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Nobel Laureate to Address World's Energy Problem May 2

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April 15, 2008
EVANSTON, Ill. --- Steve Chu, who won the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics and is director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory of the U.S. Department of Energy, will deliver the keynote address at the Northwestern-Argonne Energy Symposium Friday, May 2, at Northwestern University.

The symposium, "Energy -- The Challenge for the 21st Century," is free and open to the public. The program is from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the Ryan Family Auditorium in the Technological Institute, 2145 Sheridan Road, Evanston campus.

In his 9 a.m. keynote address, "The World's Energy Problem and What We Can Do About It," Chu, who is also professor of physics and of molecular and cell biology at the University of California at Berkeley, will emphasize the imperative of solving the crisis-level energy problem that faces the world in the 21st century. He also will focus on some areas of research that may lead to transformative technologies needed to solve the problem.

The symposium brings together leading national and international researchers from academia, national laboratories and industry to examine different aspects of the energy challenge, including nuclear energy, biofuels, solar energy and the energy market. These will be addressed in four lectures following Chu's keynote address. The titles and speakers are:

• "Nuclear Energy in the U.S.: Meeting the Challenges of the 21st Century," Phillip Finck, Idaho National Laboratory

• "Plentiful Biofuels from Crops with Benefit to the Environment and Without Conflict to Food Supply Is Within Our Grasp," Stephen Long, University of Illinois

• "Power from the Sun: The Advent of Mesoscopic Solar Cells," Michaël Grätzel, Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne

• "Changes in the Energy Market and Their Impact on the Chemical Industry," William Banholzer, The Dow Chemical Company

A key part of the symposium, following the lectures, will be a panel discussion from 3:30 to 5 p.m in which the speakers will be joined by John H. Gibbons, former science advisor to President Clinton, and members from the faculties of several departments and schools of Northwestern. Audience participation will be strongly encouraged.

A public reception from 5 to 6 p.m. in the lobby of the Technological Institute will conclude the event.

The symposium is organized by Professors Kamal K. Seth and Tobin J. Marks under the auspices of the Walter and Christine Heilborn Lecture Series for 2007-2008. As the 2008 Heilborn Distinguished Lecturer in Northwestern's department of physics and astronomy, Chu also will deliver two physics lectures April 30 and May 1.

For more information on the symposium, Chu's keynote lecture and the Heilborn lectures, go to http://www.physics.northwestern.edu/heilborn08.html. For further questions, contact Pamela Horstmann at (847) 491-3644 or pmh@northwestern.edu.