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ORAU Sending 10 Young Scientists to Meet Nobel Laureates

June 14, 2007

OAK RIDGE, TENN.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is sponsoring 10 outstanding graduate researchers to attend the 57th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany, from July 1-6, and participate in discussions and lectures on physiology and medicine with Nobel Laureates.

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 annually, this year's event will focus on physiology/medicine.

Participants selected from ORAU’s university consortium members will join 39 other students to represent the United States at the meeting, along with more than 500 other international students from across the world. The other students representing the United States are sponsored by Mars, Inc., the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the National Science Foundation (NSF).

During the meeting, the Laureates will lecture in the mornings on the topic of their choice related to physiology and medicine and participate in less formal small group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings. 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. During lunches and dinners, Laureates will join participants at local restaurants for informal discussions. Various social events are also on the agenda to allow participants to meet other attendees from around the world.

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 at

The Web site and travel arrangements for these participants are being administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, a DOE institute managed by ORAU.

ORAU-Sponsored Participants:

  • Melissa Bonner, University of Delaware
  • Nataliya Gurich, University of Texas, Dallas
  • Samantha Horvath, Ohio State University
  • Judy Oakes, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Jessica Osmond, Medical College of Georgia
  • Jonathan Phipps, University of Tennessee
  • Beverly Piggott, University of Michigan
  • Elizabeth Rahn, University of Georgia
  • Jacqueline Sayyah, University of Florida
  • Nicholas Whiting, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

ORAU is a university consortium leveraging the scientific strength of 98 major research institutions to advance science and education by partnering with national laboratories, government agencies and private industry. ORAU manages the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education for the U.S. Department of Energy.

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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