Nineteen months in, Trump has nominated a candidate to fill the empty science adviser position. History demonstrates that the role is at least as political as it is scientific.
Governments lean on science advisers for guidance on increasingly complex issues of great concern, including oil and gas development, drug legalization, water quality and the environment.
On Nov. 2 the White House posted a detailed climate science report without comment. The Trump administration is unlikely to heed it, but it could boost state, local and private sector action.
Political and community leaders must act now to preserve the American middle class and adapt the US economy for the 21st century.
How did an administration committed to restoring "science to its rightful place" actually do?
Innovation is a huge part of economic growth – and the White House needs to be well-informed on science and tech issues when setting goals and budgets. Here's how presidents get up to speed.