Speakers and Performers @ TEDxSanDiego 2016

The Age of Magic

The Age of Magic refers to the many aspects of life
that fill us with a sense of awe and wonder.

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Each week we’ll be adding new speakers and performers!

Thomas Albright at TEDxSanDiego 2016Thomas Albright

Thomas Albright is Professor and Conrad T. Prebys Chair at the Salk Institute for Biological Studies. Albright is an authority on the brain bases of visual perception, visual memory and visually guided behavior. He is known for his pioneering research on the role of context in visual information processing. His work is characterized by an effort to understand how the visual system operates under sensory conditions and behavioral demands that approximate the richness of normal perceptual experience.

Natalie Kaczorowski at TEDxSanDiego 2016Natalie Kaczorowski

Natalie Kaczorowski is a friendly neighborhood producer, vlogger, pop-culture enthusiast, and the Mother of Dachshunds. She is better known for her online persona, Comic Connie. In her vlog episodes, “Nerdy Notes,” she analyzes and explains pop- culture topics for a mainstream audience. Natalie’s offline persona is spent as a mild-mannered executive producer of “Tonight in San Diego,” an independently-run, late-night talk show.

Reginald Jones Head ShotReginald Jones

Prior to joining Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Reginald Jones served as President of Chicago-based Steans Family Foundation, a philanthropy committed to revitalizing North Lawndale, a disinvested community on Chicago’s west side. Jones worked with culturally diverse residents and partner organizations to undertake ambitious neighborhood revitalization efforts.

Kinnie Dye at TEDxSanDiego 2016Kinnie Dye

An Oklahoma native, Kinnie is a country girl at heart who moved east to the Big Apple after graduating from Oklahoma City University with a degree in musical theater. After touring the country with several Broadway shows, Kinnie started singing with a band. She and her friends piled in a van and played their way across country to find themselves in San Diego. In 2016 she decided to venture out on her own, releasing her first album, LIVE, in July.

Kelly Mellos at TEDxSanDiegoKelly Mellos

Kelly Mellos is an award-winning fine artist, with a mission of using art to break down barriers, build trust and compassion, encourage risk-taking and celebrate our interconnectedness.Her work aims to reveal the life force of her subjects to viewers, aspiring to bring humanity closer together and to the planet; her teaching encourages students to strive for this in their own lives and work.

Scott Klemmer at TEDxSanDiego 2016Scott Klemmer

Scott is the co-founder and co-director of the Design Lab at UCSD where he is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering. His group’s research tools harvest and synthesize examples to empower more people to design, program, learn, and create.  Recent work — inspired by the design studio — is enabling peer learning online. He previously served as Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford and was a founding participant in the d.school.

Janelle Ayres at TEDxSanDiego 2016Janelle Ayres

Dr. Ayres’ research program is focused on developing new strategies for treating both infectious and non-infectious disease. She is especially interested in leveraging our interactions with the microbiome–the trillions of good bacteria living on our bodies–to end the arms race with infectious diseases and antibiotic resistance. Dr. Ayres earned her PhD from Stanford University School of Medicine in Microbiology and Immunology.

Gill Sotu at TEDxSanDiego 2016Gill Sotu

Poet, writer, DJ, musician Gill Sotu is a two-time Grand Slam Poetry Champion, effortlessly weaving poetry into musical and theatre performance. Currently the Artist In Residence at the Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, Gill wrote and performed the poetic segments to Melissa Adao’s dance theatre showcase, “Hip-Hop CabHooray!” His efforts won him Outstanding Production at the 2015 Fringe Fest.