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(Ref: The Hindu/21.09.09/ P3)

Connecting students with a Nobel laureate

2001 Nobel Prize winner in physics vesting Madurai.

Madurai: an unique opportunity for students and faculty to directly interact with the a Nobel Laureate will be created in Madurai on September 23 and 24.
  The first ever ‘Honeywell-Nobel Laureate Lecture Series in Tamil Nadu’ is being organized by inviting the 2001 Nobel Prize winner in Physics, Cornell, who will meet students to inspire them towards science, Lectures, colloquium and small group discussions have been scheduled during the two-day event at Thiagarajar College of Engineering(TCE) here. This global education initiative by Honeywell is designed to connect students across the globe with Nobel Prize winners.  
  Dr. Cornell will deliver a lecture on ‘Bose-Elinstein Condensation’ and also a colloquium titled ‘Is warm glass stickier than cold glass?’  
  “Students of about 15 colleges including engineering and arts and science colleges have been invited. It will be an inspirational event for interested in science,” V. Abhai Kumar, TCE Principal, said on Sunday. The 1961-born Nobel winner will also speak on ‘Road to Nobel’ to give insight into the work that had gone in before bagging the pivoted prize. Dr.Cornell shared the 2001 Nobel in physics with Carl Wiemen and Wolfgang Ketterlee.  
  Dr. Cornell is a physicist with the National Institute of standards and Technology, an agency of the United States Department of Commerce, and is also a Professor Adjoint In the Department of Physics, University of Colorado.  
  Honeywell-Nobel laureate Lecturer Series brings students together with some of the world’s most advanced minds to inspire, motivate and shape them as leading scientist of the future.  
  The Indian initiative was launched in December 2007 with the visit of Sheldon Glashow, the 1979 Nobel winner in physics. Following this, a couple of other Nobel winners also visited the country to address students at Pune and Hydrabad.  
  “Madurai is hosting the 5th Honeywell-Nobel laureate Lecture Series in India and the first in Tamil Nadu” said Indira Das of Honeywell.