New Science Adviser Sees Strong Ties To Bush, Public Support As Keys To Job

WASHINGTON—The president’s new science adviser believes that the federal government doesn’t do an adequate job of dealing with the scientific and technical issues facing the country. The science adviser can play an important role in improving that situation, says Yale nuclear physicist Allan Bromley, if he is able to develop a close relationship with key figures in the Bush administration, oyersee a staff large enough to tackle those issues, and build public support for scie

Jeffrey Mervis
May 28, 1989

WASHINGTON—The president’s new science adviser believes that the federal government doesn’t do an adequate job of dealing with the scientific and technical issues facing the country. The science adviser can play an important role in improving that situation, says Yale nuclear physicist Allan Bromley, if he is able to develop a close relationship with key figures in the Bush administration, oyersee a staff large enough to tackle those issues, and build public support for science.

Bromley has maintained a low profile since April 20, when President Bush announced his intention (see The Scientist, May 15, 1989, page 3) to nominate Bromley as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, succeeding William Graham. Bromley’s first public appearance is expected to be before the Senate Commerce, Science, and Transportation Committee, as part of the confirmation process for that position. Bush has said that the job will carry with it...

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