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William F. Brinkman, Ph.D., Director of the Office of Science, U.S. Department of Energy, will make a public address, “Science for Energy,” Tues., Nov.1, 2011, Fleming Courtroom, 2445 Kittredge Loop Drive, CU-Boulder, 6:30 p.m. This talk is sponsored by CU Energy Club.
Members of the CU Energy Club invited Dr. Brinkman to visit the CU-Boulder campus for an up-close look at the student body’s active engagement of renewable energy issues and the wide range of on-going renewable energy research throughout the entire university. Dr. Brinkman’s visit includes lunch with CU Energy Club officers and tours of student research projects. His day-long visit is capped with a public address.
Dr. Brinkman will present a brief overview of Department of Energy science programs that support the Obama Administration’s blueprint for clean energy, which includes a presentation of basic research activities and opportunities in the materials and chemical sciences, biological and environmental sciences, fusion energy, and advanced computation. He will also present areas of active applied research, including biofuels, electrical energy storage, the search for more cost-effective photovoltaic technologies for harnessing solar energy, and technologies to sequester and use CO2 generated from the combustion of fossil fuels.
The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the U.S. and supports research in climate change, geophysics, genomics, life sciences, and science education. Dr. Brinkman holds a Ph.D. in Physics from University of Missouri. He was confirmed as the director of science in 2009.
The Renewable and Sustainable Energy Institute (RASEI), a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), sponsors the CU Energy Club.