“In a bureaucracy, if you start something in motion, it either stops or gets derailed…You have to keep applying force.”
Steven Chu, Energy Secretary, describing how his new job as head of the Department of Energy is different from academia, The New York Times, March 22, 2009.
“The purpose of thinking about the future is not to predict it but to raise people’s hopes.”
Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, explaining what he sees as the role of a futurist, New York Times Magazine, March 25, 2009.
“Everybody’s talking about this [recession] as a structural change in our economy, in which some jobs that are lost are never going to come back, so we are interested in making sure we create new jobs and new industries,”
Claude Canizares, MIT, on how his university plans to utilize the stimulus money, The Boston Globe, March 23, 2009.
“It turns out a lot of people in Hollywood think science is cool,”
Jennifer Ouellette, National Academy of Sciences, USA Today, March 25, 2009.
“These funds will allow us to make new investments in SLAC and in the scientific future of our country…We will be able to accelerate the delivery of science from our premier new facility.”
Persis Drell, SLAC, on how the economic stimulus package will benefit research at the Linac Coherent Light Source, The San Francisco Chronicle, March 24, 2009.
“The ability to charge and discharge batteries in a matter of seconds rather than hours may open up new technological applications and induce lifestyle changes,”
Gerbrand Ceder, MIT, US News and World Report, March 16, 2009.
“This process will create temperatures of 100 million degrees and pressures billions of times greater than Earth’s atmospheric pressure, forcing the hydrogen nuclei to fuse and release many times more energy than the laser energy required to spark the reaction,”
Edward Moses, National Ignition Facility, BBC News, March 31, 2009.
“I like the planet we live on. I hope we leave a thoughtful planet to our society and our children.”
Alex Cronin, University of Arizona, on his work to improve the efficiency of solar collectors, Arizona Daily Star, April 5, 2009.
“If we want scientific literacy, then we want teachers to teach the beauty of science, the fun in it, the humor in it, and to bring examples of modern science into the classroom,”
Leon Lederman, Fermilab, UPI, April 10, 2009.