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
CCST Senior Fellow Ralph Cicerone Dies
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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."
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
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
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
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.