Over the next two weeks, the Republican and Democratic parties will gather in Cleveland, OH, and Philadelphia, PA, respectively to officially nominate their candidates for President. To commemorate this historic moment, we’re sharing selections from our collections that highlight the intersection of science and politics. From medical research and atomic energy to cybersecurity and climate change, the tradition of presidential advisory panels on science and technology is a long and storied one that dates back to President Franklin Roosevelt and continues today under the auspices of the Office of Science and Technology Policy. As we look ahead to Election Day 2016, we hope you enjoy these Presidential cameos and snapshots of the scientists who have advised our Presidents and undoubtedly influenced the world in which we live. 

Photo credit: U.S. Scientific delegation boarding Air Force One en route to the U.S.S.R., May 17, 1963. Glenn Seaborg Collection of Photographs from the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Nuclear Division, CHF Archives.