Editor's Summary

15 November 2007

Be advised

The first presidential science adviser was appointed by Dwight D. Eisenhower 50 years ago this week. The anniversary has prompted reminiscences of a time when the science adviser was closer to the seat of power than at any time since. But in a Commentary, Roger Pielke Jr argues that there's no going back. The role has changed: the job of the science adviser under the next president will be to help his or her administration make the most of the vast infrastructure of expert advice that now exists in the United States.

CommentaryWho has the ear of the president?

50 years after the appointment of the first presidential science adviser, the White House is flooded with scientific information. Roger Pielke Jr suggests how the next administration might develop ways to use it best.