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November 2022

THE WHITE HOUSE TO HOST ROUNDTABLE ON PREVENTING HARASSMENT IN ISOLATED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH ENVIRONMENTS

Tuesday, November 1, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET – 4:00 PM ET

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Federal Interagency Working Group on Inclusion in STEM (IWGIS) within the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics Education (CoSTEM) will host a virtual roundtable to raise awareness about the forms of harassment in isolated scientific research environments; to present examples of how organizations and individuals are addressing harassment in various research environments, and to provide resources for organizations and individuals working to create effective, actionable policies to address harassment in research environments.

WHAT: “Roundtable on Preventing Harassment in Isolated Scientific Research Environments” Virtual Event

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Gretchen Goldman, Ph.D., Assistant Director for Environmental Science, Engineering, Policy, and Justice, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Nafeesa Owens, Ph.D., Assistant Director for STEM Education, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Ellen Stofan, Ph.D., Under Secretary for Science and Research, Smithsonian Institution
  • Asmeret Asefaw Berhe, Ph.D., DirectorOffice of Science, U.S. Department of Energy
  • Roberta Marinelli, Ph.D., Director, Office of Polar Programs, National Science Foundation
  • Charlene E. Le Fauve, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, Office of the Director, National Institutes of Health
  • Eleanour Snow, Ph.D., Program Manager, National Youth and Education in Science, Office of Science Quality and Integrity, U.S. Geological Survey
  • Tana Wood, Ph.D., Research Ecologist, U.S. Forest Service, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Erika Marín-Spiotta, Ph.D., Professor of Geography, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Amelia E. Shevenell, Ph.D., Associate Professor of Geological Oceanography, University of South Florida
  • Kristen Yarinick, Ph.D., Executive Director, IOOS Association

To attend, REGISTER HERE. A recording from OSTP and CoSTEM’s previous “Roundtable on Ensuring Safety and Opportunity in STEM Environments: Preventing and Addressing Identity-based Harassment” can be found here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hT4TphJEyQY.

CONTACT: For more information, email press@ostp.eop.gov or stem@ostp.eop.gov.

OCTOBER 2022

THE EVIDENCE FORUMS: EVIDENCE IN ACTION – Reducing Racial Wealth Gaps through Effective Support for Public Higher Education

Wednesday, October 26th, 2022 at 12:00PM-1:30PM ET

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Office of Management and Budget, in collaboration with the Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy at the University of Illinois Chicago and the Center for Tax and Budget Accountability, invite you to the next Evidence Forum. This virtual panel which will explore the disproportionality negative impact of historical disinvestment in public colleges and universities for Black and Latinx young people and families. Using Illinois as a case study, we will examine the relationship between support for higher education, student loan debt and racial wealth gaps and offer policies that have proven effective in making high quality public higher education more affordable.


THE EVIDENCE FORUMS: Evidence 2.0 – Exploring New Approaches for Applying Evidence in Active, Real-Time Decision-Making Environments

Tuesday, October 18th, 2022 at 10:00AM-12:00PM ET

Join the White House’s Office of Science and Technology Policy and Office of Management and Budget, in collaboration with the Data Foundation, for an Evidence Forum event that bridges theory, practice, and forward thinking about the next steps in the evidence movement. As implementation of data and evidence initiatives across the public sector are underway and continuing to grow in scale, the opportunities for identifying and using the latest and most relevant evidence will continue to grow and evolve as well. This event will focus on the ongoing considerations about how to most effectively ensure knowledge and evidence are rapidly translated for decision-making in policy and practice across all levels of government.


THE EVIDENCE FORUMS: EVIDENCE USe, Development, and UPTAKE In FEDERAL AgencIEs

Friday, October 7th, 2022 at 9:30AM-12:00PM ET

Jointly hosted by the Office of Management and Budget and the Federation of American Scientists (FAS), with support from OSTP, this Evidence Forum will provide a venue to exchange ideas and insights focused on increasing the use, development, and uptake of evidence in federal agencies, with a specific objective to uncover new pathways for engagement. This webcast event will showcase—and encourage feedback on—ideas from the Evidence for Action Challenge coordinated by FAS and The Pew Charitable Trusts. The second portion will focus on opportunities to deploy “Living Evidence” models to support federal learning agendas.


WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY TO ANNOUNCE KEY ACTIONS TO ADVANCE TECH ACCOUNTABILITY AND PROTECT THE RIGHTS OF THE AMERICAN PUBLIC

Tuesday, October 4, 10:00 am – 11:00 am EDT

Automated technologies are increasingly used to make everyday decisions affecting people’s rights, opportunities, and access in everything from hiring and housing, to healthcare, education, and financial services. While these technologies can drive great innovations, like enabling early cancer detection or helping farmers grow food more efficiently, studies have shown how AI can display opportunities unequally or embed bias and discrimination in decision-making processes. As a result, automated systems can replicate or deepen inequalities already present in society against ordinary people, underscoring the need for greater transparency, accountability, and privacy.

WHAT: The Office of Science and Technology Policy will host a White House Gathering on Technology, Civil Rights, and Democratic Values to launch the Blueprint for an AI Bill of Rights, a framework to help ensure automated decisions are fair, just, and rooted in democratic values. The gathering will highlight the challenges posed to the American public by the misuse of automated and AI-powered technologies, as well as actions being taken by the Biden-Harris Administration to build a society that protects all people from these harms. Fueled by the power of American innovation, these tools hold the potential to improve every part of our society and support our democratic values. Senior White House and Administration officials will share updates on key efforts to ensure that all people benefit from the promise of these technologies.

WHO:

  • Bruce Reed, White House Deputy Chief of Staff
  • Dr. Arati Prabhakar, Director of OSTP
  • Fabian Rogers, Community Advocate
  • Dr. Alondra Nelson, OSTP Deputy Director for Science and Society
  • Damon Hewitt, President and Executive Director, Lawyer’s Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
  • Hon. Dr. Miguel Cardona, U.S. Secretary of Education
  • Hon. Xavier Becerra, U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services
  • Hon. Charlotte Burrows, Chair, U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission
  • Hon. Rohit Chopra, Director, Consumer Financial Protection Bureau
  • Chiraag Bains, Deputy Director for Racial and Economic Justice, White House Domestic Policy Council

WHERE: The event livestream will be available starting at 10:00 AM ET on WhiteHouse.gov/live/.

CONTACT: For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work regarding tech accountability, please email press@ostp.eop.gov.

September 2022

White House Office of Science and Technology POLICY to Host Webinar on Clinical Genomics

Thursday, September 22, 1:00 – 3:00 pm EDT

Advances in science and technology are only as powerful as the ability of all Americans to have equitable access to their benefits. Since the completion of the Human Genome Project, the cost of genomic sequencing has dropped significantly. At the same time, the speed of sequencing has greatly accelerated, with platforms able to provide results and provisional diagnoses in some cases in less than 24 hours. These advances have enabled and accelerated a transition of genomics from research into clinical care, which can provide life-saving and life-changing diagnoses in record time. Using genetic diagnoses, providers can prescribe more targeted, precision therapeutics and interventions that can dramatically alter and improve health outcomes for newborns with serious medical conditions.

In spite of these advances and their life-saving potential, there is highly uneven uptake in the deployment and application of clinical genomics. Stakeholders have reported a variety of challenges that have inhibited broad and equitable access to genetic sequencing. This event will explore the barriers to genomic sequencing and showcase some potential strategies and models for enabling patient access.

Open to Members of Press and the Public: “Clinical Genomics: Ending Diagnostic Odysseys & Enhancing Equity in Patient Care

WHAT: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, in close partnership with the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, is hosting a webinar on clinical genomics September 22, 2022. This event will engage a variety of stakeholder groups, with significant representation from patients and patient organizations, as well as professionals from the genetics community, including genetic counselors, medical geneticists, and researchers along with decisionmakers from state Medicaid and private insurance plans.

WHO:

  • Laura Appel, Executive VP of Government Relations & Public Policy, Michigan Health & Hospital Association
  • Diana W. Bianchi, M.D., Director, NICHD
  • Max Bronstein, Assistant Director for Health Innovation, OSTP
  • Chester Brown, M.D., PhD, Genetics Division Chief, Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital, Professor, University of Tennessee Health Science Center
  • Caleb Bupp, M.D., FACMG, Clinical Assistant Professor, Division Chief Medical Genetics & Genomics, Spectrum Health Helen DeVos Children’s Hospital
  • Lynne Carter, M.D., MPH, Medical Director, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan
  • Brian Keisling, Director, Bureau of Medicaid Policy, Michigan Department of Health & Human Services
  • Stephen Kingsmore, D.Sc., President/CEO of Rady Children’s Institute for Genomic Medicine
  • Bruce Korf, M.D., PhD, Chief Genomics Officer, University of Alabama Medicine,
  • Teri Manolio, M.D., PhD, Director of Division of Genomic Medicine, NHGRI 
  • Wendy R. Uhlmann, M.S., Genetic Counselor. Clinical Professor, Departments of Internal Medicine (Division of Genetic Medicine) and Human Genetics, University of Michigan
  • Susie Wingate (San Diego, CA): Hudson’s Story, Riboflavin Transporter Deficiency (RTD)
  • Carrie Wolinetz, PhD, Deputy Director, Health & Life Sciences, OSTP

A recording of the event is available here.

CONTACT: For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work regarding clinical genomics, please email press@ostp.eop.gov


Event Notice: The White House Hosts a Webinar on Progress Towards Implementation of the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan

Thursday, September 1, 2022 from 1:30 – 3:00 pm EDT

On September 3, 2021, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the National Security Council (NSC) released the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan, calling for transformative capabilities to prepare for, and combat, future epidemic and pandemic threats. Key goals focused on transforming our current medical defenses including, vaccines, diagnostics, and therapeutics, as well as strengthening disease surveillance and health systems, surge capacity, and personal protective equipment (PPE) innovation.

On September 1, 2022, the one-year anniversary of the publication of this plan, OSTP is releasing the first American Pandemic Preparedness Plan Annual Report. The report outlines our Nation’s progress towards implementation of relevant capabilities—including advances made by U.S. Government departments and agencies; highlights priority actions for government and the private sector; and identifies science and technology research and innovation opportunities to prepare the Nation for emerging pandemic threats. OSTP will provide a review of this report during a webinar on September 1, 2022 that will engage key stakeholders and highlight the progress that has been made towards achieving our Nation’s pandemic preparedness goals. Speakers will also identify ways to remove existing gaps and barriers and drive innovation for future pandemic readiness.

Open to Members of Press and the Public: “The First Annual Report on Progress Towards Implementation of the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan

WHAT: The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) is hosting a webinar on September 1, 2022 on the occasion of the release of the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan Annual Report. The webinar will review how the plan is helping to drive advances in clean indoor air as well as vaccines, therapeutics, and diagnostics research and development,  producing tools to stop, treat, and detect pandemic threats. Participants will discuss how early warning systems have been strengthened to enable the ability to detect viral threats anywhere in the world within days or weeks of their emergence.

As a key component of future response, the annual report acknowledges that simply transforming capabilities in pandemic preparedness will not be enough to achieve the goals of reducing the burden of pathogens on the world, especially in vulnerable communities. Scientific and technological advances, accordingly, are now being paired with public engagement, trust building, and recognition and resolution of previous harms and challenges in public health.

WHO:

  • Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President and head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
  • Dr. Matt Hepburn, Senior Advisor on Pandemic Preparedness to the Director of OSTP
  • Dr. Nahid Bhadelia, Senior Policy Advisor, White House COVID-19 Global Response Team
  • Dr. Sandeep Patel, Director of the Division of Research, Innovation, & Ventures, Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA)
  • Dr. Elizabeth Reynolds, Special Assistant to the President for Manufacturing and R&D, National Economic Council (NEC)
  • Dr. Andrew Hebbeler,Principal Assistant Director for Health and Life Sciences, OSTP
  • Dr. Rachel Fleurence,Senior Advisor to Dr. Francis Collins, Acting Science Advisor to the President
  • Dr. Carolyn Greene, Deputy Director of Science and Policy, Office of the U.S. Surgeon General

CONTACT: For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work on pandemic preparedness, please email press@ostp.eop.gov

August 2022

THE EVIDENCE FORUMS: Measuring and Assessing the Use of evidence

Thursday, August 18th, 2022 at 2:00-3:30PM ET

The purpose of conducting rigorous evaluations and building a base of strong evidence is to improve operations and results. For that to happen, evaluations and various other evidence-building activities should ideally be co-developed with end users, and the findings and results must be disseminated to and applied well by users and practitioners. How do agencies know if the evidence they are building is reaching the intended users? Is it being used, and if so, how?

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and Office of Management and Budget, in collaboration with the Urban Institute, invite you to the next Evidence Forum which will explore;

  1. How evidence gets transmitted effectively to appropriate users (e.g., policymakers, program administrators and staff, and communities and people affected by policies and programs) and
  2. How evidence use can be measured and assessed and what tools and strategies can be used (e.g., measurement tools, strategies for integrating users and practitioners early to ensure study relevance, accessing evidence, understanding evidence, absorption of evidence, and adoption of evidence-based practices).

The White House Hosts a Mental Health Virtual Event: The Science Behind Alcohol Misuse as a Coping Mechanism

Thursday, August 4, 2022 from 1:00 PM – 1:30 PM ET

In support of President Biden’s commitment to addressing the mental health crisis, and following the announcement of new actions as part of a comprehensive national strategy on mental health, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with relevant agencies, is working on establishing cross-agency research priorities for mental health. For those struggling with mental health conditions, research provides the opportunity to improve how to prevent, diagnose, treat, and destigmatize these disorders.

Because addressing mental health is a priority that brings Americans together, the President has made it a part of his Unity Agenda. OSTP is hosting a series of virtual events that will explore the science of the biological and behavioral basis of psychological distress and mental health challenges as well as the latest preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic options being developed to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans suffering from psychological and psychiatric conditions. To date, the series has included events on what is underlying the youth mental health crisis, what we know about mental health challenges in minority youth, mental health challenges that affect veterans, how science has offered hope for treatment-resistant depression, and a view of what may come in the future thanks to advances in neuroscience research.

Open to Members of Press and Public: “Science Behind Alcohol Misuse as a Coping Mechanism

WHAT: The White House is hosting a series of virtual conversations to highlight promising areas of current research and understand what is still needed to address the Nation’s deepening mental health crisis. This event will feature two experts in alcohol research, one of whom is also a practicing physician, to discuss how alcohol use and misuse is intertwined with other health issues – including mental health conditions, trends in alcohol use – especially the alarming increase in alcohol-related deaths during the pandemic, and what the evidence is for how people can reduce alcohol use during times of stress. 

WHO:

  • Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz is the Deputy Director for Health & Life Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
  • Dr. Aaron White is the Chief of the Epidemiology and Biometry Branch and Senior Scientific Advisor to the Director at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
  • Dr. Daniel Calac is the Chief Medical Officer of Indian Health Council and Principal Investigator of the California Native American Research Centers for Health (NARCH)

CONTACT: For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work on mental health, please email press@ostp.eop.gov

Background: The number and percentage of total American deaths that are related to alcohol have been increasing for decades, a trend which accelerated in the first year of the pandemic across all demographics. In fact, in 2020, more people between the ages of 16 and 64 died from alcohol-related deaths than COVID-19. Because of changes in society – such as the initial closure of bars and restaurants in the early days of the pandemic – there have also been changes in the way people drink. For instance, initial studies have indicated that during the pandemic there have been more young people who are drinking to relax and relieve tension or because of boredom than in prior years. This conversation will dive into the current trends from before and during the pandemic, what the science tells us about why people turn to alcohol in times of stress, the intertwining effects of alcohol misuse on mental health conditions, and evidence-based strategies to reduce drinking.

This event is the sixth in the series:


WHITE HOUSE OFFICE OF SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY POLICY (OSTP) TO HOST SUMMIT ON ADVANCED AIR MOBILITY

Wednesday, August 3, 2022 from 9:00 AM ET to 4:00 PM ET

The Advanced Air Mobility (AAM) Summit will gather stakeholders and experts from academia, civil society, Government, and the public for important conversations on the future of AAM, including uncrewed aircraft systems (UAS) – also known as drones – and electric Vertical Takeoff and Landing (eVTOL) aircraft.

The day will include remarks from White House officials, panels of experts, and breakout sessions. This summit is an opportunity for stakeholders, experts, and public leaders to convene and discuss:

  • How AAM can benefit the American people and help the Nation reach domestic policy, national security, climate, and job-creation goals;
  • The future of aviation in America and the regulatory strategy towards responsible and equitable adoption of these technologies; and
  • The challenges and opportunities presented by integrating UAS and eVTOL into the National Airspace.

Speakers:

  • Chief Gary Batton, Chief, Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma
  • Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Performing the Duties of Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Josh Geltzer, Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Homeland Security Advisor
  • Senator Bill Nelson, Administrator, National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA)

Contact: For questions, please email MBX.OSTP.AAMSummit@ostp.eop.gov or press@ostp.eop.gov.

A full agenda is available here.


THE EVIDENCE FORUMS: HOW FEDERAL FUNDING DRIVES EVIDENCE-BUILDING AT THE STATE AND LOCAL LEVELS

Monday, August 1st, 2022 at 2:00PM ET

As part of the White House Year of Evidence for Action, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in collaboration with Results for America, invite you to join the next Evidence Forum. The upcoming event will highlight the power of federal evidence-based policy, both laws and guidance, to incentivize and support state and local governments to deliver better results for their residents.

The two-part program will begin with a panel in which speakers will share strategies that have worked in their communities as well as best practices for using evidence and data to drive more equitable outcomes. Featured speakers include:

  • Julie Chávez Rodriguez (Senior Advisor, Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs)
  • Dr. Robert C. Hampshire (Deputy Assistant Secretary for Research and Technology and Chief Science Officer, U.S. Department of Transportation)
  • Mayor G.T. Bynum (Tulsa, OK)
  • Mayor Sam Liccardo (San Jose, CA)
  • President Toni Preckwinkle (Cook County, IL)

After the 2:00 PM panel, a 3:00 PM workshop on building authentic community partnerships, particularly between government entities and nonprofits will follow.

July 2022

The White House Hosts a Mental Health Virtual Event: The Future of Mental Health Treatments and Neuroscience

Thursday, July 28, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET

In support of President Biden’s commitment to addressing the mental health crisis, and following the announcement of new actions as part of a comprehensive national strategy on mental health, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with relevant agencies, is working on establishing cross-agency research priorities for mental health. For those struggling with mental health conditions, research provides the opportunity to improve how to prevent, diagnose, treat, and destigmatize these disorders.

The President has made mental health part of his Unity Agenda. OSTP is hosting a series of virtual events that will explore the science of the biological and behavioral basis of psychological distress and mental health challenges as well as the latest preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic options being developed to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans suffering from psychological and psychiatric conditions. To date, the series has included events on what is underlying the youth mental health crisis, what we know about mental health challenges in minority youth, mental health challenges that affect veterans, and how science has offered hope for treatment-resistant depression.

Open to Members of Press and Public: “The Future of Mental Health Treatments and Neuroscience

WHAT:  The White House is hosting a series of virtual conversations to highlight promising areas of current research and understand what is still needed to address the Nation’s deepening mental health crisis. This event will feature experts on the leading edge of uncovering how the human brain works, how changes to brain function can produce mental and neurological conditions, and who are supporting the development of tools to understand and treat these conditions.

WHO:

  • Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz is the Deputy Director for Health & Life Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
  • Dr. John Ngai, PhD, Director of the NIH’s Brain Research Through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies® (BRAIN) Initiative
  • Dr. Kafui Dzirasa, K. Ranga Rama Krishnan Associate Professor, Departments of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Neurobiology, Biomedical Engineering, and Neurosurgery at Duke University Medical Center

Background: Understanding the inner workings of the human brain has motivated generations of scientists. This work was amplified by the BRAIN Initiative, announced in 2013, which prompted significant public and private investment into understanding the fundamentals of the human brain in the past decade. New technologies have allowed researchers to produce a highly detailed and dynamic picture of the brain that shows how individual cells and complex neural circuits interact in both time and space. This has unique implications for mental health disorders some of which may soon be able to be targeted at the molecular or circuit level. This conversation will be a deep dive into what’s in the pipeline and “what the future holds” for treating mental health.

This event is the fifth in the series:

  • May 19, 2022 (Complete) Neuroscience Behind the Youth Mental Health Crisis – Recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok6N0maqegU
  • May 26, 2022 (Complete): Social Science Research and the Mental Health Crisis in Minority Youth and Adolescents – Recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnrJMe4LAS
  • June 23, 2022 (Complete): The Science Behind Mental Health Conditions in Veterans – Recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTVekKPxJug
  • July 21, 2022: How Science has Offered Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression
  • July 28, 2022: The Future of Mental Health Treatments and Neuroscience
  • August 4, 2022: The Science Behind Alcohol Misuse as a Coping Mechanism

White House Summit on the Future of COVID-19 Vaccines

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 at 11:00 AM ET – 3:15 PM ET

The COVID-19 pandemic demonstrates the critical importance of vaccines in saving lives and protecting the economy. Our vaccines continue to protect Americans against serious illness. At the same time, a new generation of vaccines has the potential to better prevent infections and be more broadly effective against future variants. This summit will outline a path towards these innovative, next-generation COVID-19 vaccines, featuring leaders who are on the cutting-edge of discoveries.

The event agenda will be shared closer to the event. The full RSVP link is below – please share with colleagues and members of your community. All are welcome.


The White House to host Roundtable on Ensuring Safety and Opportunity in STEM Environments: Preventing and Addressing Identity-based Harassment

Friday, July 22, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, the White House Gender Policy Council, the U.S. Department of Education, and the National Science and Technology Council’s Committee on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education will host a virtual roundtable to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Title IX; recognize the gains made in STEM to advance diversity, equity, inclusion, and accessibility; highlight the importance of anti-harassment, anti-discrimination, and safety in STEM environments; and reflect on the work still needed to protect fundamental rights to privacy, autonomy, freedom, and equality.

WHAT: “Roundtable on Ensuring Safety and Opportunity in STEM Environments: Preventing and Addressing Identity-based Harassment” Virtual Event

SPEAKERS INCLUDE:

  • Alondra Nelson, Ph.D., Deputy Assistant to the President, Deputy Director for Science and Society, Performing the Duties of the Director, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Jennifer Klein, Executive Director, White House Gender Policy Council
  • Catherine Lhamon, Assistant Secretary for Civil Rights, U.S. Department of Education
  • Carrie D. Wolinetz, Ph.D., Deputy Director for Health and Life Sciences, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Nafeesa Owens, Ph.D., Assistant Director for STEM Education, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Jean Feldman, Head, Policy Office, Division of Institution and Award Support, Office of Budget, Finance, and Award Management, National Science Foundation
  • Charlene E. Le Fauve, Ph.D., Senior Advisor to the Chief Officer for Scientific Workforce Diversity, Office of the Director,National Institutes of Health
  • J. Noah Brown, Senior Advisor, Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education, U.S. Department of Education
  • Amanda Jones, Manager, Civil Branch, Office of Human Resources, Smithsonian Institution
  • Kathryn Holland, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, University of Nebraska–Lincoln
  • Alysha Dicke, Ph.D., Technology Specialist, Patent Agent; Fish & Richardson
  • Billy Williams, Executive Vice President, Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, American Geophysical Union (AGU)
  • Frazier Benya, Ph.D., Senior Program Officer, Action Collaborative on Preventing Sexual Harassment in Higher Education, Policy and Global Affairs Division, National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine
  • Anne Kelly, Ph.D., Deputy Director, The Nature Conservancy Alaska


CONTACT: For more information, email press@ostp.eop.gov or stem@ostp.eop.gov.


The White House Hosts a Mental Health Virtual Event: How Science has Offered Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression

Thursday, July 21, 2022 at 1:00 PM ET – 1:30 PM ET

In support of President Biden’s commitment to addressing the mental health crisis, and following the announcement of new actions as part of a comprehensive national strategy on mental health, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with relevant agencies, recently announced it will establish cross-agency research priorities for mental health. For those struggling with mental health conditions, research provides the opportunity to improve how to prevent, diagnose, treat, and destigmatize these disorders.

The President has made mental health part of his Unity Agenda. OSTP is hosting a series of virtual events that will explore the science of the biological and behavioral basis of psychological distress and mental health challenges as well as the latest preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic options being developed to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans suffering from psychological and psychiatric conditions. The series has included an event on the science behind the youth mental health crisis, another session, specifically, on mental health challenges in minority youth, and a third session dedicated to understanding the particular mental health challenges in the veterans’ population and shining a light on what the Veterans Administration (VA) is doing to address these challenges.

Open to Members of Press and Public: “How Science has Offered Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression”

WHAT:  The White House is hosting a series of virtual conversations to highlight promising areas of current research and understand what is still needed to address the Nation’s deepening mental health crisis. This event will feature an expert on mood disorders who will speak about work to develop new medications for treatment-resistant depression and describe the arc from fundamental research to a now-approved treatment. We will also be joined by a patient who will give their first-hand account about what it was like to take part in this research program (tentative).

WHO:

  • Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz is the Deputy Director for Health & Life Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
  • Dr. Carlos A. Zarate, Chief, Section on the Neurobiology and Treatment of Mood Disorders and Chief of Experimental Therapeutics and Pathophysiology Branch at the National Institute of Mental Health, and Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, at The George Washington University

CONTACT: For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work on mental health, please email press@ostp.eop.gov

Background: “Treatment-resistant depression” is an acknowledgement that the individuals who suffer from it have tried several treatments to no avail. Fortunately, scientific advancements have provided some options and hope for people that suffer from this kind of depression. In 2019, FDA approved esketamine – a potent, intranasal form of ketamine – which has been show to act almost immediately to relieve depressive symptoms in many patients with this type of treatment-resistant depression. This conversation will explore the story of how this treatment was developed and the questions that still need to be answered. Dr. Zarate will also be joined by a patient who will speak to their own experience with depression and their involvement in research (tentative).

This event is the fourth in the series:

  • May 19, 2022 (Complete) Neuroscience Behind the Youth Mental Health Crisis – Recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok6N0maqegU
  • May 26, 2022 (Complete): Social Science Research and the Mental Health Crisis in Minority Youth and Adolescents – Recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnrJMe4LAS
  • June 23, 2022 (Complete): The Science Behind Mental Health Conditions in Veterans – Recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTVekKPxJug
  • July 21, 2022: How Science has Offered Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression
  • July 28, 2022: The Future of Mental Health Treatments and Neuroscience
  • August 4, 2022: The Science Behind Alcohol Misuse as a Coping Mechanism.

White House and General Services Administration to host Open Innovation Forum: Building Equitable Partnerships

Wednesday, July 20, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET -4:00 PM ET

In May 2022, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) released a Congressionally mandated report detailing Federal efforts to stimulate innovation through citizen science and open prize competitions, challenges, crowdsourcing, and other initiatives. Expanding the American public’s participation in the work of government, these tools also advance the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to an equitable science and technology ecosystem. Leaders from OSTP and the General Services Administration (GSA) will host a discussion of how these tools can be used to reimagine how Federal agencies can broaden public participation and drive innovation.

WHAT: OSTP and GSA will host a discussion of how open innovation can expand community participation in Federal activities, including setting research agendas and questions, to the benefit of science and research. In a fireside conversation, OSTP and GSA leadership will explore the role of community-led partnerships and equitable forms of participation in the Federal open innovation landscape. This event will also feature a panel with representatives from Federal agencies whose exemplary and diverse modes of engaging communities are described in the May 2022 OSTP.

WHO:

  • Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President and head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Robin Carnahan, Administrator of the U.S. General Services Administration

CONTACT: For press inquiries related to this event please email press@ostp.eop.gov. For press inquiries related to OSTP’s efforts to support citizen science, prize competitions, challenges, and crowdsourcing, please email equity@ostp.eop.gov.


June 2022

The Evidence Forums: How Inclusive Engagement Strengthens Evidence for Policy and Practice

Thursday, June 30, 2022 from 3:00-4:30pm ET

As part of the White House Year of Evidence for Action, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) in collaboration with the Pew Charitable Trusts’ Evidence Project and Management and Budget, invite you to join the kick-off event of the Evidence Forum Series.

This first Forum explores how research-practice-policy partnerships and other approaches to inclusive stakeholder engagement can be used to generate actionable evidence, improve equity, and increase the effectiveness of programs and policy. Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President and head of OSTP will provide opening remarks. The program will feature a panel of experts from inside and outside of government who will share examples of inclusive stakeholder engagement and research-practice-policy partnerships and discuss opportunities to scale and expand them.

The discussion will include approaches for, investments in, and experiences of inclusive engagement with and partnerships between researchers, policymakers, practitioners, community leaders, and others for evidence-informed policies and programs.


Sustainable Chemistry Webinar: What data and tools will best inform sustainable chemistry decisions?

Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 12:00 PM ET – 1:30 PM ET

Sustainable chemistry is a scientific field focused on the design, development, and use of products and processes that reduce or eliminate the use and generation of hazardous substances. This field seeks to improve the efficiency with which we use natural resources. On Thursday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will host a webinar to support the Administration’s commitment to being a leader in the field of sustainability.

OSTP’s National Science and Technology Council’s Strategy Team on Sustainable Chemistry will host a webinar to inform the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to moving the Federal effort on sustainable chemistry forward through coordinated interagency science and technology efforts. This webinar will provide important insight the existing tools and information as well as the data gaps and research needs to inform sustainable chemistry decisions.

This is the third in a series regarding the team’s tasks of defining, assessing and preparing a strategic plan for sustainable chemistry in response to direction in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020. The presenters in the webinar will focus on communicating the use of data and assessments to make decisions for sustainable chemistry choices and advance the technologies and processes that provide this data and contribute to sustainability. 

The speakers include Jakub Kostal from George Washington University, Renee Hackenmiller-Paradis from Nike, and Manojit Basu from CropLife America.

This webinar is open to the public and press. Participants will be able to send questions in the chat for the discussion facilitator to pose to the panel.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), as a member of the OSTP-led strategy team, will be providing technical support for this webinar. This webinar will be hosted through Teams Live and will be available at the following link. Or you can join by phone at +1 202-991-0477; Conference ID: 252 096 542#.

Contact: JEEP@ostp.eop.gov with questions. For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work on sustainable chemistry, please email press@ostp.eop.gov.  


The White House Hosts a Mental Health Virtual Event: The Science Behind Mental Health Conditions in Veterans

Thursday, June 23, 2022 from 1:00 PM ET – 1:30 PM ET

In support of President Biden’s commitment to addressing the mental health crisis, and following the recent announcement of new actions as part of a comprehensive national strategy on mental health, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with relevant agencies, recently announced it will establish cross-agency research priorities for mental health. For those struggling with mental health conditions, research provides the opportunity to improve how to prevent, diagnose, treat, and destigmatize these disorders.

The President has made mental health part of his Unity Agenda. OSTP will hold a series of virtual events that will explore the science of the biological and behavioral basis of psychological distress and mental health challenges as well as the latest preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic options being developed to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans suffering from psychological and psychiatric conditions. The series has included an event that explored the youth mental health crisis in general, and another, specifically, on mental health challenges in minority youth. This third session is dedicated to understanding the particular mental health challenges in the veterans’ population and shining a light on what the Veterans Administration (VA) is doing to address these challenges.

Open to Members of Press and Public: “The Science Behind Mental Health Conditions in Veterans

WHAT: In support of President Biden’s Unity Agenda focus on mental health, the White House is hosting a series of virtual conversations to highlight promising areas of current research and understand what is still needed to address the Nation’s deepening mental health crisis. This event features experts who will give insight into the unique mental health challenges facing veterans and what the VA – one of the largest integrated health systems in the world – is doing to prove the science and test potential treatments for these conditions in a uniquely impactful way.

WHO:

  • Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz is the Deputy Director for Health & Life Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)
  • Dr. Wendy Tenhula is the Deputy Chief Research and Development Officer at the Veterans Health Administration
  • Dr. Tamara Campbell is the Acting Executive Director at the VA’s Office of Mental Health and Suicide Prevention

WHERE: The Science Behind Mental Health Conditions in Veterans event will be conducted virtually. To register for the event, please visit:  https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_gTppasN2SMWEVbY96n4r-Q

CONTACT: For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work on mental health, please email press@ostp.eop.gov

Background: Veterans are uniquely susceptible to certain health conditions – including psychological distress and mental health challenges caused by the stressors they encounter in exposure to death, injury, threat of injury, and the stresses of daily military family life, among others. According to the Veterans Administration, about 11-20 percent of Veterans who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom or Operation Enduring Freedom have PTSD in a given year, which can be associated with suicidal thoughts or behaviors. The VA is uniquely situated to probe the science and test potential treatments for these conditions in an impactful and lasting way.

This event is the third in the series:

  • May 19, 2022 (Complete) Neuroscience Behind the Youth Mental Health Crisis – Recording available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ok6N0maqegU
  • May 26, 2022 (Complete): Social Science Research and the Mental Health Crisis in Minority Youth and Adolescents – Recording posting in process
  • June 23, 2022: The Science Behind Mental Health Conditions in Veterans
  • July 21, 2022: How Science has Offered Hope for Treatment-Resistant Depression
  • July 28, 2022: The Future of Mental Health Treatments and Neuroscience
  • August 4, 2022: The Science Behind Alcohol Misuse as a Coping Mechanism

May 2022

The White House Hosts a Conversation on Mental Health: Social Science Research and the Mental Health Crisis in Minority Youth and Adolescents

Thursday, May 26, 1:30 – 2:00 pm EDT

In support of President Biden’s commitment to addressing the mental health crisis, and following the proclamation designating May as Mental Health Awareness Month, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with relevant agencies, recently announced it will establish cross-agency research priorities for mental health. For those struggling with mental health conditions, research provides the opportunity to improve how to prevent, diagnose, treat, and destigmatize these disorders.

The President has made mental health part of his unity agenda, where he sees common ground to achieve action. OSTP will hold a series of virtual events to explore the science of the biological and behavioral basis of psychological distress and mental health challenges. During these events, participants will discuss the  latest preventive, diagnostic, and therapeutic options that are being developed to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans suffering from psychological and psychiatric conditions. The second event in this ongoing series is dedicated to the issue of social science research and the mental health crisis in minority youth and adolescents.

Thursday, May 26, 2022

Open to Members of Press and Public: “Social Science Research and the Mental Health Crisis in Minority Youth and Adolescents

WHAT: In support of President Biden’s unity agenda focus on mental health, the White House is hosting a series of virtual conversations to explore promising areas of current research and to better understand what is still needed to address the Nation’s deepening mental health crisis. This event features experts who will give insight into social science research and lead a discussion about what can be done to address the mental health crisis in minority youth and adolescents.

WHO:

  • Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz is the Deputy Director for Health & Life Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role she helps advance priority presidential efforts in the health and life sciences as part of OSTP’s mission to maximize the benefits of science and technology to advance health, prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for all Americans.
  • Dr. Kathleen Ethier is a social psychologist and the Director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health in the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention. She has served as a leader in adolescent health as well as other capacities since 1999. Prior to joining CDC, Dr. Ethier spent six years on the research faculty at Yale University studying HIV, STDs, and unplanned pregnancy prevention among women and adolescents. Her research has primarily focused on psychosocial, behavioral, and environmental factors related to adolescent mental and physical health.
  • Dr. Maria Trent is a pediatrician and adolescent/young adult medicine specialist and researcher on the faculty of the Johns Hopkins University Schools of Medicine, Nursing, and Public Health. Dr. Trent, a Bloomberg Professor of American Health.  She is the immediate past president of the Society for Adolescent Health and Medicine and over the last decade has emerged as an important advocate for adolescent and young adult health in the United States. 

WHERE: The “Social Science Research and the Mental Health Crisis in Minority Youth and Adolescents” event will be conducted virtually. To register for the event, please visit:  https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_xs9e0XURTjusftgUXQtufw

CONTACT: For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work on mental health, please email press@ostp.eop.gov

BACKGROUND: Adolescent mental health is an emerging and increasingly urgent health concern. According to new data, in 2021, more than a third (37%) of high school students reported they experienced poor mental health and 44% reported they persistently felt sad or hopeless during the past year. Twenty percent of students reported seriously considering suicide, and 9% had attempted suicide. The prevalence of having seriously considered suicide or attempting suicide was highest among females, American Indian and Alaska Native, and those who identified as LGBTQ. Additionally, more than a third (36%) of students said they experienced racism before or during the previous year. The highest levels were reported among Asian students (64%) and Black students and students of multiple races (both 55%). Experiences of racism among youth have been linked to poor mental health, academic performance, and lifelong health risk behaviors. In December 2021, the Surgeon General issued an Advisory, “Protecting Youth Mental Health,” to call public attention to this pressing public health issue.

The scope of this series of conversations  will be informed by and build on ongoing and established investments and efforts, such as the National Research Action Plan that focuses on the causes and mechanisms underlying posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and related conditions; the BRAIN Initiative aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain; and ONDCP’s Federal Recovery Research Agenda that is focused on recovery from substance use.

The White House Hosts Mental Health Virtual Event: The Science Behind the National Mental Health Crisis

Thursday, May 19, 2:30 – 3:00pm EDT

Following President Biden’s recent proclamation designating May as Mental Health Awareness Month, and the release in March of the National Mental Health Strategy, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), in collaboration with relevant agencies, today announced it will establish cross-agency research priorities for mental health with broader coordinating efforts on brain health. The scope of this effort – part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda – will be informed by and build on ongoing and established investments and efforts, such the National Research Action Plan that focuses on the causes and mechanisms underlying posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI), and related conditions; the BRAIN Initiative aimed at revolutionizing our understanding of the human brain; and ONDCP’s Federal Recovery Research Agenda that is focused on recovery from substance use. For those struggling with mental health conditions, research provides the opportunity to improve how to prevent, diagnose, treat, and destigmatize these disorders.

The OSTP commitment will be accompanied by a series of virtual events, which will explore the science of the biological and behavioral basis of psychological distress and mental health challenges as well as the latest preventative, diagnostic, and therapeutic options being developed to improve the quality of life for millions of Americans suffering from psychological and psychiatric conditions. The first event in the series is dedicated to the increasingly urgent issue of adolescent mental health.  

According to the CDC, there has been a 44 percent increase in youth suicidality from 2009 to 2019, with approximately one in six high school students reportedly making a suicide plan in the past year. It is hypothesized that a combination of changes in brain development – accelerating neurological transitions in part due to environmental exposure and nutrition – with the advent of social media and smartphones has created dire conditions that could be having a negative effect on youth mental health, potentially exacerbated by the pandemic. In December 2021, the Surgeon General issued an Advisory, “Protecting Youth Mental Health,” to call public attention to this pressing public health issue.

Open to Members of Press and Public: “The Neuroscience Behind the Youth Mental Health Crisis

WHAT: The White House will host a series of virtual conversations to highlight promising areas of current research and understand what is still needed to address the Nation’s deepening mental health crisis. This inaugural event features federal scientific thought leaders who will give insight into the contributing factors behind the youth mental health crisis and what can be done to address mental health challenges now and in the future.

WHO:

  • Dr. Carrie D. Wolinetz is the Deputy Director for Health & Life Sciences at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP). In this role she helps advance priority presidential efforts in the health and life sciences as part of OSTP’s mission to maximize the benefits of science and technology to advance health, prosperity, security, environmental quality, and justice for all Americans.
  • Dr. Shelli Avenevoli is the Deputy Director for the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). NIMH is the lead federal agency for research on mental illnesses, and seeks to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.
  • Dr. Wilson M. Compton serves as the Deputy Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) of the National Institutes of Health. NIDA’s mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health. NIDA is also the lead NIH Institute for the Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) Study, the largest long-term study of brain development and child health ever conducted in the United States.

WHERE: The Neuroscience Behind the Youth Mental Health Crisis event will be conducted virtually. To register for the event, please visit:  https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_K0sqZrUISomCZac0FZY8QQ

CONTACT: For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work on mental health, please email press@ostp.eop.gov.


Cancer Moonshot Goals Forum

Wednesday, May 11, 9:30 AM ET – 12:00 PM ET

The White House will convene a Cancer Moonshot Goals Forum, including leadership from members of the Cancer Cabinet, bringing together federal departments, agencies, and other White House components to address cancer on multiple fronts. This forum will provide an opportunity for the private sector, foundations, academic institutions, healthcare providers, and Americans to discuss the very latest efforts to reduce the deadly impact of cancer and improve patient experiences in the diagnosis, treatment, and survival of cancer across the seven pillars of how we know cancer today. President Biden re-ignited the Cancer Moonshot in February, and identified it in his State of the Union address as part of a unity agenda for the nation.

WHAT: The White House will host a forum to drive action towards the President’s goal of ending cancer as we know it today. Danielle Carnival (White House Cancer Moonshot Coordinator) will welcome participants to the event, followed by opening remarks from Alondra Nelson (performing the duties of Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy). Cancer Cabinet leadership will participate in fireside chats on driving innovation in prevention and therapies and preventing cancer. There will also be testimonials from people living with cancer, survivors, and caregivers focused on specific areas to prioritize progress.

WHO:

  • Denis McDonough, U.S. Secretary of Veterans Affairs
  • Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President and head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Francis Collins, Acting Science Advisor to the President
  • Cat Oakar, Special Assistant to the President for Community Public Health and Disparities
  • Andrea Palm, Deputy Secretary for Health and Human Services
  • Stephen Cha, Department of Health and Human Services Counselor to the Secretary
  • Danielle Carnival, White House Cancer Moonshot Coordinator
  • Chavonda Jacobs-Young, Administrator, U.S. Department of Agriculture-Agriculture Research Service

WHERE:  The Cancer Moonshot Goals Forum will be conducted as a hybrid event. The livestream for members of the public and press can be found at www.whitehouse.gov/live.

CONTACT: For more information and to engage with the Cancer Moonshot effort, please visit: Cancer Moonshot. For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work on Cancer Moonshot, please email press@ostp.eop.gov.


SUSTAINABLE CHEMISTRY OUTREACH ACTIVITIES

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy’s National Science and Technology Council’s Strategy Team on Sustainable Chemistry will host outreach activities in May to help the Biden-Harris Administration fulfill our commitment to moving the Federal effort on sustainable chemistry forward through coordinated interagency science and technology efforts.

Friday, May 6, 2022 from 10:00 AM ET – 11:30 AM ET

The Small Business Administration Office of Advocacy is convening virtually an environmental roundtable to discuss the role of small business in sustainable chemistry and small business perspectives on the questions posed in OSTP’s Request for Information (RFI) published in the Federal Register. There will be a presentation on the mission of the Strategy Team on Sustainable Chemistry and on the RFI, followed by a presentation on the role of third-party standards in sustainable chemistry, and then an open discussion.

For more information about the Office of Advocacy’s Small Business Roundtables or to RSVP, email Assistant Chief Counsel Dave Rostker. This event is not open to members of the media. For press inquiries related to this event or OSTP’s work on Sustainable Chemistry, please email press@ostp.eop.gov.

Thursday, May 12, 2022 from 1:00 PM ET – 2:30 PM ET

The Strategy Team on Sustainable Chemistry will host the second webinar in a series regarding the team’s tasks of defining, assessing and preparing a strategic plan in the area of Sustainable Chemistry in response to direction in the National Defense Authorization Act of 2020. The presenters in the webinar will discuss the science, technology, and innovation needs of the chemical industries, including carbon capture, sustainable process design, and chemical separation technologies.

The speakers include Dionisios (Dion) G. Vlachos from the University of Delaware, Joan F. Brennecke from the University of Texas at Austin, and Jennifer Wilcox, the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary in the Office of Fossil Energy and Carbon Management at the Department of Energy.

Link to the RFI: Federal Register :: Request for Information: Sustainable Chemistry

Contact: JEEP@ostp.eop.gov with questions. Be on the lookout for a third webinar in June.

PRESIDENT BIDEN’S CANCER CABINET TO HOST CANCER MOONSHOT COMMUNITY CONVERSATIONS

As part of President Biden’s Unity Agenda commitment to ending cancer as we know it, Federal agencies and departments that are part of the Cancer Cabinet will host a series of virtual roundtable discussions on Wednesday to inform and advance Cancer Moonshot Priorities. The Cancer Cabinet is a central driver of President Biden’s vision for a whole-of-government approach to ending cancer as we know it.

Achieving the bold goals laid out by the President with his re-ignition of the Cancer Moonshot in February will take all of us. Progress will be informed by patients, caregivers, and families and made by all parts of the oncology community and beyond. These Cancer Moonshot Community Conversations will provide venues for the private sector, foundations, academic institutions, healthcare providers, and all Americans to join the mission of reducing the deadly impact of cancer and improving patient experiences in the diagnosis, treatment, and survival of cancer.

WHAT: Cancer Moonshot Community Conversations are a series of virtual events hosted by the Cancer Cabinet Federal agencies and departments.

WHEN: Throughout the day on Wednesday, May 4, 2022

SESSIONS: Registration is required for some individual sessions, click on the link to learn more

10:00 –11:00 AMWhite House Gender Policy Council The Intersection of Gender Equity and Cancer Care and Prevention (recording available later)
11:00 – 12:00 PMCenters for Disease Control and PreventionPerspectives on Cancer and the Environment
11:00 – 12:00 PMFood and Drug AdministrationMoving on Equity: OCE Expands Diversity Initiative
12:00 – 1:00 PMNational Cancer Institute/National Institutes of HealthDoubling Clinical Trials Accrual
1:00 – 2:00 PMDepartment of Health and Human ServicesEngaging Patients and Communities on Tobacco Cessation
1:00 – 2:00 PMDepartment of DefenseCancer Health Equity and Military-Relevant Environmental Exposures
2:00 – 3:00 PMHealth Resources and Services AdministrationAdvancing Equity in Cancer Prevention in Primary Care and Rural Health Settings
3:00 – 4:00 PMDepartment of AgriculturePreventing Cancer through Healthy Eating
3:00 – 4:00 PMCenters for Medicare & Medicaid ServicesPatient Experience and Access in Cancer Care, with a focus on Inequities
4:00 – 5:00 PMDepartment of Veterans AffairsAiming for the Moon(shot): Accelerating Lung Cancer Care & Research

April 2022

WHITE HOUSE ROUNDTABLE – “KNOWLEDGE IN NATURE: HOW NATURE CAN HELP GROW A BETTER FUTURE”

Thursday, April 21, 2022 from 1:00 PM ET – 3:00 PM ET

In celebration of Earth Day, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will host a virtual roundtable on “Knowledge in Nature.” The event will discuss new Biden-Harris Administration initiatives for assessing, accounting for, and finding solutions in nature.

Nature is the foundation for our food supply, purifies the water we drink, absorbs floodwaters and buffers storms, combats the climate crisis, creates jobs, and strengthens public health. And yet as a nation, we don’t fully understand, value, or track the state of nature and the manifold benefits that it provides. Simply put, the health and vitality of our nation and the American people rely directly on nature – but we have not incorporated that knowledge into most decisions.

The discussion will bring together experts in economics, the environment, and infrastructure, with business, Tribal, governmental, and non-profit leaders to discuss what more we can do so that we and nature thrive and our national policies reflect the foundational role of nature in achieving goals for climate, equity, and the economy.

Contact: NaturePolicies@ostp.eop.gov with questions.

Speakers include:

  • Secretary Deb Haaland, Department of the Interior
  • Secretary Gina Raimondo, Department of Commerce
  • Chair Brenda Mallory, White House Council on Environmental Quality
  • Dr. Alondra Nelson, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Dr. Jane Lubchenco, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Governor Michael Chavarria, Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Garrett Altmann, Santa Clara Pueblo
  • Dr. Ann Bartuska, Resources for the Future (RFF)
  • Afsaneh Beschloss, RockCreek
  • Dr. Bobby Cochran, Rural Community Assistance Partnership
  • Dr. Diane Coyle, Cambridge University
  • Dr. Elizabeth Gray, National Audubon Society
  • Dr. Laura Helmuth, Scientific American
  • Dr. Solomon Hsiang, University of California Berkeley
  • Dr. Carter Ingram, Pollination Group
  • Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic Society
  • Dr. Dawn Wright, Environmental Systems Research Institute (ESRI)
  • Scott Wu, California Infrastructure and Economic Development Bank

We look forward to welcoming you for a national conversation about ideas that place nature at the core of our economy and our lives. And we hope to see you outside on Earth Day, April 22nd.


WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON STRENGTHENING THE NATION’S EARLY WARNING SYSTEM FOR HEALTH THREATS

Tuesday, April 19, 2022 from 9:00am ET – 11:30am ET

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will host the Summit for Strengthening the Nation’s Early Warning System for Health Threats – in support of the launch of the Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics.

The Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics (CFA) is a new center established as a national resource at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). CFA’s goal is to enable timely, effective decision-making to improve outbreak response using data, models, and analytics. The center will grow to support government and community leaders, with a focus on identifying and addressing the needs of our Nation’s most vulnerable communities. Analogous to a National Weather Service for infectious diseases, the center will also develop resources to provide insights about infectious disease events to the public.  Planning for the CFA began in August 2021 with initial funding of $200 million from the American Rescue Plan.

The full event recording can be found here.

Event Agenda:

Event Facilitator: Dr. Matthew Hepburn, Senior Advisor to the OSTP Director for Pandemic Prevention, OSTP

9:00am-9:40am – Introducing the Nation’s Center for Forecasting and Outbreak Analytics

Welcoming Remarks: Dr. Alondra Nelson, head of the OSTP and Deputy Assistant to the President

Opening Remarks: Mr. Jake Sullivan, Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs

Opening Remarks: Dr. Ashish Jha, White House COVID-19 Response Coordinator and Counselor to the President

Center’s Keynote: Dr. Rochelle Walensky, Director, CDC

9:40am-9:45am – Break

9:45am–10:15am – Next-Generation Public Health Data and Analytics

Moderator: Dr. Caitlin Rivers, Associate Director, CFA, CDC

Panelists:

  • Dr. Margaret Hamburg, Chair, Commonwealth Fund, Commission on a National Public Health System
  • Dr. James Lu, CEO and Co-Founder, Helix
  • Dr. Marc Lipsitch, Director for Science, CFA, CDC
  • Mr. Pierre Grand, Partnership & Collaborations Lead, WHO Hub for Pandemic & Epidemic Preparedness

10:15am-10:45am – Enabling Local Governments

Moderator: Dr. Seema Yasmin, Director of Research and Education at the Stanford Health Communication Initiative, Stanford University

Panelists:

  • Dr. Betsey Tilson, State Health Director and Chief Medical Officer, North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services
  • Dr. Lynn Paxton, District Health Director, Fulton County, Georgia
  • Mr. Mark Yancy, CEO, NashvilleHealth
  • Ms. Meredith Sumpter, Director for Justice, Health, and Democracy Impact Initiative, New America
  • Dr. Joe Francis, Executive Director, Analytics and Performance Integration, Veterans Health Administration

10:45am-11:15am – Strengthening the System for Americans

Moderator: Dr. Freda Lewis Hall, Senior Advisor, Black Coalition Against COVID-19

Panelists:

  • Dr. Mark McClellan, Executive Director, Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy, Duke University
  • Dr. Loretta Christensen, Chief Medical Officer, Indian Health Service
  • Ms. Pat Wang, President and CEO, HealthFirst
  • Dr. Richard Feifer, Chief Medical Officer, President of Genesis Physician Services, Genesis HealthCare

11:15am- 11:30am – Closing Remarks

Dr. Sandi Ford, Special Assistant to the President for Public Health & Science, Domestic Policy Council


WHITE HOUSE SUMMIT ON EVIDENCE FOR ACTION

Thursday, April 7, 2022 at 2:00 PM ET – 5:00 PM ET

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and Office of Management and Budget (OMB) will co-host an inaugural White House Summit on Evidence for Action to share leading practices from Federal Agencies to generate and use research evidence to advance better, more equitable outcomes for all of America; build and institutionalize a culture of evidence-based policymaking inside the Federal Government; and create new and enhanced pathways for connection and collaboration between the evidence communities inside and outside of the Federal Government. During the Summit, panelists will highlight the experiences and perspectives of leaders within the Federal evidence community, and the closing presentation will showcase what beneficial policy outcomes can be achieved for the American public when researchers and community partners use diverse methods to translate evidence into actionable policy insights.

The Summit will kick off a Year of Evidence for Action dedicated to enhancing evidence-based policymaking by the Federal Government. President Biden and Vice President Harris have set the stage for this effort, identifying that the same set of laws, regulations, and structures often lead to radically divergent outcomes for different people – and committing to placing the needs of all people and communities at the center of policy. The Year of Evidence for Action will call on Federal agencies, academic researchers, and leaders across sectors to use the insights of research to expose and address disparities — in health and wealth, in infrastructure and education — and improve lives across America.

REGISTER:  A summary of the event will be posted on the White House Blog and Evaluation.gov.

CONTACT: Information by request at evidence@omb.eop.gov.

EVENT AGENDA:

2:00pm: Welcome Remarks: Introduction to the Opening Plenary Panel – Dr. Christina Ciocca Eller, Assistant Director for Evidence and Policy, Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP)

2:10pmLessons from Crossing Divides: Leadership Panel on Evidence for Action

  • Dr. Alondra Nelson, Deputy Assistant to the President and Performing the Duties of Director, OSTP
  • Dr. Sabeel Rahman, Senior Counselor, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs
  • Robert Santos, Director, U.S. Census Bureau 
  • Dr. Naomi Goldstein, Deputy Assistant Secretary for Planning, Research, and Evaluation and Chief Evaluation Officer, Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (retired)
  • Jason Miller, Deputy Director for Management, Office of Management and Budget (OMB); panel moderator

2:55pm: Break

3:00pm: Introduction to The Interactive Hour: Leading Practices in Evidence Creation and Use within the Federal Government – Dr. Christina Ciocca Eller (OSTP)

3:05pm: Flash Panel: Agency Learning Agendas and Evidence-based Policy

  • Dr. Matthew Soldner, Chief Evaluation Officer, U.S. Department of Education
  • Dr. Clemencia Cosentino, Chief Evaluation Officer, National Science Foundation
  • Dr. Christina Yancey, Chief Evaluation OfficerU.S. Department of Labor
  • Dr. Diana Epstein, Evidence Team Lead, OMBpanel moderator

3:25pm: Flash Panel: Advancing Evidence for Equity through the American Rescue Plan

  • Dr. Clarence Wardell, Chief Data and Equitable Delivery Officer, White House American Rescue Plan Team, and Senior Advisor for Policy Implementation and Delivery, White House Domestic Policy Council
  • Jed Herrmann, Senior Advisor for Policy Outreach, Office of Recovery Programs, U.S. Department of Treasury
  • Elana Safran, Behavioral Scientist-Portfolio Lead, Office of Evaluation Sciences, U.S. General Services Administration
  • Tina Walha, Director of Public Digital, U.S. Digital Response; panel moderator

3:45pm: Flash Panel: Evidence to Support the President’s Management Agenda

  • Pam Coleman, Associate Director, Performance and Personnel Management, OMB
  • Dr. Meg Kays, Evaluation Officer, U.S. Office of Personnel Management
  • Nichelle Johnson Billips, White House Leadership Development Fellow, OMB; panel moderator

4:05pm: Break

4:10pm: Next Steps: The Year of Evidence for Action – Dr. Christina Ciocca Eller (OSTP)

4:15pm: Introduction to the Closing Plenary Panel – Dr. Diana Epstein (OMB)

4:20pm: Co-creating Actionable Evidence to Advance Equity: The “Creating Moves to Opportunity” Research Partnership

  • Dr. Raj Chetty, William A. Ackman Professor of Economics, Harvard University; Director, Opportunity Insights
  • Dr. Stefanie DeLuca, James Coleman Professor of Social Policy and Sociology, Johns Hopkins University; Director of the Poverty and Inequality Research Lab
  • Andria Lazaga, Director of Policy and Strategic Initiatives, Seattle Housing Authority

5pm: Closing Remarks – Dr. Christina Ciocca Eller (OSTP)

5:05-6pm: Social Hour (All are welcome to stay for informal conversation in breakout rooms)

March 2022

White House Virtual Event – “Let’s Clear the Air on COVID: An OSTP Discussion on Clean Indoor Air”

Tuesday, March 29, 2022 at 12:30 PM ET – 2:00 PM ET

On Tuesday, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) will host a virtual event spotlighting the science behind improving indoor air quality to reduce COVID-19 transmission and produce better overall health outcomes – and how to engage Americans on the topic. This event continues OSTP’s work to advance science and technology that benefits all people. The Biden-Harris Administration identified improved indoor air quality as an important tool to fight the spread of airborne diseases in the American Pandemic Preparedness Plan last September. This month, the Environmental Protection Agency, in collaboration with other Federal departments and agencies, launched the Clean Air in Buildings Challenge and released a practical guide for building managers, contractors, homeowners, and business owners to create an action plan for cleaner indoor air. This event will encourage all people to increase their air awareness and take simple, but powerful, actions to improve indoor air quality.

Dr. Alondra Nelson, head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy will host a public event on the science behind clean indoor air featuring public health experts, social scientists, and engineers.

Dr. Nelson will open the event with a fireside chat discussion with fellow social scientist and journalist Dr. Zeynep Tufekci (University of North Carolina and New York Times) on how ventilation is a critical part of preventing the spread of future variants and pandemics. Air quality experts Dr. Joseph Allen (Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health) and Dr. Linsey Marr (Virginia Tech) will discuss the science behind clean indoor air, and Kenneth Martinez (Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium) will discuss steps individuals can take to improve ventilation and filtration. Tracy Enger of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will highlight the history of the agency’s work to improve indoor air in schools, the work ahead, and available resources for improving ventilation in your home, office building, or business.

EVENT TRANSCRIPT & RECORDING : A transcript of the event can be found here. A recording of the event is available here.

CONTACT: Information by request at indoorair@ostp.eop.gov; to schedule interviews, please email press@ostp.eop.gov.

EVENT AGENDA:

12:30-12:35pm – Opening remarks by Dr. Alondra Nelson (Head of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy)

12:35-1:00pm – Dr. Alondra Nelson hosts a fireside chat with Dr. Zeynep Tufekci (Associate Professor at University of North Carolina and New York Times columnist)

A discussion of the history of ventilation and public health, innovation and pandemic prevention, and the relationship between science and society  

1:00-1:30pm – The Basics of Why You Should Care About Indoor Air

  • Dr. Linsey Marr (Professor of Civil and Environmental Engineering, Virginia Tech)
  • Dr. Joseph Allen (Associate Professor at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health)

Discussion will be facilitated by OSTP Senior Advisor for Biotechnology and Bioeconomy Dr. Georgia Lagoudas

1:30-1:40pm – How to Take Care of Indoor Air

  • Kenneth Martinez (Chief Science Officer, Integrated Bioscience and Built Environment Consortium)

Discussion will be facilitated by OSTP Senior Policy Advisor for Biosecurity Dr. Stephanie Guerra.

1:40-1:58pm – EPA’s Work on Clean Indoor Air in Schools and Beyond

  • Tracy Enger (IAQ Tools for Schools Team Leader/Program Analyst, Indoor Environments Division, US Environmental Protection Agency)

Discussion will be facilitated by OSTP Senior Policy Advisor for Public Engagement in Science Dr. Erica Kimmerling

1:58-2:00pm – Closing

White House Summit: Developing a Bold Decadal Vision for Commercial Fusion Energy

Thursday, March 17, 2022 at 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM ET

Watch live as the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) host a summit on Developing a Bold Decadal Vision for Commercial Fusion Energy. This summit will convene fusion energy leaders from government, industry, academia, and other stakeholder groups to showcase progress made and have inclusive conversations about an updated fusion strategy.

See the full agenda below or download it here . The event will be livestreamed at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oUknjLH4HEo.

Fusion – the same reaction that powers the sun – has the potential to be a game-changing technology to help us achieve net-zero emissions by 2050, increase energy security, and enhance U.S. technology leadership. Decades of public investment, billions of dollars of new private investment, and major recent scientific advances suggest that now is the time to move boldly to accelerate development of commercial fusion energy.

 See the White House Fact Sheet on Developing a Bold Decadal Vision for Commercial Fusion Energy here.

Event Agenda

10:00AM – 10:25AM | Opening Remarks

  • Alondra Nelson – Head of the Office of Science and Technology Policy & Deputy Assistant to the President
  • Jennifer Granholm – United States Secretary of Energy
  • Gina McCarthy – National Climate Advisor, White House
  • Brenda Mallory – Chair, Council on Environmental Quality
  • Donald Beyer – U.S. Representative & Chair, Bipartisan House Fusion Caucus
  • Chuck Fleischmann – U.S. Representative & Member, Bipartisan House Fusion Caucus

10:30AM – 10:35AM | Video: DOE Progress on Fusion

10:35AM – 11:15AM | Panel: Status and Benefits of Fusion Technology

  • Moderator: Kimberly Budil – Director, Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory
  • Kathy McCarthy – Associate Laboratory Director for Fusion & Fission Energy & Science, Oak Ridge National Laboratory
  • Steven Cowley – Director, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory
  • Anne White – Head, Nuclear Science and Engineering, MIT
  • Mark Berry – Vice President, Research and Development, Southern Company
  • Abdalla Darwish – Presidential Professor, Dillard University

11:20AM – 12:00PM | Panel: Energy Justice and Public Engagement

  • Moderator: Seth Hoedl – President, Chief Science Officer, & Co-Founder, Post Road Foundation
  • Shalanda Baker – Secretarial Advisor on Equity & Deputy Director for Energy Justice, Department of Energy
  • Matthew McKinzie – Senior Director, Planning and Operations, Climate & Clean Energy Program, NRDC
  • Stephanie Diem – Assistant Professor, Department of Engineering Physics, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Amy Roma – Partner, Global Energy Practice Leader, Hogan Lovells
  • Amelia Chambliss – Researcher, Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

12:05PM – 12:45 PM | Panel: Fusion Industry Vision

  • Moderator: Carly Anderson –Chemical Engineer & Partner, Prime Movers Lab
  • Andrew Holland – Chief Executive Officer, Fusion Industry Association
  • David Kirtley – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Helion Energy
  • Bob Mumgaard – Co-Founder & Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Fusion Systems
  • AJ Kantor – Chief of Staff, Zap Energy
  • Michl Binderbauer – Chief Executive Officer, TAE Technologies
  • Greg Piefer – Founder & Chief Executive Officer, SHINE Medical Technologies

12:50PM – 01:00PM | Closing Remarks

  • Sally Benson – Deputy Director for Energy & Chief Strategist for the Energy Transition, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy
  • Geraldine Richmond – Under Secretary for Science and Innovation, U.S. Department of Energy

*Note: All information provided during or after the event is considered the opinion of an individual entity and not considered part of a group or consensus recommendation.*

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