Keeping with past practice, the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) is meeting again tomorrow. This is the second meeting of the new year, and the tenth meeting of PCAST in this administration. As usual, the meeting will be webcast, but they ask for people attending in person to register.
The public meeting is relatively short this time, and per the latest agenda, there are no emergent subject themes as there have been in the past. In fact, a large chunk of the meeting is focused on active and past reports by the Council, specifically on higher education in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM); biodiversity preservation and sustainability; and influenza. The topic of influenza was part of two PCAST reports in connection with the 2009 H1N1 virus, and the briefing will focus on how the report recommendations have (or have not) been adopted. The STEM report is actually new, as the one released last year focused on K-12 education.
Personally, I’m most looking forward to hearing from the Chief Statistician, which I didn’t even know was an official government position, but it is part of the Office of Management and Budget, specifically the Statistics Policy Office which is part of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. Ms. Wallman has served as Chief Statistician since 1992.
The meeting is scheduled to start tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Eastern, and run until 5 p.m. Visit the PCAST website in order to find the webcast.