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Information for Critical Issues in California: 2013-2014 CCST Annual Report

CCST Annual Report

This year CCST has concentrated on issues with significant potential to transform the state: digital education, which means new, untested roles for teachers that offer transformational potential for education; a systems approach to water, with high-quality information provided through a portal that everyone can use; and providing independent and credible information on oil-well stimulation that inform decision-makers efforts to balance good jobs, safety and environmental challenges.


2013-14 CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows Praised by Legislature

Senate President Pro Tem Steinberg

The fifth cohort of CCST Science and Technology Policy Fellows has received formal recognition for their service by the leadership of both the California State Assembly and the Senate, with the Fellows earning praise for their contributions and dedication. "This is a terrific program," said Senate President pro Tem Darrell Steinberg, in acknowledging the Fellows who worked with the California Senate this past year.


Featured Publications

The California's Energy Future Projects

The California's Energy Future (CEF) projects explore what's needed to meet the state's goals, answering the call of S-3-05 - the executive order from 2005 mandating the reduction of the state's emissions to 80 percent below the 1990 level by 2050.

There are two sets of CEF reports. The original CEF series, which concluded in 2013, looks at the technical feasibility of meeting the emission reduction goals. CCST is currently engaged in a second series, California's Energy Future - Policy (CEF-P), which is looking at the policy implications of the technical requirements.


CCST's Cal TAC Initiates STEM Teaching Excellence Program

CalTAC

The S.D. Bechtel, Jr. Foundation has awarded a grant to the California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC) at the California Council on Science and Technology (CCST), to help Cal TAC build a new STEM Teaching Excellence Program (STEP) designed to strengthen STEM teaching quality and leadership in California.


Cal TAC Member Recognized as Top 100 Computer Science Educator

CEF-P report

Art Lopez, a member of CCST's California Teacher Advisory Council (Cal TAC), was selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Center for Women & Information Technology as one of the top 100 computer science educators in the US, and participated in a workshop to help launch Computer Science Education Week in Washington, D.C. on December 8 and 9.


CCST Releases Report on Well Stimulation Technologies

Well Stimulation

CCST has released a report on well stimulation technologies, including hydraulic fracturing, used in on-shore oil reservoirs in the state of California. This study was commissioned by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and will inform BLM's oil and gas policies in California.