So now my university is so awesome, that we celebrate the fact that we are a “spotlighted” institution that supports and advances the Department of Energy’s scientific research programs. Yes, indeed. Using taxpayer funds to promote politically favored research projects. Wasn’t the synfuels program DoE? And Solyndra? And Fisker? And who knows what other projects lurk. That’s exactly the spirit of entrepreneurial discovery, of the pursuit of knowledge for knowledge’s sake, that is the essence of the University.