– President Obama has nominated Charles F. Bolden Jr., a former astronaut and retired Marine Corps general, to be NASA administrator. Bolden would be the first African American to head the space agency if approved by the Senate.
– Paul T. Anastas, the Teresa and H. John Heinz III professor in the practice of chemistry for the environment at Yale University, was nominated by President Obama as the Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator for the Office of Research and Development. Anastas is director of Yale’s Center for Green Chemistry and Green Engineering; he served in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy from 1999 to 2004.
– Last week, the Senate approved Aneesh Chopra to serve as the Associate Director for Technology (aka Chief Technology Officer) at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)