The Puerto Rico Science Policy Action Network launched a petition on March 19, 2020, to demand the resignation of the state epidemiologist in Puerto Rico, Dr. Carmen Deseda, because we understand that Dr. Deseda does not have the necessary expertise in health public and epidemiology, and has failed to prioritize science and evidence in her decision making. We reproduce the text of the petition below. As of today (3/24/20), 185 people have signed the petition, of which 34% identified themselves as graduate students, 34% as professionals with a PhD, Ms, MPH, Ms or DrPH and 32% identified as other (private sector, public sector, contractors, concerned citizens, etc.).
When we ask the general population what it is that they believe is wrong with the government, independent upon their level of knowledge on the subject the responses are similar: the system is flawed, elected officials are not the right ones, there is a lack of values in our society, people are ignorant and indifferent because they don’t feel they can do anything and there is a lack of transparency. -And these are the responses from questioning people in my workplace around a period of 5 minutes.-
The bill aims to raise awareness within Federal science agencies, promote research, and increase the participation of women, minorities, and other groups historically underrepresented in STEM studies and careers.
To amend Title XVIII of the Social Security Act to provide for temporary stabilization of Medicare Advantage payments following Hurricane Maria and ensure the payments to beneficiaries and healthcare providers.
What happens when changes occur faster than the time it takes to get used to them? This is the case of science and politics in our era.
We are now living in a world much different than the one our parents and grandparents lived in; and this is all due to the contemporary technologies among us. To deeply understand the upcoming series of blogs about science and technology relating to policy and governance we need to shift our mindset a little bit.
The excessive use of disposable plastic bags, like polystyrene, has a negative impact on our ecosystems and public health. These plastics are not biodegradable, which lead to their accumulation in the environment and have been suggested to promote cancer in animal models.