The President of the United States has had a science advisor going back to the presidency of Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1941; Roosevelt’s science advisor at the time was Vannevar Bush.

Some notable science advisors have included Isadore I. Rabi (Eisenhower, 1956), Frank Press (Carter, 1977), William Robert Graham (Reagan, 1986), my U of M colleague Rosina Bierbaum (Bush, 2001), and John Holdren (Obama, 2009).

So, allow me to show you a photo of Donald Trump’s science advisor, hard at work in her OSTP office:


And, here is a photo of the scientists who work alongside Trump’s science advisor at OSTP:


Yup, you guessed it. For the first time in decades, the White House lacks a scientific advisory committee.

(Or, is it only a matter of time before Ivanka Trump or Jared Kushner are appointed as Trump’s science advisor?)

This is not normal.

It’s July 5th, 2017.

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