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Fossils, Seeds, and Space Rocks: Improving the Management of and Access to the Nation’s Scientific CollectionsPosted byon March 20, 2014 at 9:00 AM EDT
In a memorandum released today, OSTP Director John P. Holdren directs Federal agencies to develop policies that will improve the management of and access to scientific collections they own or support. Scientific collections are assemblies of physical objects such as drilling cores from the ocean floor and glaciers, seeds, space rocks, cells, mineral samples, fossils, and more.
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Posted byon January 28, 2014 at 2:38 PM EDT
Last week, more than 60 innovators, entrepreneurs, technologists, and data geeks gathered at the White House for a “Data Jam” to brainstorm new ways of using data to strengthen the Federal Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. Today, the U.S. Government’s STEM workforce is more than 300,000 strong and includes an array of experts from diverse technical fields
Posted byon January 23, 2014 at 2:10 PM EDT
Today, Harvard University’s Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation announced Challenge.gov as winner of the prestigious 2013 “Innovations in American Government Award” in honor of exemplary service and creativity in the public interest, further highlighting our excitement about the innovations being unleashed by public prizes and challenges.
Posted byon January 17, 2014 at 4:18 PM EDT
This week, I participated in an event at the White House on Women Leaders in Climate Finance and Investment that highlighted the pioneering role women leaders in the finance sector are playing to mainstream climate change into finance and investment decisions. Women around the world are often the first to feel the effects of climate and at the same time can offer unique perspectives and solutions.
Posted byon January 14, 2014 at 12:01 PM EDT
Yesterday, OSTP released a Request for Information to give the public an opportunity to inform the Administration’s approaches to supporting the development and use of learning technologies. Advances in the science of how learning happens—and in technology to enhance learning—have the potential to transform education, not only in K-12 but in higher education, life-long learning, and workforce development.
Posted byon December 17, 2013 at 10:46 AM EDT
Today OSTP released its second annual comprehensive report detailing the use of prizes and competitions by Federal agencies to spur innovation and solve Grand Challenges. Those efforts have expanded in the last two years under the America COMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, which granted all Federal agencies the authority to conduct prize competitions to spur innovation, solve tough problems, and advance their core missions.
Posted byon December 6, 2013 at 11:32 AM EDT
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.