The Union of Concerned Scientists, together with a panel of highly accomplished celebrity cartoonists, has launched Science Idol 2007: the Scientific Integrity Editorial Cartoon Contest. They are seeking "creative, original, and compelling cartoons" to help communicate the impact of political interference on our health, safety, and environment.
The UCS maintains that "political interference [through censorship, manipulation, and suppression of federal government science] has hurt our air quality, allowed FDA approval of harmful drugs, and prevented the public from hearing the truth about global warming." So get out your best pen, sharpen your wit, and submit your best effort to the panel of judges.
FIRST PRIZE: An all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to tour the UCS offices and have lunch with Washington Post Pulitzer prize-winning cartoonist Tom Toles, plus:
Cartoon printed in UCS publications and featured on the UCS website
Cartoon featured on the cover of the 2008 Scientific Integrity calendar
Fifty copies of the 2008 calendar, including one signed by all celebrity judges