As people across the world march in support of science this Saturday, April 22, Newport will celebrate its own marine science hub with a march through South Beach.
Organizers say the People’s March for Science is aimed at bringing scientists and citizens together to “defend publicly funded and publicly communicated science as a pillar of human freedom and prosperity.”
The South Beach neighborhood is home to many scientific agencies, such as the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the Environmental Protection Agency, Hatfield Marine Science Center and the Oregon Department of Fish & Wildlife, as well as the Oregon Coast Aquarium.
The march route will begin north of the roundabout on Marine Science Drive. Marchers will walk south along Marine Science Drive, turn left on 25th Street, march around the Hatfield Marine Science Center and end with a rally on the northern lawn of the public wing featuring a keynote address from Dr. Rick Spinrad. A celebrated scientist with more than 30 years in the field, Spinrad has served as head of NOAA’s Office of Oceanic and Atmospheric Research and the head of the National Ocean Service.
The event will begin at 10:30 am, north of the roundabout, with the march setting off at 11 am and the rally starting at noon.
Participants are encouraged to carpool, and parking is provided at the South Beach Marina boat launch parking lot.
Organizers are selling t-shirts as a fundraiser to cover costs associated with the march and rally. Priced at $20 apiece, the shirts are available at Canyon Way Restaurant and Bookstore from 10 am to 5 pm Monday through Thursday, and 10 am to 8 pm on Friday.