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President's New Adviser Ready to Put Science in Its Place

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Science  29 Jun 2001:
Vol. 292, Issue 5526, pp. 2408-2409
DOI: 10.1126/science.292.5526.2408

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After a long vacancy, the nation's top science job may be filled by fall. President George W. Bush last week chose John H. Marburger III, a 60-year-old physicist, former university president, and current national lab chief, as his nominee for the post. Marburger vows to bring scientific rigor to the Administration's decisions but warns that he will be just one of many voices offering advice on hot-button issues such as ballistic missile defense, stem cells, and global warming.