STONY BROOK, N.Y., October 10, 2014 –Stony 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.)

Presenter Title/Department 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.)

Presenter Title/Department 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 RelationsLynda.comElencoOffice of Alumni RelationsUndergraduate 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

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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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