photo by PPPL's Elle Starkman
Yesterday, Secretary of Energy Steven Chu visited the lab for the morning. He's a Nobel-prize winning physicist and a fascinating person. His visit included a talk to all staff about the importance of developing new energy sources and then he went on a tour that included our major experiments and the Science Education Laboratory. I thought his talk was excellent, he eloquently painted a bleak picture of where the Earth is headed if we do nothing and offered his ideas on what we can do. After his visit, he headed down to Philadelphia to announce the Energy Efficient Building HUB and I headed down to that with PPPL's Assistant Director Adam Cohen. The press conference was packed, the governor of PA and the mayor of Philadelphia spoke, and there were plenty of tv cameras and reporters. (I'm running the Workforce Development component of the HUB.) Just a typical day in the life of a science edumacator...!