Nobel Laureate Steven Chu to Deliver Plenary Presentation at 2017 IONS Okinawa

23 October 2017

Nobel Laureate Steven Chu to Deliver Plenary Presentation at 2017 IONS Okinawa

Former U.S. Energy Secretary and OSA Fellow will share outlook on the impact of optics

WASHINGTON — Nobel Laureate, former U.S. Secretary of Energy and a fellow of The Optical Society, Dr. Steven Chu will provide the keynote plenary presentation at the upcoming International OSA Network of Students (IONS) Okinawa meeting. The meeting will be held on The Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology Graduate University’s (OIST) unique island campus, designed to foster scientific research and innovation, from 25-27 October. IONS conferences are student-run conferences that present excellent opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students to meet with their peers, discuss science, and form social networks early in their career.

During his presentation, Dr. Chu will explore how optics has revolutionized scientific discoveries in energy and biomedicine, among other fields, and illustrate how optics and photonics will continue to impact technology. The plenary takes place on 25 October, at 9:00 AM JST.

Dr. Chu is currently the William R. Kenan, Jr., Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular & Cellular Physiology in the Medical School at Stanford University, and continues his research work in microscopy. Dr. Chu was the first scientist in a U.S. presidential cabinet and the longest serving U.S. Energy Secretary. Prior to his cabinet post, he was the director of the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and held a Professorship in Physics, Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley.

With 10 patents and 260 papers published in atomic and polymer physics, biophysics, biology, biomedicine and batteries, Dr. Chu is an accomplished inventor and explorer. In 1997, he was awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics for laser cooling and atom trapping. He holds 26 Honorary degrees and is a member of the National Academy of Sciences, a foreign member of the Royal Society and the Royal Academy of Engineering.
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