Today, President Joe Biden announced that Dr. Alondra Nelson will serve as Director of the White House Science and Technology Policy Office (OSTP), and Dr. Francis Collins will serve as Scientific Adviser to the President and Co-Chair of the Presidential Advisory Board on Science and Technology. approval of permanent management. These appointments will allow the OSTP and the Presidential Science and Technology Program to move forward smoothly under proven leadership.
Nelson currently holds the position of Deputy Director of OSTP for Science and Society. Nelson has focused on defending the integrity of science in the federal government, expanding participation in STEM areas, strengthening the U.S. research infrastructure, and ensuring equal access for all Americans to the benefits of new and emerging technologies and scientific innovations. She has played a key role in overseeing the president’s first instructions to restore confidence in the government through scientific integrity and evidence-based policy-making, and to promote racial justice and support communities not served by the federal government.
Collins recently stepped down as director of the National Institutes of Health, having served as its director for more than 12 years under three presidents. As NIH’s director-appointed president, he has led the world’s largest proponent of biomedical research, from basic to clinical research. In November 2007, he was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. He will continue to run a research lab at NIH, which he has run since 1993.
In the election of Dr. Alondra Nelson and Dr. Francis Collins, President Biden doubled his science. The election responds to the dual importance of a strong OSTP that can drive scientific and technological solutions to our greatest challenges – and the president’s focus on the new ARPA-H research and discovery agency, the Cancer Moonshot 2.0 support building, and the search for a new NIH leader. and extensive advisory work by PCAST.
Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Director of Science and Society OSTP and Acting Director of OSTP
Alondra Nelson, Ph.D., is the first deputy director of science and society in the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy. In this role, she brings expertise in the social sciences, including attention to issues of social inequality, clearly in the work of the Federal Science and Technology Strategy and Policy. Dr. Nelson is also chairman of Harold F. Linder and a professor at the Institute for Advanced Studies, an independent research center in Princeton, New Jersey. She was president of the Social Science Research Council, an international nonprofit research organization from 2017 to 2021. She was previously a professor of sociology at Columbia University, where she was also dean of the social sciences. Dr. Nelson’s research contribution is at the intersection of political and social citizenship, on the one hand, and new science and technology, on the other. Dr. Nelson links these dimensions to a number of well-known publications, including, more recently, The Social Life of DNA. Dr. Nelson is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the American Academy of Political and Social Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, and the National Academy of Medicine.
Dr. Francis Collins, Acting Presidential Adviser on Science and Acting Co-Chair of the Presidential Council of Advisers on Science and Technology
Francis C. Collins, MD, former director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). As NIH’s director-appointed president for the longest time – 12 years and three presidencies – he has led the work of the world’s largest proponent of biomedical research, from basic to clinical research. Dr. Collins is a geneticist known for his landmark discoveries of disease genes and the leadership of the International Human Genome Project, which ended in April 2003 with the completion of a ready-made sequence of instructions on human DNA. Dr. Collins ’research lab has identified a number of important genes, including those responsible for cystic fibrosis, neurofibromatosis, Huntington’s disease, familial endocrine cancer syndrome, and more recently type 2 diabetes genes and the Hutchinson-Guilford-causing gene. progeria syndrome, a rare disease that causes premature aging. Dr. Collins is an elected member of the Institute of Medicine and the National Academy of Sciences. Dr. Collins was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in November 2007, the National Medal of Science in 2009 and the Templeton Prize in 2020.
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