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- Posted byon April 11, 2013 at 10:58 AM EST
This article is cross-posted on the White House blog
Yesterday, we hosted the first-ever White House Forum to Combat Human Trafficking. The event brought together leaders from government, the private sector, advocates and survivors, faith leaders, law enforcement, and academia to talk about what we can do, together, to end human trafficking.
We took time to honor the stories and lives of brave survivors. We noted the great progress we’ve made against this grave injustice at the national and grassroots levels. We honored the recipients of the first Presidential award for those who have led the way in fighting human trafficking. And we put our heads together to come up with more solutions that we can get to work on right away. Because even one life devastated by trafficking is one too many. That’s why President Obama’s administration is working with partners around the country and the world to eradicate human trafficking.
- Posted byon April 5, 2013 at 12:33 PM EST
Testing materials in the lab at Vorbeck Materials Corp. (Photo by Vorbeck Materials Corp)
The announcement advances the Administration’s Startup America initiative to promote high-growth entrepreneurship and follows a recent speech at Argonne National Laboratory in which the President emphasized the importance of energy innovation, saying “right now, few areas hold more promise for creating good jobs and growing our economy than how we use American energy.”
Those interested in taking part in the Program—which makes National Laboratories’ unlicensed patents available to startups at a reduced fee of $1,000 for up to three patents—can browse available patents through DOE’s online Energy Innovation Portal.
Below, Christy Martin (Director of Development for Vorbeck Materials) and Phil Roberts (CEO of California Lithium Battery)—two participants in the first round of the America’s Next Top Energy Innovator Challenge—share their experiences with the innovative DOE program.
- Posted byon April 2, 2013 at 2:12 PM EST
President Barack Obama is introduced by Dr. Francis Collins, Director, National Institutes of Health, at the BRAIN Initiative event in the East Room of the White House, April 2, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)
- Posted byon March 28, 2013 at 2:56 PM EST
This article was originally published on the White House Blog.
Earlier this month, President Obama met with 40 of the nation’s top scientists and engineers—discoverers of new drug candidates to treat common cancers; inventors of tools to help surgeons in the operating room; developers of complex algorithms that can help robots navigate; and more. All of these innovators were finalists in the 2013 Intel Science Talent Search competition, and all of them are still in high school.
These students are living proof that with the right skills, tools, and opportunities, innovation and discovery can happen at any age. That’s why the Obama Administration is placing a stronger emphasis than ever on equipping the next generation of American innovators in science, technology, engineering, and math—the “STEM” fields.
- Posted byon March 25, 2013 at 8:16 AM EST
This article is cross-posted at healthdata.gov.
“Transformation” is the best description of what is happening in health care right now. We are seeing historic changes in how health care is administered in the United States—with increased focus on quality of care versus just paying for a service. We are seeing changes in how people can enroll in health insurance—with the upcoming establishment of a new market place that will help more people get insured in this country than ever before. And, we are seeing changes in how people understand and make decisions about their own health—with an increasing number of tools and services becoming available to help individuals access health information and manage their own personal health data.
Data is fuel for innovation, and developers and entrepreneurs are key players who can turn that fuel into innovations that matter. That’s why one of the many ways the Federal Government is contributing to the transformation of health care is by unleashing vast amounts of data from the vaults of government, while rigorously protecting privacy. These public data resources, made openly available in machine-readable form, include a broad range of useful information—from comparison data about different health insurance plans, to product recall data from the Food and Drug Administration, to epidemiological data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, to scientific information from the National Institutes of Health, and much more. In the hands of developers, innovators, and entrepreneurs, these data are powering game-changing solutions, with much more on the way.
- Posted byon March 22, 2013 at 12:53 PM EST
Today the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released a letter to the President describing six key components the advisory group believes should be central to the Administration’s strategy for addressing climate change.
The 9-page “letter report” responds to a November request from the President for advice as the Administration prepares new initiatives to tackle the challenges posed by Earth’s changing climate. The letter calls for a dual focus on mitigation—reducing the pace and magnitude of climate-related changes—and adaptation—minimizing the unavoidable damage that can be expected to result from climate change.
“Both approaches are essential parts of an integrated strategy for dealing with climate change,” the letter states. “Mitigation is needed to avoid a degree of climate change that would be unmanageable despite efforts to adapt. Adaptation is needed because the climate is already changing and some further change is inevitable regardless of what is done to reduce its pace and magnitude.”
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