White House Science and Technology Director Urges Need for Research Security | Vanderbilt News

In a regional webinar today, Kelvin Droegemeier, Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, urged researchers to be aware of the pervasive threat by some foreign governments to the United States.

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

The talk, “Enhancing the Security and Integrity of America’s Research Enterprise,” hosted by the University of Tennessee System and Vanderbilt University, was supported by the National Science Foundation. Researchers from institutions in Tennessee, Louisiana, Kentucky and Arkansas participated in the 75 minute event.

“This is an amazing time in American science and technology,” Droegemeier said to the hundreds of researchers attending virtually. “We must protect our values and mitigate the risks.”

With United States research values ranging from openness and transparency to freedom of inquiry and merit-based competition, Droegemeier said inappropriate behaviors either by some researchers or foreign governments jeopardize the

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Trump sounding ‘dog whistle’ for ‘white nationalists’ in bashing 1619 Project

President Donald Trump’s demands for “patriotic education” are a “dog whistle” for “white nationalists,” former Obama Education Secretary John B. King Jr. said Thursday.



Arne Duncan, John King are posing for a picture: The president's threats area "empty," said King, who is now CEO of The Education Trust.


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The president’s threats area “empty,” said King, who is now CEO of The Education Trust.

“Let’s be clear about what the 45th president is trying to do,” King said during a POLITICO forum on inequality in education. “This isn’t just a dog whistle, it’s a dog bullhorn to try to signal to white nationalists that he is on this side of a false version of our history that denies the reality of slavery and Jim Crow and segregation and the consequences it’s had for our society. That’s what he’s doing.”

The president’s threats area “empty,” said King, who is now CEO of The Education Trust. “Because the federal government cannot withhold funds from school districts based on their using the 1619

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Report finds massive disparity of school funding between communities of color, white communities

A new report says Connecticut is cheating students of color out of half a billion dollars a year.

In Connecticut, about half the kids are students of color. But most of them are crammed into just nine school systems and each of those students gets $2,300 less each year than kids in mostly white districts.

This is according to a new report by the School and State Finance Project.

“It means that, not only does your school have less funding in order to provide what you need — so, high-quality teachers, high-quality school facilities, high-quality books and materials — it also means that your school is facing greater challenges,” said Katie Roy, School and State Finance Project director.

There was a lawsuit over this issue. In 2016, a judge ordered Connecticut to completely rework how

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White House coronavirus task force focuses on higher education in state reports | News Headlines

(CNN) — The White House coronavirus task force placed a sharper focus on colleges and universities in its recommendations to states this week, pushing states to take measures to prevent further outbreaks as the school year begins.

CNN reached out to all 50 states for their weekly task force reports, which the White House has declined to make public, and obtained responses from 13 states as of Friday morning. Alabama was the only state to explicitly decline to provide its report. Other states referred CNN to other sources or did not respond.

This week’s set of reports, sent to states Tuesday evening, was directed to governors and their senior staff, as well as health officials, emergency managers, epidemiologists, lab directors and preparedness directors for each state.

The reports are individually tailored to each state with information on cases and test positivity and county-specific data and broadly show concern about spread

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

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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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Update: Education enrollments in Xinjiang reach highest level in history: white paper



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Students have a class at the Xuesong middle school in Aketao County of northwest China’s Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region, March 25, 2020.  (Xinhua/Ding Lei)

BEIJING, Sept. 17 (Xinhua) — Enrollments in various kinds of education in Xinjiang Uygur Autonomous Region have all reached the highest level in history, according to a white paper released by the State Council Information Office on Thursday.

In 2019, there were 453,800 full-time students studying at universities and colleges in Xinjiang, an increase of 146,200 over 2014, and 1.84 million students studying at secondary schools, an increase of 147,600 over 2014, says the white paper titled “Employment and Labor Rights in Xinjiang.”

Through vocational training, Xinjiang has built a large knowledge-based, skilled and innovative workforce that meets the requirements of the new era, it says.

Every year from 2014 to 2019 Xinjiang provided training sessions to an average of 1.29

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White House OSTP Holds Joint Commission Meeting with Australia on Science and Frontier Technologies

Aug. 12, 2020 — The Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) Dr. Kelvin Droegemeier and U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios on Tuesday led the American delegation for the Joint Commission Meeting (JCM) on Science and Frontier Technologies Dialogue with Australia to further strengthen our research relationship. The Honorable Karen Andrews, Minister for Innovation, Science and Technology, led the Australian delegation.

The JCM included discussions and next steps in advancing partnerships in areas such as artificial intelligence (AI), quantum information science (QIS), oceans exploration and mapping, and the integrity of the international research enterprise. As part of this dialogue, the United States welcomed Australia’s National Computing Infrastructure and Pawsey Super Computing Centre to the COVID-19 High Performance Computing (HPC) Consortium. The Consortium provides COVID-19 researchers worldwide with access to the world’s most powerful HPC resources to accelerate the fight against the virus.

“Cooperation between

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White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the U.S. Department of Energy Announces the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced the members of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee (NQIAC), which will counsel the Administration on ways to ensure continued American leadership in quantum information science (QIS).

“Today, the White House is proud to join DOE to announce the members of the NQIAC, an important step forward for the National Quantum Initiative. We look forward to engaging with the entire U.S. innovation ecosystem to advance quantum research and innovation for the betterment of our Nation,” said U.S. Chief Technology Officer Michael Kratsios.

“The Department of Energy is proud to join the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in the formation of the National Quantum Initiative Advisory Committee,” said Under Secretary for Science Paul Dabbar. “By organizing a way to harness our rapidly evolving quantum technologies, this

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