Science Breakfast - February 2012 - Robynn Sturm Steffen

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Robynn Sturm Steffen is Senior Advisor to the Deputy Director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP).

She will give a presentation to and engage with the Science Diplomats Club of Washington, DC on Thursday, February 9, 2012.

Steffen will examine how distributed innovation is changing scientific discovery and problem-solving. She will discuss the track record of prizes in spurring innovation, potential benefits of prizes, and steps the Obama Administration has taken to accelerate public sector adoption of these innovative tools.

02-21-2012 update : Report of the meeting (fr)


In her role as Senior Advisor, Steffen serves as the Administration lead for accelerating public sector adoption of prizes and challenges to stimulate innovation, advance open government, and bring the top talent and best ideas to bear on our nation’s most pressing problems. Before joining the Obama Administration in February of 2009, Steffen served as Deputy Chair of the Clinton Global Initiative Education Working Group, Executive Director of Universities Allied for Essential Medicines, and Project Manager for YUVA Consulting. She also worked on Senator Patrick Leahy’s Judiciary Committee staff during law school. Steffen holds a B.A. and an M.A. in Political Science from Yale University and she received her J.D. from Yale Law School.

To learn more about Ms. Steffen’s work at OSTP, please consult the following recent articles she has authored:


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