Earlier today the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) held a public meeting in Washington. As is the recent custom, it was a half-day morning meeting on a Friday. Also as custom, a webcast was made and the archive will be available within a few days.
The meeting began with a presentation on the latest edition of Science and Engineering Indicators, published every other year by the National Science Board. The Board has continued to update the way the Indicators are presented, with the website for the 2016 edition demonstrating additional means of diving into report data, including state indicators and a digest.
The later presentations were about health. The first of those focused on the One Health program, supported in the U.S. out of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. It is a global effort focused on disease processes in both animal health and human health and how they both relate to the health of the environment. The other health presentation in the meeting concerned the frontiers of cancer research. This was certainly influenced by the recent effort by the Obama Administration to address roadblocks in cancer research.
While no official announcement or Federal Register notice is out, I would expect the next PCAST meeting to take place in May, possibly early June.