Thinking Twice About Twins

With 21 years of experience on the matter, Alec Armer explains how twins have a stronger sense of personal identity than most individuals. Alec Armer is a senior Entrepreneurship major at The University of Oklahoma who currently serves as the chair for Campus Activities Council. During his time at OU, he has made an impact on growing businesses through his involvement in the Ronnie K. Irani Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and served to improve campus life through his involvement in CAC, Camp Crimson, the JCPenney Leadership Program, and more. One of the biggest factors that has shaped his life experiences and sense of identity is the fact that he is an identical twin. Alec’s identical twin, Justin, is a rising junior majoring in drama with an acting emphasis at OU, and most recently appeared in the University Theater production of “Noises Off.” This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

Don’t Feed the Trolls: How to Handle Jerks on Social Media

Did an internet troll ruin your day… again? It’s amazing what people will say on Facebook and Twitter isn’t it?! Social Media maven Emily Sutton is best known for chasing tornadoes as a TV meteorologist, but she’s also made a name for herself wrangling the trolls. Emily offers an informative, hilarious, how-to guide for navigating social media in a world where the trolling can be relentless. Emily Sutton joined the 4Warn Storm Team in 2009 as KFOR’s first female meteorologist. Since distinguishing herself while storm chasing live during the historic May 2013 tornado outbreaks, Sutton continues to cover significant storms firsthand for KFOR-TV. Her storm chasing gained national recognition with footage showcased on CNN, MSNBC and The Weather Channel. KFOR’s team coverage of the May 20, 2013 Moore tornado won a National Emmy. She’s been awarded “Best Meteorologist” by local publications in OKC, Norman and Enid. Besides weather, Sutton has had the honor of singing in front of thousands at Tennessee’s famous NASCAR track, and Oklahoma City Barons hockey and Thunder basketball games. She crossed the finish line of her first IRONMAN triathlon in 2014 as part of TEAM OKLAHOMA, which raised $200K for “The Go Mitch Go Foundation,” a non-profit raising money for leukemia and lymphoma research. Sutton and her husband reside in Oklahoma City with their two “fur kids,” Okie and Winnie. This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at https://www.ted.com/tedx

How I convince people that I’m funny (even though I’m actually not)

In this talk EB McCready shares some of the physiology and neuroscience behind smiling and how a simple smile can influence your social interactions.

EB McCready is a senior at the University of Oklahoma, pursuing dual degrees in advertising and management. During her time at OU she has discovered a passion for nonprofits and politics thanks to her involvement with The Oklahoma Group and Student Government Association. She actively tries to fill any free time that she has with new activities and campus organizations, but when she does relax, she enjoys cooking for her friends. EB loves to make people smile and learn from everyone she encounters.