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ORAU Sponsorship Enables Some of Nation’s Brightest Young Scientists to Talk Physics with Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany

July 11, 2008

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Fourteen outstanding graduate research students from Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) member universities attended the 58th Annual Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany, from June 29 through July 4. The students’ attendance at the event, which featured lectures and discussions on physics, was sponsored by ORAU.

Continuing a tradition established in 1951 by the late Count Lennart Bernadotte, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics or medicine/physiology convene annually in Lindau to conduct open and informal meetings with more than 500 graduate students and junior researchers from around the world. Lindau is also the location for an annual meeting in economic sciences. The third of such gatherings, which will involve 14 Laureates in economic sciences, Nobel Peace Prize winner Muhammad Yunus and more than 300 of the world’s best young economists, will take place August 20–23.  

During this year’s meeting, the Laureates lectured in the mornings on the topics of their choice related to physics and later participated 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 joined participants at local restaurants for informal discussions. Various social events also allowed participants to meet other attendees from around the world.

In addition, the participants were able to experience the picturesque island city of Lindau, which is located at the eastern end of Lake Constance, just north of the Swiss Alps. Situated at the common border of Austria, Germany and Switzerland, Lindau is a city with a medieval history and a rich central European culture.

Lindau Participants Sponsored by ORAU:

  • James Alsup, University of Tennessee
  • Kaia Buhl, University of North Carolina, Charlotte
  • Rasheen Connell, Howard University
  • David Fobes, Tulane University
  • Russell Lake, Clemson University
  • David Miller, Michigan State University
  • Tiffany Pawluk, Southern Illinois University
  • Peter Reis, University of North Dakota
  • Margaret Shanafield, Desert Research Institute
  • Wilson Smith, University of Georgia
  • Francisco Sola-Lopez, University of Puerto Rico
  • Paul Stokes, University of Central Florida
  • Joshua Wickman, University of Delaware
  • T. Gavin Williams, University of North Texas

Photos of events are available on the meeting’s Web site located at

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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