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  • Open Data Round Up

    Responding to the President's May 9, 2013, Executive Order on Making Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information, more than a dozen agencies have launched webpages at agency.gov/data, making it easier for the public to find, understand, and use government data.


  • "Don’t Just Play on Your Phone, Program It"

    This week is Computer Science Education Week, or “CSEdWeek,” an annual campaign highlighting the importance of learning computer science.


  • The United States Releases its Second Open Government National Action Plan

    The Obama Administration released the second U.S. Open Government National Action Plan, announcing 23 new or expanded open-government commitments that will advance these efforts even further. Highlights of the second National Action Plan included 'We the People," Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Modernization, The Global Initiative on Fiscal Transparency (GIFT), Open Data to the Public and Participatory Budgeting.


  • Expanded “Green Button” Will Reach Federal Agencies and More American Energy Consumers

    Today, President Obama issued a memorandum directing Federal agencies to redouble efforts to use renewable energy and manage their energy usage more efficiently and effectively. In addition to setting an ambitious new target for Federal agencies to increase their consumption of renewable energy to 20% of their total use by 2020, the memorandum instructs agencies to incorporate the “Green Button” data standard into their energy management practices.


  • $25 Million NIST Award Represents Major Milestone for the Materials Genome Initiative

    Officials at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) announced today an award of $25 million over five years to a Chicago-based consortium that will build a new center of excellence in advanced materials research. The new Center for Hierarchical Materials Design will support the Administration’s Materials Genome Initiative (MGI).


  • Advice from Student Entrepreneurs: “Embrace your Chutzpah”

    When they founded their biotechnology company, Micromidas, Ryan Smith was 30, Casey McGrath was 24, and John Bissell was 23—and all were recently graduated students at University of California, Davis (UC Davis). Together, they have developed innovative processes for converting sewage into biodegradable plastics.


  • We the Geeks: Talking Turkey and the Science of Cooking

    Join Food Network Chef Anne Burrell, former NASA astronaut Ron Garan, and White House Executive Pastry Chef Bill Yosses to “talk turkey” and dive into our dinner plates to explore the science of cooking.


  • You’re Invited: White House Youth Summit Social

    For the next White House Social event, the White House will host a Youth Summit, offering young people from around the country an opportunity to discuss the Affordable Care Act and other issues with senior White House officials.


  • Students Speak: I won the Google Science Fair

    In September, after beating out thousands of contestants from around the globe, Eric Chen, Ann Makosinski, Viney Kumar, and Elif Bilgin were triumphantly presented large, LEGO-made trophies as winners of the 2013 Google Science Fair. I recently asked the four winners about their experience at the Fair, plans for the future, and importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education.


  • We the Geeks: Student Startups

    Join us this Friday November 22, at 2:00 pm EST for a “We the Geeks” Google+ Hangout, called “Student Startups” – where leading student entrepreneurs and business moguls will talk about how anyone can cultivate a culture of entrepreneurship in his or her community.


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