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Old 10-06-2014, 12:49 AM
Location: Salinas, CA
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It started in 1965 at Gustavus Adolphus college in St. Peter, MN. To add perspective, that was two years before the first puck dropped for pro hockey in Minnesota (MN North Stars founded 1967), seven years before the IDS tower was completed, four years before the Moon Landing, and 19 years before the TED Conference in Aspen, CO started.

Did you know the answer? It is the Nobel Conference.

It turns 50 years old this week and is taking place on October 7 & 8. This year's topical question is "Where does science go from here?".

This conference has an impressive history and 62 Nobel laureates have served as speakers. Topics in recent years have addressed the universe, the oceans, the brain, and food. Cutting edge science issues are its main focus.

People living in "outstate" Minnesota (outside the Twin Cities region) can take pride in this along with the Great American Think-off debates that take place every June in New York Mills, MN. All Minnesotans should be proud of the Nobel Conference and its legacy. The Midwest is often described as the Bible Belt, but Minnesotans can take justifiable pride in proclaiming much of their state as the "science belt" of the Midwest! There is this conference, the Mayo Clinic, highly respected universities (both public and private) and firms such as 3M, Medtronic and several others.

The better known TED Conference in Aspen, CO started 19 years later and my impression is that while serving a noble purpose, it tries too hard to be trendy and appeals mostly to the millenials. The Nobel Conference does it right IMO and sticks to the science knowledge and is for people in every generation. It is a shame the Nobel Conference is not better publicized, because it is an asset to Minnesota and especially these days in our information society.

This is a link with additional details: www.gustavus.edu/events/nobelconference.

St. Peter is only 70 miles southwest of Minneapolis, so Twin Cities residents don't have to travel too far to attend. Please share this information with others whenever the topic of science is brought up. Minnesotans can take pride in this conference that advances scientific knowledge!

Last edited by chessgeek; 10-06-2014 at 12:55 AM.. Reason: Added a few words.
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Old 10-06-2014, 07:42 AM
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Yes! This will be the best time to view the fall colors on the drive along the Minnesota River on Highway 169.

While on campus take time to visit the Linnaeus Arboretum to see the unusual tropical titan arum, corpse flower, which thrives there. And have a walk on the stretch of natural prairie to the west of campus.

View the thirty-three ethereal sculptures by the gifted artist Paul Granlund.

Downtown St. Peter boasts a number of charming shops that will make for enjoyable browsing and shopping. One of them , Swedish Kontur, is owned by the son of the great Swedish tenor, Jussi Bjorling, and his wife.

Have lunch at Whiskey River by the riverside, home to the local flora and fauna. Your waitress may offer you a window seat to their backyard, complete with binoculars, where you can watch the visiting turkeys, deer, raccoons and birds while you dine.
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Old 10-06-2014, 08:42 AM
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Nobel Conference is only 50? It certainly ranks high on the list of things about Minnesota that are appreciated more by those outside its borders.
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