US Energy Dept. Official to Discuss Nuclear Past, Future

US Energy Dept. Official to Discuss Nuclear Past, Future

United States Undersecretary of Energy Ernest Moniz '66, will address the past and future of nuclear weapons technology during a lecture sponsored by the Physics Department on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at 4:30 p.m. in Gasson 305.

Moniz, who earned a bachelor's degree in physics from BC, received the Alumni Association's Award of Excellence in Science earlier this year. Since 1997, he has been the third-ranking official at the United States Department of Energy and oversees the national laboratory system and national security programs associated with the country's nuclear stockpile, among other responsibilities.

The topic of his remarks will be "Addressing the Nuclear Past, Shaping the Nuclear Future," according to Assoc. Prof. Krzysztof Kempa (Physics), who is coordinating the visit. Moniz's appearance is the final event in a series of lectures sponsored by the Physics Department this semester, Kempa said, and will be of interest to a general audience.

"I expect he will discuss nuclear weapons and energy in the context of the collapse of the Soviet Union and the end of the Cold War," Kempa said. "He will put in perspective what is being done with nuclear technology these days."

-Michael Seele

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