[Reblog]: How Did Science, Medicine, and the Environment Do in the Elections?

Your House of Representatives now has twice as many physicists.

By |Posted Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012, at 10:13 AM ET

 

138490090Barack Obama talks tours student science fair projects on exhibit at the White House in Februrary

Photo by Molly Riley/Getty Images.

 

Overall, it was a pretty good night for science. Voters may have had other issues in mind, but when they re-elected President Obama, they endorsed one of the most scientifically accomplished administrations in U.S. history. Obama has been a great supporter of science education and research; he has appointed science-friendly people to science posts (which shouldn’t be a big accomplishment but is); and although it wasn’t the first act of his presidency (there’s no shame in losing out to Lily Ledbetter), he did give a great shout-out to science just a few weeks after taking office:

Science and the scientific process must inform and guide decisions of my Administration on a wide range of issues, including improvement of public health, protection of the environment, increased efficiency in the use of energy and other resources, mitigation of the threat of climate change, and protection of national security…

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