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Date/Time:Tuesday, 12 Feb 2013 at 4:00 pm
Location:South Ballroom, Memorial Union
Channel:National Affairs Series
Categories:Lectures, Live Green
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Secretary of Energy Steven Chu is a distinguished scientist and co-winner of the Nobel Prize for Physics. As Secretary of Energy, he is charged with helping implement President Obama's agenda to invest in clean energy, reduce dependence on foreign oil and address the global climate crisis.

Dr. Chu's research in atomic physics, quantum electronics, polymer and biophysics includes tests of fundamental theories in physics, the development of methods to laser cool and trap atoms, atom interferometry, and the study of polymers and biological systems at the single molecule level. While at Stanford, he helped start Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary initiative that brings together the physical and biological sciences with engineering and medicine.

The holder of ten patents, Dr. Chu has published ~250 scientific and technical papers. He remains active with his research group and has recently published work on general relativity, single molecule biology, biophysics and biomedicine, and on scientific challenges and opportunities in clean energy. Over thirty alumni of his research group have gone on to become distinguished professors and have been recognized by dozens of prizes and awards.

Dr. Chu is a member of numerous honorific societies including the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Academia Sinica, the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology, and is an honorary member of the Institute of Physics, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, and a Lifetime Member of the Optical Society of America.

He received an A.B. degree in mathematics, a B.S. degree in physics from the University of Rochester, and a Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, as well as 23 honorary degrees. Previously, he held positions at Stanford University and AT&T Bell Laboratories.