White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Director Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier to speak Sept. 25 | Vanderbilt News

Kelvin Droegemeier
Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy

Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier, director of The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, will deliver a regional webinar on Friday, Sept. 25, at noon CT. The University of Tennessee system and Vanderbilt University are co-hosting the webinar, with Vice President for Research, Outreach and Economic Development Stacey Patterson (UT-system) and Vice Provost for Research Padma Raghavan (VU) providing opening remarks and moderating a question-and-answer session with Droegemeier.

The presentation by Droegemeier, “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise,” is open to faculty, students, postdocs and staff. It will be live-streamed, and registration is required.

Droegemeier will provide an update on the many activities undertaken by OSTP and others during the past several months, providing examples of risks to research security that can harm the enterprise as well as an update on steps being

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School Board Candidates Speak Out on Budget in Online Forum

The candidates for School Board this November are weighing on how they might approach the prospect of additional cuts to the Arlington Public Schools budget next year.

The pandemic forced Arlington Public Schools to slash millions from its budget this year, and additional budget pressures may be ahead. The candidates — independent candidate Symone Walker, and Cristina Diaz-Torres and David Priddy, who received the Democratic endorsement — were asked about that during an online forum this past Tuesday (Sept. 8), hosted by the Arlington County Civic Federation.

Walker said she thinks “we need to ask for more money from the county.”

“What we absolutely cannot do is cut funding for curriculum and instruction,” said Walker. “That cannot be sacrificed on any circumstances or any programs that require equity. We have to look at how we’re wasting funds and how we streamline and save on funds. One way we could have

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