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This event occurred on
November 7, 2011
9:00am - 4:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Rochester, NY
United States

For the last two years, TEDxRochester has been growing as a community partner. This year is no different. The date is currently tentative, so keep an eye on our site!

Geva Theater
75 Woodbury Boulevard
Rochester, NY, 14607
United States
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Ashley Aberg

Ashley is in the final year of her undergraduate philosophy degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology. Her sophomore year she discovered the field of Science, Technology, and Society, in which she began studying the “problem” of the intersex. This subsequently led to an independent study in which she began the work that has led her here today. Recently she was awarded a competitive research fellowship at R.I.T. for undergraduate research and presented at an international conference on sexuality hosted in Madrid by the International Association for Studies of Sexuality, Culture, and Society.

Chris Azzarra

Pianist, arranger, author, and educator, Christopher Azzara has taught and performed internationally, as well as produced and performed on studio and educational recordings. Internationally recognized for research and writings on music education, Christopher incorporates wisdom and humor into his presentations about music learning. Dr. Azzara is Professor & Chair of Music Education and Affiliate Faculty of Jazz Studies and Contemporary Media at the Eastman School of Music. Known for innovations in music teaching and learning, Christopher offers extensive music learning expertise that reflects his academic research and his experience as a father of three children.

Tim Cottrell

Timothy R. Cottrell, PhD, is Head of School at The Harley School. His impressive math and science background includes a broad array of experiences in communications, technology, engineering, teaching, and business ownership. He grew up in Geneseo, N.Y. and attended Syracuse University where he received a B.S. in Chemical Engineering. He completed his graduate work at Princeton University where he earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in Chemical Engineering. Dr. Cottrell came to The Harley School from The Lawrenceville School in N.J., where he was a senior administrator who oversaw the Information Technology Services and Communications departments. At Lawrenceville, he also taught in the science department and served as an academic advisor, coach, and house-parent. In 1994, Dr. Cottrell founded his own company, Princeton Teaching Associates Software, an interactive multimedia software company. His success as an entrepreneur led to a stay in Silicon Valley, but his love for teaching also kept him in Lawrenceville, N.J., as a part-time teacher at The Lawrenceville School.

Jim Gresko

Jim has over 25 years of experience in industrial design and his career in Rochester includes consulting, corporate and freelance positions. He is now in his tenth year with KEK Associates, having designed products for Kodak, Xerox, Leapfrog and Hamilton Beach. Jim enjoys a close relationship with R.I.T.'s Industrial Design department, having served as adjunct faculty on several occasions. Jim is passionate about playing his saxophone and he can be found in and around Rochester performing with local big bands, or with the Standard Jazz Quartet, which he has co-led for over ten years.

Joan Hildebrand

Joan is the Marketing and Communications Coordinator for the Rochester Public Market. She spent 25 years as a radio and television reporter and news anchor in Southern, Midwestern and in the Rochester market. Joan also has a background in the not for profit community as the former Executive Director of a workforce development agency and serves as the Grants Administrator for Sojourner House at PathStone.

Brian Koberlein

The people behind Prove Your World are science, child development, education and entertainment experts committed to creating an entertaining, scientifically accurate, developmentally appropriate, and educationally sound science-learning experience for an under-served target audience. The structure and content of their forthcoming television show, “Prove Your World” on WXXI, and their website, are driven by this commitment and expertise and grounded in current national science education research, theory, and practice.

Jim Maddison

Jim is the volunteer President of the Friends of the Roc City Skatepark; an organization being formed as a non-profit to pursue the creation, maintenance, and growth of a skatepark system in the City of Rochester; as well as an advocacy group for all progression-oriented sports. Jim’s full-time career is with the Rochester City School District as a Grants Specialist. As city residents and parents of four amazing children, Jim and his wife Jennifer - a nurse practitioner in pediatric surgery at Galisano Children’s Hospital - are passionate about advocating for youth, and specifically youth in the city.

Xanthe Matychak

Xanthe teaches design-thinking at the Saunders College of Business and in the Innovation Center at R.I.T. At present she is working on a book from which she draws her talk: “MAKE BETTER STUFF: the rise of social business and distributed manufacturing”. Other research interests include sustainability, food-systems, local currencies, new media, DIY, and design pedagogy. She would love your feedback on this topic, so be sure to find her after the event or on twitter @xanthm. Xanthe holds a BA in music, writing, and sculpture from Ithaca College and an MFA in Industrial Design from RIT.

Theresa Mazzullo

Theresa is the Chief Executive Officer at Excell Partners. Excell is a state-supported seed venture capital fund, which invests in high tech start-ups emerging out of the communities and universities across Upstate New York. To date, Excell has invested in 21 companies representing multiple industry sectors. Prior to joining Excell, Theresa was the President & Principal of EPIC Advisors, Inc, a 401(k) retirement plan company with $1.5 billion in retirement plan assets that was sold in 2005.

Tim Mosmann

Tim Mosmann is the Director of the David H. Smith Center for Vaccine Biology and Immunology at the University of Rochester, where he was appointed in 1998. He received his academic training in virology and immunology at universities in South Africa, Canada and Scotland. Dr. Mossman was one of the original members of a California start-up company, DNAX Research Institute, where he made his most important discoveries regarding specialized subsets of T cells and their contributions to immune responses. This work has since been recognized by several awards, notably the Paul Ehrlich/Ludwig Darmstaedter Prize in 2008.

Mark Noble

Mark is Professor of Neurology, Genetics, and Neurobiology and Anatomy at University of Rochester School of Medicine and is Director of the University of Rochester Stem Cell and Regenerative Medicine Institute. He is one of the pioneers of stem cell research and directs research on multiple topics, including spinal cord injury, genetic diseases and cancer. He is an inventor on multiple patents, has consulted for multiple pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies and was a founding scientific advisory board member of Acorda Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company focused on treatment of neurological disease. He is co-author of over 140 scientific publications.

Andrew Perry

Andrew has worked at Rochester Institute of Technology for the last eleven years, where he is the Associate Director of the Writing Center in R.I.T.’s newly formed University Writing Program. He regularly teaches Writing Seminar, a Graphic Novel course, and occasionally a Native American Literature course. Andrew also teaches writing in R.I.T.’s College Restoration Program, in the Higher Educational Opportunity Program, and oversees the Online Writing Lab (OWL). He has presented numerous papers at professional conferences and has been nominated three times for R.I.T.’s prestigious Richard & Virginia Eisenhart Provost’s Award for Excellence in Teaching.

Jon Schull

Jon Schull directs R.I.T.'s Center for Student Innovation and co-founded the Rochester Cycling Alliance. A biological psychologist, information technologist, entrepreneur, and author of 12 patents, he is an ardent cycling advocate and sometime cyclist.

Dave Vogler

David is a designer, tinkerer, and generally curious person. He is a design engineer with 15 years experience in product design. Currently consulting with KEK Associates, he helps clients find unique solutions to a wide variety of design challenges. David enjoys the creative process of web design as well as product design. He is also Co-Founder and Lead Developer at Sparkhouse, a web design and development collective. At the intersection of both fields, he seeks to inspire and connect other design professionals as Editor of the design blog Fuel Your Product Design.

Adam Walker

Adam holds a BS in Physics and a BA in Philosophy from Carnegie Mellon University. He is now a second year Masters Candidate in Science, Technology and Public Policy at Rochester Institute of Technology. In 2009 he interned as a programmer at the University of Pittsburgh’s Astronomy Department. In 2010 he interned as a nuclear nonproliferation policy analyst at the Idaho National Laboratory. In December of 2010, Adam participated in an interdisciplinary class at R.I.T.’s American University of Kosovo, in Pristina, Kosovo. During this class, Adam and his colleagues began to develop their wind turbine distribution social venture, Kosovo Wind Gardens, to addresses the country’s lack of reliable electricity.

Organizing team


Rochester, NY, United States
  • Gary Jacobs
  • Amanda Doherty
  • Cecilia Horowitz
  • Suzanne Piotrowski