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Theme: Game Changers

This event occurred on
March 29, 2014
1:00pm - 5:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Fort Lauderdale, FL
United States

This year’s theme focuses on that moment. That moment when everything becomes different. That moment when there is no going back. That moment when that was THEN and this is NOW. That moment etched forever in the mind. Permanent. Indelible. Intensely personal and yet begging to be shared with others—to learn from, to feel, and to inspire. That game-changing moment.

There are certain events and thoughts in one’s life that are game changers. They change the way a person acts or thinks or feels. We can all learn from others’ experiences. At TEDxNSU 2014, we bring you stories of some incredible people who will share their game-changing events and ideas so to inspire the game changer in all of us.

This year’s lineup will feature a series of edge-of-your-seat talks in which speakers and performers will do their best to capture the hearts and minds of the audience with tales of their personal game-changing moments. The exhilaration will be sure to bring the fans to their feet. During breaks in the action of our speakers, we will review videos of game-changing moments from past TED events. Halftime entertainment will feature refreshments and a not-to-be-missed culinary experience that will change the way you think about food.

Club Box at Nova Southeastern University
3301 College Avenue
Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33314
United States
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Carol Dowd-Forte

Writer and editor Carol Dowd-Forte, M.A., is a graduate of Nova Southeastern University's M.A. in Writing program, a former stringer for The Miami Herald, and president of "A Girl's Gotta Eat: Writing and Editing for a Price." She is founder of The Alley, a writers' support group; has been an invited attendee of Yale University's Summer Writers' Conference and Workshop since its inception; and is currently working on two novels, one of which has the interest of a publisher she met through the Yale Conference. A tomboy when “female athlete” was an oxymoron, Carol was one of the first female graduates of St. Thomas University’s Sports Administration Program (’82) and began her 30-year trek to overnight success in television sports. She’s done stand-up comedy, swam in Jeopardy!’s contestant pool, hates the color pink, and survived both the New York City public school and transit systems. Before becoming a writer, she was a fetus.

Robert "Bob" Speth

Robert “Bob” Speth, Ph.D., professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, joined the university in 2009. His research interests center on Neuroscience and Receptor Pharmacology, with an emphasis on the brain renin-angiotensin system. Research accomplishments of Speth and his colleagues include the first report of a benzodiazepine receptor in the human brain, discovery of angiotensin II receptors in the ovary and epididymis, the first localization of angiotensin II receptor subtypes in the rodent brain, and the characterization of the mas oncogene protein as the receptor for angiotensin 1-7. Speth has published nearly 170 peer-reviewed manuscripts (of which more than 30 have been co-authored by undergraduate students), dozens of non-peer-reviewed manuscripts and miscellaneous writings, and approximately 100 letters to editors and op-ed pieces advocating for the use of animals in biomedical research. Speth’s teaching interests include all aspects of pharmacology and bioethics, which he has taught for 30 years.

Glenn Scheyd

Glenn J. Scheyd, Ph.D., associate professor and assistant director of the Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences’ Division of Social and Behavioral Sciences, is an evolutionary psychologist. He therefore concerns himself with identifying the ways in which people’s behaviors today can be better understood as responses that would have been genetically beneficial to our ancestors over tens of thousands of generations, rather than as rational solutions to modern problems. He earned his doctorate from the University of New Mexico. His research interests include attractiveness perception; mate selection; and, most recently, parent-offspring conflict. Scheyd has a three-year-old son and a two-year-old daughter.

Natalie Negron

Natalie Negron is a third-year undergraduate student from Miramar, Florida, majoring in biology and minoring in both history and behavioral neuroscience at NSU’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. She is a member of NSU’s Dual Admission Program for Osteopathic Medicine and an avid participant in the Undergraduate Honors Program. Negron is currently an officer of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society and a member of the Beta Beta Beta National Biological Honor Society, Delta Epsilon Iota Academic Honor Society, and Tau Sigma National Honor Society. She is also an active member of the Pre-Medical Society and enjoys volunteering at local elementary schools teaching students about science through the Science Alive! program. Negron works as a Senior Peer Leader for the Academic Society Program in the College of Undergraduate Studies, mentoring first-time-in-college students. Her area of research interest is genealogy and tracing individual ancestral lineages.

Brooklyn Kohlheim

Brooklyn Kohlheim earned an M.A. in Education, Curriculum, and Instruction from the University of Indianapolis. She is currently NSU’s assistant women’s basketball coach. The team made an Elite Eight appearance in the 2012–2013 season and, most recently, has been ranked in the nation’s top 25 for Division II. Kohlheim has a strong desire to think outside the box to gain competitive advantages over opponents. This approach has included conducting research on determining characteristics of coaches considered to be “player’s coaches.” This desire has led to the NSU women’s basketball program using in-depth analysis of various behaviors (i.e., the Nash Effect) and statistics during the season. Kohlheim is passionate about bringing individuals together as a team, which has guided her for the past three seasons toward building a framework for team cohesiveness.

Mike Kelly

For more than 25 years, Mike Kelly has consulted Fortune 500 companies, professional sports teams, venture funds, and startups. As a consultant, trainer, and coach, Kelly has helped organizations to become more productive through process, technology, and education. His work promotes more effective leaders, stronger teams, and greater workplace satisfaction. Kelly recently completed the coursework for NSU’s Master of Science in Conflict Analysis and Resolution, and will begin his doctoral studies later this year. According to Kelly, “Even in the face of corporate policy and swiftly advancing technology, it is still the people that make organizations work. Helping people to be more productive and happy in their roles is the best way for organizations to be successful.”

Jean Latimer

Jean Latimer, Ph.D., associate professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy, earned her doctorate at the SUNY Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She completed postdoctoral fellowship training at University of California—San Francisco. Her work centers on the etiology of sporadic breast cancer and understanding its environmental causes, including those differentially present in women of distinct ancestries. As an independent researcher, Latimer developed a variation of a stem cell culture technique to create a tissue-engineering system for human breast tissue and tumors, which was published and patented. Her contributions include the generation of a large set of explants and cell lines (used in multiple U.S. laboratories), representing all stages of breast cancer, including normal breast epithelium. Latimer has participated in projects involving over 7 million dollars in funding, using these resources to train 37 undergraduates, 17 graduate students, and 8 fellows. Her work has generated 30 scientific papers and 2 patents.

Christopher Blanar

Christopher Blanar, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at NSU’s Farquhar College of Arts and Sciences. His research straddles the fields of parasitology, disease ecology, and environmental biology, exploring the extent to which ecological processes and environmental degradation affect parasitism in aquatic animals. He also studies the introduction of pathogenic parasites to South Florida fishes via the imported ornamental fish trade, and how parasites might determine whether introduced species become invasive. Blanar is part of a growing number of biologists encouraging us to view parasites as necessary and ecologically valuable contributors to biodiversity and ecosystem stability, rather than as mere agents of disease.

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Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States


Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States
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