Recently, ASPB and AAAS and 27 other leading U.S. scientific organizations and professional societies sent a letter to President-Elect Donald Trump. The letter urges Trump to “quickly appoint a science advisor with the title of Assistant to the President for Science and Technology who is a national respected leader with the appropriate engineering, scientific, management and policy skills necessary for this critically important role.”
The science advisor to the president head’s the White House office of Science and Technology Policy, the body that is charged with coordination of the dozens of federal agencies that fund or support that nation’s research enterprise, and provides advice to the White House on science and technology-related matters. Since 2009, this position has been held by John Holdren.
The letter does not recommend specific individuals for this important post, instead focusing on getting on the radar of the Trump transition team.
The multi-society transition letter can be viewed at http://tinyurl.com/gwzgvnv.
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