TEDx Features George School Alumni
November 12, 2016
Like TED Talks? Then don’t miss TEDxGeorgeSchool on Saturday, December 3, 2016. The event will explore innovation in science, engineering, and design through a variety of diverse, entertaining, and thought-provoking speakers. The block of tickets reserved for alumni and their guests is going fast. Register now to reserve your spot.
Our speakers feature six innovative alumni:
Mario Capecchi ’56, the 2007 Nobel Laureate in Medicine, will share how his work in genetic manipulation is opening new possibilities in cognitive science.
Victor Khodadad ’85 is the co-founder of New Camerata Opera (NCO), an organization designed to broaden the reach of opera to current and future generations.
Matt Morris ’89 is the founder and CEO of VisibleHand, Inc. a company that developed innovate mobile software to better connect clinicians and caretakers of patients with behavioral challenges.
Joseph Ravenell ’92 is an assistant professor in the New York University Department of Medicine who has developed an innovative approach to clinical practice.
Kevin Lewis ’99 is part of the Mars Curiosity rover and has found links between climate variability in the sedimentary rocks and forces that may be responsible for climate change.
Sarah Dohle ’01 will share her research about bean varieties that are more drought tolerant, pest resistant, highly productive, and maintain nutritional value and taste.
Other speakers include:
Sigrid Adriaenssens is a structural engineer and associate professor of Environmental Engineering at Princeton University who focuses on thin shell membranes as alternatives to traditional structures.
Andrea Barthello is the co-founder of ThinkFun, a company the translates brilliant ideas of mathematicians, engineers, and inventors into toys that make learning fun.
Timothy Block is the president of the Hepatitis B Foundation, its Baruch Blumberg Institute, and Pennsylvania Biotechnology Center, home of more than thirty innovative start-up companies.
Christine Cox is the co-founder of BalletX, formed to foster new choreography that adds a contemporary twist to traditional ballet while still maintaining a very technical, classical foundation.
Alison Grantham is the agroecologist at Blue Apron, a meal kit delivery service that ships eight-million meals every month. Alison works closely with farmers in an innovative crop-planning system.
Radhika Thekkath is the founder of AgiVox, an early-stage start-up company devoted to bringing about hands-free and eyes-free mobile access to online content.
Kanani Titchen is the co-chair of Physicians Against the Trafficking of Humans (PATH) and will share the progress made by PATH on the issue of human sex trafficking.
“We have assembled a diverse and nationally prominent panel of speakers, and their presentations will be centered upon scientific, entrepreneurial, and artistic innovation,” shared TEDxGeorgeSchool curator Ralph Lelii. “The number of available spaces for the event grows smaller every day, so we urge you to apply quickly to reserve your seat.”
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, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. 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 almost 30 years ago, TED (Technology, Education, Design) has grown to support its mission 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 at no charge at TED.com. 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.