University of Miami Faculty Members to Speak at Miami TEDx Event

Visionaries to Discuss “Framing the Future” at the New World Center

(October 18, 2012) — Four University of Miami professors will help frame the future at a TEDx event in Miami Beach on October 23.

Shelly Berg, dean of the Frost School of Music, will speak about “the study and performance of music as a metaphor for life; how to find meaning in daily activities, meld with others and provide leadership. The talk explores the balance between the spiritual and technical components of almost everything we do,” he said.

Svet Stoyanov, a professor of instrumental performance and director of the percussion department in the Frost School of Music, will also speak and perform "Musique de Table" by composer Thierry de Mey (also known as a "Ballet for Three Sets of Hands"). "This is a theatrical musical work for three players," Stoyanov said. "In it every musician performs on a small wooden amplified board, using their hands for various gestures, motions, and rhythms. Each of these possesses a particular audible DNA, thus creating an immersive and extraordinary universe of sounding theatrical motions. This effect is further amplified by dramatic lighting focusing on the hands."

What can people learn from sharks? A lot, according to Neil Hammerschlag, a professor at the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Science. Hammerschlag will be speaking about sharks at TEDx, focusing on “sharing my unique experiences working up-close with sharks and providing strategies for conserving these magnificent, yet threatened predators.”

The Bionic Woman may be closer than you think. The College of Engineering’s Justin Sanchez, a neural engineer who works with next-generation brain interfaces, believes that it will happen sooner than expected, and that it will happen in Miami. Sanchez will discuss his vision for going beyond bionics and the future impact of brain interfaces in medicine and everyday life.

“Miami has a unique blend of the elementary pieces to fulfill these grand ideas,” Sanchez says. “The TEDx talks are about grand visions and big ideas, but we have the building blocks right here, right now: the biomedical engineering research, the UM Miller School of Medicine, The Miami Project to Cure Paralysis, the startup industry. This is a special place, and this is where it can happen.”

TEDxMIA will present its annual conference at the New World Center from 7 to 10 p.m., Tuesday, October 23, with a pre-event “meet and mingle” at 6 p.m., also at the New World Center, located at 500 17th Street, Miami Beach.

Prepare to be inspired by ideas about what the future might be during TEDxMIA 2012’s annual conference at the New World Center. This year’s program will bring together speakers who have been chosen based on their intuitive, creative, and appealing thoughts and projects. From creating the bionic human, to conflict resolution, environmental solutions, and social good, this year’s conference will be one where ideas are exposed and conversations encouraged in order to create alternative strategies for the common future of the multicultural, ever changing Miami tribe.

In line with TEDxMIA’s mission to “Meet.Inspire.Act” and connect communities by spreading ideas worth sharing, the 2012 conference will share stimulating ideas from thought-provoking presenters and explore a world where crippling disabilities are cured, consumption and carbon mitigation work together, and businesses profit from leaving the world a little better than they found it.

Under license from TED, TEDxMIA is a nonprofit, independent organizer of events connecting the community and spreading ideas in and around South Florida.

Early registration is encouraged as space is limited. Tickets are $75. To register and purchase tickets, please visit

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