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Theme: Flow

This event occurred on
January 17, 2015
8:00am - 12:30pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Durham, NC
United States

Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi once made the claim that "the increase in material resources does not increase happiness" after the individual has the basic necessities to live comfortably. Past this point, happiness is contributed to by the ability of the individual to enter a state of fluid creativity, a zone of focus, something Csikszentmihalyi called "flow." People who experience flow more frequently are happier, more productive, and more satisfied with their lives. TEDxNCSSM 2015 explores this current hotspot in positive psychology through the stories of four speakers who each found their own ways to experience flow.

TED Talks Shown at this event:
Janet Echelman - "Taking imagination seriously"
The LXD - "In the Internet age, dance evolves..."

North Carolina School of Science & Math
1219 Broad Street
Durham, NC, 27705
United States
Event type:
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Speakers

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Michael Dickey

Dr. Michael Dickey received a BS in Chemical Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology (1999) and a PhD in Chemical Engineering from the University of Texas at Austin (2006) under the guidance of Professor Grant Willson. From 2006-2008 he was a post-doctoral fellow in the lab of Professor George Whitesides at Harvard University. In August 2008, he joined the Department of Chemical & Biomolecular Engineering at NC State University where he is currently an Associate Professor. Dr. Dickey’s research interests include interdisciplinary problems that involve thin-films, interfaces, soft materials, and micro- and nanofabrication. His research has applications in a number of areas including stretchable electronics, smart materials, soft/biomimetic electronics, and energy harvesting. In general, his research program seeks to understand structure-property relationships such that they can be harnessed in a useful manner and develop new unconventional approaches to fabricate and assemble structures – such as selffolding origami and 3-D printing of liquid metals. Dr. Dickey's talk, "Liquid Metal: The Prophecy of the Terminator" is centered around his research.

Sheila Patek

Dr. Sheila Patek received her A.B. with honors in Biology from Harvard University followed by a Ph.D. in Biology from Duke University. She was then awarded a Miller Postdoctoral Fellowship at UC Berkeley. She has received several honors, including the George A. Bartholomew Award for distinguished contributions to comparative physiology, a Radcliffe Fellowship, a NSF CAREER award, and the Brilliant 10 award from Popular Science magazine. Her research examines the dynamic interplay between evolutionary processes and basic physics including communication in the sea by the spiny lobsters and fast animal movements of the mantis shrimp. Dr. Patek’s evolutionary experiments give us innovative insights into human-designed and engineered systems; this innovative potential is often called “biomimicry” or “biomimetic design”. Her research has been funded by the National Science Foundation, National Geographic Society and others. Dr. Patek is a former TED speaker (“The shrimp with a kick!”) and her TEDx talk is titled "Ultrafast impacts in biology."

Stacy Smallwood

Dr. Stacy W. Smallwood is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Community Health Behavior and Education at the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, Georgia Southern University. Prior to joining the faculty of Georgia Southern, he completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the I. DeQuincey Newman Institute for Peace and Social Justice in the College of Social Work at the University of South Carolina. His research interests include HIV prevention, sexual health, LGBT health, and community engagement and organizing within marginalized communities. He also consults with community-based HIV prevention organizations on the evaluation of their evidencebased interventions. He received his Bachelor of Science degree in Health and Exercise Science from Wake Forest University, and a Master of Public Health and PhD in Health Promotion, Education, and Behavior from the University of South Carolina. Dr. Smallwood is also very active in the performance poetry/spoken word community. His talk, "Verses and Flow: The Art of Dissemination", integrates the fluidity of spoken word with the effective transfer of public health information.

Chichi Zhu

Chichi Zhu is a senior at the North Carolina School of Science and Math. She does not have any degrees because she has not gone to college yet - in fact, she's very grateful to be done applying to college. Chichi is interested in social reform and environmental activism, and has done photoessays/photojournalistic projects on topics including feminism, mass incarceration, and police brutality. She also runs the NCSSM spinoff of popular street blog Humans of New York, titled Humans of Science and Math. Chichi is active in student government, the school newspaper The Stentorian and the school science journal Broad Street Scientific. Chichi works as a Science Communicator to share current events in science and she is volunteering with EPA research on water quality data using Markov chain Monte Carlo methods. She plans to study biology in college and hopes to pursue photojournalism or photography based activism in the future. Chichi's talk is titled "Feminism and Photography: The Meaning of Rosie".

Organizing team

Amy
Sheck

Durham, NC, United States
Organizer
  • Rebecca Alderson
    Audience Committee
  • Karly Andreassen
    Graphics Committee
  • Jody Chan
    Food Committee
  • Aravind Ezhilarasan
    Executive
  • Chloe Fang
    Food Committee
  • Ben Fawcett
    Sponsors Committee
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    Audience Committee
  • Corinne Greenblatt
    Speaker Committee
  • Micah Halter
    Executive
  • Walt Hambrick
    Executive
  • Jackie Hausie
    Photography Committee
  • Seth Hollandsworth
    Audience Committee
  • Kalleen Kelly
    Food Committee
  • Taesoo Lee
    Speaker Committee
  • Auston Li
    Video Committee
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    Webmaster
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    Video Committee
  • Graedon Martin
    Music Committee
  • Megan Moomaw
    Audience Committee
  • Julie Nguyen
    Photography Committee
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    Food Committee
  • Jack Robertson
    Photography Committee
  • Catherine Ryu
    Publicity Committee
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    Photography Committee
  • Brinda Sarathy
    Music Committee
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    Publicity Committee
  • Allison Semands
    Audience Committee
  • Amy Sheck
    Executive
  • Elizabeth Sheely
    Photography Committee
  • Natalie Sherman Jollis
    Speaker Committee
  • Curie Shim
    Music Committee
  • Shane Steele-Pardue
    Publicity Committee
  • Sarah Yuan
    Publicity Committee
  • Madison Zehmer
    Speaker Committee
  • Chichi Zhu
    Executive
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    Photography Committee
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    Sponsors Committee