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CCST Welcomes New Council Members

(2/16/17) With the beginning of 2017, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has welcomed six new members, including experts from a wide range of California institutions.


UC Irvine App Gives Worldwide View of Rainfall

(2/3/17) "This app provides a useful alternative to existing measures," said Soroosh Sorooshian, Director of the university's Center for Hydrometeorology and Remote Sensing and CCST Council Member.


CCST Senior Fellow Ralph Cicerone Dies

(11/23/16) "Ralph Cicerone was one of the world's most highly acclaimed atmospheric scientists," said CCST Board Member Bruce Alberts, who preceded Cicerone as President of the NAS. "We were privileged to work with him both at the state and national level. He will be sorely missed."


CalTAC Member Art Lopez and Students Present at White House Computer Science Summit

(10/6/16) Lopez, along with recently graduated students Karla Gonzalez and Adrian Avalos, were invited by the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy to present and participate in four distinct events during the White House summit on Computer Science For All on September 14.


CalTAC Chair Andy Kotko Receives Presidential Award

(9/15/16) California Teacher Advisory Council (CalTAC) Chair Andy Kotko, a first grade teacher at Mather Heights Elementary School, received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) on September 8 in Washington, D.C. He is one of four California recipients and 213 recipients nationwide of this career achievement in 2016.


Lawrence Livermore's iCHIP Project Simulates Human Physiology and Changes the Game

(9/8/16) LLNL has cultivated a biomedical breakthrough to cut costs of lengthy drug trials --- the iCHIP (in-vitro Chip-based Human Investigational Platform). Although this groundbreaking new medical discovery is three years away from market production, it is opening new options for safe drug trial testing that would not need to be tried on humans.


California Maneuvers to Stay on Cutting Edge of Drone Research

(7/21/16) Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) --- or drones --- are cutting-edge technology with potential uses for a wide range of personal and business applications. Read how the San Bernardino Community College District, UC Merced, and other California institutions of learning are taking steps to develop technical and legal frameworks for integrating drone usage into public and commercial duty.


UC Berkeley and UC San Diego Explore Engineering Education of the Future through Making

(6/30/16) The University of California Berkeley and University of California San Diego are both located in world-renowned hubs of engineering education and high-tech innovation. In many ways, they're at the cutting edge of their fields. It's no surprise then that both campuses have invested in facilities that break the mold of traditional engineering education, looking to the Maker movement for inspiration.


21st Century Conversations: CCST Convenes Maker Space Stakeholders Throughout California

(6/30/16) In April this year, CCST released a roadmap to help California Community Colleges grow a network of makerspaces, communal, interdisciplinary spaces which are empowering open-ended learning throughout the nation. This month, CCST brought the conversation home with a series of regional symposia designed to take the information in the report to the next level


Science and Security: May CCST Meeting Brings Federal Laboratories Into Focus

(6/14/16) Federal laboratories are an important part of California's science and technology capabilities and infrastructure. One of them, Sandia National Laboratory California, hosted the May 26th CCST Council meeting, at which CCST Council members were presented with cutting-edge technology and innovations from Federal researchers.


Berkeley Lab's Cyclotron Road Program Gives an Entrepreneurial Boost to Innovation

(6/6/16) Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory's (Berkeley Lab) Cyclotron Road program launched just two years ago with a mission: to help move cutting-edge technologies from the lab to market. Now the program has selected its second cohort of innovators, while the first cohort has begun receiving national acclaim.


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

(5/19/16) 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.


CCST Releases Roadmap for Engaging California Community Colleges and Makerspace Movement

(4/28/16) CCST has released a report intended to help inform the growth of a statewide network of makerspaces linked to California Community Colleges as a key partner in developing a workforce for the innovation economy. Promoting Engagement of the California Community Colleges with the Maker Movement is a guide to develop a sustainable network which aligns with the educational goals of the Community Colleges while preserving the uniquely independent culture of the makerspace.


Riverside Selected as Home for $366 Million California Air Resources Board Facility

(4/12/16) Riverside has been selected as the new site for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) motor vehicle and engine emissions testing and research facility, a decision that will bring a $366 million facility and more than 400 high-tech jobs to Riverside.


MBARI Makes Digital Deep-Sea Guide Public, Providing Unprecedented Access to Ocean Images

(4/5/16) The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) has been recording underwater video with remotely operated vehicles for over 25 years. The challenge, however, has always been to comb through the vast data set for relevant images. Thanks to a specially developed software package, this resource is now much more accessible to researchers and the public alike.


CalTAC Alumna Guides Middle School Water Guardians to Success

(4/4/16) A group of girls from Washington Middle School in La Habra has been making waves with their plans for helping schools to save water. The Water Guardians have been recognized for their outstanding service and dedication at the district, city, and state levels, and their message of conservation continues to find widespread support at each step. And it started when a member of the California Teacher Advisory Council (CalTAC) made a connection with her state representative.


After Four Decades, Program Spearheaded by Caltech Proves Einstein Right and Makes History

(2/22/16) Scientists have just confirmed that in September 2015, the Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors observed ripples in the fabrication of spacetime for the first time ever, thanks to the determination and vision of scientists at Caltech (one of CCST's sustaining institutions) and MIT.


Annual Report 2015: Letter from CCST Board Chair

(2/19/16) As Board Chair, I've been proud to work with fellow Board members to shape a proactive agenda for CCST that addresses critical issues for the State of California. I'm enormously grateful to the many donors who've chosen to support our work. Their support sustains our growth enabling CCST to fulfill our core mission such as placing Science Fellows directly with decision makers.


Enter the California State Legislature: Introducing Our 2016 CCST Science Fellows

(2/5/16) A new year means new beginnings. And for ten highly accomplished scientists and engineers, 2016 will mean a year of public service and leadership training in the California State Legislature.


Fellows in the Field: Farewell, 2015 Science Fellows!

(1/21/16) After an exciting year of analyzing legislation, advising policymakers, and running through the State Capitol halls to make deadlines, we, the 2015 Class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows, have concluded our training. As 2015 comes to a close, I've had some time to reflect on my past year as a Science Fellow. A number of questions came to mind: How did it go by so quickly? Where did it all start?


Help CCST Make California Stronger with Science on #GivingTuesday

(11/30/15) "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 Considers Drug Pricing Measures

(11/19/15) 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.


Better Antibiotic Stewardship Needed to Offset Resistance and Other Effects

(11/9/15) A coordinated strategy curtailing use of antibiotics is necessary in order to ensure their long-term effectiveness and to offset other impacts of antibiotic use, according to many medical professionals.


A 'BlueTech' Future: Understanding California's Maritime Opportunities

(11/4/15) The importance of high-tech innovation to California's economy has long been understood and appreciated. Despite this fact, the current and potential impact of maritime technology innovation has been little studied, and California should focus more on this dynamic growth sector in years to come, according to The Maritime Alliance.


UCSB Named West Coast Center for National Photonics Institute

(7/28/15) The University of California Santa Barbara (UCSB) has been named as the West Coast hub for a major public-private consortium dedicated to advancing research and manufacturing of integrated photonic technology. The announcement caps a distinguished history at UCSB of research in this potentially transformational technology.


CCST Senior Fellow Chuck Shank Receives Enrico Fermi Award

(7/20/15) Charles "Chuck" Shank, CCST Senior Fellow and former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been named as a recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award. One of the original CCST Council members in 1988, Shank was one of the first Senior Fellows appointed when the program was inaugurated in 1997.


California Council on Science and Technology and Berkeley Lab Release Scientific Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing in California

(7/9/15) In collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) today released a peer-reviewed independent scientific assessment that discusses how hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation could affect water, atmosphere, seismic activity, wildlife and vegetation, and human health in California. The report also identifies knowledge gaps and alternative practices that could avoid or mitigate these possible impacts.


Irvine Materials Research Institute To Expand Research Opportunities in Southern California

(6/15/15) A new institute for materials research at the University of California, Irvine (UCI) is poised to become one of the leading such research centers in the state, offering significant opportunities to academic and industrial researchers in a wide range of disciplines in the Southern California area and beyond.


California Research Program Funds Development of New Brain Technologies

(5/4/15) A state initiative jointly led by the University of California (UC) San Diego and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory called Cal-BRAIN has awarded over $1.9 million to seed projects around California designed to create new technologies capable of measuring brain activity in greater depth, breadth, and detail than is currently possible.


Groundwater Data Update Provides Important Tool for California

(4/29/15) For the first time in California history, the Governor directed the State Water Resources Control Board to implement mandatory water reductions in cities and towns across California to reduce water usage by 25 percent. Increased availability of data is an important part of the state's efforts to understand and better manage its water systems.


CCST Senior Fellow Jack Peltason Dies at 91

(3/27/15) Former UC President and UC Irvine Chancellor Jack Peltason, a CCST Senior Fellow, has died at 91 of Parkinson's disease. "He was passionate that science should inform policy," said CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood. "Jack Peltason was a true leader and a thoughtful scholar."


California's Economy Outpaces Expectations

(3/27/15) California's economic woes of the past decade are well-known by now. The cost of doing business in the state remains high, according to Forbes, and the state's business tax climate has been criticized by organizations such as the Tax Foundation. It was a surprise to some, as a result, when Bloomberg recently called California the "best state for business right now."


California's High-Tech Leadership Driven by Diverse Regional Innovation Ecosystems

(3/10/15) California, one of the nation's leading science and technology states, was one of the hardest hit states in the country during the recent economic recession. The state lost 1.3 million jobs and faced years of government deficits which forced difficult decisions on programs and infrastructure essential to its high-tech economy. But despite the challenges, California remains one of the top environments for high-tech innovation, due in part to the different strengths of three key regions in the state.


DARPA Head Praised by Forbes as top "Under-Appreciated" Leader of 2014

(2/9/15) Arati Prabhakar, director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), was recently cited by Forbes as one of 2014's top five "unsung and underappreciated" leaders, someone who makes a difference through "capability, reliability, and authenticity." She is the only U.S. leader on the Forbes list.


CCST Releases Report on Past, Present, and Potential Future of Well Stimulation in California

(1/14/15) The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released the first volume of an independent scientific assessment today on well stimulation in California, including hydraulic fracturing. This volume describes how and where operators deploy these technologies for oil and gas production in the state, and where the technologies might enable production in the future.


CCST Paper Finds that California Needs to Resolve Regulatory Uncertainties Surrounding Carbon Capture and Storage

(1/9/15) Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is potentially important for advancing California's energy future and climate goals, but deploying the technique depends in part on resolving regulatory uncertainties, according to the latest paper in CCST's California's Energy Future - Policy series.


California Company Pioneers 3-D Printing in Space

(1/9/15) Made In Space, a small company founded just four years ago with the assistance of Silicon Valley high-tech incubator Singularity University, is pioneering the development of 3-D printers capable of operating in microgravity environments.


Council Chair Emeritus Miriam John Receives Navy Superior Public Service Award

(12/20/14) CCST Council Chair Emeritus Miriam E. John received the Navy Superior Public Service Award yesterday in recognition for her "extraordinary service to the Navy." It is the second highest civilian honorary award and recognizes significant contributions to the Naval Services.


California Remains S&T Leader, But Lags in Workforce Development

(12/20/14) California remains one of the top science and technology states in the country, but is not keeping pace in its high-tech workforce development, according to the most recent analysis by the Milken Institute.


CCST's Cal TAC Initiates STEM Teaching Excellence Program

(12/16/14) The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has awarded a grant to the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) at the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), to help Cal TAC build a new STEM Teaching Excellence Program (STEP) designed to strengthen STEM teaching quality and leadership in California.


Cal TAC Member Recognized as Top 100 Computer Science Educator

(12/15/14) Art Lopez, a member of CCST's California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC), was selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Women & Information Technology as one of the top 100 computer science educators in the US, and participated in a workshop to help launch Computer Science Education Week in Washington, D.C. on December 8 and 9.


Challenges in Choosing a Climate Friendly Electricity System

(10/27/14) California must nearly eliminate emissions from electricity to meet ambitious climate goals for 2050, but each of the primary available technologies for generating emission-free technology has problems and any choice will require concerted planning and early strategic investments, according to a new technical paper by the California Council on Science and Technology.


Information for Critical Issues for California: 2013-2014 CCST Annual Report

(10/10/14) This year CCST has concentrated on issues with significant potential to transform the state: digital education, which means new, untested roles for teachers that offer transformational potential for education; a systems approach to water, with high-quality information provided through a portal that everyone can use; and providing independent and credible information on oil-well stimulation that inform decision-makers efforts to balance good jobs, safety and environmental challenges


CCST Board Member, Senior Fellows to Receive National Honors

(10/10/14) Three leading science and technology figures associated with CCST are to receive the nation's top honors by the National Science Foundation, according to an announcement by the White House. CCST Board Member Bruce Alberts and CCST Senior Fellow Burton Richter will receive the National Medal of Science; CCST Senior Fellow Cherry Murray will receive the National Medal of Technology and Innovation.


With Conclusion of 2013-2014 Legislative Session, Several Water and Greenhouse Gas Related Bills Up for Approval

(9/25/14) The 2013-14 Legislative session concluded on Saturday, August 30 at 3:15 a.m., adjourning more than a day early and with little of the drama of prior years. A number of important science- and technology-related bills were approved by the Legislature this year and await the approval of the Governor.


Digital Education Search Engine Gooru Launched

(9/5/14) Gooru, a search engine dedicated to revolutionize digitally enhanced education, has officially launched after more than two years in development, one of the latest and most comprehensive products designed to help K-14 teachers better navigate the plethora of digitally enhanced education curriculum resources being offered.


CCST and Cal TAC Develop Digitally Enhanced Education Resource Guide

(9/5/14) The California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) and its parent organization, CCST, have released a resource guide that is the culmination of more than two years of investigating digitally enhanced education (DEE), that included two symposia convened by Cal TAC. The guide focuses specifically on assessing the efficacy of digital teaching and learning, assessing what works well, for whom, and under what circumstances.


CCST Releases Report on Well Stimulation Technologies

(8/28/14) CCST has released an independent report that reviews well stimulation technologies, including hydraulic fracturing, used in on-shore oil reservoirs in the state of California. This study was commissioned by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and will inform BLM's oil and gas policies in California. The findings of this CCST report describe current well stimulation activities in California, how, when and where they are currently applied, where they might be applied in the future and how this practice differs from other states.


2013-14 CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows Praised by Legislature

(8/14/14) The fifth cohort of CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows has received formal recognition for their service by the leadership of both the California State Assembly and the Senate, with the Fellows earning praise for their contributions and dedication. "This is a terrific program," said Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, in acknowledging the Fellows who worked with the California Senate this past year.


Former CCST Council Chair Larry Papay Dies

(8/5/14) CCST Board member and former Council chair Larry Papay passed away on July 28, 2014 after a long struggle with Parkinson's disease. He was 77. "Larry was an outstanding, thoughtful, and intelligent leader," said CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood. "His passion, influence, and compassion had a significant impact on CCST. He will be sadly missed."


State Task Force Report Provides Blueprint To Improve STEM Education In California

(7/8/14) California is in a prime position for enhancing science, technology, mathematics, and engineering (STEM) education, and the state needs to do so in order to maintain its leadership in high-tech innovation, according to a report released on June 30 by State Superintendant Tom Torlakson, INNOVATE: A Blueprint for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics in California Public Education.


CCST Briefs Congressional Staff on Water and Education Work

(7/1/14) CCST shared information on two of its projects with Congressional staffers in Washington, D.C. at a luncheon briefing hosted by the California Institute for Federal Policy Research. Both reports, Achieving a Sustainable California Water Future through Innovations in Science and Technology and The Efficacy of Digitally Enhanced Education, were written in response to requests by the California State Legislature.


Call for Literature Submissions Related to Assessment of Well Stimulation Treatments in California

(6/20/14) Pursuant to Senate Bill 4 (Pavley 2013), the California Natural Resources Agency has commissioned the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) to conduct an independent scientific assessment of well stimulation treatments, including hydraulic fracturing, in California. Interested parties are invited to propose relevant, scientific literature for inclusion in the report.


California Takes Careful Step on Road to Automated Vehicles

(5/29/14) The California DMV's release last week of official testing rules for automated vehicles made headlines around the nation. On the one hand, it represents a significant step towards making vehicles with self-driving capabilities a reality on California roads, and presumably elsewhere. On the other hand, the rules demonstrate just how challenging it is to devise a regulatory framework for a technology that is still very much in the early stages of development.


Scripps Research Institute Achieves Milestone with First Artificial DNA Base Pairs

(5/20/14) Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) in La Jolla have succeeded in engineering a life form whose genetic material includes an added pair of DNA bases not found in nature. The specially designed bacterium has demonstrated the ability to replicate the artificial DNA bases normally, marking the first known departure from the two pairs of DNA bases that have served to encode genetic information for all the life that has been known to exist on the planet.


CCST Releases Report on Expanding Biofuels in California

(5/12/14) "Policies for California's Energy Future - Scaling Up Advanced Biofuels" is the second report in a series which analyzes how California can effectively construct a policy framework to help the state meet its ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals over the coming years. The California's Energy Future - Policy (CEF-P) project follows on CCST's landmark California's Energy Future study, which explored the technical feasibility of California reducing its GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 while still accommodating projected growth in its economy and population.


CCST Delivers Roadmap to a Sustainable Water Future for California

(4/9/14) A report from the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released today envisions a path toward a sustainable water future for California achieved through a system management approach utilizing innovations in science, technology and management. Such an approach would rely on currently available and new science and technology, yielding greater efficiencies and opening new sources of supply for managing California water through future multi-year cycles of drought and flooding.


Caltech Astronomers Chart First Moments After Big Bang

(4/4/14) A project which began 13 years ago as an idea conceived by scientists at Caltech and the Jet Propulsion Laboratory has led to the first direct evidence of gravitational waves from 'cosmic inflation' in the moments following the Big Bang. It is the strongest confirmation yet of theories describing the universe's initial period of growth.


Cal TAC Releases New Report on Digitally Enhanced Education Symposium

(3/27/14) The California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) has released the latest in a series of papers discussing the efficacy of digitally enhanced education, exploring what works, for whom, and under what conditions in classroom settings. A CalTAC convened symposium, one in a series supported by the Stephen D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation and the Stuart Foundation, was held on September 13, 2013, at the California Department of Education in Sacramento.


Former Board member Arthur Bienenstock to Advise Startup Developing New Training Technology

(3/14/14) CCST Senior Fellow and former Board member Arthur Bienenstock, Stanford Professor of Applied Physics, Materials Science and Engineering, and Presidential Advisor, has signed on to work with enterprise start-up Morf Media Inc., a company specializing in mobile simulation training.


Lawrence Livermore Marks Significant Step in Fusion Research

(2/28/14) Experiments at the National Ignition Facility (NIF) at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), a CCST federal laboratory affiliate, have for the first time created a fusion reaction which generated more energy than was deposited into the fusion fuel, an order of magnitude improvement in yield performance over past experiments and the first time this result has been achieved anywhere.


Stanford to Collaborate on Stem Cell Genomics Center

(2/14/14) Stanford University will be partnering with the Salk Institute for Biological Studies in the creation of a new Center for Excellence in Stem Cell Genomics, thanks to a $40 million grant from the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine (CIRM). The center will serve as a focus for collaborative efforts between multiple partner institutions.


Four New Council Members Join CCST

(2/7/14) The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) begins its 26th year with the addition of four new Council members, bringing new perspective and expertise from academia, the federal research lab, and the private high-tech sector. "The four new members who join us this year exemplify the diversity of expertise and experiences that make the Council such an effective organization," said CCST Council Chair Corey Goodman.


Fifth Class of S&T Policy Fellows Goes to Work in Capitol

(1/24/14) The fifth class of the California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program has begun work in Sacramento, and the program is planning for the next five years. "We are very proud of the legacy this program is building," said CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood. "The Science and Technology Policy Fellows are a resource unique at the state level, and have demonstrated over the past four years that policymakers value having this sort of S&T expertise available."


CCST Welcomes New Board and Council Chairs

(1/17/14) The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is beginning 2014 with new leadership in both the Board and Council. Effective on January 1, Charles F. Kennel, distinguished professor of Atmospheric Science at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, became CCST Board Chair, and Corey Goodman, managing partner and co-founder of venBio, became Council Chair.


Public Webinar to Discuss CCST's Scientific Review of Oil and Gas Development Technologies in California

(1/9/14) At the request of the Bureau of Land Management (BLM), the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is conducting an independent scientific review of oil and gas development technologies in California. On Thursday, January 16th at 9am PST, CCST will host a public webinar. During the webinar, CCST will discuss the purpose, scope and methodology of the report. The audience will be welcome to ask clarifying questions about the study.


Fresno State Water and Energy Technology Incubator Gateway to Blue Tech Valley

(12/06/13) A collaborative high-tech business incubator in Fresno is opening the door for water and energy technology startups in the San Joaquin Valley, working to build a "Blue Tech" community of water-related companies with a national presence similar to Silicon Valley. The Water, Energy and Technology Center, located at Fresno State University, is designed to help create and sustain an 'ecosystem' that will allow water and energy technology startups to flourish.


NASA Partners with Amazon to Put Climate "Big Data" Online

(11/22/13) NASA is making a large collection of climate and Earth science satellite data available through the Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud in a novel partnership designed to enhance research and educational opportunities nationwide. To date, several terabytes of data from three satellite and computer modeling datasets have been uploaded to the AWS platform, and more will be added in the future.


Amber Mace to Join CCST as Deputy Director

(11/12/13) Effective this month, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has a new deputy director. Dr. Amber Mace, associate director of the UC Davis Policy Institute for Energy, Environment and the Economy, will bring her experience and expertise leading effective science-policy organizations to the CCST team. In addition to providing strategic advice to the executive director and advancing CCST organizational goals, Mace will lead the California Science, Technology and Policy Fellows program, now entering its fifth year.


CCST Releases First Report in California's Energy Future Policy Project

(10/23/13) The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has released the first report in a new series which analyzes how California can effectively construct a policy framework to help the state meet its ambitious greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction goals over the coming years. The California's Energy Future - Policy (CEF-P) project follows on CCST's landmark California's Energy Future study, which explored the technical feasibility of California reducing its GHG emissions to 80% below 1990 levels by 2050 while still accommodating projected growth in its economy and population.


Four California Scientists Honored with Nobel Prizes

(10/11/13) Four faculty members from California institutions have joined the ranks of Nobel Laureates in 2013, sharing prizes in Medicine and Chemistry. The four new Nobel laureates join a long list of distinguished scientists from California institutions to be honored by the Nobel institutes. Counting the new awardees, eighty-nine Nobel laureates were affiliated with California institutions at the time of their award - approximately ten percent of all award recipients.


CCST Honored By Legislature for 25th Anniversary

(09/26/13) The California Legislature has unanimously approved a resolution honoring the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) for its first 25 years of service to California. Assembly Concurrent Resolution 75 (ACR 75) honors CCST for having "successfully represented California's science and technology professions at the highest level and providing independent and objective analyses to the state."


Cal TAC Symposium Examines Efficacy of Digitally Enhanced Education

(09/20/13) Cal TAC brought together education leaders from around California earlier this month to discuss what current research says about the effect of digital teaching and learning platforms, tools, programs and resources. "The role of information technology has shifted from that of an enabler to that of a transforming culture," said keynote speaker CCST Senior Fellow Mohammad Qayoumi, president of San Jose State University.


CCST Senior Fellow Brings Science to Fiction

(09/19/13) CCST Senior Fellow Art Chester has years of experience both as a research scientist and as a manager in a major private research facility. His experience in both the research and research management communities has helped shape an understanding of the importance of bridging the communications gap between specialists and the general community. Chester is using this experience as a foundation for his new writing ventures.


Annual Report 2013: A Policy for Growth

(09/5/13) California is a state built on ingenuity. In both the public and private sectors, we are trendsetters and national leaders. Despite years of serious state budget shortfalls, California still leads the nation in a number of innovation related indices, such as total research and development expenditure and patent registrations. In 2012, our state attracted over 53% of the nation's venture capital investment. Clearly California has many of the right conditions to encourage and sustain high-tech innovation and economic growth.


California Economic Data Portal Launched

(08/23/13) The California Business Roundtable announced the launch of a new interactive online resource for accessing and filtering state-specific economic data. The new site allows users to access employment data by region as well as by demographics and industry sectors. The portal is intended to more easily integrate data from multiple sources and permit a closer understanding of regional trends and variations.


JPL Partners with DWR to Scan Levees from the Sky

(07/03/13) California's Department of Water Resources (DWR) has turned to a trial partnership with NASA to assist in monitoring the vast stretches of levees protecting the Sacramento Delta. The project, "Monitoring Levees and Subsidence in the Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta", demonstrated over a three-year period that an airborne radar system is capable of accurately detecting movement and seepage in the levees, allowing DWR to pinpoint and address potential structural problems before they become serious.


California Legislature to Recognize National Academy of Sciences Sesquicentennial

(06/22/13) California is acknowledging the National Academy of Science's sesquicentennial anniversary with a resolution recognizing the service and contributions of the Academies. "The Legislature takes great pleasure in honoring the National Academy of Sciences for its 150 years of commitment to providing unbiased, peer-reviewed advice on science, technology, and medicine to our nation," says the resolution.


CCST Council Meeting: Taking a Closer Look at China

(06/07/13) The June CCST Council meeting focused on the impact that China's quest to become a global science, technology and innovation leader will have on California, and the global community as a whole. The dinner speaker, Tai Ming Cheung, is the director of the Institute on Global Conflict and Cooperation (IGCC) at UC San Diego. IGCC studies a wide range of topics involving the security, environmental, and economic policies that shape our ability to prevent conflict and promote cooperation, including through nontraditional connections between and across disciplines and institutions. The Council dinner was paired with an international forum co-hosted by CCST and the California Chamber of Commerce.


CCST Report Examines Role of Biofuels in California's Energy Future

(05/31/13) CCST has released the seventh and final report in its California's Energy Future (CEF) project, "California's Energy Future: The Potential for Biofuels". The CEF project seeks ways the State could meet the mandated reductions of the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050, exploring possible energy strategies for California through in-depth examinations of different technology scenarios.


Reinventors Round Table Focuses on Higher Education

(04/26/13) On April 18, a virtual roundtable in the "Reinventors" series was held on how to tackle intractable problems in higher education. The Reinventors virtual roundtables are a series of online conversations among top innovators about how to "fundamentally reinvent America" with an eye to leveraging new paradigms made possible by advances in technology. Topics have ranged from regulation to government bureaucracy to adaptive cities.


CCST Council Member Katherine Yelick Honored by ACM Council on Women

(04/16/13) CCST Council Member Katherine Yelick has been honored by the Association for Computing Machinery's Council on Women, which has named her the 2013-2014 Athena Lecturer. Yelick, a Professor of Electrical Engineering Computer Sciences at UC Berkeley and also the Associate Laboratory Director for Computing Sciences at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, is being honored for her work in parallel programming.


Oceanographer at Gordon & Betty Moore Foundation Helps Charts Course Towards Good Science Policy

(04/05/13) Jon Kaye, who was recently recognized with a profile by The Oceanography Society, is not your typical oceanographer. He has left the traditional academic path for the world of philanthropy and public policy, helping the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation work to facilitate better science and technology related policy in California.


Calit2 to Build High-speed Network for 'Big Data'

(04/02/13) Researchers in the UC San Diego division of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) are using a $500,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to build a high-performance digital network capable of carrying more than twenty times the bandwidth of the current research network.


CCST Council Member Named President of KAIST

(02/21/13) CCST Council Member Sung-Mo "Steve" Kang has been appointed the new president of the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST), Korea's leading technology school. Kang's four-year term is scheduled to begin on February 23. Kang has served on the CCST Council for three years. He was about to begin a second three-year term when his nomination to KAIST forced him to step down from the Council.


CCST Guide to 2013 State of the Union

(02/14/13) This year's State of the Union address focused on topics such as energy, climate change, and science and math education. The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) provides resources directly related to these issues with a focus on how they impact California. Here, we list a selection of excerpts from President Obama's address together with links to CCST work that has addressed these issues.


Cal TAC Briefs Legislators in D.C. on Digital Education Work

(02/01/13) A delegation from the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) spent three days in Washington, D.C. last week, introducing Cal TAC as an organization dedicated to strengthening STEM teaching and learning throughout California, and briefing Senate staff and Congressional members about their current work on digitally enhanced education.


CCST Senior Fellow David Okrent Dies at 90

(01/28/13) CCST Senior Fellow Dr. David Okrent, Professor Emeritus of Engineering and Applied Science at the University of California, Los Angeles and world renowned nuclear physicist and expert on nuclear reactor safety, died at his home in Los Angeles on December 14, 2012, after a sudden illness.


San Jose State University Launches Online Course Program

(01/18/13) San Jose State University has announced a partnership with an online education startup to offer low-cost online classes for credit. The experimental pilot project marks the first significant foray into online education for the California State University system, and could be the harbinger of a paradigm shift in higher education in California.


Newly Appointed S&T Policy Fellows Arrive in Sacramento

(01/10/13) The California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program has placed its fourth consecutive group of fellows in the California state legislature, continuing to build on a growing legacy of making S&T expertise available to lawmakers in a way most states do not have. The CCST program is modeled on a similar one run by AAAS in Congress for decades; four years after its inception, the California S&T Policy Fellowship remains the only state-level program of its kind.


Curiosity Rover Adds to Dual JPL Legacy of Exploration and Education

(12/14/12) Four months after landing on the red planet, NASA's largest-ever Mars rover, Curiosity, is fully functional and writing the latest chapter in a story of exploration that the Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) has been building for decades.


New CEF Report Examines California's Building and Industrial Efficiency

(11/30/12) CCST has released the sixth publication in its California's Energy Future project, "California's Energy Future: Building and Industrial Efficiency". The CEF project focuses on exploring possibilities for California's energy strategy through the coming decades, seeking ways the State could meet the mandated reductions of the state's greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions to 80 percent below 1990 levels by 2050.


UC Davis Institute Focuses on Energy and Environmental Policy

(11/16/12) A new initiative at the University of California, Davis is promoting collaborative engagement between University researchers and policy-makers to help better inform energy and environmental policy. The Policy Institute for Energy, Environment, and the Economy was created earlier this year to bring to bear expertise at the University of California and other research institutions to help inform state, federal and international policy in the areas of energy, climate, transportation, and ecology.


AAAS Issues Statement on Labeling of Genetically Modified Foods

(11/1/12) The American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) issued a statement on October 20 on the labeling of genetically modified foods, stating that there is no scientific evidence to justify efforts to mandate labeling of genetically modified (GM) foods for consumers.


Integrating Digital Media into Teacher Preparation: Cal TAC Summit Report

(10/26/12) A new summary report has been released detailing the proceedings of a June 2012 summit on integrating digital media into teacher preparation in California. The summit, convened by the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC), brought together science and math teachers, university faculty, philanthropists, and technical experts to develop a strategy for steering digital media and education in the right direction and explore various pilot programs already underway in the state.


Innovation and Entrepreneurship, from Existing Data

(10/12/12) A successful culture of innovation depends as much on enabling entrepreneurship as on the ideas themselves, according to CCST Council Member Atul Butte, who spoke at the October Council meeting.


Reducing Greenhouse Gas Emissions by 2050: California's Energy Future

(09/21/12) CCST has released the next report in the California's Energy Future (CEF) series, which focuses on exploring possibilities for California's energy strategy through the year 2050. Portraits of Energy Systems for Meeting Greenhouse Gas Reduction Targets examines a variety of scenarios for reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.


CCST Annual Report 2011-12: Big Data, Big Future

(09/07/12) An important key to California's future - economic, technological, and social - is information. Research indicates that analyzing large data sets is rapidly becoming a key basis of competition, underpinning new waves of productivity, growth and innovation. This genuinely is the beginning of a new information age. We have been hearing about the 'information age' for so long that the phrase has become trite. Nonetheless we are reaching a point where the knowledge available to us has exceeded our ability to easily grasp it.


CCST Conducting Water Technology Survey

(08/24/12) CCST is seeking input from water experts on the future of California's water plans. Through the use of an on-line survey CCST is working to identify innovative technology and/or system approaches that can be used in California within the next five to ten years to help address challenges in managing finite water resources in the face of future uncertainties such as population growth and climate change. The surveys are due by September 17.


California Legislature Recognizes Science and Technology Policy Fellows

(08/17/12) The 2011-2012 group of California Science and Technology Policy Fellows has received acknowledgments from both the Assembly and the Senate, marking the program's third year of success. "Each of these men and women have brought a vital body of knowledge and experience, and have shared with us their insights on crucial policy issues ranging from energy to agriculture," said Assembly Speaker Pérez.


JPL Steers Mars Rover from Pasadena to Martian Surface, And Beyond

(08/09/12) This past Sunday, August 5, people around the world watched closely as the Mars Curiosity rover executed a complex and unprecedented landing procedure to arrive safely on the Martian surface. But no one was watching more intently than the more than 1400 scientists and engineers in the Mission Support Area at NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, which erupted into jubilant cheers as the rover transmitted confirmation that it had landed without a hitch.


California Trailblazer Sally Ride Left Legacy of Dedication to Science Education

(07/27/12) When astronaut Sally Ride, the first American woman in space, passed away this week at 61, she left behind a decades-long legacy of commitment to the science and technology community that resonates deeply in the California communities where she lived and worked. "I was privileged to know Sally Ride," said CCST Council Member Julie Meier Wright. "She was a true American pioneer in space and in science."


CCST Releases Summary of Cal TAC Digital Media Workshop

(07/20/12) Using digital media to improve teaching and learning is essential to the classrooms of the 21st century. However, many challenges must be overcome in order to fulfill the potential of digital education in California, as the members of the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) discussed in a recent meeting.


CCST, CSUSB Lead STEM Task Force

(06/29/12) CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood is co-chairing the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Task Force force with Herb Brunkhorst, Chair of the Department of Science, Mathematics, and Technology Education at California State University, San Bernardino, in a bid to develop a blueprint on how to improve teaching, learning, and equal access to STEM-related courses and careers for students in kindergarten through grade twelve.


UC Santa Cruz Engineering Students Tackle Real-World Design Challenges

(06/07/12) Ensuring that California's education institutions, research labs, and industries work collaboratively is important to translate the state's research into products that generate jobs for Californians. A new program at in the Baskin School of Engineering at UC Santa Cruz offers students an opportunity to work with companies including, Oracle, Texas Instruments, Applied Materials, and Corning Glass, developing functional prototypes of products for class credit.


Council Meeting to Feature Screening of College Access Documentary

(06/01/12) CCST's June Council meeting will feature a special presentation, a private screening of the award-winning feature-length documentary "First Generation," narrated by Golden Globe nominee Blair Underwood. The film tells the story of four California high school students - an inner city athlete, a small-town waitress, a Samoan warrior dancer, and the daughter of migrant field workers, who set out to break the cycle of poverty and bring hope to their families and communities by pursuing a college education.


CCST Releases Updated Overview of Digitally Enhanced Education in California

(05/17/12) CCST has released a new overview on the status of digitally enhanced education in California in a two-volume report that covers the specifics of California's digital education landscape and policies. "In the arena of virtual schools and online learning, a lack of consistent vision, combined with a complex educational code, have left the state uncharacteristically behind the curve," notes Volume 1 of the report. "California needs to clarify its vision for digitally enhanced education, apply it consistently, and begin asking forward-thinking questions again."


Report Raises Significant Concerns about State Corrections Investment in Technology to Block Contraband Cell Phone Use at Prisons

(05/08/12) The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released a report today advising the State of California to use security screening systems, similar to those in airports, in state prisons before investing millions in untested technology intended to block calls by inmates from contraband cell phones.


Livermore Valley Open Campus Builds Research Partnerships for the Future

(04/27/12) The Livermore Valley Open Campus is an open, unclassified research and development space intended to foster research on current and future national security challenges that require increased coupling to the private sector. Although years away from the ultimate capacity of the campus, the first facilities are already in use and open for business.


Air Resources Board, CCST Launch Online Climate Change Research Database

(04/19/12) The California Air Resources Board (ARB) and the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) have unveiled a public database of climate change research projects and programs taking place in California, focusing on projects or programs receiving federal funding. The California Climate Change Research Database includes research in a wide range of fields, including air quality, alternative energy sources, energy efficiency, climate change over time, and the impact of climate change on the ecosystem and biodiversity.


CCST Releases New Energy Futures Report: Renewable Energy and Carbon Capture

(04/12/12) CCST has released a new publication as part of the California's Energy Future (CEF) project. "Electricity from Renewable Energy and Fossil Fuels with Carbon Capture and Sequestration", the fourth report in the CEF publication series, examines electricity generation through fossil fuel combustion with CO2 capture and sequestration ("fossil/CCS") - a process that removes as much carbon as possible from major emissions sources such as power plants, and stores it in deep geological formations.


A Different Approach to Digitally Enhanced Education

(04/06/12) Harnessing the increasing capacity of advanced information and digital technologies to improve all levels of learning and education has become a goal for many in the education system at the local, state, and national level. However, finding the best ways for the education system to take advantage of rapid and significant advances in information technology has proven to be a challenge. Former Google executive Prasad Ram has suggested that the best way forward may lie in an innovative community-based approach, leading to a novel web-based system, Gooru, intended to revolutionize digitally enhanced education around the world.


Getting to the Heart of Biometric Data

(03/30/12) The increasing ability to track, store, and analyze biometric data has offered many possibilities for those interested in monitoring their own health. At Calit2, numerous projects are underway exploring the potentials that inexpensive, ubiquitous biosensors offer. For Calit2 UCSD Division Director Ramesh Rao, the exploration has been both professional and personal, as he has applied rigorous analysis of his own biometric data to his performance in running, yoga, and meditation.


F. Sherwood Rowland Leaves Legacy of Dedication That Goes Beyond Nobel Prize-winning Research

(03/22/12) CCST Senior Fellow F. Sherwood Rowland, who passed away on March 10 at age 84, was known for many significant accomplishments. A founding professor of the Chemistry Department at UC Irvine, he was a widely acclaimed scientist who won a Nobel Prize for demonstrating that chlorofluorocarbons damage and could destroy the Earth's ozone layer. But Rowland was also known for his sense of social responsibility and a passionate dedication to education.


CSU Partners with PhysTEC to Boost California Science Teacher Production

(03/15/12) California's perennial shortage of qualified science teachers is nothing new. Despite focused efforts by UC and CSU to increase teacher production, however, demand continues to exceed supply of qualified science and math teachers. It is to help address this problem that the American Physical Society is proposing a systemwide partnership with CSU, aimed at assisting the CSU in reaching its goal of producing 1,500 science teachers a year over the next decade.


Inter-institutional Water Management Project Receives Partnership Award

(03/09/12) The Federal Laboratory Consortium - Far West Region has awarded the 2011 Outstanding Partnership Award to a multi-institutional collaboration including NASA Ames Research Center, California State University-Fresno, California State University-Monterey Bay, and the University of California, as well as the California Department of Water Resources. The project, "Water Management in California: A NASA-CDWR Partnership," uses cutting-edge technology to help assess water demand for agricultural irrigation.


Calit2 Director Sees Healthcare on Cusp of Breakthrough

(03/01/12) Physicist and supercomputer expert Larry Smarr is known for big, forward-thinking ideas about the future needs of scientific research. The initiator of an unsolicited NSF proposal that led to the creation of five supercomputer centers, Smarr has been directing the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) since its inception in 2000. Lately, however, he has been making headlines for a different vision: the transformation of his own healthcare.


CCST Adds New Council Member, Senior Fellows

(02/23/12) At the February Council meeting, CCST announced its changes in membership for the new year, with Atul J. Butte, M.D., Ph.D. Associate Professor of Medicine (Biomedical Informatics) and Pediatrics at the Stanford Center for Biomedical Informatics Research joining the Council. "We are pleased to welcome Atul to the Council," said CCST Council Chair Miriam John. "His research is at the nexus of information technology and advanced medical diagnostics and therapeutics - areas that contribute to both the intellectual and economic vibrancy of the state of California.


Presidential Science Advisors Benefit from CCST Policy Fellow Alum

(02/16/12) The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is one of very few state-level organizations in the nation designed to offer expert advice to the state government and to recommend solutions to science and technology-related policy issues. There are some issues however which need to be addressed at a national, rather than state, level. One alumna of the CCST S&T Policy Fellows program has been learning exactly what the differences are between the two.


Mobile Technologies Revolutionizing Biomedical Research

(02/10/12) Mobile technologies are likely to have a profound impact on health care and biomedical research, according to Robert Kaplan, Director of the Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research (OBSSR) at the NIH and NIH Associate Director for Behavioral and Social Sciences Research. "This is an emerging trend that's become apparent across many areas of research," Kaplan told the CCST Council in his address on February 7. "We've come to realize that electronic devices are going to revolutionize clinical care, bringing the laboratory to the people."


California Teacher Advisory Council Explores Digital Education with iPad Workshop

(02/08/12) On Tuesday the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) took an important step in exploring the possibilities of digitally enhanced education directly thanks to Computer-Using Educators (CUE), which hosted a workshop on using iPads. "Cal TAC has been eager to connect with CUE to help bring digital education to the forefront of California," said Cal TAC Chair Brian Shay, a Secondary Mathematics Teacher at the Canyon Crest Academy in San Diego. "These iPads are just the beginning of expanding our teachers' knowledge base of digitally enhanced education."


Board Member Bruce Darling Named Executive Officer of NAS and NRC

(02/02/12) CCST Board member Bruce Darling, vice president for laboratory management at the University of California, has been selected as Executive Officer of the National Academy of Sciences and the National Research Council. Darling will transition to his new position over the next several months. "I cannot think of a better choice for the position of Executive Officer," said CCST Board Chair Karl Pister.


Council Member Funds New Autism Institute

(01/26/12) Parents of autistic children often have trouble finding suitable schooling and treatment providers for their children, and are left perplexed and exhausted by managing all of the separate services for their children's care. CCST Council member, Fariborz Maseeh, was one such parent. When he wasn't able to find the combination of services that his son required, he took a different approach, founding a new school dedicated to the education and treatment of children with autism.


California Energy Futures Project Member Wins Fermi Award

(01/19/12) Nobel laureate Burton Richter, a member of the CCST California's Energy Future (CEF) team and lead author of the 2011 CEF subreport on nuclear energy, has been awarded the Enrico Fermi Award, one of the nation's most prestigious science awards, in recognition of his eminent career in particle physics and his notable contributions in energy and public policy.


Former Cal TAC Member Brings Classroom Experience to Nation's Capitol

(01/12/12) Successful education reform, particularly in STEM disciplines, (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), has been a major concern both for California and the nation in general. The gap between education policy and practice can, however, at times be significant. For educator Peg Cagle, a former member of the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC), this is a gap that needs to be addressed at every policy level.


Policy Fellows Bring S&T Expertise to Legislature

(01/05/12) As 2012 gets underway, lawmakers in Sacramento are returning to confront the difficult fiscal challenges of the State. In addition they will continue to navigate California's ever-evolving science and technology related policy issues. Thanks to a small group of dedicated experts, they have a little extra help. The California Science and Technology Policy Fellowship program is in its third year, and has placed ten professional scientists in yearlong appointments in the California state legislature.


CCST Releases Studies on Waste-to-Energy Technologies and Transportation Energy Use

(12/15/11) CCST has released two separate studies related to energy use and emissions in California. "Transportation Energy Use in California" is part of the California's Energy Future group of projects, which is designed to help inform the decisions California state and local governments must make in order to achieve California's ambitious goals of significantly reducing total greenhouse gas emissions over the next four decades. The transportation study shows how a combination of electrification and increase in vehicle efficiency could significantly lower emissions from this sector.

The second report, "Waste-to-Energy in California: Technology, Issues, and Context," is a document designed to serve as a starting point for discussions concerning the conversion of post-recycled urban-derived biomass and municipal waste to energy. The report concludes that waste-to-energy technologies could have positive environmental impacts in California.


Cell Phone Safety Study Suggests No Risk of Cancer

(10/29/11) A major study in Denmark found no increased risks of cancer among cell phone users, suggesting that there is little evidence that exposure to cell phones is related to tumors of the central nervous system. The study, however, is unlikely to settle the ongoing public policy debate over the safety of electromagnetic emissions from wireless devices.


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