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“TEDxSBU: Our Beat” at Wang Center October 10

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Stony Brook University will host TEDxSBU: Our Beat, the University’s first-ever TEDx event, featuring talent from its student, faculty, staff and alumni on Thursday, October 10, beginning at 9:15 am in the Wang Center Theater.

Topics from a wide variety of disciplines will be presented as each of the 19 participants will take the stage for up to 18 minutes in front of an audience of 100 attendees (per TEDx rules). Ticket applications will be accepted online at until September 30. Ticket prices are $15 for SBU students and $20 for everyone else. The event also will be streamed live, and WUSB 90.1 FM radio station will broadcast the event throughout the day

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. TED is a nonprofit devoted to “Ideas Worth Spreading.” It started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: Technology, Entertainment and Design. Since then its scope has become ever broader. Along with two annual conferences, the TED Conference and TEDGlobal, TED includes the award-winning TED Talks video site, the Open Translation Project and TED Conversations, the inspiring TED Fellows and TEDx programs, and the annual TED Prize.

Members of the community are welcome to gather and watch the event in the multi-purpose room of the Center for Leadership and Service, located in H Quad’s Benedict College. The Brook Alumni Room, located on the fourth floor of the Wang Center, will also be showing the event, beginning at 11 am.

Nancy Franklin, Associate Professor of Psychology, will serve as master of ceremonies for this full-day event that will be split into two sessions:

Session 1: The Beat One (9:15 am to 2 pm, with lunch)
Master of Ceremonies: Nancy Franklin, Associate Professor, Psychology
Lauren Hale, Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine
Kent Gustavson, Alumni ’04 MA Music, ’07 PhD Music
Neha Kinariwalla, Junior, Sociology major
Ken Dill, Director, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology
Joanna Kaczorowska, Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies, Department of Music
Fikri Birey, PhD candidate, Genetics
Hannes Baumann, School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences
Ruchi Shah, Sophomore, Biology major
Howard Schneider, Dean, School of Journalism

Session 2: The Beat Two (2:15 pm to 6:30 pm)
Rich Fantasia, Audio Visual Associate, Teaching, Learning and Technology
Daniel Menaker, Faculty, MFA in Creative Writing and Literature, Southampton Arts
Arianna Warner, Alumni ’13 BA Studio Art
Mitchell Fourman, Alumni ’08 BA Political Science/History
Nobuho Nagasawa, MFA Graduate Program Director, Department of Art
Fred Ferguson, Director, Advanced Education Program in Pediatric Dentistry
David Ecker, Alumni ’95 BS Computer Science
Paul Bingham, Associate Professor, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Joanne Souza, Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Alberto Perez, Junior Fellow, Laufer Center for Physical and Quantitative Biology

TEDxSBU is sponsored by Stony Brook University’s Teaching, Learning and Technology Department; the College of Arts and Sciences; Undergraduate Academic Affairs; The Graduate School; Alumni Association; Consortium for Digital Arts, Culture, and Technology; Center for Dance, Movement and Somatic Learning; Livestream; Psi Chi Stony Brook Chapter; Undergraduate Student Government; UUP; and WUSB.

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