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

From: John Burgeson (ASA member) <>
Date: Thu Dec 11 2008 - 10:23:42 EST

Thanks for the post. I am encouraged by this latest appointment.


On 12/10/08, Rich Blinne <> wrote:
> 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
> energy.
> 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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