President-elect Joe Biden announced on Friday that he would give the top science at the White House a cabinet-level position for the first time in American history.
big picture: Biden said he has chosen Eric Lander as his presidential science advisor and he will nominate the geneticist as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Biden also announced other key members of his science team, including Francis Collins, who will remain as director of the National Institutes of Health.
The White House science team includes:
- Lander, Who will be nominated as OSTP Director and serve as Presidential Science Advisor.
- Alondra Nelson, Who will serve as OSTP Deputy Director for Science and Society.
- Francis Arnold and Maria Zuber, Who will serve as external co-chairman of the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology.
- Collins, Who will continue to lead NIH.
- Kei Koizumi, Who will serve as the OSTP Chief of Staff.
- Narda Jones, Who will serve as the director of OSTP legislative affairs.
what is he saying: “Science will always be at the forefront of my administration – and we will ensure everything based on world-renowned scientific science, facts and truth,” Biden said in a statement.
- “Their reliable guidance will be necessary as we come together to end this epidemic, regain our economy, and pursue new successes to improve the quality of life of all Americans.”