ScienceDebate launches new web site, twitter feed

NEWS RELEASE | SUNDAY, JANUARY 25, 2015—ScienceDebate on Sunday quietly launched a new web site and new twitter feed.  "This is part of our gearing up for the next cycle, and an even bigger and better effort," said ScienceDebate board chair and cofounder Shawn Otto. Otto said the group would be publicizing the new web site over the coming weeks, and encouraged twitter users to follow ScienceDebate on twitter @SciDebate.

Otto said that the newly reconstituted effort to get candidates for president to debate the major science policy issues facing the United States also has a new executive director, Sheril Kirshenbaum, one of the six original cofounders.  Otto will continue in the role of board chair and senior strategic advisor.

"Matthew (Chapman, another cofounder) and I are extremely excited that Sheril will be taking over the day-to-day operations of Science Debate this cycle.  She's brilliant politically, extremely well-connected, and broadly liked across the country and across the political spectrum."

Over the coming weeks, Otto said, Kirshenbaum and others will be reaching out to former partners and advisory board members to form new strategic alliances for 2016. "The issues we identified in 2008 haven't gone away," he said. "They've only gotten larger and more pressing. Every major policy challenge the United States faces, from climate change denial to vaccine denial to education to the military, all have major inputs from science. Science now dominates all aspects of society, and directly impacts Americans' economic competitiveness and quality of life. We see candidates feeling comfortable to debate issues of defense, foreign policy, and the economy on television. We need a televised presidential debate on these major science issues, which are starting to drive defense, foreign policy, and the economy, to the public knows where the candidates for president stand on them."