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Editors, writers & other thought leaders supporting the call

Paula Apsell

Senior Executive Producer, NOVA

Jennifer Bardi

Editor-in-Chief, The Humanist

Rudy Baum

Editor-in-Chief, Chemical & Engineering News

Gary Beach

Publisher, CIO Magazine

Timothy Beardsley

Editor-in-Chief, BioScience

Adam Bly

CEO and Editor-in-Chief, Seed Media Group

Stewart Brand

Cofounder, Global Business Network Creator of Whole Earth Catalog Author; National Book Award, 1972

David Brin

Scientist, public speaker and author; Hugo and Nebula award winner for bestselling science fiction novels

Deborah Byrd

Editor-in-Chief and founder, Earth & Sky international science radio series & website

Hank Campbell 


Phillip Campbell 

Editor-in-Chief, Nature

Chad Cohen

Producer, National Geographic Television

Dwight Corrin

Moderator of the Synod of Mid America of the Presbyterian Church (USA)

Steven Davidson

Publisher, Amazing Stories Magazine

Mariette DiChristina

Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American

Ann Druyan

CEO, Cosmos Studios; cowriter, Cosmos TV series (with Carl Sagan and others); producer, Contact

Edward Egelman

Editor-in-Chief, Biophysical Journal

Robert Eshbach

Science Teacher, Dover Area High School; 2006 AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility award; 2006 NSTA Presidential Citation

Harold Evans

Author They Made America: From the Steam Engine to the Search Engine, Two Hundred Years of Innovators and of The American Century; BBC Columnist, editor at large, The Week Magazine

Rick Feinberg

Editor-in-Chief, Sky & Telescope

Ira Flatow

Executive Producer and Host, NPR's Talk of the Nation: Science Friday

Kevin Finneran

Editor-in-Chief, Issues in Science and Technology

Kendrick Frazier

Editor-in-Chief, Skeptical Inquirer

Richard Gallagher

Editor-in-Chief and Publisher, The Scientist

Wolfgang Goede

Science News Editor, P.M. Magazine (Germany); co-founder, World Federation of Science Journalists

Kevin Grandia


Samuel Gubins

Editor-in-Chief and President, Annual Reviews

Evan Hansen


Stephen Harvey

Co-Lead Attorney for the Plaintiff, Pepper Hamilton LLP, in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District

John Haught

Senior Fellow, Science & Religion, Woodstock Theological Center, Georgetown University

Mark Jannot

Editor-In-Chief, Popular Science and Science Illustrated

Leon Jaroff

Former Science Editor, Time Magazine

Donald Kennedy

Former Editor-in-Chief, Science

Laura Kiessling

Editor-in-Chief, ACS Chemical Biology; Hilldale Professor Of Chemistry, University Of Wisconsin-Madison; MacArthur Foundation Fellow

Michael Lemonick

Freelance Writer and Lecturer, Princeton University

Elizabeth Marincola

President & Publisher, Science News; President, Society for Science & the Public

Emilie Marcus

Editor-in-Chief, Cell

Taryn Mattice

Chaplain, Cornell University

Jennifer Miller

Science Teacher & Dept. Chair, Dover Area High School; 2006 AAAS Scientific Freedom and Responsibility award; 2006 NSTA Presidential Citation

Linda Miller

U.S. Executive Editor, Nature and Nature Journals

Jonathan Moreno

Editor-In-Chief, Science Progress; David and Lyn Silfen University Professor, University Of Pennsylvania

Rick Nelson

Editor-In-Chief, EDN Magazine

Randy Olson

Marine Ecologist, Filmmaker, Flock of Dodos

John Allen Paulos

Professor of Mathematics, Temple University; author Innumeracy

Robert Pennock

Professor of Philosophy of Science, Michigan State University; AAAS Committee on the Public Understanding of Science and Technology

Martin Peretz

Editor-in-Chief emeritus, The New Republic

Ronald Pope

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal On Packaging, Transport, Storage & Security Of Radioactive Material

John Rennie

Science Writer at PLOS BLOGS and Past Editor-in-Chief, Scientific American

Martin Rosenberg

Editor-in-Chief, Energybiz Magazine

Eric Rothschild

Co-Lead Attorney for the Plaintiff, Pepper Hamilton LLP, in Kitzmiller v. Dover Area School District

Mark Schleifstein

Pulitzer prize-winning Environmental Reporter, New Orleans Times-Picayune

David Schoonmaker

Editor (acting), American Scientist

David Schwimmer

Actor & Director

Michael Shermer

Publisher, Skeptic Magazine

Bobby Shriver

Producer and President of RSS, Inc.

John Siceloff

CEO and President, JumpStart Productions

Peter Sinclair

Producer, Climate Denial Crock of the Week; Creative Director, Greenman Studio

Martha McGeary Snider

Arts Patron; Policy Advisor, Arts And Culture, Commonwealth Of Pennsylvania

Gene Sprouse

Editor-in-Chief, American Physical Society

John Sterling

Editor-in-Chief, Genetic Engineering & Biotechnology News

Robert Stern

CEO & Publisher, MedPage Today

Tum Studt

Editor-in-Chief & Publisher, R&D Magazine

Diane Sullenberger

Executive Editor, Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS)

Ethan Vishniac

Editor-in-Chief, Astrophysical Journal

Timothy Wheeler

President, Society Of Environmental Journalists

Jamie Wilson

Editor-in-Chief, Nature Immunology