President Barack Obama walks along the Colonnade with John Holdren, Nov. 4, 2010. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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  • Kevin Pearce: "I may never get to stand on the Olympic podium, but:"

    Former competitive snowboarder Kevin Pearce sends a message to the White House email list highlighting the importance of the President's BRAIN Initiative -- and why it's personal for him.

  • PCAST Examines Technology for Targeting Job-Skills Training and Matching Talent to Jobs

    Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter report to the President about opportunities for information technology (IT) to improve the way the labor market works and to help get more people into jobs. The report – which focuses on “middle-skill” workers, people whose jobs require post-secondary training, but not a conventional college degree – describes how IT can be used to enhance interactions among workers, trainers, and employers, and to help boost the performance of the labor market as a whole.

  • Promoting Open Education to Help Teachers and Students Around the World

    At a meeting of the Open Government Partnership at the United Nations, President Obama announced four new and expanded open government initiatives to promote open education, helping teachers and students across the world.

  • Strengthening Safety and Security across the U.S. Life Sciences Research Enterprise

    Research and discoveries in the life sciences have expanded our understanding of the natural world and led to major advances in medicine, agriculture, environmental protection, and overall quality of life.

  • Paying for Success to Transform Learning

    There is a large gap between the relatively modest impact that technology has had on education in the United States and the transformative impact that technology has had on many aspects of our economic and social life. Advances in our understanding of how people learn and the explosion in information technologies are poised to transform learning and make it more interactive, personalized, and effective for American students.

FEATURED TOPICS

CLIMATE ACTION PLAN:
On June 25, 2013, President Obama laid out his comprehensive plan for steady action to reduce greenhouse gas pollution in America, prepare our country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to fight it. The Plan is a recognition that climate change is unequivocal, its primary cause is greenhouse gas pollution, and it is threatening the health of our communities, families, and economy. Learn more:

  • Progress Report
  • Text of the President's Speech
  • Weekly Address
  • Infographic
  • Fact Sheet
  • The Climate Action Plan
  • OSTP Blog Post
  • What Business Leaders are Saying



    OPEN DATA:
    On May 9, 2013, President Obama signed an Executive Order directing historic steps to make government-held data more accessible to the public and to entrepreneurs and others as fuel for innovation and economic growth. That same day, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) published a landmark policy to help implement the Executive Order. Learn more:

  • White House Blog Post
  • Statements of Support
  • Project Open Data
  • Executive Order
  • Open Data Policy



    2013 WHITE HOUSE SCIENCE FAIR:
    On April 22, 2013, President Obama hosted 100 student innovators from more than 40 states for the third-ever White House Science Fair. The event was a celebration of amazing and award-winning student-achievements in the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) fields. The cohort of kids included app-coders, algae-growers, video-game designers, city-planners, roboticists, and rocket-scientists—most of them not yet old enough to drive. Learn more:

  • Videos from the Science Fair
  • President Obama's Remarks
  • Science Fair Fact Sheet
  • White House Blog Post



    STEM EDUCATION:
    On February 13, 2013, OSTP hosted the first-ever White House State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (SoSTEM) event, where nearly 100 middle- and high-schoolers spent an hour asking STEM-centric questions to some of the Nation’s top S&T innovators. The event highlighted the Obama Administration’s ongoing work to expand participation of American youth in STEM studies and equip the Nation’s future innovators with the skills they need to succeed in STEM careers. Learn more:

  • OSTP Blog Post
  • White House Blog Post
  • Video: SoSTEM Event



  • PRESSROOM

    July 29, 2014 - Fact Sheet: White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day

    July 18, 2014 - OSTP Releases National Plan for Civil Earth Observations

    May 1, 2014 - OSTP PCAST Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy

    March 30, 2014 - Statement by OSTP Director John P. Holdren on Approval of the IPCC's Climate-Impacts Report

    March 4, 2014 - Press Release: The FY 2015 Science and Technology R&D Budget

    January 14, 2014 - Fact Sheet: White House Safety Datapalooza

    January 10, 2014 - Media Advisory: White House Safety Datapalooza

    December 18, 2013 - PCAST Releases Letter Report on Education Technology

    November 20, 2013 - Press Release: White House & "Warriors 4 Wireless" Partners Announce New Commitment to Connect Veterans to High-Tech Jobs

    November 13, 2013 - Statement of Todd Park to the Oversight and Government Reform Committee of the U.S. House of Representatives

    November 12, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Progress by Federal Agencies: Data to Knowledge to Action

    November 12, 2013 - Fact Sheet: New Announcements: Data to Knowledge to Action

    November 12, 2013 - Press Release: Data to Knowledge to Action Event

    November 7, 2013 - Media Advisory: Data to Knowledge to Action Event

    November 1, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Executive Order on Climate Preparedness

    September 27, 2013 - Statement by John P. Holdren on IPCC Physical Science Report

    July 16, 2013 - Media Advisory: PCAST Public Meeting

    June 24, 2013 - Media Advisory: White House Highlights Citizen Scientists at Champions of Change Event

    June 24, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Materials Innovation: Materials Genome Initiative Turns Two

    June 18, 2013 - Press Release: White House to Highlight Open Science “Champions of Change”

    May 9, 2013 - Press Release: Obama Administration Releases Historic Open Data Rules to Enhance Government Efficiency and Fuel Economic Growth

    April 29, 2013 - Fact Sheet: Administration Partners with Industry to Get Service Members Credentialed for High-Demand Jobs

    April 22, 2013 - NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fair

    April 16, 2013 - Press Release: Obama Administration Releases Plan to Promote Ocean Economy and Resilience

    April 10, 2013 - Press Release: the FY 2014 Federal R&D Budget

    April 2, 2013 - BRAIN Initiative Fact Sheet

    March 22, 2013 - PCAST Releases New Climate Report

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