Beyond California

President Obama Appoints CCST Senior Fellow Maxine Savitz to PCAST
On April 27, during remarks at the National Academy of Sciences, President Barack Obama announced the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). Among the newly appointed members was CCST Senior Fellow Maxine Savitz, retired general manager of Technology Partnerships at Honeywell Inc. and Vice President of the National Academy of Engineering. “This […]
The AAAS S&T Policy Fellowship: 35 Years of Science and Policy
In 1973, a small pilot program placed seven fellows with scientific backgrounds in congressional offices, in an effort to make their expertise available to policymakers facing increasingly technical legislative issues. Over three decades later, the number has ballooned to over 150 Fellows, and demand for the Fellows is stronger than ever. For 35 years, the […]
CCST Council Member Peter Cowhey Picked as Counselor for US Trade Representative
The new administration of President Barack Obama has invited CCST Council member Peter Cowhey to serve as a member of the senior leadership team at the Office of the United States Trade Representative (USTR). Cowhey will serve as Senior Counselor to the U.S. Trade Representative on strategy and negotiations. Peter F. Cowhey is the Qualcomm […]
NRC Report Recommends Expansion of Professional Science Masters Programs
Professional Science Master’s (PSM) degree programs, a recently designed range of hybrid degrees intended to combine graduate science training with business skills, merit further support and expansion, according to a recent National Research Council (NRC) report by the Committee on Enhancing the Master’s Degree in the Natural Sciences. The report drew in part upon the […]
NAE Identifies Engineering Challenges for 21st Century
The National Academy of Engineering (NAE) has identified fourteen priority areas awaiting engineering solutions in the 21st century. The list of “Grand Challenges for Engineering” was selected by a group of 18 experts from academia and private industry. The committee was chaired by former Defense Secretary William Perry, currently an engineering professor at Stanford University. […]
CCST Testifies at Congressional Hearing on Education
On Friday, September 21, CCST Board Member Warren Baker, President of Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo, and CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood testified before the U.S. House Education and Labor Sub-Committee on Higher Education, Lifelong Learning, and Competitiveness at a hearing held as part of the Competitiveness Crisis Council Summit at Cal Poly Pomona. The […]
NSB Draft Report Offers National Roadmap to Address STEM Education Woes
The National Science Board (NSB) has released a draft report of a long-awaited plan to address challenges with science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The report’s findings resonate strongly with CCST’s recent work on science and math teacher preparation in California and with its recommendations for a California response to similar issues raised in […]
National Academies, CCST Partnered on State S&T Advice Convocation
The National Academy of Sciences, the National Academy of Engineering, the Institute of Medicine, the National Association of Academies of Science, and the California Council on Science and Technology co-sponsored a convocation on science and technology policy at the state level. The convocation, State S&T Policy Advice: Issues, Assets, and Opportunities,was held at the Arnold and […]
National Research Council Takes Another Look at Master’s Degree
The NRC’s Board on Higher Education and Workforce has begun a 12-month project to develop a guide for enhancing professional education at the master’s degree level in the natural sciences in response to the needs of employers in industry and, to the extent possible, in government, and non-profits. The committee, chaired by former National Science […]
Senator Feinstein Cites CCST Report in Support of Innovation Legislation
Senator Dianne Feinstein cited CCST’s Critical Path Analysis of California’s Science and Mathematics Teacher Preparation System yesterday in a statement of support for a bipartisan measure to strengthen federal investments in educational opportunities for math, science, engineering and technology. “America’s economy is fueled by innovation, and innovation is enabled by a strong foundation in math and science. […]
CCST Urges Reconsideration of Federal Innovation Legislation
In 2006 several Congressional bills were proposed to improve the United States’ science and technology competitiveness, which ultimately converged in the bipartisan National Competitiveness Investment Act (S 3936). However, despite considerable bipartisan momentum, the bill was not acted upon before the end of the congressional session. CCST has sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy […]
Governor Asks CCST To Develop S&T Strategy
CCST received a request from the Governor asking us to help California respond to the National Academies report, Rising Above the Gathering Storm. The report contains a strong message that the nation’s science and math education and economic environment need serious attention in order to safeguard the future prosperity of the nation. In response, CCST is preparing a […]