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Clinton's man of science.

On Christmas Eve, President-elect Bill Clinton nominated John H. Gibbons as his science adviser. Like the four preceding White House science advisers, Gibbons 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) 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 (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.
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Title Annotation:John H. Gibbons nominated to serve as science advisor in President Clinton's administration
Publication:Science News
Article Type:Brief Article
Date:Jan 2, 1993
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