President-elect Joe Biden unveiled his team of science advisors on Saturday, saying his administration will be guided by “science and truth.”
Biden for the first time in the history of the White House promoted the position of scientific adviser to the level of a member of the Cabinet of Ministers. The President-elect nominated Eric Lander, a mathematician, geneticist and biologist, to the post of Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Introducing Lander, Biden described him as “one of the most brilliant people I know.”
Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, during the introduction of the White House team of scientists, reminded of her late mother, who was engaged in scientific research in the field of cancer, and taught her to think critically.
“The science behind climate change is not a hoax. The science that studies the virus is impartial. The same laws apply, the same evidence is true whether you accept it or not, ”said Harris.
Eric Lander is the Founding Director of the Broad Institute at Massachusetts General Hospital, professor of biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and professor of systems biology at Harvard Medical School. He was the lead author of the first article in which researchers described the structure of the human genome.
The president-elect also recruited Dr. Francis Collins, director of the National Institutes of Health, who worked with Lander on the human genome, to join the White House science team. Biden has appointed two distinguished women scientists as co-chairs of the President’s Council on Science and Technology. The council will be chaired by a process chemist, 2018 Nobel Prize laureate in chemistry, Frances Arnold and Maria Zuber, MIT vice president of research and professor of geophysics.
The position of Director of Science and Technology Policy requires Senate approval.
The President-elect nominated sociologist Alondra Nelson of Princeton University for the post of Deputy Director for Science and Technology Policy.