How did science hook you?
Did you have a teacher whose lab was your favorite place to hang out in high school? Were you a biology graduate student who fought for better treatment of animals and found a calling in animal care or health ethics? Did you travel and see suffering that would be diminished with the right vaccination?
I got hooked as a member of the St John Ambulance Brigade in New Zealand where as a teenager I was able to volunteer in ambulances, hospitals and rest homes and saw evolving treatments driven by research.
I’m both excited about science and concerned about its future. I see a growing distrust in biomedical research, waning science literacy and an almost perverse celebration of anti-science sentiments; this all of course at a time when new biomedical research breakthroughs are occurring on a daily basis. Here at NWABR, we see the possibilities of science and are excited by the opportunities for young people to get hooked into fascinating and important science fields—but we also see a gap in the science education for the general public that results in twisted logic, misinformation, hijacked conversations and bad policy decisions.
NWABR bridges that gap, combats that misinformation, and leads spirited and informative conversations about complex issues related to biomedical research. And we need your help.
Today, I’m asking readers you to join our newest fundraising initiative: the Speak Up For Research Education Fund. Over the last two years more that 1,400 people have joined NWABR at a series of events:
- Perhaps they volunteered for our popular Bio Expo that engaged close to 700 high school students;
- Or they attended a Community Conversation on the ethics of end of life care, or vaccinations, or direct to consumer genetic testing.
- Perhaps they are a professional dedicated to ethical protections for humans and animals in research and you attended one of our research conferences;
- Or they attended our Security Conference and joined colleagues from across the country who are committed to keeping scientists, their facilities and their work safe.
This campaign to create a Speak Up For Research Education Fund is about protecting the belief and trust in biomedical research and ensuring that this work can continue robustly into the future.
Join the Speak Up For Research Education Fund and make a donation today by visiting: https://donatenow.networkforgood.org/nwabr?code=Speak%20Up%20For%20Research
Alternatively you can send a contribution to the Northwest Association for Biomedical Research, 2633 Eastlake Ave E., Suite 302, Seattle WA 98102.
All supporters will be thanked by name in our public materials, unless of course they request to make an anonymous contribution. All contributions will also be acknowledged with a tax deduction receipt.
This is a vital time for science – with the support of the Speak Up For Research Education Fund we can continue and expand the work of engaging students, families and communities with science. With the support of this fund then one student at a time, one family at a time, one community at a time we will build support for, and trust in, biomedical research.
Thank you for Speaking Up For Research.
Ken Gordon – Executive Director
Northwest Association for Biomedical Research
(P) 206-957-3337 (C) 206-595-2450