Happy Independence Day! Help us make this fourth of July a celebration of independent science, free from political interference by voting for your favorite cartoon in <http://ucsaction.org/campaign/science_idol_2007_vote/w3exg6b4qm7we56?>Science Idol: the Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest. Tell your friends, win a prize! <http://ucsaction.org/campaign/science_idol_2007_vote/forward/w3exg6b4qm7we56?>Spread the word about Science Idol voting--get at least 5 friends to vote and you will be entered to win a limited edition t-shirt featuring one of the winning cartoons! Become Our Friend Add Science Idol to your Facebook or <http://ucsaction.org/ct/1dLAriE15XFb/>MySpace page and meet others who care about protecting science! You'll also be among the first to know when the winner is announced. The misuse of science has been getting a lot of media coverage lately. In just the last month, <http://ucsaction.org/ct/P1LAriE1vRD7/>Rolling Stone explored the Bush Administration's attacks on global warming science and scientists. <http://ucsaction.org/ct/ppLAriE1vRDI/>The New York Times examined political pressure on prescription drug safety reviewers at the FDA. And the <http://ucsaction.org/ct/pdLAriE1vRDO/>Washington Post reported that Vice President Dick Cheney himself bears responsibility for distorting scientific analysis on issues like endangered salmon and smog pollution. These are real issues with serious consequences. The censorship and distortion of scientific information compromises the health and safety of all Americans. To combat this abuse of science, UCS called on scientists and activists from all across the country to use their artistic freedom to speak out against the censorship of science. They answered the call and the results are fantastic. These cartoonists have given us great material--<http://ucsaction.org/campaign/science_idol_2007_vote/w3exg6b4qm7we56?>Now, it's time for you to choose the winning cartoon! The 12 finalist cartoons will be published in our 2008 Scientific Integrity calendar--and you can get a chance to win one just by voting today. Once you vote, give your friends the opportunity to win, too. <http://ucsaction.org/campaign/science_idol_2007_vote/forward/w3exg6b4qm7we56?>If you get five friends to vote, you could win a limited edition t-shirt featuring one of the 12 finalist cartoons! At the end of July, the artist who drew the cartoon that receives the most votes will win the grand prize--which includes a cash award and a trip to Washington, DC, to have lunch with Washington Post editorial cartoonist Tom Toles. Voting will close on Monday, July 23, 2007, at 11:59 p.m. EST and we'll announce our grand prize winner later that week. <http://ucsaction.org/campaign/science_idol_2007_vote/w3exg6b4qm7we56?>You can only vote once, so choose carefully. Sincerely, Michael Halpern National Field Organizer UCS Scientific Integrity Program P.S. If you're a scientist, engineer, or health professional, you can take further action to defend science by signing the <http://ucsaction.org/ct/11LAriE15XFg/>scientist statement on scientific integrity.