Have Some Science With Your Cheese Tomorrow

The Obama Administration will hold its third “Big Block of Cheese Day” tomorrow.  While inspiration comes from the television program The West Wing, and the administration of Andrew Jackson, the questions come from online, allowing for a much more managed process.

Various Cabinet officials and other senior members of the White House Staff and Executive Branch will be answering questions during the day tomorrow, from 10 a.m. Eastern until 6:30 p.m.  (Never mind the two Senators ending the festivities).

There are two sessions focused on science and technology matters.  From 2-3 p.m. you can listen to various energy and environmental officials, including the Secretary of Energy, the Environmental Protection Agency Administrator and staff from the Department of the Interior.  From 3-4 p.m. the focus is on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  The participants will include the President’s science adviser, the Chief Technology Officer and Bobak FederowskiFerdowsi from NASA.  He was a flight engineer on the last Mars rover mission and is currently involved on a Europa mission.

Another post-State of the Union event has been the State of STEM, which started the year before the Big Block of Cheese Day.  However, I cannot find any mention of this event – where many more science and technology agency personnel and related White House staff answer questions – taking place tomorrow.  As it, like the Big Block of Cheese Day, follows the State of the Union, it’s absence is striking.  But they may simply be postponing the event rather than cancelling it.  As some of the same officials participating in the State of STEM events participated in past Big Block of Cheese Day discussions, it may simply be an issue of scheduling.

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