TEDxUCIrvine Brings TEDx Talks to Festival of Discovery 10.3


TEDxUCIrvine is pleased to bring TEDx Talks to University of California, Irvine’s Festival of Discovery, commemorating its 50th anniversary. The festival, held in the campus’s Aldrich Park on Saturday, Oct. 3, will feature discovery pavilions centered around Health + Wellness, Ingenuity + Innovation, Local + Global Impact, and Arts + Culture. The TEDx Talks will bring the discovery pavilion themes to life in four explorative sessions covering the mind, body, heart and soul. The talks are scheduled throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TEDxUCIrvine, an independently organized TED event, is a non-profit student-run organization at UCI, fueled by the spirit of the parent organization TED with the motto of “ideas worth spreading.” The TEDx Talks within Festival of Discovery will offer an opportunity for event-goers to experience interactive and thought-provoking talks with 12 speakers from different schools at UCI. Each unique session willexplore the ideas that are shaping the future of the local and global communities.

The Festival of Discovery will kick off with the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk at 7 a.m.  Participants will “run through the decades” with music and themed décor of the 60s through today. The course will finish at the Festival of Discovery event site.

Festival of Discovery and TEDxUCIrvine are free events. Online registration for the TEDx Talks is recommended to reserve a seat. Registration for the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk is also available online. For more information visit http://festivalofdiscovery.uci.edu.

TEDXUCIrvine Schedule

MIND: 10-11 a.m.


Greg Weiss – Professor of chemical biology in the departments of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry


Kelli Sharp – Assistant professor of dance and co-director of I-move in the Stem Cell Research Center


Amir AghaKouchak – Assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering


Elizabeth Cauffman – Professor and Chancellor’s Fellow in psychology & social behavior in the School of Social Ecology and holds courtesy appointments in the School of Education and the School of Law


BODY: 11:20 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.


Armin Schwegler – Faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese


Michele Goodwin – Chancellor’s Professor of Law and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy


Francisco Ayala – University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and professor of philosophy


HEART: 12:40 p.m. – 1:40 p.m.


Claudia Kawas – Professor of neurology and neurobiology & behavior


Aaron Kheriaty – Associate professor of psychiatry, director of the Program in Medical Ethics and chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee at UCI Medical Center


Richard Matthew – Professor of planning, policy & design and political science, director of the Blum Center for Global Engagement, director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs and co-principal investigator of the FloodRISE Project


SOUL: 2 p.m. – 3 p.m.


David Ochi – Founding Executive Director of the Blackstone Launchpad program


Julia Lupton – Professor of English & comparative literature with a joint appointment in education, associate dean of research for the School of Humanities and faculty director of Illuminations, the chancellor’s arts and culture initiative


Said Shokair – Founding director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program.

Credit:  Festival of Discovery/TEDxUCIrvine.

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