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TEDxUWYO Announces Speakers for April 20 Event at UW

April 8, 2019

Four University of Wyoming professors and their innovative ideas will be showcased Saturday, April 20, in TEDxUWYO.

Scheduled from 1-4 p.m. in the UW College of Arts and Sciences auditorium, the independently organized event, licensed by TED, will feature local voices and TED Talks videos under the theme of “Horizon.” The event is open to the public, but attendance will be limited to the first 100 people.

Launched in 2009, TEDx is a program of locally organized events that bring the community together to share a TED-like experience. Some of the best talks from TEDx events have gone on to be featured on and garnered millions of views from audiences across the globe.

“We are very excited to bring the very first TEDx event to the University of Wyoming and bring awareness to the great ideas cultivated here,” say UW students Mark Menghini and Jake Aadland, the event’s organizers.

Speakers at TEDxUWYO include:

-- Rachel Watson, a senior lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, “Shifting Student Motivation from Making Dollars to Making Change.”

-- Kent Noble, an assistant lecturer in the Department of Management and Marketing, “What’s Your Brand?”

-- Donal Skinner, a professor in the Department of Zoology and Physiology and dean of the Honors College, “Wired on Steroids.”

-- Mike Brotherton, a professor in the Department of Physics and Astronomy, “The Synergies of Science and Science Fiction.”

For more information about TEDxUWYO, visit

About TEDx, x = independently organized event

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TED Talks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized (subject to certain rules and regulations).

About TED

TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to “ideas worth spreading,” usually in the form of short, powerful talks delivered by today’s leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED’s annual gathering in Vancouver, Canada, TEDWomen and TEDGlobal conferences, and thousands of independently organized TEDx events around the world, and then made available, free, on and other channels. 

TED’s open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include, where new TED Talk videos are posted daily; TEDx, which provides licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities; and the educational initiative TED-Ed.

Follow TED on Twitter at, on Facebook at, on Instagram at and on Snapchat at tedtalkshq.

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