Big Thinkers Featured at the next TEDx Talks

The TEDx event reatures nine speakers discussing how to put bold ideas into action.

How do small ideas blossom into large initiatives?

And why must big ideas sometimes be scaled down in order to flourish? That’s the theme of the next TEDxNJIT, when nine speakers will discuss how to put ideas into action.

The TEDx event is set for Thursday, Sept. 12 in the Jim Wise Theater, from 5 to 9 p.m. You must register to attend at  

The speakers include two of NJIT’s most prominent professors.

  • Treena Arinzeh, a professor of biomedical engineering, is a national expert in stem cell research. In 2004, President Bush awarded her the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, the highest national honor that a young researcher can receive. In 2003, the National Science Foundation also gave Arinzeh its highest honor--a Faculty Early Career Development Award that included a $400,000 research grant. 
  • Reginald Farrow, a research professor of physics who before coming to NJIT had a 25-year long career at Bell Labs, then the world’s leading research lab. Last year, Farrow won NJIT’s highest research honor – the NJIT Board of Overseers Prize and Medal. His research fuses nanotechnology, biophysics and biomedical engineering, which he hopes will lead to an understanding of how cells communicate with each other.

Other speakers include:

  • Chandri and Athena Barat, executive and creative directors of the Barat Foundation, an organization dedicated to using the power of the arts to transform lives.
  • Margaret Christian, an Albert Dorman Honors College scholar/athlete who majors in biomedical engineering and belongs to the NJIT Women’s Fencing Team.
  • Adam Falkner, executive director of the Dialogue Arts Project, a nonprofit group that uses the arts and the creative process to generate a cross-cultural dialogue. Falkner is a writer, performer and a high school English teacher who was the featured performer at President Obama’s Grassroots Ball during his first Presidential Inauguration.
  • Dr. Michael Phillips - founder and CEO of Menssana Research, the leading developer of advanced new breath tests for detection of disease.
  • Nancy Thornberry, senior vice president of Merck & Co., and Dr. Ann Weber, vice president of Discovery Chemistry and the site leader at Merck’s Kenilworth office; Thornberry and Weber worked together on a new drug to treat Type 2 Diabetes.

By Robert Florida