Press Releases

CCST Releases Summary of Cal TAC Digital Media Workshop
Using digital media to improve teaching and learning is essential to the classrooms of the 21st century. However, many challenges must be overcome in order to fulfill the potential of digital education in California, as the members of the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) discussed in a recent meeting. Cal TAC is a group […]
Report Raises Significant Concerns about State Corrections Investment in Technology to Block Contraband Cell Phone Use at Prisons
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – The California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) released a report today advising the State of California to use security screening systems, similar to those in airports, in state prisons before investing millions in untested technology intended to block calls by inmates from contraband cell phones. (Click here to get the report.) […]
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 […]
‘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 […]
K-6 Teachers and Classrooms Need Stronger Focus on Science
California’s elementary school teachers feel much less confident in teaching science than reading or math, and there is both the need and the potential for significant improvement in elementary school teacher preparation, according to a new report by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST). Currently, 50% of California’s students score at or below […]
CCST Places First California Science and Technology Fellows
The California Council on Science and Technology has awarded the first California Science and Technology Policy Fellowships, placing 10 science and technology advisors to serve one-year terms in the California State Legislature. “CCST’s S&T Fellows Program is an exciting opportunity for both the fellows and the state legislators they will support,” said CCST Council Vice […]
New Science and Technology Policy Fellowship Program Launches
CCST is pleased to announce the launch of a new fellowship opportunity for professional scientists and engineers to spend a year working in Sacramento with the California State Legislature. The California Science and Technology (S&T) Policy Fellowships provide a professional development opportunity that will enable members of the scientific community to contribute to scientific and […]
Proposed Algebra Standard the Right Measure to Meet
Governor Schwarzenegger has proposed a landmark shift in California’s middle school mathematics testing, asking the State Board of Education to test every eighth grader in the state in Algebra I and dispensing with the General Mathematics Test. “The state has been moving towards a goal of preparing every eighth grade student in algebra for some […]
California Faces Critical Shortage of Math and Science Teachers
California faces a persistent and critical shortage of fully prepared math and science teachers and lacks the capacity to produce enough math and science teachers to meet future needs, according to a new report released today by the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST) and the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning. […]
California Not On Track to Meet Demand for Science and Math Teachers
The state is facing a serious shortage of fully prepared science and mathematics teachers, and current efforts to increase the number of trained teachers will not meet demand in the coming years, according to a new study by CCST and the Center for the Future of Teaching and Learning (CFTL). Nearly 40,000 teachers taught at […]
CCST Urges Reconsideration of Federal Innovation Legislation
In 2006 several Congressional bills were proposed to improve the United States’ science and technology competitiveness, which ultimately converged in the bipartisan National Competitiveness Investment Act (S 3936). However, despite considerable bipartisan momentum, the bill was not acted upon before the end of the congressional session. CCST has sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy […]
Shaping the Future: California’s Response to “Rising Above the Gathering Storm”
The California Council on Science and Technology, at the Governor’s request, convened four task forces chaired by corporate leaders to respond to the major recommendations in the National Academies’ report Rising Above the Gathering Storm (October 2005). Those recommendations, presented in a context for California, are: Increase California’s talent pool by vastly improving K-12 science and mathematics […]