Secretary Chu was Re: [asa] $4 gas is here to stay (fwd)

From: Rich Blinne <>
Date: Wed Dec 10 2008 - 23:52:31 EST

On Dec 10, 2008, at 9:30 PM, Rich Blinne wrote:
> The next Secretary of Energy addresses this myth that the wealth of
> a country is proportional to the energy it uses.
> Look starting at 2:00 through 4:11 where Dr. Steven Chu concludes,
> "Miraculously the manufacturers had to assign the problem to the
> engineers instead of the lobbyists."
> Rich Blinne
> Member ASA

Here's Secretary Designate Chu's bio. Finally a Nobel Prize-winning
scientist to head DOE!

Steve Chu, Sixth Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
Steve Chu has been Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory
since August, 2004. Chu, an early advocate for finding scientific
solutions to climate change, has guided Berkeley Lab on a new mission
to become the world leader in alternative and renewable energy
research, particularly the development of carbon-neutral sources of

On Chu’s initiative, Lab staffers from many divisions have joined with
partners from other Department of Energy labs, universities, and
industry to organize the Joint BioEnergy Institute and the Energy
Biosciences Institute. Chu has also been the driving force behind a
multidisciplinary energy science center known as Helios, slated to
begin construction on the Berkeley Lab site in 2010.

At the heart of each institute and proposal is the belief that
biological engineering of non-food plants, combined with nanoscience,
can create liquid fuels and electricity from sunlight.

Chu has also reinvigorated Berkeley Lab’s existing programs for energy-
efficient buildings, more powerful batteries, and monitoring
greenhouse gases. He has made Berkeley Lab a center for powerful new
climate models based on fundamental carbon science. Meanwhile he has
worked to insure Berkeley Lab’s continued preeminence in fields like
cancer research, photon science, astrophysics, materials science, and
high-performance computing.

Chu has spearheaded national and international studies in support of
basic research, science education, and new sources of energy. He was
co-chair of the InterAcademy Council’s report Lighting the Way: Toward
a Sustainable Energy Future; he served on the Augustine committee that
producedRising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing
America for a Brighter Economic Future; and he is part of the National
Academies’ ongoing study, America's Energy Future.

Chu’s own research has resulted in numerous awards, including the 1997
Nobel Prize in Physics, shared with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William
D. Phillips, for developing methods to cool and trap atoms with laser
light. He did the work that led to the prize while at AT&T Bell
Laboratories, from 1978-87; in 1987 he joined Stanford University as a
professor in the Physics and Applied Physics Departments and was a
highly decorated scientist, teacher, and administrator there until he
accepted the directorship of Berkeley Lab.

Chu has published more than 220 scientific papers and is a fellow or
member of the world’s leading scientific academies. He serves on
numerous boards including the Hewlett Foundation, the University of
Rochester, and the Executive Committee of the National Academies’
Board on Physics and Astronomy. He has been an advisor to the
directors of the National Institutes of Health and the National
Nuclear Security Agency.

His undergraduate degrees in physics and mathematics were from the
University of Rochester and his Ph.D from UC Berkeley. He has been
awarded ten honorary degrees and has held numerous visiting
lectureships at universities including Harvard, Cambridge, Oxford, and
the Collège de France.

Chu was born in Saint Louis, Missouri on February 2, 1948. He is
married to Jean Chu, who was trained as a physicist at Oxford
University and was formerly Stanford’s Dean of Admissions and the
university president’s chief of staff. He has two grown sons, Geoffrey
and Michael.

Rich Blinne

Member ASA

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