News Picks : Spanish physicist joins the European Parliament
Nature: Pablo Echenique, a chemical physics researcher at the Spanish National Research Council in Zaragoza, was recently elected a member of the European Parliament. He is also a blogger who frequently writes about his disability, spinal muscular atrophy. When the Podemos political party formed four months before the election, Echenique decided to join and run for office. Among the party’s goals are fighting established political corruption and providing more support for the poor. Echenique also hopes to help guide the new party’s science policy opinions, although he says he was driven to run more because of the growing social inequality than because of scientific issues.