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Rick Weiss was the Assistant Director for Strategic Communications and Senior Science and Technology Policy Analyst in the Office of Science and Technology Policy, Executive Office of the President.
Previous to joining the Obama Administration, he was a Senior Fellow at the Center for American Progress, a Washington think tank, where he specialized in science policy and wrote for the online and print journal, Science Progress. Weiss came to CAP from The Washington Post, where he was a science and medical reporter for 15 years. At The Post, he covered a range of topics from medicine and health to engineering and materials science, with a major focus on the ethical, legal, social, political, economic, and public policy implications of scientific advances. He was the lead reporter at The Post on such hot-button issues as cloning and stem cells, agricultural biotechnology, and nanotechnology, and he led coverage of the civil liberties and consumer protection issues raised by the genomics revolution and personalized DNA testing.
Weiss earned a B.S. in biology from Cornell University in 1974, where he conducted research in entomology and agronomy. During the 10 years after that he worked as a licensed medical technologist in hospital laboratories, specializing in microbiology, serology, and blood banking. In 1985 he entered the Graduate School of Journalism at the University of California, Berkeley, where he earned a master’s degree in Journalism. In addition to his work at The Post, he has written articles for The New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, National Geographic, Science, Discover, and other publications.
Weiss has won several awards, including the National Association of Science Writers’ Science-in-Society Journalism Award; the Science Journalism Award conferred by the American Association for the Advancement of Science; the Victor Cohn Prize for Excellence in Medical Science Reporting, conferred by the Council for the Advancement of Science Writing; and the Washington-Baltimore Newspaper Guild’s Front Page Award. He contributed a chapter to “Wrestling with Behavioral Genetics: Science, Ethics and Public Conversation” (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006) and co-edited (with Jonathan Moreno) “Science Next: Innovation for the Common Good from the Center for American Progress” (Bellevue Literary Press, April 2009).
He lives in Takoma Park, Md., with his wife, New York Times science writer Natalie Angier, and their daughter, Katherine.
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Rick Weiss's Posts
- October 6, 2010 at 12:39 PM EDT
An American chemist, and a Japanese chemist who has lived and worked in the United States for the past 50 years, were among those named today as winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
- September 24, 2010 at 7:54 PM EDT
The National Ocean Council looks to move forward on the recommendations of the Interagency Ocean Policy Task Force.
- September 17, 2010 at 8:37 AM EDT
OSTP Director John P. Holdren yesterday participated in an awards ceremony for the Progressive Automotive X Prize, a public-private challenge in which a total of $10 million in prizes was awarded to three teams that created production‐capable vehicles with energy-efficiency equivalence ratings of at least 100 miles per gallon.
- July 20, 2010 at 7:02 PM EDT
OSTP Director John P. Holdren today led a meeting with government leaders from the United States and the People’s Republic of China—including Mr. Wan Gang, China’s Minister of Science and Technology—to discuss a range of issues relating to the advancement of innovation.
- June 9, 2010 at 10:29 AM EDT
The Office of Science and Technology Policy yesterday convened a conference celebrating the one-year anniversary of President Obama’s momentous remarks in Cairo that called for increased partnerships with the Muslim world.
- May 24, 2010 at 11:48 AM EDT
Last spring, OSTP Director John P. Holdren called upon the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research to work with OSTP to host a summit to improve planning and communications among the range entities currently laying plans to adapt to climate change.
- April 30, 2010 at 4:46 PM EDT
OSTP Director John Holdren today participated in a roundtable discussion about gender equity in math and science education, organized by Sally Ride, the first American woman in space.
- April 30, 2010 at 2:07 PM EDT
Although Flat Stanley got some face time with President Obama a while ago, he has never had an audience with the President’s science advisor. That changed the other day when Stan came to the Nation’s Capital during his spring break, with traveling companion Daniel Grossfeld from Miss Groia’s second grade class at Unqua Elementary School in Massapequa, New York.
- April 22, 2010 at 12:11 PM EDT
OSTP Director John P. Holdren will give a free public lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, this evening as part of the White House’s celebration of Earth Day 2010. Dr. Holdren’s talk, "Science and Technology for Sustainable Well-Being: Priorities and Policies in the Obama Administration," will highlight Administration initiatives that are addressing the pressing economic, environmental, energy-, and climate-related challenges facing the Nation today.
- April 22, 2010 at 11:12 AM EDT
OSTP Director John Holdren was a keynote speaker yesterday at the National Academy of Engineering’s “Grand Challenges for the 21st Century” Summit held in Chicago.