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Physics Ph.D. student to attend Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting
[06.21.2014]

TAMPA, Fla. – A Ph.D. student from the physics department at the University of South Florida College of Arts and Sciences has been selected to attend the 64th Annual Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau, Germany.

Jasmine Oliver was selected for this prestigious and competitive international honor out of more than 20,000 young researchers. She will be traveling to Lindau in July to meet more than 35 Nobel Laureates and 550 young researchers to exchange ideas, discuss projects and build international networks.

“I am most excited about conversations with the Nobel Laureates, the beautiful scenery in Lindau and the great young researchers and possible collaborators that I will meet,” Oliver said. “I’m looking forward to an expanded worldview and network.”

“I was interested in the meetings because of the opportunity to travel, network with some of the greatest minds in medicine and expand my horizons,” Oliver said.

Oliver said she felt honored to be granted this significant opportunity. She is looking forward to meeting the Nobel Laureates and other researchers. She believes the meetings will be beneficial for growth, expansion, networking and fun, too.

“It will be a great honor to discuss their research, how they accomplished their goals and new research in the field of medicine,” Oliver said.

Oliver’s research, carried out at Moffitt Cancer Center, focuses on the texture analysis of PET, Positron Emission Tomography images. The diagnostic images are analyzed and used for radiation treatment planning. Oliver and other researchers at Moffitt hope to increase the amount of information taken from these images in order to further individualize radiation treatment.

Oliver received her undergraduate degree from South Carolina State University before coming to USF. She is working toward a Ph.D. in applied physics with a medical physics concentration. Oliver is enrolled in the joint graduate program between the USF Department of Physics and the Moffitt Cancer Center Department of Radiation Oncology.

“I chose USF because of their medical physics program and for the opportunity to attain a higher degree while remaining close to my family,” Oliver said.

Her close family and church family at Allen Temple AME Church were providers of support and motivation. Her advisers in the USF Department of Physics and the Moffitt Cancer Center were influential in helping Oliver achieve this accomplishment as well, she said.

Oliver also said she is grateful for Associate Director of Student Services for Diversity Programs in the College of Engineering, Bernard Batson for his help in funding her graduate studies with the Florida – Georgia Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (FGLSAMP) Bridge to the Doctorate Fellowship. Also, she is appreciative of Charles Jackson and the McKnight Doctoral Fellowship.

“Their efforts have allowed me to focus fully on my studies and research,” Oliver said.

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