CNN, MSNBC and the AP are reporting that Steve Chu will be named president elect Obama's Secretary of Energy. If this story is true -- and the transition team is neither denying or confirming it -- it would be huge news for US physical science. Chu is a Nobel Prize winning physicist who has made Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory in California an international powerhouse in applied energy research and has lectured around the world on the need for aggressive basic energy research to reverse global warming. He also would be the first person who's been a scientist his whole career to lead the Department of Energy, which funds the majority of US physical science research.
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