Dan Lewallen '06 Attending Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students
July 2, 2009
July 2, 2009, Greencastle, Ind. — Daniel M. Lewallen, a third-year doctoral chemistry student at the University of Cincinnati and 2006 graduate of DePauw University, is attending the 2009 Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students. The event — which began June 28 and continues through tomorrow in Lindau, Germany — consists of 23 Nobel Laureates meeting with approximately 600 young researchers from around the world.
Student participants must have completed by September 2009 at least two but not more than four years of study toward a doctoral degree in chemistry or a related discipline; must be a U.S. citizen; must be currently enrolled at a university as a full-time graduate student; and must be participating in a research project funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, National Science Foundation, National Institute of Health or other federal agency.
Lewallen's project, "Investigation of the parameters involved in carbohydrate-protein interactions," is working to detect and differentiate influenza virus using synthetic glycans (a type of carbohydrate). He co-authored a paper on the research which was recently published in the Journal of the American Chemical Society.
"I believe that this conference will afford me the invaluable opportunity to discuss my education and work with some of the most intelligent scientists alive," he wrote in his application. "There is nothing more inspirational than meeting a Nobel Prize winner and having roundtable discussions with them. The opportunity to freely discuss my work and to interact with Nobel Laureates cannot be matched by any other conference in the world."
The University of Cincinnati notes that Dan Lewallen majored in chemistry and minored in philosophy at DePauw after coming to college undecided about his academic path. "Then I got into organic chemistry and I was hooked on the topic," he states.
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