Council of Energy Research & Education Leaders

FRANKLIN (LYNN) ORR - Sworn in as UNDER SECRETARY FOR SCIENCE AND ENERGY, 12/17/2014

http://www.energy.gov/contributors/franklin-lynn-orr

Dr. Franklin (Lynn) M. Orr was sworn in as the Under Secretary for Science and Energy on December 17, 2014.

As the Under Secretary, Dr. Orr is the principal advisor to the Secretary and Deputy Secretary on clean energy technologies and science and energy research initiatives. Dr. Orr is the inaugural Under Secretary for the office, which was created by Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz to closely integrate DOE’s basic science, applied research, technology development, and deployment efforts. As Under Secretary, he oversees DOE’s offices of Electricity Delivery and Energy Reliability, Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy, Fossil Energy, Indian Energy Policy and Programs, Nuclear Energy, and Science.  In total, these programs steward the majority of DOE’s National Laboratories (13 of 17).

Prior to joining the Department of Energy, Dr. Orr was the Keleen and Carlton Beal Professor Emeritus in the Department of Energy Resources Engineering at Stanford University. He joined Stanford in 1985.  He served as the founding director of the Precourt Institute for Energy at Stanford University from 2009 to 2013.  He was the founding director of the Stanford Global Climate and Energy Project from 2002 to 2008, and he served as Dean of the School of Earth Sciences at Stanford from 1994 to 2002.  He was head of the miscible flooding section at the New Mexico Petroleum Recovery Research Center, New Mexico Institute of Mining and Technology from 1978 to 1985, a research engineer at the Shell Development Company Bellaire Research Center from 1976 to 1978, and assistant to the director, Office of Federal Activities, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency from 1970 to 1972. He holds a Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and a B.S. from Stanford University, both in Chemical Engineering.

Dr. Orr is also a member of the National Academy of Engineering.  He served as a member of the Board of Directors of the Monterey Bay Aquarium Research Institute from 1987 to 2014, and was a member of the Board of Trustees of the David and Lucile Packard Foundation from 1999 to 2008, for which he has also chaired the Science Advisory Panel for the Packard Fellowships in Science and Engineering from 1988 to 2014.  He served as a member of the 2008/09 National Research Council Committee on America’s Energy Future.


 

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The Council of Energy Research and Education Leaders (CEREL) is a multidisciplinary membership organization made up of heads of academic energy research and education centers, institutes, and programs. It provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.

Rationale

Energy is the common link between the living and non-living realms of the universe, and thus it is an integrator across all fields in science, technology, engineering, mathematics, education, and research.  Virtually every discipline investigates some aspect of energy, including history, anthropology, public policy, international relations, human and ecosystem health, economics, technology, physics, geology, ecology, business management, environmental science, and engineering.  The concept of energy also is applicable at all levels of formal education and lifelong learning, and it includes many topics and tools that motivate successful learning.  Consumers are increasingly confronted with decisions about the cost and availability of different forms of household energy, while diverse groups in civil society organize around political, social, and environmental ramifications of the energy system.

Despite its overarching importance, there is no coherent field of energy studies; the scientific, engineering, economic, and sociological communities share no common energy journals, conferences, or identity.  There is a wealth of information about energy, but it is spread across many books, journals, websites, disciplines, ideologies, and user communities.

CEREL provides the means for leaders in energy research, education, and communication to collaboratively use knowledge about energy to improve education, decision-making, and, more generally, the well-being of society.

Composition

CEREL includes the full range of institutions, programs, people and perspectives that comprise the energy field.  In the academic arena this includes public and private institutions of every size and academic orientation, including education, research, and communication issues.

Membership is open to leaders of all college and university-based energy centers and programs as well as related research and education units that pay the membership fee. Institutions may have multiple representatives.

Role of NCSE

NCSE serves as the Secretariat for the Council. The group selects its own leadership and determines its own policies and activities. NCSE plays the roles of facilitator and service provider, but not decisionmaker, for the group. NCSE has a similar function with the Council of Environmental Deans and Directors (CEDD), which NCSE helped form in 2001.

Please contact David Blockstein at NCSE with any questions or for additional information:  david@NCSEonline.org or 202-207-0004.

 

Career Opportunities

 

Postdoctoral Fellowships in Genomic Biology, UIUC and EBI

Type: 
Job
Start and End Date: 
February 28, 2013 - June 1, 2013
Application Deadline: 
April 1, 2013

The Institute for Genomic Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign offers a number of fellowships for truly exceptional young scholars who have completed their Ph.D. within the last several years, and are looking for a stimulating and supportive interdisciplinary envi­ronment to carry out independent and collaborative research in the field of genomic biology.

Free Online Workshops to Enhance NSF Educational Proposals and Projects – Mar. 12- May 1

February 28, 2013
Dear Colleague:
 
Are you interested in giving your faculty a competitive edge in writing proposals for educational research and development projects such as those supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) Transforming Undergraduate Education in STEM (TUES) P

DOE Webinar Highlights: Importance of Energy Literacy and Identifies Resources for Energy Education from K-Gray

February 21, 2013

What does it mean to be energy literate, and why is it important?  The Department of Energy held a recent webinar that describes why a basic understanding of energy, energy sources, generation, use, and conservation strategies is essential to better energy decision-making.

2013 Summer School on Energy Efficiency at UC-Boulder

Type: 
Internship
Start and End Date: 
February 14, 2013 - April 14, 2013

Energy efficiency is an essential component of a sustainable future.

The Green Program: Renewable Energy and Sustainability Abroad

Type: 
Internship
Start and End Date: 
February 14, 2013 - April 14, 2013

The GREEN Program will enhance your understanding and perspective of the Renewable Energy industry by taking you outside of the classroom, and into the field. Providing you exclusive access into five different Renewable Energy facilities in Costa Rica, you will receive the hands-on knowledge you need to accelerate your career.

Free WEI Webinar: Federal Budget Uncertainty and University Energy Research – Feb. 19 at 4:00 p.m. EST

February 14, 2013

Recent Congressional budget battles have created uncertainty over federal funding for energy research and development, and university researchers are wondering how it may affect their programs.

Resident Faculty Search, Santa Fe Institute

Type: 
Job
Start and End Date: 
February 7, 2013 - May 15, 2013
Application Deadline: 
March 15, 2013
The Santa Fe Institute (SFI) seeks nominations and applications for resident faculty positions at all academic levels. Full­-time appointments are of highest priority.

2nd Round of Consultation on the SE4ALL Global Tracking Framework

February 7, 2013
In September 2011, the United Nations Secretary General launched the Sustainable Energy for All (SE4ALL) initiative, a multi-stakeholder partnership between governments, the private sector and civil society.

DOE Secretary Chu to Step Down, After Creating a Large Suite of Clean Energy Policies

February 7, 2013

National Renewable Energy Policy Forum in Washington, D.C. -- Feb. 6

January 31, 2013
This year’s Forum, “Moving From Politics to Policy: Advancing the Business of Renewable Energy,” takes place following months of heated debate during the recent elections and a lame-duck session of Congress that  focused on avoiding a fiscal melt-down.
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