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

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  • President Obama Congratulates American Recipients of the Kavli Prizes in Astrophysics and Neuroscience

    Yesterday, President Obama welcomed four American Kavli Prize laureates into the Oval Office to applaud their contributions to the scientific community. This year, nine scientists received the award, including Americans Alan H. Guth and Andrei D. Linde, who received the Prize in Astrophysics for their work on the theory of cosmic inflation, and Marcus E. Raichle and John O’Keefe, who were awarded in Neuroscience for their discovery of specialized brain networks for memory and cognition.

  • How Low-cost Randomized Controlled Trials Can Drive Effective Social Spending

    The Office of Science and Technology Policy and the Coalition for Evidence-Based Policy convened leaders from the White House, Federal agencies, Congress, philanthropic foundations, and academia this week to explore an important development in the effort to build credible evidence about “what works” in social spending: low-cost randomized controlled trials (RCTs). The goal of the conference was to help advance a broader Administration effort to promote evidence-based policy, described in the evaluation chapter of the 2014 Economic Report of the President, and the Performance and Management section of the President’s budget.

  • Watch the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day

    Watch the White House Innovation for Disaster Response and Recovery Demo Day, webcast live from the White House at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

  • Crowdsourcing Ideas to Accelerate Economic Growth and Prosperity through a Strategy for American Innovation

    America’s future economic growth and international competitiveness depend crucially on our capacity to innovate. Creating the jobs and industries of the future will require making the right investments to unleash the unmatched creativity and imagination of the American people. We want to gather bold ideas for how we as a nation can build on and extend into the future our historic strengths in innovation and discovery. Today we are calling on thinkers, doers, and entrepreneurs across the country to submit their proposals for promising new initiatives or pressing needs for renewed investment to be included in next year’s updated Strategy for American Innovation.

  • Thinking Outside the Box to Prepare Americans for Information Technology Jobs

    Traditional workforce training programs are stepping up—expanding their IT programs and working with industry to develop curricula that better prepare Americans for today’s jobs. As part of his review of America’s training programs, the Vice President has highlighted innovative new examples of those programs in his report to the President. The Administration is particularly committed to supporting a new accelerated model of intensive training, often called “coding bootcamps,” which has emerged in several cities around the country.

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 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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