It’s one crazy time, post-inauguration. I mean, Obama was sworn in again. And the stimulus package is really kicking the science community into high gear.
So expectations will probably be quite high today, when Secretary Chu (no more mere designate, he) speaks to the DOE community today by video. I will update this later today after watching.
[Update: I couldn't get my RealPlayer settings sorted out until just before the end, so I basically missed it. BNL will post video soonish, but in the meantime, I found a nice set of notes posted on Cosmic Variance.
Some things jump out: Energy is priority #1. The national labs are crown jewels. The US needs to replace the great industrial labs that have closed down. He expects lots of young-to-middle-age scientists to shift their careers toward energy to develop the transformative technologies needed for US energy independence...more later when I see the video.]