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.

Doug Gaffin’s Navigation by Deja Vu

Dr. Doug Gaffin takes an in-depth look at how the unique structure of a bee’s eye helps her take in information and successfully navigate her world and how future technologies might use the same method.

Doug Gaffin earned his PhD from Oregon State University in 1994 and joined the OU faculty in 1995. He is a professor in the Department of Biology and former dean of University College. Doug has taught Introductory Zoology to more than 20,000 students throughout his career and is currently teaching honors courses as part of the Presidential Teaching Fellows in Honors Program. He has received the Outstanding Freshman Advocate Award from the National Center for the First-Year Experience, the Regents’ Award for Superior Teaching, and the David Ross Boyd Professorship. Dr. Gaffin’s research focuses on understanding the special sensory abilities of scorpions and other arthropods. In his spare time, he enjoys volleyball, camping, biking, hiking, and playing the banjo.

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Connor Sullivan’s Journey of Hearing

Connor Sullivan was born with hearing loss and received a cochlear implant after going completely deaf as a young adult. Now as a doctor of audiology student, he shares the science behind cochlear implants and how this technology changes people’s life trajectories.

Connor Sullivan is a Doctor of Audiology graduate student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Connor, born with a hearing loss, currently has a cochlear implant and a hearing aid. Connor received his Bachelors of Science from the University of Oklahoma in December 2014. Connor currently is a Graduate Clinical Assistant for the Cleft Palate and Craniofacial team as well as a Graduate Research Assistant for the Hearing Evaluation, Rehabilitation, and Outcomes Laboratory at OUHSC. Connor has presented both nationally and internationally on the topic of Large Vestibular Aqueduct Syndrome, the disorder that resulted in his hearing loss. Connor is passionate about using his personal experiences alongside clinical knowledge in audiology to help children and their families who are impacted by hearing loss.

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Hollie Hawkins Describes Making a Medical Home for Children in the Foster Care System

Hollie Hawkins describes the impact and transformation of a foster care community, specifically in Tulsa, when customized, consistent and holistic care is delivered to youth.

Hollie Hawkins is a pediatric nurse at the OU-Tulsa Health Sciences campus, as well as a medical provider at Fostering Hope Clinic. She delivers comprehensive care to infants and children in the welfare system using a broad, multidisciplinary approach.

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Dean Hougen wants to make robots smarter by teaching them empathy.

In this TEDxOU talk, Dean Hougen discusses strides made in robotic research that gets us to a paradoxical question – to make robots more efficient, should we equip them with the ability to emote and feel?

Dr. Dean Hougen teaches computer science at the University of Oklahoma and leads research in artificial intelligence through the College of Engineering.

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Emily Scheele Explains How Your Body is Designed to do Math

Emily Scheele explains how humans are inherently designed to do math in this interactive talk full of interesting neuroscience research and cognitive discoveries.

A ballerina since childhood, Emily Scheele is passionate about combining movement and learning. Emily has done research at some of the top neuroscience research institutes in the world, and she is the founder of a unique dance therapy program to teach modified ballet classes to children with special needs.

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Matthias Nollert On Stem Cell Research

Matthias (Ulli) Nollert is an Associate Professor in the School of Chemical, Biological and Materials Engineering. He received his BS degree from the University of Virginia and his PhD from Cornell University. His research is in the area of biomedical engineering. In particular, he is interested in how mechanical forces can affect biological processes. This has several applications in understanding how blood flow affects the biology of the human vasculature, including cell adhesion and tissue engineering. He has numerous publications and presentations. His work was most recently presented at the American Heart Association Scientific Sessions Meeting held in Dallas, Texas in November 2013. In addition to his research, Nollert teaches classes ranging from a freshman engineering orientation course to a graduate level class on bioengineering principles.

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James Burnes Gives the History of American Paleontology in Three Minutes

James Burnes is an OU student pursuing a Master of Arts in History of Science and a Master of Arts in Museum Studies. He has a Master’s degree in History, which extends from his Bachelor of Arts in History with minors in Anthropology, Earth Science and Geology. His graduate research interests center on the history of natural history. At OU, he continues to focus on the history of vertebrate paleontology, expeditions to collect wild animals for zoos, specimen collecting and museum expeditions, and big game hunting and photographic safaris. James has participated in several paleontological field seasons, as well as having studied archaeology abroad in Belize in Maya Culture.

Mike Moradi Details the Past, Present, and Future of Diabetes Care

Mike Moradi is a successful entrepreneur, having founded or been a principal in several nanotechnology and biopharmaceutical startups. He is a Co-Founder & CEO of Sensulin, LLC, a biopharmaceutical company that is developing the first true 24-hour glucose sensitive insulin for type I and type II diabetes. Mike was awarded a community service commendation from the United States Congress for his voluntary efforts in technology-based economic development. He is the author of The Impact of Nanotechnology in Drug Delivery: Global Developments.

Christina Warinner Debunks the Paleo Diet

TED Fellow Christina Warinner is an expert on ancient diets. So how much of the diet phad the “Paleo Diet” is based on an actual Paleolithic diet? The answer is not really any of it.

Dr. Christina Warinner has excavated around the world, from the Maya jungles of Belize to the Himalayan mountains of Nepal, and she is pioneering the biomolecular investigation of archaeological dental calculus (tartar) to study long-term trends in human health and diet. She is a 2012 TED Fellow, and her work has been featured in Wired UK, the Observer,, Der Freitag, and Sveriges TV. She obtained her Ph.D. from Harvard University in 2010, specializing in ancient DNA analysis and paleodietary reconstruction.