During the past several weeks, the Union of Concerned Scientists invited the public to help choose the winner in Science Idol: the Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest. And after almost 20,000 votes were cast, Jesse Springer of Eugene, Oregon is the contest winner.
Springer is a self-employed graphic designer and an aspiring editorial cartoonist. "Cartoons are a powerful medium," he says. "If I can draw some compelling cartoons that shed light on the negative impact of governmental interference with science, and more people become aware of the problem as a result, then perhaps we can start to see a change for the better." Springer will soon be off to Washington, D.C. to have lunch with Washington Post cartoonist Tom Toles. You can learn more about what motivated Springer to enter the competition and see all 12 finalist cartoons on our website.
The 12 finalists—and several bonus cartoons that didn’t make the cut—are being printed into a 2008 Scientific Integrity Calendar, available for pre-order here. The calendar is a fantastic gift for scientists and non-scientists alike who believe that policy decisions should be guided by the best available science.
The calendars are just $10 each, with discounts for UCS members and bulk orders. And all profits go directly back into our work including efforts to restore scientific integrity to federal policy making.
You can also send the winning cartoon—or any of the 12 finalists—as an e-card to friends and family for free.