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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Sharmila Anandasabapathy

Title: Innovating for Global Health: The Emergency Smart Pod Bio:  Sharmila Anandasabapathy, M.D. is a Professor of Medicine in Gastroenterology and Director of Baylor Global Initiatives and the Baylor Global Innovation Center at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Texas. In her current role, she oversees Baylor’s global programs and affiliations. The Baylor Global Innovation Center […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Rumi Chunara

Title: Our Current Knowledge Society: Moving beyond conventional data and information Bio: As an Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at NYU, Rumi Chunara works at the intersection of Big Data and Public Health, using information gleaned from social media sites like Facebook and Twitter to predict epidemics, track obesity rates on a local level, […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Performer: Doug Grady

Title: Choose Powerfully: Musical Motivation Bio: Doug Grady has been studying and teaching the pathways to personal potential for over 20 years. Doug is a professional speaker, musician, and President of High Achievers. He is the author of The Ripple Effect. His companies, writings, trainings, and music are designed with one purpose: to help people reach […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Performer: Yixin Wang

Performance: Guzheng Bio: Yixin Wang started playing Guzheng at the age of 4 in China, inspired by an old man who was always playing this instrument in her neighborhood. She won her first national metal at the age of 7, and began performing around. After finishing all the amateur levels in Guzheng and stepped into professional level, […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Yamile Jackson

Topic: Nurtured By Design: applying ergonomics engineering principles and best practices to designing evidence-based devices that improve the safety and quality of life of children and families. Bio: In 2001 after working in engineering and construction for the oil and gas industry for over a decade, Yamile gave birth prematurely to Zachary, who weighed less than 2 lbs. […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Raj Mankad

Topic: The Impossible Paradise: Rethinking the future of freeways and cul-de-sacs Bio: Raj Mankad is Editor of Cite: The Architecture + Design Review of Houston. His writing helped bring about the launch of Sunday Streets HTX and the planned linking of commuter bus systems from Houston to Galveston. He completed a PhD in Literature and Creative […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Melanie Johnson

Topic: Leaving a Legacy – the time is now. What clues are you leaving the next generations Bio: Melanie Churella Johnson owned and operated two independent TV stations in Houston and Dallas. She has been in front of and behind the camera. She built and marketed the Houston Mansion. Melanie is currently the owner of Elite Online Publishing and Charity […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Naveed Lalani

Topic: Colleges should run more like Basic Combat Training: The best way to learn, hands-down, is not through lectures, case studies, textbooks, exams or even professors — but by doing — aka Experiential Education. Naveed will present examples of the success of experiential learning in educating aspiring and current entrepreneurs from personal experience. Bio: Naveed is a serial entrepreneur, education strategist, and community […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Farid Premani

Title: Career Success & Research Dynamics: How to explore your right career fit towards excellence, based on mind mapping, psychometrics, historical education, and family pedigree. Bio: Farid Premani is a public speaker, author, radio broadcaster and market research consultant. He has worked in eight different countries providing career coaching, digital consulting and social development research to reputed […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Pratyusha Pilla

Topic: Colorism: Beauty is a subjective experience and no child should grow up rejecting his or her own face. How can we create a society that accepts the beauty of each individual? Bio: Pratyusha is a recent graduate from the School of Natural Sciences at the University of Texas at Austin, and is currently attending the UNT […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Huma Jafry

Topic: The Nano Technology world: Huge potential in thinking small. Nano-robots that cure disease, self mending socks, paint that turns into a lithium battery… and thats just the beginning. In her talk she will discuss the fascinating world of nano technology and explore the future of this science. Bio: Dr. Huma Jafry has earned her Ph.D […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: John Evans

Topic:  Hacking Education: Should students learn cursive writing? What about spelling? Technology has created a vacuum of knowledge and skill sets once taught in schools. As technology eats away at traditional educational practices, benefits and new skills surface. In this 21st century, defining standards, practices, and goals is paramount. Bio:  As a native of Sugar […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Erik Swanson

Topic: Habitudes: The powerful idea of changing your habits and attitude. Secrets to harness and maintain better habits and amazing attitudes each and every day of your life. Some of us need a “Dose of Awesome” in our lives! Bio: Best Selling Author & Award Winning International Speaker Erik Swanson consistently wow’s his audiences worldwide with […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Erin Williford

Title: Buffalo Bayou Park, Undug Abstract: Founded along the banks of Buffalo Bayou, Houston is defined by the bayous and the floods that frequent the area. Buffalo Bayou Park is a two mile stretch of the bayou that has been recently reconstructed into a breathtaking park in the heart of the city. Thoughtful design proved to be […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Kevan Kjar

Title: Why We Use Stories To Persuade Others & Ourselves. How to craft a powerful story that compels and inspires. Bio: Every day we seek to persuade others to buy our product, to eat your broccoli, to go to a marriage counselor, to believe in our politic of choice, to say “yes” to a proposal, to […]

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TEDxSugarLand 2016 Speaker: Dr. Kathryn Karges

Topic: Roots, Bandaids, and Infertility: Looking beyond symptoms and approaching the real causes with healthier, natural methods. Bio: Dr. Kathryn A. Karges is an obstetrician and gynecologist at CHI St. Luke’s Caritas Women’s Care in Sugar Land, Texas. She treats a variety of women’s health conditions and provides both routine and high-risk obstetrical care. She especially […]

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