Steven Chu to be Energy Sec’y
According to various media outlets, Barack Obama is expected to tap Nobel-laureate physicist, Stanford faculty, and current director of Lawrence Berkeley Laboratory, Steven Chu as his Energy Secretary.
Considering the importance of energy policy – not just for US, but the world – in the coming years, this is a great decision by Obama. Not just because it is a welcome departure from the anti-intellectual stance of the current administration, but also Chu is really serious about global warming.
On a personal level, there are some trivially interesting connections: Chu is an alumni from my graduate school and I have heard him present a really entertaining talk, plus I have been involved in a bit of research emanating (though much much downstream) from his pioneering work on single molecule fluorescence imaging.