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CCST Spotlight Newsletter, May 26, 2016

Welcome to the revamped, refreshed CCST Spotlight Newsletter! We have so much we want to share from our ongoing work, from our CCST Council to our CCST Science Fellows, to the many Sustaining Institutions and Federal Laboratory Affiliates we work with.

In this issue: Building a Network of California Makers; Follow CCST on LinkedIn; The Curious Career of a Colloidal Particle Man; NASA Programs put Underrepresented Students Over the Moon.

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May 26, 2016 Spotlight Newsletter

Cal State LA's NASA Careers Program Taking Underrepresented Students to New Heights

By M. DANIEL DECILLIS

One year ago, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) gave 13 underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to literally shoot for the stars. Earlier this May, these students shared the initial fruits of this new career development program.

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DIRECT STEM

CalTAC: The California Teacher Advisory Council

CCST created a group of 12 outstanding K-14 science and math classroom teachers from throughout California to form CalTAC. This body has provided a voice for STEM educators to discuss trends and policies facing science, technology, engineering, and math education in California, and interface with the State policymaking community.

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CalTAC

CCST S&T Policy Fellows: Science and Technology Informing Policy

Each year, CCST trains and mentors 10 scientists and engineers in the policymaking process, then places them alongside staffers in California Assembly and Senate offices. Known in the State Capitol as "the Science Fellows", these PhD-level experts experience a year of public service and leadership training, and get the chance to explore a career in California’s policy arena. At the same time, the State Legislature benefits from access to highly skilled, sciencesavvy staff to advise them on legislative issues and priorities.

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S&T Policy Fellows

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