This Op-Ed draws attention to the remarkable Washington State scientists whose efforts benefit the economy and health of all residents. Not just about Covid-19 research, this essay strongly reminds us that science is a process that may sometimes lead to inconvenient, yet honest, recommendations. "Science is a quest for knowledge that evolves as scientists test and retest assumptions and conclusions. Science is a way of trying to understand the world and our place in it."

John Roll is president-elect of the Washington State Academy of Sciences and Vice Dean for Research at the Washington State University Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine.

Roger Myers is president of the Washington State Academy of Sciences, board chair for the state’s Joint Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation, and has worked extensively in advanced space propulsion technologies. The academy is a nonprofit whose mission is science in the service of Washington.