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ORAU Sending 11 Young Scientists to Meet Nobel Laureates

June 16, 2009

OAK RIDGE, Tenn.—Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU) is sponsoring 11 outstanding graduate researchers to attend the 59th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany, from June 28–July 3. During the meeting, students will hear lectures by the Laureates and participate in discussions with them on chemistry.

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. The meetings rotate by discipline annually with this year’s event focusing on chemistry.

Participants selected from ORAU’s university consortium members will join 63 other students in representing the United States at the meeting, along with more than 500 other international students from around 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 chemistry and participate in less formal small group discussions with the students in the afternoons. 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 networking events are also on the agenda to allow participants to meet other attendees from around the world.

Information will be posted daily to the ORAU–Lindau Web site while students are attending the meeting. Each day, photos and a summary of events will be posted.

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:

  • Julianne Audiffred, Louisiana State University
  • John Graef, Wake Forest University
  • Garry Grubbs, University of North Texas
  • John Heckel, Clemson University
  • Jonathan Helmus, The Ohio State University
  • Peter Jacobson, Tulane University
  • Elizabeth Jenista, Duke University
  • David Kryscio, University of Texas, Austin
  • Melissa Laird, Medical College of Georgia
  • Konrad Mueller, University of Texas, Dallas
  • Brandi Reese, Texas A&M University

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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