PublicScience.Ca – Does the U.S. Need to Copy This?

Doing a little new year’s link cleaning, I reconnected with PublicScience.ca, a Canadian website supported by the Professional Institute of the Public Service of Canada (one of the country’s three public service workers’ unions, so government-employed scientists are unionized in Canada).

The website is geared, ultimately, toward encouraging the Canadian government to maintain or increase the amount of government funding for scientific research in Canada.  But besides direct appeals, it’s also giving face time to the scientists employed and/or supported by the government in their work.  You can listen to them explain what they do and why it’s important.  Seems like a good idea to me.

The question in the title – Does the U.S. Need to Copy This? – comes from a cursory scan of some organizations in the U.S. that I think might already be doing something like this and finding nothing.  Granted, since it comes from a public employees’ union in Canada makes it unlikely we’d see an exact copy in the U.S., but I’m a bit surprised not to see much in the way of American scientists explaining their work as government scientists or how their government work connects back to the public good.  Where do I need to be looking?  Or do we again need to swipe a good idea from another country?

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