Chemistry students and faculty participate in the March for Science

March for Science Photo Gallery

RU Chemistry students and faculty joined thousands of scientists and science enthusiasts around the world in the first ever March for Science held on Earth Day, April 22nd last weekend . Scientists descended on Washington D.C. from around the country to celebrate science, fact based scientific inquiry, and their importance to economic growth, global security, human health and the overall health of the planet. A number of speakers at the event including Bill Nye emphasized the need for publicly funded scientific research and there was general concern over the recently proposed government cuts to agencies that fund scientific research including the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The obligation of scientists to explain their work to the public was emphasized where researchers clearly demonstrate the national benefits of publicly funding scientific research. The need for public outreach efforts for all age groups was stressed to better engage the public in the necessity and wonder of scientific discovery.

The RU Chemistry Department has a long tradition of outreach to the community and actively participates in RU Science Days that bring hundreds of K-12 students and their teachers to the campus for science based events each year. The Magic of Chemistry program is another Department based outreach effort focused on fostering a better understanding and appreciation for the role of chemistry in society. The outreach team of faculty and students has engaged over 20,000 students, parents, and teachers in K-12 schools and other informal locations across the state.  

Apr 24, 2017
Francis Webster
(540) 831-5135
fwebster@radford.edu