A Science 'Champion'

When it comes to science, President Barack Obama has been a champion and a cheerleader who has revived moribund research programs, highlighted the value of scientific enterprise, and launched new initiatives to train the next generation of innovators, White House senior Science Advisor John Holdren told an audience recently.

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