In this series we profile scientists who have been threatened with legal attacks or harassed by politically and ideologically motivated groups. What these researchers experienced, how they responded, and the lessons they learned provide valuable guidance for other scientists, and will help all readers understand the issues climate scientists may encounter because of their work. First in the series is Scott Mandia, Professor of Physical Sciences at Suffolk Community College.
At CSLDF, we have seen well-meaning scientists and academics experience problems after advocating for science (e.g., here) or taking a personal political stance (e.g., here or here). What’s a scientist to do? Don’t fret; prep. If you are one of the many scientists considering participating in the March for Science or engaging in other science-related activism, we are here to arm you with tools that will help you avoid ending up in political crosshairs.
The new political environment in the United States poses a serious threat to climate scientists. We want to occasionally call your attention to climate contrarians in the federal government and its main departments and agencies. Today we introduce Senator James Inhofe (R-Oklahoma) — and his protégés.
On March 2, the California Supreme Court ruled that the emails and texts of public employees dealing with official business are to be considered a matter of public record even if they are sent from private devices or accounts. The case demonstrates the importance of not commingling personal and professional email accounts, understanding how open records laws may affect you, and knowing how to keep your private communications private.
We’re excited to announce the launch of our Campus Rep Program for law school faculty. Now more than ever, it’s important that scientists understand how to handle political harassment and legal intimidation. The Campus Rep Program expands our reach by building a national network of attorneys who will serve as the first point of contact at their institution for scientists with questions about legal issues.