Dominican College students participated in the first-ever March for Science in New York City on Saturday, April 22. It was one of about 600 rallies held in the U.S. and around the world on Earth Day to call for public policy decisions to be based on data.
Dr. Kathleen Conlon Hinge, Science Department Coordinator, organized Dominican College’s participation in the event. “Our nation faces policy decisions – like decisions on climate change, food safety, research, and science funding – that need to be informed by science,” she said. “We marched to advocate for evidence-based decision making. In an era where ‘alternative facts’ are pushed as credible, people need to appreciate better the lessons and value of scientific thinking “
The Dominican College contingent marched from 72nd and Central Park West, down Broadway to Times Square. Dr. Hinge said the students who took part in the march were affirmed in their roles as scientists.
Participation in the March for Science was one of several ways that Dominican College celebrated Earth Week. There was also participation in a conference on debris in waterways, campus and community cleanups, a photography exhibit, and a tree-planting ceremony.