Orbach to Return to UC Riverside to Present on Development of Clean Energy

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Former chancellor to appear as part of School of Public Policy Seminar Series

By on April 14, 2014

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Former Chancellor Raymond L. Orbach will return to UC Riverside on April 25 for a presentation on the development of clean energy as part of the UC Riverside School of Public Policy Speakers Series.

RIVERSIDE, Calif. — Raymond L. Orbach, former UC Riverside chancellor and undersecretary for science at the U.S. Department of Energy during the George W. Bush administration, will return to campus on Friday, April 25, 2014 for a presentation about developing clean energy and the importance of international partnerships to make that happen as part of the UCR School of Public Policy Seminar Series.

The presentation will run from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m. in Genomics Auditorium 1102A and will be followed by a reception in the Genomics Lobby. It is free and open to the public, with free parking available in Parking Lot 6, but an online RSVP is requested.

A PDF of the event flyer is available for download.

“Ray Orbach was a transformative and beloved chancellor at UCR, presiding over a period of unprecedented growth and maturing of the campus,” said Anil Deolalikar, dean of the School of Public Policy. “In addition, he is one of the foremost experts on energy policy in the United States, having served as the highest-ranking science policy administrator in the U.S. Department of Energy during the last decade. The School of Public Policy is honored to welcome him back for this special public policy seminar.”

Orbach, who currently holds the Cockrell Family Regents Chair in Engineering at The University of Texas at Austin, said his lecture will focus “on the interplay between the two in the formation of ITER (the International Thermonuclear Experimental Reactor), a global attempt to harness the fusion processes of the sun for a clean and unlimited source of energy.”

Orbach will also be attending the Investiture of UCR Chancellor Kim A. Wilcox on Thursday, April 24, and said he is looking forward to returning to the campus.

“My wife Eva and I are delighted at the prospect of visiting the beautiful and distinguished University of California, Riverside again,” he said. “We look forward to seeing all of our friends, both on and off the campus. We are especially pleased to attend the investiture of Chancellor Wilcox, and to add our congratulations.”

Orbach was chancellor at UCR from 1992 to 2002, when he was appointed as the director of the Office of Science at the Department of Energy by President Bush. In 2006, he was named as the inaugural undersecretary for science, serving as the chief scientist for the Department of Energy and providing advice to the secretary of energy on all scientific and technical programs in the DOE. He returned to higher education in August, 2009, when he became the first director of the Energy Institute at the University of Texas at Austin, a position that he held until December 2013. He is a fellow of the American Physical Society and the American Association for the Advancement of Science and serves as a member of twenty scientific, professional and civic boards.

The seminar is the fifth in 2014 for the new UCR School of Public Policy, which was formed in 2013 to train the next generation of leaders via evidence-based policy research to equip them to address the challenges facing our society, including poverty, disease, illiteracy, climate change, energy security, pollution and more. The series continues on Thursday, May 8, 2014 as Dr. Darcy Nikol Bryan, M.D. speaks on “Medicaid: A Physician’s Perspective” from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. in HMNSS 1500.

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