Graduate Students Bender and Keane Selected to Attend The 63rd Lindau Nobel Laureates Meeting on Chemistry


The Nobel Laureate Meeting is organized as “…a platform for an intensive dialogue between Nobel Laureates and young researchers on the urgent issues facing our world.” The 2013 meeting runs from 30 June – 5 July. Thirty-five (35) Nobel Laureates will meet outstanding young researchers from all over the world in Lindau to “…exchange knowledge and ideas, to share their enthusiasm for science and to establish new contacts.”

John S. BenderJohn S. Bender

John Bender did his undergraduate studies at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County where he received a B.S. in Chemistry, graduating Magna Cum Laude. He joined Prof. John Fourkas’ research group in November, 2010 where he is researching the molecular dynamics of liquids in equilibrium and metastable states using molecular dynamics simulations of the optical Kerr effect (OKE) and ultrafast optical Kerr effect spectroscopy.

John is a National Science Foundation Graduate Fellow and has received several departmental awards for his research and academic efforts. He was chosen for the 2013 Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting based in part on his accomplishments at the University of Maryland and is honored to represent the university and the Fourkas research group in Germany this summer.

Andrew KeaneAndrew Keane

Andrew Keane grew up in St. Paul, MN. After graduating from his High School, Mounds Park Academy, he obtained a B.S. in Physics and Chemistry at Eckerd College (’10) in St. Petersburg, FL under the mentorship of Prof. R. Chris Schnabel. In 2010, he joined Prof. Lawrence R. Sita’s group at UMd as a graduate student. Andrew has received several departmental and graduate school awards for his work on catalytic dinitrogen fixation.  Outside of research, he enjoys competitive sailing and taking his dog (Snoopy) to the park.

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