NAS chief Frank Press says that John Gibbons will have to cope with a host of extremely burdensome social and economic issues
Editor's Note: Members of the United States science establishment were generally pleased to hear that John H. Gibbons, former director of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA), had been chosen to succeed D. Allan Bromley as White House science adviser. Among those who warmly endorsed the president's selection of Gibbons--whose appointment was confirmed on January 28 by the U.S. Senate--was Frank Press, president of the National Academy of Sciences. In the following message, exclusive to The Scientist, Press expresses his confidence that Gibbons is the right man for the job, and that his appointment can be taken as a hopeful sign that the new administration will follow a wise path on matters of science and technology policy. However, Press --who served as White House science adviser under Jimmy...

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