Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Thousands Gather in Downtown for St. Louis' March for Science

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

Thousands Gather in Downtown for St. Louis' March for Science

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ST. LOUIS * Some marched to bring attention to climate change. Others wanted to draw attention to the value of publicly funded research. Their signs and chants told their stories.

"What do we want?"

"Evidence-based science!"

"When do we want it?"

"After peer review!"

Many of the participants in Saturday's March for Science in downtown St. Louis came from the academic community, with large groups of faculty and students from Washington University, St. Louis University, the University of Missouri-St. Louis and Southern University of Illinois Edwardsville.

But there were scores of people from science-related industries, too, as well as supporters. All told, a few thousand people showed up for the march, which was one of nine science-themed rallies in Missouri and more than 400 nationwide.

Some signs held by children in the march here posed creative ways to point out the value of vaccinations. Many poked at President Donald Trump and his staff, such as: "Science trumps alternative facts."

Concerns about comments made by Trump motivated St. Louisan Lea Koesterer to march. She is a freelance artist, and a supporter of science.

"Science is all about truth empirical data," she said.

For Andrew Godbey, the march was about federally funded research amid concerns about budget cuts affecting organizations such as the National Institutes of Health, one of the biggest research granting agencies.

Godbey drove to the city with his wife, Janet O'Neal, from Cape Girardeau, Mo. …

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