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June 29, 2006

UI Graduate Student Attends Nobel Laureate Meeting

Anatoliy "Tony" Sokolov of Villa Park, Ill., a third-year chemistry graduate student in the University of Iowa Graduate College, is one of 22 outstanding research participants selected by the National Science Foundation (NSF) to attend the 56th Annual Nobel Laureate Meeting June 25-30 in Lindau, Germany.

Sokolov, who received his bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from the UI College of Engineering in 2003, and the other NSF nominees join 38 other students representing the United States and more than 350 other international students at the meeting. The other U.S. representatives are sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), the U.S. Army, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and Oak Ridge Associated Universities (ORAU). All will have an opportunity to meet with researchers from around the world, including Nobel Laureates.

A student of Leonard R. MacGillivray, associate professor of chemistry in the University of Iowa College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Sokolov is studying organic solid-state chemistry. In particular, he is trying to make organic molecules arrange themselves within a crystal to increase conductivity. Such organic semiconductors could lead to the development of electronic paper that automatically updates itself, and other electronic devices.

"This is a well-deserved award for Tony," says MacGillivray. "He displays all the traits necessary for the next generation of successful scientists -- focused, hard-working and a broad background. The meeting is a natural fit."

The award is sponsored by the NSF and U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) and administered by ORISE. Eligibility is based upon active participation in a project funded by the DOE/Office of Science or the NSF Directorate for Mathematical and Physical Sciences. Sokolov's work falls under an NSF grant awarded to MacGillivray.

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine have met annually in Lindau, Germany with students and young researchers. The Nobel Laureates lecture on a science-related topic of their choice in the mornings and participate in less formal small group discussions with students in the afternoons and some evenings. In addition, the participants tour the picturesque island city of Lindau. Located at the eastern end of Lake Constance, just north of the Swiss Alps and at the common border of Austria, Germany, and Switzerland, the medieval city is rich in central European culture.

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