Saturday, April 19, 2008


If you strongly believe that voters do not need to be subjected to another inane presidential candidate debate like the one arranged by ABC news last Wednesday night, please urge the three candidates left standing to accept the May 2008 invitation from the leading scientists in this country to ScienceDebate2008, which will be covered by the science channel "Nova."

Voters have the right to know, and a vital need to know, where the three presidential candidates stand on science policy issues. We also have the right to know who they are considering as advisors in this important arena. Frankly, a huge number of votes depend on their willingness to participate in this debate, and the numbers are growing every day.

Protecting our future starts with understanding that much of the wealth and the wellbeing in this country comes from scientific research and technological innovation, which has suffered from inadequate government funding for way to many years.

It seems that the public is generally unaware of the vital role of Federal funding agencies (NIH and NSF) in driving biomedical and technology research, which in the minds of many of us is the heart of the ScienceDebate problem; all three candidates feel they can blow off this request from millions of people because the general public is ignorant of the issues.

Use the following link to add your support for this proposed debate:


Howard Fink, MD said...


I just added my name to the list. I hope you and your colleagues can pull this off since it's more important than most people realize.

Gwen Fox said...

Great blog...I signed up and thank you for the opportunity to do so. I would never have known about this if it hadn't been for you.

Ed Huggett, OD said...


Thanks for alerting me to this.

Larry Larsson said...

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Rachael Sudul said...

Added! I would LOVE to see this debate! It would actually be interesting.

Rachael Sudul
Just In Case Inc.

Judy Topol said...

Really interesting blogs, Ellen...I enjoyed reading them very much.

Julie said...

I added my name of the list. I would love to see this happen!!!

The next door neighborl said...

ET, You have a lot of energy and enthusiasm for an older gal - must be the vitamins. I added my name so you will invite me to your next dinner party.

Alex C said...

Great Idea. This would be a fantastic debate. Keep up the good work and Thanks for keeping the public informed.

Spencer Thornton, M.D. said...

This is a tremendously important issue.
The American public has the right, and the need to know, where our presidential candidates stand on science policy issues, and if they are not concerned about this, they need to learn.
Our future as a nation depends on our political leaders and their policies, particularly about medicine and science
We have the right to know who they are choosing as advisors in this important arena.
So, get with it!

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