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ORAU sponsors 10 graduate student researchers to meet Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

June 17, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities is sponsoring 10 outstanding graduate student researchers to attend the 60th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany, from June 27-July 2. During the meeting, students will attend lectures by the Laureates and will be able to participate in discussions with them on the topics of chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine.

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates have annually convened in Lindau to have open and informal meetings with research students from around the world.

ORAU selected the following 10 exceptional students from the organization’s consortium of sponsoring institutions:

ORAU-sponsored Lindau, Germany, Meeting Participants

Student Name Sponsoring Institution Research Specialty
Hector Aguilar University of Texas,
San Antonio
Organic Chemistry
Noy Bassik Johns Hopkins University Nanomedicine and Microdevices
Eric Feczko Washington University Autism
Michael Flister Southern Illinois University Cancer and Vascular Biology
John Gibbs University of Georgia Nanotechnology
Adam Goodwill West Virginia University Cardiovascular Physiology
Abigail Hubbard University of Arkansas, Fayetteville Asymmetric Catalysis
Lesa Tran Rice University Nanomaterials for Biomedical Applications
David Wheeler University of Pittsburgh G-protein Coupled Receptor Signaling and Traffic
Margaret Stefater  University of Cincinnati Neuroscience—Obesity

The 10 ORAU-selected participants will join 65 other students in representing the United States at the meeting. The additional 65 participants are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Mars, Inc., the National Institutes of Health and the National Science Foundation. Together, the 75 U.S. students will join more than 650 other international students at Lindau from around the world.

During the meeting, the Laureates will lecture in the mornings on the topic of their choice related to chemistry, physics or physiology/medicine and participate in less formal small group discussions with the students in the afternoons. In addition, the Laureates will join participants at local restaurants during lunches and dinners for more informal discussions.

Various networking events are also on the agenda to allow participants to meet other attendees from around the world.

For more information on the 60th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students, visit the ORAU–Lindau web site. The ORAU-Lindau web site and all logistical arrangements for the participants are being administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, a DOE institute managed by ORAU.

ORAU provides innovative scientific and technical solutions to advance national priorities in science, education, security and health. Through specialized teams of experts, unique laboratory capabilities and access to a consortium of more than 100 major Ph.D.-granting institutions, ORAU works with federal, state, local and commercial customers to advance national priorities and serve the public interest. A 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation and federal contractor, ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) for the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE).

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