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NSF Opening Adds to Concerns About Obama's Second-Term Science Team

Science  15 Feb 2013:
Vol. 339, Issue 6121, pp. 746-747
DOI: 10.1126/science.339.6121.746

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Who will be the key scientific performers in Act II of the Obama administration? U.S. researchers are waiting anxiously for news after Subra Suresh, the director of the National Science Foundation, announced last week that he was leaving to become president of Carnegie Mellon University. His departure next month rings down the curtain on the so-called "dream team," a group of prominent academic scientists drawn to Washington because of a president who repeatedly emphasizes the importance of research in solving societal problems.