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Physicist-Turned-Politician Seeks Middle Ground

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Science  31 Jul 1998:
Vol. 281, Issue 5377, pp. 635-636
DOI: 10.1126/science.281.5377.635

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When House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) called for a sweeping review of science policy last summer, he gave the job to Representative Vern Ehlers (R-MI), the number two Republican on the House Science Committee. Ehlers, a former physics professor who was recently named one of the three brainiest U.S. House members by Washingtonian magazine, knows he faces a tough sell, because the more detailed the recommendations, the more critics it will attract, including those who may reject it as a partisan document serving the man who requested it. Science interviews Ehlers about his soon-to-be-completed report.