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ORAU Sending 10 Young Scientists to Meet Nobel Laureates

June 22, 2005

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is sponsoring 10 outstanding graduate research participants to attend the 55th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany, June 26–July 1.

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine have annually convened in Lindau to have open and informal meetings with students and young researchers from around the world. While traditionally, the meetings rotate by discipline each year, this year's event will be multi-disciplinary, focusing equally on chemistry, physics and medicine/physiology.

Participants were selected from ORAU’s university consortium members to participate in activities relating to chemistry, physics and medicine/physiology with Nobel Laureates. They are joining 51 other students to represent the United States at the meeting, along with more than 700 other international students from 54 countries. The other students representing the United States are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

Participants are traveling to Washington, D.C., for a meeting at DOE headquarters on June 24. Then, they depart on an overnight flight to Munich , Germany , where they are transferring to buses to take them to Lindau. On June 26, the students will tour Lindau, a historic medieval island city rich in western European culture and located at the common border of Austria , Germany and Switzerland. That evening, they will attend the opening ceremony for the 55th Lindau Meeting.

Each day, Laureates will lecture on topics of their choice during morning sessions. The primary purpose of the meeting is to allow participants—most of whom are students—to benefit from informal interaction with the Nobel Prize winners. Therefore, in the afternoons, Laureates will preside over informal sessions exclusively for students. During lunches and dinners, Laureates will join participants at local restaurants for additional informal discussions. Various social events are also on the agenda, including an evening dinner gala, to allow participants to meet attendees from other countries around the world.

On July 1, participants will travel by ferry to Isle of Mainau for the closing ceremonies at the baroque Mainau Castle, the residence of Swedish patrons the Bernadotte family. The late Count Lennart Bernadotte began the Lindau meetings in 1951. That afternoon, U.S. participants will return to Munich for the flight home or continue traveling through Europe on their own.

A Web site has been set up to post daily information while students are attending the meeting. Each day, photos and a summary of events will be posted. The URL for this year’s meeting is

The Web site and travel arrangements for these participants are being administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education.

Oak Ridge Associated Universities-Sponsored Participants

  • Vanessa Bundy, Medical College of Georgia
  • Christa Chrovian, Wayne State University
  • James Esterline, Duke University
  • Keith Gutowski, University of Alabama
  • Donald Hornback, University of Tennessee
  • LaQuieta Huey, Alabama A & M University
  • Sara Jensen, University of Florida
  • Rebecca Long, University of Pittsburgh
  • Germarie Sanchez, University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras
  • Rachel Tittle, University of Michigan

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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