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Former energy secretary to speak at GSU
Dr. Steven Chu

Georgia Southern University will host Dr. Steven Chu, a Nobel Prize Winner in physics and former U.S. energy secretary, as the keynote speaker for No Impact Week at 7 p.m. Tuesday at the Performing Arts Center, 847 Plant Drive.

Chu will offer insight on the nation's energy future and how advances in science are the key to solving the most confounding global issues in his speech titled "Renewing Our Independence through Renewable Energy: Challenges and Opportunities."

The event is part of Georgia Southern's No Impact Week, a weeklong challenge in which participants commit to gradually reducing their impact on the planet. Each day, the focus is on a different area of sustainability: consumption, waste, food, transportation, energy, water and giving back.

"We are honored and excited to have Dr. Steven Chu speak at Georgia Southern University. Dr. Chu's talk, which coincides with No Impact Week and the university's Annual Research Symposium, is an event which our campus will not soon forget," said Dr. Charles Patterson, the university's vice president for research and economic development. "Dr. Chu's great accomplishments, such as (being a) former secretary of energy, a recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics, and even conversations with the Dalai Lama, are real examples to our students that there are no limits to where application of research and knowledge can take them."

A distinguished physicist, innovative professor and the first science laureate to serve as U.S. energy secretary, Chu was instrumental in transforming the agency by bringing science to the forefront of America's clean energy policy. Chu was also a top science adviser to President Barack Obama, where he used his skills to assist BP in stopping the massive Gulf oil leak and assisted the government of Japan in dealing with the tsunami-damaged Fukushima Dai-ichi nuclear reactors.

His work in laser cooling and trapping earned him recognition as a co-recipient of the Nobel Prize in physics in 1997. He continues to work on solving the country's energy problems by focusing on new pathways to sustainable, carbon dioxide-neutral energy.

This free event, which is open to the public, is sponsored by the College of Science and Mathematics, Department of Physics, Center for Sustainability, Office of the Vice President for Research and Economic Development and the University Wellness Program.


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