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Former under secretary for science to talk about energy security

It’s a safe bet that this year’s political campaigns will include claims and counterclaims about the nation’s energy security.

That debate encompasses everything from science to foreign affairs to global markets. And sorting through the particulars can be daunting for voters and politicians alike.

A former U.S. under secretary for science, Raymond Orbach, is scheduled to examine some key points in the energy security picture in a lecture in Minneapolis.

The talk, sponsored by the University of Minnesota’s School of Physics and Astronomy, will address five energy security “deal killers.” Orbach is to discuss the way in which basic research can transform these “deal killers” into “game changers” to provide possible solutions for our country’s future energy security.

Orbach was the nation’s first under secretary for science, a position he took in the U.S. Department of Energy in 2006. In that role, he served as an adviser to the energy secretary on science policy as well as all scientific aspects of the department, including basic and applied research ranging from nuclear energy to environmental clean-up of Cold War legacy sites to defense programs. Now he directs the Energy Institute at the University of Texas in Austin.

His lecture, free and open to the public, is scheduled for 3:35 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 24, at the University of Minnesota’s Tate Laboratory of Physics, Room 131, 116 Church St. S.E., Minneapolis.

More details are available are here.

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