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TEDxISU Is Free to Public at Florida Tech July 6

By SpaceRef Editor
June 26, 2012
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Lectures a Highlight of International Space University

“We are thrilled that TEDx has come here to offer the greatest gathering of international speakers for a single event that we have ever held on campus,” said Guy Boy, Florida Tech university professor and site chair of the International Space University-Space Studies Program (ISU-SSP12) Florida Tech-KSC local organizing committee.

Boy speaks of TEDxISU, which occurs July 6, from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is part of International Space University. Space community leaders will address, through lectures, video and music, how the power of ideas in technology, entertainment and design influences and inspires their work in space. The lectures will take place in the Gleason Performing Arts Center at Florida Institute of Technology.

TEDxISU is organized by Chris Stott, chairman and CEO, ManSat LLC. Stott is also a TED and International Space University alumnus.

The independently organized event is licensed by TED. Attendance is free, but registration is important. Register at /

Invited speakers include: ISU co-founder Peter Diamandis, on “Abundance”; ISU alumni Michael Potter on his work with Google on Open Source “89211s in Rwanda”; Tom Painter, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory on new research on glaciations and climate change; Michael Simpson and Cynthia Arnaud on the Secure World Foundation; Brian Rishikof on “iPhones in Space”; and NASA Astronaut Col. Ron Garan on Open Source at NASA. Also scheduled are musician Davy Knowles and Sarah Jane Pell on underwater ballet.

About TED

TED’s media initiatives include, where new TEDTalks are posted daily, the recently launched TED-Ed platform for students and educators, the Open Translation Project, which provides subtitles and interactive transcripts as well as the ability for any TEDTalk to be translated by volunteers worldwide, and TEDBooks, short e-books by speakers that elaborate on a single idea originally presented on TED’s stage. Follow TED on Twitter or on Facebook.

About International Space University

Founded in 1987 and headquartered in Strasbourg, France, ISU is the world’s leading international space education institution. It is supported by the world’s leading space agencies and aerospace organizations. All ISU programs are taught at the graduate level and are dedicated to promoting international, interdisciplinary and intercultural cooperation in space activities. Over the past 24 years the legendary nine-week Space Studies Program has convened in different host cities around the world.

About Florida Institute of Technology

Founded at the dawn of the Space Race in 1958, Florida Tech is the only independent, technological university in the Southeast. The university has been named a Barron’s Guide “Best Buy” in College Education, designated a Tier One Best National University in U.S. News & World Report, and is one of just nine schools in Florida lauded by the 2012 Fiske Guide to Colleges and recognized by Bloomberg Businessweek as the best college for return on investment in Florida. A recent survey by ranks Florida Tech as the top private university in Florida for return on investment.

Karen Rhine
SOURCE Florida Institute Of Technology

SpaceRef staff editor.