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US Senate OKs Oklahoma professor for science policy office

January 3, 2019

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — President Donald Trump’s appointment of a University of Oklahoma meteorologist as his top science adviser has been confirmed.

The U.S. Senate confirmed Kelvin Droegemeier Wednesday as director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. Dozens of Trump nominees were approved by voice vote with most senators still away for their holiday break.

Droegemeier had been OU’s vice president for research and a professor of meteorology. He spent 12 years on the National Science Board under Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

An expert on extreme weather, Droegemeier has an undergraduate degree in meteorology from OU and a master’s and doctorate in atmospheric science from the University of Illinois. He will be the first meteorologist to serve as a president’s science adviser. Previous science advisers were physicists.

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