Celebrating UC Irvine's 50th Anniversary

[Irvine, Calif.] - TEDxUCIrvine is pleased to bring TEDx Talks to University of California, Irvine's Festival of Discovery, commemorating its 50th anniversary. The festival, held in the campus's Aldrich Park on Saturday, Oct. 3, will feature discovery pavilions centered around Health + Wellness, Ingenuity + Innovation, Local + Global Impact, and Arts + Culture. The TEDx
Talks will bring the discovery pavilion themes to life in four explorative sessions covering the mind, body, heart and soul. The talks are scheduled throughout the day, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

TEDxUCIrvine, an independently organized TED event, is a non-profit student-run organization at UCI, fueled by the spirit of the parent organization TED with the motto of "ideas worth
spreading." The TEDx Talks within Festival of Discovery will offer an opportunity for event-goers to experience interactive and thought-provoking talks with 12 speakers from different schools
at UCI. Each unique session will explore the ideas that are shaping the future of the local and global communities.

The Festival of Discovery will kick off with the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk at 7 a.m.  Participants will "run through the decades" with music and themed décor of the 60s through today. The course will finish at the Festival of Discovery event site.

Festival of Discovery and TEDxUCIrvine are free events. Online registration for the TEDx Talks is
recommended to reserve a seat. Registration for the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk is also available online. For more information visit http://festivalofdiscovery.uci.edu.

TEDXUCIrvine Schedule

MIND: 10-11 a.m.

Greg Weiss - Professor of chemical biology in the departments of chemistry and molecular biology & biochemistry

Kelli Sharp
- Assistant professor of dance and co-director of I-move in the Stem Cell Research Center

Amir AghaKouchak - Assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering

Elizabeth Cauffman - Professor and Chancellor's Fellow in psychology & social behavior in the School of Social Ecology and holds courtesy appointments in the School of Education and the
School of Law

BODY: 11:20 a.m. - 12:20 p.m.

Armin Schwegler
- Faculty member in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese

Michele Goodwin
- Chancellor's Professor of Law and founding director of the Center for Biotechnology and Global Health Policy

Francisco Ayala
- University Professor and Donald Bren Professor of Biological Sciences and professor of philosophy

HEART: 12:40 p.m. - 1:40 p.m.

Claudia Kawas - Professor of neurology and neurobiology & behavior

Aaron Kheriaty
- Associate professor of psychiatry, director of the Program in Medical Ethics and chairman of the Clinical Ethics Committee at UCI Medical Center

Richard Matthew - Professor of planning, policy & design and political science, director of the Blum Center for Global Engagement, director of the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs
and co-principal investigator of the FloodRISE Project

SOUL: 2 p.m. - 3 p.m.

David Ochi
- Founding Executive Director of the Blackstone Launchpad program 

Julia Lupton
- Professor of English & comparative literature with a joint appointment in education, associate dean of research for the School of Humanities and faculty director of Illuminations, the chancellor's arts and culture initiative 

Said Shokair
- Founding director of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program 

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About UCI

Currently celebrating its 50th anniversary, UCI is the youngest member of the prestigious Association of American Universities. The campus has produced three Nobel laureates and is known for its academic achievement, premier research, innovation and anteater mascot. Led by Chancellor Howard Gillman, UCI has more than 30,000 students and offers 192 degree programs. It's located in one of the world's safest and most economically vibrant communities and is Orange County's second-largest employer, contributing $4.8 billion annually to the local
economy. For more on UCI, visit www.uci.edu.

About TEDxUCIrvine

TEDxUCIrvine was founded by a small group of students with no particular agenda other than
to showcase the best and brightest ideas from the campus. In hopes of engaging and challenging the current way of thinking, TEDxUCIrvine is committed to curating events that best serve both the on campus and greater Irvine community. They believe that by sharing ideas, they can contribute positively by inspiring not only dialogue but action. Learn more at ww.TEDxUCIrvine.com.

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. 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 (18 minutes or fewer) delivered by today's leading thinkers and doers. Many of these talks are given at TED's annual conference in Vancouver, British Columbia, and made available, free, on TED.com. TED speakers have included Bill Gates, Jane Goodall, Elizabeth
Gilbert, Sir Richard Branson, Nandan Nilekani, Philippe Starck, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, Sal Khan and Daniel Kahneman.

TED's open and free initiatives for spreading ideas include TED.com, where new TED
Talk videos are posted daily; the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as translations from thousands of volunteers worldwide; the educational initiative TED-Ed; the annual million-dollar TED Prize, which funds exceptional individuals with a "wish," or idea, to create change in the world; TEDx, which provides
licenses to thousands of individuals and groups who host local, self-organized TED-style events around the world; and the TED Fellows program, which selects innovators from around the globe to amplify the impact of their remarkable projects and activities.

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