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5 Mar 2014

Two sections of a January 31 meeting of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) addressed the symptoms and causes of irreproducibility of scientific data.  William Press, PCAST Member and Professor of Computer Science and Integrative Biology at the University of Texas at Austin opened the discussion noting that if scientific experiments are not reproducible, “it strikes at the very heart of what science does.”  Panelists described publication bias, little recognition of the value of negative research studies, lack of control groups and inappropriate st

11 Feb 2014

The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST) submitted a recent 9-page letter report to the President addressing the development of massive open online courses (MOOC) and the role of technology in education.   The development of information technology for use in higher education is of particular interest to PCAST and to the Administration as they seek to address the rise in higher education costs.

2 May 2013

“You’ve got a strong supporter in the White House” President Obama told a gathering on Monday celebrating the 150th anniversary of the National Academy of Sciences.


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