Tuesday, November 3, 2009 - 3:00am - 4:30am

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.

Tuesdays, Noon-1:30 p.m., November 3.
David Brower Center, 2150 Allston Way

This is part of a seminar series: Strategic Issues in Energy Resources and Politics (October 6 to November 10)

Energy is the biggest industry on the planet - come and find out its secrets! Developed in collaboration with The New York Times science writer Matt Wald, this course will cover the most pressing concerns regarding energy resources and policies. Kammen’s lectures will cover our energy system and climate change, renewable energy, and energy policy and politics. Other Berkeley faculty members will address nuclear power, alternatives to gasoline, and the power grid. The course will include an online component with discussion, readings, and links to the most up to date material to be discussed at the United Nations Climate Change Conference this December in Copenhagen. Get involved!

Holding multiple appointments at Berkeley, Dan Kammen is a professor in the Energy and Resources Group, Goldman School of Public Policy, and Department of Nuclear Engineering, as well as the founding director of the Renewable and Appropriate Energy Laboratory. A physicist by training, Dr. Kammen is considered a leading expert on energy worldwide and is a coordinating lead author for the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, which shared the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize with Al Gore. He also hosted the Discovery Channel series ‘Ecopolis.’