OCPA Colloquium 2021-0521 Steven Chu


We are excited to announce the Colloquium by Professor Steven Chu from Standford University.

Title: How I chose Science Problems
Abstract: One of the most important choices facing scientists and scientists-in-training is how to decide what area(s) to study and what problems to work on. Most people are not willing to follow Edwin Land, who’s personal motto was “Don’t undertake a project unless it is manifestly important and nearly impossible,” and I was urged by my Ph.D. mentor Eugene Commins to focus only on the most fundamental questions in physics. The problems I worked on as a graduate student, postdoctoral fellow and my early years at Bell Labs followed Land’s credo. This talk will discuss how I chose problems over the past half century and how I choosing what to work on today.
The colloquium will be held online at 4:30–6:00 PM on Friday 05/21/2021. 
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Dr. Steven Chu is currently the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University. He was the 12th U.S. Secretary of Energy from January 2009 until the end of April 2013. Prior to his cabinet post, he was director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and Professor of Physics and Applied Physics at Stanford University. 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. 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 was President 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.
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