UTSA PHYSICS PH.D. STUDENT HEADED TO GERMANY TO MEET WITH NOBELLAUREATES
July, 2012Brian Yust, doctoral student in the UTSA Department of Physics& Astronomy, has been selected to attend the prestigious 62nd Meeting ofNobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany July 1-6. The meeting allowsthe world¹s top graduate and post doctoral students to discuss currenttopics in physics, exchange ideas, build international networks, and gaininspiration from Nobel Laureates in their field. While there, the studentswill attend lectures by the 27 Nobel Laureates and participate indiscussions on the challenges and future implications of physics research.³I am really looking forward to this extremely unique opportunity to getviewpoints from physicists across the whole spectrum of research,² saidYust. ³We will meet Nobel Laureates representing astrophysics, biophysicsand optics and materials research.²Yust was nominated by UTSA Department of Physics & Astronomy Chair MiguelYacaman for the work he is doing in the laser laboratory of UTSA PhysicsProfessor Dhiraj Sardar. The 30-year-old El Paso native is experimentingwith novel nanoparticle fabrication and implementation for biomedicalpurposes, specifically, making very small, bright nanoparticles for imagingas well as photodynamic therapy for cancer research and biosensors. The labfocuses on imaging, disease therapy and disease detection.Yust is one of three Texans included among a list of 75 graduate studentsnationwide, 560 internationally.The meeting is sponsored by the Mars Corporation, which is also coveringYust¹s travel and expenses.In August, Yust will defend his dissertation and hopes to land a postdoctoral position with the Air Force Research Laboratory at Fort SamHouston.He received his master¹s degree in physics from Texas State University andhis bachelor¹s degree in physics from Texas A&M University.Since 2009, the UTSA College of Sciences has had three students, includingchemistry students Hector Aguilar and Magaly Salinas, attend the Lindaumeetings. The University of Texas at San Antonio is one of the largest of nineacademic universities and six health institutions in the UT System. As amulticultural institution, UTSA aims to be a national research universityproviding access to educational excellence and preparing citizen leaders forthe global environment.UTSA serves nearly 31,000 students in 135 degree programs in the colleges ofArchitecture, Business, Education and Human Development, Engineering,Honors, Liberal and Fine Arts, Public Policy, Sciences and the GraduateSchool. Founded in 1969, UTSA is an intellectual and creative resourcecenter and a socioeconomic development catalyst for Texas and beyond. Learnmore at www.utsa.edu/today.
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