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Shepherd featured in 'Let Science Speak' series

Alan Flurry

The new documentary series Let Science Speak premiered September 20 on Youtube and the Let Science Speak website. The new six-part series aimed at combatting the “escalating efforts to suppress environmental science and silence scientists,” as well as stressing the importance of the work scientists are doing, features our own J. Marshall Shepherd and was filmed partially on the UGA campus:

It’s not just scientists who lose when science is suppressed. The health, safety and security of every citizen is also at risk,” series creator and executive producer Christine Arena said in a statement. “That is why we aim to call America’s attention to the stakes, while portraying scientists as unsung heroes that people will want to support and rally around.”

Let Science Speak features a score by Fall Out Boy’s Patrick Stump, who said of the docuseries in a statement, “When I was a little kid, if you had asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up I would always say “Scientist,” without hesitation. So to use my music to help tell the stories of these people who are essentially my heroes is very cool.”

The docuseries will premiere on YouTube and the Let Science Speak website on September 20th to coincide with the first anniversary of the devastating Hurricane Maria that ravaged Puerto Ricoto highlight “what is at risk for our health, our homes and our planet when science is under attack.”

And there is no better publicly-engaged scholar to help highlight those risks and attacks than Dr. Shepherd. Our congratulations and thanks to one of the best anywhere: a working scientist who has become a crucial voice of expertise for the media and policymakers, an inspiration to students and colleagues. We are grateful for his continuing efforts in communicating science and look forward to watching this important new venture collaborating in film to those ends.

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