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KNOXVILLE –- Two University of Tennessee students are in Germany attending this week’s 56th Lindau Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students.

Scott Borella
Scott Borella
Rachel Lynch, a doctoral student in UT-ORNL’s Graduate School of Genome Sciences and Technology, and Scott Borella, a graduate student in chemistry, are among the 60 young researchers representing the United States at the meeting with the Nobel Laureates. More than 350 other international students are at the meeting.

Since 1951, Nobel Laureates in chemistry, physics and physiology/medicine have annually convened in Lindau to have informal, open meetings with students and young researchers from around the world. This year’s event is focusing on chemistry.

Lynch is being sponsored by ORNL. Borella is being sponsored by Oak Rich Associated Universities (ORAU). The other U.S. students are being sponsored by the U.S. Army, the National Science Foundation and the National Institutes of Health.

The primary purpose of the meeting is to allow participants –—most of whom are students — to benefit from interaction with the Nobel Prize winners.

The Laureates will lecture on chemistry-related topics in the mornings and participate in small group discussions with the students in the afternoons and some evenings. During lunches and dinners, Laureates will join participants at local restaurants for informal discussions. Various social events are also on the agenda, including an evening dinner gala, to allow participants to meet attendees from other countries around the world.

Lynch holds a bachelor’s degree from Cedarville University in Cedarville, Ohio. She is the wife of Benjamin Lynch of Knoxville, Tenn., and the daughter of James and Sandra Goldston, also of Knoxville, Tenn.

Borella holds a bachelor’s degree from Gannon University in Erie, Pa. He is the son of Thomas and Rosemary Borella of Allison Park, Pa.

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