Help CCST Make California Stronger with Science on #GivingTuesday
"Giving Tuesday" is a global day of giving created in 2012 that seeks to harness the collective
power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy. As part of
#GivingTuesday and CCST's year-end fundraising season, we're calling our friends and colleagues to
action with our own campaign, "Stronger with Science."
California, like most states, grapples annually with the rising cost of healthcare overall,
particularly the cost of pharmaceuticals. The California budget for FY 2015-16 has $200 million
marked for the new Hepatitis C drug alone. Consequently it's not surprising that a variety of policy
initiatives have been floated to try and stem the rise in costs.
CalTAC was formed in 2005 as a means for bringing real world classroom experience - the wisdom
of practice - to policy makers and others whose decisions affect the quality of science and math
education in California schools. Made up of a carefully selected group of award winning, highly
accomplished teachers from across the state, CalTAC has been working to provide greater
opportunities for students to engage in the STEM disciplines as well as to improve their academic
CCST S&T Policy Fellows: Science and Technology Informing Policy
In 2009, CCST launched a program to embed scientists directly in the California state
legislature. Ten young PhDs scientists were awarded fellowships in a variety of committee and
legislator offices in Sacramento. Five years later, this pilot program has been declared a success
and extended. Our Fellows are in high demand in Sacramento, and their contributions have been
praised year after year on the floor of the California Assembly and Senate.