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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 […]
21st Century Conversations: CCST Convenes Maker Space Stakeholders Throughout California
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In April this year, CCST released a roadmap to help California Community Colleges grow a network of makerspaces, communal, interdisciplinary spaces which are empowering open-ended learning throughout the nation. This month, CCST brought the conversation home with a series of regional symposia designed to take the information in the report to the next level. “The InnovationMaker3 Symposium Serieswas […]
Science and Security: May CCST Meeting Brings Federal Laboratories Into Focus
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Federal laboratories are an important part of California’s science and technology capabilities and infrastructure. One of them, Sandia National Laboratory California, hosted the May 26th CCST Council meeting, at which CCST Council members were presented with cutting-edge technology and innovations from Federal researchers. “The Federal labs provide critically important know-how and highly specialized expertise for […]
Berkeley Lab’s Cyclotron Road Program Gives an Entrepreneurial Boost to Innovation
Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory’s (Berkeley Lab) Cyclotron Road program launched just two years ago with a mission: to help move cutting-edge technologies from the lab to market. Now the program has selected its second cohort of innovators, while the first cohort has begun receiving national acclaim. “Our mission is to identify the best and brightest […]
Cal State LA’s NASA Careers Program Taking Underrepresented Students to New Heights
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One year ago, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL) and California State University, Los Angeles (Cal State LA) gave 13 underrepresented undergraduate and graduate students an opportunity to literally shoot for the stars. Earlier this May, these students shared the initial fruits of this new career development program. A $5 million grant from NASA’s Minority University […]
CCST Releases Roadmap for Engaging California Community Colleges and Makerspace Movement
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CCST has released a report intended to help inform the growth of a statewide network of makerspaces linked to California Community Colleges as a key partner in developing a workforce for the innovation economy. Promoting Engagement of the California Community Colleges with the Maker Movement is a guide to develop a sustainable network which aligns with the […]
Riverside Selected as Home for $366 Million California Air Resources Board Facility
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Riverside has been selected as the new site for the California Air Resources Board (CARB) motor vehicle and engine emissions testing and research facility, a decision that will bring a $366 million facility and more than 400 high-tech jobs to Riverside. One of the goals of the facility is to be a National and International […]
MBARI Makes Digital Deep-Sea Guide Public, Providing Unprecedented Access to Ocean Images
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The Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute (MBARI) has been recording underwater video with remotely operated vehicles for over 25 years. Its ever-growing library of underwater footage, which now exceeds 24,000 hours, has long been a tremendous resource for researchers. The challenge, however, has always been to comb through the vast data set for relevant images. […]
CalTAC Alumna Guides Middle School Water Guardians to Success
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A group of girls from Washington Middle School in La Habra has been making waves with their plans for helping schools to save water. The Water Guardians have been recognized for their outstanding service and dedication at the district, city, and state levels, and their message of conservation continues to find widespread support at each […]
After Four Decades, Program Spearheaded by Caltech Proves Einstein Right and Makes History
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When Einstein announced his theory of relativity in 1915, he rewrote rules for space and time which had stood unchanged since the days of Sir Isaac Newton, transforming theoretical physics and astronomy. Over the decades which followed, one aspect of the theory remained unobserved: the existence of gravitational waves. That changed on September 14, 2015, […]
Annual Report 2015: Letter from CCST Board Chair
Charles F. Kennel. CCST Board Chair
As Board Chair, I’ve been proud to work with fellow Board members to shape a proactive agenda for CCST that addresses critical issues for the State of California. I’m enormously grateful to the many donors who’ve chosen to support our work. Their support sustains our growth enabling CCST to fulfill our core mission such as […]
Enter the California State Legislature: Introducing Our 2016 CCST Science Fellows
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A new year means new beginnings. And for ten highly accomplished scientists and engineers, 2016 will mean a year of public service and leadership training in the California State Legislature. I am thrilled to introduce to everyone the 2016 Class of our CCST Science & Technology Policy Fellowship! Our latest Fellowship cohort hail from as far away as Chicago […]
CCST Senior Fellow Chuck Shank Receives Enrico Fermi Award
Charles “Chuck” Shank, CCST Senior Fellow and former director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, has been named as a recipient of the Enrico Fermi Award. The Fermi Award has been presented to outstanding scientists since 1956 in recognition of “distinguished achievement, leadership, and service related to all basic and applied research, science, and technology” […]
California Council on Science and Technology and Berkeley Lab Release Scientific Assessment of Hydraulic Fracturing in California
SACRAMENTO – In collaboration with the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (Berkeley Lab), the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) today released a peer-reviewed independent scientific assessment that discusses how hydraulic fracturing and acid well stimulation could affect water, atmosphere, seismic activity, wildlife and vegetation, and human health in California. The report also identifies knowledge […]
CCST Releases Report on Past, Present, and Potential Future of Well Stimulation in California
The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released the first volume of an independent scientific assessment today on well stimulation in California, including hydraulic fracturing. This volume describes how and where operators deploy these technologies for oil and gas production in the state, and where the technologies might enable production in the future. The […]
CCST Paper Finds that California Needs to Resolve Regulatory Uncertainties Surrounding Carbon Capture and Storage
Carbon capture and storage (CCS) is potentially important for advancing California’s energy future and climate goals, but deploying the technique depends in part on resolving regulatory uncertainties, according to the latest paper in CCST’s California’s Energy Future – Policy series. “Almost all solutions developed by the California’s Energy Future project to meet 80% reductions in […]
Council Chair Emeritus Miriam John Receives Navy Superior Public Service Award
CCST Council Chair Emeritus Miriam E. John received the Navy Superior Public Service Award yesterday in recognition for her “extraordinary service to the Navy.” It is the highest award that the Chief of Naval Operations can bestow on a civilian and recognizes significant contributions to the Naval Services. John received the honor in recognition of […]