A Chat with Benjamin Schmitt on European Energy Security, Nuclear Fusion and Role of Scientists in Shaping Policy
Energy Vista: A Podcast on Energy Issues, Professional and Personal Trajectories
Leslie Palti-Guzman exchanges with Benjamin Schmitt, a former European Energy Security Advisor at the US Department of State and Scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics. The podcast is divided in two parts given Benjamin's unique background on geopolitics of energy and physics : PART 1) We dive into the latest developments in European energy security: Nord Stream 2 gas pipeline, Russia's energy vision, Ukraine, Belarus and motivations behind US's involvement ; PART 2) We discuss nuclear fusion, US mission in the South Pole, emerging power competition in Antarctica. Lastly, you will hear why we need more scientists in policy making. This episode was recorded on Apr. 24, 2020.
Donna Strickland; Benjamin Schmitt & Joe Serio: Life Before the Big Bang
All Things Photonics
A special episode following the journey of a team of scientists as they seek to discover the origins of the universe in the frozen tundra of Antarctica. Plus: an interview with Nobel Prize winner Donna Strickland. Dr. Donna Strickland is a professor in the department of physics and astronomy at the University of Waterloo and one of the recipients of the Nobel Prize in Physics in 2018 for developing chirped pulse amplification with her PhD advisor, Dr. Gerard Mourou. Benjamin L. Schmitt is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow and project development scientist at the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA). Joseph Serio is co-founder and vice president of Vertex Optics Inc. All Things Photonics is produced by Photonics Media and airs every other Tuesday. You can find links to the stories mentioned in the episode on our website, www.photonics.com/podcast.
Benjamin Schmitt: An Inside Look At Seattle's Poetry Scene
Benjamin Schmitt is the Best Book Award and Pushcart nominated author of three books, most recently Soundtrack to a Fleeting Masculinity. His poems have appeared in the Antioch Review, Hobart, Worcester Review, Columbia Review, Roanoke Review, and elsewhere. He’s the co-founder of Pacifica Writers’ Workshop, and has also written articles for The Seattle Times and At The Inkwell. Ben lives in Seattle with his wife and children.