THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO MARCH FOR SCIENCE IN KC

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 14, 2017 Ian Shea-Cahir March for Science – Kansas City (913) 201-5321 kcsciencemarch@gmail.com

THOUSANDS EXPECTED TO MARCH FOR SCIENCE IN KC Non-partisan march/rally set for Saturday, April 22

Kansas City, MO: In conjunction with more than 100 marches around the globe, the March for Science – Kansas City on April 22, 2017, will bring thousands together at Washington Square Park to defend the vital role science plays in everyday life, including in health, safety, economics and government.

The Kansas City satellite march is being organized by a completely volunteer force of scientists and community members. The event will focus on the need for robustly funded and publicly communicated science. “We march because science isn’t a luxury that can be left behind,” said Jennifer Pace, one of the march’s organizers. “Science is life, and it is terrifying to think that our country is on the brink of moving backward in such a profound manner.”

The Kansas City march will primarily be a rally at Washington Square Park, with information booths from science and activist organizations, a Kids Zone with science-based activities for families and young ones. On the main stage will be a number of speakers, including:

•Roy Jensen, PhD – Director of the University of Kansas Cancer Center •Yvette d’Entremont – Popular science advocate known as SciBabe online •Kenneth Peterson, PhD – Director of the Center for Epigenetics and Stem Cell Biology •Rep. Brett Park, D-Olathe – Kansas House representative and science teacher •State Sen. Barbara Bollier, R-Mission Hills – Kansas State Senator and retired doctor •A number of group members who submitted their #WhyIMarch stories

Media availability with march organizers and access to the event can be arranged by contacting Ian Shea-Cahir at kcsciencemarch@gmail.com or iansheacahir@gmail.com or by phone at (913) 201-5321. Organizers can be available for media interviews before the event.

About March for Science – Kansas City: We want the KC March to be an educational, enjoyable and peaceful gathering of science-loving minds. We unite as a diverse, non-partisan group to call for science that upholds the common good and for political leaders and policy-makers to enact evidence based policies in the public interest. The event organizers are:

•Jessie Blakeborough works as a virtual college adviser for low-income, underrepresented students across America. She also conducts college access-based experiments to analyze successful outreach practices and student behaviors. •Kenneth Lee, PhD, studied at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and has more than 20 years of research experience. He is currently working on state certification to be a teacher. •Jennifer Pace has 12 years of research experience in developmental biology. She has worked at institutes in Kansas City and in France, and is currently employed as a Research Associate. •Ian Shea-Cahir is a communications and social media professional who has worked at the University of Kansas and Princeton University.

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