Congress’s “Rocket Scientist” to Take Helm of World’s Largest Science Organization

Posted by Mike Confino, November 22, 2014

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Rush Holt, a physicist and Democratic congressman from New Jersey, was named today as CEO of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), a nonprofit that promotes science and publishes the Science family of journals. When he retires from his eight terms in the U.S. House of Representatives in a few months he will succeed Alan Leshner, a neuroscientist, who has held the AAAS job since 2001. During Holt’s tenure on Capitol Hill he has been a strong advocate for integrating science into decision-making. Holt was only the second physicist elected to Congress, after Vern Ehlers, a Republican from Michigan who served from 1993 to 2011. Holt spoke with Scientific American today to talk about his time representing New Jersey and his next steps at AAAS.

via Congress’s “Rocket Scientist” to Take Helm of World’s Largest Science Organization – Scientific American.