Nicole Ackerman, daughter of Deborah and John Lowe of Cambridge, had the opportunity on June 29 to meet briefly with the Dalai Lama, the spiritual leader of the Tibetan people.

"On Friday, I had the amazing opportunity to have a brief audience with His Holiness, the Dalai Lama," she reported. "I have been inspired by his books, talks, and his project to bring science into monastic education."

A physics professor at Agnes Scott College in Decatur, Ga., Ackerman has spent the weeks since college classes ended in May teaching physics to Tibetan Buddhist monks and nuns at monasteries in India.

This was her third trip to teach in India as part of a Tibetan-Emory University partnership.

"I feel very fortunate to have been able to make a contribution to this program, and I hope my knowledge and skills will be of benefit in future years as well," she said.

A graduate of MIT and Stanford University, Ackerman began her career focusing on particle physics but switched her focus to the application of physics to oncology.

In addition to her teaching in India, she has conducted research in France and Italy and has lectured at Oxford University in England.