Science Attachés in Embassies

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Science  02 Jul 2010:
Vol. 329, Issue 5987, pp. 13
DOI: 10.1126/science.1189621

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The United States' intention to increase International Cooperation in Science and technology (S&T) is welcome news. Such efforts would be particularly effective in the Muslim world, where countries are in need of the economic development that would result from improvements in their S&T sectors. Last year, President Obama appointed three Science Envoys to Muslim-majority countries: Bruce Alberts, former president of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences (and current Editor-in-Chief of Science); Ahmed Zewail, Nobel Laureate and professor at the California Institute of Technology; and Elias Zerhouni, former director of the U.S. National Institutes of Health. The appointment of several more Science Envoys is expected soon. However, this promising new initiative will require committed institutional support, which can best be provided by the appointment of Science (and Technology) Attachés in the relevant U.S. embassies.