AAUP co-hosts March for Science, April 22
Proposed cuts to science affect CSU

“The March for Science began unceremoniously on January 25,” explains The Atlantic, “with vague ambitions, a hastily designed logo, and a Facebook page inspired by a throwaway Reddit comment. Six weeks later, and it has blossomed into a huge movement.

“It has attracted both support and controversy, and a deluge of opinion pieces about whether it should take place at all. At least one thing is clear: It is definitely happening.

“On April 22, coinciding with Earth Day, large crowds will take to the streets of Washington, D.C. and over 360 other cities. Across six continents, they will, as stated, march for science.”

CFA affiliate, the American Association of University Professors has announced it is “proud to join the March for Science,” adding “While the search for knowledge and science are under attack, on April 22 scientists and citizens who believe in science are taking to the streets.”

AAUP urges faculty to share their stories about how science and scientists are under attack in today’s so-called alternative facts-climate. And the CSU has at least one story.

Trump’s budget proposal, according to Inside Higher Ed  and The Washington Post, seeks to eliminate the Sea Grant Program, which is funding for NOAA marine research based at 33 universities. These include the California Maritime Academy and Moss Landing Labs, a “consortium” facility of San Jose State, Fresno State, CSU East Bay, CSU Monterey Bay, Sacramento State, San Francisco State, and CSU Stanislaus.

The Sea Grant elimination also will affect grants for current or recent grad students including CSU students at Fullerton, Long Beach, San Luis Obispo, Monterey Bay, San Francisco, Northridge and Maritime.

As of this week, 360 marches being planned worldwide. Some 28 “satellite” marches in California are in planning so far, including at CSU Chico, Los Angeles’ Pershing Square, Capitol Mall in Sacramento, Fullerton City Hall, Downtown Santa Rosa, Fresno’s Radio Park and in locations still be determined in San Francisco, San Diego, San Jose/Silicon Valley, Humboldt, and San Luis Obispo.