Twice a year, the University of Chicago offers the Joint Speaker Series for members of the University, Argonne, and Fermilab communities to foster new interactions. The program provides a setting for all three communities to gather informally around topic areas outside of standard specialties. The eighth program in the series, “Clean Energy 2030: Building a Sustainable Future,” occurred on December 4, 2013. It featured Mark Peters, deputy laboratory director for programs at Argonne (moderator); Leah Guzowski, energy policy scientist, Decision and Information Sciences, at Argonne; Hussein Khalil, director, Nuclear Engineering Division, at Argonne; Peter Littlewood, Professor in Physics at the University of Chicago and associate laboratory director for physical sciences and engineering at Argonne; and Robert Rosner, the William E. Wrather Distinguished Service Professor in Astronomy and Astrophysics and Physics, and co-director of the Energy Policy Institute at the University of Chicago.
Each Joint Speaker Series event features a reception and a moderated panel discussion that explores interdisciplinary topics. Scientists and scholars from all three institutions, as well as occasional outside experts, participate on the panels. In the inaugural “Art and Science” event, panelists discussed how computer-generated art can help scientists better understand and communicate their findings. The discussion of fresh topics encourages collaboration among faculty, researchers, scientists, and engineers at all three institutions.