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Optical Design & Engineering

A wake-up call for science education

Barack Obama has named Harvard and Woods Hole physicist John P. Holdren to serve as assistant to the president for science and technology and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Three other renowned scientists -- Jane Lubchenco, Eric Lander, and Harold Varmus -- also were tapped by Obama to fill key roles. Holdren's appointment, announced weeks before the inauguration, took place earlier than that of any other science adviser in modern times.

Even so, the reinvigoration of US science advice cannot happen soon enough. The latest alarm bell just rang and it's official. The United States is once again missing from the list of top-10 science and math education countries.

Full story from the Boston Globe.