Petition to U.S. Senators and Representatives
Tell Congress: Stand up for science funding
Science is essential to restoring degraded coral reefs, saving threatened species, securing clean water for all, and slowing the onslaught of climate change. But the reality is the Administration's proposed budget makes devastating cuts to vital scientific programs we need for a brighter future—from cutting the EPA Office of Research and Development budget in half, to completely eliminating funding for UN climate change research and NOAA coastal and marine research. Here's the bottom line: Without critical scientific programs like these, we will fall behind—and more special places will be lost forever. We need you to add your voice today to protect science and keep innovation off the chopping block. Take a stand right now and tell your representatives and senators to say no to cuts to scientific research.
Petition to Donald Trump
Tell Trump To #ActOnClimate
President-elect Trump has called climate change a Chinese hoax, vowed to dismantle America's climate and clean energy policies, and appointed climate deniers with ties to the fossil fuel industry to his transition team and Cabinet. There is too much at stake for us to stay silent. Human-caused climate change threatens America’s economy, national security, and public health and safety. That's why we and over 800 of our colleagues, all of whom work on climate, energy, or Earth science, have written an open letter (read here) urging Donald Trump to take 6 key steps to address climate change: 1) Make America a clean energy leader.2) Reduce carbon pollution and America's dependence on fossil fuels.3) Enhance America's climate preparedness and resilience.4) Publicly acknowledge that climate change is a real, human-caused, and urgent threat.5) Protect scientific integrity in policymaking.6) Uphold America's commitment to the Paris Climate Agreement. Please join us in urging President-elect Trump to #ActOnClimate by signing this petition. Thank you, Dr. Suzanne P. Anderson, Professor of Geography, Institute of Arctic and Alpine Research, University of Colorado at Boulder Dr. Catherine Gautier, Professor Emerita, Department of Geography, University of California Santa Barbara Dr. Mark Z. Jacobson, Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering and Director of the Atmosphere/Energy Program, Stanford University Dr. Dan Kammen, Energy and Resources Group and Goldman School of Public Policy, University of California, Berkeley; Science Envoy, US State Department Dr. Michael E. Mann, Distinguished Professor and Director of the Earth System Science Center, Pennsylvania State University Dr. R. Pamela Reid, Professor of Marine Geosciences, Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science, University of Miami Dr. Cindy Shellito, Professor of Meteorology, University of Northern Colorado Dr. Richard C. J. Somerville, Distinguished Professor Emeritus, Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California San Diego Dr. Sarah Ann Woodin, Carolina Distinguished Professor Emerita, Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina
Petition to Sir Aneerood Jugnauth, Soodesh Satkam Callichurn, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, Hon. (Mrs) Leela Devi DOOKUN-LUCHOOMUN, Honourable Mr Prithvirajsing Roopun
Introduce Sanskrit in all Mauritian Schools.
#Sanskrit_In_Mauritian_Schools "Yaam medham devaganah pitarashcha upaasate, tayaa maamadhya medhayaagne, medhaavinam kuru" ***That knowledge revered by the saints and our forefathers, oh God, please bestow upon me.*** Today, it is known that Sanskrit is the most computer-friendly language, and that its Grammar, Panini's Grammar, is the most suited for Natural Language Processing... But not only that... In the wake of the waves of debauchery running through Mauritius, one is overwhelmed by the sheer ugliness of criminality in the country. 7 year old kids tie and put their classmate on fire, 9 year old kids rape a 7 year old. 13-14 year olds are making blue films.. star-college students are diagnosed with AIDS, while other star-college students make blue films they are proud of, only regretting that the films went public... Society is consumed by consumerism, schools and colleges are rife with synthetic drugs, and of all things, youths are campaigning for the legalisation of more drugs!! And their parents are even worse.. People commit crimes with total disregard for any values whatsoever.. Corruption is everywhere, the institutions such as the police, the ministries and the civil service are seen to be unprofessional and unworthy, and the Lambda citizen has a dearth of role models! All this points to an increasing lack of moral values and civic education and sheer disrespect for human life coupled with the belief that they will thwart the law ("The rules are for others, not me!").. In this context one ponders that instead of imposing regulations through the law, people should be made to auto-regulate themselves, to "self-regulate". They should be made to understand the reasons behind civilisation and instilled with civic sense.. And that, at as an early age as possible. So, what better way to do that than to turn to philosophy? And what better philosophy, in a country where more than half the population has roots in India, than Indian Philosophy? And again, what better means to do that than allow those people to read of that philosophy themselves, in the native language that the said philosophy was formulated in? Sanskrit! Currently people of Indian origin(especially native Biharis - Bhojpuri speakers) learn Hindi.. Which at best can lead to a career as newscaster, writer or teacher.. But in general leads to nothing more than a good understanding of Bollywood films. Films glorifying sexuality, precocious or not, glorifying passion as the only form of relationship and misrepresented as "love", and soap-operas parading as value-based family films that are guides to the destruction of the family (think "Kyunki Saas...") Instead, Sanskrit would allow them to read the deepest human philosophies that have stood 5 millennia and still hold true.(Vasudheiva Kutumbakam, "The whole world is one family").. People would turn to spirituality as guidance to proper conduct, instead of as only solace after a heartbreak. They would understand the meaning of all prayers being said for them, like the one at the top, said in every hawan. The values in Indian Philosophy run so deep they allowed India to flourish through numerous colonisations, and even today, form the basic building blocks of most modern philosophical movements. So in response to the ugly path of fashion, of following the herd, of "qu'en dira-t-on?"; Why reinvent the wheel and try to invent a new means of spreading values? Why not use something that has been proven and seen to work. Why not Sanskrit? Sanskrit was allowed in Mauritius legally side-by-side with Arabic as a means to promote civic education, but while Arabic has been implemented country-wide, Sanskrit is taught at hardly a dozen schools, and this has a direct effect on the erosion of values within Mauritian society. So, this is a plea to allow and promote Sanskrit as a language which will also help kids to grasp intricate and advanced language skills and give them a strong base to learn all Indo-European languages including German, Italian, Croatian, Spanish, English and French.. If you agree,please sign this petition. Hopefully the next generation (think.. our kids and grandchildren) will not just pay lip-service to prayers and mantras(pun intended), but actually know their meaning, and live those Values. Namaste (The divine within me, bows down to and honours the divine within you).Arvind C.S Bhagan
Petition to Kate Barry, TJ Muratore
Renewable Energy for the Jepson Science Center Addition
In the year 2017, the implementation of renewable energy is an issue at the forefront of modern sustainability practices. As a school that prides ourselves on our innovative forward thinking, it would behoove the University of Mary Washington to implement a plan for renewable energy to be utilized in the new addition to the Jepson Science Center. To set a precedent, as well as act as an example of the future of energy technology, the university would greatly benefit from the installation of such features as solar panels and/or wind turbines on thenew building, as well as electric car chargers in the proposed parking lot. Young creative minds will be attracted to a school that is looking ahead when it comes to energy practices and a highly visible renewable energy system will show the community and other higher learning institutions that renewable is a feasible and worthwhile investment. The university, as per its mission statement, prides itself on “providing a superior education that inspires and enables our students to make positive changes in the world.” What better way to inspire future change than by making positive changes as a community today? I have written a proposal for the installation of renewable energy as an important energy source for the new building addition, a ground-level display explaining the system and its benefits, and electric car charging stations in the parking area. *DISCLAIMER* ***No funds are being requested by signing this petition, it is simply to show support of the cause.***
Petition to YouTube
Unblock the Cody'sLab YouTube channel!
The Cody'sLab channel is one of the best educational channels of YouTube and one of the most popular ones among these. Recently it has received two Content Community Guidelines strikes in a row for absolutely no reason, and now Cody can only upload unlisted content, so - no fresh videos for his 1.2 million subscribers for at least three weeks! Even worse, if he gets yet another strike, the channel will be shut down! And this is, again, one of the best educational channels of YouTube, with great quality videos, now endangered and in need for your help! Sign this petition, let YouTube know that Cody'sLab provides excellent content, and in no way could have violated any YouTube rules! Please unblock Cody'sLab!
Petition to Dr. Scott Niven, Allen ISD
Name the STEAM Center in Taylor Hudson's Memory
Taylor Hudson was an excellent teacher, mentor, and friend to many Allen High School students enrolled in Allen Computer Science courses. Although his time at AHS was cut short, his impact on his students will subsist far into the future. Taylor’s unique teaching style brought out the best in all of his students, encouraging them to pursue their diverse skills and interests while giving everyone an opportunity to better themselves. Taylor Hudson put years into working with students to teach and guide them. Not only did Mr. Hudson teach them computer science and programming but also cultivated in them a desire to challenge themselves as scholars and programmers. One look at the photos from last year’s computer science weather balloon project is enough to understand how invaluable Taylor was as a teacher and the environment of learning he fostered for his students. Given the substantial impact Taylor Hudson has had on his students and all those around him, it is only fitting to commemorate his work as a teacher by naming Allen ISD’s upcoming STEAM center after him. This would be an excellent way to honor his legacy so his love for STEM can continue on.
Petition to Consumers of ultrasound for fetal scanning
Are prenatal ultrasounds safe? We demand more research
Ultrasound is used routinely for fetal imaging worldwide and its safety is hotly debated. Many studies have demonstrated that excessive ultrasound exposure can cause changes in cognition, sociability, and physical development in animal models. Studies from China corroborate that excessive prenatal ultrasound may cause harm to humans. Until more research is performed the safety of prenatal ultrasonography is questionable. We must raise awareness and demand more studies be funded. Start with my YouTube series discussing the articles in this petition: Is Prenatal Ultrasound Safe? YouTube Playlist Here are some published research articles of concern in how ultrasound may affect human development: 50 Chinese Human Ultrasound Exposure Studies, Prenatal ultrasound alters learning and memory in young rats, Prenatal ultrasound alters normal mouse brain development, Low-intensity ultrasound energy applied to rat testes alters testosterone levels, Ultrasound alters cell growth, Ultrasound sensitizes hearing of infants, Prenatal ultrasound alters sociability in mice, Prenatal ultrasound negatively affects mouse cognition Have questions or personal accounts? Join the Facebook group! We Need Safer Sonography Facebook group THREE MAJOR ISSUES IN SONOGRAPHY: (1) Sonographers do not typically record how much ultrasound is used during a scan session. This makes it impossible for researchers to correlate ultrasound dose with health outcomes. We do not know for sure whether ultrasound is actually safe or could be linked to risks. There are stark correlations between groups that typically receive a higher number of ultrasounds and a greater emergence of health conditions, such as autism. Unfortunately, because there is no dose response to study, relevant epidemiology is untenable. [Relevant citations: FetalUltrasoundSafety, the website of Dr. David Toms - a practicing radiologist; www.ultrasound-autism.org -- an independent site tracking known ultrasound side effects research] (2) Nearly half of all medical ultrasound units in clinical circulation are defective. A defective unit may have a worse picture, requiring extra exposure in order to make a diagnosis. More frequent maintenance of ultrasound units would not only be prudent for safety, it would also promote engineering and tech jobs which could help the ailing economy. [Relevant citations: High incidence of defective equipment in circulation, Annual calibration is not sufficient] (3) The average number of ultrasounds for a healthy pregnancy is 4, while high-risk pregnancies can receive upwards of 20 or more. The skill of individual sonographers varies greatly, and so does how much ultrasound they use. Some clinics offer hour long ultrasound recordings for keepsake and vanity. These practices disregard safety regulations and are allowed to continue; educating the public is likely the only way to solve this problem. [Relevant citations: Proliferation of Fetal Ultrasonography, Ultrasound is safe, right?, Clinical end users show poor understanding of ultrasound safety] ** Please read the testimonials of scientists, practitioners, professionals, and parents whom have signed this petition and left comments: Dr. Manuel Casanova, MD – Neuropathologist, autism researcher, founding member of the John Hopkins and National Institute of Mental Health pathological brain bank units, and now Gottfried and Gisela Kolb Endowed Chair in Outpatient Psychiatry and Professor of Anatomical Sciences and Neurobiology. The University of Louisville, Kentucky “Ultrasound was deregulated and energy levels were increased without proper safety studies being performed. There is evidence that besides thermal and cavitation effects ultrasound may provide for redox and membrane permeability changes. A significant number of ultrasound transducers in clinical practice are defective and end users seem unknowledgeable about the safety margins of their equipment. Ultrasound is now being used far beyond the safety recommendations of imaging boards for non-risk cases. There should be more studies on this matter and the technique should be regulated to enforce safety concerns.” Dr. Diana Mason, RN, PhD, FAAN – Rudin professor, emeritus of the American Journal of Nursing, and now Co-Director of the Hunter College Center for Health, Media, and Policy, www.centerforhealthmediapolicy.com. New York, New York. ”I'm concerned about the rise in autism, including with my extended family. First Do No Harm should be the mantra that we all adopt. I'm concerned about the proliferation of the perspective that fetal ultrasound is like a regular photo, when it's not. We must change public perceptions about the potential dangers of fetal ultrasound and call for more research immediately.” Dr. John Chiles, MD – Radiologist. Raleigh, North Carolina “As a radiologist I have been concerned about over utilization of imaging procedures and ultrasound in pregnancy is a prime example. A way of controlling this would be for insurance companies to pay for the equivalent of one ultrasound per pregnancy but the obstetrician could perform as many as he or she felt were necessary. Another way would be to increase the price for obstetric care which would include all the in-office ultrasounds.” Dr. Reginold Moore, MD – Family medicine. Hickory, North Carolina “If there is any possibility that prenatal ultrasound can be linked to the increasing problem with Autism Spectrum Disorders it should be researched further and practitioners using Ultrasound should be cautioned to consider the risks and benefits before performing. There may be a greater risk during the fetal developmental period (1st trimester) after which ultrasound is significantly safer and beneficial. Medicine needs these answers.” Dr. William Brandon, PhD – Physicist. Pembroke, North Carolina “We should always be suspect of "lucrative" medical procedures - particularly when supported through insurance policies. Consider this - all biological tissue in the region of ultrasound exposure vibrates at the frequency of the ultrasound wave, leading to a myriad of complex and potentially harmful side effects.” Parrish Hirasaki, MSME - Engineer with experience in industrial heat and systems management, and web manager of http://www.ultrasound-autism.org/, Dickinson, Texas “I am an engineer who is certain that overexposure during ultrasound is causing brain damage. It does in rats - why not humans?” Nancy Evans, BS - Health science consultant. San Francisco, California “Ultrasound exposes the brain of the developing fetus to heat, vibration, and high intensity sound. Prenatal ultrasound is being performed in unregulated non-medical settings (shopping mall boutiques selling "keepsake" sonograms). It is not a risk-free procedure and women need to know that.” Cindy Sage, MA – SAGE Design. Santa Barbara, California “One thing that should be halted is the now-routine use of ultrasound twice within two weeks to check for signs the fetus may have Downs syndrome. The neck is scanned twice... in two weeks... to gauge the neck thickness. Can you imagine the exposure to such a small area of the brainstem - it is entirely avoidable since there is a new and reliable blood test. Stop ultrasounds for this procedure.” Laura Blumenstiel - Mother "I have two children, and although my pregnancies were both high risk for various reasons (generally my health during pregnancy), I feel that the number of ultrasounds scheduled was excessive. I probably had close to 10 in my first pregnancy, and had at least two per week for the last two months of my second pregnancy. Scare tactics were used by my doctor any time I questioned the need for so many, including the claim that he needed to be "prepared" in case my babies were born with conditions that required immediate treatment. They were not. I genuinely believe that some OB's see high risk pregnancies as a cash cow. Certainly mine did." Brenda Hinton - GREY LYNN, NEW ZEALAND "Obstetric practices in NZ follow close on the heels of those in larger countries like the USA. Most women in NZ now have at least 4 ultrasound scans during their pregnancy with at least 2 of these being performed in the first trimester. In NZ most women access fully subsidized pregnancy/maternity care and those who pay privately for obstetric care still have their (usually much greater number of) scans publicly subsidized. The continuing increase in ultrasound scanning is greatly increasing the cost of maternity care to the NZ taxpayer with no commensurate improvement in outcomes. Like the rest of the developed world, where ultrasound is readily available, we are seeing an increase in autistic spectrum disorders and also things like tongue and lip tie. More regulation, research and consumer education is urgently needed. We hope the USA will lead the charge to ensure the safety of this overused technology." Michelle Hughes - PFLUGERVILLE, TX "As a CNM, I frequently have patients upset or disappointed that we don't do frequent US. I try to explain that US has proven effects on fetus, but it makes little impression on them, since no one has ever heard of this. I agree more research is needed, as well as mainstream education."
Petition to National Science Foundation, Graduate Research Fellowship Program, Rhonda J. Davis, France A. Córdova, Dean M. Evasius
NSF: Due to recent hurricanes, please extend the deadlines for the GRFP Fellowship Program
In light of the natural phenomena that have occurred recently - particularly hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Maria – we are requesting that the NSF extend this year's deadlines for their Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP). The GRFP program “recognizes and supports outstanding graduate students in NSF-supported science, technology, engineering, and mathematics disciplines who are pursuing research-based Master's and doctoral degrees at accredited United States institutions” (GRFP website) by providing funding for up to three years, which includes student tuition, fees, and a living stipend. The program awards fellowships to outstanding students from U.S. states and territories, and has provided invaluable support to thousands of students in their pursuit of research. The devastation brought by this year’s powerful hurricanes and storms has left millions of people without power, particularly in Puerto Rico and in the states of Florida and Texas, and in some cases power and phone service are not expected to be reestablished for months (see references below). Without power and/or access to internet, students affected by these storms may be at a great disadvantage, and consequently may have difficulties submitting all application materials by the current deadlines (October 23 – November 2 2017, depending on the discipline). For many students, this could limit their access to the programs they have worked so hard to enter, and/or to the research laboratories and projects that they are most passionate about. Therefore, we are requesting that the National Science Foundation please consider extending the GRFP program's deadlines this year, in order to help the students that have already been so affected by these natural phenomena. We thank the foundation for the strong support it has brought to so many students, and we hope that it strongly considers our petition. References: http://people.com/human-interest/hurricane-harvey-damage-no-power-storm/ https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/09/12/florida-struggles-with-top-job-in-irmas-wake-restoring-power-to-millions/?utm_term=.859dc82f562e https://www.elnuevodia.com/noticias/locales/nota/el100depuertoricoestasinluz-2359210/ https://apps.fcc.gov/edocs_public/attachmatch/DOC-346860A1.pdf http://www.elnuevoherald.com/noticias/tiempo/huracanes/article174535981.html