Notable Science Quotes | The Scientific Magazine®

At some level, I made a choice that I don’t want to support, personally, its ecosystem.

-Astronomer Marc McCaughrean of the European Space Agency, addressing Science on his decision to start using another social media platform after Elon Musk bought Twitter in October (November 4)

[This period in science is] by no means just a return to business as usual. Academia is much more interested in training researchers in public engagement, including communication training.

Mary Woolley, President of Research! America, speaking with Inside Higher Education about a Elsevier report she contributed to the research environment in the era of the pandemic (8 November)

Currently, outbreaks of bird flu have been limited in humans because the virus does not spread easily between us. But it’s a ticking time bomb. A mutation allowing this virus to circulate more easily between humans is possible.

Devi Sridharholder of the chair of global public health at the University of Edinburgh, in a recent article by The Guardian on the course bird flu epidemic (November 9)

There should be a unified response, where everyone realizes that the enemy is the virus, not others. We must do everything to protect ourselves and each other.

Antoine Faucidirector of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID), speaking with Wired on his experiences during the COVID-19 pandemic, before his retirement at the end of the year (8 November)

I think inside baseball, a lot of doctors in academic centers know he’s on Columbia faculty and feel angry about it.

—New York University bioethicist Arthur Caplanspeaking with The eye about cardiothoracic surgeon Mehmet Oz. Oz, which last month lost a bid for the US Senate, has been criticized for years for promoting what critics call pseudoscience. (November 2)

I looked forward to a lively discussion on the topic of backlash against public health officials. Unfortunately, some people have made it known that they object to such crucial civil discourse.

—Public health expert Leana Wen in a statement explaining why she wouldn’t be on an American Public Health Association panel after threats were made to her safety (November 8)

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