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Obama to Address National Academy of Sciences

On Monday, President Barack Obama will give his first speech on science and technology since taking office 3 months ago. The venue will be the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C.

"The National Academy is the country's paramount scientific organization," presidential science adviser John Holdren told ScienceInsider. "So it just makes sense for him to go there."

Obama will be following in the footsteps of Presidents Kennedy, Carter, and George H.W. Bush in addressing members of the academy at their annual meeting. Bill Clinton also spoke at the academy's headquarters, which look out on the National Mall and the Lincoln Memorial. Holdren declined to offer details of the president's speech, although he reiterated Obama's promise in his inaugural address to "restore science to its rightful place."