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Nobel Prize scientists visiting Twin Cities

The next generation of scientists got some 'big-time' inspiration Wednesday when several Nobel Prize winning scientists stopped by 3M in Maplewood.

MAPLEWOOD, Minn. - It was an exciting day for local students from across the metro as they got a chance to interact with 1995 Nobel Prize Winner Dr. Mario Molina.

Dr. Molina is a chemist who discovered the ozone hole and advocated for change to control CFC's and other ways which can destroy this protective layer in the atmosphere.

This Nobel Prize Inspiration Initiative at 3M's Global Headquarters is giving young scientists a chance to learn from some of the most prestigious people in the field.

"You have to invest in basic science, even if it serves no apparent purpose. If you look what happened historically, what was the Purpose of Quantom Mechanics? Who would dream that would have some application," said Dr. Molina.

Students who attended the presentation also had a chance to get their own questions answered.

"How do you connect being a scientist to being an activist and how do you advocate for your work? Because when it comes down to it, Scientists are the number one advocates for their work. Dr. Molina was a great example of that. He's done so much work with policy and bringing awareness to the issues he's discovered," said Jaclyn Kline, a senior at Macalester College.

Dr. Molina also had a message for young students who are still in elementary school.

"Find what you like and then do it with passion and you will do it very well," said Dr. Molina.

The event continues on Thursday at the Coffman Memorial Union Theater and is open to the public.

At the time of writing, the event is full but if there are no-shows walk ups may be allowed in according to University Staff.

Follow the link below for more:

Climate Change: Science and Policy Lecture with Dr. Molina

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