Several members of the Case Western Reserve University community will speak at the March for Science Cleveland Saturday, July 21, in University Circle.
A local collaboration between grassroots volunteers and science, March for Science Cleveland is meant to highlight the vital role scientific research plays in our daily lives and underscore the impact of science in the Northeast Ohio community.
The event kicks off on Wade Oval near the Cleveland Museum of Natural History and the Cleveland Botanical Garden with a rally and speakers at 11 a.m. The march will step off around noon and follow a course that will end at Toby’s Plaza by MOCA and Uptown.
At Toby’s Plaza, the March for Science will join forces with University Circle Inc.’s Cause & Effect Festival, featuring Cleveland’s nonprofits and activist organizations. There also will be live music and hands-on activities for adults and children.
Cynthia Beall, the Sarah Idyll Pyle Professor of Biological Anthropology at Case Western Reserve University, will be the keynote speaker. Beall also is a board member of the American Association for the Advancement of Science and member of the National Academy of Sciences.
She is world-renowned for her studies of the interactions between culture and biology, and the genetics of evolutionary adaptation to high altitude among human populations. Her work has demonstrated that human evolution took different routes to adapting diverse human populations to high altitude in diverse geographical areas, including the Tibetan plateau, the Andes and the highlands of Ethiopia.
Her talk is expected to explore the unity of science and its crucial importance in developing sound policy in many areas, as well as the role of science as an engine of economic vitality.
Additional speakers will be:
Jurgen Bosch, founder of InterRayBio LLC, fellow of CWRU’s Institute for the Science of Origins and an assistant professor at Johns Hopkins University;
Aaron Godfrey, a physicist with ZIN Technologies Aerospace;
Martins Krebs, an artist, maker and co-director of March for Science;
Edward Leigh, founder and director of The Center for Healthcare Communication;
Hazel Marie, department chair and associate professor of mechanical and industrial engineering at Youngstown State University;
Patricia Princehouse, an evolutionary biologist at the Institute for the Science of Origins, director of the origins major at Case Western Reserve University and co-director of March for Science;
Riley Tedrow, a PhD candidate in the Department of Biology;
Deborah Schulman Professor of Biology at Lake Erie College.