As we kick off 2016, we’re taking a look back at some of this year’s top moments for science and technology at the White House. From launching the Precision Medicine Initiative to taking significant steps to combat climate change, this has been an incredible year for science and technology.
Join us at taking a look back at some of the most notable science and tech moments from the White House in 2015:
January 30, 2015: President Obama launched the Precision Medicine Initiative, a bold new research effort to revolutionize how we improve health and treat disease:
March 9, 2015: President Obama launched TechHire, a multi-sector effort and call to action to provide Americans with pathways to well-paying technology jobs.
March 23, 2015: President Obama hosted the 2015 White House Science Fair, welcoming young scientists and engineers from across the country to showcase their inventions, robots, and discoveries:
June 3, 2015: First Lady Michelle Obama welcomed students to the White House to help with the White House Kitchen Garden Harvest and celebrate the important role of pollinators in the healthy food we grow and consume.
May 18: President Obama launched the Police Data Initiative in Camden, New Jersey.
July 14, 2015: The President congratulates NASA on the New Horizon mission to Pluto.
July 20, 2015: We got a new Blue Marble.
August 1, 2015: President Obama announced American’s Clean Power Plan, an important step forward in addressing climate change.
August 4, 2015: The White House hosted our first-ever Demo Day focused on entrepreneurship, where we showcased the wide-ranging talents of innovators from across the country.
August 17, 2015: President Obama issued an Executive Order making the Presidential Innovation Fellows program permanent, helping to ensure a way for American technologists and innovators to serve a tour of duty in government.
September 2, 2015: When President Obama visited Alaska to shine a spotlight on the impacts of climate change:
September 15, 2015: The Administration announces new actions to improve the effectiveness and efficiency of Federal programs by leveraging behavioral research insights on how people participate in, engage with, and respond to programs.
October 20, 2015: Astronomers, astronauts, and students joined President Obama on the South Lawn for White House Astronomy Night:
November 24, 2015: President Obama awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom to 17 distinguished Americans, including NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson, a pioneer in American space history:
November 29, 2015: President Obama joined world leaders to launch “Mission Innovation,” an effort to drastically increase worldwide clean energy innovation to combat climate change.
And on December 12, 2015, President Obama and world leaders secured a historic global agreement to combat climate change.
In addition, the White House hosted the first-ever White House Tech Meetup, Mapathon, and Mental Health Hackathon; launched the Strategy for American Innovation on Back to the Future Day; secured critical increases in R&D in the budget agreement signed by the President; and wrapped up the year by encouraging more students to pursue science, tech, education, and math by celebrating Computer Science Education Week.
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