Stony Brook to Host First-Ever TEDx Event on Oct. 10

By: Kerrin Perniciaro
Last Updated: March 22, 2017

TEDx is coming to Stony Brook University!

TEDxSBU will be held as a full-day event, split into two sessions (Beat One and Beat Two) on October 10, 2013 at Stony Brook University's Wang Center Theater and will showcase talent from Stony Brook exclusively, including students, faculty, staff, and alumni. Each 18-minute talk will be presented live in front of an audience of 100 attendees and will also be streamed live and recorded to be viewed online after the event is over.

"We're excited by the opportunity to bring a TEDx to Stony Brook," said Chuck Powell, Assistant Provost for Teaching, Learning & Technology, whose department is coordinating the event. "There is a natural synergy between TED's mission 'ideas worth spreading' and what we do here at Stony Brook every day. It's another opportunity to showcase the talent we have amongst our faculty, students and staff and to raise the level of discourse both on campus and around the world. We're confident that we'll be able to contribute to the intellectual capital that TED represents globally and that our community will embrace the learning opportunities."

View or Listen to the Event

Stony Brook will be streaming the event live, while WUSB 90.1 FM radio station will broadcast the event throughout the day.

Members of the community are welcome to gather and watch the event in the multi-purpose room of the Center for Leadership and Service (LDS), located in H Quad's Benedict College. Directions can be found on the LDS website

East Campus will be showing the event on two 32" LCD panels on Level 2 of the Health Sciences Building. One will be located outside of the book store and the other will be located outside of Lecture Hall 2.

Speakers and Performers

Master of Ceremonies: Nancy Franklin, Associate Professor, Psychology

Session 1: The Beat One (9:15 am - 2 pm)

Presenter Title/Department Title of Presentation
Lauren Hale Associate Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine Sleep Deprivation as a Source of
Disparities in Health, Economic and Social Well-Being
Kent Gustavson Alumni '04 MA Music, '07 PhD Music Metaphorical Cliff Jumping
Neha Kinariwalla Junior Sociology Major The Humanology Project
Ken Dill Director, Laufer Center for
Physical and Quantitative Biology
The World's Smallest and Most Powerful Machines:
Protein Molecules
TED Talk Video Amanda Palmer The Art of Asking
Joanna Kaczorowska Associate Director of Undergraduate Studies,
Department of Music
Inspiring Through Mentoring
Jay Loomis and Timothy Vallier Music Students Limbic Hemispheres
Fikri Birey PhD Candidate in Genetics Mood Disorders are Glial Disorders
Hannes Baumann Adjunct Professor, School of Marine and
Atmospheric Sciences
You Break It, You Own It -
Synchrony in Nature, Doomed by Humans
Ruchi Shah Sophomore Biology Major

Building a Foundation for Science and Research
to Improve Our World

TED Talk Video Alexa Meade Your Body is My Canvas
Howard Schneider Dean, School of Journalism Finding a Cure for "Newsmosis," a Civic Disease
Ravaging America


Session 2: The Beat Two (2:15 pm - 6:30 pm)

Presenter Title/Department Title of Presentation
Rich Fantasia Audio Visual Associate,
Teaching, Learning & Technology
Our Beat
Daniel Menaker

Faculty, MFA in Creative Writing & Literature,
Southampton Arts

Arianna Warner Alumni, '13 BA Studio Art The Dinosaur Onesie Project
Mitchell Fourman Alumni, '08 BA Political Science/History Seeing Medicine Through Fluorescent Eyes
TED Talk Video Robert Lang The Math and Magic of Origami
Nobuho Nagasawa Faculty, MFA Graduate Program Director,
Art Department
Interactive Art of Light and Sound
Fred Ferguson Director of the Advanced Education Program
in Pediatric Dentistry, School of Dental Medicine
An Opportunity to Improve Wellness,
Prevention, Quality of Life and Overall Health
David Ecker Alumni, '95 BS Computer Science When Life Throws You a Curve Ball, Either Duck
or Learn to Hit Curve Balls
TED Talk Video Shyam Sankar The Rise of Human-Computer Cooperation
Paul Bingham and Joanne Souza Paul Bingham is an Associate Professor and 
Joanne Souza is a lecturer in the Department
of Biochemistry and Cell Biology
Evolution of Our Language, Cognitive Virtuosity,
and Our Unique Sexual and Social Behavior
Alberto Perez Junior Fellow, Laufer Center for Physical
and Quantitative Biology
Untangling DNA


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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.) The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers. More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

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.

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