UCI Announces Festival of Discovery Honoring Its 50th Anniversary


TEDxUCIrvine Brings TEDx Talks to Festival of Discovery
Celebrating UC Irvine’s 50th Anniversary  

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 

UC Irvine’s Festival of Discovery, a new interactive event open to the community, will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 3, 2015. The first-year festival provides an opportunity for visitors to experience educational, hands-on displays highlighting the solution-based work addressing global problems and staging UCI’s arts and cultural contributions.

As the centerpiece of the university’s 50th anniversary celebration, the Festival of Discovery is designed to showcase how UCI researchers are working to solve global challenges in energy, healthcare and medicine and more.

A special “Discovery Pass” will grant visitors access into discovery pavilions, each highlighting a different interdisciplinary theme: Health + Wellness, Ingenuity + Innovation, Local + Global Impact and Arts + Culture. 

The festival will kick off with the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk at 8 a.m.  Participants will “run through the decades” with deejays playing music and themed décor of the 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today.  The course will finish at the 

Festival of Discovery event site in Aldrich Park at the heart of the campus.

The festival will also offer athletic clinics and activities, gourmet food trucks, a digital lounge, student and community performances and live music suitable for all ages.

Festival of Discovery is a free event. Registration for the Anteater 5k and Family Fun Run/Walk will open May 1. For more information visit http://festivalofdiscovery.uci.edu.


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