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News Release

Number: 03-51
Released: June 25, 2003
Contact: Karen McNulty Walsh, 631 344-8350 or Diane Greenberg, 631 344-2347

Student Researcher Selected to Meet Nobel Laureates

UPTON, NY — Paul Lawrence, a graduate student at Stony Brook University who is conducting research at the U.S. Department of Energy’s (DOE) Brookhaven National Laboratory, has been selected by DOE as one of 18 outstanding research participants to attend the 53rd international convention of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, June 30 - July 4, 2003.

Lawrence, who is working toward a Ph.D. in molecular genetics and microbiology, will be participating in activities with Nobel Laureates relating to biology and medicine. 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.

“I’m overwhelmed and excited about this remarkable opportunity to interact with Nobel Laureates and to meet other graduate students from across the United States and around the world,” said Lawrence. “I’m very grateful to the Department of Energy for offering me this incredible experience.”

Lawrence is currently working under the guidance of Paul Freimuth in the biology department at DOE’s Brookhaven Lab. He is investigating particular kinds of protein-protein interactions that might one day yield novel approaches for protein imaging or drug delivery.

In nominating Lawrence for the honor of attending the Nobel Laureates’ meeting, Freimuth said, “Paul has a lively and inquiring mind. He is a representative of the very best young scientists anywhere that are involved in DOE-supported research.”

DOE participants are joining 10 other students to represent the United States, and more than 400 other international students at the convention. The other students representing the United States are sponsored by Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU), the U.S. Army Center for Health Promotion and Preventive Medicine, and the University of Arizona.

Participants are traveling to Washington, D.C., for a meeting at DOE headquarters on June 27, before departing for Germany. On June 29, 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.

The meeting begins June 30 with welcoming ceremonies and an evening dinner and gala. The following three days, Laureates will lecture on topics related to biology or medicine, including biochemistry, biotechnology and biophysics in the mornings. In the afternoons, Laureates will preside over informal roundtable sessions. During lunches and dinners, Laureates will join participants at local restaurants for additional informal discussions.

On July 4, participants will travel by ferry to the Isle of Mainau for the closing ceremonies at the baroque Mainau Castle, the residence of Swedish patron Count Lennart Bernadotte, who began the Nobel Laureates program in 1951.

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 http://www.orau.gov/orise/edu/lindau2003 . The Web site and travel arrangements for all participants are being administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education, which is managed by ORAU for DOE.

The Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) is a U.S. Department of Energy facility focusing on scientific initiatives to research health risks from occupational hazards, assess environmental cleanup, respond to radiation medical emergencies, support national security and emergency preparedness, and educate the next generation of scientists. ORISE is managed by Oak Ridge Associated Universities.

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