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Tuesday, June 21, 2022

President Biden to Nominate Dr. Arati Prabhakar to Lead Office of Science and Technology Policy

President Biden to Nominate Dr. Arati Prabhakar to Lead Office of Science and Technology Policy

Former Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency and National Institute of Standards and Technology leader would make history as the first woman, immigrant, or person of color confirmed to head OSTP

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Today, President Biden announced his intent to nominate Dr. Arati Prabhakar to serve as Director of the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP), and once confirmed to this position, also as Assistant to the President for Science and Technology. In this capacity, Dr. Prabhakar will be the President’s Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, a co-chair of the President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology, and a member of the President’s Cabinet.

“Dr. Prabhakar is a brilliant and highly-respected engineer and applied physicist and will lead the Office of Science and Technology Policy to leverage science, technology, and innovation to expand our possibilities, solve our toughest challenges, and make the impossible possible,” said President Biden. “I share Dr. Prabhakar’s belief that America has the most powerful innovation machine the world has ever seen. As the Senate considers her nomination, I am grateful that Dr. Alondra Nelson will continue to lead OSTP and Dr. Francis Collins will continue to serve as my acting Science Advisor.”

Prabhakar has been unanimously confirmed by the Senate before, to lead the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), and was the first woman to hold that role. She later served as director of the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the birthplace of breakthrough technologies like stealth aircraft and the Internet.

If confirmed to lead OSTP, Prabhakar would become the third Asian American, Native Hawaiian, or Pacific Islander to serve in President Biden’s Cabinet, joining Vice President Kamala Harris and U.S. Trade Representative Katherine Tai. Today’s nomination is historic, with Prabhakar being the first woman, immigrant, or person of color nominated to serve as Senate-confirmed director of OSTP.

40th Anniversary of the Murder of Vincent Chin 

Forty years ago, the AA and NHPI community was shaken to its core by the heinous, racially motivated murder of Vincent Chin, in which the assailants were acquitted without serving any time. This injustice sparked the modern Asian American civil rights movement. 

Messages by President Biden and Vice President Harris were presented and delivered by Erika Moritsugu, Deputy Assistant to the President and AA and NHPI Senior Liaison, to community members honoring Vincent Chin's life and legacy in Detroit, Michigan for a 4 day remembrance and rededication in honor of Vincent Chin. 

Please click here to view the White House Initiative on Asian Americans, Native Hawaiians, and Pacific Islanders (WHIAANHPI)'s tweet. 

COVID-19 Vaccine for Kids Younger Than 5 Briefing
Wednesday, June 22, 5:00 PM ET

The White House Office of Public Engagement and the White House COVID Response Team invite you to join a briefing on COVID-19 vaccines for kids younger than 5 years old. This is an exciting new moment in our fight against the virus. On this call, we will discuss access to COVID-19 vaccines for this newly eligible population, and what to expect in the weeks ahead. This call is open registration, closed press. Please share broadly with your networks.
 
When: Wednesday, June 22nd at 3:00 PM ET
Register Here
Full Link: https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_mXBRyFtlQkyCvJUsgojv9w

Celebration of Patsy Mink on the 50th Anniversary of Title IX
Thursday, June 23 at 3:00pm ET



The White House Office of Public Engagement and WHIAANHPI invite you to a special virtual event commemorating the 50th anniversary of Title IX and celebrating the legacy of Representative Patsy Mink, the first woman of color and first Asian American woman to serve in the U.S. House of Representatives. Together, we will highlight the progress made to advance gender equity over the last 50 years and honor Rep. Mink’s contributions.
 
When: Thursday, June 23rd at 3:00 PM ET
Register Here
Full Link: https://pitc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_eoXAal7vQj2FZNuqg-wYyQ

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