Among those are a couple of names that are well known in our circles. The former President of the Society for the Study of Evolution, Barbara Schaal was among the newly announced appointees. Eric Lander's name was previously announced.
Obama also committed to doubling the budget of the National Science Foundation in his speech (it's quite good and well-worth listening to while you're pipetting). He promised to increase the level of funding for science to 3% of the gross domestic product. This exceeds the amount invested in 1964 at the height of the Kennedy administration. He also promised that the funds will target high-risk, high-return research and support researchers at the beginning of their careers.