x = independently organized TED event

Theme: Innovation Into Practice

This event occurred on
February 22, 2014
1:00pm - 4:00pm EST
(UTC -5hrs)
Elon, NC
United States

Elon University hosts its own TEDx event, an independently organized version of TED Talks. Four speakers will tell their stories and offer new ideas for technology, entertainment and design (TED).

Tickets for a limited number of seats will be made available starting Tuesday, Feb. 11, in the Center for the Arts Box Office. For additional ticket information, email TEDxElonUniversity@gmail.com.

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Whitley Auditorium
400 N O'Kelly Avenue
Elon, NC, 27244
United States
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Leanne Gluck

Leanne Gluck is the Director of Social Impact at 3D Systems, a leading provider of 3D printing centric design – to – manufacturing solutions including 3D Printers, print materials and cloud sourced on demand custom parts. These solutions are used to rapidly design, create, communicate, prototype or produce real parts, empowering customers to manufacture the future. In her role, she manages corporate philanthropy, youth education and sustainability initiatives, helping 3D Systems deliver on the mission of “Making Good.” Previously she worked at the Clinton Global Initiative building cross-sector collaborations to support the future of manufacturing in the United States. She was also the national Project Manager for “uniquely ME!”, the Girl Scout/Dove Self Esteem Program, helping kids across the country discover a strong sense of self, connect with others and take action to make the world a better place. Leanne holds a Bachelor’s degree in Cross-Cultural Communications from Baruch College, and an MBA with a focus on Social Enterprise and Global Sustainability from the Ohio State University.

Jeffrey Rusick

Jeff Rusick currently works at the NASA Glenn Research Center in Cleveland Ohio for the NASA Radioisotope Power System program that provides advanced power generators for deep space science missions, including the Mars Science Laboratory, which landed the Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012. The Curiosity rover is powered by a Radioisotope Thermoelectric Generator (RTG), which provides approximately 110 Watts of power to the rover day and night, using heat from the natural decay of (Plutonium) Pu- 238. Jeff is working on an Advanced Stirling Radioisotope Generator (ASRG), which will be 4 times more efficient than the current rover RTG for future NASA missions. He is also the NASA Product Assurance lead for the ASRG project. Jeff graduated from Miami University in 1974 with a BS in Physics and went on to Ohio State to receive his MS in Nuclear Engineering.

James "Jim" Demarest

Jim Demarest joined ViiV Healthcare at its inception in November 2009 as the Director of Microbiology Strategy. ViiV Healthcare was created by GlaxoSmithKline and Pfizer as a global specialist HIV company dedicated to delivering advances in treatment and care for people living with HIV. Jim provides global oversight for the virology and immunology associated with pre- clinical and clinical phase compounds as well as marketed products. Prior to joining ViiV Healthcare, he spent more than 10 years at GlaxoSmithKline R&D (legacy GlaxoWellcome) where he was involved in the discovery and development of novel antivirals, immune-based therapies, and vaccines for the treatment of HIV-1 infection. Jim earned his PhD from the George Washington University while conducting research at the National Institutes of Health/NIAID. He did a post-doctoral research fellowship at Duke University, where he is currently an Adjunct Assistant Professor. Jim and his family reside in Durham, NC.

Eric Henry

Eric Henry, president of TS Designs (TSD) in Burlington, NC, is one-half of the dynamic duo that owns TSD. Alongside his business partner and TSD CEO, Tom Sineath, Eric has been in the screen printing and apparel business for over 30 years. Eric’s duties at TSD range from sales to R&D to marketing. Outside of TS Designs, Eric devotes much of his time to furthering the sustainable agenda in various community organizations. He founded the Burlington Biodiesel Co-op in 2001 and has run his car on biodiesel (or straight vegetable oil) that now has travelled over 250k miles. Along with Charlie Sydnor and Sam Moore, Eric founded Company Shops Market, a co-op grocery in downtown Burlington that reconnects local agriculture to Alamance County. His most recent start-up is the Burlington Beer Works Co-op. Eric also serves on the Burlington Downtown Corporation board, which works to create an environment for development that enhances Downtown Burlington as the cultural, historic, social and economic center of the community. He also serves on the board of NC GreenPower, an organization that purchases and resells renewable energy, and Green America.

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Elon, NC, United States