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This event occurred on
March 30, 2010
1:00am - 1:00am EDT
(UTC -4hrs)
Ottawa, Ontario

The theme of TEDxCarletonU is “Ideas Driving Innovation”. Ideas that transform convention. Ideas that challenge status quo. Ideas that open new vistas. At TEDxCarletonU, you will meet compelling innovators driving change for the betterment of our community, our world. But that’s not all.

Audience members are themselves local changemakers. Individuals committed to driving change in their communities such as entrepreneurs, volunteers, researchers, innovators and those who empower and connect these leaders.

Our goal is not only to engage our audience with “ideas worth spreading” but to connect people, build lasting networks and create positive change. We want you to be part of the TEDxCarleton community!

Ottawa, Ontario
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Jesse Stewart

Jesse Stewart is an award-winning percussionist, composer, improviser, artist, instrument builder, educator, and writer. A dynamic and inventive performer, Stewart has a remarkable ability to coax unexpected—even magical—sounds out of virtually any resonating object or material. He has performed with many internationally acclaimed musicians including George Lewis, Roswell Rudd, Bill Dixon, William Parker, Evan Parker, Joe Mcphee, Michael Snow, and many others. He is currently a member of the David Mott Quintet and Tallboys, a trio featuring virtuoso musicians Kevin Breit on guitar and Matt Brubeck on cello. He also leads his own groups and performs regularly as a soloist at festivals across the country and has made numerous compact disc recordings.

Maria DeRosa

After finishing her undergraduate work in chemistry at Carleton University, Dr. DeRosa was awarded the University's most prestigious medal-the Governor General's Silver Medal. She pursued her graduate studies at Carleton under the guidance of Prof. Robert Crutchley with whom she published several papers in top journals including the Journal of the American Chemical Society. In 1993, upon successful completion of her Ph.D., she was presented with a Senate Medal. She has received several scholarships including an NSERC Postdoctoral Fellowship that allowed her to do research at the California Institute of Technology from 2004-2005 with Prof. Jackie Barton, a world-leader in DNA sensor research.

Manuel A. Báez

Associate Professor Manuel A. Báez has been at the Carleton University Azrieli School of Architecture and Urbanism since January of 2001. Previously, he taught in the United States at The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York City and Rhode Island School Design in Providence, RI. His work as an architect, artist and researcher draws inspiration from the generative potential of the forms, structures and integrative systems generated by elemental processes that exist throughout the natural environment. His educational concerns, interests and objectives are focused on the development of teaching methods and procedures derived from the research. Báez has extensively exhibited and lectured on his work and research in various international conferences and institutions. The work has been funded by such agencies and institutions as the Canada Council for the Arts the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art, Cranbrook Academy of Art and Carleton University.

Banu Örmeci

Dr. Örmeci is an Associate Professor and Canada Research Chair in Wastewater and Public Health Engineering in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Carleton University. She was named a Canada Research Chair in 2007. She is the recipient of several awards including the Ontario Early Researcher Award, Carleton University Research Achievement Award, Carty Research Fellowship, and Carleton University Students' Association Teaching Excellence Award. Her main research areas include sludge treatment and disposal, water and wastewater disinfection, removal of endocrine disrupting compounds and pharmaceuticals from wastewater, and fate and persistence of chemicals and pathogens through treatment processes.

Jim Davies

Jim Davies is an Assistant Professor in the Institute of Cognitive Science at Carleton University (Ottawa, Canada). As Director of the Science of Imagination Laboratory, he explores processes of visualization in humans and machines and specializes in artificial intelligence, analogy, problem-solving, visual analytics, artistic compellingness and creativity. His work has shown how people use visual thinking to solve problems, and how they visualize imagined situations and worlds.

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
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