Former Nobel Conference Speaker to Join Obama’s Cabinet

Posted on December 11th, 2008 by

Steven Chu

Steven Chu

Chu giving his 2007 Nobel Conference lecture at Gustavus.

Chu giving his 2007 Nobel Conference lecture at Gustavus.

Media reports out of Washington are suggesting that President-elect Barack Obama has selected Nobel-prize winning physicist and past lecturer at Gustavus Adolphus College’s Nobel Conference, Steven Chu, to be his energy secretary.

Chu spoke at the 2007 Nobel Conference which was titled Heating Up: The Energy Debate. At the onset of the conference, the College conferred an honorary degree upon the Nobel-prize winner. Chu’s lecture was titled “The World’s Energy Problem and What We Can Do About It.” The lecture can be viewed below in its entirety.

Chu is the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and professor of physics and cellular and molecular biology at the University of California, Berkeley. He shared the 1997 Nobel Prize in physics with Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William Phillips for the “development of methods to cool and trap atoms with laser light.”

For more than four decades, Gustavus has organized and hosted the two-day Nobel Conference, which draws about 6,000 people to the college campus in St. Peter, Minn. The conference links a general audience, including high school students and teachers, with the world’s foremost scholars and researchers in discussion centered on contemporary issues relating to the natural and social sciences.

The Nobel Conference is the first ongoing education conference in the United States to have the official authorization of The Nobel Foundation in Stockholm, Sweden.

Stephen Chu’s lecture from the 2007 Nobel Conference


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