The Union of Concerned Scientists (UCS) has announced this year’s winner of their Science Idol: Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest. The winner is Justin Bilicki. The annual contest hopes to draw attention to the growing problem of political interference in federal government science.
“It has become increasingly difficult to trust anything or anyone associated with power,” said Bilicki. “If you can simplify social and political messages, they become powerful and influential. Drawing this cartoon was my small effort at fixing this large problem.”
Judges for the award included: Dave Coverly, the creator of Speed Bump, Wiley Miller, the creator of Non Sequitur, Kevin Kallaugher (KAL), editorial cartoonist at the Economist; Mike Keefe, editorial cartoonist at the Denver Post; Signe Wilkinson, the Pulitzer prize-winning editorial cartoonist at the Philadelphia Daily News; and Jesse Springer, the 2007 Science Idol. After more than 20,000 votes were cast, Bilicki’s cartoon came out on top. In addition to holding the title of national “Science Idol,” Bilicki will receive a cash prize and a trip to Washington, D.C.