I am writing to encourage you to support birth defects research and prevention through public outreach and education in the form of a guest column or op-ed submitted to your local newspaper. Science and individual scientists have been maligned repeatedly in recent years and particularly since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. Our Society is a member of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology (FASEB), and we have benefitted greatly from FASEB’s excellence in Public Affairs and advocacy for research funding on Capitol Hill. But the messages we need now are not for politicians in D.C.
FASEB has initiated a communications campaign targeting America’s heartland, and your voices are needed to explain the value of science and our work in protecting public health.
Letters-to-the-editor, commentaries, and op-eds can inform the public about the importance of science and scientific issues in everyday life and counteract the spread (intentional and unintentional) of inaccurate or misleading coverage of scientific information in traditional press outlets and social media. Do you want to write an opinion piece but don’t know where to start? FASEB now offers guidance and step-by-step instructions on how to draft and submit an opinion piece, as well as links to recent opinion pieces some of your members have had published as examples.
I thank you for helping, and please send us links to your columns when published to share with other BDRP members.
Christine Perdan Curran, PhD
BDRP Past President and FASEB Board Member