x = independently organized TED event
Theme: Science, Stress and Success!
Boulder, CO, United States
March 21st, 2013
About this event
David Barnett (NYU, Ph.D. 2003) joined the CU department in 2005 and works mainly in philosophy of language and metaphysics, but also has interests in philosophy of mind. Professor Barnett has written on the nature of indeterminacy and vagueness, the necessity of origins thesis, the theory of stuffs, scientific essentialism, the nature of conscious beings, and the semantics of conditional statements. He is currently working on developing and defending a suppositional theory of counterfactual conditionals. Outside philosophy, his interests include mountain biking, trail running, telemark skiing, and backpacking.
Nikolaus Correll is an assistant professor in Computer Science since August 2009 with courtesy appointments in Electrical, Aerospace, and Material Science Engineering. He obtained a PhD from EPFL and spent two years at MIT CSAIL. Nikolaus research interests are in distributed robotic systems ranging in scale from smart materials to swarms of robots to automate agriculture. He is the recipient of an NSF and NASA young investigator award and his work has been awarded with "Best Paper" awards at multiple international conferences.
Born on 4/20 of 1976, at age 3 he was adopted by his musically-gifted grandparents, who imparted an appreciation for classical music, and Jazz while teaching him to play piano, and clarinet until age 18 when he left home to join the navy. After being honorably discharged from military service in 1998, he studied sculpture and psychology at Illinois state university. During his college years he sang in a few rock bands, and developed his hand-drumming style, until moving to connecticut to study massage therapy at the connecticut center for massage therapy. After graduating from massage therapy school in 2004, he practiced sound-therapy coupled with massage with his clients. 2 years later, he was introduced to playing the dijeridu by a close friend. Within a few months he constructed his first wooden dijeridu , and later that year began crafting them for friends to play. In 2009 he moved to Colorado, and immediately felt drawn to Boulder. Since Halloween of 2009, he has been playfully developing his unique performance style by playing his “exotic, musical-sculpture dijeridoos” for patrons of the pearl street mall, while doing his best to help inspire others to play and/or create their own dijeridoo instruments.
Dave Johnstone is a Registered Psychotherapist and Psychiatric Nurse in Boulder, Colorado, where he is in private practice and has worked in both the hospital and homecare settings for mental health support. Trained in somatic psychotherapy through the Sensorimotor Psychotherapy Institute, he is passionate about helping others live a more rich and vibrant life through the practice of mindfulness, radical acceptance and living according to one's core personal values. It is through the practice of mindfulness, he teaches, that we can experience the profound depths of love, wonder, and engagement in our lives. When mindfulness is brought to our love relationships, the relationship is given the opportunity to deepen and become a vehicle where each participant can heal old wounds and set free the amazing individual they are meant to be. His own mindfulness practice includes living with the love of his life, 2 kids, 10 chickens and a black one-eyed cat. Dave also serves on the board of the Golden Bowl Foundation and is especially partial to mint chocolate chip ice cream.
Daniel McDonald is currently a graduate student in the Interdisciplinary Quantitative Biology program, under the BioFrontiers Institute, as well as the Computer Science department at CU-Boulder. Over the last few years, his work has focused on constructing reference databases of microbial life, and the development of software to assist in the analysis of high throughput sequencing data. To this end, Daniel has taken part in multiple microbial ecology studies, including the $175 million NIH-funded Human Microbiome Project, and is a core software developer for QIIME (Quantitative Insights into Microbial Ecology) that will be used in the American Gut Project. In addition to working on the backend for the analysis software, he is working on coordinating the thousands of American Gut kits that will be sent throughout the world and performing preliminary data analyses on the samples that have already come in. Outside of research, his impetus to move to Colorado was a passion for snowboarding and has since developed a love for backpacking.
Morgan Roger McMillian
Morgan Rogers McMillan joined The Community Foundation staff in early 2002 after receiving her BS in Business Administration and Marketing from Georgetown University. She first served as Programs Associate and later as Director of Programs. Morgan left Boulder in August of 2004 to pursue her Masters in Public Health from San Diego State University, researching community environmental health and obesity prevention with Latino families along the San Diego/Mexico border. She also worked for the Institute of Public Health, an organization specializing in policy evaluation. While in graduate school Morgan spent two summers in Oaxaca, Mexico learning Spanish and working with indigenous populations on behavioral health risks. Morganreturned to Boulder and The Community Foundation in the spring of 2006 to serve as Director of the Boulder County Civic Forum. In 2012 she joined the Entrepreneurs Foundation of Colorado (EFCO) as Executive Director.
Elliott Smith was born and raised in Dallas, TX, and learned to appreciate food from a very early age. Some of his first memories were his mom cooking rosemary espresso shortbread, pesto gnocchi, and sweet corn ice cream. His appreciation for food grew throughout his time at Boston University and it was there that he got his first glimpse of the other half of the food world- its waste. This past fall, during a 3 month trek across Southern Africa, Elliott came to a new understanding of the meaning of food and its value. The villages he visited, the families he stayed with, even the ex-pats he met: they all knew that food is a precious resource and that if they didn’t respect it they didn’t survive. Having taken that to heart, Elliott arrived in Boulder, CO, and promptly joined Boulder Food Rescue, where he has continued to learn about the breadth of the food waste and hunger problems in the US while trying to be part of the solution to both. Elliott realize that, at the end of the day, food is everything- and we must treat it as such!
Linda Smith has worked in education, public health, fair trade, solar energy, and community-sustainability, both in the corporate and non-profit worlds. She has been connected to Guatemala since 1988. She earned an MBA and MA in Latin American Studies from UCLA, is fluent in Spanish and is learning Kaqchikel. Named by UCLA’s Anderson school of Management as one of its 100 Most Inspirational Alumni, Linda has found a way to combine her passions for social action, Latin America and children through the founding of Reading Village in 2007.
Thaddeus "Gaffer" Venar
Thaddeus "Gaffer" Venar has been played by his Folk Harp, Leannan (a Dusty Strings 26-string), since 1989. Multi-instrumental in his background, he has always had music as part of his life. Since April of 2000, he has made Boulder, Colorado his "hometown".
Joanna Zeiger, Ph.D., is a retired professional triathlete who placed 4th in the triathlon at the Sydney Olympics and won the 2008 Ironman 70.3 World Championships in world record time. She is a seven time Olympic trials qualifier in 3 sports – marathon, triathlon and swimming. Joanna still pursues her passion for sports as a Masters runner. Joanna has been successful academically while pursuing her athletic dreams. After receiving a B.A. in Psychology (1992) at Brown University, Providence, RI, she went on to Northwestern University, Chicago, IL to earn her M.S. in Genetic Counseling (1995). Motivated by the excitement of independent research, Joanna earned her Ph.D. in Genetic Epidemiology (2001) at the Johns Hopkins University Bloomberg School of Public Health in Baltimore, MD. Joanna continues her research activities at the Institute for Behavioral Genetics (IBG) at the University of Colorado, Boulder, CO.