With this documentary firmly in the post-production stage, I'm looking forward to continuing the Science Moms journey with these exceptional women, as we aim to bring reason, skepticism, and our own personal stories to this corner of the world in which parenting and science intersect. I hope that you'll stay connected to the Science Moms Facebook page, and to this blog, to which I pledge to once again post regular updates, including bi-weekly digests of what the Science Moms have been up to.
- Natalie Newell, Science Moms Director
Kavin Senapathy: I hope that in 2017, science supporters will be louder and create a bigger impact than ever before. The pro-science backlash against Hunt's anti-GMO posturing demonstrates that our community is fired up to call out companies that use fear-based, fact-scarce marketing. I also hope that as a group, skeptics and science communicators will step outside the box. We must rely on facts and reason, but remember that the ultimate goal is to fight injustice caused by science denial. This will require a healthy dose of using emotion and cultural context to pursue science-based policy and to arm the public with critical thinking skills. After all, isn't that what we Science Moms are all about, appealing to shared values to show people that science is awesome?
Layla Katiraee: In 2016, we observed the divisiveness that arises when we stay inside our circles and our silos become more and more distinct from one another. In 2017, I hope that we can reach people that many not be within our circles, but with whom we share common passions, be it parenthood, science, or social justice. I hope that we can use different platforms, media, and methods to reach people, and bring to light the fact that evidence-based decision making and parenting is what is best for our society and for future generations.
Jenny Splitter: My hope for 2017 is that science defenders stay vigilant. I hope we can be brave enough to ask stupid questions, challenge our biases and have honest conversations with everyone willing to do the same. Science matters, evidence is awesome, and critical thinking is an absolute necessity.
Anastasia Bodnar: For 2017 I'd really like to see more science outreach for children and young people. There are a lot of great programs that reach small numbers of children who are already interested in science, but we need programs that will reach many more children and their families. I strongly encourage all scientists and science enthusiasts to consider volunteering at their local grade school, judging a science fair, giving a talk at your local library, giving a science demonstration to Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts... anything you can think of that will help make science more accessible to everyone.
Alison Bernstein: 2016 was a tough year for science communication and outreach. It felt like an endless game of whack-a-mole with the same claims being recycled and regurgitated no matter how many times we debunk them. For every bit of progress we made, it felt like we took 8 steps back. My hope for 2017 is that we can try to get out of ahead of this discouraging trend. I hope we can amplify the voices of science, reason and critical thinking to be louder than the nonsense and pseudoscience. I hope that we can take a positive approach and share the excitement and wonder of science, instead of constantly debunking false claims and continuing this game of whack-a-mole. I hope that the sound of science starts to drown out the cacophony of pseudoscience and nonsense.