Senate Confirms Final White House Science Policy Nominee

Yesterday, the U.S. Senate confirmed Carl Wieman as associate director for science at the Office of Science and Technology Policy. The Nobel physics laureate is expected to spearhead the Administration's push to improve science education, drawing upon his pioneering work at the University of Colorado, Boulder, to strengthen the undergraduate training of science and math teachers.

Wieman joins Shere Abbott, Aneesh Chopra, and Philip Coyle in giving science adviser John Holdren a full complement of associate directors. It's the first time that's been the case since the end of the Clinton Administration, as the Bush Administration chose to fill only two of the four statutorily designated slots.