TED x Binghamton University - Independently organized TED event

About TEDx - Binghamton University

Creative. Innovative. Cutting edge. All overused terms in today's society — and in the higher education environment — but absolutely accurate when used to describe our TEDxBinghamtonUniversity speakers. Each has sparked imagination, posed challenges and achieved at an astounding level. And they have only begun. Whether your interests lie in how technology changes our world or zombies, sculpture or artificial intelligence, dark matter or dating habits, you will be inspired and entertained by these speakers and Just Passin' Thru, a rock band of geologists, including Binghamton University's own Professor Bob Demicco. TEDxBinghamtonUniversity is presented by the SA, SAPB and the Harpur College Dean's Office, TEDxBinghamtonUniversity promises to fascinate, entertain and inspire.

Speakers and Band

John Boyer (See the video)
John Boyer, award-winning senior instructor at Virginia Tech, teaches large sections of the popular World Regional Geography and Geography of Wine courses and his World Regions course is taught to a record-breaking 2,750 students each fall. He has produced unconventional, compelling textbooks on global studies and wine (The Plaid Avenger’s World and Drink This Now!),developed an educational graphic novel series; and produced podcasts and an educational website for his classes (plaidavenger.com). His social networking campaigns often bring celebrities and world leaders into the classroom. He regularly speaks at educational and technology conferences about his use of new technologies and social networking tools in the 21st-century classroom.

Kyle Cranmer (See the video)
Kyle Cranmer is an experimental particle physicist and physics professor at NYU and a leader in the largest scientific experiment ever conducted — the Large Hadron Collider, the world's highest-energy particle accelerator located in Geneva, Switzerland. He pioneered the collaborative statistical modeling paradigm that enabled the discovery of the Higgs boson in 2012, and says the Higgs boson is just the beginning, and the collider could lead to discoveries that go beyond what Einstein told us about space and time, with implications for our understanding of the beginnings of our universe.

Daniel Drezner (See the video)
Daniel W. Drezner is professor of international politics at the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University, a nonresident fellow at the Brookings Institution and a contributing editor at Foreign Policy. The author of four books including All Politics is Global and Theories of International Politics and Zombies, and editor of two others, including Avoiding Trivia, he has published articles in numerous scholarly journals as well as in The New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Washington Post, The New Republic and Foreign Affairs. His blog for Foreign Policy magazine was named by Time as one of the 25 best blogs of 2012.

David Ferrucci (See the video)
David Ferrucci is an award-winning researcher who worked at IBM Research for nearly 20 years, where he built and led a team of over 40 researchers and software engineers specializing in Artificial Intelligence (AI). In 2007, he took on the Jeopardy Challenge – to create an intelligent computer system that could rival human champions at the game of Jeopardy. After four years of intense research and development, he succeeded when Watson beat the highest-ranked Jeopardy champions of all time on national television in 2011. Watson delivered amazing results that out-performed all expectations and ultimately demonstrated world-class performance at a task previously considered well beyond the capabilities of any computer system.

Justin Garcia (See the video)
Justin R. Garcia is currently CTRD Research Fellow at The Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction at Indiana University, Bloomington. He holds an MS in biomedical anthropology and PhD in evolutionary biology from Binghamton University. His research and teaching focuses on the evolutionary and biocultural foundations of human sexual behavior, gender and romantic love. Garcia is co-editor or Evolution’s Empress: Darwinian Perspectives on the Nature of Women (Oxford University Press) and co-author of Evolution and Human Sexual Behavior (Harvard University Press). He is the author of a first-of-its kind study that indicates that a propensity for one-night stands and uncommitted sex could be genetic.

Joshua Harker (See the video)
Artist, sculptor, musician, digital adventurer, imagination architect and trouble maker, Harker is considered a pioneer and visionary in 3D printed art and sculpture. He is credited as the first to break the design and manufacturing possibility threshold with the creation of the world's most technically complex organic sculptural form.

Alexander Macris (See the video)
Alexander Macris is senior vice president of Alloy Digital and general manager of The Escapist (escapistmagazine.com). With over 3 million readers monthly, The Escapist has earned more critical acclaim than any other gaming website, including six Webby Awards. Previously Macris co-founded and ran Themis Media, a digital publishing house he sold to Alloy in 2012. A full-faceted content creator, Macris has also designed six social games (Heroes Mini, Beowulf, Death Star Designer, Settlers Mini, Genre Wars and Horse Club) and three tabletop games (Blaze Across the Sands, Modern Spearhead and the best-selling Adventurer Conqueror King System). He is a graduate of Binghamton University (summa cum laude 1997) and Harvard Law School (magna cum laude 2000).

Michelle Thaller (See the video)
Michelle Thaller, assistant director of science for communications at NASA’s Goddard Spaceflight Center, has been an observer on the Hubble Space Telescope, the Spitzer Space Telescope, the ROSAT X-ray satellite and the International Ultraviolet Explorer. A nationally recognized spokesperson for science and astronomy, she has produced, written and starred in many online programs and been a regular host of “The Universe” television series on the History Channel, National Geographic Channel’s “the Known Universe” and Discovery Channel’s “How the Universe Works.” She has led efforts to develop high-quality apps for smartphones and iPads, as well as involve NASA missions with social media such as FaceBook, Twitter, and Second Life.

Just Passin’ Thru (See the video)
With geologist Matt Telfer ’78 on guitar and Professor of Geological Sciences Bob Demicco on keyboard, this band entertains with its “1973” style of music. In addition to Telfer and Demicco, there is a new drummer. Telfer’s daughters sometimes join in on guitar and vocals.

Last Updated: 3/12/13