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TEDxPSU Releases Full 2014 Speaker List

After initially releasing the names of the first six speakers for the 2014 TEDxPSU conference ten days ago, the organization has revealed the names of all 14 speakers.

The conference, which will take place March 2, 2014 in  Schwab Auditorium, has become a staple at Penn State and brings together innovators and thinkers to share ideas worth spreading.  The goal of TEDxPSU is to inspire audience members to challenge preconceived notions, explore emerging trends, and contribute to an ongoing dialogue about the future by using a combination of live talks and pre-recorded videos. Free tickets are already sold out on the Eventbrite website.

Here’s the list of all 14 speakers, with bios provided by TEDxPSU. We’re looking forward to “Going Further” next month!

Dr. Linda M Collins
Linda M. Collins, Ph.D., is Professor of Human Development & Family Studies and Professor of Statistics at Penn State. Dr. Collins’s research interests include analysis of longitudinal data, particularly latent class approaches, and engineering-inspired methods for improving behavioral interventions. Recently she has been particularly active in working on the Multiphase Optimization Strategy (MOST), a methodological framework for optimizing and evaluating behavioral interventions.

Spud Marshall
Spud Marshall is an avid connector, relentless optimist and serial entrepreneur in the social innovation field. He is driven by the belief that passionate people working together have the power to positively disrupt the world for good. The majority of his time is spent as the CEO and Chief Catalyst for the, a global network of homes for world-changers with the flagship property located in State College, PA. Under his leadership, AshokaU has listed the as one of the top disruptive innovations to emerge in higher education.

Dr. David A Puts
Dr. Puts is an associate professor of anthropology at Penn State. Dr. Puts studies the evolution and development of human mating behavior, sexuality, and sex differences. His research focuses specifically on the roles of attraction, male-male aggression, and other forms of competition for mates in shaping the evolution of human appearance and behavior—and on the roles of sex hormones in the expression of these traits.

Dr. Jeanine Staples
Jeanine Staples is a New Literacies theorist and practitioner. She researches the evolutionary nature and function of contemporary reading, writing, and texts. Her research reveals how literacies and texts demonstrate identity, voice and sociocultural knowledge. She focuses particularly on the literacies of historically marginalized individuals and groups and the texts that are generated by and about their lived experiences.

Dr. Matt Lamb
Dr. Lamb’s research articulates concerns of urban, health, and organizational communication. He focuses on architecture’s place within communication processes which shape the organization of city space. Put plainly, his research studies how choices in the organization of city space influence urban lived experiences. One way in which he does this is through studying and practicing the art of parkour. Through the lens of parkour, he investigates how our interactions with the built environment produce understandings of how to use, efforts to control, and frames for interpreting the moving body in city space.

Dr. Susan Russell
Susan Russell is an Associate Professor in the School of Theatre at Penn State who teaches graduate and undergraduate classes in literature/criticism, Playwriting, Feminist Theatre, and Musical Theatre History. Russell is the creator and Artistic Director of Cultural Conversations, the only university festival of its kind in the country. The core programming of the festival is an in-school program called Body Language, where Russell uses storytelling, playwriting, and performance as a way for young people to talk about social issues.

Dr. Bob Davis
Bob Davis is  is John and Clare Bertucci Distinguished Professor of Materials Science and Engineering at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in Materials Science and Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He does research on growth and characterization of wide band gap semiconductor thin films and related micro- and opto-electronic devices, the growth and characterization of chemical sensors, and nano-scale lithography and associated functional nano-scale devices using scanning probe techniques.

Seung Chan Lim
Lim is the author of the award-winning book “Realizing Empathy: An Inquiry into the Meaning of Making,” where he tells the story of how and why realizing empathy is the heart of how we learn, create, and innovate.

“Slim” believes that when we’re able to engage an “other” in an empathic conversation — be it a person, a raw material, or even a computer — qualities of freedom & dignity can emerge and develop. However, as we confuse “perspective” with “objective reality” and “being an individual” with “being human” — especially with our growing desire to “communicate” instead of to engage in “conversation” — our interactions lose their empathic quality.

Travis Tennessen
Tennessen is the Executive Director of Sarvodaya USA, a part of the global Sarvodaya movement focused the Gandhian values of service, cooperation, and non-violence. Travis spent his childhood exploring the wilds of the Kodiak Archipelago in Alaska and the hills and farmsteads of southwestern Wisconsin. Throughout his life, Travis has cultivated a love for learning about how and why culturesand landscapes vary, and a desire to discover and encourage ways that humans can lead healthy, creative, and enriching lives alongside each other and while nurturing their environments.

Natalie Dell O’Brien
As a 2012 Olympic Bronze Medalist and three-time USA National Rowing Team athlete with nearly a decade of experience in competitive athletics, Natalie’s views on success and winning are distinctive. Like you, Olympic rower and social marketing expert Natalie Dell O’Brien lives in a culture that covets first place. Yet, even as an Olympian, she has more experience with losing than she does with winning. Natalie poses the question to her listeners: How often in life do we truly “win”? Should this ancient claim of “all or nothing” define how we live our lives?

Dr. John Jordan
Jordan is a clinical professor of Supply Chain & Information Systems in Penn State’s Smeal College of Business, where he has taught since 2006. His courses include digital strategy, emerging supply chain trends, an online capstone thesis seminar, and digital marketing for undergraduates, MBAs, and online master’s students. He has won teaching awards from the Smeal MBA program, Harvard University, and the University of Michigan.

Liz Hajek
Hajek is a geologist who uses sedimentary rocks to reconstruct landscape conditions throughout Earth’s history. Her research focuses on understanding how variable and dynamic landscapes are in different climate and tectonic settings. This work relies on measurements from ancient deposits, so she and her students often conduct fieldwork in rugged places with excellent exposures of sedimentary rocks, including the western United States. She also uses computer models, experiments, and observations of modern landscapes to help understand the rhythms and evolution Earth’s surface in the past, present, and future.

Janelle Applequist
Applequist is proud to be a member of the State College community, as she received her Bachelors, Masters, and forthcoming Ph.D. from University Park. As a researcher focused on health communication and international communications, she is passionate about mixed-methods approaches to pharmaceutical advertisements, especially in regards to developing more normative frameworks to encourage patient education and foster the doctor-patient relationship.

Rick Miller
Miller is a senior business executive with 35 years of experience including roles as President, Chief Operating Officer and/or Chief Executive Officer in Fortune 10, Fortune 30, nonprofit, and startup companies including AT&T, Opus 360, and Lucent Technologies, where he was recruited to turnaround poor performance. Rick developed and deployed a simple, unconventional, research-based roadmap proven to help leaders at all levels unlock potential and drive next-level growth.

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Kevin Horne

Kevin Horne was the editor of Onward State from 2012-2014 and currently holds the position of Managing Editor Emeritus, which is a fake title he made up. He graduated from Penn State with degrees journalism and political science in 2014 and is currently seeking his J.D. at the Penn State Dickinson School of Law. A third generation Penn Stater from Williamsport, Pa., Kevin is also the president of the graduate student government. Email: [email protected]

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