Biden and Harris will introduce members of their White House science team this afternoon.

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Biden and Harris will introduce members of their White House science team this afternoon.


President-elect Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced more nominations for his State Department on Saturday morning and plans to introduce new White House science team officials in Wilmington, Del., in the afternoon.

The Biden-Harris transition team announced several nominations, including that of Brian P. McKeon, who has worked with Mr. Biden for more than 25 years, to be deputy secretary of state for management and resources. Bonnie Jenkins, a veteran arms control expert, was nominated for under secretary for arms control and international security affairs; Ms. Jenkins is also the founder of a group for women of color in national security.

Uzra Zeya, who has held multiple roles at the State Department, was nominated for under secretary for civilian security, democracy, and human rights. Mr. Biden also formally announced the nominations of Wendy Sherman to be deputy secretary of state and Victoria Nuland as under secretary for political affairs; his plans to nominate both Ms. Sherman and Ms. Nuland were previously reported.

On Saturday afternoon, Mr. Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will publicly introduce members of the White House science team. They are:

  • Dr. Eric Lander, nominee for director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (O.S.T.P.) and Presidential Science Advisor-designate

  • Dr. Alondra Nelson, O.S.T.P. deputy director for science and society

  • Dr. Frances H. Arnold, co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

  • Dr. Maria Zuber, co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology



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