Accountability and Transparency

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Science  17 Apr 2009:
Vol. 324, Issue 5925, pp. 313
DOI: 10.1126/science.1174215

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There is great excitement in the U.S. scientific community accompanying the arrival of the new president and his views on the role of science in society. Many people feel that the climate for science has turned 180 degrees. Science has gone from seeming at times to be disregarded or treated as unimportant or even annoying, to again being recognized as central to every major issue of modern life, with superb appointments being made to science leadership positions in government.