Julie Palakovich Carr

Nearly 8 years ago, Barack Obama was sworn into office. During his inaugural address, he pledged to "restore science to its rightful place." As President Obama concludes his second term, it seems appropriate to consider whether his administration has met this ambitious--and ambiguous--goal.

"President Obama has put science in the center of decisionmaking with stellar appointments--for example John Holdren, Steven Chu, Ernest Moniz--and by ensuring that science is involved at the highest levels of decisionmaking," said Thomas Lovejoy, university professor of environmental science and policy at George Mason University. "This includes science-driven environmental decisionmaking, most significantly on climate change. He has also gone out of his way to inspire students."

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