Schedule

Nobel Conference 49

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Time Presenter
9:15 a.m.

Prelude

The Gustavus Wind Orchestra
Douglas Nimmo, DMA, Conductor

9:30 a.m.

Academic Procession and Opening Ceremony

  • Processional
    The Gustavus Wind Orchestra
  • Invocation
    The Rev. Siri Erickson, chaplain to the College
  • Welcome
    Jack R. Ohle, president of the College
  • Greetings
    Mark Braun, PhD, Provost of the College
  • Conference Overview
    Chuck Niederriter, PhD, co-director of the Nobel Conference and professor of physics
  • Conferral of Honorary Degree upon Samuel C.C. Ting, 1976 Nobel laureate in physics
    • Citator: Thomas Huber, PhD, professor of physics
    • Lictors: Scott Bur, PhD, co-director of the Nobel Conference
      Mark Braun, PhD, Provost of the College
  • Conferral of Honorary Degree upon Frank Wilczek, 2004 Nobel laureate in physics
    • Citator: Mike Hvidsten, PhD, professor of mathematics and computer science
    • Lictors: Scott Bur, PhD, co-director of the Nobel Conference
      Mark Braun, PhD, Provost of the College
  • Conferral of Honorary Degree upon George Smoot III, 2006 Nobel laureate in physics
    • Citator: Jessie Petricka, PhD, assistant professor of physics
    • Lictors: Scott Bur, PhD, co-director of the Nobel Conference
      Mark Braun, PhD, Provost of the College
10 a.m.
Frank Wilczek

Frank Wilczek
First Lecture

"Geometric Fantasy"

11 a.m.

Q&A Session

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

12:45 p.m.

Prelude

The Vasa Wind Orchestra
Karrin Meffert-Nelson, DMA, Conductor

1 p.m.
Tara Shears

Tara Shears
Second Lecture

"The Innermost Universe; Exploring the Subatomic Frontier"

2 p.m.

Q&A Session

2:30 p.m.

Break

3 p.m.
Alex Filippenko

Alex Filippenko
Third Lecture

"Dark Energy and the Runaway Universe"

4 p.m.

Q&A Session

5 p.m.

Dinner Break

6 p.m.

Art at the Nobel Conference

Hillstrom Museum of Art

6:30 p.m.
Samuel Ting

Samuel Ting
Fourth Lecture

"The Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Experiment on the International Space Station"

7:30 p.m.

Q&A Session

8:15 p.m.

The Nobel Conference Concert: "Dark Energy"

Christ Chapel

The 49th Nobel Concert will bring you to the “inner universe” with music by Johannes Brahms (1833–1897) and Dmitri Shostakovich (1906–1975). The program will feature two contrasting piano trios that share a powerful dark energy.

The Piano Trio in C Minor (1886) by Brahms will awaken the audience from the meditative state with a powerful opening movement. The entire piece is full of the passion and energy of the late Romantic period.

Shostakovich wrote the Piano Trio in E Minor in 1944 during World War II, mourning the death of his close friend. A sense of suffering pervades the piece, from the eerie sound of the opening cello to the final sounds of a Jewish prayer.

Performing the concert will be three members of the music faculty at Gustavus Adolphus College: Jill Olson Moser, violin; Sharon Mautner-Rodgers, cello; and Yumiko Oshima-ryan, piano.

Open to the public without charge; no ticket required

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Time Presenter
9:30 a.m.

Prelude and Welcome

  • The Gustavus Symphony Orchestra
    Ruth Lu Lin, DMA, Conductor
10 a.m.
George Smoot

George Smoot
Fifth Lecture

"Mapping the Universe and Its History"

11 a.m.

Q&A Session

11:30 a.m.

Lunch Break

12:45 p.m.

Prelude

The Gustavus Jazz Lab Band
Steve Wright, DMA, director

1 p.m.
Lawrence Krauss

Lawrence Krauss
Sixth Lecture

"A Universe from Nothing"

2 p.m.

Q&A Session

2:30 p.m.

Break

3 p.m.
George Coyne

George Coyne
Seventh Lecture

"Quantum Cosmology and Creation"

4 p.m.

Q&A Session

6:30 p.m.

The Nobel Conference Banquet

Evelyn Young Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center

Banquet ticket required

7:30 p.m.
S. James Gates

S. James Gates Jr.
Closing Lecture

"The Audience of Nature"

For those not attending the banquet, the lecture will be simulcast in Alumni Hall, Johnson Student Union