The 13th Annual Schultz Lecture in Energy with Dr. Steven Chu

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Date(s) - 03/04/2021
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm



Climate Change and Innovative Paths to a Sustainable Future

Dr. Steven Chu
U.S. Secretary of Energy 2009-2013
William R. Kenan Jr. Professor of Physics and
Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology
Stanford University

2 CLE Credits Available

Multiple industrial and agricultural revolutions have profoundly transformed the world. Their unintended consequence is that we are changing the Earth’s climate. Recent data will be presented that indicates our climate is even more sensitive than previously known and is changing faster than ever before. In addition to climate risks, we face many challenges – like how to provide enough clean energy, water, air, and food to a world of 7.7 billion people (and likely to grow to 11 billion by 2100). Dr. Chu will discuss the technical challenges and potential solutions that could provide better paths to a sustainable future. How we transition from where we are now to where we need to be within 50 years is arguably the most pressing set of issues that science and innovation has had to address.

Thursday, March 4, 2021
5:30 p.m. (Mountain Time)
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Dr. Steven Chu

Steven Chu is the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University. He has published over 280 papers in atomic and polymer physics, biophysics, biology, bio-imaging, batteries, and other energy technologies. He holds 15 patents, and an additional 9 patent disclosures or filings since 2015.

Dr. Chu was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. As the first scientist to hold a Cabinet position and the longest serving Energy Secretary, he recruited outstanding scientists and engineers into the Department of Energy. He began several initiatives including ARPA-E (Advanced Research Projects Agency – Energy), the Energy Innovation Hubs, and was personally tasked by President Obama to assist BP in stopping the Deepwater Horizon oil leak.

Prior to his cabinet post, he was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where he was active in pursuit of alternative and renewable energy technologies, and Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University, where he helped launch Bio-X, a multi-disciplinary institute combining the physical and biological sciences with medicine and engineering. Previously he was head of the Quantum Electronics Research Department at AT&T Bell Laboratories.

Dr. Chu is the co-recipient of the 1997 Nobel Prize in Physics for his contributions to laser cooling and atom trapping, and has received numerous other awards. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, the American Philosophical Society, the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Academia Sinica, and is a foreign member of the Royal Society, the Royal Academy of Engineering, the Chinese Academy of Sciences, the Korean Academy of Sciences and Technology and the National Academy of Sciences, Belarus. He is the President Elect of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. He received an A.B. degree in mathematics and 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 32 honorary degrees.

The Schultz Lectureship in Energy

The Schultz Lectureship Series on oil and gas, energy, and natural resources provides valuable information to policymakers, practitioners, business executives, and the academic community on emerging issues in the field.  The lectureship fund was made possible by the generosity of John H. and Cynthia H. Schultz.

John Schultz (CU Econ, Political. Science ‘51) (CU Law ‘53) was a retired gas and oil attorney whose career in Colorado and the Western U.S. spanned the second half of the 20th century. Mr. Schultz was a graduate of the University of Colorado, Boulder where he was active in student government and participated in Varsity Gymnastics. John Schultz passed away on April 5, 2020 surrounded by family in the comfort of his own home in Lafayette, Colorado. Cynthia Schultz was a retired University of Colorado, Boulder administrative staff member. She served as a member of the University of Colorado, Boulder Graduate School Advisory Council, the Graduate School Resource Committee, and the University of Colorado As Hoc Task Force on Graduate Education. Cynthia passed away on December 20, 2011.

Their legacies continue, in part, through his substantial generosity to higher education. John and Cynthia supported the University of Colorado, the Colorado Law, and the GWC through multiple avenues. We thank the Schultz and Howard Family for their continued commitment to the Schultz Lecture and the University of Colorado.

Learn more about the contributions and legacy of the Schultz Family at the University of Colorado in the recent profile in the GWC’s Fall 2020 Newsletter (Page 20).

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