TEDxOU Talks – 2013


Tom Boyd Dreams of a Cosmic Connection

When Dr. Tom Boyd was only seven years old, he came to the realization that we are all somehow connected. Like Protagorus, Plato, and Einstein, Boyd has spent much of his life searching for the answers on how things fit together and where he fits…
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Nathan Mellor Begs For Less Rules, More Character

Nathan Mellor has some advice for corporate America and how they treat their employees: less rules, more character. In this Talk, Nathan looks at companies whose people show up to work and know that their work is a part of who they are.
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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.
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Beth Huggins Meets a Streamstress

Beth Huggins asked a question that many students do while in college: “What can I do to tell the world I exist?” In this short TEDxOU Talk, Beth, a current OU student, walks through her involvement…
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David Postic and #collegeproblems

After being raised by two lawyers, David Postic swore he would never go to law school. So then why is he applying to law school? Listen to current OU student David Postic discuss why after four years in college…
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Ending World Hunger, One Grilled Cheese at a a Time

FeelGood is a volunteer youth movement of changemakers committed to ending global hunger in our lifetime. Around the country, people are raising money for the end of hunger by running FeelGood Grilled Cheese Delis on college campuses…
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David Burkus On Why Great Ideas Get Rejected

Have you ever debuted an exciting new idea to the world only to receive a lukewarm or even highly critical response? Well, get used to it. Mounting evidence shows that we all possess an inherent bias against creativity…

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Stan Hupfeld’s Insider View On Health Care Reform

The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act is either the greatest piece of social legislation in the history of the United States or it is an abomination inflicted on the American public that will ultimately destroy our health system. Insider Stanley Hupfeld dissects…

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Brian Haas’ Improv Jazz Piano Performance

Brian Haas is a jazz pianist based out of Santa Fe, New Mexico. For the last 19 years he has toured the world with the award winning Jacob Fred Jazz Odyssey, a band he started while a student at The University of Tulsa…

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Laura Brunson Explains The Water Crisis

Laura’s research includes testing and developing innovative treatment technologies and working on methods of implementing water treatment technologies in developing communities…

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Wes Fryer Makes Digital Witnesses

Dr. Wesley Fryer empowers others to create and share digital stories about family life, local culture, and community history. He coaches people of all ages to become digital archivists of family stories and community history…

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David Glover Examines the Politics of Numbers

David Glover, is a community organizer and works with a startup in Palo Alto. He has set a world distance record in hang gliding…

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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…

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Michael Hernandez Wants To Remove the Gay Blood Ban

Michael Hernandez created an online movement, called All R Equal, Inc., which fights for equality for blood donors. Michael’s petition on Change.org, has garnished nearly 8,000 signatures…

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James Burnes Gives the History of American Paleontology in Three Minutes

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…

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Michael Benko’s Plan to Mentor the Next Generation

Featured on ABC, NBC, and Fox news affiliates Michael Benko is the co-founder of the Amazon Best Selling team the Student Success Academy. Michael’s focus is to empower the next generation of students through providing personalized education within a creative framework for students to flourish.

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