The entirely volunteer ScienceDebate2008 effort--owned by no one, and by everyone--continues to defy expecations.
Consider the "Science 57," a list of organizations and institutions that now endorse the effort:
American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS)
American Economics Group, Inc.
The American Society for Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Arizona State University
The Aspen Institute
Association for Women in Science (AWIS)
The Biophysical Society
The Carnegie Institution of Washington
Center for Inquiry
Center for Science Writings, Stevens Institute of Technology
Cornell Laboratory of Ornithology
The Council on Competitiveness
Federation of Behavioral, Psychological, & Cognitive Sciences
Foundation for the Advancement of Behavioral & Brain Sciences
Fox Chase Cancer Center
The Franklin Institute Science Museum
The Hastings Center
The Institute of Medicine
Issues in Science and Technology Magazine
Kavli Institute For Theoretical Physics
Lerner Research Institute, The Cleveland Clinic
Michigan Technological University
The National Academy of Engineering
The National Academy of Sciences
National Center for Science Education
New York University
Nicholas School of the Environment and Earth Sciences at Duke University
North Carolina State University
Physicians for Social Responsibility
Planetary Science Institute
Popular Science Magazine
Science Friday, Inc
Science Illustrated Magazine
The Scientist Magazine
Scientists and Engineers for America
Seed Media Group, Seed Magazine, and ScienceBlogs
Semiconductor Industry Association (SIA)
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Society
Skeptical Inquirer Magazine
Society for Science & the Public
State Educational Technology Directors Association (SETDA)
Student Society for Stem Cell Research (SSSCR)
Sweet Briar College
The Union of Concerned Scientists
The University of Minnesota
The University of Washington
The Will Steger Foundation
Or just consider some of our newest names:
Brian Baird, Congressman, D, 3rd District, Washington, Chairman, Research and Science Education Subcommittee, Science and Technology Committee
Lee Bollinger, President, Columbia University
Michael Crow, President, Arizona State University
Thomas Mason, Director, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
C.D. Mote, Jr., President, University Of Maryland
And the amazing thing is, we have got more news that we're sitting on....you haven't heard the half of it yet.
Yeah, big time.
And as I wrote earlier today, I've got great expectations...
Great job, guys! It looks like things actually might be coming together.
I'm sure that you noticed but you might want to direct readers to the editorial in the latest issue of Science by Editor-in-Chief Donald Kennedy. It talks specifically about the need for the debate and asks for help in putting together questions to ask the candidates.
Note: subscription required
If Dave Roberts is right at Gristmill, the need for this debate is becoming more obvious every day. The implication of Roberts's post is that the sponsor of a debate can influence the questions that get asked. That is scary. In this case, the "sponsor" was Americans for Balanced Energy Choices. When a lobby front organization can sponsor a debate we are all in trouble.
You forgot Scientific American. They have an opinion piece supporting Science Debate 2008 in the February issue.