Earth Science Week 2016

What is Earth Science Week?

Since October 1998, the American Geosciences Institute (AGI) has organized this national and international event to help the public gain a better understanding and appreciation for the Earth Sciences and to encourage stewardship of the Earth. Traditionally held in the second full week of October, Earth Science Week encourages the understanding and promotion of earth science at local, state, national and international levels.

2007 marked the tenth annual Earth Science Week. Each year, AGI organizes Earth Science Week as a service to its member societies, with generous help from major partners which provide funding, donated materials, organize events and publicize the celebration. Continuing partners include the United States Geological Survey (USGS), the American Association of Petroleum Geologists (AAPG) Foundation, the National Park Service (NPS), NASA, and NOAA.

People in all 50 states and in more than five countries have participated in Earth Science Week events and activities, ranging from educators teaching Earth science activities in their classrooms to open houses held at major USGS field stations. State geological surveys are also key participants, and are responsible for having official proclamations issued by their state’s governor.

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“We’ll restore science to its rightful place.”

President Obama’s Inaugural Address, 2009


On January 20, 2009, President Obama issued a simple and powerful pledge: to restore science to its rightful place. Coming into office, the President was committed to reinvigorating the American scientific enterprise through a strong commitment to basic and applied research, innovation, and education; to restoring integrity to science policy; and most importantly, to making decisions on the basis of evidence, rather than ideology.

Today, the Administration is releasing a list of 100 examples of the profound impact that the President’s leadership has had in building U.S. capacity in science, technology, and innovation and bringing that capacity to bear on national goals. The release of this list also marks the milestone of Dr. John P. Holdren becoming, on June 18, 2016, the longest-serving President’s Science Advisor since Vannevar Bush pioneered a similar role while serving Presidents Roosevelt and Truman during and after World War II.


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Natl Medals of Science & Technology and Innovation 2016 Ceremony

President Obama to Honor Nation’s Leading Scientists and Innovators

Today, the White House announced the latest recipients of the National Medal of Science and National Medal of Technology and Innovation—our Nation’s highest honors for achievement and leadership in advancing the fields of science and technology. The new awardees will receive their medals at a White House ceremony early next year.

“Science and technology are fundamental to solving some of our Nation’s biggest challenges,” President Obama said. “The knowledge produced by these Americans today will carry our country’s legacy of innovation forward and continue to help countless others around the world. Their work is a testament to American ingenuity.”

The National Medal of Science was created by statute in 1959 and is administered for the White House by the National Science Foundation. Awarded annually, the Medal recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to science and engineering. The President receives nominations from a committee of Presidential appointees based on their extraordinary knowledge in and contributions to chemistry, engineering, computing, mathematics, and the biological, behavioral/social, and physical sciences.

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This year’s recipients are listed below.

National Medal of Science Award 

Dr.        Armand Paul Alivisatos      
Dr.        Michael Artin      
Dr.        Albert Bandura      
Dr.        Stanley Falkow      
Dr.       Rakesh K. Jain      
Dr.        Shirley Ann Jackson      
Dr.        Mary-Claire King      
Dr.       Simon Asher Levin      
Dr.       Geraldine L. Richmond      


National Medal of Technology and Innovation

Dr.       Joseph M. DeSimone      
Dr.        Robert E. Fischell      
Dr.        Arthur Gossard      
Dr.        Nancy W. Y. Ho      
Dr.        Chenming Hu      
Dr.        Cato T. Laurencin      
Dr.        Jonathan Marc Rothberg      



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May 19, 2016
President Obama awards the National Medals of Science
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Intl Conference on Progress of Regenerative Medicine & Its Cultural Impact


The Third International Conference on the Progress of
Regenerative Medicine and Its Cultural Impact
April 28 – 30, 2016
The Vatican, Italty


Cellular Horizons

How Science, Technology, Information and
Communication Will Impact Society

Created by The Stem For Life Foundation and the Vatican’s Pontifical Council For Culture, this exclusive, international event will gather the world’s leading Cell Therapy scientists,  physicians, patients, ethicists and leaders of faith, government and philanthropy to discuss the latest cellular therapy breakthroughs and hope for the future. Moderated by renowned journalists and broadcasted around the world, the 2016 event will have a unique focus on pediatric cancers and rare genetic diseases, as well as diseases that occur with aging.

The Conference will:

  • Explore how science, technology and communication will allow us to personalize medical solutions for individual patients and help remove inefficiencies, thereby reducing costs and improving individual care.
  • Foster open dialogue among researchers, medical practitioners, religious leaders, political figures and innovators to explore the social and cultural impact of these new treatment modalities.
  • Unite people of all races, religious beliefs, cultural and economic backgrounds in a global conversation about the healing potential of cell therapy for chronic diseases and aging as well as convey the importance of delivering approved therapies around the world to people suffering from debilitating medical conditions.

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The President of the Pontifical Council for Culture, His Eminence Cardinal Ravasi, said:

Scientific research has increased the possibilities for maintaining health, preventing illness, and treating the sick. The new field of regenerative medicine holds great promise to alleviate the pain and suffering for hundreds of millions of people around the world. We must unite to discover and advance such new therapies, and find ways to bring them to all those in need.


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Vice President Biden Delivers Remarks at the Vatican’s International Conference
The Vatican, Vatican City, Italy

Vice President Biden attends His Holiness Pope Francis’s remarks
The Vatican, Vatican City, Italy

Vice President Biden holds a meeting with Cardinal Pietro Parolin
The Apostolic Palace, Vatican City, Italy

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Palazzo Chigi, Rome, Italy

Vice President Biden holds a meeting with Prime Minister Renzi
Palazzo Chigi, Rome, Italy


Thursday, April 28, 2016
Vice President Biden delivers remarks
The Third International Conference on the
Progress of Regenerative Medicine and Its Cultural Impact
The Vatican, Vatican City, Italy





6th White House Science Fair

Announcing the 2016 White House Science Fair


Summary: Six years ago, President Obama made history by hosting the first-ever White House Science Fair. We’re excited to host the 6th and final one of his Administration!

Over the past five years, the President has invited students to bring their robots, rockets, solar-powered cars, and many other discoveries to the White House, where he has honored these outstanding students the same way we honor the winners of the Super Bowl.

Today, we are announcing that we will host the sixth and final White House Science Fair of President Obama’s Administration on April 13, 2016.

Student’s attending this year’s Science Fair are tackling some of our Nation’s greatest challenges, from combating climate change to uncovering new ways to fight cancer to discovering ways to reach farther beyond our atmosphere as part of the Mars generation. We look forward to celebrating their ingenuity and entrepreneurship — not just in this moment, but as we look toward a future where they’ll be the scientists, engineers, mathematicians, and innovators who stand to change the world.

But we know that the incredible talent of America’s young girls and boys is not limited to those students who join us at the White House. That’s why this year, we want to hear from students and teachers about the science fair projects you are doing in K-12 classrooms across the country.

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April 13, 2016
President Obama hosts the 6th White House Science Fair
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Computer Science Education Week 2015

President Obama participates in an “Hour of Code” Event
President Obama participates in an “Hour of Code” Event

Computer Science Education Week

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science.

Originally conceived by the Computing in the Core coalition,® is producing CSEdWeek for the first time this year, held in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).

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Hour of Code challenge

During Computer Science Education Week from December 9 to December 15, 2013, launched the “Hour of Code Challenge” on its website to teach computer science to school students, enticing them to complete short programming tutorials. The challenge involved getting people to write short snippets of code to achieve pre-specified goals using Blockly, a visual programming language of a similar flavor as Logo. The initiative had been announced about two months in advance. At the time of launch, the initiative was supported by United States President Barack Obama as well as leaders of many technology companies such as Microsoft and Apple Inc.. About two weeks later, it was announced that over 20 million people had participated and over 600 million lines of code had been written as part of the challenge.



“I’m proud to join the students, teachers, businesses, and non-profit organizations taking big new steps to support computer science in America’s schools. Learning these skills isn’t just important for your future – it’s important for our country’s future. If we want America to stay on the cutting edge, we need young Americans like you to master the tools and technology that will change the way we do just about everything.”

President Obama, December 2013, on Computer Science Education Week

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TechHire Initiative


“When these tech jobs go unfilled, it’s a missed opportunity for low-wage workers who could transform their earnings potential with just a little bit of training. And that costs our whole economy in terms of lost wages and productivity”

3/9/15 President Barack Obama, National League of Cities Annual Conference 


TechHire Initiative

Creating Pathways to Better, Well-Paying Tech Jobs and Meeting Urgent Employer Demand Across the U.S.

TechHire is a bold multi-sector initiative and call to action to empower Americans with the skills they need, through universities and community colleges but also nontraditional approaches like “coding boot camps,” and high-quality online courses that can rapidly train workers for a well-paying job, often in just a few months. Employers across the United States are in critical need of talent with these skills. Many of these roles do not require a four-year computer science degree. To give Americans the opportunity they deserve, and the skills they need to be competitive in a global economy, we are highlighting TechHire partnerships. Successful partnerships include:
  • Using data and innovative hiring practices to expand openness to non-traditional hiring
  • Expanding models for training that prepare students in months, not years
  • Active local leadership to connect people to jobs with hiring on ramp programs

Over twenty forward-leaning communities are committing to take action – working with each other and with national employers – to expand access to tech jobs. To kick off TechHire, 21 regions, with over 120,000 open technology jobs and more than 300 employer partners in need of this workforce, are announcing plans to work together to new ways to recruit and place applicants based on their actual skills and to create more fast track tech training opportunities. The President is challenging other communities across the country to follow their lead.


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President Obama Announces Multi-Sector Effort and Call to Action to Give Americans Pathways to Well-Paying Technology Jobs; Makes Available $100 Million in Grants

The President and his Administration are focused on promoting middle class economics to ensure that all Americans can contribute to and benefit from our American resurgence. Part of that effort requires empowering every American with the education and training they need to earn higher wages. Today’s announcement is the latest part of that effort: In his remarks to the National League of Cities, the President will announce his TechHire initiative, including a new campaign to work with communities to get more Americans rapidly trained for well-paying technology jobs.

Middle class economics has driven the President from day one, and it is what has fueled our comeback. On Friday, we learned that our economy created nearly 300,000 new jobs in February. American businesses have now added more than 200,000 jobs a month for the past 12 months, the longest streak of job creation at that pace in 37 years. All told, over the past five years, our businesses have created 12 million new jobs.

  • Over twenty forward-leaning communities are committing to take action – working with each other and with national employers – to expand access to tech jobs
  • $100 million in new Federal investments to train and connect more workers to a good job in technology and other in-demand fields
  • Private sector boosts tools and resources to support and expand continued innovation in technology training, with a focus on reaching under-served populations

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White House Tech Demo Day

WH Tech Demo Day 2015

The first-ever White House Demo Day will bring together entrepreneurs from all walks of life, from all across the country. And unlike a private-sector Demo Day, where entrepreneurs show off for funders, ours will “demo” individual success stories, highlighting the individual journeys of a diverse set of entrepreneurs—people whose stories show exactly why we need to grow the pie to make sure there’s opportunity for everyone in our innovation economy.
Because if we’re going to keep our lead as the best place on the planet to start and scale the next big innovative idea into a world-changing company, we’ve got to make sure more startup hotbeds emerge in every corner of America, and that those underrepresented in entrepreneurship are being tapped to fully contribute their entrepreneurial talents.

Winners from every corner of the country. The Startup in a Day winners, like the entrepreneurs here at the White House today, are from all over the country. Urban and rural; coastal and central; from every region, including traditional entrepreneurial hotbeds and places where the next big thing will come from — because good ideas come from everywhere, we’re committed to supporting entrepreneurs everywhere. Congratulations to:

The 25 city winners: Anchorage, Alaska; Asheville, North Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia; Austin, Texas; Boise, Idaho; Boston, Massachusetts; Brookings, South Dakota; Burlington, Vermont; Champaign, Illinois; Jackson, Michigan; Long Beach, California; Memphis, Tennessee; Milwaukee, Wisconsin; Oakland, California; Peoria, Illinois; Riverside, California; Rockland, Maine; Rocky Mount, North Carolina; Rutland City, Vermont; Salt Lake City, Utah; San Francisco, California; Seattle, Washington; St. Louis, Missouri; Washington, District of Columbia; and Wilmington, Delaware.

The two Native American community winners: Cheyenne River Sioux Reservation; and Choctaw Nation (where President Obama recently visited to announce our ConnectHome initiative to bring high-speed broadband internet to low-income housing!) .

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President Obama hosts a WH Tech Demo Day