Wind technology testing center funded

Wind technology testing center funded

CHARLESTOWN, Mass., May 12 (UPI) -- U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $25 million in funding for the Massachusetts Wind Technology Testing Center.
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Energy Department seeks $26.4 billion

WASHINGTON, May 7 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department's $26.4 billion budget request would, among other things, help the country move to energy independence, Secretary Steven Chu said.
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WASHINGTON, May 6 (UPI) -- U.S. departments of Energy, and Housing and Urban Development secretaries Wednesday agreed to work jointly to streamline the federal weatherization program.
U.S. to fund biofuels research

U.S. to fund biofuels research

WASHINGTON, May 5 (UPI) -- U.S. Department of Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced plans Tuesday to provide nearly $800 million in biofuels research and commercialization funding.

Chu: Climate change 'very, very scary'

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad and Tobago, April 18 (UPI) -- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu said Saturday the prospect of more severe hurricanes and rising sea levels in the Caribbean is "very, very scary."
U.S. awards $43M for fuel cell research

U.S. awards $43M for fuel cell research

WASHINGTON, April 15 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department says it will award $41.9 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund 13 fuel cell technology projects.
Feds fund $6B for environmental cleanup

Feds fund $6B for environmental cleanup

WASHINGTON, March 31 (UPI) -- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced $6 billion in new funding to accelerate environmental cleanup work and create thousands of jobs across 12 states.

Chu: Obama shows commitment to science

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- Rescinding money limits on embryonic stem cell research shows President Obama's commitment to sound science over ideology, the U.S. energy secretary said.

U.S. Energy Department funds geothermal

WASHINGTON, March 9 (UPI) -- U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu announced two new funding opportunities totaling $84 million for geothermal research.

Clean coal money in stimulus bill

WASHINGTON, March 5 (UPI) -- The economic stimulus bill contains funding for an Illinois power plant President Barack Obama supported as a U.S. senator, The Washington Post said Thursday.

Energy secretary nominee supports clean coal, nuclear power

Coal and nuclear power took center stage at Tuesday's confirmation hearing for President-elect Barack Obama's nominee for secretary of energy, Steven Chu, who garnered broad bipartisan support from senators on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee.

Obama picks receive high marks overall

President-elect Barack Obama's energy team leaders received votes of approval from a number of quarters Tuesday, although not everyone's happy about their policy stances.

Chu, Browner to head Obama's energy team

CHICAGO, Dec. 15 (UPI) -- Nobel Prize winner Steven Chu and former environmental watchdog Carol Browner were named by U.S. President-elect Barack Obama Monday to head his energy team.
Obama picks Nobel laureate Chu to rescue U.S. energy policy

Obama picks Nobel laureate Chu to rescue U.S. energy policy

WASHINGTON, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- President-elect Barack Obama's choice as U.S. energy secretary was another bold surprise. He picked the first Nobel Prize winner and the first Asian-American ever to hold the job.

Chu, Browner said picked for energy posts

WASHINGTON, Dec. 10 (UPI) -- Steven Chu will serve as U.S. energy secretary and Carol Browner as "energy czar" in the Obama administration, Democratic officials said Wednesday.
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Steven Chu
U.S. Secretaries of Energy Steven Chu and Commerce Gary Locke (not pictured) hold a joint press conference the the American embassy in Beijing on July 16, 2009. The joint visit by the two Chinese-American Secretaries is the first time such visit in the history of U.S.-China relations. The United States and China need to lead the fight against climate change, both Secretaries reenforced during a press conference. (UPI Photo/Stephen Shaver)

Steven Chu (born February 28, 1948) is an American physicist and the 12th United States Secretary of Energy. Chu is known for his research at Bell Labs in cooling and trapping of atoms with laser light, which won him the Nobel Prize in Physics in 1997, along with his scientific colleagues Claude Cohen-Tannoudji and William Daniel Phillips. At the time of his appointment as Energy Secretary, he was a professor of physics and molecular and cellular biology at the University of California, Berkeley and the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, where his research was concerned primarily with the study of biological systems at the single molecule level. Previously, he had been a professor of physics at Stanford University. He is a vocal advocate for more research into alternative energy and nuclear power, arguing that a shift away from fossil fuels is essential to combating climate change. For example, he has conceived of a global "glucose economy", a form of a low-carbon economy, in which glucose from tropical plants is shipped around like oil is today.

Chu, a Chinese American, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, with ancestry from Taicang, in Jiangsu province, and graduated from Garden City High School. He received both a B.A. in mathematics and a B.S. in physics in 1970 from the University of Rochester. He went on to earn his Ph.D. in physics from the University of California, Berkeley, in 1976, during which he was supported by a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship.

Chu comes from a family of scholars. His father earned an advanced chemical engineering degree at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and taught at Washington University in St. Louis and Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute, while his mother studied economics. His maternal grandfather, Dr. Shu-tian Li earned a Ph.D. degree from Cornell University and his mother's uncle, Li Shu-hua, a notable physical scientist, studied physics at the Sorbonne before they returned to China. His older brother Gilbert Chu is a professor and researcher of biochemistry and medicine at Stanford University. His younger brother, Morgan Chu, is a partner and the former Co-Managing Partner at the law firm Irell & Manella LLP. According to Chu, his two brothers and four cousins earned three M.D.s, four Ph.D.s, and a J.D. among them. In 1997, he married Jean Fetter, a British American and an Oxford-trained physicist. He has two sons, Geoffrey and Michael, from a previous marriage to Lisa Chu-Thielbar.

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