Mid-Summer PCAST Meeting Could Be Full of Surprises

The July 15th meeting of the President’s Council of Advisers for Science and Technology (PCAST) has the potential for some interesting disclosures, assuming the current agenda holds.  It should, at least, keep the newest member of PCAST engaged.  You can register online, and the meeting will be webcast, as is common practice.

The morning sessions (public sessions, mind you, there are often PCAST-only sessions at these meetings) will focus on U.S. universities.  The chair of the National Academies study on research universities and the chairs of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences study on research funding and universities will speak.

The afternoon has a rare focus on technology for PCAST.  Outgoing Chief Information Officer Vivek Kundra will speak before the Council.  Director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) David Kappos will also appear, possibly to discuss the current patent reform bill (that could give USPTO authority to spend all of the fees it collects) and the Office’s plans to develop branch offices.

There will also be an update on a pending PCAST report on carbon sequestration.  I’ll take a guess that public comments may target this particular report.