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TEDxNJIT Event on September 12

A TEDxNJIT event will take place again on September 12, 2013 in the Jim Wise Theatre on the New Jersey Institute of Technology campus and also via an accompanying live simulcast broadcast available to viewers worldwide.  The independently organized event, licensed by TED, has a theme of “Think Big – Think small” and feature leaders in various fields addressing a range of topics on how to take ideas and put them into action.  We will explore examples of small ideas that can expand into large initiatives.  On the reverse side we will look at big ideas that can be scaled down.  Several speakers will look at the intersection of life sciences and engineering.  It will bring together faculty and students to share their passion for innovation and new ideas.  NJIT’s inaugural TEDx event took place in November of 2011.

“With the success of our previous TEDxNJIT events, we wanted to focus this event on ideas that can impact our world both today and in the future,” said event co-organizer Judith Sheft, associate vice president technology development, NJIT.  “We have an outstanding array of thinkers and visionaries discussing a topic of interest to everyone, especially as we try to individually make the world a better place.”

The event in the Jim Wise Theatre on the NJIT campus costs $30 a ticket for the public as well as NJIT faculty, staff and alums.  Student tickets cost $15.  To purchase tickets, register online at http://www.tedxnjit.com/register.  One hundred tickets have been made available.  Food and drinks will be available and is included in the ticket fee.

TEDxNJIT follows other TEDx university events, such as those at Harvard and Princeton Universities earlier this year.  TEDxNJIT not only targets the NJIT community, but those at surrounding colleges and universities in Newark including: Rutgers, Essex County College and Berkeley College, Seton Hall University and the University of Medicine and Dentistry.

Speakers include NJIT professor Dr. Treena Livingston Arinzeh, an expert in stem cell research, Chandri & Athena Barat - Executive & Creative Director the Barat Foundation, an organization dedicated to the power of the arts to transform lives and to level the playing field for highly motivated, underserved youth, Margaret Christian - NJIT Albert Dorman Honor's College student in biomedical engineering, Adam Falkner - Executive Director of the Dialogue Arts Project Dr. Reginald Farrow - NJIT Research Professor of Physics Dr. Michael Phillips - Founder & CEO Menssana Research, the leading developer of advanced new breath tests for detection of disease,  Nancy Thornberry - Senior Vice President , Merck & Co. and her colleague Dr. Ann Weber - VP Discovery Chemistry - Site Head Kenilworth, Merck & Co., who  worked together on what would become a medicine with a new mechanism of action in treating type 2 diabetes.

For an up to date listing of the speakers, see http://www.tedxnjit.com/speakers.

To view the event scheduled to begin at 5 p.m., go to http://www.tedxnjit.com/live and/or follow updates on Twitter http://twitter.com/tedxnjit and Facebook http://www.facebook.com/tedxnjit.  For more information, email contact@tedxnjit.com.

About TEDx, where x = independently organized

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED, a nonprofit organization based in California, created TEDx.  TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience.  The event is called TEDxNJIT, where x = independently organized TED event.  At TEDxNJIT, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group.  The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events, including this one, are self-organized.  For more information, follow TED on Twitter at twitter.com/TEDTalks, and on Facebook at facebook.com/TED.  For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/pages/registration.

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to Ideas Worth Spreading.  Started as a conference in California 26 years ago, TED has grown to support those world-changing ideas with many initiatives.

At a TED conference, the world's leading thinkers and doers are asked to give the talk of their lives in 18 minutes or less. TED speakers have included Roger Ebert, Sheryl Sandberg, Bill Gates, Elizabeth Gilbert, Benoit Mandelbrot, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Brian Greene, Isabel Allende and former UK Prime Minister Gordon Brown.  Three major TED events are held each year: The TED Conference takes place every spring in Vancouver, Canada, simultaneous with TEDActive, in Whistler, BC; and the TEDGlobal Conference takes place each summer in Edinburgh, Scotland.

On TED.com, talks from TED conferences are shared with the world for free as TED Talks videos.  A new TED Talk is posted every weekday.  Through the Open Translation Project, TED Talks are subtitled by volunteers worldwide into more than 90 languages.  Through our distribution networks, TED Talks are shared on TV, radio, Netflix and many websites.

The TEDx initiative grants free licenses to people around the world to organize TED-style events in their communities with TED Talks and live speakers.  More than 5,000 TEDx events have been held, and selected talks from these events are also turned into TED Talks videos.

The annual TED Prize grants $1 million to an exceptional individual with a wish to change the world.  The TED Fellows program helps 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. TED-Ed creates short video lessons by pairing master teachers with animators, for use in classroom instruction or independent learning.

For information about TED's upcoming conferences, visit http://www.ted.com/pages/registration.

Follow TED on Twitter at http://twitter.com/tedtalks, or on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/TED.

One of the nation’s leading public technological universities, New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is a top-tier research university that prepares students to become leaders in the technology-dependent economy of the 21st century. NJIT’s multidisciplinary curriculum and computing-intensive approach to education provide technological proficiency, business acumen and leadership skills. With an enrollment of 11,400 graduate and undergraduate students, NJIT offers small-campus intimacy with the resources of a major public research university. NJIT is a global leader in such fields as solar research, nanotechnology, resilient design, tissue engineering and cybersecurity, in addition to others. NJIT ranks 5th among U.S. polytechnic universities in research expenditures, topping $121 million, and is among the top 1 percent of public colleges and universities in return on educational investment, according to PayScale.com. NJIT has a $1.74 billion annual economic impact on the State of New Jersey.