According to Wikipedia, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP):
is a department of the United States government, part of the Executive Office of the President (EOP), established by United States Congress on May 11, 1976, with a broad mandate to advise the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs.
The director of this office is colloquially known as the President’s Science Advisor. Dr. John Holdren, Director, nominated in December 2008, serves as Science Advisor to President Barack Obama. Holdren also co-chairs the President’s Committee of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) and supports the President’s National Science and Technology Council (NSTC).
The OSTP handles a broad range of scientific and technological issues within the Executive Office of the President. It participates in a multitude of White House Policy Coordinating Committees (PCC) that are tasked with developing policies for the federal government and are populated by senior officials from cabinet and independent agencies. The OSTP has approximately 45 staff members, most of whom are experienced scientists functioning as assistant directors or policy analysts.
Perhaps we shouldn’t admit this, but we can’t recall a single news story that mentioned Dr. John Holdren, Obama’s science advisor. It would appear that the Office of Science and Technology Policy isn’t a big news-maker. Nevertheless, for those who are concerned about what a Trump administration would mean for science — a legitimate concern considering that Mike Pence, his Vice President, is a creationist — Trump’s appointment of director of the OSTP is a key thing to watch for.
We’ve been searching for news, but other then some stories about the concerns of scientists, we haven’t seen any speculation about actual names. It’s a bit early for that. For the moment, all the press attention is on other appointments, but before very long we’ll know who the appointee is.
Your Curmudgeon has no clue about who the appointee will be, but if it’s someone with an impressive résumé, we assume he (that’s an all-inclusive pronoun) will be satisfied that Trump is willing to listen to reason.
Okay, now we’ll make a prediction. Trump’s science advisor: (a) won’t be a creationist; and (b) won’t be in denial about climate change. What do you think, dear reader?
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