In the past few weeks, the Trump White House has been dismantling the scientific and academic community.
The administration has defunded a major public health research program funded by the National Institutes of Health, reduced funding for science and technology research programs that help scientists and their allies to advance science, and has cut off grants to scientists and organizations critical of the administration’s policies.
These decisions are intended to undermine scientific inquiry and research in a number of key areas, including the scientific process itself, and the role of science in informing public policy.
The most consequential decision to be taken in the next few months will be the decision to defund the National Science Foundation.
This year, the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) voted to end funding for scientific research, and it’s no secret that scientists and researchers are increasingly worried about the fate of their grants.
While the White House is making a concerted effort to undermine science and academia, the fact is that science is not dead.
Academics and scientists have long been fighting to preserve and protect the scientific enterprise, and they continue to do so, with the support of the American people.
The Trump administration’s actions will undermine the credibility of science and advance a conservative agenda that undermines scientific inquiry, public policy, and academic freedom.
The science and science-oriented communities will continue to defend and promote science, science, knowledge, and research.
It’s important to note that science and scientific inquiry are important institutions, but they also represent a broad spectrum of views.
While a handful of Trump-appointed administrators have undermined the scientific community, the science community is strong, and its support for the scientific inquiry process is not going away.
We should not be afraid to speak up when we disagree with the administration and those who hold power.
The fight for science in this country continues.
Science should be free.
Science needs to be respected.
And science needs to remain a priority in our society.
The views expressed in this post are the authors’ own and do not necessarily reflect Al Jazeera’s editorial stance.