Capturing ‘The Spirit of Diversity at Lindau’

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Graduate student Crystal Valdez (Alexandrova Group) was part of the official video blog team of the 63rd Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau.

Nobel Laureate Meeting @ When 34 Nobel Laureates come together in Lindau with 625 young researchers from almost 80 countries, the spirit of diversity is everywhere. But are there common threads that bind the Laureates and the hundreds of young scientists from all over the world? In today’s Lindau Video Blog, Crystal Valdez of UCLA went looking for some answers.

Crystal Valdez interview with the Lindau Nobel Online Community (by Beatrice Lugger), presented by Nature and Spektrum der Wissenschaft Verlagsgesellschaft mbH:

Crystal Valdez is part of this year’s official video blog team – and as a talented researcher one out of more than 600 young researchers who will attend the 63rd Nobel Laureate Meeting in Lindau. Actually she is a graduate student at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the Chemistry & Biochemistry department. Crystal was so kind as to give me a short interview although she is very busy these days. 

Hi Crystal, you will not only attend the Lindau Nobel Laureate Meeting this year, you will even shoot a video for our Online Community about it. Do you have any special interest you are looking for – also for your video?

Crystal Valdez: Yes, I will focus on the topic ‘The Spirit of diversity at Lindau” as I come from a mixed-race background, my father is Mexican and my mother is English-American. I find that my heritage plays an important role in shaping me as a person and into the scientist I am today.  I truly believe diversity of thought, race, gender, heritage, language, etc. are an extremely important contribution to great science and the Lindau meeting proves to be a true testimony.

To read the rest of the interview, please click on the following link:

Our previous story on Crystal Valdez and her journey to Lindau can be found here.