What if just 10 minutes could make a big difference? This is Science Advocacy Week (October 1-5, 2012), when your 10 minutes, added to my 10 minutes, added to 10 minutes from scientists across the nation adds up to a
spotlight on bio-optics in particular, and science in general.
Not everyone understands how important basic research is--a fact that is unfortunate at best and, in the case of elected officials, potentially devastating. This week presents a great opportunity to heighten the profile of your work and its impact.
Next week the news media will report the 2012 Nobel Prizes in science, and when President Obama’s correspondence office staff sorts through incoming messages to pass along to the president, they look for examples that are timely, compelling, and representative of topics in the news (according to Mike Kelleher, former director of that office). So the timing's perfect; let’s do what we can to see that science topics dominate the in boxes of our elected officials this week.
Also keep in mind these tips, drawn from congress.org: o Be polite. o Keep it short and accessible to laymen, and write to the interests of those who will read it. o Be personable, be yourself. o Don’t be shy, don’t use all caps. o Contact only your own lawmakers (using this link ensures you will), and make it clear at the top of your message that you are a constituent
I always like to give to charity when there’s an opportunity for matching donations, and I think this week’s advocacy campaign amounts to about the same thing in the interests of science. Let’s add our voices to those of the American Society for Cell Biologyand the and the Genetics Society of America. Please join me in going to bat for bio-optics.