Schedule

Nobel Conference 50

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Time Presenter
8:30 a.m.

Doors Open

9:15 a.m.

Musical Prelude

9:30 a.m.

Academic Procession and Opening Ceremony

Welcome, Rebecca M. Bergman, President of the College

10 a.m.

Session 1: Science and Society

  • Steven Chu, 1997 Nobel laureate in physics and former energy secretary, “Energy and Climate Change” (10:15 a.m.)
  • Sir Harry Kroto, 1996 Nobel laureate in chemistry, “How to Survive” (11 a.m.)
11:45 a.m.

Q & A

Noon

Lunch Break

1:15 p.m.

Musical Prelude

1:30 p.m.

Session 2: Evolution/Ecology

  • Sean B. Carroll, evolutionary developmental biologist, “Evolution at the Molecular and Planetary Scale: A Tale of Two Biologies” (1:30 p.m.)
  • Svante Pääbo, evolutionary geneticist, “Of Neanderthals, Denisovans, and Modern Humans” (2:15 p.m.)
  • Gary Ernst, petrologist and geochemist, “Earth Resources, Global Equity, and Future Sustainability” (3 p.m.)
4 p.m.

Q & A

6–8 p.m.

Art at the Nobel Conference

Hillstrom Museum of Art, Jackson Campus Center, Reception (no ticket required)

6:30 p.m.

“Remembering 50 Years of the Nobel Conference” Presentation

Richard Q. Elvee and Tim Robinson, past Nobel Conference directors, Lund Center Arena (no ticket required)

8:00 p.m.

Music at the Nobel Conference

Gustavus Symphony Orchestra, Christ Chapel (no ticket required)

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Time Presenter
8:30 a.m.

Doors Open

9:45 a.m.

Music Prelude and Welcome

10 a.m.

Session 3: Physical Sciences

  • Steven Weinberg, 1979 Nobel laureate in physics, “Glimpses of a Hidden World” (10:15 a.m.) live-stream presentation
  • Harry Gray, chemist, “Solar-Driven Water Splitting” (11 a.m.)
11:45 a.m.

Q & A

Noon

Lunch Break

1:15 p.m.

Music Prelude

1:30 p.m.

Session 4: Neuroscience/Medicine

  • Jennifer L. West, biomedical engineer, “Nanotechnology and Biomedical Engineering” (1:30 p.m.)
  • Antonio Damasio, cognitive neuroscientist, “The Consciousness Issue” (2:15 p.m.)
  • Patricia Smith Churchland, neurophilosopher, “The Brains behind Morality” (3 p.m.)
4 p.m.

Q & A

6:30 p.m.

Nobel Banquet: “Reflection and Reminiscence”

Evelyn Young Dining Room, Jackson Campus Center (Banquet ticket required)

7:30 p.m.

Closing Speaker Discussion

  • Freeman Dyson, theoretical physicist and mathematician, “Living through Four Scientific Revolutions”
  • Panel Discussion with nine Nobel Conference presenters

“Reflections on 50 Years of Science” (Simulcast in Alumni Hall, approximate start time 7:30 p.m.)