Miren Edelstein (violinist) and Summer Swee-Singh (pianist) first began playing music together two years ago, while undergraduate students at UC Berkeley. Together they create and perform classical renditions of modern music (ranging from electronic music to alternative rock) to not only generate an appreciation for classical music in an electronic day and age, but to disseminate the musical merit of electronic music to a broad audience. Their work, which represents a unique fusion of many different genres of music, old and new, has garnered considerable media attention in the last two years.
In addition to racking up over 1 million total views on Youtube, Miren and Summer have been featured on numerous social media websites, including BroBible, Buzzfeed, West Coast Sound – LA Weekly, and The Daily What. The Grammy-award-winning DJ, Skrillex, has even endorsed their videos twice on his own Facebook page. Last year, LA Weekly published an article on Summer and her work with Miren. Most recently, Miren was involved in the filming of a music video for Frank Ocean and will be featured in it as a backup musician.
Currently, Summer is pursuing a career in music in the Bay Area and Miren is studying music cognition as a psychology PhD student at UCSD.
Paul Dateh is an instrumentalist, composer, educator, and new media artist from Los Angeles, California. His work has been seen by millions on the web, through television, and in print.
He recently made his international debut as a composer with the short film "NANI", directed by Justin Tipping and co-scored by Ken Belcher. The film was chosen as an official selection of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival.
Dateh is currently working on an EP titled "Invisible World". You can keep track of his progress at http://soundcloud.com/pauldateh.
Paul DatehTEDx Performance
Guy KawasakiTEDx Talk
Guy Kawasaki is the author of APE, What the Plus!, Enchantment, and nine other books. He is also the co-founder of Alltop.com, an "online magazine rack" of popular topics on the web. Previously, he was the chief evangelist of Apple. Kawasaki has a BA from Stanford University and an MBA from UCLA as well as an honorary doctorate from Babson College.
Kathryn Furby is working to communicate science in ways that are more than pretty pictures and far from stuffy documentaries. Furby focuses on putting the human narrative back into our stories about science. She is working to harness the power of storytelling to show how anyone can become a scientist.
Currently a Ph.D. student at Scripps Institution of Oceanography (SIO), Furby travels to some of the most remote places on earth to examine the impacts of climate change on coral reefs. She has taught science communication courses for different age groups in the US and Saudi Arabia.
Kathryn FurbyTEDx Talk
Jamie AlexandreTEDx Talk
Jamie Alexandre is a PhD Candidate in Cognitive Science at UC San Diego, and co-founder of several educational technology platforms, including thisCourse, ESL Genie, and KA Lite. Jamie's curiosity about the world and passion for learning were kindled through his time spent as a child at a Waldorf school in Canada, while his love for technology and tinkering were fostered at home, surrounded by machines he could take apart, put back together, and learn to program, with patient parents supporting him. More recently, he has been grateful for the chance to bring these two passions together, leveraging technological solutions to improve global access to learning opportunities, especially within disadvantaged and isolated communities. Through his work with an inspiring team at the Foundation for Learning Equality, Jamie hopes to help bring the online learning revolution to the 65% of the world that is still offline.
Cris Valerio is an Innovator in Residence with IDEO.org. Cris's work focuses on using human centered design to deliver innovative solutions related to water and sanitation, healthcare, education and financial services to low income communities around the world.
Prior to that she was a financial news reporter for Bloomberg Television for 7 years. During her time there she reported from the floor of the NYSE during the financial crisis, traveled throughout Latin America and Europe as a commodities reporter and hosted Bloomberg TV's small business and entrepreneurship show "Venture," where she interviewed founders of Zynga, Patagonia, Pandora, Groupon and other leading-edge enterprises. Other memorable interviews include Henry Kissinger, Bolivian President Evo Morales and Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg.
Cris is as enthusiastic about rock climbing and backpacking as she is about storytelling and innovation.
Cris ValerioTEDx Talk
Inanc OrtacTEDx Talk
Inanc Ortac got his Bachelor's from Middle East Technical University in Ankara, Turkey. In 2006, he started his graduate program in electrical engineering at the University of California, San Diego as a Fullbright Scholar. He received his Master's Degree in 2008, and is currently pursuing a PhD in the same department while working at the university's Moores Cancer Center on nanotechnological approaches to improve cancer therapy.
In 2011, Inanc placed second in the UC San Diego Entrepreneur Challenge with a business plan for his invention, a medical device for rapid on-site detection of hospital-acquired infections.
In 2012, he won the grand prize in the national Collegiate Inventors Competition for another invention – a theraputic approach that dramatically reduces the side effects of cancer therapy. He then co-founded DevaCell Inc. around that technology and, after graduating, will serve as the company's chief scientific officer.
On the side, Ortac founded GameOnX, a mobile application development company. He co-designed and programmed their first game, "Eenek", which was launched in 2012 for iOS and soon made the top 50 list.
Michael Meyer is a design leader, executive, educator, and speaker.
He has led Adaptive Path as CEO, expanding the iconic Experience Design firm globally and opening their first overseas studio in Amsterdam. At frogdesign, he led the California studios as General Manager and focused their creative efforts on convergent physical / digital products. At IDEO he founded the Product Strategy practice in their Boston studio, and served as a front-line teammember on both strategy and design projects. He was recently a partner at Essential, where he led their San Francisco studio in the creation of breakthrough physical products, digital products, and service experiences for a wide range of client organizations, and oversaw the formalization and expansion of the firm's digital practice.
Michael also teaches New Product Development at the Rady School of Management, UC San Diego, fostering in MBA students a unique understanding that marries the business imperative with an appreciation of design opportunities.
Michael has a Bachelor's degree in Physics from UC Berkeley; an MBA from Harvard Business School, and served as a nuclear engineer officer in the US Navy.
An avid pilot, he often daydreams about flying an open-cockpit biplane when life keeps him away from the airport.
Michael W. MeyerTEDx Talk
Stephen MayfieldTEDx Talk
Stephen Mayfield is director of the San Diego Center for Algae Biotechnology, and a Co-director of the Food and Fuel for the 21st Century organized research unit at UC San Diego. He is also the John Doves Isaacs Chair of Natural Philosophy in the department of Biology. His research focuses on the molecular genetics of green algae, and on the production of high value recombinant proteins and biofuel molecules using algae as a production platform. Steve received BS degrees in Biochemistry and Plant Biology from Cal Poly State University in San Luis Obispo, and a PhD in Molecular Genetics from UC Berkeley.
Following a post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Geneva Switzerland he returned to California as an assistant professor at the Scripps Research Institute where he was the first person to achieve transformation of a green algae nuclear genome, work that allowed algae to become a dominant organisms for the study of photosynthesis and gene function. Steve remained at Scripps for 22 years becoming the Associate Dean of Biology before joining UC San Diego in 2009.
Over the last ten years work from the lab has identified mechanisms of chloroplast gene expression that has allowed for recombinant protein expression and metabolic engineering in algal chloroplast. Steve's lab was the first to show high levels of recombinant protein expression in algae, setting the stage for the use of algae as a platform for recombinant protein production, including the expression of human therapeutic proteins. These studies resulted in the founding of Rincon Pharmaceutical, company based on the low cost production of human therapeutics using eukaryotic algae as an expression platform.
Recent studies from the lab have shown the potential of engineering algae for the production of superior biofuel molecules as a source of renewal energy, and Steve is a scientific founder of Sapphire Energy, the worlds largest company developing biofuels in algae and photosynthetic bacteria. Steve's latest commercial undertaking is Trion Algae Innovations, a company developing high value recombinant proteins as animal and human nutraceuticals.
Roger Bingham is a member of the research faculty at the Center for Brain and Cognition, University of California, San Diego, where he focuses on theoretical evolutionary neuroscience. He is also as a member of the Computational Neurobiology Laboratory at the Salk Institute, La Jolla. He is the co-author of The Origin of Minds: Evolution, Uniqueness, and the New Science of the Self (Harmony Books, December 2002) that describes a new evolutionary model of the mind. Before he joined the Center for Brain and Cognition, he was a visiting associate in biology at the California Institute of Technology, and the creator and host of awardwinning PBS science programs on evolutionary psychology and cognitive neuroscience.
Bingham's last PBS series was the critically acclaimed The Human Quest. Los Angeles Times' Pulitzer Prize-winning critic Howard Rosenberg wrote that Bingham "…makes his case vibrantly, creatively and with the verbal and visual eloquence of someone acutely attuned to television's potential to synthesize intricate concepts and simplify them even for science illiterates…How rare that the airwaves are used so productively." Lynne Elber of the Associated Press described it as "…a daunting, Bronowski-worthy undertaking…But in Bingham's hands, it's a poetic ride…a love letter to the exhilarating process of unraveling the world's mysteries through research." In the Hollywood Reporter, Laurence Vittes said: "If ever proof was needed that public television makes an essential contribution to the nation's well-being, it comes anew in the form of The Human Quest, a four-hour exploration of how evolution has made us human and where our destiny lies. In the footsteps of such great public television presentations as Jacob Bronowski's Ascent of Man and James Burke's Connections, this is television that predicts the future."
Bingham was Creator and Executive Producer of the KCET-TV (PBS/Los Angeles) Science and Society Unit. His programs—notably the Frontiers of the Mind series which includes "The Addicted Brain," "The Sexual Brain," "The Time of our Lives," and "Inside Information"—have been broadcast from Australia to Zimbabwe, in languages from Hebrew to Mandarin Chinese. They are taught in high schools and universities worldwide.
His many honors for communication of science include the National Magazine Award, seven Los Angeles Emmy awards, the American Psychological Association Award for Excellence in Television, and the Writer's Guild of America award for Outstanding Documentary Script. Bingham may be the only member of the Society for Neuroscience who is also a member of the Directors' Guild of America (DGA) and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA).
Dr. Catherine Mohr is the Director of Medical Research at Intuitive Surgical, a high technology surgical robotics company that makes the da Vinci surgical robot. In this role she develops new robotic surgical procedures, and evaluates technologies to improve outcomes with surgical robots. In addition, she is a Consulting Assistant Professor in the department of Surgery at Stanford School of Medicine where she works with the Goodman Simulation Center in the development of simulation based curriculum for teaching clinical skills.
Dr. Mohr received her BS and MS in mechanical engineering from MIT, and has been involved with numerous startup companies in the areas of alternative energy transportation, computer aided design software, and medical devices. In her early career, she worked for many years with Dr. Paul MacCready at AeroVironment developing alternate energy vehicles, high altitude aircraft, and high efficiency fuel cell power systems aimed at reducing our world's energy consumption and emissions.
Dr. Mohr then went on to medical school at Stanford University School of Medicine during which time she founded a company to commercialize a medical device, the LapCap, which she designed during medical school. In addition, Dr. Mohr has served as a board member for the Blue World Alliance, as a committee member for several national committees with the American College of Surgeons, the Association of Women Surgeons, and the Association of Surgical Educators, and as a scientific advisor for several startup companies in Silicon Valley and government technology development programs in her native New Zealand.
She is the author of numerous scientific publications, and the recipient of multiple design awards.
Peter Samuelson has been described as a "serial pro-social entrepreneur". In 1982, inspired by a little boy battling an inoperable brain tumor, Peter conceived of the Starlight Children's Foundation — an international charity dedicated to granting wishes for seriously ill children. Starlight has grown to offer eight core psycho-social programs, each restoring some of the laughter, happiness and self-esteem that serious illness takes away from kids and those who love them.
As parents and healthcare providers confirmed the positive psychological and often medical impact of Starlight programming, in 1990 Peter brought together leaders including Steven Spielberg and General Norman Schwarzkopf to create the Starbright World an online social network to educate, encourage and empower children to cope with the medical, emotional and social challenges of their illness. In 2005, Starlight and Starbright World completed a formal merger and became the Starlight Children's Foundation, with offices throughout Australia, Canada, The United Kingdom, Japan and across the United States. Starlight now has a combined operating budget of $50 million and serves over 5 million children annually.
In 1999, Peter co-founded with Sherry Quirk, First Star, a separate national 501(c)(3) charity headquartered in Washington, D.C. that works to improve the public health, safety, and family life of America's abused and neglected children. With Peter as President, First Star provides "top-down" systemic leadership to provide quality and compassionate care for children within the child welfare system, basic civil and legal rights for every child and safe, stable and permanent homes for all children. First Star's program to create permanent residential high schools for Foster Children on university campuses nation-wide begins with a pilot six week summer immersion for rising 9th. Grade children in partnership with UCLA.
In 2008, Peter founded EDAR, "Everyone Deserves A Roof" to develop and widely distribute through established service agencies a mobile single-user homeless shelter on wheels. EDARs cost $500 each and so far over 200 homeless clients use them nightly.
Peter is a graduate of Cambridge University with a Masters in English Literature and the fourth of five family generations employed in the film industry. After serving as production manager on films such as The Return of the Pink Panther, he emigrated from England to Los Angeles and produced Revenge of the Nerds, Tom & Viv, Wilde, Arlington Road and 20 other films. Peter served on the founding Board of Participant Media Inc., Jeff Skoll's pro-social media company. In 2012 and 2013, Peter Samuelson was the first Managing Director of the Media Institute for Social Change at the University of Southern California.
Peter SamuelsonTEDx Talk
Pablos HolmanTEDx Talk
Pablos Holman is a futurist, inventor, and notorious hacker with a unique view into breaking and building new technologies.
Pablos is consulting worldwide on invention and design projects that assimilate new technologies – making wild ideas a bit more practical and vice versa. He helped create the world's smallest PC; 3D printers at Makerbot; spaceships with Jeff Bezos; artificial intelligence agent systems; and the Hackerbot, a Wi-Fi seeking robot.
Currently, Pablos is working for Nathan Myhrvold at the Intellectual Ventures Laboratory where a wide variety of futuristic invention projects are underway including a fission reactor powered by nuclear waste; a machine to suppress hurricanes; a system to reverse global warming; and a device that can shoot mosquitoes out of the sky with lasers to help eradicate malaria.
Pablos is a respected and dynamic speaker. He has informed and entertained audiences at worldrenowned technology summits including United Nations, the World Economic Forum at Davos, The CIA, TEDx and DEFCON on invention, innovation, cyber security and the future of technology.
Camille Saltman is the President of MD Revolution. She provides strategic direction and oversight of all business development and operational activity and helps formulate and drive key business strategies across all areas of the business. Camille was previously President of CONNECT and continues to be a member of CONNECT's board of directors.
Over Camille's six years with CONNECT she rebuilt the organization's world renowned Springboard program and established the Look Near First initiative to keep outsourcing and manufacturing in San Diego – an initiative recognized by the Clinton Global Initiative. She also co-founded the Wireless Life Sciences Alliance and was President for 6 years; CleanTech San Diego, now ranked one of the top 10 clean tech cluster organizations in the US; and San Diego Sports Innovators, headed by NBA Legend Bill Walton.
Over her 30 year career Camille has held a wide range of leadership roles in healthcare, wireless, advertising and financial services. She is a founding board member of the International Commercialization Alliance, a member of the board of trustees of La Jolla Playhouse and a board member for the New Children's Museum. She is past vice chair of CommNexus San Diego, past President of Wireless Life Sciences Alliance and also a past board member of La Jolla Music Society and San Diego Social Venture Partners. In 2012 Camille received the YWCA Spirit of Commitment Award and was named one of the Women Who Rock in San Diego by SD Metro magazine. She is also the recipient of the STAR Award from the San Diego Performing Arts League, the YWCA's Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN) award, the Women Who Mean Business award from the San Diego Business Journal and awards for marketing from the San Diego chapters of the American Marketing Association, the San Diego Ad Club, and the Public Relations Society of America.
Tim LeeTEDx Talk
Tim wasn't supposed to be a comedian. A biologist by training, he graduated magna cum laude from UC San Diego with honors in biology. He went on to complete his PhD in Ecology and Evolution at UC Davis. He spent years developing simulation and analytical models of population dynamics before he discovered that this bored him to tears. When he tried comedy for the first time the tears stopped. Tim now tours the word performing science comedy.
Todd P. Coleman is an Associate Professor in the Department of Bioengineering at UCSD. His undergraduate and graduate studies, at Michigan and MIT respectively, were in electrical engineering and computer science. Dr. Coleman then changed gears and studied neuroscience as a postdoctoral scholar at MIT and Mass. General Hospital. He currently directs the Neural Interaction Laboratory at UCSD, where his research group integrates principles of applied math, medicine, neuroscience, and bio-electronics for compelling applications. His research on using flexible "tattoo electronics" for neurological monitoring and brain-computer interfaces applications has been featured by CNN, the New York Times, and Popular Science. Dr. Coleman is a science advisor for the Science & Entertainment Exchange (National Academy of Sciences).
Todd ColemanTEDx Talk
Seth LererTEDx Talk
Seth Lerer received a B.A. from Wesleyan University in 1976, a B.A. from Oxford University in 1978, an M.A. from Oxford University in 1978, and a Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1981. His research and teaching interests include medieval and Renaissance studies, comparative philology, the history of scholarship, and children's literature. In 1993, he received the Hoagland Prize for Undergraduate Teaching at Stanford, and in 2003 he received a Dean's Award for Graduate Teaching. He has held fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation, the National Endowment for the Humanities, and the American Council of Learned Societies. In 1996, he was the Hurst Visiting Professor at Washington University in St. Louis, in 2002 he was the Helen Cam Visiting Scholar in Medieval Studies at Cambridge University, and in 2007-08 he was the Fletcher Jones Distinguished Fellow at the Huntington Library.
He has published over one hundred articles and reviews and is the author of seven books: Boethius and Dialogue (Princeton, 1985); Literacy and Power in Anglo-Saxon Literature (Nebraska, 1991); Chaucer and His Readers (Princeton, 1993; awarded the Beatrice White Prize of the English ssociation of Great Britain); Courtly Letters in the Age of Henry VIII (Cambridge, 1997); and Error and the Academic Self: The Scholarly Imagination, Medieval to Modern (Columbia, 2002) (awarded the 2005 Harry Levin Prize of the American Comparative Literature Association); Inventing English: A Portable History of the Language (Columbia, 2007); and Children's Literature: A Reader's History (Chicago, 2008). In addition to these books, he has edited four collections of essays: Literary History and the Challenge of Philology (Stanford, 1996), Reading from the Margins (The Huntington Library, 1996), The Yale Companion to Chaucer (Yale, 2006), and (with Leah Price) a special issue of PMLA on "The History of the Book and the Idea of Literature" (January 2006).
Victor is an extremely proud graduate of the University of Oregon, but is an equally proud member of the San Diego community. In 2008, along with a UCSD graduate, he started a small summer English camp program called ETA4. This summer, ETA4 will teach it's 5000th student that learning English cannot only be extremely valuable, but fun as well. Over the years, over eighty volunteers in nine different camps in two different countries have experienced the life-changing moments that the program provides, many from UCSD's own student body. Without their commitment to the vision, ETA4 would not be where it is today – providing a fun, safe, educational, and no-cost summer activity to hundreds of kids each year.
The goal of ETA4 has always been cross cultural connection – connecting people and places and creating bonds that last much longer than the 5 week program. In this goal, ETA4 has exceeded all expectations. Our volunteers are forever tied to their students and the relationships they forged will last a lifetime. Each year, the world becomes a little smaller for ETA4′s volunteers and their students, and Victor is immensely proud of that fact.
Throughout the growth of the program, UCSD students have provided Victor and ETA4 with their creativity, work ethic, and unwavering commitment to globalization and unity, and he is extremely grateful to the UCSD community for providing the nucleus that has taken a small English camp program to such great heights.
Albert LinTEDx Talk
Dr. Albert Yu-Min Lin is a Research Scientist at the University of California, San Diego and an Emerging Explorer of the National Geographic Society in the field of technology enabled exploration. He founded and co-directs the UC San Diego National Geographic Engineers for Exploration Program and currently leads a major international effort, the Valley of the Khans Project. Based at the Center for Interdisciplinary Science in Art, Architecture and Archaeology (CISA3) within the California Institute of Telecommunications and Information Technology (Calit2) at UC San Diego he pushes the limits of field based research within what he calls the Exploration Lab. He is also co-founder of the California based technology provider Tomnod Inc. where he currently serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.
As Principal Investigator of the Valley of the Khans Project, a non-invasive technology based search for the tomb of Genghis Khan, Dr. Lin has led multiple high-tech expeditions deep into the most remote parts of the world applying innovative platforms for ground, aerial and satellite based remote sensing. The goal of this effort, to enable international protection of a sacred region of Mongolia through non-destructive investigation, has earned him recognition as National Geographic Adventure Magazine's "2010 Readers Choice Adventurer of the Year" and the 2011 Lowell Thomas Medal for Exploration from the prestigious Explorers Club. His work has also been published both in scientific journals as well as popular media outlets including the Washington Post, BBC, NPR, ABC news, TEDx, Wired magazine, Gizmodo, al Jazeera, and a 1-hour National Geographic Documentary film, "the Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan", which Dr. Lin narrated.
Adah Almutairi is the director of UCSD's Center of Excellence in Nanomedicine, a rapidly expanding interdisciplinary research collaborative team developing tools for the future of biology and medicine. Her own research group, the Laboratory for Bioresponsive Materials, creates novel smart materials for on-demand drug delivery, regeneration of damaged tissue, and safe image-based diagnosis. Many of these projects involve the lab's novel polymers that respond to biological (e.g. reactive oxygen species, increased in inflammation) or user-controlled (e.g. light) stimuli by degrading into mall molecules; designing materials with sufficient sensitivity to these signals requires creative chemistry and cutting-edge analytical methods.
Her primary appointment is in the Skaggs School of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences, and she is an affiliate member of the departments of NanoEngineering and Radiology. She came to UC San Diego in 2008 from UC Berkeley, where she worked with Professor Jean Fréchet to develop several nanoprobes for in vivo imaging. Prior to that, she completed her PhD in Materials Chemistry at UC Riverside on polymers for electromechanical actuation. Prof. Almutairi has won an NIH New Innovator Award and been invited to speak at universities and conferences around the world, from Stockholm, Sweden, to Doha, Qatar, to Changchun, China.