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ACS among science organizations calling for Trump to appoint a science adviser

Groups ask president-elect to prioritize science in transition

by Andrea Widener
November 29, 2016

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Trump has yet to make any science-related appoinments.
Donald Trump
Credit: Christopher Halloran/Shutterstock
Trump has yet to make any science-related appoinments.

The nation’s top science advocacy organizations—including the American Chemical Society—are urging U.S. President-elect Donald Trump to quickly appoint a science adviser. This person should have direct access to the president-elect and advise Trump on appointments during the transition, they say.

In a letter sent on Nov. 23, the groups also ask Trump to prioritize science in his administration. The organizations emphasize R&D’s role in the economy, which was one of Trump’s talking points during the presidential campaign.

“If we are to maintain America’s global leadership and respond to the economic and security challenges currently facing the nation, we must build on our strong history of federal support for innovation, entrepreneurship, and science and technology,” it says.

The letter was signed by the leaders of 29 science and higher education organizations. ACS President Donna Nelson signed it on behalf of the society, which publishes C&EN.

Trump has made few appointments that are directly related to either science research or environmental regulations. He has named Heritage Foundation analyst James Carafano to his transition team. In June, Carafano coauthored a white paper recommending the elimination of the Office of Science & Technology Policy, among other suggestions.


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