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UPI Almanac for Friday, Feb. 28, 2014.
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Obama praises departing climate adviser Heather Zichal

Obama praises departing climate adviser Heather Zichal

WASHINGTON, Nov. 8 (UPI) -- President Barack Obama Friday praised top energy and climate-change adviser Heather Zichal as the White House announced her departure.

List of Nobel Prize in Physics winners

STOCKHOLM, Sweden, Oct. 8 (UPI) -- List of Nobel Prize in Physics winners:

United States funding biofuels research

WASHINGTON, April 23 (UPI) -- Nearly $18 million is available to help U.S. researchers develop biofuels that meet military specifications, the U.S. Energy Department announced.
Obama nominates Burwell, Moniz, McCarthy

Obama nominates Burwell, Moniz, McCarthy

WASHINGTON, March 4 (UPI) -- President Obama took steps to fill holes in his second-term Cabinet Monday, introducing his nominees for budgetary, energy and environmental positions.

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More nuclear waste leaking in Washington

SEATTLE, Feb. 23 (UPI) -- Washington Gov. Jay Inslee says six tanks of radioactive waste have now been determined to be leaking and it could take five years to remedy the situation.

Energy Secretary Chu to return to Stanford

PALO ALTO, Calif., Feb. 22 (UPI) -- U.S. Secretary of Energy Steven Chu will return to Stanford University in the spring at the conclusion of his government service.

U.S. to protect energy from cyberattacks

WASHINGTON, Feb. 22 (UPI) -- The U.S. Department of Energy said as much as $20 million was available for researchers to examine ways to protect the energy sector from cyberattacks.
Obama: 'State of our union is strong'

Obama: 'State of our union is strong'

WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 (UPI) -- Jobs, the economy and a "thriving middle class" highlighted a populist agenda U.S. President Obama offered in the first State of the Union of his second term.

U.S. giving tax breaks for clean energy

WASHINGTON, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The U.S. government announced plans to offer $150 million in tax credits to encourage manufacturing in the clean energy sector.

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Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigns

Energy Secretary Steven Chu resigns

WASHINGTON, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- Steven Chu, the Nobel laureate who became U.S. energy secretary, announced Friday he is leaving the post to return to the academic world.

U.S. funding lab, university solar studies

WASHINGTON, Jan. 31 (UPI) -- The U.S. Energy Department announced plans to invest millions of dollars in research projects that could lower the cost of solar-generated power.
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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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