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Brian Greene to Address Congress

(Image - Greene)High-energy physics is about to get a boost from a high-energy physicist.

On May 9th, physicist and author Brian Greene will address the Congressional Research and Development Caucus Advisory Committee. In his talk, titled "Reaching for Einstein's Dream: The Quest for the Deepest Laws of the Universe," Greene will discuss the gains made in physics since Einstein first searched for a grand unified theory of everything.

The talk couldn't be better timed. The release of EPP2010, a National Research Council report, urges the federal government to build the International Linear Collider in the United States. Such a move, the report claims, would refresh the United States' commitment to physics research at a time when major research projects in the nation are phasing out.

Columbia professor Greene has done much to communicate the wonder and excitement fuelling recent breakthroughs in physics and the quest to solve the remaining puzzles of the universe. Through his popular books on physics and as host of the PBS mini-series The Elegant Universe, Greene has shown his knack for explaining sophisticated ideas in clear, engaging ways.

Greene's talk was arranged by SLAC, Fermilab, and the DOE. Raymond L. Orbach, Director of the DOE's Office of Science, will introduce Greene at the congressional event, which takes place in Washington, D.C. Judy Biggert and Rep. Rush Holt will offer opening remarks.

The Congressional advisory committee consists of public and private sector groups that inform Congress about research and development throughout the United States and the world. Previous caucus briefings have addressed fuel technology, nanomaterials, and internet security. More information...

—Krista Zala
   SLAC Today, May 5, 2006