03 February 2017 Vol 355, Issue 6324
Special Issue: Prediction
Informing policy with science
By Barbara Schaal
Science03 Feb 2017 : 435
We recently witnessed the peaceful—if controversial—transition of the United States presidency. As with any major change in federal government, the scientific community has concerns about new directions and priorities that may affect the way science is conducted, funded, and used in the United States and elsewhere. Of particular note with this new administration are concerns that President Trump may not fully value science-based evidence, and that information and policy decisions will be made without due consideration of scientific evidence.