This year, Catalyst hosted the first TEDx event at Rice known as TEDx RiceU! Five Rice professors spoke about their research in an eye-opening manner exemplified by the TED talks (many of our speakers have spoken at TEDx Houston).
Download the program for the 2011 TEDx RiceU as a PDF.
Our speakers were:
- Stephen Klineberg, professor of sociology, who initiated the annual Houston Area Survey, now in its 29th year of tracking the changes in the demographic patterns, life experiences, attitudes, and beliefs of Harris County residents. No other city in America has been the focus of a long-term longitudinal research program of this scope.
- John McDevitt, professor of chemistry and bioengineering, who has focused on developing inexpensive, battery-powered diagnostic devices that can replace high-cost, time-consuming diagnostic tests. This research has immense potential to impact clinical medicine, both in developing and developed countries.
- Rebecca Richards-Kortum, professor of bioengineering and the director of Rice 360°: Institute for Global Health Technologies, a joint effort with the Clinton Global Initiative to create a university-wide institute to develop and disseminate technologic and educational interventions to prevent disease in vulnerable populations.
- Maria Oden, professor in the Practice of Engineering Education in the Department of Bioengineering and the Director of the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK), where she offers students from various departments unique hands-on design experiences and opportunities to test and carry ideas to their intended point of application.
- Richard Baraniuk, the Victor E. Cameron Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Rice and the founder of Connexions. One of the most popular open education sites in the world, Connexions’ more than 17,000 learning modules and over 1,000 collections in all disciplines – from math and science to history and English to psychology and sociology – are used electronically by over 2 million people of all ages every month, for free.
Photography by Onkur Sen