My name is spelled differently because I was born in France, it was my first language, although I'm not fluent anymore. I moved to the Seattle area, home sweet home. I went to Western Washington University for my undergrad degree in Kinesiology. Now I'm in graduate school and moved to the midwest to go to Purdue University. I specialize in motor control and biomechanics in older adults and study falling and fall prevention. I've been a personal trainer for six years now, and still work part time. I love to travel, and want to conduct research internationally someday to investigate aging in indigenous and rural third world cultures. My life was changed when I traveled to India and Thailand, and I'll never be the same again (I even got a tattoo).
Travel: the world is worth seeing. TED: a revolution in intellectualism. Art: never neglect the right-side of your brain. Healthy Aging: we'll all be old someday, live long and prosper. Recycling!
Sit on the floor more. Older adults in Thailand and India performed better on survey tests and physical function tests than older adults in America. Why? Between squat toilets and a lack of furniture, they are more comfortable sitting on the floor! Typical western older adults can't get up from the floor, a serious issue in case of a fall, so practice now- before its too late! Sit on the floor!
Indie music, recycling, TEDxPurdueU, kinesiology, older adult health, camping/backpacking
Drawing and painting, specifically people. Its one of my favorite things that I never make time for. As well as Henna tattoos, something I tried in India once and have been hooked ever since.
I found TED a few years ago, and it has changed my life. Since then, I have told everyone I know of the revolutionary gold mine that is TED.com, I've sent videos to professors they've used in class, and I've used TED videos to teach my classes as well. I consider myself a TED-junkie, If I have a few minutes, its the first website I go to. When I moved to the midwest in August, I was less than thrilled. But, when I found out TEDxPurdueU was coming to my school, I was sure to try to get involved! As luck would have it, I was able to step in as the speaker coordinator, and worked with 16 speakers to perfect their TEDx talks. Then, I was nominated as curator, and was able to host our first TEDx conference. It was a blissful experience, and I enjoyed every moment of the hard work we put into the event. This year I will lead the group, and I couldn't be more thrilled for the honor.
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