Nearly two years after he took office, US President Donald Trump has a White House science adviser in place. The Senate confirmed meteorologist Kelvin Droegemeier for the job in a voice vote on 2 January.

Droegemeier, an expert in extreme weather, will lead the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. He is the first non-physicist to head the office since it was established in 1976, and his confirmation ends a long drought in the White House.

Trump has gone longer without a science adviser than any first-term president since at least the 1950s. His choice of Droegemeier has won generally positive reviews from science-advocacy groups.

From 2009 until August 2018, Droegemeier was vice-president for research at the University of Oklahoma in Norman. He also served briefly as Oklahoma’s secretary of science and technology, and was a member of the National Science Board, which oversees the National Science Foundation, during the administrations of presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama.

This article is reproduced with permission and was first published on January 3, 2018.