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.