On Saturday, Carnegie scientists, families, and friends took to the streets and marched to support science in San Francisco, Los Angeles, Pasadena, and the nation’s capital.

Andrew Carnegie founded our institution to be a home to exceptional individuals with extraordinary dedication to their work. We think he would have been proud that so many of our researchers and science-loving administrative and support staff joined hundreds and thousands of their peers all over the world in defending science-based decision-making from coast to coast.

At our historic headquarters building in downtown DC, more than 200 members of our Carnegie family of all ages and backgrounds gathered to share a meal, make posters, and get fired up for the official march events on the National Mall.

“The March for Science is the perfect opportunity to showcase the connections between scientific discovery, technology, economic strength, global security, human and animal health, and the condition of our planet,” President Matthew Scott said.

Poster party participants hailed from our two DC research departments and headquarters staff, as well as from Baltimore.  A handful of people even traveled all the way from one of our three California-based departments!

We discovered that a lot of incredibly artistic and creative people call Carnegie home.

Posters constructed by Carnegie’s representatives at marches across the country extolled the important ways scientific research contributes to public and environmental health, medicine, agriculture, and technology, in addition to the societal value of the scientific method. Other marchers noted inspirational scientists from history—including Carnegie’s own Barbara McClintock—or touted the value of diversity in the scientific community.

More than anything, however, posters and participants showed that science—and scientists—are fun. Humor took the form of silly hats, math-themed socks, and posters filled with puns and movie quotes.  But even better, the crew was full of smiling faces, positive attitudes, and high spirits—even in rain-soaked DC.

“It’s such a great opportunity to be able to share our enthusiasm for science in general,” said geochemist Rick Carlson, who is the Director of our Department of Terrestrial Magnetism. “There so much exciting in the field now that we just hope to be able to convey to the public how good a field it is, how much fun it is to work in it.”

And the good times continued Sunday, when Carnegie hosted a brunch and live recording of the 2Scientists podcast. The event featured the science-hyping performer DJ Spooky, who talked about blending art and science  and data and music, along with our Geophysical Laboratory’s own Andrew Steele, aka Steelie, who discussed his own work as an astrobiologist and how looking for evidence of life on Mars can teach us about Earth’s history.

Afterward more than 70 official March partners along with official March organizers gathered in our HQ ballroom to discuss next steps and how to keep the momentum moving forward in a positive direction. As our own Dione Rossiter, who coordinated Carnegie’s official March for Science partnership tweeted Sunday afternoon, “yesterday wasn’t the end, yesterday was the beginning.”

We are so excited to keep speaking up for science this week, and every day!

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