314 Action Aims To Get Scientists To Run For Office

Published: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 2:49pm
Updated: Thursday, February 9, 2017 - 2:54pm

Scientists are planning a march on Washington, D.C., on April 22, which is Earth Day. Organizers say recent policy changes worry scientists, and they see the march as a call to safeguard the scientific community.

There are also satellite marches planned around the country that day, including in Phoenix.

In addition, a group called 314 Action — that’s 314 as in Pi — is working to recruit and train scientists to run for office.

Shaughnessy Naughton is the founder of 314 Action. Naughton has a background in chemistry and is a former congressional candidate.

Among the group’s goals is to get people with STEM backgrounds to run for office and hopefully get elected. The group is holding a candidate training on March 14, Pi Day. So far, around 2,000 scientists have signed up to run for office.

In Arizona, one state lawmaker with a science background is Dr. Randy Friese. The Tucson trauma surgeon is the assistant minority leader in the state House and an adviser to 314 Action.

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