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
- April 8, 2010 at 5:09 PM EDT
President Obama yesterday released the names of ten individuals whom he intends to appoint to the recently created Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues. The ten will join the previously named chair and vice chair in exploring bioethical issues anticipated to emerge from advances in biomedicine and related areas of science and technology.
- March 23, 2010 at 4:43 PM EDT
OSTP Director John P. Holdren just returned from an intensive day-and-a-half visit to the University of Michigan, where he taught classes, spoke to the university’s president as well as two vice presidents and several deans, and gave a heavily attended public lecture about the Obama Administration’s science and technology priorities.
- January 14, 2010 at 1:00 PM EDT
Top young scientists and engineers from across the nation met with the President in the East Room of the White House and were honored for their innovative research and commitment to community service.
- December 21, 2009 at 10:00 AM EDT
OSTP is inviting you to weigh in on some of the nuts and bolts aspects of public access publishing through midnight on December 31, 2009.
- December 19, 2009 at 1:47 PM EDT
Phase One of OSTP’s forum on public access to published, federally funded research has been a great success with nearly 200 substantive comments.
- October 22, 2009 at 6:09 PM EDT
Rick Weiss of the Office of Science and Technology Policy reports on how the Obama administration is working to ensure that women continue to join the ranks of top scientists.
- October 22, 2009 at 9:00 AM EDT
The Obama administration is committed to bolstering science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education. STEM education will be a major topic at this week’s meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, which will feature a presentation by Education Secretary Arne Duncan.
- October 6, 2009 at 6:26 PM EDT