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Theme: Firsts!

This event occurred on
February 22, 2014
12:00pm - 5:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Baltimore, MD
United States

This is the inaugural TEDx event for Johns Hopkins University. A common theme throughout the event will reflect this fact in that the talks will focus on novel achievements and accomplishments, new experiences, and innovative ideas.

Please stay tuned as we release more exciting details about this event soon!

Hackerman Hall Room, B17
3330 North Charles Street
Baltimore, MD, 21218
United States
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Mark Meadows

Mark Meadows graduated in 2011 with a dual degree in Psychology from Johns Hopkins and Jazz Piano from The Peabody Conservatory. Mark has played piano since the age of five, and has toured extensively in the Baltimore-Washington region and across the U.S., gaining national recognition.

Jeff Pulver

Jeff Pulver is an Internet pioneer known for work in the area of communications. Mr. Pulver is the co-founder of Zula and perhaps best known for being co-founder of Vonage. He has influenced the creation of numerous other startups. In 2004 the FCC issued a ruling known as “The Pulver Order” which still stands today.

Richard Brown

Richard Brown is the Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Mathematics at Johns Hopkins University. However, it wasn’t until after he completed his undergraduate studies in architecture that he chose to enter the field of mathematics. Brown is the editor of the book 30-Second Mathematics and has been awarded and nominated for multiple teaching awards.

Bruce Marsh

Bruce Marsh has made many expeditions to Antarctica and is one of the leading researchers in mapping the geology of the Antarctic McMurdo Dry Valleys. Furthermore, Marsh was one of the first to elucidate how the Earth’s crust was sculpted. His theory regarding the subterranean magma system is now widely accepted as the means for the creation of the crust.

Mark Mattson

Mark Mattson is the current Chief of the Laboratory of Neurosciences at the National Institute on Aging. He is also a professor of Neuroscience at The Johns Hopkins University. Mattson is one of the foremost researchers in the area of cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying neurodegenerative disorders such as Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis.

David Kaplan

David Kaplan is a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy of The Johns Hopkins University.He is a theoretical physicist whose research interests involve the particular focus on the Higgs mechanism and high profile topics of new fundamental forces, extra dimensions, and dark matter. Kaplan has co-hosted National Geographic Channel’s Known Universe documentary in 2011.

Laura Foster

Laura Foster holds bachelor’s and doctorate degrees in chemistry from The Colorado College and the University of California, Los Angeles, respectively. She was an Assistant Professor of Chemistry at Bowdoin College. Since August 2012, she has applied her love for math and science and her teaching experience to run the Hopkins PILOT Learning program.

Fabian Pfortmüller

Fabian Pfortmüller is a Swiss entrepreneur based in New York City. He is the co-founder of Holstee. In addition, Pfortmüller is the founder of Sandbox, a global platform for entrepreneurs under the age of 30 to connect and support each other’s ventures. Many of its members have been featured on Forbes, The New York Times, Washington Post, and more.

Organizing team


  • Brian Tung