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Air Resources Board, CCST Launch Online Climate Change Research Database
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 […]
CCST Releases New Energy Futures Report: Renewable Energy and Carbon Capture
CCST has released a new publication as part of the California’s Energy Future (CEF) project, a study 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. California’s Global Warming Solutions Act of […]
CCST Adds New Council Member, Senior Fellows
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. […]
Mobile Technologies Revolutionizing Biomedical Research
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 […]
Board Member Bruce Darling Named Executive Officer of NAS and NRC
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 […]
Waste-to-Energy Technologies Have Role to Play in California’s Future
The conversion of municipal waste to energy holds potentially significant environmental benefits for California, although more information is needed on real emissions and performance data from operating waste to energy systems in California, according to a CCST report recently presented to the Governor’s office. (Click here to access the report.) “Converting municipal waste to energy […]
‘Innovate 2 Innovation’ Envisions Resurgent California
In a not too distant California future, students experience classrooms as a rich, multimedia virtual concept instead of a physical space. They graduate into a workforce and marketplace that thrives on the seamless, constant conversion of intellectual ability into economic power. Part of that workforce successfully applies the latest technology solutions to ensure water quality, […]
California’s Energy Future: Powering California with Nuclear Energy
A report by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released today examines the potential and challenges in developing enough nuclear power to meet a large fraction of California’s electricity demand in the year 2050. “California’s Energy Future – Powering California with Nuclear Energy” was produced as input to the CCST report, “California’s Energy […]
Report Maps California’s Energy Future to 2050
California Council on Science and Technology Report Looks Ahead to 80 Percent Reduction in Carbon Fuel Emissions from 1990 Level “California’s Energy Future – The View to 2050” looks a generation ahead at what’s required to reach that goal and answers the call of S-3-05, the executive order from 2005 to reduce the state’s emissions […]
CCST SmartMeter Report Released
The final version of “Health Impacts of Radio Frequency from Smart Meters” has been released. This version has been finalized taking into account input and reviews received during the public comment period in January. Comments received as part of this process have also been released. At the request of Assembly Member Jared Huffman (Marin) and […]
CCST Releases Preliminary Assessment of Innovation Ecosystem
California’s innovation ecosystem achieved world leadership in the last century because of its system of higher education, high-talent workforce, advanced technical infrastructure, and enlightened policies. The state must take action if it is to maintain its status as the nation’s high-tech leader, according to a preliminary assessment from CCST. “In the face of a statewide […]
Rollin Richmond Leads Smart Meter Project Team
CCST’s analysis of the safety of smart meters was prepared in a matter of months thanks to the many experts who came together to work on the project under the direction of project team chair and CCST Board member Rollin Richmond, president of Humboldt State University. “It was a pleasure to be part of a […]
CCST’s pHIT Task Force Moves Toward Project Expansion and Phase II Funding
CCST’s Personalized Healthcare Information Technology (pHIT) Task Force has completed a major component of the pHIT pilot study project, gathering all needed input from a four-member Ontology Panel assembled last Spring based on Panel member expertise in oncology, ontology and information technology. The pHIT pilot study focuses on personalized oncology through development of a clinical […]
CCST Releases Summary of Meetings on Trust and Accountability
The October 2010 CCST Council meeting focused on trust and accountability in science and technology. Two summary documents are now available, with overviews of the discussions from October 18 and 19, respectively. “Issues of trust and accountability in science are both timely and long-standing,” CCST Past Chair Charles Kennel said in his opening remarks at […]
Mim John, Peter Cowhey Named New CCST Chair and Vice Chair
Miriam John, former Vice President of the California Division of the Sandia National Laboratories, has been named the new Chair of the California Council on Science and Technology effective January 1. Council member Peter Cowhey has been named the new Vice Chair. “Mim brings to the position a depth and breadth of experience as a […]
Achieving Emissions Goals to be Major Challenge for California, According to CEF Study
California must dramatically overhaul its energy systems if the state is to achieve its ambitious goals of reducing total greenhouse gas emissions to 1990 levels by 2020 and even lower by 2050, according to the California’s Energy Future (CEF) project report being released this fall. “Effective mitigation is going to require that we get down […]
Ontology Panel Advances pHIT Project
CCST’s Personalized Healthcare Information Technology (pHIT) Task Force has completed a major component of the pHIT pilot study project, gathering all needed input from a four-member Ontology Panel assembled last Spring by the pHIT Task Force based on their expertise in oncology, ontology and information technology. The pHIT Task Force is chaired by Ramesh Rao, […]
Innovation Ecosystem Meetings Begin
California State University East Bay President Mohammad Quayoumi hosted the first in what will be a series of meetings exploring aspects of California’s innovation ‘ecosystem.’ The meeting on October 14, “A Call to Action: Advancing California’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Innovation Ecosystem,” brought together industry and education leaders to discuss reinventing K-12 education, […]
pHIT Study Appoints Ontology Panel
CCST’s Personalized Healthcare Information Technology (pHIT) Task Force has assembled a panel of clinical oncologists as part of its pilot study to develop a scalable prototype healthcare decision support system designed to integrate de-identified patient records with genetic/ genomic test results. This system will be built upon an expertly developed personalized clinical ontology for breast […]
A New Way of Doing Business – In Space
This first jointly sponsored CCST and the California Space Authority (CSA) meeting created an opportunity to generate awareness of the burgeoning commercial aerospace industry resident in the Mojave under the auspices of the California Space Port. CSA is a member based enterprise association working closely with stakeholders to facilitate California’s competitiveness and space enterprise vitality […]
Changes in the Innovation Economy
At the February and May 2010 meetings, changes, threats and opportunities in California’s innovation capacity were discussed. The February meeting initiated a dialog on the changing context of innovation in S&T. Excellence in science and engineering is not enough to be a world leader – we need to be more creative, and look to radical […]