Anita Desikan

Anita Desikan is a research analyst for the Center for Science and Democracy at the Union of Concerned Scientists.

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"The main way we are going to stop the further spread of this devastating virus across the country is by cultivating an environment where the public can place their trust in science," writes Desikan. (Photo: Joseph Prezioso / AFP via Getty Images) Views
Wednesday, September 16, 2020
Political Officials Undermine CDC Scientists’ COVID-19 Studies
In a scary and dramatic shift away from normal, the entire process for publishing CDC reports on COVID-19 has been upended by political appointees at the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for reasons that appear to be entirely political, Politico reported late last week. Throughout the...
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Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute for Allergy and Infectious Diseases, testifies on Capitol Hill on July 31, 2020 in Washington, D.C. (Photo: Pool/Getty Images) Views
Monday, August 03, 2020
150 Attacks on Science and Counting: Trump Administration’s Anti-Science Actions Hurt People and Communities Nationwide
Suppressed studies. Muzzled scientists. Disbanded scientific advisory committees. These are some examples of the gross violations of scientific integrity that the Trump administration has carried out during its 3½ years in power. At the Union of Concerned Scientists, we have been tracking these...
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Saturday, February 08, 2020
The EPA's New Shameful Tactic: Avoid People Poisoned by Coal Ash
Imagine you live next to a coal-fired power plant. Near the power plant, you may have seen heavy machinery dumping loads of greyish substance into an open pit or a pond. You learn that the greyish stuff is called coal ash, a substance that’s chockful of toxic heavy metals such as arsenic, lead, and...
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