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Stony Brook University Hosts Second Annual TEDxSBU Event

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Stony Brook University Hosts Second Annual TEDxSBU Event

Tickets Go on Sale on Oct. 14


STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 10, 2014Stony Brook University will host its second TEDxSBU event on Nov. 14, 2014, from 9:30 a.m. – 7 p.m. in the Charles B. Wang Center Theater. The theme of this year’s event is “Connect the Dots,” and will feature 16 speakers and performers from Stony Brook’s student, faculty, staff, and alumni populations.

“I am thrilled to see Stony Brook hosting the second annual TEDxSBU event,” said Vice President for Information Technology & CIO Cole W. Camplese. “TED is such a powerful series of events that inspires a global audience. To have the opportunity right here at home to not only host the event, but to share the brilliance of the Stony Brook community widely is a real honor.”

Topics from a wide variety of disciplines will be presented in two sessions. Each participant will take the stage for up to 18 minutes in front of an audience of 200 attendees (per TEDx rules.)

TEDxSBU, an independently organized event licensed by TED, will tentatively follow the schedule below*.

Master of Ceremonies: Nancy Franklin, Associate Professor, Psychology, Stony Brook University


First Session (10 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.)



Title of Presentation

Thomas C. Wilson, Jr.

Staff Member in the Ocean Instrument Laboratory, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences

For the Record: The Importance of Taking, Sustaining, and Preserving Critical Measures of Environment and Climate

Charles Robbins

Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education, Dean of Undergraduate Colleges

Social Justice: Is it Still Relevant in the 21st Century?

Jeanette Yew

Lighting, Design and Technology Lecturer in the Department of Theatre Arts

Challenging and Relevant: Reimagining Antigone

Pooja Reddy

Alumni, ‘14 MBA

Connecting the Dots … and being that dot for someone!

TED Talk Video

Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud

23-minute video

Morgan DiCarlo

Undergraduate Student, Civil Engineering Major, Business Management Minor

Using Mentorship and Hand-on Learning to Build the Next Generation of Female Engineers

Jon Oringer

Alumni, ‘96 B.S. Computer Science and Mathematics

Risk, Reward and Entrepreneurship

Michael Poon, MD

Physician/Researcher – Launched Stony Brook’s Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Program in 2009

Improvement in treatment for acute chest pain through advanced cardiovascular imaging and telemedicine

Anurag Purwar

Research Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering, Alumni, ‘05 Ph.D. Mechanical Engineering

Machine design innovation through technology and education

TED Talk Video

George Takei: Why I love a country that once betrayed me

16-minute video


Session Two (3 – 7 p.m.) 



Title of Presentation

Nadia Jaber

Graduate Student, Ph.D. candidate in Molecular and Cellular Biology

Reimagining the Ph.D.

Joe Schultz

Undergraduate Student, Economics Major,
Music Minor

The sounds of the Didgeridoo, the world’s oldest wind instrument

Erik Callender

Alumni, ‘06 B.S. Biology, Minored in Environmental Studies

Follow Your Dreams

Margaret Conover

Faculty, Center for Science and Mathematics Education

A Cure for Plant Blindness

TED Talk Video

Marcel Dicke: Why not eat insects?

17-minute video

Robyn Stein DeLuca

Faculty, Research  Assistant Professor, Department of Psychology, Alumni ‘99 Ph.D. Social Health Psychology

The Good News About PMS

Dean Miller

Faculty, School of Journalism, Director of the Center for News Literacy

You Don’t Want to Hear It (and that’s a problem)

Turhan Canli

Faculty, Associate Professor of Integrative Neuroscience, Department of Psychology

Is Depression an Infectious Disease?

TED Talk Video

Ed Gavagan: A story about knots and surgeons

13-minute video

Sam Parnia, MD

Faculty, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Director of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Research

Erasing Death

Evening Reception

Tickets go on sale on Tuesday, Oct. 14, at Stony Brook’s Student Activities Center (SAC) Box Office and online at Ticket prices are $25 per session. Students who purchase a ticket get a free TEDxSBU T-shirt. The first session includes lunch, while the second session includes an afternoon snack and evening reception. There is also an option to buy a full-day pass for $50.

Stony Brook will be streaming the event live at, while the WUSB 90.1 FM radio station will broadcast the event throughout the day. There will be rooms set aside as viewing locations on both East and West Campus (exact locations to be announced at a later date) for people who are unable attend the event.

This event is being sponsored by Stony Brook University’s Division of Information Technology, the Office of External Relations,, Elenco, Office of Alumni Relations, Undergraduate Student Government, and WUSB.

For more information about TEXxSBU contact Isobel Breheny at or visit Any inquiry regarding TED should be sent to the TEDx Media Liaison at To listen to last year’s TEDxSBU talks visit

Follow TED on Twitter at, or on Facebook at


About TEDx, where x = independently organized event
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. 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.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California almost 30 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes on a diverse mix of topics. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The TED2014 Conference will take place in Vancouver, British Columbia, along with the TEDActive simulcast in neighboring Whistler. TEDGlobal 2014 will be held in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TED Talks are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; and TEDBooks, short e-books on powerful ideas. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world get help translating their wishes into action; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

*Please note this schedule is subject to change without notice.


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