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NASA's Graham to be science adviser.

NASA'S Graham to be science adviser

President Reagan last week announced he will name electrical engineer William R. Graham as his new science adviser. Currently, Graham is deputy administrator of NASA. The advisory post, which requires Senate confirmation, would also make Graham head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.

"Long overdue" is how Philip Speser, executive director of the Washington, D.C.-based National Coalition for Science and Technology, greeted the Graham announcement. Speser was referring to the fact that it has been six months since George A. Keyworth II resigned both posts to start a consulting business (SN: 12/7/85, p. 358). Speser, who heads the only registered lobby of scientists on science policy, says that "under the Reagan administration, the science adviser has changed from being more of a spokesperson for science in the White House to more of a spokesperson for the White House to the scientific community." He adds, "We all hope that Dr. Graham will reopen more of a two-way channel of communications."

Graham is a founder of R&D Associates in Marina Del Rey, Calif. Graham has described his activities there and while on the staff of the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica, Calif., as involving primarily work on strategic missile and aircraft system survivability (in war environments), studies of nuclear weapons' effects on other weapons and communications systems, the design of systems to simulate nuclear weapons' effects (such as electromagnetic pulse) and analyses of supercomputer capabilities.

Graham has chaired the General Advisory Committee on Arms Control and Disarmament, under an appointment from Reagan, and is an executive member of the Washington, D.C.-based Committee On The Present Danger, a private, nonprofit group that studies issues relating to the U.S.-Soviet military balance.
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Title Annotation:William R. Graham
Author:Ralof, Janet
Publication:Science News
Date:Jun 14, 1986
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