Announcing the first ever White House Student Film Festival.
One of the goals of President Obama’s innovation strategy is to accelerate the rate at which new inventions that result from federally funded research at the Nation’s universities and national labs move from the lab to the marketplace. Speeding that transition spurs the creation of new industries and jobs while addressing pressing challenges such as the need for clean sources of energy and treatments for debilitating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and cancer. Federal agencies have already developed a number of initiatives to increase the economic and societal impact of federally funded research.
Today, President Obama issued a memorandum directing Federal agencies to redouble efforts to use renewable energy and manage their energy usage more efficiently and effectively. In addition to setting an ambitious new target for Federal agencies to increase their consumption of renewable energy to 20% of their total use by 2020, the memorandum instructs agencies to incorporate the “Green Button” data standard into their energy management practices.
Throughout November—National Entrepreneurship Month—OSTP highlighted the inspiring stories of students across America who are rolling up their sleeves, pursuing bright ideas, and starting companies—as well as many of the new tools, services, and programs that are emerging to help even more students blaze entrepreneurial paths to the future.In case you missed it, here’s a roundup of how we celebrated this year's National Entrepreneurship Month.
Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today an award of $25 million over five years to a Chicago-based consortium that will build a new center of excellence in advanced materials research. The new Center for Hierarchical Materials Design will support the Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI).
Daniel Oldham, 23, is an entrepreneur and current engineering graduate student at North Carolina Agricultural and Technical (NC A&T) State University, where he works at the Sustainable Infrastructure Materials Laboratory. Recently, Daniel started Bio-Adhesive Alliance—a company based on an innovative technology that transforms swine manure to create a glue adhesive that strengthens asphalt and received grants from National Science Foundation (NSF) to help get started.
Last Saturday, OSTP co-hosted an interactive day of neuroscience activities for local middle school students to explore the science of brains. In partnership with the Smithsonian Institution and the Society for Neuroscience, OSTP staffers and participating scientists helped students wrap their minds (and hands!) around applied neuroscience concepts including health, learning, and memory.
When they founded their biotechnology company, Micromidas, Ryan Smith was 30, Casey McGrath was 24, and John Bissell was 23—and all were recently graduated students at University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Together, they have developed innovative processes for converting sewage into biodegradable plastics.
Join Food Network Chef Anne Burrell, former NASA astronaut Ron Garan, and White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses to “talk turkey” and dive into our dinner plates to explore the science of cooking.
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:
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