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article imageOp-Ed: US President Obama Makes Science Push With Newly Formed PCAST

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By Can Tran
Apr 28, 2009 in Politics
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Despite the problems that United States President Barack Obama is posed with, he continues to progress forward. Now, he is creating a council of advisors for science and technology.
United States President Barack Obama has quite a full plate as he is swamped with a number of domestic and international problems. On top of that, Obama’s first one-hundred days in office will have passed. So far, the first one-hundred days will end on Wednesday, April 29. That is tomorrow. Tomorrow will mark the end of Obama’s first one-hundred days in office.
So far, Obama has kept pretty busy as the forty-fourth United States President. He has shown himself to be quite ambitious. Obama has unveiled some very hefty ambitions. Recently, Obama has made a new ambitious effort. He is making the effort towards science and research.
In that respect, Obama plans to form a council in that respect. It is known as the “President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology” (PCAST). This was announced yesterday. It is a council of twenty members.
Obama said that three percent of the US GDP (gross domestic product) will be allocated to science. It will be in regards to research, development, education, and so forth. So far, Obama does not seem to be kidding in that respect.
During a speech at the National Academy of Science, Obama outlined the importance of the research. He also cited the swine flu. In forming this new council, Obama has brought himself some heavy hitters.
Two names of the council members have been revealed: Eric Schmidt and Craig Mundie.
As Media Post News’ article points out, Schmidt advertised for Obama’s Presidential campaign back in 2008.
Schmidt is the CEO of Google Inc. while Mundie is a strategy officer of Microsoft. So far, Obama is gathering up experts in science, technology, and the Internet. In an article on New Mexico Business Weekly, a list of names is given. These names are the people that will make up the new PCAST.
An article in The Saratogian explains that another person to serve on Obama’s PCAST is Shirley Ann Jackson. Jackson is the president of the Rensselaer Polytechnica Institute.
In an article on Channel Web, it is revealed that Obama is not the first person to create the PCAST. In many senses, Obama is revitalizing it. The person who came up with PCAST was the forty-first US President George H.W. Bush (father to former US President George W. Bush).
Some questions should be asked:
What is the outcome of Obama’s PCAST?
What will come out of Obama’s PCAST?
Will we see any new developments in the respective fields of science and technology in the near future?
If so, what goodies will we see?
With everything factored, Obama looks serious on his commitment towards the advancement of science and technology. This is something to keep an eye on in the near future. This newly formed PCAST has some heavy hitters.
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of DigitalJournal.com
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