Thursday, November 12, 2009

SNRAS professor on agenda for TEDx Anchorage

UA Geography Program Director Mike Sfraga (pictured at left) is one of the featured speakers at TEDx in Anchorage Nov. 14.

TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share their passions. TEDx is based on the TED Concept (Technology, Entertainment, Design--elements that are shaping the future). Attendees have called it “the ultimate brain spa.” At international TED events, the diverse audience of CEOs, scientists, creatives, philanthropists is almost as extraordinary as the speakers, who have included Bill Clinton, Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Frank Gehry, Paul Simon, Sir Richard Branson, Philippe Starck, and Bono. TED is an annual event where some of the world’s leading thinkers and doers are invited to share what they are most passionate about.

At the Anchorage seminar, Sfraga will speak on climate change modeling, highlighting the research being conducted by the SNAP program. Other speakers include storyteller Jack Dalton; Chris Rose, executive director, Renewable Energy Alaska Project Clean Energy Opportunities for Alaska; poet Kima Hamilton; George Martinez, founder/president of Global Block Foundation Sustainable Americas: A Global Block Perspective; Phil Klein, founder Pen & Pexil; Mead Treadwell, chair of the US Arctic Research Commission. Speaking via video will be Bill Clinton on rebuilding Rwanda and Bill Gates on mosquitoes, malaria, and education.

TEDx is free to the public, with limited seating. Registration is required. TEDx will be held Saturday, Nov. 14 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., with a reception following. The location is the Sydney Laurence Theatre, Alaska Center for the Performing Arts, 621 W. 6th Ave., Anchorage.

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