Discover how information from our social interactions, both online and offline, allows us to develop a deeper connection with others through a higher awareness and understanding of the world around us. Visionary speakers Gurminder Singh, Matthias Gruber, Wendy Meluch and Elizabeth Sweet will be sharing what they’ve learned about human data.
As a specialist in museum evaluation, Wendy Meluch talks with visitors to understand how exhibitions can best connect with the public. Some of her recent projects have looked at self-identity and ethic affinity, climate change, firearms in our society, and making STEM accessible to students with indigenous heritage. Wendy's work weaves together her diverse interests in anthropology, tourism, creativity, science literacy, art, performing arts- even belly dancing! She attributes her wide range of interests, and fascination with people to extensive travel in her youth, including celebrating her 15th birthday on Easter Island before it became a tourist destination. When she's not on the road working with clients in Alaska, Hawaii and elsewhere, Wendy starts every day with a vigorous dance workout. She collects Alaskan yo-yos, but her real pride and joy are her two amazing children and her steadfast and patient husband. Wendy holds a M.A. in Museum Studies from San Francisco State University, and B.A.'s in Anthropology and Tourism Management, and a Certificate of Latin American Studies from Michigan State University.
Matthias Gruber is a cognitive neuroscientist in the Dynamic Memory Lab at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience. He is investigating why we remember some things better than others. He is especially interested in how curiosity energizes the brain and how we can harness the power of curiosity to benefit learning in daily life. His work on curiosity has been featured in media outlets around the world, including The Washington Post, The Guardian, NPR, Scientific American, and the NIH Director's Blog. Having lived in Northern California for the last few years, Matthias enjoys the down-to-earth and eco-friendly vibe in Davis. When he is not in the lab writing scripts to analyze brain data, you can either see him with his 2-year old son at the playground, skiing in Tahoe, or enjoying a coffee around town.
Elizabeth Sweet is a sociologist whose research on gender, children’s toys, and social inequality examines this question. She has written about gender and toys for the New York Times and The Atlantic and her work has been featured in many national and international press outlets, including The Guardian, NPR, and MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry Show. Born and raised just outside of Albuquerque, New Mexico, Elizabeth spent a decade living in Oregon before coming to Davis, California for graduate school. She teaches sociology at UC Davis and at Sacramento State and is currently working on a book based on her research. She is the proud mom of a 13-year-old daughter and three feisty cats.
Gurminder Singh is a Professor of Computer Science at the Naval Postgraduate School and the Founder and CEO of OpunUp, Inc. He wants to open up the world's knowledge and make it accessible to everyone by democratizing contact between people. He thinks he has found a way to do so! Gurminder is a big believer in volunteerism and entrepreneurship, and sees a big value where these two intersect.
The Spokes are UC Davis' premier all-female a cappella group, grounded in 2004, and can be often be found singing on campus and around the town of Davis. The Spokes have taken performance tours through California, stopping in places like Los Angeles, Berkeley, Santa Cruz, and San Francisco. Their goal for the future include broadening their already diverse repertoire, performing as much as possible, and bringing a cappella music back into the mainstream. Just as a bicycle wheel cannot spin without all its spokes, the all-female, all-fabulous group depends on the dedication of every girl to achieve its goals and remain one of Northern California's most unique and talented music groups!
Rudeboi is a Filipino-born, Bay Area-raised MC spitting flows and telling his story though rap. Influenced by the likes of Nas, Mos Def, Outkast, Eminem, and many more, Rudeboi brings quality and honesty to the table. His free debut project, Immigrant Noise, is his introduction, covering a variety of styles and experiences. On regular days, the rapper, Rudy Lopez studies at UC Davis as a 4th-year undergraduate majoring in English with a minor in African American Studies.
TEDxUCDavis started as a small project by a group of friends passionate about the power of ideas. On April 23rd, 2011, the inaugural event Think Big. Think Small. Think Forward had a modest event in folding chairs at the Alumni Visitor Center. Those 150 people experienced something special on that day: a way to hear new ideas, but more importantly, a way to connect with the passionate people around them. Bit by bit, event by event, a community of those passionate people steadily grew and grew. Four years later, TEDxUCDavis found its home at the prestigious Mondavi Center for Performing Arts a stage worthy of the incredible ideas presented on it.
In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized. (Subject to certain rules and regulations)
TED's mission is spreading ideas. We believe passionately in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and ultimately, the world. So we’re building here a clearinghouse that offers free knowledge and inspiration from the world’s most inspired thinkers, and also a community of curious souls to engage with ideas and each other.
The TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, is still the heart of TED. More than a thousand people now attend. Indeed, the event sells out a year in advance and the content has expanded to include science, business, the arts and the global issues facing our world. Over four days, 50 speakers each take an 18-minute slot, and there are many shorter pieces of content, including music, performance and comedy. There are no breakout groups. Everyone shares the same experience. It shouldn’t work, but it does. It works because all of knowledge is connected. Every so often it makes sense to emerge from the trenches we dig for a living, and ascend to a 30,000-foot view, where we see, to our astonishment, an intricately interconnected whole.