US Department of Transportation names its first chief scientist since 1980
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The position will see Robert C. Hampshire, Ph.D. advising Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg.
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Did you know that the US Department of Transportation has a chief scientist? Well, I mean, it did like 40 years ago, and now, according to an announcement from the agency on Wednesday, it's going to have one again in an effort to restore some of its scientific integrity. Seriously, though, I do this for a living, and I'm a huge nerd, and I had no idea that a DOT chief scientist was ever a thing.

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The position will now be held by Robert C. Hampshire, Ph.D., who currently serves as the DOT's assistant secretary…
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