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October 20, 2013

TEDxOStateU returns to Stillwater campus on Thursday

STILLWATER, Okla. — What are the health issues that impact Third World countries?

Why is health care such a challenge in rural America?

What will be the next generation of spacecraft?

Those topics and many more will be featured Thursday at the Seretean Center Concert Hall as Oklahoma State University presents the second annual TEDxOStateU event.

The program will include 19 presentations, including three musical performances. Seven Oklahoma State students will make presentations, including Leann Yadon, a human nutrition/premedical science junior from Woodward, who will talk about relief efforts in Third World countries and her plans to bicycle across the country next summer to promote that cause.

“There’s a lot of neat things going on at OSU ... and this is our way to get out of the campus community and share with the world this research and everything else that takes place on campus on a daily basis,” said Jim Berscheidt, senior associate vice president of marketing and communications for the Oklahoma State University Foundation, the primary sponsors of the event. “People will walk out of (the Seretean Center) and be thinking, ‘Wow, there is a lot I learned.’”

Free tickets for the event have been assigned in the 800-seat auditorium but Berscheidt said there possibly will be standing-room-only tickets available on the day of the event. The event can be seen via livestream at OState.TV. Videos of the presentations will be downloaded to the TEDxOStateU website in the next several weeks.

Evan Woodson, a graduate student in the history department and a former coach at Stillwater High School, will speak about African-American history and the Civil Rights movement, while Ali Asmari, a doctorate student from Iran, will talk about automation and computer vision.

Zach Barbeau, a mechanical and aerospace engineering senior, will talk about next-generation spacecraft design, while Lee Easton, a computer and electrical engineering senior, will make a presentation about creating a business plan to bring solar power to Third World countries.

Jennifer Mayo, a health education senior from Sulphur, will talk about creating health products, such as reusable condoms, catheters and gloves, for developing countries.

Jason Wetzler, an agricultural leadership sophomore, will speak about helping developing countries become more sustainable and food secure.

M24D, a group of OSU students who play Malaysian-Chinese style music, return to TEDxOStateU. The ensemble uses 24 sets of Chinese lion drums. Cori Duke and Chance Borger, seniors at OSU, also will have a musical presentation, and the Salmak Ensemble will perform historic Persian music.

Several other speakers will make presentations, including OSU almnus Matt Waits, who will talk about agricultural information management, and Dr. Kayse Shrum, who will speak about rural health care.

Business executives David Woods and Brent Douglas will talk about business leadership, while Oklahoma Historical Society Executive Director Bob Blackburn will speak about state history.

Heather Gomer, who served as an air traffic controller in the military, will talk about her business plan to develop her flight training company in Yukon, while OSU chemistry professor Toby Nelson will speak about organic solar panels.

Professor Lara Sypniewski will talk about small animal medicine, while Lorinda Schrammel will speak about OSU’s pet therapy program. Victoria Rowe Berry, director of the OSU Museum of Art, will talk about the Postal Plaza Art Gallery in downtown Stillwater.

OSU graduate J. Bryson Baker of Stillwater returns as emcee for the event.

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