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Posted byon October 14, 2014 at 11:34 AM EDT
In one of my meetings with NASA, a senior official with the space agency once observed, “Right now, the mass we use in space all comes from the Earth. We need to break that paradigm so that the mass we use in space comes from space.”
Posted byon October 10, 2014 at 2:00 PM EDT
Today, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) released the Report to the President and Congress on the Fifth Assessment of the National Nanotechnology Initiative (NNI). The report, PCAST’s fifth review of the NNI, concludes that the nanotechnology community is at an important turning point.
First Lady’s Fashion Workshop Highlights Growing Role of Makers and New Technologies in the Creative EconomyPosted byon October 10, 2014 at 9:52 AM EDT
On Wednesday, October 8, First Lady Michelle Obama hosted a Fashion and Education Workshop at the White House with 150 high school and college students.
Posted byon October 9, 2014 at 5:00 PM EDT
In March 2012, the Obama Administration launched the Big Data Research and Development Initiative. To catalyze new biomedical Big Data research, the Obama Administration and the National Institutes of Health launched the Big Data to Knowledge (BD2K) initiative in April 2013. Today, NIH awarded a total of $32 million in new BD2K grants.
Posted byon October 9, 2014 at 2:18 PM EDT
Big data technologies have the potential to transform teaching, learning, and education. However, development and deployment of these technologies must carefully consider student privacy. The Department of Education, the Federal Trade Commission, and other Federal departments and agencies are working with non-governmental partners to ensure that personalized, digital learning does not come at the expense of individual protections.
Posted byon October 9, 2014 at 12:28 PM EDT
President Obama discusses American innovation on Medium, a platform which encourages people to share ideas and stories that matter.
Posted byon October 9, 2014 at 9:13 AM EDT
On September 30, OSTP hosted the White House BRAIN (Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies) Conference. The event was held to highlight recent progress and next steps on the President's BRAIN Initiative. Conference participants included representatives from academia, philanthropic foundations, companies, and several students from the National Academy of Engineering Grand Challenge Scholars Program. OSTP sat down with two of the Scholars to hear about their experiences at the conference.
Posted byon October 8, 2014 at 11:51 AM EDT
Today the U.S. Office of Personal Management (OPM) and the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy (OSTP) welcomed more than 50 Federal innovators to the White House to celebrate the key contributions of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) professionals working in our Government. Every day, these STEM employees conduct scientific research; collect and analyze measurements of Earth; inform policy decisions; and carry out programs that help grow our Nation’s economy, boost national security, and protect public health and our environment.
Posted byon October 6, 2014 at 10:47 AM EDT
At the first-ever White House Game Jam in September, more than 100 game developers plus 35 teachers, learning researchers, and students gathered together to develop compelling educational software to help teach complex school subjects.
Posted byon October 1, 2014 at 11:04 AM EDT
Former competitive snowboarder Kevin Pearce sends a message to the White House email list highlighting the importance of the President's BRAIN Initiative -- and why it's personal for him.