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TEDx Howard University 2016 Features "Recovery" Theme and 150 Years of Research at Howard University

By Gwendolyn S. Bethea, Ph.D.

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The Office of the Associate Provost for Graduate and Research Studies, the Office of Research and Development, and the TEDxHowardUniversity 2016 Committee sponsored TEDxHowardUniversity 2016, on September 15, 2016 in the Blackburn Center Ballroom. TEDx events bring together bright minds to give talks that are idea-focused, and on a wide range of subjects to foster learning, inspiration and wonder -- and provoke conversations that matter. The event was produced by Dr. Cherie A. Ward, educational consultant and professor; with communications assistance by Dr. Gwen Bethea, director, communications and the Preparing Future Faculty Program, Howard University.

TEDxHowardUniversity 2016 had as a theme "Recovery," an outgrowth of the Graduate School's Mental Health Campaign, launched in 2014. Additionally, the event highlighted the 150th anniversary of Howard University and graduate education.

The event featured talks by Human Geneticist Dr. Georgia M. Dunston, who discussed recovery as a product of one's human genome makeup and heredity. Dr. Dunston is the founding director of the National Human Genome Project Center at Howard University. Haely Jardas, former Miss District of Columbia, 2015-2016, whose platform focused on mental health, addressed the misconception of beauty. Dr. Legand Burge, professor and chair, Department of Systems and Computer Science, Howard University; and Dr. Grant Warner, Director of Innovation and Entrepreneurship, addressed economic recovery; Dr. Robert Shepard, Howard alumnus, entrepreneur and motivational speaker, recounted his journey to becoming an internationally recognized scientist in the field of chemistry. Dr. Gary L. Harris, Howard University Associate Provost for Research and Graduate Studies, chronicled 150 years of research at Howard University.

The audience was entertained by vocalist Miriam Wright, formerly of the Peaches and Herb Review, and the Kevin Howard Band.

The first TEDxHowardUniversity was held in January 2015. The event drew a capacity audience from the university and the broader Washington area communities. More than 12 million viewers have visited TEDx Howard University 2015 on Youtube.

TED is a nonprofit organization dedicated to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where technology, entertainment and design converged. Today, topics range from science to business to global issues in more than 100 languages. Independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. The organization passionately believes in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives and, ultimately, the world. The TEDxHowardUniversity event will help to further propel the research and other programs at Howard to a level of increased global recognition.

Grant Warner
Grant Warner, Ph.D., TEDx speaker, "Start Ups as Economic Recovery"

Legand Burge
Legand Burge, Ph.D., TEDx speaker, "Start Ups as Economic Recovery"

Haely Jardas
Haely Jardas, TEDx speaker, "The Misconception of Beauty"

Cherie A. Ward
Cherie A. Ward, Ph.D., TEDx executive producer

Robert Shepard
Robert Shepard, Ph.D., TEDx speaker, "What Made the Difference"

Gary L. Harris
Gary L. Harris, Ph.D., P.E., TEDx speaker, "150 Years of Research Excellence at Howard University"

Georgia Dunston
Georgia Dunston, Ph.D., TEDx speaker, "Genomics for Self-Discovery of Identity"

TEDx Video Presentations
Dr. Georgia Dunston
Dr. Robert Shepard
Dr. Grant Warner & Dr. Legand Burge
Ms. Haely Jardas
Dr. Cherie A. Ward

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