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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.
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.
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.
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.
Every so often, a new tool, technique, or instrument completely revolutionizes how we do research. These tools and techniques are quickly ingrained into the research enterprise, catalyzing breakthrough discoveries and making it difficult to imagine life without them.
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:
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:
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:
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:
July 18, 2014 - OSTP Releases National Plan for Civil Earth Observations
May 1, 2014 - OSTP PCAST Releases Report on Big Data and Privacy
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 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
April 22, 2013 - NEW DETAILS: President Obama to Host White House Science Fair
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