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President Jackson Appointed to the President’s Council of Advisors on  Science and Technology
President Barack Obama has appointed Rensselaer President Shirley Ann Jackson as a member of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). The announcement came in a speech at the annual meeting of the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. 

Noting the need to engage the scientific community in the work of public policy, President Obama said: “This council represents leaders from many scientific disciplines who will bring a diversity of experiences and views. I will charge PCAST with advising me about national strategies to nurture and sustain a culture of scientific innovation.”

PCAST is a 20-member, private sector advisory group, drawn from industry, education, research institutions, and other nongovernmental organizations, and chaired by the Assistant to the President for Science and Technology, and Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), Dr. John Holdren.  

“This PCAST is a group of exceptional caliber as well as diversity, covering a wide range of expertise and backgrounds across the relevant science, engineering, and innovation fields and sectors,” Dr. John Holdren said, speaking at the April 27 announcement. “The President and I expect to make major use of this extraordinary group as we work to strengthen our country’s capabilities in science and technology and bring them more effectively to bear on the national challenges we face.”

“The agenda President Obama outlined in his remarks at the National Academies demonstrates, in a profound way, his commitment to and enthusiasm for the power of science and technology to transform our society,” President Jackson said. “Across a broad front — from reinvigorating science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, to support for the propagation of the results of scientific research into the public policy arena and into commerce — he is renewing our national commitment to scientific discovery and technological innovation. I am honored to join this effort.”
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 6, June 12, 2009
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