An Interview With John Holdren

28 12 2010

Here is a link to a 2 part interview with President Obama’s Science Advisor and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren from the ScienceInsider, Science Magazine’s online Policy blog.

Part 1:

Part 2:

I especially like Part 2 because it’s a bit of a behind the scenes description of what it’s like to have John Holdren’s job. For example he stresses that one of his biggest struggles is “how do you keep the urgent from driving out the important?” Also, the timetable for which he must make decisions, “You rarely have the luxury of spending 45 minutes on something before something else interrupts…Even with a good staff, even with four strong deputies, the pace at which issues end up needing a decision from me is extraordinary.” Finally, I thought it was interesting to read what he thought the most┬ásignificant publish findings were with regard to how it affected his office.