EDITORIAL

A short presidential reading list

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Science  21 Oct 2016:
Vol. 354, Issue 6310, pp. 265
DOI: 10.1126/science.aal2121

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A new U.S. president will be sworn into office in less than 3 months. Because scientific issues cut across many aspects of modern life, in both the public and private sectors, the president has several challenges. He or she must ensure that the government has access to robust advice about scientific issues to guide policy development. The president must select, and the U.S. Senate must confirm, the leaders for agencies with a substantial science focus. Finally, the new president must set the tone regarding the importance of science in the nation's progress. Two short, 70-year-old documents outline many central issues that are still relevant today.