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The Courage to Venture Beyond: Of Polymaths and Multidisciplinarians

Correspondence to: Jalees Rehman Department of Medicine and Department of Pharmacology University of Illinois at Chicago Email: jalees.rehman[at]gmail[dot]com   Goethe’s symmetric colour wheel with associated symbolic qualities (1809): – Public Domain Image   “Focus! Focus! Focus! Create a narrow area of scientific expertise in which you excel and develop a national or international reputation for excellence!” Established scientists often share this sort of advice with their younger peers who are about to embark on their academic career. It isn’t a... Read more

 

Daily Recap, Monday, 29 June 2015

Video of the day: Yesterday’s video of the day is Stefan Hell’s lecture on “Optical Microscopy: the Resolution Revolution“.     This is not the only video from today! You are more than welcome to browse through our mediatheque for more.   Blog post of the day: The blog post of the day is Martin Chalfie’s comment “On Multidisciplinarity”     Do take a look at even more exciting blog posts. Picture of the day: Here’s out picture of the day from yesterday’s International... Read more

 

Martin Chalfie on Multidisciplinarity

Martin Chalfie’s profile in the mediatheque   Forced Multidisciplinarity by Martin Chalfie   Should scientists be deep or broad in their training and their science? As with everything else, they should pick what they feel most comfortable with, and having a mix of approaches is probably best. I feel I benefited from having a broad education, but I am not sure that that is the best approach for everyone. The best training I received in college did not come only... Read more

 

G’day from down under

Posted by Louis Wang in Lindau Blog

Hello Lindau, Australia says G’day!   There are 13 Young Scientists who form the Australian contingent at this year’s Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting. We are a happy bunch of people from very different backgrounds, united by a common love of science and life, and eternally grateful to the Lindau Nobel Laureate Council, Science Industry Endowment Fund (SIEF, Australia) and the Australian Academy of Science for selecting us and sponsoring this opportunity of a lifetime. At last year’s 64th Lindau Nobel Laureate... Read more

 

Daily Recap, Sunday, 28 June 2015

65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting: Daily Recap, Sunday, 28 June 2015 Over the course of the next five days, you’ll receive a daily recap. The idea behind it is to bring to you the day’s highlights in a blink of an eye. The daily recaps will feature blog posts, photos and videos from the mediatheque.Yesterday, the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting started in grand fashion with the festive opening ceremony featuring the entrance of the laureates, German Federal president Joachim Gauck and... Read more

 

William Moerner on Multidisciplinarity

Profile of William E. Moerner at the mediatheque   Thoughts on Multidisciplinarity by William E. Moerner   Starting at an early age, I could not decide which area of science and math was more interesting to me.  Although I started out in college at Washington University in St. Louis as an electrical engineering major (due to receiving an engineering fellowship), I enjoyed the physics and math courses so much that I ended up with three degrees: EE, physics and math! ... Read more

 

Morsels For The Mind – 26/06/2015

Every day we provide you with Six Incredible Things Before Breakfast to nibble away at. Here you can fill your brain with the most intellectually stimulating “amuse bouches” from the past week – a veritable smorgasbord for the cranium. They’re all here for you to load up your plate – this week’s “Morsels for the mind”. Enjoy! If you do nothing else, make sure to check out the “Reads / views / listens of the week”. **** Feather, fur &... Read more

 

Top 9 Scientist Activists in History

Last week Pope Francis released his encyclical on climate change. In it he writes, “[climate change] represents one of the principal challenges facing humanity in our day.” What followed was a media storm after Rick Santorum rebuffed the Pope, saying he should “leave science to the scientists”. Other media sources shot back that he was a scientist, having received a Master’s degree in Chemistry. Confusion ensued until it emerged the Pope has a technical degree in Chemistry and not a... Read more

 

Interdisciplinarity – More than a Buzzword

This year’s Interdisciplinary Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting will bring together a selection of outstanding minds from multiple generations, 3 scientific disciplines, and nearly 90 different countries. Nobel Laureates and young scientists from all around the world in the fields of chemistry, physics, and physiology & medicine will listen to lectures on some of science’s greatest discoveries and participate in discussions about some of the world’s toughest challenges. When the meetings first began after the end of World War II, a... Read more

 

An interactive Map of #LiNo15 Participants

Courtesy of the work of Vip Sitaraman, here is an interactive map showing the countries of origins of the young scientists of the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting: Create your own visited countries map or check out the JavaScript Charts.   Vip will accompany us all through the meeting week by providing several of his famed info graphics. The first one also relates to the internationality of the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting:   This article is copyright © 2015 ... Read more

 

Young Scientist Thoughts: Taking a Bite out of a Chocolate Bar

 So here I am. The 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting is less than two weeks away and I am in New York City, finishing to write about my expectations for the upcoming meeting. Throughout the last years, I have applied several times in order to attend the meetings. The reason I applied and reapplied were quite simple to me: As a soon-to-be physician and as a research scholar, I thought to myself: “Here is a conference with Nobel laureates! This... Read more

 

Scientific storytelling helps researchers communicate their findings in a competitive publishing environment

Today, I attended a seminar at LSU on scientific storytelling presented by Dr. Rafael Luna. Luna is an LSU alumnus and author of The Art of Scientific Storytelling, a guide to presenting and publishing scientific research with the help of narrative elements. Too often, scientists view writing and publishing as a burden, an unwelcome add-on that slows their momentum and interferes with getting on to the next experiment. Why, then, do scientists write? There are two sets of reasons—content-related and... Read more

 

The Long Shadow of Nazi Indoctrination: Persistence of Anti-Semitism in Germany

Anti-Semitism and the holocaust are among the central themes in the modern German secondary school curriculum. During history lessons in middle school, we learned about anti-Semitism and the persecution of Jews in Europe during the middle ages and early modernity. Our history curriculum in the ninth and tenth grades focused on the virulent growth of anti-Semitism in 20th century Europe, how Hitler and the Nazi party used anti-Semitism as a means to rally support and gain power, and how the Nazi... Read more

 

Interview: Wole Soyinka

Literature Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka will join the scientific elite at the 65th Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting and will undoubtedly bring a whole new perspective on science and society to the table. The Nigerian poet, playwright and novelist received the Nobel Prize in 1986. In his storied live he emigrated to Britain and the United States to both learn and teach, was caught up in the Nigerian Civil War of the seventies and developed into one of the world’s most... Read more

 

Final Preparations: Lindau calling!

In just a few days, the Inselhalle in Lindau will open its doors to a week full science and inspirational exchange and education. We, as the team of organisers, are very much looking forward to having this incredible number of bright minds here, on our small island. By now, you’ve probably gone through the numerous different phases of preparation, perhaps even packing. So here we are, about to give you some last minute guidance and lists for repacking your gear.... Read more