Principal Recommendations to the Governor
- Initiate an aggressive "California Campaign for S&T Talent" by creating a highly competitive
environment that attracts and retains top talent in science, technology, engineering, and
mathematics (STEM), both from the U.S. and around the world. This initiative is about
bringing to California the best and the brightest in all fields - including K-12
teaching - and it will require that we both increase our support for K-12 science and
mathematics teachers and reexamine some of the difficult issues of immigration posed by
a post-9/11 world.
- Fully leverage your position with the entertainment industry to make S&T education and
careers the envy of all youngsters across all segments of California's diverse population.
Were you to lead this as a key communications campaign, your influence could generate
enormous enthusiasm, and gain significant traction across a wide range of sectors - from
students across diverse cultural and economic backgrounds, to K-12 teachers and leaders
within higher education, entrepreneurial enterprises and industry.
- Create a Cabinet-level science and technology policy function, similar to the White House
Office of Science and Technology Policy. Doing so would elevate S&T issues to the
place where they rightfully belong - among the highest of priorities in the state - and
help ensure that California remains the most competitive location in the world for S&T
education, research at the frontiers of knowledge, and innovation.
- Make California the most productive place in the world to do research and to innovate
through strategic investments in research that address grand challenges and business-friendly policies that support investments in manufacturing and R&D.
Volume 12, Issue 1, February 2007
The CCST Report focuses on CCST activities and highlights innovative science and technology research and applications in California.