TEDx Event at UMB to Spark Deep Discussions

November 5, 2018    |  

The University of Maryland, Baltimore is poised to host its first TEDx event to incite local connections and serious discussions connected to Improving the Human Condition

WHO: The University of Maryland, Baltimore and TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading”

WHAT: UMB is hosting TEDx University of Maryland, Baltimore, a program intended to bring people together to share a TED-like experience through live speakers and TED Talk videos in the hopes of sparking deep discussions and connections surrounding the theme "Improving the Human Condition." Talks range from pioneering augmented reality in the operating room to exploring implicit bias and stereotype threat, to using the brain’s own power to tackle the opioid crisis, and more.

WHEN: Friday, November 9, 2018, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

WHERE: The University of Maryland, Baltimore, Southern Management Corporation Campus Center, Elm Ballrooms, 621 W Lombard St. Baltimore, MD 21201

INFO: In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TED has created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that brings people together to share a TED-like experience. At TEDx University of Maryland, Baltimore (TEDx UMB), live speakers and TED Talk videos will combine to spark deep discussions and connections in a small group.

TED and TEDx speakers tackle humanity’s toughest questions, attempting to answer them with innovation, enterprise, and enduring optimism. TEDx UMB will create a place in our community that inspires people to change their lives, futures, and, ultimately, the world.

At TEDx UMB, an event organized by members of the UMB faculty and staff, speakers from the University community will share their innovative ideas across a wide scope of subject areas. The theme of this inaugural event is our UMB mission: “Improving the Human Condition.” Each speaker will approach this goal from a unique perspective informed by life, work, and experience.

Event Speakers:

Jay A. Perman, MD, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore (UMB) and a pediatric gastroenterologist

Talk title: No Money, No Mission

Luana Colloca, MD, PhD, MS, an associate professor in both the Department of Pain and Translation Symptom Science at the University of Maryland School of Nursing and the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Talk title: Are Placebos the Solution? Tackling the Opioid Epidemic in the Decades Ahead

Nadine M. Finigan-Carr, PhD, MS, a prevention research scientist focused on the application of behavioral and social science perspectives to research on contemporary health problems, especially those that disproportionately affect people of color

Talk title: Child Prostitutes Don’t Exist

Julie Gilliam, ScD, MS, lead instructional technologist for the University Maryland School of Social Work

Talk title: Finding the Middle Ground in Gender

Jeff Johnson, award-winning journalist and communications specialist from the Baltimore-based strategy firm JIJ Communications

Talk title: Disruptive Communication: Killing the Echo Chamber to Save the Ecosystem

Russell McClain, JD ’95, associate professor and associate dean at the University of Maryland Francis King Carey School of Law and nationally recognized expert on the effects of implicit bias and stereotype threat in education. 

Talk title: Invisible Influences in Education: Implicit Bias, Stereotype Threat, and the Achievement Gap

Sarah Murthi, MD, trauma surgeon, R Adams Cowley Shock Trauma Center, andclinical assistant professor at the University of Maryland School of Medicine

Talk title: Seeing Into the Future: Augmented and Virtual Reality in Medicine

Jenny Owens, ScD, MS, faculty executive director of the University of Maryland, Baltimore’s (UMB) Graduate Research Innovation District, or the Grid

Talk title: Hosts for Humanity: Tapping Into the Collective Compassion of Volunteers to House Patient-Families Traveling for Care

Frank Pasquale, JD, MPhil, an expert on the law of artificial intelligence, algorithms, and machine learning, and recognized as one of the most cited health law scholars in the United States

Talk title: From Cost Disease to Cost Cure: Revitalizing Economic Growth with Renewed Commitment to the Caring Professions

Samuel A. Tisherman, MD, FACS, FCCM, a professor of surgery in the Program in Trauma, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Talk title: A Cool Way to Save Dying Trauma Patients

About TED:

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading.” Started as a four-day conference in California 30 years ago, TED has grown to support its mission with multiple initiatives. The two annual TED Conferences invite the world’s leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes or less. Many of these talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan, and Daniel Kahneman.

TED’s media initiatives include TED.com, where new TED Talks are posted daily; TED Translators, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from volunteers worldwide; and the educational initiative TED-Ed. TED has established The Audacious Project, which takes a collaborative approach to funding ideas with the potential to create change at thrilling scale; TEDx, which supports individuals or groups in hosting local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

About the University of Maryland, Baltimore

Founded in 1807, the University of Maryland, Baltimore is Maryland’s only public health, law, and human services university, dedicated to excellence in education, research, clinical care, and public service. UMB enrolls 6,500 students in six nationally ranked professional schools — medicine, law, dentistry, pharmacy, nursing, and social work — and an interdisciplinary Graduate School. The university provides more than $40 million each year in uncompensated care to Maryland citizens, and receives more than $550 million in extramural research funding annually. For more information about the University of Maryland, Baltimore visit www.umaryland.edu

For additional information, contact: Jena Frick, Senior Media Relations Specialist

Phone: 443-388-0691 (mobile), 410-706-3514 (office). Email: jfrick@umaryland.edu

For information on the day of the event, contact: Laura Lee, Senior Media Relations Specialist

Phone: 410-382-9214 (mobile). Email: laura.lee@umaryland.edu