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COGG Monthly Meeting

Dr. Kimberly Budill – Livermore National Laboratories

November 8 @ 11:30 am - 1:30 pm

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The Heights Golf Club
16066 Bernardo Heights Pkwy
San Diego, CA 92392 United States
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November 8
11:30 am - 1:30 pm
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Our speaker this month is Dr. Kimberly Budil, since 2021 the Director of the Lawrence Livermore Laboratory, a premier US government research lab. Dr Budil is a Physicist, with a Doctorate from University of California Davis. She will address nuclear fusion as a source of electricity. Nuclear fusion (think hydrogen bomb) is potentially the perfect source of electricity. The raw material (hydrogen) is cheap, abundant, and non-polluting (no carbon dioxide pollution). If we finally harness nuclear fusion, electricity will be very inexpensive and available to all. Dr. Budil has done research on nuclear fusion and is very familiar with progress being made world wide.

So is there a problem? Well it only works in a plasma environment at the temperature of the sun. A nuclear fusion unit could make a rather interesting replacement for your air conditioning unit!

We have understood the mechanics of nuclear fusion since the 1950s but harnessing the process has turned out to be the present day equivalent of the Philosopher’s Stone (prior centuries attempts to turn lead, etc. into gold). However, we do understand the theoretical science of nuclear fusion.

November’s speaker has impressive credentials and the subject matter of her talk concerns an opportunity that may well impact civilization for centuries to come. We very much hope you can attend.

Please register now.  The meeting opens at 11:30 at The Heights Golf Club, 16066 Bernardo Heights Blvd, Rancho Bernardo, with lunch from 12:00 noon until 12:30. Cost is $35 for lunch and in-person with Dr. Budil.  Registration prior to November 5 will ensure your meal choice and seating.  Registration can be done at the link below, by phone to Blair Lawson at 858-217-6996 or email blawson@san.rr.com.  Please register by Saturday, November 5th. The Heights Golf Club needs our count of attendees and luncheon selections by then!!

If you cannot attend in person, Zoom attendance is also available. You will be notified on Monday, November 7 with the Zoom instructions.

To register and/or purchase a ticket (to guarantee your meal choice), please visit the following link:


Zoom access option available with a registration discount.