Science Leaders Head to Biden White House

By John O. Harney

Comings and Goings …

Eric Lander

Eric Lander, president and founding director of the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Maria Zuber, MIT’s vice president for research, were tapped by President-elect Joe Biden for top science roles in his administration. Lander, who co-chaired the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) for President Barack Obama for eight years until 2017, will take a leave of absence from MIT to fill the role. The Broad Institute named its chief scientific officer Todd Golub to take over as the institute’s director. Zuber and Caltech chemical engineer Frances Arnold will co-chair PCAST, the first-ever women to lead the panel.

On Capitol Hill, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont Independent, will chair the powerful Senate Budget Committee.


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