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CCST to Host Panels on California’s COVID Response, Cost of Wildfires at NCSE Drawdown 2021
This week, the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE) and Project Drawdown are co-hosting their annual conference around the theme Research to Action: Science & Solutions for a Planet Under Pressure, with a focus on projects that range from local to global. CCST will be holding two panels and participating in an NCSE career […]
Asking the Right Questions: Identifying Racial Disparities in Policy and Research
Asking the Right Questions, by Maria Montchal
Maria Montchal is a 2020 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow who was placed in the California State Senate Environmental Quality Committee. Maria received a PhD in Biological Sciences from UC Irvine. From New Jersey, Maria’s dissertation work focused on understanding how the brain allows us to remember when events occurred. She received a BA in […]
Confronting History: The Racist Myths Behind WWII-Era Chemical Experiments
Confronting History, by Grayson Doucette '20
Grayson Doucette is a 2020 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow who was placed in the California State Senate Committee on Natural Resources and Water. Grayson received a PhD in Materials Science from Penn State University. His dissertation focused on controlling how molecules interact with one another to learn what makes a more efficient next […]
Q&A: COVID-19 Disparities and My Interest in Science Policy
Asid Mehmood Q&A
Asid Mehmood is the Fall 2020 intern for the CCST team. He is a visiting student from UCLA and is currently enrolled in the University of California Center for Sacramento (UCCS) program. Asid is an undergraduate student in UCLA’s Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) program. He is currently majoring in Human Biology and Society and is interested in […]
Update: Applications for 2022 Cycle Closed: CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Program
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CCST is seeking PhD scientists and engineers for a year of public service and government leadership training in the California State Legislature and California state agencies. SACRAMENTO, Calif. | CONTACT: Jeffery Song The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is now recruiting and accepting applications for the 2022 Class of CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows. Completed applications are due […]
Update: Watch the Virtual CCST Expert Briefing on Blue Carbon Sequestration
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Update 12/10: The briefing is now available to watch. Download the CCST One Pager. Held in partnership with the California Ocean Science Trust and the Office of Assemblymember Mark Stone, this briefing discusses the role of blue carbon sequestration in coastal habitats in meeting the State’s carbon neutrality goals. Blue Carbon Sequestration Along California’s Coast […]
CCST Report Assesses the Costs of Wildfire in California
SACRAMENTO, Calif. | FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) has issued the report, “The Costs of Wildfire in California: An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information,” along with an executive summary and one pager. All are available for download at this link: https://ccst.us/reports/the-costs-of-wildfire-in-california-2/. A virtual CCST Expert Briefing for […]
Update: Watch Now – CCST Releases Report on “The Costs of Wildfire in California”
  Update (10/29/20): The report is now available to download: https://ccst.us/reports/the-costs-of-wildfire-in-california-2/ A Virtual CCST Report Release Briefing: The Costs of Wildfire in California Held Thursday, Oct. 29 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM (Pacific) Join CCST for a release and overview of our latest report, “The Costs of Wildfire in California: An Independent Review of Scientific and Technical Information.” […]
Watch: CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Informational Webinar
Now available to watch. Join CCST, current Fellows, and Alumni for an informational webinar and Q&A session on the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship. Applications for the 2022 class open Dec. 1st, 2020. Each year the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program recruits a cohort of fifteen PhD scientists and engineers for a […]
Register Now: CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship Informational Webinar
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REGISTER NOW Each year the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows program recruits a cohort of fifteen PhD scientists and engineers for a year of public service and leadership training within the California State Legislature and Executive Branch. In this webinar, you’ll have the opportunity to learn about the CCST Science Fellows program and how […]
Update: Watch Now – Digital Contact Tracing (Exposure Notification) to Reduce Spread of COVID-19
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Download the one pager: CCST Digital Contact Tracing One Pager Digital Contact Tracing (Exposure Notification) to Reduce the Spread of COVID-19 Held Mon. Sep. 14, 2020 12pm – 1pm WHAT is digital contact tracing (exposure notification)? HOW does it fit into California’s response? WHAT about security, privacy, and equity?   A CCST Expert Briefing discussion moderated by: Assemblymember […]
CCST Seeking Wildfire Experts for Peer Review — Nominations Due Aug. 18th
  Following our earlier call for expertise regarding the CCST study now underway on costs and losses related to wildfires in California, CCST is currently seeking experts to evaluate the report, which characterizes the economic costs and losses that could be considered in a comprehensive accounting of wildfire economic impacts on the state of California. CCST […]
Sharing My Ecology Research with California Legislators
William Ota at the 2020 Science Translators Showcase, Title Card
William Ota is a graduate student at UC Riverside in Evolution, Ecology, and Organismal Biology in the lab of Professor Kurt Anderson and is the Government Relations Committee Chair of UC Riverside’s Center for Science to Policy (S2P). William was a participant in the 2020 CCST Science Translators Showcase, held in the Governor’s Office Council […]
An update on our organizational action plan to promote equity and counter racism
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Ahmaud Arbery. Breonna Taylor. George Floyd. David McAtee. Rayshard Brooks. Their killings have brought viscerally to light again the continued racism and violence toward Black people. Over the past month, we have been reflecting as an organization and as members of our communities to identify what actions we can take to promote equity and counter racism. My CCST […]
Q&A: My Public Health Placement in the Time of COVID-19
Ken McCullough Blog Q&A
Ken McCullough is currently a 2020 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow, part of the first class to include Executive Branch placements. Ken received a PhD in Neuroscience from Emory University. Raised in Arizona, Ken studied the neurobiology of fear and PTSD for his dissertation, then chronic stress, depression and sleep at Harvard. He received […]
NEW DATE: Virtual CCST Expert Briefing on Carbon Sequestration
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  Update 6/25: Video and one pager now available. Natural Pathways for Carbon Sequestration in California Wed. June 24th 2pm – 3pm Join us for a virtual CCST Expert Briefing with a panel of experts including Patty Oikawa (CSU East Bay), Rob Jackson (Stanford), Matthew Potts (UC Berkeley), and Asmeret Berhe (UC Merced) who will […]
POSTPONED: Virtual CCST Expert Briefing on Carbon Sequestration
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Update June 9: In recognition of and to support the grassroots academic movement to #ShutDownSTEM, #ShutDownAcademia, and #Strike4BlackLives on June 10th, CCST has postponed the planned virtual CCST Expert Briefing on Natural Pathways for Carbon Sequestration. The #shutdownSTEM movement calls on those in the academic and STEM communities to stop doing “business as usual” and […]
Measuring the Sierra Snowpack to Predict Water Availability for California
Rae Eaton Snow Survey Blog
Rae Eaton is currently a CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow placed in the California Natural Resources Agency. She received a PhD in Chemistry from the University of Washington, where she researched and developed new tools for scientists studying human diseases such as Alzheimer’s. Rae also holds BAs in Chemistry and Biochemistry from Oberlin College. […]
Taking my Remote Sensing Research to the California State Capitol: My Experience at the 2020 CCST Science Translators Showcase
Krista West: My Experience at the 2020 CCST Science Translators Showcase
Krista West is a first-year San Diego State University/University of California, Santa Barbara Joint Doctoral Program (SDSU/UCSB JDP) student. She earned her B.A. in Geography (and minor in Geological Sciences) from UCSB, and her M.S. in Remote Sensing Intelligence from the Naval Postgraduate School. After about a decade working in the remote sensing community for the […]
2019 Annual Report
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Download our 2019 Annual Report (PDF).   Message from the CCST Board Chair As we continue to evolve the organization and innovate our approach, I’m proud of CCST’s increasing ability to engage its network of experts and deliver actionable science advice to California decision makers. For example, as California faces larger and more destructive wildfires, […]
An update from CCST regarding coronavirus (COVID-19)
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March 18, 2020 | Sacramento, CA Good afternoon, I hope you, your families, friends, and colleagues are doing well in these challenging times. At CCST we are paying close attention to the guidelines and directives coming from our local and State leaders in response to the rapidly-evolving COVID-19 situation. Last week, our Sacramento-based office began […]