The Boston Globe interviews Lene Hau.
Our famous colleague explains that 300,000 km/s is incomprehensibly high a number ;-) so she decided to lower it and became passionate about the slow light. She argues that these tricks have applications for computing. Finally, they can't avoid the usual questions about women in science: she essentially says that there's no discrimination but the tenured female numbers lag. Also, she says that the Academia doesn't have free thinkers despite the tenure system that would be expected to support it. Well, experimentally it is clear that it does not.
See also Physics as a Danish enterprise.