March 25, 2013
TEDxPurdueU event shares ideas, research from Purdue community
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - TEDxPurdueU 2013, a conference to share Purdue research and ideas, is scheduled for 1-6 p.m. April 12 in Loeb Playhouse on the university's campus.
This year's theme of "Past, Present, Progress" will reflect on the critical times faced today and the positive prospects for the future. Check-in begins at 11:30 a.m. Following the conference, a special after-party event will be held at 7:30p.m. at Sylvia's Brick Oven in downtown Lafayette.
Confirmed speakers for this year's event include:
* Kartik Ariyur, assistant professor of mechanical engineering
* Petronio Bendito, professor of visual and performing arts
* Riley Avron, student in Electrical engineering
* Gary Bertoline, dean of College of Technology
* Josh Boyd, associate professor of communications; director of undergraduate studies
* Betty Bugusu, managing director for the International Food Technology Center
* Katie Morigaki Breedlove, doctoral student in the health & kinesiology
* Susan Butler, author and advocate for women's equality in the workplace
* Erica Carlson, associate professor of physics
* Emilia Czyszczoń, student in agriculture and biological engineering
* Timothy Folta, Brock Family Chair of Strategic Management; director of BIOMEDSHIP
* Pedro Irazoqui, assistant professor in the Weldon School of Biomedical Engineering
* Michael Kelsey, integrative guitarist
* Oren Shatken, co-founder of FoundOps
* Christine Taylor, vice provost for diversity and chief diversity officer
* Tom Torluemke, contemporary American artist
* George Takahashi, research programmer, Envision Center
* David Waters, professor of oncology; associate director, Purdue Center on Aging and the Life Course
* Kyung Yano, author and mother of child prodigies Sho and Sayuri Yano
* Sayuri Yano, violinist
* Michael Zwach, student in electrical engineering
"TEDxPurdueU is an exciting event for Purdue. To be able to share some of the fascinating cutting-edge research and ideas being produced by the Purdue community with the global TEDx community is a tremendous opportunity for the university" said Evan Robertson, volunteer for this year's TEDxPurdueU event.
Tickets for TEDxPurdueU are available for purchase at http://www.tedxpurdueu.com and costs $10 for students and $15 for the general public. There is no charge for children under 12. Discounted tickets are available for groups of 10 or more at $10 each. TEDxPurdueU t-shirts are also available for purchase at the time of ticket purchase.
About TEDx, 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. (Subject to certain rules and regulations.)
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 world'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 former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place each spring in Long Beach, Calif., along with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, Calif.; the annual TEDGlobal conference is held each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.
TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily; the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide; and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED's stage.
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