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Peter Jacobson,

a graduate student in Tulane University's Physics Department, will be brainstorming with some of the world's greatest minds in Lindau, Germany, which is hosting the 59th meeting of the Nobel laureates on June 28-July 5. Jacobson, a researcher, studies "surface science," the study of physical and chemical phenomena that occur at the interface of two phases such as solid-liquid, solid-gas, liquid-gas, etc. The laureates will lecture in the mornings and then conduct smaller discussion groups with students in the afternoon.


Imagination Movers,

children's music superstars who have their own show on the Disney Channel, made a little girl's dreams come true when she visited the Movers at their Elmwood studio. The Make-A-Wish Foundation arranged for 7-year-old Olivia Landis, who suffers from spina bifida, to spend an afternoon with the Movers: Rich Collins, Scott Durbin, Dave Poche and Scott Smith. Olivia was given a tour of the famous Imagination warehouse and enjoyed a private acoustic concert by the group.


Trevonne Walford,

a 2009 Xavier University honor graduate, has been selected as a 2009 Barbara Jordan Scholar by the Henry J. Kaiser Foundation. Walford is one of 12 students selected nationwide from a pool of more than 200 applicants. As part of the scholarship, she will serve a nine-week appointment in a congressional office to learn firsthand about health policy and the policymaking process. The award is named in memory of Barbara Jordan, the first African-American woman from Texas elected to Congress.


Frank Fagot,

president of the LaPlace Volunteer Fire Department in St. John the Baptist Parish, resigned from his post after sending a racist email message that compared African Americans to insects. According to ABC26 News, Fagot forwarded the email to the St. John West Volunteer Fire Department, which is predominantly black. Fagot has apologized for the incident but hasn't accepted responsibility, suggesting instead that someone hacked into his computer and sent the offensive message.

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