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2019

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Jaellin KingTowson University Student

Jaellin King

Jaellin Megan King is currently a junior at Towson University, majoring in English with a concentration in Writing and a minor in Communication Studies. Her love for spoken word poetry and the English language has carried itself throughout much of her adolescence and intensified within her collegiate experience.
Jaellin was born and raised in Brooklyn, New York by her parents who were born in the West Indies. Much of her identity is rooted within these diverse cultures and throughout her life she has had to learn how to navigate the world while trying to remain true to herself. These different cultures are composed of unique perspectives and customs, but most noticeably, different dialects. Growing up, she was aware of how instinctual it was to adjust her language in accordance to the occasion, friend group, and/or setting, but not educated on why this happens and how it impacts her life.

Jaellin will present at TEDxTowsonU 2019 to discuss the linguistic phenomena that it utilized by, if not all, then a vast majority of the public and explain how it can positively impact how they navigate the world around them.

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Jordan DeVeauxTowson University Student

Jordan DeVeaux

Jordan DeVeaux is 19 years old and graduated from Stone Ridge School of the Sacred Heart in Bethesda, MD in 2018. She is now a second-year student at Towson University majoring in psychology with a minor in family studies. She aspires to ultimately pursue a career in geriatric psychology with a specialty in hospice care. Jordan serves as the President Pro-Tempore of the Student Senate of Towson University, working tirelessly to foster an environment where all voices and perspectives are valued. In addition to her role at Towson University, she cares deeply about the intersections of intellectual inquiry and spiritual practice. She preached her first sermon in 2014 and intends to continue ministerial studies after completing her undergraduate studies. In knowing Jordan, the one common factor, transcending discipline or creed, is truly evident — the devotion to upholding the dignity of every human person.

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Lauren SchifterTowson University Student

Lauren Schifter

Lauren is a full-time, second year graduate student and assistant at Towson University, majoring in Autism Studies and Clinician-Administrator Transitioning, where she is set to graduate in May of 2020. Lauren also became an alumni of Towson University in May of 2018, majoring in Special Education and Disability Studies. She currently works in Post-Secondary Services at Kennedy Krieger Institute as an Employment Training Specialist working with adults with disabilities and is also involved at the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism.
Lauren’s personal experience with her adult brother with Autism, has led to her commitment of serving individuals with disabilities. Her personal experience led to her role in advocacy and awareness in the community. She presents Disability Awareness Workshops and ‘Spread the Word, to End the Word’ campaigns at local schools. Lauren’s passion for working with individuals with disabilities is seen through her involvement within the community and dedication to the success of each individual. She continues to spread the same message across all platforms that there is the vast ability to create endless opportunities for everyone and with a step in the right direction towards acceptance of a more neurodiverse community, anything is possible!
Lauren’s long-term career goal involves completing her Occupational Therapy Doctorate (OTD) and opening a large therapy clinic including herself, a physical therapist, and a speech-language pathologist with an Autism outreach and advocacy network next door that seeks the active participation of siblings of individuals with disabilities.

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Sarah HemmingerCo-Founder and CEO, Thread

Sarah Hemminger

Sarah Hemminger is a social entrepreneur, scientist, and ice dancer who co-founded Thread with her husband Ryan Hemminger in 2004. Equipped with the fundamental understanding that we all need deep interpersonal bonds to thrive, Sarah knows that caring relationships have the power to radically and permanently alter the social support structure of everyone involved. She has 15 years of experience in nonprofit management and expertise in the development, expansion, and replication of innovative, paradigm-shifting models of forming relationships across lines of difference between high school students, volunteers and collaborators. Sarah was awarded fellowships from Ashoka, Echoing Green Foundation, Open Society Institute, and the Albert Schweitzer Fellows Program, which support social entrepreneurs with innovative ideas. In 2010, Sarah received her Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the Johns Hopkins University for her work on the role of the cerebellum and the primary motor cortex on the time scales of consolidation of motor memory. She received the prestigious Siebel Scholars Award for outstanding work in the field of technology and engineering. Her research was published in the Journal of Neuroscience, Journal of Neurophysiology, and Cerebral Cortex and she has lectured internationally on her work. Sarah received her undergraduate degree from the Johns Hopkins University in 2002, and prior to pursuing her PhD, she worked as an engineer for Medtronic XOMED.

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Shavise GlascoeDirector, Towson University Wellness Center

Shavise Glascoe

Shavise Glascoe, M.S., is the director of the Towson University Wellness Center and a certified exercise physiologist. She has worked with individuals of all ages and fitness levels and specializes in program design for weight management, chronic disease prevention and treatment. Her mission is to empower others to improve their quality of life and incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives.

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Tobin PorterfieldChair, Towson University Department of Business Analytics & Technology Management

Tobin Porterfield

Tobin Porterfield is an Associate Professor and chairman of the Department of Business Analytics & Technology Management at Towson University. After a seventeen year industry career, he completed his Ph.D. in Logistics and Supply Chain Management at the University of Maryland and joined Towson University in 2007.

His passion for teaching centers on helping his students understand how they will apply their knowledge and technical skills to their careers. This led him to research the additional “soft skills” that are also needed for career success. His 2017 book, The 55 Soft Skills That Guide Employee and Organizational Success, documents this wide array of skills and launched his current mission to help people develop soft skills that complement their technical skills.

2018

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Adele SwitzerCo-Executive Director, Movement Exchange

Adele Switzer

Adele Switzer is a dancer and non-profit professional passionate about the intersection between dance, leadership, and community empowerment. Adele is currently the co-Executive Director of Movement Exchange, a nonprofit that unites dance and service through its network of university chapters, international dance exchanges, and year-round programs in underserved communities. Adele grew up in Ellicott City, Maryland and received extensive training in ballet, modern, tap, and jazz. Her goals had been set on performing professionally until 2014 when she attended an international dance exchange to Panama with Movement Exchange. Since then, she has been committed to creating opportunities for dancers to discover their strengths as dancers, leaders, and educators. Upon graduating from Florida State University with a BFA in Dance, she moved to Panama to work with the Movement Exchange team full time. Adele believes that dance, as a universal language, is a tool that that allows all to discover their creativity, confidence, and passion.

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Edward Doxen III

Edward Doxen III

Edward is a full-time graduate student and assistant at Towson University, majoring in Human Resource Development with a concentration in Leadership and Organization Development, where he is set to graduate in May of 2019.

Edward’s long-term career goal is to serve in an executive thought-leader in the Human Resources arena where he is able to effectively manage talent, positively engage employees through diversity & inclusion and manage organizational change through measurable results that further the mission, vision and business goals of the organization.

The functional areas of human resources that Edward is interested in are; talent management, employee relations Diversity & Inclusion and Organization Development. Thus, Edward continues to expose himself to various professional and leadership development opportunities. Edward has a significant amount of experience in project management, community engagement, leadership & program development, and human resources. Edward is an innovative leader equipped with various transferable skills that enable him to add value to any team that he is a part of. A health and NBA fanatic, Edward’s favorite things to do during his free time are to exercise, travel, read, and volunteer to serve at-risk youth in his hometown, Washington, D.C.

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Jonathan LopesAssistant Director of Career Development and Community Engagement, Centenary University

Jonathan Lopes

Jonathan Lopes serves as the Assistant Director of Career Development and Community Engagement at Centenary University in Hackettstown, NJ. Jonathan holds an AA, BA & MA degree with an education and social science focus. Jonathan enjoys supporting students and guiding them as they polish their potential. His best piece of advice to students: Always ask questions!

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Rachael Daudelin

Rachael Daudelin

Rachael Daudelin is a junior at Towson University, majoring in English with a concentration in Writing and minors in Psychology and Deaf Studies.

In Fall 2017, after over 13 years of eating challenges and the social, emotional, and physical side effects that came with them; she was officially diagnosed with Avoidant/Restrictive Food Intake Disorder (ARFID). Despite learning about the disorder 5 years prior, little knowledge of the disorder and limited access to treatment delayed her official diagnosis and recovery until she was a sophomore in college. She spent the first semester of her recovery juggling an average of 4 doctors’ appointments a week with 19 credits, 2 jobs, and 2 volunteer positions.

A year later, Daudelin will present at TEDx to discuss the positive power of the diagnosis that proved to her that she hadn’t broken herself. She hopes to help spread the word about ARFID so that nobody else will have to wait to understand themselves, recover, and feel better.

2017

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Adam HaysSpecial Olympics Athlete

Adam Hays

Adam will be discussing the opportunities that have been made available to people with intellectual disabilities, as well as the steps that we can take to become a more equitable and integrated society.

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Brian JaraAssociate Director, Towson University Cultural Competency Education

Brian Jara

Brian will be utilizing his experience in teaching women’s, gender, sexuality, and LGBTQ+ studies to dive into the relationship of intersectional masculinity with our society.

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Dr. Monique HeadAssociate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies, Morgan State University

Dr. Monique Head

Dr. Head will be talking about how we are tackling the challenge of infrastructure – specifically, using advanced materials to engineer bridge systems that meet acceptable bridge performance criteria in a sustainable way.

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Kwame Shaka OpareTeaching Artist, Youth Advocate

Kwame Shaka Opare

Kwame will provide an investigation into the systematic miseducation of African American youth and how the disrupting the status quo of African-American students in education can provide the opportunity for these students to succeed.

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Nosa Isabor

Nosa Isabor

An up and coming young DJ, Nosa is presenting on the innovations and advancements in the field of music sampling, and how the evolution of sampling is creating new and exciting sounds that have not previously been heard in the industry

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Ryan PerpallCEO, Break Box

Ryan Perpall

Ryan is here to talk about the philosophy of Break Box, his glass recycling company that utilizes a recreational destruction business model to revolutionize the recycling process.

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Usjid Hameed

Usjid Hameed

Every time a terrorist attack occurs in the US, Americans are left wondering why: why do “they” hate “us? Usjid’s talk will give us some insight into how we got to this place.

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Veronica Canarte

Veronica Canarte

Veronica is here to talk about the difficulties that women (particularly women of color) face in STEM fields, some of the reasons for these difficulties, and the true depth of discrimination in this fast-growing segment of our workforce.

2016

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Bria Johnson

Bria Johnson

She is a sophomore here at Towson University, majoring in Psychology and Women’s & Gender studies. She is currently the president and founder of a student organization here called Womanist United. Her primary goal with this organization is to help create safe spaces for students to practice self-care and love themselves.

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David TeieFounder, Music for Cats

David Teie

David Teie was born into a musical family, one of a third generation of professional musicians. By the time he entered college he had set aside studies of piano, saxophone, and singing to concentrate on the cello. He worked with Stephen Kates and Berl Senofsky at the Peabody Conservatory where he received his Bachelors and Masters degrees and the Wertheimer award for cellists, and with William Pleeth in London on a Fulbright scholarship and studied composition with John Corigliano. He joined the National Symphony in 1984, eventually playing fifteen concerto performances with them, twelve with Maestro Rostopovich conducting, including performances on two U.S. tours and the first of the American Residencies. He spent the 1999 – 2000 season as acting principal cellist of the San Francisco Symphony.

He composed the string music for the CD by the rock group Echobrain founded by former Metallica bassist, Jason Newsted, was commissioned by Leonard Slatkin and the National Symphony to write one of the Hechinger encores, Fuga Eroica which received its premiere with the NSO in February of 2004, and in November of 2005 premiered his Concerto for Violoncello and Orchestra with the Anchorage Symphony. His Concerto for Flute and Strings received its premier in 2010 with the Eclipse Chamber Orchestra; David is presently the music director of that orchestra.

In 2005 -06 David developed and outlined the first comprehensive theory that attempts to explain the cognitive processes involved in our appreciation of music. Working with Charles T. Snowdon at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, they studied the affect of David’s species-specific music on cotton-topped tamarin monkeys, resulting in the first controlled study that demonstrated significant and appropriate responses to music from any species other than human and was published in Biology Letters of the Royal Society. A more complete description of his theory was published by Oxford University Press in the book The Evolution of Emotional Communication. A second study was conducted by Dr. Snowdon at the University of Wisconsin- Madison testing the effectiveness of species-specific music on cats. The data were even stronger for cats than they had been for the monkeys; the results were published in Applied Animal Behaviour Science in 2015.

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Dr. Cheryl LaRocheArchaeologist & Professor, University of Maryland College Park

Dr. Cheryl LaRoche

For more than a decade, archaeologist Dr. Cheryl LaRoche has been researching and physically exploring the landscapes of 18th and 19th century free Black communities, their churches, cemeteries and institutions, and their relationship to the Underground Railroad. She is a historical and archaeological consultant who combines law, history, oral history, archaeology, geography, and material culture to define nineteenth century African American cultural landscapes and its relationship to escape from slavery. She often works at the sometimes contentious interface between the public and scholars, professionals and municipalities. Dr. LaRoche teaches in the Department of American Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. She lectures on a wide range of historical topics; her work has taken her across the country, from New England to the banks of the Mississippi River and beyond. She has consulted for the Smithsonian, the National Park Service, the National Forest Service, the African Meeting House in Boston and Nantucket, the African American Museum in Philadelphia, the Reginald F. Lewis Museum, Baltimore, and a number of other historical sites and projects. She has worked for cultural resource firms such as URS Corporation and John Milner Associates. She was the cultural heritage specialist for the President’s House archaeological site for URS and the National Park Service in Philadelphia. Most recently she served as a project historian for the Smithsonian’s newest museum, the National Museum of African American History and Culture. Dr. LaRoche was one of the authors of the National Significance of the Harriet Tubman Historic Area for the National Park Service and she was the lead author for “Resistance to Slavery in Maryland: Strategies for Freedom” for the Organization of American Historians and the National Park Service. She worked as an archaeological conservator for the African Burial Ground Project in New York City where she was responsible for conserving the grave goods from the burials.

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Dr. James OverduinProfessor, Towson University- Department of Physics, Astronomy, and Geosciences

Dr. James Overduin

James Overduin is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physics, Astronomy and Geosciences at Towson University. He teaches calculus-based introductory physics, mathematical physics, and a Towson Seminar course called “Physics and Metaphysics”. His research is in the areas of gravitation, cosmology, astrophysics and physics education. He works closely with undergraduate research students, who are co-authors on numerous conference presentations and publications.

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Dr. John LaPollaProfessor, Towson University- Department of Biological Sciences

Dr. John LaPolla

Ants have fascinated John LaPolla since he was a boy, leading him to become a myrmecologist, a scientist who specializes on ants. His research focuses on the discovery and description of ant biodiversity both of the past and present. This has taken him around the globe in search of ants, but has also brought him face to face with the challenges the 21st century presents to biodiversity. He received his Ph.D. from Rutgers University in 2004, completed a two-year postdoctoral fellowship at the Smithsonian Institution, and has been a faculty member in the Department of Biological Sciences at Towson University since 2006.

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Dr. Marc OlanoProfessor, University of Maryland Baltimore County - Department of Computer Science and Electrical Engineering

Dr. Marc Olano

Dr. Olano is an Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. He leads the room-sized 94-camera 3D scanning facility at UMBC, which can create detailed 3D scans of people and objects for science and entertainment. Related labs at UMBC support virtual reality and 3D printing. Dr. Olano has been doing research in 3D graphics, games, and virtual reality for over 25 years, including work on several major computer games and invention of graphics technology found in every PC, game console or smart phone today.

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Erin Campbell

Erin Campbell

Erin Campbell is an undergraduate student who believes in doggedly following one’s interests and the power of language to shape human experience. At Towson University, she studies speech language pathology, deaf studies, Spanish, and disability studies- focusing on the role of “atypical” human communication in the brains and lives of individuals as well as in larger social issues. She currently works at the Hussman Center for Adults with Autism and in working to provide healthcare resources to Spanish speakers. She plans to dedicate her life to improving the availability of evidence-based practices for populations with complex language and communication needs.

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John Gillespie

John Gillespie

John Gillespie is an English and Philosophy Major at Towson University. He was one of the leading organizers of the #OccupyTowson movement which developed in the aftermath of #WeAreMizzou, a black student led protest movement that took the nation by storm in November. He is a writer, poet, thinker who prefers to call himself a radical therapist as opposed to activist.

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