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CCST Spotlight Newsletter, July 21, 2016

In this issue: A Science Fellow's Path from Tropical Reefs to State Senate; A National Commercial Drone Research Center in California?; Message from the Director.

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July 21, 2016 Spotlight Newsletter

California Maneuvers to Stay on Cutting Edge of Drone Research

By M. DANIEL DECILLIS

Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, represent a cutting edge technology whose potential uses offer a wide range of personal and business applications. As with other technologies, California's taken steps to ensure that it's at the forefront of both the research and the legal framework for integrating the new technology into society.

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Drone research in California

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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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