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Tedxuwmilwaukee 2015: React differently

Future Cultures

Marc Tasman

In 1984 I was on TV as a 12-year-old boy talking about computers. My family saved this on VHS tape for decades, as families often do. A quarter century later, I digitized the video and uploaded it to YouTube. What happened next will (probably not) shock you, but will amuse and intrigue, as the comments accumulated and the views surpassed one million. It convinced me that internet comments can be just as important as the content they accompany. As we invest more of artifacts into the Internet, preserving and analyzing commentary is one way that we can create a cultural legacy for future generations.

Sex in the Deep

Rudi strickler

There are about 10^21 copepods swimming in the oceans and they all have to find a mate. While one swims around at a speed of less than an inch per second and the other does the same. The question is, how do they get together? How can you be sure that the other one is of the same species? How fine-tuned are the behavior patterns and do our human patterns interfere? When it comes to the oceans, there are many big questions to be answered.

Changing Diversity

Negassi tesfamichael

Negassi explores the hurdles minorities face in the educational system despite schools’ longstanding efforts to increase diversity and offers different possibilities to create more inclusive and equitable educational environments.

Case for Collaboration

Zak Heimerl

Competition is woven into the fabric of America. From the way our markets function, to the way our courts operate, to the way we nominate our leaders, and so on. We even tend to have a bias towards competition in the way we view education. Zak Heimerl makes the case that competition is not the cure all for all of public education’s woes. Instead, he asserts, the answer is in a more collaborative approach centered upon cooperation and empathy.

Dear Champion of the Unknown

Anja Notanja Sieger

In every major decision that you make you must decide: Do I want to sacrifice something or do I want to regret something? Which one can you live with more? When the decision is a tough one, we take a long time because we can’t always identify what will become the sacrifice or the regret. The consequences feel paralyzing, yet every day freelance artists create despite and even as a result of this paradox. How do they manage to manufacture works of awe and inspiration when nothing is guaranteed? What is it that is so creatively liberating about the Unknown?

Rethinking Research Data

Kristin briney

The United States spends billions of dollars every year to publicly support research that has resulted in critical innovations and new technologies. Unfortunately, the outcome of this work, published articles, only provides the story of the research and not the actual research itself. This often results in the publication of irreproducible studies or even falsified findings, and it requires significant resources to discern the good research from the bad. There is way to improve this process, however, and that is to publish both the article and the data supporting the research. Shared data helps researchers identify irreproducible results. Additionally, shared data can be reused in new ways to generate new innovations and technologies. We need researchers to “React Differently” with respect to their data to make the research process more efficient, transparent, and accountable to the public that funds them.

Reframe Your Thoughts

Diane sawyer/marcia perkins

Diane Sawyer and Marcia V. Perkins, experienced business leaders, share a powerful tool to help women confront their internal barriers and get out of their own way.

Basic Research for Science and Society

Stefan schnitzer

The importance of basic scientific research for society is often misunderstood. People wonder if researchers are wasting time, money, and effort on research rather than addressing applied questions, such as “fixing climate change” or “growing our economy.” Stefan demonstrates that many of the “breakthrough” discoveries that have become critical to the advancement of our society were accidentally discovered by scientists working on a tangential idea or topic. Stefan uses some of his own “accidental” research findings, along with those of other research groups, to argue that the most productive way to discover breakthrough ideas is through basic scientific research.


Pardeep Kaleka

On August 5th, 2012, a white supremacist entered a peaceful Sikh temple and murdered six people, including the temple president. Pardeep, the son of that man, relates his story of healing, and how we as a society can move forward to create a better society with less hate, more hope, and a tighter community. His powerful and emotional story will move anyone.

Deaf Idealogy

Marika Kovacs-Houlihan

Pathological ideology is an imposed view, stemming from values and beliefs, which place high value on speaking and hearing. Hence, the
pervasive definition that “deaf” is a condition, a deficiency, which it creates a language delay, has become a fiber of our society. We need
to challenge people to “react differently” when encountering the ideology of what is means to be DEAF. Deaf people are a culturo-linguistic community and when they are allowed to create their own ideology in their natural environment, they can, in return, be celebrated for their contributions to society.


Damian buchman

Damian describes "reverse inclusion," the idea that when we build our infrastructures so that everyone can participate, not only those that society considers the "most abled." Damian will floor you with his humor and his genius, and it is probably the only talk where a speaker will drop his pants to show you just how far he's come to achieve his dreams.



Getting Through the Jungle

Aaron Buseh

Dr. Aaron Buseh is originally from Liberia, West Africa. Dr. Buseh is a professor at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee College of Nursing. He has scholarly backgrounds in nursing and global public health. His research spans local and global public health policy issues affecting vulnerable populations in the United States and in sub-Saharan Africa. He is the author of Empowering resilience: improving health care delivery in war-impacted African countries: a case study of Liberia published by the University Press of America, in 2008. He teaches undergraduate and graduate courses on healthcare policy. Along with his teaching and research activities, he currently serves as the chairperson for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Institutional Review Board Committee.

Saying the Hard Things: The Power of Speaking Up

Amanda springob

Life is not perfect. This is something everyone knows. But for some, accepting the asymmetry of life can be a struggle in itself. In this talk, UWM freshman Amanda Springob shares her coming of age story, detailing the highs and lows of her teenage life in her relationships with men, depression, and small-town fame. Along the way, she examines the importance of speaking up, not just in the public eye, but in our private lives as well.

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Urban Education

Sam White

We invest little in early childhood education. We treat teachers with little respect, and we take critical subjects out of the school curriculum. This is a costly societal mistake in a world where reading, ciphering, and thinking with these skills is increasingly needed for employment and life's enjoyment.

The Power of Choice

Joan Blakey

We're quick to judge those that "make bad choices" and wind up prostituting themselves or abusing drugs, but what kind of options do the ones making these choices really have? Do they really have a choice?

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Making Useless Machines

Bryan Cera

The hilarious yet intellectually stimulating artist and maker Bryan Cera builds useless machines, but for a reason. By removing "use" from our creations, what can we learn about ourselves? This talk was selected by the TED Editors as one of the top 15 TEDx talks for November 2014 out of many hundreds across the entire globe.

Someone Else's Courage

Sara santiago

Sara Santiago delivers an emotional roller coaster of a talk with hearty guffaws and powerful, empathetic silences. She has suffered from epilepsy, and consequently, has moments of her life literally ripped away from her by her seizures.

Taking Back our Educational Keys

Troy wittmann

Troy Wittmann feels it's time to take back our educational keys from forces outside our school districts that don't know our students. He feels standardized testing should be used to inform, not impede, a student's ability to learn.

Ecological Aesthetics

Nathaniel stern

Stern's talk, Ecological Aesthetics, discusses tweets in space, scans at the bottom of the sea, interactive installations, and art in virtual worlds--all work about the complex relationships between humans, nature, and politics.

When Art is the Only Medicine

Anne Basting

Artist and Scholar Anne Basting posits that art is the soft tissue that brings people into relationship, even in extreme situations like Alzheimer's.

3D-Printed Hands for Children

Adream Blair

Adream's passion for her work shines through in her talk--one that takes the listener on a journey through her relationships to her family, her students and the families of the children they create hands for.

Musings from the Stratosphere

Jean Creighton

Jean takes us through her personal story of becoming bilingual--in both the literal and metaphoric sense of both linguistic communication, al well as with the language of understanding our universe: science.

Overcoming the Inertia of the Couch

Martha Carrigan

Sometimes we get stuck on the couch. We just need a little help getting off and getting on with our lives! How can we help those who are currently "stuck on the couch?"

Dance, Development, and Dissociation

Luc Vanier

Understanding our own locomotion can go a long way. Luc focuses on the more and more dissociated relationship between our more mental and physical aspects of our lives and how paying attention to how we move our bodies can help.

Thirteen Years on an Island

Mark Fairbanks

Mark Fairbanks draws his identity from his most important role in life: being a father. In his case, this was a role marked by raising an autistic son. Mark introduces “Islands of Brilliance,” a program created to educate autistic children, not by attempting to shift them towards society’s norm, but rather by focusing on what makes them different: their perseverance. The results will leave you speechless.

The Changing Economic Realities of College

Adam Carroll

Adam Carroll, finance expert and financial education enthusiast, calls college "the longest and most expensive party" he's ever been to. Adam juxtaposes the realities that have changed about obtaining a college education with our perspectives that didn't.

Plato and the Ninety-Nine Percent

Dan Sportiello

Philosopher Dan Sportiello discusses the relevance of ancient philosophers to our modern day problems. He calls for a revolution in our modern practices--not one of violence, but of ideas.

The Power of Social Innovation

Jeff Snell

Jeff Snell argues that the problem in the charitable sector is not that we don't have enough charities, but rather that many of them are not sustainable. We need to stop managing problems and start solving them.

Whispers from the Universe

Patrick Brady

Patrick Brady leads us through various scientific discoveries, from the predictions to the proofs. He takes particular interest in the prediction of the existence of gravitational waves, and comments on what scientists are doing to address that prediction.

Belonging in Technology-What I Learned from Steve Jobs

Andrew B. Williams

Andrew B. Williams is a successful humanoid roboticist who, despite his great successes, argues that a huge portion of the population is made to feel like they don't belong in technology.

Is there Room for Creativity in Science?

Alan Schwabacher

How creative can science be? Alan demonstrates just how inventive and creative we must be to practice science correctly. To do this, he uses his "favorite" subject of science: organic chemistry.

Innovative Weather

Paul Roebber

Paul founded Innovative Weather at UW-Milwaukee, where students are responsible for the forecasting. Many companies rely on them for this, with an incorrect forecast resulting in a potential loss of thousands of dollars for those companies.

Going ALL IN On Your Passions

Kash Shaikh

Kash has worked at some of the most recognized companies in the world. During his journey, however, Kash realized that he wasn't living by his own mantra of 'Besomebody', to follow your passions and go 'all in' on it. He then made some drastic life changes and learned some insightful lessons along the way.