WELCOME We are delighted to have you join us for TEDxEmory 2014. Thousands of TEDx events are taking place in the world around us. Today, we are all part of the promise of the global TED and TEDx phenomenon. From the slums of Kibera to the summit of Mount Everest, from the Great Wall of China to the Tower of London, people around the globe are coming together to experience the power of ideas. This year, once again, TEDxEmory is set to be one of the largest TEDx events in North America. Our speakers come from every walk of life, as do all of you here today. We are excited to continue this tradition of bringing together the Atlanta and Emory communities and dedicate a day in our lives to ideas worth spreading. TED’s curator Chris Anderson once said, “TED does not have a map, but it does have a compass.” We hope the ideas you hear today act as inspirations and guide you in your future. We are extremely grateful for the incredible enthusiasm and support with which this event has been met from every faction here at Emory. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dr. Frans de Waal, Dr. Benn Konsynski, and all of our advisors and sponsors for their incredible support and advice throughout the year. Finally, I must thank all of you present here today. Your participation is an inspiration to our future speakers, organizing teams, and sponsors to continue the TEDxEmory tradition for years to come. Be curious. Share ideas. Welcome to TEDxEmory.
Nikhil Raghuveera President, TEDxEmory
ABOUT TED TED TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the worldâ€™s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende, and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TEDâ€™s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world; and the TEDFellows program, which helps world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.
X = INDEPENDENTLY ORGANIZED EVENT In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx brings people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection with an audience. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized, subject to certain rules and regulations.
SCHEDULE REGISTRATION 10:00AM - 10:30AM
SESSION 1 10:40AM - 12:05PM OPENING REMARKS ROBERT SCHNEIDER
LEAH WARD SEARS
LUNCH 12:05PM - 1:15PM
SESSION 2 1:15PM - 2:40PM TEDTALK
BREAK 3:05PM - 3:30PM
SESSION 3 3:30PM - 4:55PM TEDTALK
BREAK 4:55PM - 5:20PM
SESSION 4 5:20PM - 6:45PM THAD STARNER
NICK GIBSON CLOSING REMARKS
SPEAKERS ROBERT SCHNEIDER is a Woodruff Graduate Fellow in Emory’s Mathematics and Computer Science Department, as well as a co-founder of the highly-influential Elephant 6 Recording Company and lead in pop group The Apples in Stereo. Schneider’s research focuses mainly on analytic number theory, Eulerian series, and modular forms, but integrates his interests in physics, history, philosophy, astronomy, poetry, visual art, and experimental music. Schneider has worked on recent projects and inventions such as a “non-Pythagorean” musical scale, based on prime numbers, and a board game based on abstract algebra. LEAH WARD SEARS served as the chief justice of the Supreme Court of Georgia, as well as chair of the Judicial Council of Georgia from 2005 to 2009. Sears, at the time of her appointment, was the first female justice to occupy a seat in the Supreme Court of Georgia. When elected as chief justice, Sears became the first African American chief justice to serve a state supreme court anywhere in the nation. Before serving as a judge, Sears graduated from Emory School of Law and pursued work as an attorney. She was later elected as Superior Court Judge, the youngest individual ever elected to this position in Georgia. PHILLIP JO is a senior at Emory studying Anthropology and Religion. His current projects include creating the first live anatomical image of the brain, "thinking" clothes, and a mass digital editing platform called U-Share. With influence from the humanities and social sciences, he is also intensely involved with unpacking the socio-cultural forces driving human behavior and emotion. Alongside his poetry, novels, and self-motivated research in quantum neuroimaging, his dream is simple: daring people to reject their normative perceptions of themselves and the world in favor of the unique, uncertain, and boundless inner human potential. JOEL MICHAEL REYNOLDS is a PhD candidate and Arts & Sciences Graduate Fellow in Emory's Philosophy Department. Drawing upon accounts from the humanities and sciences, his research lies at the intersection of ethics, phenomenology, and disability studies. His teaching areas include ethics, European philosophy, medical humanities, and literature. His dissertation argues for a normative ethics centered on the body variability and is currently titled: “Ethics of the Body: Pain, Disability, and the Claims of Corporeal Variability.” He has published articles and book chapters and also presented widely in the US and Europe. JONATHAN WOLFSON is a co-founder and CEO of Solazyme. Prior to founding Solazyme, Mr. Wolfson held a variety of positions in finance, business and law including at Triarc, and serving as co-founder and CEO of InvestorTree. Immediately prior to Solazyme, he was the VP of Finance and Business Development for 7thOnline, a supply chain software company. In September 2009, Mr. Wolfson accepted the “Green Leap” award from the Clinton Global Initiative for Solazyme’s breakthrough technology for renewable oil production for fuel and for food. He is also an inventor on five of Solazyme’s patent applications. CAMARA JONES is a Senior Fellow at the Satcher Health Leadership Institute, Morehouse School of Medicine. Dr. Jones is a family physician and epidemiologist whose work focuses on the impacts of racism on the health and well-being of the nation. As a methodologist, she has developed new methods for comparing full distributions of data, rather than comparing means or proportions, in order to investigate population-level risk factors. As a social epidemiologist, her work on race-associated differences in health outcomes goes beyond documenting those differences to vigorously investigating the structural causes of the differences.
DREW WESTEN researches personality disorders, adolescent psychopathology, political psychology, and the interface of psychodynamics and neuroscience. An active clinician, researcher, and consultant, Dr. Westen is the Principal Investigator or Co-Investigator for two grants from NIMH. His book, The Political Brain: The Role of Emotion in Deciding the Fate of the Nation, has had a wide influence on elections internationally. He has advised many candidates and organizations, presidential to U.S. House and Senate Caucus campaigns, and has written for the New York Times and Washington Post. JENNIFER SWAIN has been passionately involved with serving commercially sexually exploited victims for the past six years. Swain’s vision aided in the development of Georgia’s first trafficking prevention program for youth 11-17, youthSpark Voices. She leads their efforts to stop demand for prostituted youth through the A Future. Not A Past. campaign and to prevent “high risk” youth from becoming victims through youth-empowered education initiatives. She trains and advocates on behalf of child sex trafficking victims to various state agencies both locally and nationally that may have contact with children regarding warning signs and services. MAGNUS EGERSTEDT is the Schlumberger Professor and Associate Chair of Research in the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Tech, where he works on robotics - swarm robotics in particular. Before coming to Georgia Tech, he was a postdoctoral scholar at Harvard University. He is the director of the Georgia Robotics and Intelligent Systems Laboratory (GRITS Lab), a Fellow of the IEEE, and a recipient of the ECE/GT Outstanding Junior Faculty Member Award, the HKN Outstanding Teacher Award, the Alum of the Year Award from the Royal Institute of Technology, and the U.S. National Science Foundation CAREER Award. PAUL WOLPE is the Asa Griggs Candler Professor of Bioethics at Emory, the Rayond F. Schinazi Distinguished Research Chair in Jewish Bioethics, as well as a professor of medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, and sociology and Director of the Center for Ethics at Emory University. Wolpe is not new to TEDTalks. In 2011, he gave a TEDTalk and was profiled by Atlantic Magazine as “Brave Thinker of 2011” for his research in ethics. He also serves as Senior Bioethicist for NASA, co-editor of the American Journal of Bioethics, author of over 125 scholarly articles, and serves many other editorial and non-profit organizational boards. THAD STARNER is a founder and director of the Contextual Computing Group at Georgia Tech as well as a Technical Lead/Manager on Google's Project Glass. His research includes innovating interfaces and devices for “everyday mobile environments.” CCG combines artificial intelligence and human computer interaction to develop new technologies. Starner and his group are working on CopyCat, which uses sign language recognition to help deaf children build language skills. Starner was named as one of Technology Review’s top 100 remarkable innovators in 1999, and has appeared on CBS’s 60 Minutes, CNN, BBC, and The Wall Street Journal. NICK GIBSON (Staff Seargent) is a combat veteran of both Iraq and Afghanistan, a graduating Emory physician assistant student in the School of Medicine, Air Force Reserve Pararescueman, special operations medic, and award-winning photographer. In spring 2013, SSgt. Gibson made history on the first US military expedition to Mt. Everest as the team's medic and one of six USAF summit climbers. The climb was organized as part of the USAF Seven Summits Challenge to raise awareness for veterans' healthcare issues, especially suicide, and to honor fallen military members. His depiction of his climb won awards from the Air Force Reserve. JOEY REIMAN is CEO & Founder of BrightHouse, a company whose mission is to bring greater purpose to the business world. Reiman's frameworks and methodologies have been adopted by the world's most prestigious organizations including Coca-Cola, Nestle, Chrysler, and KPMG. Reiman’s newest book, The Story of Purpose, has been named by News Observer as one of the top 25 books for Corporate America. For over a decade, Reiman has taught Ideation – a term he coined – as an adjunct professor at the Goizueta Business School. Reiman is a frequent guest expert on CNN. World-renowned Professor Philip Kotler calls Reiman "The Moses of Marketing."
NIKHIL RAGHUVEERA - PRESIDENT MATTHEW MUENZER - DIRECTOR OF DESIGN ARIELLA IANCU - DIRECTOR OF PROGRAMMING JOSH WEINSTOCK - DIRECTOR OF MARKETING JANE SINGER - DIRECTOR OF SPEAKERS IRINA LUCACIU - DIRECTOR OF SPEAKERS HANNAH GROSMAN - DIRECTOR OF SPECIAL PROGRAMS LUANNE SEAMAN - DIRECTOR OF FINANCE DAVID FINK - DIRECTOR OF OPERATIONS BEN CHERIYAN - DIRECTOR OF FILM JAE WON HYUN - DIRECTOR OF SOCIAL MEDIA STEPHANIE YANG - DIRECTOR OF WEB DEVELOPMENT DANA SAND - SENIOR REPRESENTATIVE SCOTT SMITH - JUNIOR REPRESENTATIVE CHRISTINE BRITTAIN - SOPHOMORE REPRESENTATIVE KAVINA JANI - FRESHMAN REPRESENTATIVE ERICA SMEARMAN - GRADUATE SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE RYAN PULLEY - GRADUATE SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE ALLISON BROOKS - GRADUATE SCHOOL REPRESENTATIVE AMRUTHA KRISHNARAJ - OXFORD REPRESENTATIVE
DESIGN, TECH, AND FILM LUKAS OLSON CLARE WANG RAO FU HENRY CHEN NIHAR PARIKH RAGHAV RUNGTA TAYLOR ZHANG JING NG
MARKETING REBECCA LEFF KELLY BROEN CHANDLER WALD PHILLIP WINKLE SOCHI UMADIA MICHELLE LIU
JOSH LEVS, CNN
PROGRAMMING AND OPERATIONS THOMAS JOHN DEAN QUARANTA GABRIELLA MEIER ANNIKA BRAUER
SPECIAL PROGRAMS ISABELLA COPELLO HILLARY HOFFSTEIN DHANANJAY SOMANI IZZY KORNMAN LOLI LUCACIU MILES ROSENTHAL LEIGH SOLOMON
SPEAKERS FINANCE ABBY HOLST SHRUTI GUPTA
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