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For Immediate Release: April 21, 2006
Media Contact: Adam Gottlieb - 916-654-4989

M E D I A     A D V I S O R Y

"The Rosenfeld Effect"
Historic Energy Symposium
Honors Commissioner Art Rosenfeld at 80


What:

Eleven eminent scientists and educators will speak on topical energy issues at a day-long symposium honoring their colleague, energy efficiency pioneer, UC Berkeley Professor Emeritus, and California Energy Commissioner Arthur H. Rosenfeld, on the occasion of his 80th birthday.

The day-long event has been organized in support and appreciation of Art's many contributions to energy efficiency. Eleven eminent scientists and educators, all colleagues of Art, will speak on topical energy issues at this day-long symposium honoring their colleague.

The symposium's agenda (PDF file) may be viewed at: http://nature.berkeley.edu/site/forms/pdf/rosenfeld_effect.pdf

The event is sold-out, but will be Webcast live at: http://webcast.berkeley.edu/events/details.php?webcastid=15730


Reporters interested in covering this event should contact Adam Gottlieb at (916) 654-4989.


When:

Friday April 28 - 8:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


Where:

Sibley Auditorium, University of California, Berkeley


Who:

Noted energy luminaries from UC Berkeley, Stanford, Harvard, and Princeton, and others, including:

  • STEVE CHU, Director of Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL), and 1997 Nobel Laureate in Physics
  • ASHOK GADGIL, Senior Staff Scientist, LBNL, and Adjunct Professor, Energy and Resources Group, UC Berkeley
  • JOHN HOLDREN, Director of The Woods Hole Research Center at Harvard University and President of the American Association for the Advancement of Science
  • HENRY KELLY, President, Federation of American Scientists
  • MARK LEVINE, Director, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and group leader of the LBNL China Energy Group
  • JOSEPH ROMM, Executive Director, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions, and Former Acting Assistant Secretary of Energy for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy
  • STEPHEN SCHNEIDER, Co-Director, Center for Environmental Science and Policy at the Stanford Institute for International Studies
  • ROBERT SOCOLOW, Co-Director, The Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton University
  • ARTHUR ROSENFELD, Commissioner, California Energy Commission, will close the day with comments.

DETAILS:

Sessions of The "Rosenfeld Effect" Energy Symposium will discuss the role of increased energy efficiency in California, in China, and on a global scale; the intersection of energy and safe drinking water in the developing world; the twin challenges of mitigating climate change and sustaining orderly markets in fluid fuels; how to turn good science into good politics; and defining, predicting, and coping with global warming.

Session 1
  • Global Energy Challenges and the Role of Increasing Energy Efficiency in Addressing Them? - John Holdren, Director, Woods Hole Research Center, Harvard University
  • The Rosenfeld Effect in California - Sheryl Carter, Devra Wang, Audrey Chang, Natural Resource Defense Council (NRDC) Energy Team.
Session 2
  • Energy Efficiency in China: Glorious History, Uncertain Future - Mark Levine, Director, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (LBNL)
  • Saving Energy and Making Drinking Water Safe in Developing Countries - Ashok Gadgil, Senior Staff Scientist and Group Leader, Environmental Energy Technologies Division, LBNL
Session 3
  • The Urgency of Energy Efficiency - Robert Socolow, Co-Director, The Carbon Mitigation Initiative, Princeton University
  • The Energy Problem: Our Current Choices and Future Hopes - Steve Chu, Nobel Laureate in Physics (1997), Lab Director, LBNL
Session 4
  • Can We Define, Let Alone, Solve Global Warming? - Steve Schneider, Co-Director, Center for Environmental Science and Policy, Stanford Institute for International Studies
  • How To Turn Good Science into Good Politics - Henry Kelly, President, Federation of American Scientists
Session 5
  • 100 Katrinas: The Fate of America in the Global Warning Century - Joseph Romm, Executive Director, Center for Energy and Climate Solutions

EVENT SPONSORS:

The Hewlett Foundation, The Energy Foundation, UC Berkeley Institute of the Environment, UC Physics Department, Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, UC Energy Resources Group, California Energy Commission, and the California Public Utilities Commission.


ROSENFELD BIO:

Rosenfeld, 79, has served on the California Energy Commission since April 2000 when he was appointed by Governor Gray Davis. In January 2005, he was appointed by Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger. He serves as the Chair of the Research and Development Committee and as second member of the Energy Efficiency Committee. Rosenfeld received his Ph.D. in Physics in 1954 at the University of Chicago and was Nobel Laureate Enrico Fermi's last graduate student. In 1955, he joined the Department of Physics at the University of California at Berkeley . There he joined, and eventually led, the Nobel prize-winning particle physics group of Luis Alvarez at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory until 1974. From 1974 to 1994 formed and directed the Center for Building Science focusing on the new field of energy efficiency. From 1994 to 1999, Dr. Rosenfeld served as Senior Adviser for the U. S. Department of Energy's Assistant Secretary for Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy. A full biography about and papers by Dr. Rosenfeld can be found at: www.energy.ca.gov/commission/commissioners/rosenfeld.html.

Dr. Rosenfeld received the Szilard Award for Physics in the Public Interest in 1986 and the Carnot Award for Energy Efficiency from the U.S. Department of Energy in 1993. He is the co-founder of the American Council for an Energy Efficient Economy (ACEEE), the University of California's Institute for Energy Efficiency (CIEE), and the Washington-based Center for Energy and Climate Solutions (CECS).

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