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UTSA PHYSICS PH.D. STUDENT HEADED TO GERMANY TO MEET WITH NOBELLAUREATES
UTSA

July, 2012

Brian Yust, doctoral student in the UTSA Department of Physics
& Astronomy, has been selected to attend the prestigious 62nd Meeting of
Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany July 1-6. The meeting allows
the world¹s top graduate and post doctoral students to discuss current
topics in physics, exchange ideas, build international networks, and gain
inspiration from Nobel Laureates in their field. While there, the students
will attend lectures by the 27 Nobel Laureates and participate in
discussions on the challenges and future implications of physics research.

³I am really looking forward to this extremely unique opportunity to get
viewpoints from physicists  across the whole spectrum of research,² said
Yust. ³We will meet Nobel Laureates representing astrophysics,  biophysics
and optics and materials research.²

Yust was nominated by UTSA Department of Physics & Astronomy Chair Miguel
Yacaman for the work he is doing in the laser laboratory of UTSA Physics
Professor Dhiraj Sardar. The 30-year-old El Paso native is experimenting
with novel nanoparticle fabrication and implementation for biomedical
purposes, specifically, making very small, bright nanoparticles for imaging
as well as photodynamic therapy for cancer research and biosensors. The lab
focuses on imaging, disease therapy and disease detection.

Yust is one of three Texans included among a list of 75 graduate students
nationwide, 560 internationally.

The meeting is sponsored by the Mars Corporation, which is also covering
Yust¹s travel and expenses.

In August, Yust will defend his dissertation and hopes to land a post
doctoral position with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Fort Sam
Houston.

He received his master¹s degree in physics from Texas State University and
his bachelor¹s degree in physics from Texas A&M University.

Since 2009, the UTSA College of Sciences has had three students, including
chemistry students Hector Aguilar and Magaly Salinas, attend the Lindau
meetings. 

The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the largest of nine
academic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As a
multicultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research university
providing access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders for
the global environment.

UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges of
Architecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering,
Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the Graduate
School. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resource
center and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learn
more at www.utsa.edu/today.

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