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Biden Picks Robert Califf to Head the FDA for a Second Time
The cardiologist was briefly the FDA Commissioner in the Obama Administration, and now has a second chance to act on plans he tried to implement during his first tenure.
Biden Picks Robert Califf to Head the FDA for a Second Time
Biden Picks Robert Califf to Head the FDA for a Second Time

The cardiologist was briefly the FDA Commissioner in the Obama Administration, and now has a second chance to act on plans he tried to implement during his first tenure.

The cardiologist was briefly the FDA Commissioner in the Obama Administration, and now has a second chance to act on plans he tried to implement during his first tenure.

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DEA Moves Toward Approving More Research Marijuana Growers
Shawna Williams | May 19, 2021 | 2 min read
A regulatory change initiated during the Obama administration appears set to be put into practice, allowing more than one supplier of cannabis research products.
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White House Assembles Task Force to Sever Politics from Science
Lisa Winter | May 10, 2021 | 2 min read
The 46-person panel will identify instances when politics got in the way of science since 2009.
U.S. Withdraws from UNESCO
Catherine Offord | Oct 12, 2017 | 2 min read
The decision to leave the United Nations’ educational, scientific, and cultural agency was spurred by what American officials say is the organization’s anti-Israel bias and lack of commitment to reform.
US and Cuban Researchers to Meet in Havana
Bob Grant | Aug 13, 2017 | 4 min read
Rush Holt of AAAS talks with The Scientist about the upcoming gathering and collaborations—past, present, and future—between the two countries.
Trump to Hold Annual Science Fair
Bob Grant | Apr 25, 2017 | 1 min read
The president has announced that he will continue the Obama-era tradition of showcasing school children’s science projects at the White House.
TS Picks: Obama’s Science Legacy
Joshua A. Krisch | Jan 16, 2017 | 2 min read
During his two terms in office, President Barack Obama pushed for action on climate change, injected “innovation” into science and tech, bet big on biomedical research, and published papers in peer-reviewed journals. Here’s a look at his efforts to “put science in its rightful place.”
Obama Submits Science-Boosting Budget
Bob Grant | Feb 10, 2016 | 2 min read
But some critics say the President relies too heavily on mandatory funding to support the biomedical research enterprise.
NIH Assembles Precision Medicine Panel
Bob Grant | Mar 31, 2015 | 1 min read
The US National Institutes of Health has formed a team of experts to begin the process of building President Obama’s Precision Medicine Initiative.
Obama’s Budget Seeks Science Boost
Bob Grant | Feb 2, 2015 | 1 min read
Fiscal year 2016 could be very bright for the research enterprise if the President’s budgetary requests are granted.
Obama Prioritizes Personalized Medicine
Bob Grant | Jan 26, 2015 | 1 min read
The President is launching a new initiative to help researchers and clinicians fully realize the dream of “precision medicine.”
Obama Protects Huge Swath of Pacific Ocean
Bob Grant | Sep 26, 2014 | 2 min read
The president exercises his authority to expand an existing marine reserve, making it the largest in the world.
Science in the State of the Union
Bob Grant | Jan 30, 2014 | 2 min read
President Barack Obama gave a nod to research in this week’s address. But was it enough for science advocates?
A New Way to Promote Science?
Kate Yandell | May 13, 2013 | 1 min read
Members of Congress have suggested that the President should be able to pick a US Science Laureate.
What Obama’s Budget Means for Science
Kate Yandell | Apr 12, 2013 | 2 min read
The President’s 2014 budget includes a windfall for the NSF and cuts to the CDC.
Obama Unveils Brain Project
Dan Cossins | Apr 3, 2013 | 2 min read
Starting in 2014, the federally funded initiative will seek to develop new technologies capable of mapping the activity in the human brain.
Gov’t Science Integrity Measures Lackluster
Bob Grant | Mar 11, 2013 | 2 min read
A new analysis finds that while some federal agencies have made strides in safeguarding the validity of their research, more work needs to be done.
Obama Mandates Expanded Access
Kate Yandell | Feb 26, 2013 | 2 min read
The President asks large agencies to make all government-funded research publicly available within a year of publication.
NSF Director to Leave the Agency
Kate Yandell | Feb 6, 2013 | 1 min read
Engineer and materials scientist Subra Suresh will become president of Carnegie Mellon University.
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