Nobel Prize Day Comes For Hopkins' Greider

Today's the big day for Carol Greider, the Johns Hopkins molecular biologist who won a share of this year's prize for physiology or medicine.

NPR Science Reporter Joe Palca wearing tails.

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Actually, that's a bit unfair. It's been a big week. Concerts, receptions, dinners, TV appearances. But today she actually receives the medal.

Last night's reception at the Nordic Museum was fairly typical. Lots of Champagne, canapes, and a harpist playing classical music.

One of the most amusing things to watch is the cloud of students, wearing unusually formal clothes for them, that forms around Carol.

Young women in party dresses and absurdly high heels and guys wearing business suits hover around, curious to know how she did it, how she went from being a young graduate student to a Nobel Prize winner. Keep in mind, Carol did her Nobel prize-wining work when she still in her early 20s.

I saw Carol this morning after she got back from a rehearsal for this afternoon's ceremony. She described it this way: "You stand up, you sit down. You stand up, you sit down." Funny. Carol and the other scientists are smart enough to win the Nobel Prize, but the event organizers figure they need to practice standing up and sitting down.

I'll be tweeting from the ceremony, and you can follow that action here. You can also watch a webcast here.

Bonus prize:

Carol Greider, Nobel prize winner.

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