Over at Framing Science, Matthew Nisbet has a post in which he endorses Francis Collins as the scientific advisor to the next US president. "Not only does Collins have top government experience but he is also a successful popularizer," he writes. "And perhaps even more importantly, based on his background and writings, he would make a perfect science ambassador to religious America."

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