The Muddy Waters of Science Activism

Marc Edwards, a civil and environmental engineering professor at Virginia Tech, was widely regarded as a hero for helping expose dangerously high lead levels in Flint, Michigan.

But when Edwards began reporting that Flint’s lead levels were improving, activists and residents turned against him. A letter signed by 90+ people complained of his “attacks on residents and researchers” and claimed he made the crisis about himself.

Edwards filed a defamation suit accusing activists of jealousy, fear-mongering and bad science; they criticized his community engagement skills. Edwards’ take: “In a post-truth world, science has become just another weapon of tribal warfare.”

The Washington Post

Thanks for the tip, JL DeBakey!

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