TS Picks: Obama’s Science Legacy

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.”

Joshua A. Krisch
Jan 16, 2017

WIKIMEDIA, CHUCK KENNEDY

Selections from The Scientist’s reading list:

  • Outgoing US President Barack Obama is confident that the trend toward clean energy is irreversible, even under a potentially hostile Trump administration, according to Quartz. In a commentary published January 9 in Science, Obama presented his case. (Altogether, Obama authored 13 articles published in peer-reviewed journals while president, Quartz noted.)
     
  • Reflecting on Obama’s climate legacy, which included leading the United States into the historic Paris Climate Agreement of 2015, the president’s science advisor John Holdren told Scientific American that the U.S. “should want to stay in the leadership of the global battle against climate change.”
     
  • “Nearly eight years ago, President Obama pledged to put science ‘in its rightful place’ in his administration,” Holdren wrote in a White House blog post. “He proceeded to keep that pledge in ways and degrees that few could have imagined at...