Saturday, December 20, 2008

The Obama Science Team

President elect Obama has added Harold Varmus and Eric Lander to his science team as co-chars of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology. A 1989 Nobel laureate in medicine, Dr Varmus is former director of NIH and president of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Dr Lander is the Director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard; the first author of the major report of the Human Genome Project -- identified as one of TIME's 100 most influential people of our time (2004).

Here is Barack Obama's talk announcing his science team:

“The truth is that promoting science isn’t just about providing resources—it’s about protecting free and open inquiry. It’s about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient—especially when it’s inconvenient. Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us. That will be my goal as President of the United States—and I could not have a better team to guide me in this work.”

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