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Join SPSSI in Marching for Science

The Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (SPSSI) has announced that it is an official partner of the March for Science, a nonpartisan celebration of science that recognizes the important role science plays in contributing to human well-being and providing insight into the world around us.

The March, which will take place in Washington, DC on Saturday, April 22, 2017—and at satellite locations that same day across a number of cities, states, countries, and continents—will be an opportunity for scientists across a range of disciplines and fields of interest to come together as one community that—as the mission of the March states—“champions robustly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.”

SPSSI is a scientific association that has long sought to bring theory and practice into focus on human problems of the group, the community, and nations, as well as the increasingly important problems that have no national boundaries. One of our early leaders, Dr. Kurt Lewin, put it succinctly: “Research that produces nothing but books will not suffice.”

As SPSSI members well know, it is not enough to generate scientific evidence; we must also share that evidence and work with our communities and policymakers, other scientists, and the broader public to ensure that everyone benefits from the progress of knowledge, and that we too are informed by other stakeholders’ perspectives, needs, and contributions.

Please join SPSSI on April 22 as we advocate for science and celebrate the role of science as a tool for seeking answers. This is an important opportunity for psychologists and other social and behavioral scientists who study social issues to come together with one voice that emphasizes the many ways in which science serves the public good.  

Tell us if you would like to march with SPSSI. Be sure to let us know if you will be able to march with SPSSI in Washington, DC, or if you would like to stay apprised of SPSSI's activities surrounding the March, by signing up for periodic email updates.   

Connect and collaborate with others attending the March. SPSSI member Dr. Manisha Gupta is putting together an online database to help SPSSI members and other social and behavioral scientists who will be in town for the week(end) of the March connect based on shared expertise or policy interests. Complete this two-minute survey to tell her about yourself, and tell her what kinds of events might interest you most (e.g., a happy hour, a poster-making activity, an informal discussion to spark follow-up collaborations).

Additional March-Related Information and Events that Might Interest SPSSI Members:

Learn more about APA-sponsored activities, including an in-person and livestreamed advocacy training event that will take place on Friday, April 21, 2017 at noon EDT. Also, check out Psychology Day at Arena Stage on April 21, 2017 for “Smart People,” a comedy-drama exploring cultural bias and other sticky subjects. In addition, APA will be hosting a talk by Dr. Terence M. Keane, Ph.D., on Thursday, April 20, 2017 from 6-8 pm. The talk is part of APA's 125th Anniversary Distinguished Speaker Series and will will focus on "Recent Advances in the Psychological Treatment of PTSD."

Be sure to sign up and follow the March for Science on social media for the latest updates on activities planned on and around April 22, 2017.


Not coming to Washington? Visit the March for Science website to learn more about the 428 satellite marches taking place on April 22, 2017 all over the world. 

QUESTIONS? Please contact SPSSI's Communications Director Cyndi Lucas