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Applications Now Open: CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship in Sacramento, California
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CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program Places PhD Scientists into Policy Careers Apply to transform your PhD expertise into an impactful science policy career in California. START YOUR APPLICATION  |  Download Fellowship Flyer  |  Download Fellowship Poster SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is now recruiting and accepting applications for the CCST Science & […]
REGISTER: Life as a CCST Fellow: What’s It Like? | Application Q&A
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CCST S&T Policy Fellowship Alums to Discuss the Day-to-Day Life of a Fellow Learn about an opportunity to transform your PhD expertise into an impactful science policy career in California. REGISTER Dec. 13th 11am PT | Download Fellowship Flyer Moving to Sacramento. Adjusting from lab to office. Working in policy. There’s a lot of new […]
Update: Opportunities Open at CCST
Work at CCST California’s most pressing public policy issues require solutions that engage the State’s extraordinary research and innovation enterprise.  CCST is a nonpartisan nonprofit created via the California Legislature in 1988 to provide objective advice from California’s leading scientists and research institutions on policy issues involving science and technology (S&T). Despite California’s rich intellectual […]
Assessing Climate Risk – My Fellowship Year: Like An ‘Inverted Delta’
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As a flowing river runs into a larger, standing body of water like a lake or the sea, it deposits sediment into a triangular shaped wetland known as a delta—most often with a narrow tip at the river opening into the broader end of the open water. Occasionally, this formation can happen in the reverse, […]
CEO Amber Mace Appointed to San Francisco Estuary Institute Board of Directors
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The San Francisco Estuary Institute (SFEI) has announced the appointment of CCST’s CEO Amber Mace, PhD, to their Board of Directors. An environmental science research institute and a non-profit, non-advocacy environmental science consulting firm, SFEI provides independent, objective science and/or science tools or studies to support landscape-scale land use, water quality and environmental monitoring, planning or […]
WATCH: Why Choose the CCST S&T Policy Fellowship?
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Why Choose the CCST S&T Policy Fellowship? Held Mon. Oct. 3, 2022 In this first of three informational webinars, hear directly from current and former CCST S&T Policy Fellows about the ins and outs of the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program, the impact that the program has had on their careers, and the […]
WATCH: Cultivating Data Security Practices in Precision Agriculture
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Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Cultivating Data Security Practices in Precision Agriculture To feed a growing population affordably and in a way that minimizes greenhouse gas production, the farming industry will need to rely on innovative technologies such as precision agriculture. Watch this Expert Briefing to broadly explore the benefits of precision agriculture and the […]
California’s 5th Climate Change Assessment Roundtables
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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The Integrated Climate Adaptation and Resiliency Program at the Governor’s Office of Planning and Research in partnership with the California Council on Science & Technology (CCST) hosted a series of 6 public roundtables to discuss California-specific information and knowledge gaps that will help inform the scope of climate change research conducted as part of California’s Fifth Climate […]
From Biostatistics to Pesticide Policy: Q&A with Natalie Gasca
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What did you study in grad school and why did you decide to go into policy? As part of my biostatistics PhD program at the University of Washington, I investigated ways to use nutritional information from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis—designed to research predictors of cardiovascular disease—to identify heart-healthy diet patterns. I considered ways to […]
Watch: Decarbonizing Transportation with Hydrogen
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Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Decarbonizing Transportation with Hydrogen   How can hydrogen help to decarbonize long haul trucking and transit? Watch our CCST Expert Briefing to learn how hydrogen fuel cells work, how they are being improved, and how hydrogen safety is being evaluated for use in transportation. Held September 8, 2022. Moderator: Gia Vacin […]
Building Bridges: From Bioengineering to Science Policy
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Stephen Cutie, PhD is a 2022 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow placed with the Office of Senator Richard Pan. He earned his PhD in Bioengineering from UC San Francisco and UC Berkeley studying the hormonal switches that regulate heart regeneration across evolution and development. From Miami, Florida, Stephen earned his BS in Biology from […]
Call for Experts: Designing Privacy Standards to Enable Data Sharing during Public Health Emergencies
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is seeking nominations for experts from across the public and private health sectors, as well as academia, who would be interested in participating in an interactive virtual workshop on overcoming the challenges to data sharing presented by stringent privacy standards. Participants will explore solutions for […]
Update (Call Closed): Exploring Alternative Venues for Services Delivery Such as CBOs During a Pandemic Cycle
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Update: This call is now closed. SACRAMENTO, Calif. — CCST is seeking nominations of health and other economists and related experts who would be interested in participating in a working group to explore the economics of alternative venues and personnel, such as community based organizations (CBOs) for services delivery across different phases of the pandemic cycle, such […]
California Policymakers Signify Enduring Value of CCST to the State by Investing in Fellows
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California Invests in CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows Program, Placing PhD-level Scientists, Engineers, and Social Scientists in the Legislature, State Agencies, and Offices of the Governor. SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Approved by the Legislature and signed by Governor Newsom this week, the 2022 California State Budget allocates $10 million for the California Council on Science and Technology’s […]
CCST Workshop Envisions a More Holistic and Inclusive Public Health System Informed by COVID-19 Response
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  SACRAMENTO, Calif.—The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) hosted a workshop with leading public health experts on June 14th and 17th to identify opportunities to strengthen California’s public health system.  Participants were challenged with producing actionable, holistic, and equitable recommendations for policymakers. The workshop was part of the CCST Disaster Resilience Initiative COVID-19 […]
Call for Public Health Perspectives: Forest Health, Wildfire Smoke, and Public Health
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The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and Blue Forest Conservation are seeking nominations of public health experts for a peer-reviewed report on the connections between forest health, wildfire smoke, and public health. CCST’s Costs of Wildfire in California study assessed the economic impacts of wildfire smoke to public and private health systems in the billions […]
Dr. Ishwar K. Puri Appointed to CCST Board of Directors as USC Representative
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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Dr. Ishwar K. Puri, Vice President of Research and Professor of Aerospace and Mechanical Engineering at University of Southern California, has been appointed to the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Board of Directors by University of California President Michael V. Drake, MD. “Today is a big day for CCST and for California,” […]
The Keyword? Adaptability. Making the Career Transition from Science to Policy.
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  The last few months have introduced a lot of new things into my life. I moved from the Midwest, where I had lived most of my life, to California with my partner and our menagerie of animals. I began working nine to five instead of the sporadic hours of an academic. Most notably I […]
WATCH: Decarbonizing with Hydrogen: Challenges and Opportunities
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Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Decarbonizing with Hydrogen: Challenges and Opportunities California has made significant strides in reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, but there remain many challenges to achieving carbon neutrality by 2045. Many experts believe that hydrogen could be key to decarbonizing hard-to-abate sectors like cement and steel production, agriculture, and heavy-duty transportation. As […]
Berkeley Lab’s Carol Burns Appointed to CCST Board of Directors
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SACRAMENTO, Calif.—Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab) Deputy Director for Research and Chief Research Officer Dr. Carol Burns has been appointed to the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) Board of Directors by University of California President Michael V. Drake, MD. “Participation on the California Council on Science and Technology is an important public […]
Watch: Managing Salinity in the California Delta in a Changing Climate
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  Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Managing Salinity in the California Delta in a Changing Climate   The Delta supplies freshwater to two thirds of all Californians, a $50 billion agricultural industry, and critical habitat for many protected species. Increasing drought and sea level rise is making it more challenging for water managers to meet […]