Dan Kammen offers new online course: The Energy Challenge: Balancing Resources and Policies

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Dates: February 16-March 23, 2010

Fee: $250 registration

How well prepared are we to understand the substantial challenges facing this country and the world around energy resources? This interactive online seminar will provide the opportunity for participants to interact with leading thinkers in the area of energy and policy and to explore the most current issues that influence how we look at dwindling resources, renewable energy and policies.

This collaboration between OLLI @Berkeley and the New York Times harnesses the intellectual resources of both Berkeley and The New York Times and involves Berkeley Professor Dan Kammen and New York Times science writer, Matt Wald. This is a noncredit course.

Dan Kammen is a UC Berkeley professor in the Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy, and Department of Nuclear Engineering. He is the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. As a leading expert on energy worldwide and the coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, he shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. Kammen also hosted the Discovery Channel series ‘Ecopolis.’

Matt Wald is a reporter for the New York Times based in the Washington Bureau, providing groundbreaking coverage of energy, transportation and technology issues since 1995.

Topics and speakers:

Our Energy System and Climate Change. Professor Dan Kammen (see above).

Energy Economics. Severin Borenstein is the E.T. Grether Professor of Business and Public Policy at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business, and Director of the UC Energy Institute. He is a leading expert on the energy economy.

Nuclear Energy. Per Peterson is a Professor and former Chair of Nuclear Engineering at UC Berkeley, and manages the UC Berkeley Thermal Hydraulics Research Laboratory. He is an expert on fission and fusion.

Power Grid. Mason Willrich is a senior advisor to the MIT Energy Innovation Project and Chair of the California Independent Service Operators Board of Governors. He is an expert on U.S. energy infrastructure and a clean energy venture capitalist.

Biofuels. Chris Somerville is Philomathia Professor of Alternative Energy in the Department of Plant and Microbial Biology at UC Berkeley, and Director of the Energy Biosciences Institute at UC Berkeley, which was founded with the single largest grant in university history, worldwide.

The Road to Copenhagen: Energy Policy and Politics. Professor Dan Kammen and NYT writer Matt Wald

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