Speakers for TEDxCWRU 2019: Inter(act)ion to be announced in Fall 2019

tedxcwru 2018: stories untold

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Aviva Vincent

Aviva is a veterinary social worker and doctoral candidate in the Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences where she researches the biological impact that animals have on children. Aviva is also the director of program quality at Fieldstone Farm Therapeutic Riding Center, and founder and co-chair of the human-animal interactions work-group with National Association of Social Workers, Ohio chapter.

Gautham Chitturu

Gautham is an undergraduate student at CWRU studying neuroscience and business. Apart from being the Head of Speaker Coaching for TEDxCWRU, he is a member of Delta Tau Delta fraternity, a certified member of CWRU EMS, and a founder of Spikeball Club. Having dealt with cultural conflict between groups of friends and family, his untold story fostered a new sense of self, which led him to reclaim what his name means to him.

Nichola Bomani

Nichola is an undergraduate student at CWRU studying biochemistry and Spanish as well as a Teaching Assistant in Sears think[box], a center for innovation and entrepreneurship at Case Western. She is a self-described computer with feelings - she has a knack for science and technology, but it the humanities that keep her going, living. Her TEDx Talk will be devoted to humanity, diving into the perils of using the colloquial term “How are you?”

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Dominic King

Dr. King is a Sports Medicine and Medical Orthopedic physician at the Cleveland Clinic, and a member of the Cleveland Clinic Sports Health Center, the Cleveland Clinic Joint Preservation Center and a clinical professor for the Cleveland Clinic Lerner College of Medicine. He serves as a featured physician for Buzzfeed News, The Greatist, Readers Digest, Men’s Journal, Dr. Oz’s The Good Life magazine, WKYC Channel 3 News, and ESPN.

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Gloria Tavera

Gloria is a physician/scientist/activist supporting several health justice endeavors in the local Cleveland community and a current MD/PhD student at Case Western Reserve University. She conducted research in the neuropathology of dengue hemorrhagic fever in Mexico as a Fulbright Scholar. In 2017, she was recognized for her work with Universities Allied for Essential Medicines by Forbes 30 Under 30 Healthcare.

Riley Tedrow

Riley is a PhD candidate in biology from CWRU and a Medical Entomology Officer Candidate in the US Navy. He spent his undergraduate career chasing down praying mantises in Africa and Vietnam, cataloging various insects in harrowing environments. It was there that he discovered the Bush Tiger Praying Mantis, a new species of mantises. He is currently studying mosquito diversity and malaria transmission in Madagascar.

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ERin Lea

As a clinical health psychologist in infectious diseases and gastroenterology at the Louis Stokes VA Medical Center, Erin Lea strives to empower individuals with diverse medical and psychological conditions to optimize their health and well-being. She is also a graduate of CWRU’s Department of Psychological Sciences where she holds an appointment as an adjunct assistant professor, teaching Adulthood and Aging and Psychological Assessment.

Mohammad Saim

Mohammad Saim is an emerging global leader. He is currently the global director of procurement engineering at Philips Healthcare. He is an electrical engineer by formal education, but his real passion is focused on helping students and professionals find purpose in their work and make an impact. His vast experience has taken him across the globe, where he has led teams in engineering projects, innovation, and product development.

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Steven Morris

Steven is an author, brand strategy consultant, and the CEO & Founder of Mth Degree consultancy. His clients include global organizations such as Samsung, Sony, LG, ESPN, NFL and MLB franchises, and Northwestern University. With the design to work with leaders who want to live and work more wholehearted, Steve is Co-Founder of The Studio, an organizational change-agent consultancy that works with the foundations of leadership artistry.

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Vineet Erasala

Vineet is the Co-Founder and COO at Genetesis Inc., a company that commercializes the first of their kind biomagnetic imaging devices that detects and analyzes the body’s natural electromagnetic emissions. He enrolled at Case Western Reserve University and studied electrical and biomedical engineering for two years. After Genetesis received their first investment from Mark Cuban, Vineet left CWRU to pursue his company full time.

Xyla Foxlin

Xyla is the Founder and CEO of Parihug, a company focused on integrating emotions and technology to create a fuller digital experience. She is the Executive Director of the nonprofit she cofounded, Beauty and the Bolt, which is focused on lowering the barrier to entry for women and minorities in STEM fields. Xyla was named Cleveland Magazine's Most Interesting People of the Year 2017 and Crain's Cleveland Business 20 in their 20's.


tedxcwru 2018 Salon: ctrl.alt.delete

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Dr. Lisa Nielson

Dr. Nielson is a historical musicologist specializing in gender, slavery and music in the early Islamicate courts. She is one of two Anisfield-Wolf SAGES Fellows and the Director of the Flora Stone Mather Center for Women. Her classes focus on the mission of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards of understanding human difference and include a class on the courtesan, gender segregation and the harem, comparative slavery, and a class dedicated solely to the Anisfield-Wolf book awards. Dr. Nielson has received several undergraduate teaching awards including the Richard A. Bloom, MD Award for Distinguished Teaching in the SAGES Program, the Carl F. Wittke Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching, the J. Bruce Jackson, MD, Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Mentoring and the Faculty Prism Award. Her talk is inspired by her students, and will consider steps we can take to reassess and reset toxic masculinity.

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Lloyd Weema

Lloyd Weema is a humanitarian, teacher, athlete, actor and adventurer. A graduate of Case Western Reserve University, he has worked as a teacher for Reed College and the former Cleveland Health Museum, been an athlete in multiple professional sports and currently holds over twenty world records. Lloyd is also a current member of the CWRU Alumni Board of Directors. He will be talking about the pursuit of awe and wonder hidden within ourselves.

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Oghenerukeme Asagba

Oghenerukeme Asagba was born and raised in Lagos, Nigeria. She obtained her Bachelor's degree from Cornell University and a Masters in Medical Physiology from Case Western Reserve University. Thus far, Ruke has conducted research on the feasibility of implementing the National Health Research Act of Zambia and worked on a clinical study aimed at improving the quality of life of breast cancer survivors through exercise. She currently serves as the International Director of Ligandcorp, a medical start-up company aimed at developing and promoting innovative medical devices that will introduce lasting health solutions in Africa and other developing nations. Her passion for education and healthcare is intense, which is why at the age of 21 she founded Catering to Africans In Need (CAIN), a non-profit organization aimed at improving the quality of education and healthcare received by the less privileged in impoverished African societies.

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