National Academy of Sciences

To support public interaction with the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology

  • Amount $150,000
  • City Washington, DC
  • Investigator William Skane
  • Year 2010
  • Program
  • Sub-program

The President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) makes recommendations directly to the President and to the Executive Office of the President. The current co-chairs are Nobel Laureate Harold Varmus, President of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and Professor Eric Lander, Director of the Broad Institute at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard. Important in any administration, PCAST now has especially high stature and an ambitious agenda. For this reason, leaders from PCAST and from the National Academy of Sciences have asked Sloan to join with other private foundations in supporting PCAST as it implements President Obama's call for more open government. Many of the planned report topics are of special interest to the Foundation, including education in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics; influenza vaccinology; energy research; and carbon offsets. Two thirds of funding from this grant will support travel by approximately ten outside experts to participate in each of ten PCAST meetings. The other third supports electronic communication with the public through webcasts, policy wikis, and other innovative outreach services including social networking.

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