Dr. Francis S. Collins, longtime director of the National Institutes of Health, who step down late last year to return to his lab, now has a new title: acting scientific adviser to the president.
White House Announcement Thursday, Dr. Collins will be one half of the team to temporarily replace Dr. Eric S. Lander, who served as the president’s scientific adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy until when the he resigned last week after apologizing for bullying his co-worker.
Alondra Nelson, the office’s deputy director and former professor of sociology at Columbia University, will “perform the duties” of the director. Both she and Dr. Collins will serve until the Senate’s permanent leadership can be found and confirmed, the White House said.
Lander’s departure has left a huge hole in the Biden administration. The President has made a promise to advance science and research, and Dr. Lander has a grand vision. He’s behind efforts including presidential expansion Cancer Moon Initiative and a pandemic preparedness plan that the president likened to the Apollo mission to the moon. He was also the first scientific advisor to be a member of the cabinet.
Dr. Collins, 71, a geneticist and a physician who has run medical institutions for 12 years under three presidents, will continue to work in his lab at the Human Genome Research Institute National, a division of the NIH that he led before becoming director. As a science advisor, he will tackle a wide range of issues, including climate change and pandemic preparedness.
He will also serve as the Acting Co-Chair of the President’s Advisory Council on Science and Technology, a group of highly qualified professionals in areas as diverse as agriculture, biochemistry, ecology, and nanotechnology, created by the president in September to advise the White House on its approach to future pandemics, climate change, and climate change. climate and other global challenges.
Dr. Lander served as one of the three co-chairs of the panel. The others are Frances Arnold, a Nobel Prize-winning biochemical engineer, and Maria T. Zuber, a geophysicist and planetary scientist, the first woman to lead a NASA planetary mission.
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/02/17/us/politics/biden-francis-collins-nih.html Francis Collins, Former NIH Director, Will Take On Biden’s Science Advisor Position