Leaders from science & education organizations call for a U.S. Science Adviser

The heads of 29 top U.S. scientific and higher-education organizations wrote a letter to President-elect Donald Trump urging him to quickly appoint a “nationally respected leader with appropriate engineering, scientific, management and policy skills” to serve as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. Such a senior-level adviser would be able to assist the White House in “determining effective ways to use science and technology to address major national challenges,” the group noted. They requested a meeting with the President-elect or leaders of his transition team to suggest candidates for top science and technology posts within the new Administration and to offer assistance “to ensure that the U.S. innovation infrastructure grows and flourishes.”