Gustavus Adolphus College to Receive Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award

November 4, 2014

Minnesota High Tech Association to honor St. Peter, Minnesota-based college for leadership on Nobel Conference

MINNEAPOLIS, Nov. 4, 2014 — For 15 years, the Minnesota High Tech Association (MHTA) has honored leaders and innovators in Minnesota whose achievements in science and technology have made lasting impacts across the globe. Today, MHTA announced that Gustavus Adolphus College will receive the 2014 Tekne Lifetime Achievement Award at the Tekne Awards celebration on Nov. 13.

Gustavus Adolphus College will receive the award for its work and ongoing commitment to the Nobel Conference. Founded in 1963, the Nobel Conference is the first ongoing educational conference in the U.S. to be authorized by the Nobel Foundation in Stockholm. It was conceived with a vision to bring cutting-edge science issues to the attention of the public. For 50 years, Gustavus Adolphus College has brought together thousands of world-class industry professionals, students and citizens to engage in dialogue around issues and developments in the natural and social sciences.

"With the Nobel Conference, Gustavus Adolphus College ignites questions that lie at the heart of science and society – and it’s been doing so for half a century," said Margaret Anderson Kelliher, president and CEO, MHTA. "It's this kind of dedication that embodies the Lifetime Achievement Award."

"After 50 years, the college's Nobel Conference continues to follow its original vision," said Rebecca Bergman, president of Gustavus Adolphus College. "The Lifetime Achievement Award recognizes the continued innovation, leadership and cutting-edge science the Nobel Conference represents – for the college, for the state, and for audiences that now reach around the world. We are extremely honored to receive such recognition."

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