President-elect Barack Obama has chosen quite a formidable team of top science and technology advisors over the weekend as he promises to put science at the top of his agenda.
Obama said in a radio address that "history has shown that the greatest scientific discoveries -- from landing on the moon to inventing the Internet -- didn’t happen without support from the government and its leaders."
What could perhaps be construed as a subtle critique to the current president, Obama stated that the scientific process is about evidence and facts that "are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.”
He chose Dr. John Holdren, from Harvard University, as assistant to the president for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dr. Holdren is a renown expert on climate change issues.
Obama's choice for administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration is Jane Lubchenco, who is an environmental scientist and marine ecologist from Oregon State University.
He also appointed co-chairs of the Council of Advisers on Science and Technology, genetic researcher Harold Varmus, who is a Nobel Prize winner for discoveries in cancer and Eric Lander, founding director of the Broad Institute at MIT and Harvard. Lander is one of the principal leaders of the Human Genome Project.
With this choice, Obama said one of his goals as president is to listen to what "our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient -- especially when it’s inconvenient.”