TEDxSBU 2014: ''Connect the Dots''

We're very proud of our presenters from 2014!

Topics ranged widely from psychological diseases, cardiovascular medicine, a re-imagining of Antigone and even analyses of the value of PhD’s and social justice in today’s society.

View our 2014 Itinerary

2014's Featured Speaker

Psychologist Robyn Stein DeLuca explores what we know and don’t know about PMS, and why the popular myth has persisted in her talk that gained over 1 million views.

The Good News About PMS

Meet our 2014 Presenters

Pooja Reddy

Pooja Reddy is a 2014 MBA graduate from Stony Brook University. She is a social entrepreneur with a passion for business, technology, and the environmental issues. Pooja Grew up and studied undergrad in computer science in India. Upon moving to United States she decided to follow her passion and pursued her interests of leaning business intricacies and management. While doing MBA Pooja also served as a President of SHRM (Society for Human Resources Management) Stony Brook chapter.

Under her leadership the University SHRM chapter got Honorable mention award in year of 2012-13. With passion to leverage her technical knowledge with business, she co-founded a tech start-up named “wolfielist.com” – an online bulletin board for stony brook students. Wolfielist has proven success today with 300+ users in less than 6 months. Her team won third place in 2013 Stony brook Entrepreneurship competition, and won an award of $7000 for their business plan. Selected as commencement speaker Pooja received various awards including the most prestigious “Dean’s Choice” award during her academic career.

She is featured on university newsletter, news channel and college of business newsletter. In her free time Pooja finds inspiration by reading stories of successful entrepreneurs and how they followed their passion. She believes the greatest discovery one can do is to find what actually drives them. When not busy doing her regular entrepreneurship she loves to travel and meet new people. She is also a passionate photographer and a food blogger. Pooja supports child education for underprivileged family. She is a supporter and proud sponsor of a group of volunteers called VIBHA who work to provide education to kids of labor workers in India.

Pooja is passionate about helping others. She believes that the easiest way to be happy is by making someone else happy. Fun fact: Pooja served as a volunteer in TEDxSBU 2013 while working with Student Media Center. She also received award for her outstanding service and leadership for Student Media Center in May 2014.

Morgan DiCarlo

Morgan DiCarlo is an undergraduate Civil Engineering student with a Business Management minor in the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Program at Stony Brook University. It is her dream to apply science and math principles to solve global water problems. Her commitment to creating worldwide engineering solutions is marked by her acceptance to the esteemed Jewish Foundation for Education of Women: SUNY Scholars Program in International Relations and Global Affairs. She hopes to inspire others to pursue Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). While still in school, Morgan has dedicated time outside of the classroom to promote interest in Civil Engineering. In her first year of college, she founded an American Society of Civil Engineers chapter on Stony Brook campus. Her commitment to establishing and running this organization has been commended by the ASCE: Long Island Student Outreach Committee’s Certificate of Recognition, the ASCE: Metropolitan Section Scholarship and an Undergraduate Recognition Award for Outstanding Leadership.

Morgan single-handedly designed and implemented a curriculum to engage young women in the field of Civil Engineering through hands-on projects. Her program has impacted four classes of Long Island high school girls through the WISE program, and continues to expand. Morgan’s work as the Civil Engineering Outreach Coordinator for WISE has led to her position on the STEM Advisory Board at the Intrepid Museum. Working with the Intrepid Museum, Morgan’s ideas have had a broader impact on NYC public schools, including on Teacher’s Professional Development by instructing a summer workshop on hands-on STEM education (2014). Morgan’s research essay on a three generational line to retain women in science earned her Grand Prize of the Advancing Aspirations Global Scholarship from Womenetics and Discover Bank. As a result, Morgan served as a panelist at the Global Women’s Initiative conference held in Chicago, IL (Nov. 2013).

Morgan is currently a research assistant for a study on the effectiveness of STEM mentoring and is a member of Stony Brook’s Women’s Leadership Council. She passionately implements mentoring and hands-on learning as solutions to the gender gap in STEM, and is excited to share these ideas with the TEDx community.

Joe Schultz

My name is Joe Schultz, and I am a dedicated Didgeridoo player. I was introduced to the didgeridoo by my father around the age of 7. One day he received a mysterious package in the mail. He opened it up, and out came this beautiful piece of wood. It was a tube covered in tribal painting, and a beeswax mouthpiece on one end. My father played one note, and my life was never the same. Growing up in Long Island, in the town of Westbury, I learned the basic techniques on a didgeridoo made out of PVC pipe. Although the instrument was less than desirable, it was something to play. With practice I got off to a good start, and realized It was something that I had a natural inclination for. Several years later my parents got divorced, and I moved to Westchester, NY, where I reside today. There was a period of time when I did not play the didgeridoo all that much, because i was no longer motivated by my father. It wasn’t until I had a very profound experience in Nashville, TN that I rediscovered my passion for this instrument. At Victor Wootens Music and Nature camp, I was inspired by the musicians who could express themselves so beautifully on multiple instruments. Inspired to find my own voice, I followed the path that brought me back to the didgeridoo. At the age of 14, I began playing open mics, and giving performances around Westchester county. In my experience performing I discovered how few people had actually ever been in contact with a didgeridoo. This really inspired me to make my musical journey less about spreading my own music, and more about spreading the music of the didgeridoo itself, which is extremely unique and beautiful in its own right. Today I am a junior in Stony Brook studying economics and music. I play over 10 instruments, and give didgeridoo lessons to several students. In the future, I hope to continue my activity in the didgeridoo community by crafting and selling these beautiful instruments.

Robyn Stein DeLuca

Dr. Robyn Stein DeLuca is a scholar, speaker, and author on the subjects of Health Psychology and Reproduction. She has a Ph.D. in Social/Health Psychology with a graduate certificate in Women’s Studies (SBU ’99), and was a core faculty member in the Women’s and Gender Studies Program at Stony Brook University for 15 years, teaching a multitude of courses on the psychology of health, gender, and reproduction. Dr. DeLuca’s research on postpartum depression and childbirth satisfaction has been published in peer-reviewed psychology journals such as Social Science and Medicine and the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She currently holds the position of Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology. During her years at Stony Brook, Dr. DeLuca served for two years as the Executive Director of the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) program, which provides mentoring, research opportunities, and scholarships to young women showing promise in science, technology, engineering, and math. Prior to this, she was the Faculty Director of the Living Learning Center on Human Sexual and Gender Development, an academic minor focusing on questions of gender, sexuality, and sexual orientation.

Thomas Wilson

Tom Wilson holds Bachelor of Science Degrees in Biology and Chemistry from the College of William and Mary and a Master of Science Degree in Marine Environmental Sciences from the State University of New York. He has served since 1983 as the engineer and manager of the Instrument Laboratory of the School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences at Stony Brook University. Tom’s design credits include over 50 major items of scientific and oceanographic equipment. He is a founding member of the Research Vessel Technical Enhancement Committee of UNOLS, the coordinating organization for the US academic research vessel fleet. He has provided technical support to over 200 research projects at numerous institutions in the US and abroad, including sea time on 11 major research cruises in the Atlantic, Caribbean, and Mediterranean. Tom is a Certified Lay Servant in the United Methodist Church. He enjoys the outdoors, cooking, listening to a wide variety of music, and playing saxophone, most recently with Stony Brook University’s Jazz Ensemble The Blowage.

Jeanette Ol-Suk Yew

Jeanette Oi-Suk Yew is a NYC based theater designer and generative artist in contemporary performances that are genre blending. She received her MFA from California Institute of the Arts and is currently with the Department of Theatre Arts at SBU. Since arriving at NYC, Jeanette has devised many original projects that were performed at St. Ann’s Warehouse, La Mama Experimental Theatre Club, Dixon Place, Incubator Arts Project and was invited to the Prague Quadrennial (PQ) twice. Her most recent project, a multidisciplinary adaptation of Homer’s Odyssey titled: ARE THEY EDIBLE? was played to sold-out houses in NYC and was described as “bold and inventive.” At SBU, Jeanette brings her process in creating unique and original performances to the classroom. She believes this approach allows students to synthesis global topics such as immigration and terrorism with theatrical devices. The students learned to research, write, design and performed the materials. At a result, they not only gain skills in the performing arts but also learn how to infuse their own voices into every aspect of the creation process. With SB students Jeanette has created Perfect Union and Antigone. www.jeanetteyew.com

Charles Robbins

Charles L. Robbins is the Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Dean of the Undergraduate Colleges at Stony Brook University. His faculty appointment is in the School of Social Welfare where he was most recently Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. He is an affiliated faculty member in the Program in Public Health. Dr. Robbins is the co-founder and co-director of the Stony Brook University Freedom School, operated in conjunction with The Children’s Defense Fund. He is on the Board of Directors of MCW, Global where he is responsible for global youth development and represents MCW as a NGO Delegate to the United Nations. Dr. Robbins supports the work of the Long Island GLBT Services Network, Long Island Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence, The Children’s Defense Fund and Young Men 4 Gender Equality. Dr. Robbins is passionate about his research and work that focuses on issues of social justice, higher education and student success, gender equality, men and masculinity and violence as a public health issue. Dr. Robbins understands the importance of being a mentor to students and colleagues. He has been married for forty years and is a proud father and grandfather. Dr. Robbins is thrilled to be a part of TEDxSBU.

Dean Miller

Dean Miller was named Director of the Center for News Literacy on August 25, 2009. The center, established in September 2007 and housed at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism, is the nation’s first Center for News Literacy designed to educate current and future news consumers on how to judge the credibility and reliability of news. Miller earned his B.A. in English at Cornell where he was an editor of the Cornell Daily Sun. He is a member of the American Press Institute board of newsroom advisors and was co-founder of Idahoans for Openness in Government (IDOG). He lives in Stony Brook with his wife and two children.

Nadia Jaber

Nadia Jaber is a graduate student at Stony Brook University, pursuing a PhD in Molecular and Cellular Biology. Her thesis work focuses on how mammalian cells discard the chemical signals used to communicate with one another. During her graduate training, she realized she wanted something different than the traditional academic career path that PhDs are geared for. Exploring her interests, she found a passion in science and health communications and has since begun the Advanced Certificate in Health Communications offered by the Alan Alda Center for Communicating Science. Her goal is to use her science background to disseminate important health and science information in order to empower the general public to made educated decisions. Outside of science and communications, Nadia likes to try new recipes, paint quotes for her Etsy shop, take kickboxing classes and sail around Northport.

Anurag Purwar

Dr. Anurag Purwar received his Ph.D. from State University of New York at Stony Brook and his B. Tech from IIT Kanpur, both in Mechanical Engineering. His research interests are in machine design area with a focus on kinematic design of robots and mechanisms, CAD/CAM, and application of Computational Geometry, Virtual Reality (VR), Computer Graphics and Visualization in Design Engineering. Dr. Purwar recently won a SUNY Research Foundation Technology Accelerator Fund (TAF) award, which enabled him to develop a multifunctional Sit-to-Stand-Walker assistive device for people afflicted with neuromuscular degenrative diseases or disability. The technology and the patent behind the device has been licensed to Biodex Medical Systems for bringing the device to institutional market.

Turhan Canli

Dr. Canli’s primary research interests cover the fields of psychology, neuroscience, and molecular biology. Current work in Dr. Canli’s laboratory focuses on gene-environment interactions, specifically the molecular genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that regulate gene expression across the human genome. This general approach is applied to studies of individual differences in social stress reactivity, traits, and emotional behavior. Research in Dr. Canli’s laboratory covers all levels of analysis: self-report, behavioral, neural, and cellular/molecular. Most work is conducted in humans, but recent projects involve animal models and cell culture assays of gene regulation. Behavioral studies are conducted in the Department of Psychology. Neuroimaging studies are conducted in the SCAN (Social, Cognitive, and Affective Neuroscience) Center. Molecular (epi-) genetic studies are conducted in Dr. Canli’s lab in the Center for Molecular Medicine and the Psychology Department, the Genomics Core Facility, and the Proteomics Core Facility. Dr. Canli received a Ph.D. is in psychobiology (Yale University ’93), with postdoctoral training in behavioral, cognitive and affective neuroscience (Yale University’93-’95; Stanford University’95-2001), and later sabbatical training in molecular biology.

Erik Callender

Since finding his first toad at the age of nine Erik Callender has been sharing his love for nature with untethered passion. As a young man he spent countless hours in the field in search of creatures of all sorts including turtles snakes, lizards, frogs and bugs. After becoming a NYS licensed Veterinary technician Erik went to Stony brook university and majored in biology with a minor in Environmental studies. Shortly before graduating in 2006 Mr. Callender followed his dreams and started a company called Erik’s Reptile Edventures. Erik has successfully shared his reptiles and amphibian program with thousands of students, teachers, and families in the NY tristate area and around the world. His program has also been the subject of a PBS documentary called “Doing the Reptile Rumba.” Erik’s latest venture began in Madagascar in 2011 and includes the growth of a not profit called Wildlife kids club international, who’s mission is to change children’s lives with nature by providing life science education to children in impoverished villages word wide.

Sam Parnia

A leading expert on the scientific study of death and cardiac arrest, Dr. Parnia is Director of Resuscitation Research at the State University of New York. He graduated in medicine from the University of London (1995) and was awarded a PhD in cell and molecular biology (2006) before completing critical care training at Weill Cornell Medical Center in New York. As well as publishing in leading medical peer reviewed journals he is the author of the New York Times best seller, Erasing Death (2013) and What Happens When We Die (2006). His work has featured in CNN, NBC, USA Today, Newsweek, Time.com and the BBC.

Margaret Conover

Margaret Conover is a botanist and science educator. She received her Ph.D. in 1982 for research she conducted on leaves of the lily family in Australia. Now semi-retired, Margaret enjoyed a career in museum education and administration at SBU’s Museum of Long Island Natural Sciences. She teaches part-time at the Center for Science and Mathematics Education of Stony Brook University, and at the New York Botanical Garden. She is a Master Gardener, co-founder and newsletter editor of the Long Island Botanical Society and president of SBU’s Friends of Ashley Schiff Park Preserve.

Dr. Michael Poon

Dr. Michael Poon came to Stony Brook in 2009 and launched the Advanced Cardiovascular Imaging Program, where patients with chest pain or screened for suspected coronary artery disease are evaluated by way of coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) to assess disease. Dr. Poon has been recognized for his clinical and research work regionally and nationally. He has been named one of New York Magazine’s Best Doctors for the past nine years. He is a Past President of the Society of the Cardiovascular Computed Tomography (SCCT). Dr. Poon was also a past recipient of the American Heart Association’s Clinician-Scientist Award and Young Investigator Award.

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