CCST Newsroom

CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood Retires, with Amber Mace Appointed Interim Executive Director
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Susan Hackwood PhD has retired as Executive Director of the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) – an organization she enthusiastically led and strategically steered for 23 years. “It has been a wonderful experience to interact with California’s top scientific talent and allow CCST to highlight and amplify their expertise and contributions to society,” […]
CCST Secures Support for the CCST Science Fellows in the California State Budget
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The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) will receive $350,000 from the State of California in the 2018 state budget for the expressed purpose of sustaining the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program, which trains PhD scientists and engineers to serve as policy analysts in the California State Legislature. The budget line is […]
CCST Report Assesses Specifications for Biomethane in California Common Carrier Pipelines
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Responding to a request from the California State Legislature (Senate Bill 840, 2016), the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has issued the report “Biomethane in California Common Carrier Pipelines: Assessing Heating Value and Maximum Siloxane Specifications.” This independent assessment of scientific and technical information – including a summary report and […]
CCST Hosts Graduate and Postdoc “Science Translators” for Capitol Showcase
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Students are the future source of California’s research competitiveness and policy advice – and student scientists from CCST’s Sustaining Institutions were front and center during CCST S&T Week. As part of its new “California Science Translators Showcase” program, CCST invited 15 talented graduate students and postdoctoral researchers from UC, Cal State, Caltech, and Stanford campuses to practice […]
CCST Publishes New “Field Guide” to Federal Labs Science for California State Leaders
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – A highlight of S&T Week for CCST’s Federal Laboratory Affiliates was CCST unveiling of “Federal Labs & Research Centers Benefiting California” – a new reference publication for state leaders. This impact report highlights policy-relevant research being pursued at California’s DOE and NASA labs, serving as a guide to how CCST and its Federal Laboratory […]
CCST Expert Briefing Shares Community Colleges, Cal State, and UC Makerspace Ideas for STEM Workforce Training
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Community Colleges (CCC) are another one of CCST’s State Sustaining Institutions, and it was fitting that the featured CCST Expert Briefing during S&T Week focused on efforts by the CCC Chancellor’s Office to adapt makerspaces and the Maker Movement for higher education in California. The third in CCST’s recently-introduced series of “Expert Briefings“, the […]
CCST Awards Reception Lauds Science-Informed State Leaders, Celebrates Scientific Innovation in California
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The 2018 S&T Week culminated in the inaugural CCST Leadership Awards and Reception – a shining night of networking and bonding as we formally introduced the 2018 Class of CCST Science Fellows to the Capitol community and unveiled the inaugural recipients of our Leadership Awards. On the night of February 21st at Cafeteria 15L in downtown […]
CCST Science Fellows are Effective Model for Bringing Science to State Government, Says Science Magazine Editorial
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship program was hailed as a strong and effective model for bringing sorely needed science and technology expertise to state legislatures around the country in an editorial written for Science Magazine by Mary Maxon, Associate Laboratory Director for Biosciences at the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and CCST Board Member Bruce Alberts, chancellor’s leadership chair […]
Science Informing California Policy: Legislative Recipients of Inaugural “CCST Leadership Awards” Announced
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature to serve state leaders, is proud to announce the inaugural recipients of its CCST Leadership Awards. “California state legislators have a long history of incorporating scientific advice into their decision-making process, because they understand that California’s […]
Timely Science Explained Clearly at State Capitol: Feb. 20th “Translators Showcase” to Connect California Grad Students with Members, Staff
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has invited 15 talented graduate students and postdoctoral researchers to the California State Capitol to practice a crucial skill: translating science for policymakers. The “California Science Translators Showcase” will take place on Tuesday, February 20th, from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the California State Capitol […]
Celebrating Science in Service to California Policy: CCST to Host Science & Technology Week in State Capitol, Starting Feb. 20th
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The 2018 CCST S&T Week will be anchored by four opportunities open to the Capitol community.
CCST Report Assesses the Long-Term Viability of Underground Natural Gas Storage in California
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has issued the report, “Long-Term Viability of Underground Natural Gas Storage in California: An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information,” along with an executive summary and a summary report. All are available for download at this link. Credentialed media can attend a press call […]
CCST Report Outlines Opportunities for Maker Education in California K-12 Classrooms
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Makerspaces offer intriguing opportunities for K-12 education in California, but challenges remain if they are to be adopted across the state, according to a new report by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). “The Maker Movement and K-12 Education: Current Status and Opportunities for Engagement in California” provides an overview […]
CCST Welcomes New Council Members
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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. “We are delighted to welcome our distinguished new Members to the Council,” said CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood. “CCST’s work is only made possible by the dedication and […]
UC Irvine App Gives Worldwide View of Rainfall
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The recent drought in California has helped demonstrate the importance of understanding rainfall patterns, both here and across the world. Thanks to an innovative app recently launched by a team at UC Irvine, the task has become a little easier. “This app provides a useful alternative to existing measures,” said Soroosh Sorooshian, Director of the university’s Center […]
CCST Senior Fellow Ralph Cicerone Dies
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Ralph J. Cicerone, CCST Senior Fellow and former President of the National Academy of Sciences, died at his home in New Jersey on November 5. He was 73 years old. “Ralph 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 […]
CalTAC Member Art Lopez and Students Present at White House Computer Science Summit
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California Teacher Advisory Council (CalTAC) member Art Lopez is no stranger to participating in national level discussions about computer science. The Sweetwater High School Computer Science teacher has participated in many projects that extend beyond the walls of his school, ranging from the CE21/ComPASS group of San Diego County, including UCSD, SDSU, and the San […]
CalTAC Chair Andy Kotko Receives Presidential Award
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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 was one of four California recipients in 2016, and 213 recipients nationwide. “The recipients of this award are integral to […]
Lawrence Livermore’s iCHIP Project Simulates Human Physiology and Changes the Game
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California is the leading biomedical state in the country, with a biomedical industry that generates more than $100 billion a year. No other state comes close in terms of employment or revenue in this sector. But there are significant costs and obstacles to developing pharmaceutical products for human use, as animal and human trials are costly […]
California Maneuvers to Stay on Cutting Edge of Drone Research
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Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), or drones, represent a cutting edge technology whose potential uses offer a wide range of personal and business applications. As with other technologies, California’s taken steps to ensure that it’s at the forefront of both the research and the legal framework for integrating the new technology into society, as well as […]
UC Berkeley and UC San Diego Explore Engineering Education of the Future through Making
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The University of California Berkeley (UC Berkeley) and University of California San Diego (UC 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 […]