Obama's Science Team Big on Evolution
Much has been written and will be written about how Obama is taking science seriously. To me, one great sign of this is that not only is evolution OK to talk about now, but - gasp - many of his science team actually have worked on evolution. For example:
- Eric Lander, part of Obama's council of advisors on science and technology, has written many papers either directly or indirectly about evolution.
- Harold Varmus also on this Council, has written about evolution of viruses (e.g. here),
- Jane Lubchenco is an ecologist who in much of her work has an evolutionary ecology angle
Even John Holdren, who is more of a physicist and as far as I can tell has not written explicitly about evolution recently certainly discussed it in some of his earlier publications with Paul Ehrlich.
So - not only is science in general and life science in particular on the upswing. But evolution is too. Maybe this is why Darwin endorsed Obama so many months back.