Scientists and Engineers for America (SEA) is a nonprofit, nonpartisan, educational organization dedicated to, “educating the public about science policy issues, educating members of the scientific community about the political process and ways in which they can effectively participate in elections, influencing elected officials, and ultimately holding politicians accountable through the dissemination of accurate and timely information about the positions they take on science issues.” They’ve just launched a great new tool for tracking your representatives’ record on scientific issues, called the Science, Health And Related Policies (SHARP) Network. SHARP is a wiki based resource, allowing you to edit and update any information on a given politician. It covers important issues such as stem cell funding, global warming, energy policies and funding for education among others.

This is a tremendously useful website. I’ve read a few articles that attempt to detail the current presidential candidates’ science positions but have found them incomplete and often contradictory. Here we’ve got one resource that puts it all together in an easily read, easily searched manner. If you’re a working scientist, or just have an interest in science policy, I urge you to check it out and participate. With the deplorable state of science funding in this country, we need to hold our leaders responsible for investing in our future, not to mention making sound decisions based on real science, rather than pandering to public opinion or the whims of corporate donors.