Let’s Talk About Neuroscience: "Unlike with most other STEM fields, students don’t usually get exposed to neuroscience until they enter college. Similarly, I think we need to open up neuroscience research to make it more accessible to amateurs, makers, and tinkerers. I believe that by getting young students excited about neuroscience at a young age, many of them will go on to study the field and end up make discoveries about the brain beyond our wildest imaginings.”
Fun fact : I’ve juggled and unicycled since 5th grade.
Let’s Talk About the Brain: Dagmar’s talk focuses on how do we approach the problem of “how does the brain control movement?”. By studying the complexity of human motion using different mathematical models and brain imaging techniques, the Action Lab aims to understand the complexities in human motion in an action as simple as carrying a cup of coffee. Ultimately this understanding will help develop different methods of therapies and rehabilitation to help those who have lost the ability to control their motor functions regain it.
Let’s Talk About Salamandars: The Monaghan lab focuses on understanding the cellular mechanism that results in the regenerative properties of axolotl salamanders. Axolotl’s are our distant ancestors who have retained the ability to regenerate complex organs including their brains, lungs and limbs. By studying how axolotl’s accesses these regenerative abilities, the Monaghan lab hopes to one day be able to discover the basis for regenerative therapies.
Let’s Talk About Food:
Her talk will highlight how food can be the connecter between almost all disciplines and thus, be used as a universal tool for deeper learning by all people.
Let’s Talk About Pausing: In his business ventures, Chirag noticed the intensive and time consuming hours of work students and professionals are expected to take on. Chirag changed his mindset towards working, and realized that “working less,” and taking time to meditate has numerous individual and professional benefits. His talk will focus on the advantages of mediation and how it can aid in building a career and life you love.
Let’s Talk About Music: Ryo, part of the Downbeats, will discuss the inter-twinning nature of music, and its similarity to verbal storytelling. He will look to give more insight into the audience on how to listen to music to follow it’s melodic story, then immediately be followed by a performance with the Downbeats Acapella Group.
Let’s Talk About Rebecca!:
Let’s Talk About Art: His talk will focus on how the act of destroying art pieces is used by governments and other groups as an act of power, and it’s effect on culture. He also humanizes the people behind the art and rather than think about pieces in terms of dollars, he talks about the societal-wide impacts.
Let’s Talk About our Carbon Footprint: Ory’s vision focus in on creating a simple language that allows everyone to know their carbon footprint. He has taken a pragmatic and scientifically rigorous approach to carbon footprinting. A simple language that captures the complexity of the system and yet allows everyone (consumers, investors, corporate executives and policy makers etc.) to estimate, calculate and consequently improve their carbon footprint. Addressing this challenge is a critical missing component in our fight against climate change. He is currently the Executive Director at Greenometry. a non-profit promoting the public understanding of carbon footprint.
Let’s Talk About Malaria: Have you ever wondered why malaria hasn't been defeated yet? Come with us on a journey to examine the obstacles eradication efforts have faced and talk about the future of malaria research. We will also explore the important role advocacy plays in fighting malaria.
Fun Fact: Jane Austen novels are my guilty pleasure