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Energy and the Industrial Revolution: Past, Present, and Future

Dr. Arun Majumdar, Vice President of Energy, Google
January 27, 2014 - 10:00 am

As part of UVa’s partnership with Oak Ridge National Laboratory (ORNL), we are pleased to announce a live webcast of a lecture by Dr. Arun Majumdar, Vice President of Energy, Google, and former Director, U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy. ORNL will be hosting Dr. Majumdar as part of the lab's Eugene P. Wigner Distinguished Lecture Series in Science, Technology, and Policy, and will be streaming his lecture. Special thanks to ORNL for the invitation to participate in the Wigner Lecture webcasts.

The title of Dr. Majumdar’s talk is “Energy and the Industrial Revolution: Past, Present and Future.” Please see the attached flyer for more information on his lecture.

The webcast of the lecture is 10 am Monday Jan 27, in Wilsdorf Hall Room 200 (the Dean’s Conference Room). Questions may be submitted to ORNL's Twitter or Facebook sites using the hashtag #wigner-lectures. The lecture is one hour, and selected questions will be addressed during a moderated discussion period, which may last until noon. If you are not able to attend the viewing in Wilsdorf Hall, the lectures are also streamed via the ORNL website, www.ornl.gov. The lectures will be recorded and posted approximately one week after they are completed. More details about the Wigner Lecture Series and the recorded lectures are available at http://www.ornl.gov/ornl/events-and-conferences/wigner-lectures.

The 2014 Wigner Lecture Series begins with a talk from the founding Director of the U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy, who is now Vice President of Energy at Google, and continues with two Nobel Laureates and the former Chairman of Intel Corporation:

· January 27 – Arun Majumdar, Vice President of Energy, Google, and former Director, U.S. Department of Energy Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy; Title: “Energy and the Industrial Revolution: Past, Present and Future”

· February 12 – Steven Chu, William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Physics and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology, Stanford University, and former U.S. Secretary of Energy (1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics); Title: “The Energy and Climate Challenge: Necessity as the Mother of Invention”

· April 7 – Craig Barrett, former Chairman of the Board, Intel Corporation

· July 28 – Venkatraman Ramakrishnan, Structural Studies Division, MRC Laboratory of Molecular Biology (2009 Nobel Laureate in Chemistry)

The Wigner Lectures are named in recognition of ORNL’s first research director, Eugene Wigner. Recipient of the 1963 Nobel Prize in Physics, Wigner was both a towering figure in theoretical physics and a key contributor to the development of nuclear reactors. He established an enduring vision for the laboratory and laid the foundations for programs that continue to this day.