Former UC President and UC Irvine Chancellor Jack Peltason, a CCST Senior Fellow, has died at 91 of Parkinson's disease.
"He was passionate that science should inform policy," said CCST Executive Director Susan Hackwood. "Jack Peltason was a true leader and a thoughtful scholar."
California's economic woes of the past decade are well-known by now. The cost of doing business
in the state remains high, according to Forbes, and the state's business tax climate has been
criticized by organizations such as the Tax Foundation. It was a surprise to some, as a result, when
Bloomberg recently called California the "best state for business right now."
CalTAC was formed in 2005 as a means for bringing real world classroom experience - the wisdom
of practice - to policy makers and others whose decisions affect the quality of science and math
education in California schools. Made up of a carefully selected group of award winning, highly
accomplished teachers from across the state, CalTAC has been working to provide greater
opportunities for students to engage in the STEM disciplines as well as to improve their academic
CCST S&T Policy Fellows: Science and Technology Informing Policy
In 2009, CCST launched a program to embed scientists directly in the California state
legislature. Ten young PhDs scientists were awarded fellowships in a variety of committee and
legislator offices in Sacramento. Five years later, this pilot program has been declared a success
and extended. Our Fellows are in high demand in Sacramento, and their contributions have been
praised year after year on the floor of the California Assembly and Senate.