President Biden

*This piece reflects the opinions of the author. For just over a year now, an invisible, deadly enemy has wreaked havoc around the world. Declared a pandemic by the World Health Organization (WHO) in March of 2020, COVID-19 has killed millions, devastated communities, and ravaged the economy. This microscopic enemy, in the form of a virus, has infected nearly 29 million people in the U.S. and claimed the lives of over 520,000 Americans — a number that surpasses combat fatalities in the Vietnam War. As this piece is being written, the U.S. leads the globe in COVID-19 cases, hospitalizations, and deaths. Given the alarming mortality rate and markedly high plateau in COVID-19 infections (50,...
Dear Research Advocate, Getting a fast start on assuring that our nation reclaims our – let’s face it – war-torn identity as a science-strong nation, the Biden Administration is moving full speed ahead. Consider PCAST (the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology ). President Biden issued an Executive Order (EO) chartering his advisory council earlier than any of the last four administrations. (You can track all of the President’s EOs here .) The President elevating the director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) to a cabinet-level position is another straight-out-of-the-gate action. A cabinet-level science advisor is the first of three recommendations...
Dear Research Advocate, As President Biden said yesterday during his inaugural address, “With unity, we can do great things. Important things.” Science has long been a unifier — for the public and policymakers alike — and, due to the pandemic, is more in the forefront now than in many, many years. Science is the right partner for “The hill we climb; If only we dare”, in the words of inaugural poet Amanda Gorman. Last week’s announcement of the elevation of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) director to the President’s Cabinet was groundbreaking, placing science and technology at the table, in the most literal sense. The nomination of Dr. Eric Lander as Presidential Science...

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