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Posted byon January 14, 2015 at 2:46 PM EDT
Every day, citizen scientists help advance scientific discovery and understanding. Two recent success stories demonstrate the enormous value of citizen science contributions.
Posted byon January 13, 2015 at 10:43 AM EDT
On Saturday, NASA kicked off the New Year in a spectacular way with the launch of SpaceX's latest cargo resupply mission to the International Space Station (ISS). On Monday, the Dragon capsule arrived at the orbiting laboratory with more than two tons of supplies and science investigations for the crew in orbit. The success of this misson highlights how our investment in commercial space is bringing tangible benefits to the American people and enabling NASA to focus on future missions to deep space – to asteroids and Mars.
Posted byon January 12, 2015 at 1:25 PM EDT
The Maker Education Initiative (Maker Ed) was formed in 2012 in response to President Obama’s “Educate to Innovate” campaign to help foster student interest in science, technology, engineering, and math through interactive programming. OSTP's Tom Kalil recently sat down with Trey Lathe, the Executive Director of Maker Ed, to hear more about the recent launch of this new project and how it is helping to broaden participation and engagement in STEM, a focus of last year’s White House Science Fair.
Posted byon January 6, 2015 at 6:08 PM EDT
As the nation’s electric infrastructure is modernized, it is critically important to ensure that the collection of data is performed in a manner that yields the greatest benefits for consumers, while continuing to rigorously protect their privacy. The new Voluntary Code of Conduct for utilities and third parties will help protect consumer energy data.
Posted byon December 23, 2014 at 5:56 PM EDT
In 2014, we welcomed makers, coders, gamers, Nobel Prize winners, student scientists, and broadcast meteorologists to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave., and we adorned our halls with robots, 3D printers, and science projects. We've continued to gather top expert-geeks online to discuss a range of topics such as asteroids, superhero science, the science of cooking, and extreme weather.
Posted byon December 12, 2014 at 10:48 AM EDT
On Wednesday evening, the White House welcomed dozens of eager middle-school, high-school and college students to a special Computer Science Heroes Film Festival that recognized outstanding women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). The film festival was part of this week’s White House celebration of Computer Science Education Week.
Posted byon December 12, 2014 at 10:36 AM EDT
This week, President Obama hosted the White House Summit on Early Childhood Education. OSTP's Maya Shankar recently sat down with Arianne Weldon, Director of the Get Georgia Reading Campaign and member of the team guiding the Georgia’s Talk With Me Baby initiative, an effort to “bridge the word gap” that develops between poor children and their more affluent peers during the first years of life. Arianne told Maya a little bit about her team’s work, new developments, and future plans.
Announcement of Opportunity to Provide Input into the U.S. National Action Plan on Responsible Business ConductPosted byon November 20, 2014 at 2:29 PM EDT
Expanding U.S. efforts to promote responsible business conduct is intended to cement the brand of U.S. businesses as reliable and accountable partners internationally and promote respect for human rights.
Posted byon November 17, 2014 at 12:46 PM EDT
Last week, the Eleventh Plenary Session of the Group on Earth Observations (GEO-XI) convened representatives from around the world. The intergovernmental Group on Earth Observations (GEO) is a collaborative, multi-national organization created to help connect Earth assessment tools around the world. As one of four permanent members of GEO's Executive Committee, the United States works through the domestic U.S. Group on Earth Observations to support investment and innovation in Earth observations.
Posted byon November 12, 2014 at 11:23 AM EDT
The Internal Revenue Service's new "Get Transcript" tool allows taxpayers improved access to their own personal tax data. This innovative information service is the latest in a series of "My Data Initiatives": Federal efforts to empower Americans with easy, secure, and useful access to their personal data.