John P. McTague has been designated acting director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and acting science advisor to the President. McTague has served as the deputy director of OSTP under director George A. Keyworth II for the last 2 years. After 4½ years as science advisor, Keyworth left OSTP December 31 to start a consulting firm (Eos, December 10, 1985, p. 1219).
A physical chemist by training, McTague was chairman of the National Synchrotron Light Source Department at Brookhaven National Laboratory in Upton, N.Y., from 1982 to late 1983, when he took the post at OSTP. From 1970–1982, he was a professor of chemistry and a member of the Institute of Geophysics and Planetary Physics at the University of California, Los Angeles.