In his weekly radio address, Obama announced the four members of his science team. His choices indicated to the world that America is about to get serious re global warming, and that the Bush era of sneering at scientific fact, and substituting religious dogma for scientific fact, is finally over.
Dr. John Holdren will be Obama's no. 1 science adviser, and as the director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, as well as a co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology aka PCAST, he will manage a group of approximately 40 doctorate-level experts who will assist Obama in shaping and communicating science and technology policy.
His work has focused on global environmental change, energy technologies and policies, nuclear proliferation, and science and technology policy. As one of the foremost experts on climate change in the country, Holdren has been a strong advocate for forceful government action. In a speech at Harvard a year ago, Holdren said that “Global warming is a misnomer. It implies something gradual, something uniform, something quite possibly benign, and what we're experiencing is none of those.There is already widespread harm ... occurring from climate change. This is not just a problem for our children and our grandchildren.”
» President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
» Chairman of the board of directors of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
» Professor of Environmental Policy at the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University
» Director of the Science, Technology, and Public Policy Program at Harvard's Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs
» Professor at the University of California, Berkeley for 20+ years.
» Director of the Woods Hole Research Center.
» Chair of the Committee on International Security and Arms Control of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
» Chair of the advisory board for Innovations: Technology | Governance | Globalization, a quarterly journal about entrepreneurial solutions to global challenges published by MIT Press.
» MacArthur Foundation Prize Fellowship, 1981
» Volvo Environment Prize of 1993 (with Paul Ehrlich)
» Kaul Foundation Award in Science and Environmental Policy, 1999
» Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement, 2000
» 7th Heinz Award in Public Policy, 2001