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Big Announcements in Big Data
This week, the National Science Foundation announced new Big Data Hubs and the release of a solicitation for the new Big Data Spokes Initiative.
November 4, 2015 at 4:16 PM ET by Tom Kalil, Jim Kurose, and Fen Zhao
State, Tribal, and Local Leaders Take Steps to Advance National Ocean Policy
Recently, State, tribal, and local leaders charged with coordinating national ocean policies across jurisdictions reconvened at the White House.
November 2, 2015 at 4:08 PM ET by Beth Kerttula
Democratizing Access to Capital During National Entrepreneurship Month
OSTP looks at some ways that the Administration is supporting inclusive entrepreneurship in the United States.
November 2, 2015 at 3:47 PM ET by Doug Rand
Legacies of Hurricane Sandy: Science and Technology for a More Resilient Nation
On the third anniversary of Hurricane Sandy, taking a look at the ways that the storm accelerated the use of science to inform disaster planning.
October 29, 2015 at 5:52 PM ET by Tamara Dickinson and Kevin V. Werner
A National Biosafety and Biosecurity System in the United States
Administration releases joint memo to agencies, plans for enhancing biosafety and biosecurity at infectious disease laboratories.
October 29, 2015 at 2:30 PM ET by
Lisa O. Monaco
John P. Holdren
Enhancing National Preparedness to Space-Weather Events
Today, OSTP hosted an event and announced new materials and commitments to enhance national space-weather preparedness.
October 29, 2015 at 2:00 PM ET by Tamara Dickinson and Bill Murtagh
Applying the Innovation Toolkit to Bring Cancer Nanotechnology Inventions to Market
The Nanotechnology Startup Challenge for Cancer employs a range of innovative strategies to bring cancer nanotechnology inventions to market.
October 29, 2015 at 10:48 AM ET by
, Jenn Gustetic
The Police Data Initiative: A 5-Month Update
Since the launch in May, five additional agencies have committed to opening key data on police interactions with their communities.
October 27, 2015 at 4:01 PM ET by
, ROY AUSTIN
Advancing Open and Citizen-Centered Government
Today, the United States released our third Open Government National Action Plan.
October 27, 2015 at 2:47 PM ET by Mary Beth Goodman and Megan Smith
Cancer Diagnostics in the Developing World
Today, OSTP hosted a roundtable meeting on innovative cancer diagnostics in the developing world.
October 26, 2015 at 5:37 PM ET by Jo Handelsman and Robbie Barbero
PCAST Recommends Changes to Promote Innovation in Hearing Technologies
President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology letter report investigated age-related mild to moderate hearing loss.
October 26, 2015 at 1:10 PM ET by Christine Cassel and Ed Penhoet
Building Momentum for Open Innovation
Looking back on the past few weeks of celebrating open innovation across the Federal government.
October 22, 2015 at 12:25 PM ET by Tom Kalil and Jenn Gustetic
From Science Fiction to Science Fact
Tell us your ideas for using science fiction as a source of inspiration, and for stimulating additional collaborations between innovators.
October 21, 2015 at 12:50 PM ET by
President Obama Honors Extraordinary Scientists who Advanced Our Understanding of the Natural World
Claudio Pelligrini and Charles V. Shank receive the 2015 Enrico Fermi Presidential Award.
October 21, 2015 at 9:54 AM ET by Fae Jencks
A Nanotechnology-Inspired Grand Challenge for Future Computing
Today, the White House is announcing a grand challenge to develop transformational computing capabilities by combining innovations in multiple scientific disciplines.
October 20, 2015 at 6:00 AM ET by
, Randy Bryant, and Tom Kalil
Openly Licensed Educational Resources: Providing Equitable Access to Education for All Learners
The Federal government is supporting the use of open educational resources to provide equitable access to quality education.
October 19, 2015 at 9:18 AM ET by Richard Culatta, Sunshine Ison, and Nancy Weiss
Looking to the Stars for Inspiration at White House Astronomy Night
In addition to the White House event, communities across the country are hosting Astronomy Nights to gaze up at the stars.
October 16, 2015 at 7:30 PM ET by Meredith Drosback
The Lost History: Help Us Find the Declaration of Sentiments
The Declaration of Sentiments is the foundational document for women's rights, drafted in Seneca Falls, New York, in 1848 — and as far as we can tell, it's missing.
October 14, 2015 at 4:30 PM ET by
Progress on the Administration’s Clean Energy Investment Initiative
OSTP's Tom Kalil chats with the co-founders of Spark Thermionics, who are benefiting from actions made under the Administration's Clean Energy Investment Initiative.
October 14, 2015 at 2:20 PM ET by Tom Kalil
Somos Geeks: Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month
On Thursday, October 15, OSTP will host a special episode of "We The Geeks" to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month
October 13, 2015 at 9:46 AM ET by Knatokie Ford
Increasing the Use of Data Science in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Centers
Robbie Barbero and Noemie Levy
October 8, 2015 at 10:15 AM ET by Robbie Barbero and Noemie Levy
Incorporating Natural Infrastructure and Ecosystem Services in Federal Decision-Making
Today, the Administration released a new memorandum directing Federal agencies to factor the value of ecosystem services into Federal planning and decision-making.
October 7, 2015 at 2:30 PM ET by Tamara Dickinson, Timothy Male, Ali Zaidi
Celebrating the Five-Year Anniversary of Challenge.gov with More Than 20 New Prizes
Today and tomorrow, the Administration is helping organize two events to celebrate the use of prizes and challenges for societal benefit.
October 6, 2015 at 10:46 PM ET by Tom Kalil, Dave Wilkinson, and Jenn Gustetic
The People and Teams that Power High-Impact Incentive Prizes
This week, the Administration is helping organize two events to celebrate the use of prizes and challenges for societal benefit.
October 5, 2015 at 7:42 PM ET by Jenn Gustetic and Kelly Olson
Celebrating National Manufacturing Day
Last week, White House staff joined people across the country in celebrating National Manufacturing Day.
October 5, 2015 at 4:48 PM ET by
, Jason Miller
Celebrating the 5 Year Anniversary of Blue Button & Open Health Data
The Federal government has come a long way in open health data since the launch of the Blue Button five years ago.
October 1, 2015 at 11:28 AM ET by DJ Patil and Maya Uppaluru
Building Partnerships for Suicide Prevention
Using data for new opportunities to strengthen mental health awareness and suicide prevention as part of Global Suicide Prevention Month and Global Mental Health Day
September 30, 2015 at 5:23 PM ET by
, Jo Handelsman
Accelerating Citizen Science and Crowdsourcing to Address Societal and Scientific Challenges
Today, the White House is hosting a forum on citizen science and crowdsourcing.
September 30, 2015 at 6:00 AM ET by Tom Kalil and Dave Wilkinson
Calling Citizen Scientists: You Can Help When Disasters Strike!
Citizen science can help support disaster preparedness, response, and recovery.
September 28, 2015 at 4:05 PM ET by Jenn Gustetic, Jacqueline R. Meszaros, and Hannah Safford
What Basic Research Means to You
The results and impacts of basic research are sometimes unpredictable and unexpected, which is partly why it's so important. Thanks for sharing your favorite examples.
September 25, 2015 at 6:34 PM ET by Altaf Carim and Jo Handelsman