TEDxSaltLakeCity took place on September 9, 2017, at Kingsbury Hall with the theme, "A Brave New World."
Using Geographic Legacies to Cure Disease | Rebecca Richards Steed | TEDxSaltLakeCity
Rebecca Richards Steed is a cancer survivor. After multiple family members were diagnosed with cancer, she set out to find out why and how. Not satisfied by the answers her doctors gave her, she is now studying how the environment of our ancestors could influence our predisposition for certain diseases. Rebecca, only girl of 5 siblings, grew-up being taught the notion that the world is a big place and that through her actions she could impact it in a positive way. She has two bachelor’s degrees from Weber State University; one in Anthropology and another in Geography. She also has a master’s degree in Geographic Information Systems and is currently a doctoral student of Medical Geography at the University of Utah. Rebecca is married to an amazing husband and has one child. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Why Sex? Science Has an Answer | Christopher Gregg | TEDxSaltLakeCity
Have you ever wondered why we have sex? Dr. Chris Gregg's research may shed light on why we need two copies of each gene, and how not all genes are inherited equally from our parents. Dr. Gregg performed his Ph.D. studies at the University of Calgary in Canada in the field of neural stem cell biology. He was awarded the University of Calgary Chancellor’s Medal for his work on regenerative therapies and co-founded a biotechnology company called Stem Cell Therapeutics Corp. In 2006, he moved to Harvard University and was awarded a Human Frontiers Fellowship. At Harvard, he performed postdoctoral studies focused on developing genome analysis methods that can distinguish the expression of maternal and paternal gene copies in the brain. He was awarded the Eppendorf & Science Prize in Neurobiology in 2010 and his work was selected as one of the “Top 10 Breakthroughs of the Year” by the National Institutes of Mental Health Research. Dr. Gregg’s lab is developing new technologies and approaches to discover how the genome creates complex behavioral traits and is elucidating new mechanisms that contribute to brain disorders and diseases. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Achieving the Impossible: Eradicating World Blindness | Geoff Tabin | TEDxSaltLakeCity
Dr. Geoff Tabin, an Everest summitter and eye surgeon, has the goal of curing blindness around the globe. Sound far-fetched? Watch this talk to hear how Dr. Tabin and his colleagues are solving this prevalent health issue. Dr. Geoff Tabin, Professor of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences and Director of the Division of International Ophthalmology at the John A. Moran Eye Center, University of Utah, is also Co-Founder of the Himalayan Cataract Project. Dr. Tabin spends a considerable part of the year working abroad, both in Nepal and throughout the Himalayas, as well as in Africa.
Tabin graduated from Yale University and then earned an MA in Philosophy at Oxford University on a Marshall Scholarship. From there, he earned his MD at Harvard Medical School in 1985. After completing an ophthalmology residency at Brown University and a fellowship in corneal surgery in Melbourne, Australia, Dr. Tabin returned to Nepal to work with Dr. Sanduk Ruit. Dr. Tabin adopted Ruit’s methods for delivering high quality cataract surgery at a very low cost and began teaching other Nepali ophthalmologists while running the eye hospital in Biratnagar, Nepal’s second largest city. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Confessions of a Violin Maker | Mike Murray | TEDxSaltLakeCity
It takes years of painstaking work to learn how to make a beautifully sounding violin. Mike Murray takes us through his journey of becoming a luthier and along the way discovers why we should all think about quality. Mike Murray grew up on a small farm in Woodville, Idaho. He attended BYU-Hawaii and received a degree in business and a minor in art. After working in Human Resources for a time, Mike decided he needed a career that validated him in a different way and employed skills that allowed a more creative outlet. He excitedly attended the Violin Making School of America in Salt Lake City from September 2012-2015. It was the perfect fit! Mike officially graduated in April 2016 and received the certificate of Luthier. Since then he has continued learning and refining his skills as a repair and restoration technician at Peter Prier and Sons Violins. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Brave New Home | Ashley Finley | TEDxSaltLakeCity
For poet Ashley Finley, remaining quiet is not an option in this Brave New World. Any idea seems possible, and every person’s voice must be heard.
Ashley creates visions through her piercing words, both uniting and healing. Her talent awakens not only power and fire, but the comfort and medicinal magic only found through truth. Ashley Finley is a performance poet who grew up in the diverse neighborhoods of Southern California. At a young age, she began to use poetry as a way to process her experiences as an adopted, African-American girl, growing up in the melting pot of Los Angeles. As an adult, Ashley strives to empower those in under-served and underrepresented communities. Ashley uses her platform to remind these communities that their stories and their voices are powerful and that through unity and passion, they can create change. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
How Engineering Can Revolutionize Global Development (with toilets) | Sean Sevy | TEDxSaltLakeCity
What if engineers and international development came together to solve world-wide problems? Sean Sevy, an engineer, helped develop the Soilet in India. A simple idea turned into a simple solution for basic sanitation. In 2011, Sean Sevy went to India as a Student Engineer to introduce innovative toilet systems called Soilets. Soilets are toilets which break down waste using earthworms. During that three-month humanitarian trip, his volunteer group built five Soilets. When Sean returned to India five years later, he was pleasantly surprised to learn that the original slum of five Soilets now had 150 Soilets. And most recently, the concept has been picked up by the government of India as a means to provide sanitation to communities lacking basic sewer resources.
Sean is currently a Mechanical Engineer working at Hill Air Force Base. He also is the host for a podcast called Un-Uninformed, which covers the news via political poetry and interviews with social entrepreneurs. While making a living as an engineer is currently his top priority, Sean maintains that the Soilet Project is a “number two” priority that should not be neglected. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
How to Practice Politics with Music in Mind | Phillip Bimstein | TEDxSaltLakeCity
Politics and Music; not usually mentioned in the same breath. Yet, as outlined in this entertaining talk by Phillip Bimstein, there are many corollaries. A former punk rocker, Phillip describes how he used his musical background to navigate the complexities of being a city mayor. Described by Outside Magazine as “America's only all-natural politician-composer,” Phillip Bimstein is an Emmy Award-winning composer, former Chicago punk rocker and mayor of Springdale, Utah.
During his two terms, Springdale earned awards for preserving its small-town character in the face of enormous growth pressures. In “The Man Who Brought Civility Back to Town,” Parade Magazine portrayed Mayor Bimstein’s successful efforts to create harmony in his previously discordant community. Creating harmony is a way of life for this former mayor, for he also composes popular songs and classical music that includes sampled and orchestrated natural sounds from his environment, such as frogs, crickets and coyotes. Bimstein’s compositions have been performed at Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, the Kennedy Center, the Spoleto and Aspen Music Festivals, London's Royal Opera House, and on NPR and MTV.
This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Using Principles of A.I. for Radical Innovation | Dr. Sunnie Giles | TEDxSaltLakeCity
The Chinese game of Go is intricate and complex, long thought to be unsolvable by computers. Recently, a computer with artificial intelligence was able to beat a Go champion. Dr. Sunnie Giles describes how this success can be utilized for radical innovation. Dr. Sunnie Giles is President of Quantum Leadership Group. She catalyzes leaders to produce radical innovation and redefine the game as individuals and organizations. Her upcoming book on radical innovation will be published in April, 2018.
Dr. Giles received her MBA degree from the University of Chicago Booth school of Business and a PhD in systemic psychology from Brigham Young University.
She is an advisor at the Stanford Business School Institute of Innovation in Developing Economies. Her recent research on global leadership for innovation has been published by Harvard Business Review. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Sounds by Paria | Paria Shaun Ramos | TEDxSaltLakeCity
By finger drumming and activating samples, Paria is using digital instruments to create music. He plays a midi controller called the “Ableton Maschine,” which allows him to play thousands of audio tracks that he has pre-programmed into each sequencer combination and 16 buttons. And, it’s quite a light show. Musically, Paria’s performance transitions through house music, Latin trap, and what he calls his own “Paria funk.” Visually, his performance features patterns and visual sequences that can be fun for the audience to identify and follow. With the proliferation of these new digital instruments, a Brave New World in music is already here. Paria, otherwise know as Shaun Ramos, is a Salt Lake City native who fell in love with music at an early age. He has been making music since the fall of 2014 and has never thought of stopping. Shaun loves diversity and listens to a variety of genres, artists, and producers with a focus on hip hop, trap, and future edm. He hopes his music will continue to inspire future generations the way he was inspired. Some of his biggest inspirations are Cashmere Cat, xxyyxx, and Oshi. Shaun is excited to welcome you to a brave new world of music. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
The Internet Disruption Every City Needs | Jeff Christensen | TEDxSaltLakeCity
Everyone now relies on the internet, but the infrastructure is controlled by only a few companies. In this talk, Jeff Christensen outlines ways to disrupt the monopoly of internet service providers by encouraging cities to see the internet as a utility. Jeff Christensen is an entrepreneur who has been a partner in multiple start-ups. Currently, Christensen is the President of EntryPoint Networks where he oversees research & development, business development and strategic partnerships. EntryPoint provides a Software Defined Network Management Platform designed to make broadband networks open to competition and innovation. Christensen is also the Principal Investigator for a U.S. Department of Energy Grant on Edge Intelligence for Virtualization and Security in Open Networks. Christensen was formerly the Chief Operating Officer for FVTech, and V.P. of Operations at Emdeon.
Christensen has a B.S., degree in Psychology from the University of Utah (1988) and a M.S. degree in Human Resource Management / Organizational Behavior from the Krannert School of Management at Purdue University (1991). This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Are Romantic Matching Algorithms Possible? | Samantha Joel | TEDxSaltLakeCity
Modern dating has become akin to window shopping, with the promise that their algorithms guaranteed to find your perfect match. But does this really work? Dr. Samantha Joel's research suggests the answer may be No. Samantha Joel is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Utah. Her research examines how people make decisions about their romantic relationships. What are the processes through which people choose to pursue a new romantic interest, move in with a dating partner, or end a struggling relationship? Because people have such a high degree of control over the choices they make, Joel believes that relationship decisions are a promising avenue for helping people to improve their own relationship outcomes. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx
Body Positivity or Body Obsession? Learning to See More & Be More | Lindsay Kite | TEDxSaltLakeCity
Objectification and body image are prevalent sources of poor mental health. Dr. Lindsay Kite, based on her own research and experiences, describes how body obsession can be turned into body positivity. Lindsay Kite is a scholar and advocate of positive body image. She holds a master’s and Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Utah, specializing in the study of media representation of women and female body image. In 2009, she co-founded the nonprofit Beauty Redefined along with her identical twin sister, Lexie Kite, and began giving presentations for schools, treatment centers, religious congregations across the U.S. on the power of recognizing, rejecting and resisting harmful messages about bodies and women’s worth in popular culture. Through engaging online education and activism, Lindsay and Lexie’s work reaches millions of people online each year where they share the core message of Beauty Redefined: Women are more than just bodies. See more. Be more.Lindsay’s passion for promoting and teaching body image resilience is both an academic and personal one. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx