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Hidden Talent

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 3:08pm

Tina Wu dips her soft writing brush into a plastic cup filled with black ink and makes three short horizontal strokes and two curved vertical lines, followed by shorter vertical lines and a couple of squiggly ones. “This is ‘spring,’” she said, with a warm, contagious smile. “You hang it upside down if you want to encourage spring to come.”

Wu is practicing Chinese calligraphy, an important treasure of her heritage. An international business major from New Tapei City, Taiwan, she spent her junior year at St. Thomas through an exchange program with her home campus, Tamkang University.

Carrying on her mother’s love of Chinese calligraphy, Wu took an early interest in it and has continued to practice and hone her skill.

Although she had been studying on campus for five months, only a couple of her American friends knew that she was a Chinese calligrapher. Her hidden talent came to light when she gave gifts to her local friendship family to celebrate the Chinese New Year in late January.

“It was beautiful,” said Kjersti Duncan, part of Wu’s friendship family. “She presented our family with banners for the Chinese New Year and hung them on either side of our door.” The delicate red paper couplets – a pair of poetry lines – welcome guests with good wishes for the new year. Since this is the Chinese year of the horse, the characters depict a poem about a horse charging into the new year, its mane flowing, and digging at the snow to bring up spring.


Known as Tina in America, her name is Yun-Chen – chosen before she was born by her mother because of how it looked when done in calligraphy.

“Forty years ago calligraphy was popular and it was required for my parents in elementary and junior high,” Wu said. “Now it’s just one semester in elementary school.”

“Once I learned it, I enjoyed it,” Wu said. “Same as with piano; my mom asked me to try it and now I love it.”

She was hooked. She practiced calligraphy at her teacher’s home from fourth through eighth grade and has kept it up ever since.

“When I finish doing calligraphy, I feel complete,” Wu said. “I can show my parents, especially my mom, and she says ‘That’s really good.’

“I really focus when I do calligraphy. I try to make everything perfect. If one character is not perfect, it ruins the whole piece. I throw it away. I practice each character on regular paper until I’m satisfied and then I move on to the next character. After practicing, I can do it quickly.”

Wu learned the Zhiyong style of calligraphy, named after a monk known for his calligraphy during the Sui Dynasty (589-618 AD).

“In ancient times, calligraphy (brush painting) was used for communication,” Wu said. “After the invention of pens, pencils and email, people didn’t use it; it evolved into an art form.”

Chinese calligraphy is an art unique to Asian cultures. It involves the writing of characters, and each character is made up of a series of single brushstrokes. Depending on the concentration of ink, the type of paper and the flexibility of the brush, artists develop their own styles.

Written Chinese is not based on alphabet letters or syllables. Chinese characters are glyphs which may depict objects (pictographs) or abstract ideas (ideographs).

Eight strokes are used to create Chinese characters: horizontal, vertical, left-falling, right-falling, rising, dot, hook and turning. Certain rules apply, such as the order of horizontal and vertical strokes within a character, and characters are written from top to bottom.

Traditional Chinese is written in vertical columns and read from top to bottom; the first column is on the right side of the page, and the text runs toward the left. Chinese characters are not usually linked to one another, so they can be arranged vertically or horizontally. Chinese characters are arranged in vertical columns, read from top to bottom and right to left across the column.

In modern times, the Western layout of horizontal rows from left to right, read from the top of the page to the bottom, has become more popular in written Chinese.

The Whole American Experience

Wu is not shy; she likes to be around people.

“Taiwanese people are not as individualistic as people in the U.S.,” Wu said. “In Taiwan, it’s more family oriented. We’re a team. We travel with friends. Here, people eat in the cafeteria by themselves, but I’d feel weird. It’s not bad here, just different.”

When she wasn’t hanging out with her two other classmates from Taiwan – June and Hang-Fang – or her three roommates in Morrison Residence Hall, Wu enjoyed spending time with her friendship family, Kjersti and Brian Duncan and their 4-year-old son, Aspen, and infant daughter, March, who live near campus.

“Kjersti and Brian are so nice to me,” Wu said. “I always wanted to have a brother or sister, and now I think I do!”

“She’s been such a joy to our family,” Kjersti said. “She has a neat enthusiasm about her. You can tell she’s here to get the whole American experience. I don’t know anything she wouldn’t be willing to try. She even tried Norwegian food, like pickled herring!”

Wu has immersed herself enthusiastically in the family, often bringing June and Hang-Fang with her. They have participated in many activities, such as Aspen’s birthday party, preschool music program and playing at Choo Choo Bob’s train store.

“Trick or treating on Halloween was hilarious,” Kjersti said. “We’re new to this neighborhood and I wondered what my neighbors thought when a 4-year-old boy and three very enthusiastic Taiwan college students came to their door.”

“I didn’t have time to make a costume,” Wu said. “So I wore bunny ears, June was a cat and Hang-Fang was a minion from the movie ‘Despicable Me.’ The neighbors were so nice. They’d ask ‘Where are you from?’ and say ‘Welcome to Minnesota!’”

“We really enjoyed having Wu with us,” Kjersti said. “When my daughter was born, we told my son ‘you have a sister’ and he asked ‘Is Tina my sister too?’ If we take in another student next year, she set the bar really high for our family.”

Wu especially enjoyed participating in a Christmas gathering at which Brian played saxophone, Kjersti’s mom played piano, Aspen played tambourine and Wu sang. As part of the Women’s Choir at St. Thomas, she needed to practice carols for the upcoming Christmas concert, and was happy to join in.

“Music is my passion. I can’t live without it,” Wu said.

She took voice lessons from Dede Jorsted at St. Thomas and sang in the Women’s Choir. Director Angela Mitchell appreciated Wu’s gusto: “Tina is full of joy and was always putting forth her best effort in choral rehearsals. When I gave instructions to the sopranos she was right with me, nodding in affirmation and sitting on the edge of her seat.”

St. Thomas and Taiwan

Wu learned about the St. Thomas-Tamkang University exchange program from Dr. Michael F. Sullivan, who has been traveling to Taiwan to promote the program since it began in 2005. Sullivan, who was an associate professor of finance in the Opus College of Business and a former chief investment officer of the university, retired this spring.

“We were approached by Tamkang University to be one of their selected junior-year study abroad programs in their international business degree program,” Sullivan said. “There are only six U.S. schools that are available to the Tamkang students.”

Feedback from Taiwan students is that “they like our culture, attitude, program quality, and love our people,” he said.

Wu, who speaks Mandarin Chinese with a Taiwan dialect, wanted to study where she could practice her English. As an international business major, she took accounting, marketing and management classes, along with English, communication and Introduction to Film, at St. Thomas.

“Tina is smart, friendly, warm and she worked really hard. She’s a stunning representative of every Taiwanese I have known,” Sullivan said.

St. Thomas will host five students for the junior-year exchange program this fall. The program averages eight students a year.

St. Thomas and Tamkang had established an earlier alliance on a joint Masters of International Management degree. Sullivan taught an MIM course in international finance on his first trip to Taiwan in 2002. He estimated that more than 300 MIM graduates live in Taiwan.

Sullivan also received couplet banners from Wu during the Chinese New Year.

“Tina is so talented,” Sullivan said. “This isn’t a card you throw away; it’s a piece of art.”

In June, Wu returned to Taiwan.

“I don’t know what to do after graduation next year,” she said. “I would really like to be a broadcaster, but my dad says business is a better major in Taiwan.”

Her father is a retired computer engineer from Chunghwa Telecom, the biggest telecom company in Taiwan, and her mother is a retired pharmacist. Her grandparents own a hardware store, which proudly displays banners created by Wu.

Read more from St. Thomas magazine.

Professor James Scheibel Appointed AARP President in Minnesota

Hamline University Campus News - Fri, 06/27/2014 - 12:00am
Professor in the School of Business, James Scheibel, was recently named president of the Minnesota State President of AARP.

New B.S. in Healthcare and Human Services Management program offered

Saint Mary's University Campus News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 5:25pm
A new bachelor’s degree completion program, the Bachelor of Science in Healthcare and Human Services Management, is being offered by Saint Mary’s University of Minnesota at its Twin Cities Campus in Minneapolis starting this fall. “Graduates of this program will be poised for careers in the rapidly changing healthcare and human services fields,” said Merri

Gustavus’ West Mall Named Annexstad Family Mall

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 5:05pm

The Annexstad Mall extends west from Christ Chapel to the Linnaeus Arboretum (Photo by Matt Thomas ’00).

The Board of Trustees of Gustavus Adolphus College has announced that the recently developed West Mall will now be known as the Annexstad Family Mall in recognition of Al and Cathy Annexstad for their years of support of the College through the Annexstad Family Foundation Scholarship Program.

Al Annexstad literally grew up on the Gustavus campus. His widowed mother, Alice, worked in the College’s Food Service to support her family.  As a child, Al helped out in the kitchen and experienced the informal mentoring of college students and professors alike. Although he graduated from Mankato State College, Gustavus has remained close to his heart. In 2000, the Annexstad Family Foundation established its scholarship program for financially disadvantaged students who had been served by the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization.  Its first recipient enrolled at Gustavus and graduated in 2005. To date, twenty Annexstad Family Foundation scholarships have been awarded at Gustavus, including one in 2014.  Thirteen have earned their degrees thus far.

In 2012, the Annexstad Family Foundation expanded upon its mission, partnering with a select group of America’s most distinguished colleges and universities—among them, Harvard, Yale, Duke, Emory, Georgetown, Michigan, Stanford, and Notre Dame.  The foundation established the Leaders for Tomorrow National Scholarship program, which is intensely focused on helping build the nation’s next generation of leaders.  Gustavus will join this prestigious group of institutions this fall when two Leaders for Tomorrow Scholars will be named.

Cathy and Al Annexstad

Annexstad spent 48 years at Owatonna, Minn., based Federated Insurance Companies before his retirement in 2012.  He steadily worked his way through the ranks of the company before becoming chairman, president and CEO. Federated experienced unprecedented growth under his leadership and transformed from a successful regional company into a prominent national insurance organization. Annexstad has been a member of the Gustavus Board of Trustees since 2001. He was accorded an honorary doctorate degree from Gustavus at commencement exercises in 2005. His alma mater, Minnesota State University, Mankato, presented him with its Distinguished Alumnus Award in 2001. More recently, both Al and Cathy received honorary doctorate degrees from MSU, Mankato.  In 2010, he was named as a Horatio Alger Award Winner.  Horatio Alger Award Winners are role models whose experiences exemplify that opportunities for a successful life are available to all individuals who are dedicated to the principles of integrity, hard work, perseverance, and compassion for others.

The Annexstad Family Mall extends west from Christ Chapel to the Linnaeus Arboretum. The Mall was conceptualized in 2012 with the completion of Beck Academic Hall and includes the Sesquicentennial Plaza. The Annexstad Family Mall will eventually feature a second plaza that will recognize donors to Campaign Gustavus.

“This is quite an honor for Cathy and me and our family,” Annexstad noted recently.  “Gustavus has had a very special place in our hearts, in large part because my dear mother spent so much of her life here.  This honor is magnified many times over by the success we see our Annexstad Scholars having at Gustavus as they continue on the path to productive and rewarding lives.”

A dedication ceremony for the Annexstad Family Mall was held on Thursday, June 26 in conjunction with the College’s summer Board of Trustees meeting.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

A Witness To Our History

University of St. Thomas Campus News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 2:00pm

It’s April Fool’s Day 2014, and the community room of the Lutz Wing Nursing Home in the Mayo Medical Clinic in Fairmont, Minn., is full of laughter. The large room is festooned with colorful helium balloons and the lively chatter of 30 or so family members from around the country who have gathered to celebrate the 105th birthday of Robert “Bob” Hilgers ’32.

While it’s not confirmed that Hilgers is St. Thomas’ oldest living alumnus, it’s safe to say the 105-year-old is among the top contenders. In 1909, the year he was born, the first Lincoln head pennies were minted and the cost of a first-class stamp was 2 cents. As a college student, he witnessed the advent of sliced bread, the beginning of the Great Depression and the discovery of Pluto. The year he received his bachelor’s degree in chemistry, Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly solo across the Atlantic Ocean, and scientists from England split the atom.

“He aged better than any man I have ever known,” Hilgers’ middle son, Jack, 74, noted, and offered this anecdote: “Some years after mom died, he would come here to the hospital to volunteer three days a week. One day he was pushing a guy around in a wheelchair, and the guy says, ‘It’s hell to get old,’ and this guy is 84. He then asks my dad, ‘How old are you?’ and dad says, ‘I’m 95!’”

Bob, Hilgers’ eldest son and an oncologist who lives in Kentucky, credits “good genetics” for his father’s longevity (Hilgers didn’t take medication until he turned 99), but also admits “it really is amazing how he’s aged.”

A diverted path to St. Thomas

Bob remembers his father as unyieldingly focused. “He always kept his mind engaged,” he said. It’s a trait he honed from a young age.

With dreams of becoming a chemical engineer, as a high school senior he thoroughly researched the best colleges at which to pursue a chemistry degree. Wisconsin’s Marquette University was Hilgers’ top choice. He mailed his transcript and a handwritten note requesting admittance. He was accepted, but during his first semester he developed a life-threatening peritonsillar abscess, or quincy, as the condition also is known. Unable to eat or drink, he lost a frightening amount of weight.

He returned home to Mankato to be treated by the family doctor, who prescribed he place a heat lamp close to his face, causing the abscess to enlarge then burst, thus drawing out the infection. Coincidentally, penicillin was discovered that year but was not made available to the public until the 1940s. Today, antibiotics are used to treat quincy in a more efficient (and less ghastly) manner.

After his recovery, he decided to transfer to a school closer to home. He chose the College of St. Thomas, where he counted physics professor John Madigan as his favorite teacher. He was active within his major, serving as president of the Aesculapian Club − a “pre-medics” club − and as a member of the Biologians, an all-sophomore science club.

Hilgers told the Fairmont Sentinel in 2009 that tuition at St. Thomas was $300 a semester, and he worked to pay his way. With his undergraduate years sandwiched nicely inside the Prohibition era, Hilgers told the paper, “the only way to drink was to buy a bottle of beer. It had no alcohol in it, so from the bootlegger, we would buy a bottle of alcohol. We’d … mix the two together and we had ourselves a strong beer.”

Many of his memories of his time at St. Thomas have faded, but the student-run newspaper, The Purple and Gray (later The Aquin), detailed a memorable debacle from his senior year: After moving into his apartment on Portland Avenue at the beginning of fall semester, Hilgers left to spend the night at a friend’s house in Minneapolis. When he returned the next day, the newspaper reported that Hilgers “was greeted by a sign tacked to the front door stating in letters of generous size making legibility practically 100 per cent, UNDER QUARANTINE – POLIOMOLITIS.” For several weeks Hilgers was forbidden from entering his residence, in effect severing access to all his worldly possessions, including his wardrobe. The article joked, “… in view of the constantly changing array he wears, it is assumed from information coming from sources close to Mr. Hilgers that the Salvation Army took its usual course of prompt and efficient relief.”

Immediately following graduation with a chemistry degree, Hilgers was hired as a teacher at St. Thomas Academy, then located on the College of St. Thomas campus.

His most prominent student was one Jim Shannon, better known as Father James Shannon, who, at 35, would become St. Thomas’ youngest president in 1956 and auxiliary bishop of the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis from 1965 to 1969.

With the Great Depression in full force, the school could not afford to pay Hilgers a salary his first year, so he worked for room and board − a great deal for the school, as he also supervised the student-run short-wave radio station W9NBQ and advised the Kaythodians (a physics and chemistry club) and the Biologians. The latter group he took on annual scientific spring trips to northern Minnesota.

One detail Hilgers remembers is living in Ireland Hall his first year as a teacher and receiving a “raise” of $15 per month his second year. “It wasn’t very much, was it?” he said, laughing. He also remembers that “there was a beer joint just across the street that served a glass of beer for a nickel, so that was OK.”

As a young teacher, Hilgers also needed a little spending money to take Anna Lang, a St. Catherine’s student he fancied, out on dates. The two soon married, and were together for 65 years until she passed away in 2001.

An active mind

Born April 1, 1909, Hilgers would remind his three sons − Bob, Jack and Tom − every year on his birthday, and then some, that “not all fools were born on April Fool’s Day” in his typical jovial deadpan. “He must’ve told us that more than a thousand times,” Jack, a guidance counselor, remembered, breaking out in laughter.

Hilgers’ lifelong pursuit of knowledge in both his work and leisure shows he was no fool.

While remarking on their father’s longevity, Hilgers’ sons Bob and Jack continually circled back to his lifelong aptitude for keeping his mind engaged and his strong sense of humor. He was “sharp as a tack” until he was 101, according to Jack, “and he was a man in moderation who always had a sense of humor regardless of the situation.”

Bob agreed: “He had an active mind, always, and was exceptionally bright.” He also noted, “He was very careful about saturated fats. He got in very early in that game. And he used to brag about the fact that he weighed the same as the day he got married.”

Hilgers’ brightness also shone outside the educational arena. Shortly after earning a master’s degree in secondary education (from the University of Minnesota in 1938) − while teaching full time at the academy − Hilgers began construction on the family’s first home on what is now Old Shakopee Road in Bloomington, Minn.

Though Jack was an infant when his dad built the house, he remembers his father “was a self-taught handyman and craftsman. … He could do anything in the house … wallpaper, fix the plumbing, change his own oil. He was just one of those guys.”

During the birthday celebration in April, Hilgers joked, “It’s surprising that I’m still around!” This, coming from a man who survived (along with his four siblings, all older sisters: Clarice, Margaret, Lori and Gertrude) the 1918 pandemic that killed more people in one year than the Black Plague of the 1300s killed in four years.

After being deferred due to his age and his three sons, Hilgers was recruited into the war effort from 1943 to 1944 as foreman of the Twin Cities Army Ammunition Plant in New Brighton, Minn. When the U.S. military needed more men, Hilgers was informed he would be among the next group to be drafted. “Lucky for him, the war ended before his number came up,” Jack said, adding, “but the sad part was, I remember hearing about how hard it was for him to have so many of the men he taught lost in the war. It must’ve been a pretty traumatic thing to have happen, to lose all those young students.”

Hilgers returned to the academy for two years, then left in 1946 to pursue a more lucrative field in industry to support his family.

His first move was risky – one that Hilgers labeled “the worst mistake of my life,” Jack recalled. He sold the house he built, of which he was tremendously proud, and moved his family to Marshfield, Wis., on a friend’s promise that together they’d get rich in the tire business.

After a very brief stint, those plans dead-ended, and the Hilgers family resettled in Fairmont, where Hilgers worked briefly for Fairmont Canning before accepting a job as district manager of quality control for Stokely-Van Camp (which became Pictsweet and closed in 1992), where he worked until he retired in 1974.

Through it all he took correspondence courses − including meteorology − through the University of Minnesota to quell his hungry intellect.

Post-retirement discovery

Retirement left a gap of 40-plus hours for Hilgers to fill, and he wasn’t a man to lay idle.

Bob remembers that “he was always busy and on the go, but not in a maniacal kind of way. He just had an active mind.” Both agreed that his hobbies helped to keep his mind young, as he always sought discovery.

Jack said, “After he retired, all of us boys got together and said, ‘Dad, what do you want?’ And he said, “I’ve always wanted a telescope.’ He had a very scientific mind.”

He took up woodworking in his workshop, carving crucifixes by the dozens out of mahogany and giving them to family and friends. Rosaries and Christmas ornaments were also among his specialties. The rosaries he’d send to a priest in India. “The Christmas ornaments were very fine and intricate,” Jack recalled. “They were replicas of things he saw.”

Sue Hilgers, wife of Hilgers’ youngest son, Tom, who is also a doctor, remarked that he also took up painting. And when he developed a quiver in his right (dominant) hand, he simply taught himself to paint with his left. She pointed to a flawless pastoral painting of trees hanging in his Lutz Wing room, to show how adept he had become.

“He came from the generation that didn’t complain. They just did what had to be done,” she noted. “It’s the spirit that built America, isn’t it? It’s the pioneer spirit.”

Preparing for 106

In 2005, Hilgers admitted himself to the same nursing home where he had been volunteering. At first, he would joke with the staff and take daily walks, but those days are gone, Jack said. Hilgers’ mobility, vision, hearing and short-term memory have diminished considerably over the last few years, as one would expect for a man born the same year William H. Taft was inaugurated as the 27th president of the United States.

These days, he said, his dad can’t always remember what he had for breakfast, but he can recite the Hail Mary in German (his father’s native language) − a flash of his former brilliance.

When asked what he is most proud of in his life, Hilgers remarks, without hesitation, “My family.” And while his memory may have paled, it is clear, from the joy on the faces of his family on the day of his 105th birthday that he will always be remembered.

“Every year for the past few years, I’ve been telling my wife, “‘this’ll be the last time we make the trip for dad’s birthday,’ but here we are,” Jack said. “I’m thinking we should start planning his 106th.”

Read more from St. Thomas magazine.

Annual “Lighten Up!” Garage Sale Rescheduled for July 12 and 13

Carleton College Campus News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 1:55pm

Carleton College’s Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) has rescheduled its annual Lighten Up! Garage Sale for Saturday, July 12 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, July 13 from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. in the West Gym on the Carleton campus. The popular annual sale converts the unwanted year-end possessions of Carleton students into bargains for local residents and cash for local charities. The sale, which is typically held every year during Carleton’s reunion weekend, was postponed this year due to Cannon River flooding on the campus.

Dubose and Tinklenberg Named 2013-14 Gustavus Student-Athletes of the Year

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 12:00pm

To officially close the 2013-14 academic year, the Gustavus Adolphus Sports Information Department is proud to announce senior football player Jeffrey Dubose (St. Paul, Minn.) and senior swimmer Alissa Tinklenberg (Willmar, Minn.) as this season’s Male and Female Student-Athletes of the Year.

A running back who broke nearly every Gustavus rushing record in his final season wearing a winged helmet, Jeffrey Dubose is the second football player to receive the honor since Ryan Hoag ’03 did so in 2002. Solidifying her place as the most honored swimmer in the history of the program, Alissa Tinklenberg is the first to be named Student-Athlete of the Year twice after also receiving the award as a sophomore following the 2011-12 season. Tinklenberg is the second women’s swimmer to take home the award, following in the footsteps of Andrea Kleven ’04 in 2001.

This year, eight male and eight female athletes were nominated. Once nominations are finalized, they are balloted and voted on by the head coaches at Gustavus.  Coaches vote for their top-three athletes on both the men’s and women’s sides, awarding five points for a first place vote, three points for second place, and one point for third.

Finishing runner-up in this year’s men’s voting was senior track & field athlete Cameron Clause (Mankato, Minn.) and taking third was junior men’s soccer player Zach Brown (Eau Claire, Wis.). Receiving the second-most points for the women was rookie softball and hockey player Hannah Heacox (Stillwater, Minn.), while placing third was junior track and field athlete Elizabeth Weiers (Le Center, Minn.).

Jeffrey Dubose ’14 and Alissa Tinklenberg ’14

There isn’t a whole lot more to be written about the careers of both Jeffrey Dubose and Alissa Tinklenberg that already hasn’t been done so before. Since they both stepped onto campus in the fall of 2010, Jeffrey and Alissa’s careers, all their accolades, the highs and lows, wins and losses, school records, standout performances, and impact on both their respective programs and Gustavus have been well documented.

For head coaches Peter Haugen and Jon Carlson, these student-athletes have been game-breakers, leaders, and model Gusties since day one.  The successes of the Gustavus football team had a direct correlation to what Dubose could do with the football in his hands, and the powerhouse that the Gustavus women’s swimming & diving team has become was built largely on Tink’s ability to glide through the water and win races.

Below are two videos – both of which are brief oral histories about the careers of Jeffrey Dubose and Alissa Tinklenberg as told through interviews with Peter Haugen and Jon Carlson.


Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

Looking Ahead to the 50th Nobel Conference

Gustavus Campus News - Thu, 06/26/2014 - 9:26am

For fifty years, the Nobel Conference at Gustavus Adolphus College has hosted preeminent scientists, theologians, and ethicists to discuss deep questions at the intersection of science and society. This October, Gustavus will celebrate a half century of bringing breakthrough science to lay audiences in the upper Midwest, across the country, and more recently around the world. The 50th annual Nobel Conference: Where Does Science Go From Here?, scheduled for October 7-8, 2014, will assemble previous Nobel Conference participants to look at recent advances and future directions in the physical sciences, evolutionary biology and ecology, medicine and physiology, and the intersection of science and public policy.

Tickets for the 50th Nobel Conference are currently on sale and can be purchased online at or by phone at 507-933-7520. Reserved tickets are $115 per person, while general admission tickets are available for $70 per person. High schools and college delegations can purchase a group of 10 tickets for $50.

Invited speakers include:

  • Sean B. Carroll, professor of molecular biology, genetics, and medical genetics, University of Wisconsin at Madison
  • Steven Chu, 1997 Nobel laureate in physics; former U.S. Secretary of Energy under President Obama; William R. Kenan, Jr. Professor of Humanities & Sciences and Professor of Molecular and Cellular Physiology at Stanford University
  • Patricia Smith Churchland, UC President’s Professor of Philosophy Emerita, University of California, San Diego
  • António Damásio, University Professor and David Dornsife Professor of Neuroscience, University of Southern California, Los Angeles
  • Freeman Dyson, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton, N.J.
  • W. Gary Ernst, Benjamin M. Page Professor Emeritus, Department of Geological and Environmental Sciences, Stanford University
  • Harry B. Gray, Arnold O. Beckman Professor of Chemistry, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena
  • Sir Harold W. Kroto, 1996 Nobel laureate in chemistry; Francis Eppes Professor of Chemistry, Florida State University
  • Svante Pääbo, director, Department of Genetics, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, Leipzig, Germany
  • Steven Weinberg, 1979 Nobel laureate in physics; Jack S. Josey-Welch Foundation  Regents Chair in Science, University of Texas at Austin
  • Jennifer L. West, Fitzpatrick Family University Professor of Engineering, Duke University

The Nobel Conference, the first ongoing educational conference of its kind in the United States to receive the official authorization of the Nobel Foundation, is made possible through the generous support of Drell and Adeline Bernhardson, major legacy gifts, and annual contributors.



Media Contact: Director of Media Relations and Internal Communication Matt Thomas

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