A lot of people envy Doug Martin. I know I do.¬†In June he gets to fly off to Europe - to Lindau, Germany, specifically - to hobnob with some of top researchers in the world. It's the 60th meeting of the Nobel Laureates and Doug is one of 77 ¬†young researchers from the United States who have been invited to attend. Doug is part of the M.D.-Ph.D. program in the Mayo Graduate School and works in the laboratory of Marina Ramirez-Alvarado, Ph.D. (Biochemistry and Molecular Biology).
The Nobel Laureates have been meeting every year since 1951 in part to inform, educate and, especially, inspire a younger generation of researchers. These scientists - chemistry, physics and medicine/physiology - ¬†welcome, present, and interact with their junior guests. More than 20,000 young people apply to attend every year; the review panel considers about 1500 and only 500 are chosen. The meeting web site calls these people "the budding scientific elite" ¬†of their countries. Sixty-one laureates are scheduled to participate. ¬†I can just imagine all the cell phone snapshots. ¬†Our congratulations to Doug. We'll be expecting a report.