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For Immediate Release: September 22, 2010
Contact: Gina Hebert, MBL, 508-289-7725; ghebert@mbl.edu

Scientists, Artists, Thinkers, and Creators to Share Adventures at TEDxWoodsHole, October 16
Inaugural event to feature talks, live performances, and videos on Technology, Entertainment, and Design

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WOODS HOLE, MA—The Marine Biological Laboratory (MBL) is pleased to host and sponsor TEDxWoodsHole: xPlorations on October 16 from 1-5 PM in the Lillie Auditorium, 7 MBL Street, Woods Hole.

This multidisciplinary event will bring together scientists, artists, thinkers, and creators from the Woods Hole community and beyond. Unique talks, stimulating performances, and TEDTalk videos will take the audience from the ocean depths to planets a trillion miles away; from the most prosperous nations to those rebuilding from the ground up; and into the minds of passionate people who believe in the power of ideas to change attitudes, lives, and ultimately, the world.

The event is free and open to the public, however seating is limited and available on a first come-first served basis. Free parking is available in any MBL parking lot.

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED, a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading, has created TEDx, a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At TEDxWoodsHole, where x = independently organized TED event, TEDTalks video and live speakers will combine to spark deep discussions and connections. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including TEDxWoodsHole, are self-organized.

MBL Director and CEO Gary Borisy will host the afternoon event, which will feature the following speakers and performers:

Dan ArielyNew York Times bestselling author and professor of Psychology and Behavioral Economics at Duke University will speak on “Temptations and Self-Control.”

David Bolinsky - The founder of XVIVO Scientific Animation will show some of his cinematic-quality visualizations of topics on the edge of medical and scientific discovery.

Amy Bower –Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI) senior scientist who, despite being legally blind, has traveled the world to study ocean currents and their interaction with climate, will discuss “Science Without Sight.”

Tamara Clark – Designer and illustrator who, with her collaborators, will present a visual and musical tour focusing on “Patterns in Nature.”

A.M. Dolan – Falmouth-based actor and playwright will perform selections from the writings of visionary designer, architect, poet, and inventor R. Buckminster Fuller, whose Woods Hole geodesic dome is one of the oldest remaining.

Glenway Fripp – Jazz virtuoso, composer, and accompanist on piano.

Roy Gould – Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics education researcher will explore “Other Worlds: Searching for Earthlike Planets from the Classroom.”

Adam Lazarus –Ant expert Lazarus will share some of his colorful adventures in species collection—and what he’s learned about people along the way.

Bill Mebane – The MBL’s superintendent of aquaculture engineering and director of the Sustainable Aquaculture Initiative in Haiti will discuss the challenging choreography of “A Dance of Two Cultures: Science in Rural Haiti.”

Beth Murphy – Documentary filmmaker will reflect on making her new film “The Promise of Freedom,” which focuses on Iraqis who risked everything to work for U.S. soldiers and diplomats as translators, drivers, civil engineers and cultural liaisons.

Christopher Neill – MBL senior scientist will introduce “Arctic Thrills”—a rare display of polar dancing.

Arthur Newhall - This WHOI ocean acoustics engineer (by day) and musician and composer (by night) will perform island-rhythm-inspired whalesong.

Hanumant Singh – WHOI Deep Submergence Laboratory chief engineer will reveal “A Robot’s Vision of the Ocean Depths.”

Jonathan Todd –President of the pioneering John Todd Ecological Design company in Woods Hole will address sustainable design.

For more information on speakers and presentations, visit the TEDxWoodsHole website at tedxwoodshole.org, or follow us on Twitter at twitter.com/tedxwoodshole and Facebook at facebook.com/TEDxWoodsHole.

About TED
TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading. Started as a four-day conference in California 25 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with multiple initiatives. The annual TED Conference invites the world's leading thinkers and doers to speak for 18 minutes. Their talks are then made available, free, at TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Al Gore, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Isabel Allende and UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown. The annual TED Conference takes place in Long Beach, California, with simulcast in Palm Springs; TEDGlobal is held each year in Oxford, UK. TED's media initiatives include TED.com, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, and the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide. TED has established the annual TED Prize, where exceptional individuals with a wish to change the world are given the opportunity to put their wishes into action; TEDx, which offers individuals or groups a way to host local, self-organized events around the world, and the TEDFellows program, helping world-changing innovators from around the globe to become part of the TED community and, with its help, amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities. Follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, or on Facebook at facebook.com/TED. TED2011, "The Rediscovery of Wonder," will be held February 28-March 4, 2011, in Long Beach, California, with the TEDActive simulcast in Palm Springs, California.


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