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June 2022

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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