LAWRENCE — On Saturday, April 22, a "March for Science" is taking place in the nation’s capital with satellite events planned in more than 500 cities around the United States and around the world.
Organizers describe the event as “the first step of a global movement to defend the vital role science plays in our health, safety, economies and governments.” Partnering organizations include the American Association of University Professors, the American Association for the Advancement of Science, Sigma Xi and the Nature Conservancy.
Gregory Baker, adjunct professor of geology at the University of Kansas, will travel to Washington, D.C., on Friday to participate in the march the following day. Baker’s research career centers on geophysical imaging of Earth’s subsurface and geoscience education. He is a recent co-author of “Savor the Cryosphere,” a paper appearing in GSA Today, a publication of the Geological Society of America, that reveals climate change using before/after photographic evidence.
“Speaking for myself and not KU, when my great-grandkids are around, I’d want them to be able to say, ‘My great-grandfather marched because he was trying to not have people repeat mistakes of the past,’” he said. “To me, we have this history that when science comes up against profit or power, that’s when evidence-based decision making really seems to go awry.”
To schedule an interview, contact Brendan Lynch at 785-864-8855 or Brendan@ku.edu.