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Clinton's man of science.



On Christmas Eve, President-elect Bill Clinton nominated John H. Gibbons John Howard (Jack) Gibbons was born in Harrisonburg, VA, in 1929. He received a bachelor's degree in mathematics and chemistry from Randolph-Macon College in 1949 and a doctorate in physics from Duke University in 1954.  as his science adviser. Like the four preceding White House science advisers, Gibbons Famous people named Gibbons include:
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 is a physicist. More notable is the timing of this nomination - early enough to influence the coming year's federal budget priorities. Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, and George Bush all waited until well after issuing their first budget blue-print to name a science czar.

Director of the Office of Technology Assessment (OTA (Over The Air) Refers to any wireless system such as AM/FM radio and network television that uses open space as its transmission medium. ) since 1979, Gibbons is a Washington insider. His role at OTA -- overseeing Congress' "technology think tank" -- gave him broad experience in helping to define and marry research and policy issues. But he cut his teeth coordinating science and policy in the decade prior to joining OTA, during which he directed the University of Tennessee's energy environment, and resources center, the Oak Ridge Oak Ridge, city (1990 pop. 27,310), Anderson and Roane counties, E Tenn., on Black Oak Ridge and the Clinch River; founded by the U.S. government 1942, inc. as an independent city 1959.  (Tenn.) National Laboratory's environment program, and the former Federal Energy Administration's energy-conservation efforts.

Following Senate confirmation, Gibbons will head the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Congress established the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) in 1976 with a broad mandate to advise the President and others within the Executive Office of the President on the effects of science and technology on domestic and international affairs. .
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Title Annotation:John H. Gibbons nominated to serve as science advisor in President Clinton's administration
Publication:Science News
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Date:Jan 2, 1993
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