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Senate confirms Prabhakar as science advisor


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The U.S. Senate has confirmed Arati Prabhakar as director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). She will also serve as the president’s top science advisor, a Cabinet-level position under the Biden Administration. Prabhakar was nominated for the position in June. She is the first woman and the first person of color to be the Senate-confirmed OSTP director.

Prabhakar has a Ph.D. in applied physics from the California Institute of Technology, and previously served as both the head of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency during the Obama administration and as the director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology under President Clinton.

The OSTP advises the President and other members of the executive on science issues, plays a role in coordinating scientific research across federal agencies, and leads initiatives on issues such as scientific integrity.

Prabhakar fills the position vacated by former OSTP Director Dr. Eric Lander, who resigned in February 2022, after reports of a toxic work environment.

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