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Theme: Turning Points

This event occurred on
April 13, 2013
8:30am - 1:00pm EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Durham, NC
United States

The North Carolina School of Science and Mathematics hosted "TEDxNCSSM" on April 13, 2013 as a celebration of human achievement and experience in a wide variety of fields. The Dean of Science, Dr. Amy Sheck, was the recipient of this TEDx license and served as the lead organizer for this conference - which was designed to emulate the celebrated format of "TEDTalks". The organizing committee comprised solely of NCSSM students and played an instrumental role in inviting speakers and selecting audience members. This invitation-only event was capped at 100 attendees and included NCSSM students, Durham high school representatives (students and teachers), NCSSM faculty, and dignitaries from the Triangle area who have contributed significantly to the realm of education. The conference was designed to optimize interaction between speakers and audience members and to potentially spark new ideas from open discourse and facilitated discussion.

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North Carolina School of Science & Math
1219 Broad Street
Durham, NC, 27705
United States
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Meg Lowman

Meg Lowman is the director of the Nature Research Center at the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in Raleigh. She is also Research Professor of Natural Sciences in the College of Physical and Mathematical Sciences at NC State University, with a focus on science communication initiatives to the public. Some of her long-term roles have included Vice President of the Ecological Society of America, Treasurer of the Association for Tropical Biology and Conservation, and Executive Director of TREE Foundation. Lowman has been called “the real-life Lorax” by National Geographic and “Einstein of the treetops” by Wall Street Journal for her pioneering work in canopy ecology research. For more than 30 years, she has designed hot-air balloons and walkways for treetop exploration to solve mysteries in the world's forests, especially insect pests and ecosystem health. Lowman has authored more than 100 scientific publications and her first book, Life in the Treetops, was reviewed in the New York Times Sunday Book Review.

Carl Ryden

Carl Ryden is the co-founder of a banking software company, PrecisionLender, and has been an executive in several successful emerging growth companies such as Purelux, Inc. He has a unique breadth of experience and passion for science, technology, software and hardware product development. He was a key member of a select team at IBM that designed and launched IBM’s first notebook computer, and he was also previously a consultant at Bain & Company. Mr. Ryden has an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management and a Master’s Degree in Electrical and Computer Engineering from MIT, where he was a Robert Royce Foundation Fellow and a Leaders for Manufacturing Fellow. He received his BS in Electrical Engineering from NC State University and he is a 1989 graduate and Foundation Board Member of the North Carolina School of Science & Mathematics.

Flora Lichtman

Flora Lichtman is the correspondent and managing editor of video at National Public Radio's "Science Friday," where she makes videos for the web and chats about them on the radio. Her online videos have delved into topics from sleep to the science behind good dancing, optical illusions, and shooting stars. She is the co-author of "Annoying: The Science Of What Bugs Us" (Wiley, 2011)--unfortunately a topic of deep personal interest--and writes regularly for Popular Science magazine. Before coming to Science Friday, Flora worked at a NATO oceanographic lab in Italy, where she cruised around the Mediterranean Sea looking for marine mammals. She graduated from Yale University with a degree in Environmental Studies.

Myron Cohen

Myron S. Cohen is the J. Herbert Bate Distinguished Professor of Medicine, Microbiology and Immunology and Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Dr. Cohen’s research focuses on the transmission and prevention of transmission of HIV. He is the architect and principal investigator of the multinational HPTN 052 trial, which demonstrated that antiretroviral treatment prevents the sexual transmission of HIV-1. This work was recognized by Science Magazine as the “Breakthrough of the Year” in 2011.

Organizing team


Durham, NC, United States
  • Jordan Harrison
    Executive Committee (Communications)
  • Anna Dubovitskaya
    Executive Committee (Sponsors)
  • Carl Yin
    Executive Committee (Media)
  • Christie Jiang
    Executive Committee (Graphics and Music)
  • Camille Fulbright
    Audience Committee
  • Addie Jackson
    Audience Committee
  • Mary Poletti
    Audience Committee
  • Randi Gibbs
  • Chris Zhen
  • Parth Thakker
  • Tessa Jones
  • Elizabeth Tsui
  • Jennifer Wu
  • Katherine Whang
  • Zihui Yang
  • Chris Yuan
  • Hannah McShea
  • Danny Oh