Nominations and appointments

24 Jul 2020

U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios has been appointed to serve part-time as acting under secretary of defense for research and engineering. The role was vacated this month by Mike Griffin, who resigned after an at-times tumultuous two year tenure.

17 Jul 2020

FYI spoke with Sethuraman Panchanathan about his vision for NSF, why he first came to the U.S., and his views on expanding the agency’s footprint beyond fundamental research.

26 Jun 2020

Acting head of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Neil Jacobs and other top agency officials are at odds over an independent investigation that concluded he violated the agency’s scientific integrity policy during the controversy that erupted last fall over Hurricane Dorian forecasts.

19 Dec 2019

President Trump announced today that he intends to nominate Arizona State University chief innovation officer Sethuraman Panchanathan as the next director of the National Science Foundation. The six-year term of current NSF Director France Córdova ends in March.

22 Oct 2019

Today President Trump issued an executive order reestablishing the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology and appointed its first seven members, who together have substantial experience in industrial research, artificial intelligence, and quantum information science.

4 Jan 2019

Just before the end of the 115th Congress, the Senate confirmed Kelvin Droegemeier as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Nominees to lead the DOE Office of Science, DOE Office of Nuclear Energy, ARPA-E, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration were not considered.

6 Nov 2018

President Trump has made five new appointments to the National Science Board, the governing board of the National Science Foundation. He has also renewed the terms of Geraldine Richmond and former Board Chair Maria Zuber.

23 Aug 2018

University of Oklahoma meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier received broad, bipartisan praise from senators at a hearing on his nomination to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Droegemeier repeatedly stressed that science must be free from political influence and outlined his views on growing global R&D competition, particularly from China.

1 Aug 2018

President Trump’s choice of meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier to lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy has received widespread acclaim. Droegemeier has longstanding ties to the National Science Foundation and has contributed extensively to science policy at the national and state levels.

12 Jul 2018

While the full implications of Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt’s July 6 resignation remain uncertain, Acting Administrator Andrew Wheeler has indicated he plans to take a less confrontational approach than his predecessor, emphasizing he will consult EPA career employees and scientists before making major decisions. 

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