April 13, 2006
Vol. 25 No. 14

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    Chemistry student will converse with Nobelists in Germany

    By Steve Koppes
    News Office

    Eugene Kamarchik, a doctoral student in chemistry, has been selected as a member of the student delegation that will attend the 2006 annual meeting of Nobel Laureates in Lindau, Germany, from Saturday, June 24 to Friday, June 30.

    Nobel laureates in chemistry, physics, and physiology and medicine convene annually in Lindau to present lectures and meet informally with students and young researchers. This year’s event, the 56th, will focus on chemistry.

    The more than 20 laureates who have so far accepted invitations to participate in the meeting include Sherwood Rowland and Paul Crutzen, who shared the 1995 Nobel Prize in chemistry “for their work in atmospheric chemistry, particularly the formation and decomposition of ozone.” Rowland received his Ph.D. in chemistry at Chicago in 1952. Crutzen was a Visiting Professor in Geophysical Sciences at the University from 1987 to 1991.

    Kamarchik is the sixth University student to participate in the annual Lindau meeting since 2000. The U.S. Department of Energy Office of Science, the National Science Foundation and Oak Ridge Associated Universities are funding his visit.

    Kamarchik works in the laboratory of David Mazziotti, Assistant Professor in Chemistry and the College, refining a new research tool designed to enhance the study of chemical reactions and other physical phenomena involving the interactions of atoms and molecules.