Why a TED Talk is Better — and Worse — Than Science Class

  • Speakers
  • David Biello, M.S.Science Curator, Author and Journalist, TED
  • Nadya Mason - professor of physicsNadya Mason, Ph.D.Professor, Condensed Matter Physics, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
  • Kay M. Tye, Ph.D.Neuroscientist, professor and the Wylie Vale Chair, Salk Institute
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About Simons Foundation Presents
A free event series, Simons Foundation Presents aims to engage a diverse public audience in a wide range of accessible, meaningful and fun science and mathematics programming.

In this presentation, physicist Nadya Mason, neuroscientist Kay Tye, and TED’s science curator David Biello will talk about the highs and lows of giving a TED Talk — and the importance of communicating the wonder of science in all media. Come learn how to make your research accessible and exciting to the general public without alienating your scientific peers, including do’s and don’ts for public speaking. In a world where the facts of science are newly up for debate, science communication has never been more critical.

3:45 – 4:00 pm EDT Webinar waiting room opens
4:00 – 5:00 pm EDT Talk + Q&A

*Registration is required for this free event.*
*Further instructions and access to join the webinar will be sent to all registrants upon sign up.*

About the Speaker

David Biello is an award-winning journalist who has been reporting on the environment and energy since 1999 — long enough to be cynical but not long enough to be depressed (yet). He’s currently the science curator for TED. Before this, he was the environment and energy editor at Scientific American and he has written for a wide array of media including Aeon, Foreign Policy, The New York Times and The New Republic. Biello hosted the du Pont-Columbia award-winning documentary ”Beyond the Light Switch” and ”The Ethanol Effect” for PBS. He received a B.A. in English from Wesleyan University and an M.S. in journalism from Columbia University. He lives near a Superfund site in Brooklyn.

Nadya Mason received her Ph.D. in physics from Stanford University, conducted postdoctoral research at Harvard University and is founding director of the Illinois Materials Research Science and Engineering Center. Her experimental research focuses on the fundamental properties of small systems and has applications in nanoscale electronics, including quantum computation devices. Mason has received many awards for her work, including for her dedication to increasing diversity in the physical sciences.

Kay M. Tye is a neuroscientist, professor and the Wylie Vale Chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies’ Systems Neurobiology Laboratory. She is also a member of the Kavli Institute for Brain and Mind and an adjunct faculty member at the University of California, San Diego. She holds a Ph.D. in neuroscience from the University of California, San Francisco. She’s been recognized with several prestigious research awards, including the New Innovator Award and the Pioneer Award, along with recognitions received for mentoring at the undergraduate, graduate and postdoctoral levels. Tye currently serves on the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Institute of Mental Health.

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