January 20, 2021

Around the nation: Biden announces key members of his administration's science team

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    On Saturday, Joe Biden, who at the time was the United States' president-elect, announced some of the key members who will serve on his administration's science team, including Eric Lander, whom Biden will nominate to lead the federal Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Alondra Nelson, whom Biden has picked to serve as OSTP's deputy director, in today's bite-sized hospital and health industry news from Delaware, Pennsylvania, and Tennessee.

    • Delaware: President-elect Joe Biden on Saturday announced some of the key members who will serve on his incoming administration's science team, including Eric Lander, whom Biden will nominate to lead the federal Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and Alondra Nelson, whom Biden has picked to serve as OSTP's deputy director. Biden also announced that he's chosen Maria Zuber and Frances Arnold to serve as co-chairs of the President's Council of Advisers on Science and Technology and that Francis Collins will remain as director of NIH (Mzezewa/Crowley, New York Times, 1/16; Sullivan, CNN, 1/16).
    • Pennsylvania: A three-judge panel in the Third U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last week ruled 2-1 against Philadelphia nonprofit Safehouse's effort to establish so-called "safe-injection sites"—at which individuals who misuse drugs do so under the care of health care professionals and without risk of arrest—in the city. Circuit Court Judges Stephanos Bibas and Thomas Ambro in the court's majority opinion wrote that although Safehouse's motives for establishing the sites are "admirable" and "the opioid crisis may call for innovative solutions, local innovations may not break federal law" (Feldman, "Shots," NPR, 1/14).
    • Pennsylvania/Tennessee: Pennsylvania's Butler County Community College (BCCC) last week announced it is establishing a scholarship fund in honor of Caitlyn Kaufman, an ICU nurse at Tennessee's Saint Thomas West hospital who had attended BCCC. Kaufman was shot and killed on Dec. 3, 2020 when a person opened fire on her SUV while she was driving to work (Baird, WATE, 1/14).

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