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Some of the Nation’s brightest graduate students are chosen to meet with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

June 17, 2010

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Seventy-five extraordinary graduate student researchers from the United States will attend the 60th Annual 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 students and young researchers from around the world.

This year, the group of students is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, Mars, Inc., the National Institutes of Health, the National Science Foundation and Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

The 75 U.S. students will join more than 650 other international students at Lindau.

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.

The 75 students, listed by sponsor, are:

U.S. Department of Energy Lindau Meeting Participants

Student Name University Name Research Specialty
Nicole Ackerman Stanford University Neutrinos
James Blakemore Yale University Inorganic and Organometallic Chemistry
Dennis Boyle Princeton University Plasma Physics
Erin Broderick University of California, Los Angeles Inorganic Chemistry
Kurt Brorsen Iowa State University Theoretical Chemistry
Cami Collins University of Wisconsin, Madison Plasma Physics
Matthew Davis Columbia University Plasma Physics
Erik Dreaden Georgia Institute of Technology Nanoscience
Janice Lucon Montana State University Protein Cage-based Nanomaterials
Meghan McGrath Missouri University of Science and Technology Advanced High Strength Steels
Lawrence Mickelson Arizona State University Electrochemistry
James Murray Johns Hopkins University Condensed Matter Theory
Vera Myers University of Texas, Austin Electrochemistry
Thomas Reich Virginia Commonwealth University Porous Polymers
Danielle Reifsnyder University of Pennsylvania Semiconducting Nanocrystals
Alison Russell University of Tennessee, Knoxville Mass Spectrometry-based Proteomics
Troy Ruths Rice University Computational Biology
Patrick Ryan Northwestern University Molecular Modeling
Stefanie Sherrill University of Maryland, College Park Electrochemical Capacitors
John Swierk Pennsylvania State University Materials Chemistry
Bess Vlaisavljevich University of Minnesota, Twin Cities Computational Chemistry

Mars, Inc., Lindau Meeting Participants

Student Name University Name Research Specialty
Rocio Benabentos Baylor University Cell and Molecular Biology
Leandro Forciniti University of Texas, Austin Nerve Regeneration
Chandra Jackson Johns Hopkins University Obesity and Diabetes
Sarah Kurley Vanderbilt University Breast Cancer Progression
Markita Landry University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Single Molecule Biophysics
Richard Moore Georgia Institute of Technology Atmospheric Chemistry
Stacy Morris Kent State University Nanomaterials

National Institutes of Health Lindau Meeting Participants

Student Name University Name Research Specialty
Nicole Basta University of Washington Infectious Diseases-Influenza and Meningococcal
Leah Cohen City University of
New York
Structural Biology
Yamicia Connor Harvard-Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Division of Health, Sciences and Technology Cancer Biology
Nancy Day University of Minnesota Birdsong
Michael Drahl Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Natural Product Synthesis
Jodi Eipper-Mains University of Connecticut Genetics and Developmental Biology
Amir Faraji University of Pittsburgh Nanotechnology, Drug Delivery Systems
Christopher Hale Johns Hopkins University Laminopathies
George Hightower University of California, San Diego HIV Viral Pathogenesis
Douglas Martin Mayo Clinic Protein Misfolding
Renuka Nayak University of Pennsylvania Genomics
Tanya Petrossian University of California, Los Angeles Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
Nikolai Sopko Case Western Reserve University Cardiac Stem Cells
Amy Stark University of Chicago Pharmacogenomics of Chemotherapy
Elizabeth Stewart University of Michigan Bacterial Biofilms Characterization
Cammi Valdez Harvard University Peptidomics
Fabienne Bastien Fisk University Astronomy and Astrophysics
Jerry Carr West Virginia University Plasma Physics
Sarah Caudill Louisiana State University Astrophysics
Travis Clark University of Michigan Organic Materials
Claire Cobley Washington University, St. Louis Nanotechnology
Chris Dewberry University of North Texas Microwave Spectroscopy
Joan Dreiling University of Nebraska, Lincoln Atomic, Molecular and Optical Physics
Sharonda Johnson University of North Carolina, Charlotte Photophysics of Nanocrystals
Aaron LaForge Missouri University of Science & Technology Atomic Physics
Abhijit Mehta Duke University Condensed Matter Theory/ Nanophysics
Tanya Ostapenko Kent State University Experimental Condensed Matter
Abigail Pulsipher University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill Materials and Biointerfaces
Cody Raskin Arizona State University Supernova Progenitors
Nicole Romano Stanford University Biomaterials for Regenerative Medicine
Shana Stoddard University of Mississippi Biochemistry/Organic
Guinevere Strack Clarkson University Bioelectronics and Bionanotechnology
Brian Tice Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey Experimental Nuclear Physics
Ngon Tran University of California, Davis Organic Chemistry
Carroll Wainwright University of California, Santa Cruz Astroparticle Theory
Laura Walkup Southern Illinois University, Carbondale Physical Chemistry
Gene Wong University of Wisconsin, Madison Inorganic Chemistry

Oak Ridge Associated Universities Meeting Participants

Student Name University Name Research Specialty
Hector Aguilar The University of Texas, San Antonio Organic Chemistry
Noy Bassik The 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

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