President George W. Bush announced his intention to nominate physicist John H. Marburger director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, following concerns from members of the scientific community that the president had diluted the power of the position by waiting so long to fill it (M. Anderson, B. Maher, "White House help wanted list worries scientists," The Scientist, 13:34, June 25, 2001). Marburger directed the Department of Energy's Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL) since 1998, after he served both as a professor and a president of the State University of New York at Stony Brook. During his presidency from 1980 to 1994, the university opened a teaching hospital and boosted its federally sponsored research program. Marburger oversaw a collaborative proteomics study at BNL and expanded the lab's technology transference and collaboration with industrial partners. Senate hearings to confirm the nomination are not expected until September, according to a...
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