We’ve been contacted by Simon Frantz, senior editor of Nobelprize.org (and I suspect the real person behind the @Nobelprize_org twitter feed). He’s asked if we can publicise Nobel Laureate Robert Grubbs’ lecture at the University of Minnesota on Tuesday 02 March – tomorrow – at 11.15am local time. The lecture ‘Applications of Olefin Metathesis Catalysts’ is being webcast LIVE at the Honeywell-Nobel website.
Apart from just being an opportunity for people around the world to watch a Nobel-prize-winning chemist speak about his work live, it’s also a chance to ask questions via the wonderful world of the internet. There are several avenues: good old-fashioned email (firstname.lastname@example.org), via a Facebook page, a Twitter account, and an orkut.
Simon says ‘This is a bit of an experiment, but we’re hoping that people will use this opportunity to not only learn first-hand about the science behind the Nobel Prizes but also pose interesting and provoking questions to Professor Grubbs, especially the blogging community as they are more primed for debating online.’
Feeling primed? Love metathesis? Then get sending those questions!
Neil Withers (Associate Editor, Nature Chemistry)