APA Welcomes New Presidential Science Advisor
APA is happy to announce that John Holdren, PhD, was recently confirmed by the Senate as the new Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) after a hold on his confirmation came up over the past few weeks.
John Holdren, PhD, was recently confirmed by the Senate as the new Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Holdren, a physicist from Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government, was first mentioned by now-President Obama as his likely nominee for National Science Advisor late in 2008. He subsequently sailed through a Senate confirmation hearing without obvious concerns from Democrats or Republicans before hitting a roadblock in the past couple of weeks. The word around Washington was that scheduling of his confirmation vote had been held up by a Democratic Senator looking for negotiating power with the Majority Leader on an unrelated legislative issue. With the "hold" released, Holdren is now tasked with stewarding the OSTP and providing the Administration critical scientific expertise on issues ranging from climate change and uncertainty to national security and educational reform. Science GRO staff have been engaged throughout the process, from urging the Senator to remove his "hold" on the confirmation vote to welcoming Dr. Holdren and offering ongoing resources from APA.