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Graduate Fellowships Celebrate Accelerator Scientist and Mentor Bob Siemann
Secretary Chu on Moving toward a Clean Energy Economy
Around SLAC: A New Tree

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Wednesday - July 8, 2009

Graduate Fellowships Celebrate Accelerator Scientist and Mentor Bob Siemann

(Photo - Bob Siemann)
In yesterday's symposium, Bob Siemann was remembered for his legacy in accelerator science research and mentorship.

To recognize a career of outstanding science and mentorship, Stanford University has created two new graduate fellowships in memory of SLAC accelerator physicist and Professor Robert Siemann. SLAC Director Persis Drell announced the Siemann Graduate Fellowships yesterday in Kavli Auditorium, during introductory remarks for the daylong symposium celebrating Siemann's life and contributions to accelerator science.

"It is incredibly fitting that in honor of Bob's scientific achievements and dedication to teaching, today Stanford University is announcing the establishment of two graduate fellowships in his name," Persis said.  Read more...

Secretary Chu on Moving toward a Clean Energy Economy

Chairman Boxer, Ranking Member Inhofe, and Members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to testify on moving America toward a clean energy economy.

We face many serious and immediate challenges. American families and businesses are struggling in a recession and an increasingly competitive global economy. We have become deeply dependent on a single energy source to power our cars, trucks and airplanes, and spend hundreds of billions of dollars a year to import nearly 60 percent of the oil we use. We face an unprecedented threat to our very way of life from climate change.

To solve these challenges, the Administration and Congress need to work together to spur a revolution in clean energy technologies. The President and I applauded the historic action by the House to pass a clean energy bill, and we look forward to working with the Senate to pass comprehensive energy legislation.  Read more...

Around SLAC: A New Tree

(Photo - Siemann memorial tree dedication)

At the close of yesterday's symposium celebrating Bob Siemann's life and career, family, friends and colleagues gathered on the SLAC Green to dedicate a new redwood tree in his honor. A plaque near the tree reads:

In memory of Robert H. Siemann
Pioneering accelerator physicist, respected leader and mentor
1942-2008

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