The last of the catch-up posts, my next posts will be written in a more timely manner. I believe if I keep telling myself that it will actually come true J. The same week that I visited the National Academies, I got to attend the open portion of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST). To say it was interesting to listen to the discussions of this group would be an immense understatement. The council is made up of an impressive array of people from both industry and academia.
The majority focus of this meeting was STEM Education, although they had several sessions relating to the role of science and technology in foreign policy which were also very interesting. The Einstein Fellows got a couple of “shout outs” during the meeting from Bill Valdez as well as Bruce Alberts – yeah us!! More than anything, this meeting really gave me an impression of how policy gets formed and how people in positions of power gather the information they need to make decisions about areas in which they are not an expert.
All of the sessions were webcast and the webcasts are archived at: http://www.tvworldwide.com/events/pcast/091022/. You can see me at the beginning of the webcast of the Thursday, 2:00PM session on Federal STEM Initiatives.