ACS joins coalition to congratulate Eric Lander on confirmation

Office of Science and Technology Policy
Executive Office of the President
Eisenhower Executive Office Building
1650 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20504

Dr. Lander,

The undersigned organizations congratulate you on your confirmation to the position of Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). As the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, a robust scientific enterprise will provide the foundation for both rebuilding and prospering, and your leadership will be a crucial part of that effort

Elevating the OSTP Director to a Cabinet-level position serves as a measure of intent, and we thank the Administration for this significant recognition. Creating solutions for the challenges facing our country and the ever-present necessity to maintain American leadership in science and technology calls for this level of prominence and authority.

Your interdisciplinary experience and innovative approaches will serve our country especially well in addressing pressing issues, including bolstering the STEM talent pipeline, creating equity within the science and engineering ecosystem, developing clean-water and clean-energy solutions, and modernizing our scientific infrastructure. You understand the potential that research and development have to discover and accelerate solutions to today’s urgent challenges and recognize the need to act now. As you have demonstrated throughout your career, research and dedication lead to the transformative discoveries and breakthrough technologies that continue to advance our understanding of the world and improve our quality of life.

We strongly agree with the President’s January 20th letter that declared we must ensure the fruits of science and technology must be fully shared by all Americans. As scientific organizations, we are fully prepared to continue this progress and be a part of this pioneering moment in the American scientific enterprise.

Endorsed by the following organizations:

American Anthropological Association
American Association for Dental Research
American Association of Physics Teachers
American Astronomical Society
American Chemical Society
American Geophysical Union
American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering
American Institute of Biological Sciences
American Institute of Physics
American Mathematical Society
American Physical Society
American Society for Microbiology
American Society of Agronomy
American Society of Tropical Medicine & Hygiene
American Sociological Association
American Statistical Association
Association for Psychological Science
Association for Research in Vision and Ophthalmology
Biophysical Society
Coalition for Academic Scientific Computation (CASC)
Computing Research Association
Consortium for Ocean Leadership
Consortium of Social Science Associations

Council on Undergraduate Research
Crop Science Society of America
Entomological Society of America
Eversole Associates
Federation of American Scientists
Geological Society of America
Incorporated Research Institutions for Seismology (IRIS)
International Alliance for Phytobiomes Research
International Wheat Genome Sequencing Consortium
Mathematical Association of America
National Postdoctoral Association
National Science Teaching Association
OSA - The Optical Society
Seismological Society of America
Sigma Xi, The Scientific Research Honor Society
Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics
Society for Neuroscience
Society for Personality Assessment
Society of Vacuum Coaters
Soil Science Society of America
The Clay Minerals Society
The Oceanography Society
University of Colorado Boulder
Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution