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Watch: Building a Resilient Electrical Grid
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  Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Building a Resilient Electrical Grid   How can we increase the resilience of our electrical grid to large scale disruptive events such as extreme weather or malicious attacks? Watch our CCST Expert Briefing to learn more. Held August 25, 2021. Moderator: Assemblymember Chris Holden California’s 41st Assembly District Expert Panelists: Charles […]
Watch: The Future of Gases in a Decarbonized California
  Toward a Disaster Resilient California: The Future of Gases in a Decarbonized California Download the One Pager     How can carbon neutral gases help to both improve California’s resiliency to disasters and meet the State’s climate goals? Join us for a CCST Expert Briefing to learn more. Held August 16th, 2021. Expert Panelists: […]
Reflecting on Our Plan to Promote Equity and Counter Racism
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  Dear CCST Community, Just over a year ago, CCST committed to ensuring our programs are more inclusive, equitable, and fully supportive of our Black colleagues and all other groups of people who have historically been the targets of racism and violence. This included commitments to redefine our core values, integrate a lens of equity […]
Finding Balance: Learning to Let Go of Impossible Standards
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Nichole Holm, PhD, is a 2021 CCST S&T Policy Fellow placed on the Assembly Water, Parks & Wildlife Committee. Nichole’s doctoral research focused on the genetic changes in neurodegenerative disease and the use of genetics in clinical practice. She earned her PhD in Genetics from UC Davis and a BS in Biology from Eckerd College.   […]
Watch: Technologies for Renewable Energy Storage
Toward a Disaster Resilient California: Technologies for Renewable Energy Storage View the One Pager A CCST Expert Briefing held July 20th, 2021 on energy storage technologies that can help improve California’s resiliency to climate change and meet the State’s SB 100 goal of 100% renewable energy by 2045. Expert Panelists: Janea Scott, Moderator Senior Counselor to the […]
Yes, I Belong Here: How To Recognize The Skills And Value You Bring To The Table
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  Bianca L. Gentil, PhD, is a 2021 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow placed in the Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz). Bianca’s PhD research focused on identifying the economic characteristics of resilient prehispanic settlements in the face of economic, ecological, and demographic pressures. She earned her PhD in Anthropology from Penn […]
WATCH: Responding to Wildfires amid Compounding Disasters
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Responding to Wildfires amid Compounding Disasters Held Tues. June 8th   A CCST Expert Briefing on how compounding disasters, like COVID-19 and extreme heat, affect wildfire response in California. Moderated by CCST Executive Director Amber Mace. Expert Panelists: Michael Méndez Assistant Professor, UC Irvine Urban Planning and Public Policy Nicole Meyer-Morse Deputy Director FEMA Consolidated Resource […]
Watch Now: Mitigating Extreme Heat in a Changing Climate
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  Mitigating Extreme Heat in a Changing Climate A CCST Expert Briefing Held Tue. May 18th View the One Pager (PDF) The California Council on Science and Technology hosted a panel discussion with experts on how extreme heat impacts Californians and ways to equitably mitigate this increasingly common climate-related disaster. Presented in partnership with the […]
Report: California’s NASA and DOE Labs Provide Cutting-Edge Solutions Toward Climate, Disaster Resilience
  FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Media Contact: [email protected] SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A new impact report released by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) showcases how NASA field centers and Department of Energy national laboratories in California are leveraging their world class technology and expertise to address climate change, sea level rise, wildfire, COVID-19, drought, and other […]
Day One Project: CCST Proposal Recommends Tracking Health Impacts of Wildfire Smoke for Biden-Harris Administration
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  A new proposal written by experts from the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and Stanford University provides recommendations to reduce disaster costs through better tracking of wildfire-smoke health impacts. According to the proposal, the United States currently does not have a systematic method to track the health impacts and associated costs of […]
New Report Highlights Stories of COVID-19 Response by CCST’s Partner Institutions
  SACRAMENTO, Calif.—A new report released by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) highlights some of the ways in which CCST’s Partner Institutions have rapidly pivoted their resources, expertise, and research efforts toward responding to the COVID-19 pandemic. CCST’s Partner Institutions include eleven of California’s world-class educational and research institutions. The report can […]
CCST Partner Institutions in Action Against COVID-19
Download the Full Report (PDF)   California Responds To The Pandemic       In late 2019, the novel coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) quickly began to spread across the globe and by March 2020, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic. Since then, academic and research institutions across California and the world have leveraged […]
Five Distinguished Leaders in Science, Engineering, Policy, and Philanthropy Appointed to CCST Board of Directors
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  SACRAMENTO, Calif.—As part of a major expansion, the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) is proud to announce the appointment of five new members to the Board of Directors. Distinguished leaders in science, engineering, policy, and philanthropy, these new members bring a diverse set of experiences and expertise to drive CCST’s initiative on […]
From Oil Spills to Energy Bills: My Path from Science to Policy
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Jane Park is a 2021 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow placed with the Assembly Committee on Utilities & Energy. From Northern California, Jane studied multigenerational impacts of crude oil exposure on development in natural fish populations. She earned her PhD in Integrative Genetics and Genomics from UC Davis and a BA in Biological Sciences […]
A message on the rise in anti-Asian violence and discrimination
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  A message from Executive Director Amber Mace delivered to the CCST community: As an organization dedicated to the application of evidence to policy, we denounce the distortions of science and fact perpetuated around COVID-19, which have injected new hatred into longstanding prejudices and scapegoating. We condemn the racist and misogynistic violence perpetrated against members […]
Finding the Right Fit: Taking on Toxic Substances in My Science Policy Placement
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Grant S. Hisao is a 2021 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow placed with the California Department of Toxic Substances Control. Grant earned his PhD in Chemistry from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign studying biological molecules associated with infectious diseases. He conducted postdoctoral research in Biochemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Grant holds a […]
Update: Watch Technological Pathways for Carbon Sequestration in California
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A Virtual CCST Expert Briefing Technological Pathways for Carbon Sequestration in California Held Friday, March 12th 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM (PST) Watch the briefing now and download the one pager (PDF):   Watch our CCST Expert Briefing with experts on technologies to capture and store carbon to meet California’s carbon neutrality goals: Moderator: David Stout […]
Update: The 2022 Application Cycle is Now Closed
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  SACRAMENTO, Calif. | CONTACT: Jeffery Song The California Council on Science and Technology (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.  Applications are Due March 1st. CCST is recruiting and accepting applications for the 2022 Class of CCST Science & […]
CCST Hosts Resilience Workshop Exploring California’s COVID-19 Policy Challenges
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    On February 18th, as part of CCST’s disaster resilience initiative, “Toward a Resilient California,” CCST brought together a group of experts and thought leaders from government, academia, and healthcare for a panel discussion and facilitated workshop about pandemic-related challenges the State is facing, “Exploring California’s COVID-19 Policy Challenges.” The event opened with a […]
Translating Manure Research to Environmental Policy: Q&A with 2021 Fellow Rylie Ellison
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Rylie Ellison is a 2021 CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellow placed on the Senate Committee on Environmental Quality. Originally hailing from Washington State, in her graduate research Rylie developed treatment methods for dairy manure to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and make it a better fertilizer. She earned her PhD in Agricultural & Environmental Chemistry […]
Top Five Lessons Learned: Delivering a Virtual Fellows Training Program During COVID-19
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Jeffery Song is the CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellows Program Manager. In this role, he provides end-to-end administration of all aspects of the Fellowship program, from recruitment and selection to training and coordinating placements. Jeffery worked most recently as a Transportation Policy Postdoctoral Researcher at University of California – Davis. Prior to that, he […]