For many, talk about the Nobel Prize Thursday centered around Bob Dylan's winning one for literature.
However, there was a Nobel Prize winner a little closer to the area.
Dr. Shuji Nakamura, a 2014 winner in physics, is in La Crosse as part of the UWL Distinguished Lecture Series in Physics. His prize came for his work inventing blue light-emitting diodes which has led to the use of LEDs in energy efficient lighting used around the world.
He's now focusing on the next generation of lighting in the future through the use of lasers. "I think the future of lighting should be, I think, laser lighting, instead of LED lighting, because we can reduce the cost of the lighting dramatically using laser instead of LED lighting, but still it will take a long time," he said.
Dr. Nakamura speaks at the university Friday with a physics lecture on LEDs and Laser diodes for lighting. The seminar is open to the public. It is in Centennial Hall, Room 1400, at 3:20 p.m.