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Steven Chu Returning to Stanford

By February 23, 2013

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Steven ChuSecretary of Energy Steven Chu will be returning to his position as a professor of physics at Stanford University upon leaving the Department of Energy. Earlier this month, the Nobel laureate announced that he would be stepping down from the helm of the U.S. Department of Energy. The word now is that he'll be returning to Stanford, though news reports have not indicated when he would return ... in part because he hasn't yet announced an exact date for his departure, nor has a successor been officially named by President Obama.

According to the SFGate website:

He will hold joint appointments in the university's physics department and the medical school's department of molecular and cellular physiology....

He plans to promote an initiative in the science of bioimaging, a marriage of physics and advanced mathematics with high-tech microscopy to peer deeply into the human body.

Best of luck to Dr. Chu in his future endeavors, and here's hoping that the next time he's mentioned on this blog, it's for some amazing innovation in the field of biophysics ... possibly with research that could lead him to another Nobel, but this time for Medicine rather than Physics.

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