Eight local people will give 12- to 18-minute talks on topics ranging from ventriloquism to beekeeping to how very long DNA molecules are folded and packaged inside cells during the first TEDxZumbroRiver 2016 Ted talk.
The eight were announced today. Four more speakers from outside the area will be announced in a week or two. The theme of the talks will be "Start. Create. Grow."
The eight and their topics, are:
• Tori Utley, "entrepreneur and addiction recovery advocate." She works jointly in technology innovation and addiction recovery. Her job is mobile product manager at Mayo Clinic and is working with the Department of Psychiatry and Psychology on a new mobile application, "MoodCheck" for mood‐monitoring and digital health. She is the founder and CEO of an early‐stage tech and social venture startup company, Tinua, with the goal of reducing monetary waste by reallocating for social impact.
• Joyce Balls-Berry, "inspirational speaker and transformer of inabilities." Despite being diagnosed with dyslexia in childhood, she is an avid reader and is an assistant professor of epidemiology. She serves as program manager for the office for community engagement in research in the Mayo Clinic Center for Clinical and Translational Science. Her scientific focus is to increase awareness of the importance of collaborative research partnerships among scientists, potential study participants, healthcare providers, peer scientists and the community.
• Randall Munson, "ventriloquist and world-renowned clown." Because of his blend of inspiration and practicality, delivered with warmth, humor, and magic, he is in the Speakers Hall of Fame. He has received more than 100 gold medals in the International Speaker Olympics, an IBM Award for Excellence, and is the first person to be honored as a distinguished speaker. He has written nine books and is also a magician and ventriloquist.
• Anthony Desnick, "architect, urban designer, and bike advocate." He is director for development and new projects with Nice Ride Minnesota, looking after bike programs in Greater Minnesota. He also works with companies to help them sponsor Nice Ride to promote biking as a legitimate form of daily transportation.
• Chris Schad, "beekeeper and master naturalist." He is a trained biologist and works at the Mayo Clinic as an operations manager in a unit moving genomics into the medical practice. He is a certified master naturalist, sits on the Olmsted County Parks Commission and is a past president of the SE Minnesota Beekeepers Association. He is co-founder and president of The Bee Shed LLC. His vision is to soften the hard edges of urban and suburban ecosystems by re-introducing native prairie grasses and wildflowers back into the American lawnscape.
• Julie Brock, "educator & failure-embracer." She has worked as an educator for 16 years, trying to create more experiential learning opportunities for students in southeast Minnesota as director of workforce and education at the Rochester Chamber of Commerce Foundation. She is the creator of offthegridedu.com that encourages parents, students and educators alike to get off the systematic grid and try a new approach to education that makes room for community partnerships and failure.
• Jim Maher, "biochemist and molecular biologist." He has been a scientist at Mayo Clinic since 1995, where he is a professor in the Department of Biochemistry & Molecular Biology, and is dean of Mayo Graduate School and the PhD training program of the Mayo Clinic College of Medicine. Maher directs a basic science research laboratory, working to perform and publish cutting-edge molecular biology research.
• Victor Montori, "healthcare revolutionary." He is a professor of medicine at Mayo Clinic and, as an endocrinologist and health services researcher, is the author of more than 500 peer-reviewed publications. He is recognized as among the top 1 percent of researchers with most cited papers in clinical medicine worldwide. He is a recognized expert in evidence-based medicine and shared decision making, and developer of the concept of minimally disruptive medicine.