Clinton's choice of Gibbons as science adviser and Gore's anticipated activist role bode well for consideration of research issues, they contend
Leading researchers as well as science policy specialists and association officials are hopeful, of course, that President Bill Clinton's administration will pursue an energetic, activist approach in tackling major science and technology issues. And, these observers generally agree, the Clinton years in this regard are off to a good start.

In interviews with The Scientist, several science and technology policy-watchers have, for example, praised Clinton's early `appointment of John H. Gibbons to be White House science and technology adviser, as well as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). Gibbons, who since 1979 has been director of the congressional Office of Technology Assessment, is known around Washington as a soft-spoken but effective and politically savvy "facilitator," well accustomed to navigating Washington's turbulent policy cross-currents (see accompanying...

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