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UTSA physics student Brian Yust to attend meeting with Nobel laureates

Brian Yust

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(July 3, 2012) -- Brian Yust, a doctoral student in the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, has been selected to attend the prestigious 62nd Meeting of Nobel Laureates and Students in Lindau, Germany July 1-6. Yust is one of three Texans included among 75 graduate students nationwide and 560 internationally.

The meeting assembles the world's 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. The students will attend lectures by the 27 Nobel laureates and participate in discussions on the challenges and future implications of physics research.

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

Yust was nominated to attend the meeting by Miguel Yacaman, professor and chair of the UTSA Department of Physics and Astronomy, 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.

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. Yost received a master's degree in physics from Texas State University and a bachelor's degree in physics from Texas A&M University.

The meeting is sponsored by the Mars Corp., which covers the students' travel and other expenses. Since 2009, three UTSA College of Sciences students have attended the Lindau meeting including chemistry students Hector Aguilar and Magaly Salinas.



Oct. 2, 7:15 p.m.

First Friday Stargazing

Visit the Curtis Vaughan Observatory and see the wonders of the sky over San Antonio with experienced astronomers.
4th floor, Flawn Science Building, Main Campus

Oct. 3, 6:30 p.m.

Where Ink Does Not Show: A Celebration of the New State Poet Laureate

A fun and festive evening featuring Corridos from Texas and Northern Mexico sung by AZUL and a reading of new and classic works by Carmen Tafolla, the new State Poet Laureate.
Buena Vista Theater (1.326), Downtown Campus

Oct. 5, 1:30 p.m.

Campus Carry Listening Session

Listening session will seek input on the places, events and special circumstances that should be considered in determining whether concealed handguns may be prohibited.
John Peace Library, Faculty Center Assembly Room (JPL 4.04.22), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Civic Engagement Summit

This summit is an opportunity to showcase and share the variety of community engagement activities of UTSA students, faculty, and staff. The summit is currently accepting proposals for poster presentations. The Call for Posters deadline is Friday, Sept. 11.
University Center Denman Room (2.01.28), Main Campus

Oct. 5, 6 p.m.

Film Screening: The Head of Joaquin Murrieta by John Valadez

The Mexican American Studies Program will host a screening of this irreverent, entertaining and often disturbing tale that uses both fiction and documentary story telling devices to tear open a painful and long ignored history: the lynching of Mexican Americans in the southwest.
Buena Vista Building Aula Canaria (BV 1.328), Downtown Campus

Oct. 6, 3 p.m.

State of the University

Join President Ricardo Romo as he gives his address to the UTSA community.
H-E-B University Center Ballroom (UC 1.104), Main Campus

Oct. 8, 10 a.m.

Graduate Fair

Graduate School representatives from across the country will provide information on options after earning a bachelor's degree. Students, alumni and community members are welcome.
University Center Retama Galleria, Main Campus

Oct. 9, 8 a.m.

College of Sciences Research Conference

The day-long research conference will include a keynote address, faculty and student oral presentations, poster sessions, and an awards ceremony. Lunch will be provided for those who register. Abstract submission deadline is September 20, 2015. Event registration deadline is October 4, 2015.
H-E-B University Center, Main Campus

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