Kathleen Rest

Executive director

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As executive director of UCS, Dr. Kathleen Rest leads the organization, overseeing programs and operations, drawing upon a wealth of experience in government, academia, and the nonprofit sector to help guide the organization on issues ranging from climate change to global security. See Kathleen's full bio.

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How Trump’s Proposed Cuts to the EPA’s Science and Technology Budget Endanger Our Health and Safety

The current administration’s proposal for slashing science and technology at the EPA reflects dangerous short-term thinking. Read more >

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The Health and Safety of America’s Workers Is at Risk

We’ve made great progress, but the Trump administration is intent on rolling back protections and favoring industry interests over the public interest. Read more >

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The Disturbing Facts of Gun Violence Research in the US

Gun violence is a public health crisis. The evidence and data are clear. Why is gun violence research effectively banned at our nation’s public health agency? Read more >

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Proposed budget cuts threaten the health and safety of all Americans, especially our children. Photo: USEPA/Flickr

How Bad Are Proposed Budget Cuts at the EPA? Let Me Count the Ways

The proposals to cut EPA funding and undermine the agency’s ability to implement evidence-based policies are deeply troubling and threaten the public health and safety of everyone across the US. Read more >

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An X-ray showing the affected lungs from acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, which can be triggered by air pollution. Photo: Wikimeda

Science Alert to EPA Chief Pruitt: Pollution Kills People

The science is clear—pollution is the largest environmental cause of disease and premature death in the world today. This is not the time to roll back efforts to control pollution. Read more >

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