CCST Kicks Off “Science & Technology Week” 2019 with “CCST Leadership Awards” at Reception

CCST’s weeklong series of events celebrating ‘Science At Your Service’ begins with a reception tonight announcing the ‘Science in Public Service Award’ recipient Assemblymember Bill Quirk.

SACRAMENTO, Calif. | February 4, 2018 | CONTACT: Sarah Brady, [email protected]

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 recipient of its CCST Leadership Award for Science in Public Service.

This year’s awardee, Assemblymember Bill Quirk, will be recognized during the CCST Science & Technology Week Reception and Leadership Awards Ceremony, Monday, February 4, 2019, 5:00 to 7:00 p.m., at The MiX in Sacramento. The greater Capitol community is invited to attend; RSVP at This event kicks off a week of events, listed below, hosted by CCST at the State Capitol.

Assemblymember Bill Quirk
2019 Science in Public Service Award Winner – Assemblymember Bill Quirk

Science in Public Service Award – California State Assemblymember Bill Quirk
Given to a current or former State Legislative Member or Elected or Appointed Executive Branch leader with training in science or engineering who has gone on to lead a distinguished career in policy and public service or a public servant with a clear track record of focusing on science and technology issues. 

“Last year we established the CCST Leadership Awards to recognize the incredible efforts that California’s public officials are making to bring science-informed decision making to state policy. It is hard to imagine an elected official who is more dedicated to bridging science and policy than Assemblymember Quirk,” said Amber Mace, Interim Executive Director of CCST.

“With CCST’s Science in Public Service Award, we are excited to recognize Assemblymember Quirk’s distinguished achievements not only as an accomplished climate change scientist and public servant – but also as an exceptional mentor and role model to our CCST Science Fellows. Assemblymember Quirk’s leadership and public service have had a lasting impact on the state of California and beyond.”

Upcoming S&T Week Events:


CCST’s “California Science Translators Showcase” will take place on Wednesday, February 6th, from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. in the California State Capitol basement Eureka Room. This event is open to legislative and executive offices, as well as members of the Capitol community. Details and RSVP can be found at


CCST’s Expert Briefing on Emerging Technologies for Real-Time Response to Wildfires will take place on Feb. 7th from noon – 1pm in Capitol Room 3191. Join CCST for a discussion with a team of experts from UC San Diego, UC Berkeley, NASA-Ames/CSU Monterey Bay, and the Moraga-Orinda Fire District who are developing and implementing technologies to provide real-time information on wildfires to emergency responders. *RSVPs have closed and space is limited but a recording will be posted on our website after the event.

About the California Council on Science and Technology

CCST is a nonpartisan, nonprofit organization established via the California State Legislature in 1988. We engage leading experts in science and technology to advise State policymakers – ensuring that California policy is strengthened and informed by scientific knowledge, research, and innovation. Discover how CCST makes California’s policies stronger with science at

About the 2019 CCST Science & Technology Week

Celebrate science at your service! From February 4th through 7th, CCST will host a series of Capitol community events showcasing how science helps inform policies impacting California’s economy, society, and environment. CCST was created by California state leaders to advise California state leaders – come learn what we can do for you. See event details and RSVP at

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