December 20th, 2008
05:30 PM ET
14 years ago

Obama names science and technology team

[cnn-photo-caption image= caption="Obama named his science team Saturday."](CNN) - President-elect Barack Obama named his science and technology team Saturday with a pledge to ensure that “facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.”

“It’s time we once again put science at the top of our agenda and worked to restore America’s place as the world leader in science and technology,” he said in his Saturday radio address, in an apparent offhand swipe at President Bush.

“It’s about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it’s inconvenient – especially when it’s inconvenient,” Obama said, adding that government support had been essential for the greatest scientific breakthroughs of recent history, like the development of the Internet. “Because the highest purpose of science is the search for knowledge, truth and a greater understanding of the world around us."

Obama announced that Harvard University professor John Holdren will serve as assistant to the President for Science and Technology and Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Environmental scientist and marine ecologist Jane Lubchenco of Oregon State University was his pick for administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration.

The president-elect also named Nobel Prize-winning Harold Varmus, a former Director of the National Institutes of Health, and Eric Lander of MIT and Harvard, a leader of the Human Genome Project, as co-chairs of the Council of Advisors on Science and Technology.

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soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Gordon Shumway

    Now let me just guess where the money for this, another TOP priority, is going to come from? Oh yeah, those of us who work and earn a living. The change left in my pocket is getting smaller and smaller!

    December 20, 2008 12:05 pm at 12:05 pm |
  2. steve

    Every other media organization is reporting this scientific crew from President -Elect Obama as a clean break from Bushes years of discrediting science except you who think Obama is making offhand
    swipe at bush.
    CNN is regrettably becoming unreliable in reporting the facts .
    We the American people deserve the best. Stop stirring up unnecessary

    December 20, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  3. Mike

    Hey, they all talk a good game. History will judge him when he has left office, just like all others......


    December 20, 2008 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  4. Colin Rigney

    So what......every theory is refutable in the field of science. For every position that global warming is occuring, there is a compelling rebuttal for that theory. It is just one man's opinion (the president-elect)...and it is obvious he is on the liberal left wing propoganda train......didn't this world have multiple ice ages before we even had industries and gasoline?? just think about it

    December 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  5. Greg

    Emma, Revered Warren would welcome you in his chuch in spite of your hard-hearted bitter hatred.

    December 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  6. Rinna

    CNN what in Obama's speach did he, as you call it make 'jabs at President Bush'. Come on, its either you so want your ratings to go up by telling blatant lies, or you all are a bunch of liars and apportunitst and will twist the truth to the extreme. Is it the headlines you want people to read, so that you encourage people to continue to read. Please be fair and unbiased!!!!!! When I continue to read I feel disgusted and just change the channel. I prefer to watch cooking and other shows except CNN!!!!!

    December 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  7. Dan66

    We can only hope Obama follows through and prioritizes real-world objectives, not the goals of idealogically-crippled uber-Christians.

    December 20, 2008 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
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