation on US campuses as students, faculty, administrators and others attempt to interpret an outcome that few had anticipated.

At my own university, there is palpable anxiety resulting from the divisive rhetoric of the campaign, especially around the rights of groups defined by race, ethnicity, gender and...
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November 1, 2016
Scientific American

"Science? In the Elections?"

Many of the greatest challenges the U.S. faces in coming years—from climate change to the spread of antibiotic-resistant bacteria—require scientific expertise to develop workable solutions. For the past eight years, nonprofit organization has spearheaded a grassroots effort to push presidential candidates to discuss these issues, which are every bit as important to America's future as international affairs or tax policy. This year the campaigns of the Democratic... Read more.

September 30, 2016
L.A. Times

"How science would fare under a Clinton or Trump administration"

In a presidential election season dominated by talk of birth certificates, tax returns and email servers, science has rarely made headlines. But that doesn’t mean it’s irrelevant. On the contrary, policy decisions made by the next president will influence the future of the planet and all its inhabitants for years to come.

That’s why — an effort supported by dozens...
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September 25, 2016

"Behind The Push To Hold A Presidential Debate on Science-Based Issues"

This week’s debate between Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton is the first of three the candidates will engage in before the November election. As in years past, each debate will be broadly aimed at one of three single subject areas—domestic policy, the economy and foreign policy.

For the last several election cycles, a consortium of Nobel Prize winners and American...
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September 13, 2016
The New Yorker

"Twenty Science Questions for Donald Trump"

I just lost what I thought was a sure bet. For the past two Presidential election cycles, my colleagues and I at ScienceDebate, supported by nearly every major science organization in the country, have asked the candidates to answer a series of questions about science and technology policy, in recognition of the fact that these matters will ultimately present the most important challenges to the next President. The questions range from health to education, energy to the environment, and security... Read more.

September 13, 2016
Science Magazine

"Clinton and Trump stay true to form in talking about science"

Ask Donald Trump (R) about climate change, and he’ll talk about “limited financial resources” and suggest that eradicating malaria and increasing global food production may be higher priorities for his administration. Ask Hillary Clinton (D) the same question, and she’ll spell out the key elements of her $60 billion Clean Energy Challenge... Read more.

August 17, 2016

"20 Science Questions For The Presidential Candidates"

Science and politics do not always make great bedfellows.

It's a topic we have explored a lot here at 13.7. As the past few decades have shown, science and technology have a potent power for rapidly shaping culture, for both good and ill. Unfortunately, our ability to deal with that power — and, as well, its...
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August 10, 2016
The Washington Post

"Challenge to presidential candidates: Debate about science"

Climate change. Mental health. Space exploration. Vaccinations. The health of the oceans. Antibiotic-resistant superbugs.

These are not the typical meat-and-potatoes topics of presidential debates. Often, the candidates and people who ask them questions skip...
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January 14, 2016
The Guardian

"Kids ask US presidential candidates to debate science"

Susanlyn Singroy thinks the candidates for US president should be debating science. The eighth-grader argues that the candidates are talking about money, religion and immigration, but rarely mentioning the science challenges impacting her future. Singroy says, If they talk about the big science issues, maybe they’ll actually do something about them.

Her point is well taken. The...
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August 12, 2015

"It's Time For Presidential Candidates To Talk About Science"

IWhen Charles Darwin set sail from Plymouth, England, on the HMS Beagle in 1831, the British biologist fell seasick almost immediately, and he remained nauseated for most of the next five years on that ship. Yet the journey, however arduous for Darwin, paid off for the rest of us in one of the greatest scientific theories of all time. After studying the South American coast for several years, Darwin made his way to the Galapagos Islands, where... Read more.