Addie Stone   Student   adstone@g.clemson.edu   Title: Why You Should Have a Hand in American Agriculture  Biography  Addie Stone is a junior agribusiness major and Spanish minor from Dallas, Texas. She is the president of the Agribusiness Association as well as an active member of Chi Omega, and in her free time she loves traveling and being in the outdoors. Passionate about urban agriculture, Addie aims to start a think tank dedicated to research and program develop in this sphere. With her TEDx talk on “Accessible Agriculture,” she hopes to start a conversation on the state of the American agriculture industry, why we need to search for talent in non-traditional places, and how we can attract them to the industry when we do.  Talk Summary  Agriculture is an industry, and just like every other industry, it has some problem solving to accomplish. The need for bright, innovative, and passionate agricultural talent is pressing, but in order to locate and recruit this talent, we’ll have to first break the mold of the “traditional” agriculturalist.

Addie Stone

Student

adstone@g.clemson.edu

Title: Why You Should Have a Hand in American Agriculture

Biography

Addie Stone is a junior agribusiness major and Spanish minor from Dallas, Texas. She is the president of the Agribusiness Association as well as an active member of Chi Omega, and in her free time she loves traveling and being in the outdoors. Passionate about urban agriculture, Addie aims to start a think tank dedicated to research and program develop in this sphere. With her TEDx talk on “Accessible Agriculture,” she hopes to start a conversation on the state of the American agriculture industry, why we need to search for talent in non-traditional places, and how we can attract them to the industry when we do.

Talk Summary

Agriculture is an industry, and just like every other industry, it has some problem solving to accomplish. The need for bright, innovative, and passionate agricultural talent is pressing, but in order to locate and recruit this talent, we’ll have to first break the mold of the “traditional” agriculturalist.

Michael Arnold   Continuous Improvement Quality Manager  Michael@themichaelarnold.com  The Cure for Lazy Leadership  Biography  Michael watched Neil Armstrong step on to the moon while sitting on his grandpa’s knee. He wanted to be an astronaut, but discovered in high school he was 3 inches too tall! Michael decided to become an engineer and build taller spaceships, discovering his passion: solving problems by changing the status quo. He also found love marrying his high school sweetheart. They are both mechanical engineers with two sons, both future engineers, one studying Electrical Engineering at the Citadel and one in high school. They all live in Anderson, SC. Michael’s mentor in college told him "Don't become a quality engineer in the automotive industry." He found the last 25 years in automotive quality to be challenging and fast paced, but now understands the advice thanks to the command and control management culture. Michael’s focus the last 15+ years has been solving complex problems, gaining both Shainin Red X Journeyman and Six Sigma Black Belt certifications, including teaching and coaching Six Sigma. Michael’s experience and knowledge enables him to help others solve their biggest problems. Drawing on this experience he now trains and coaches others to resolve problems with innovative solutions.  Talk Summary  We need a cure to the toxic contagion of lazy leadership. To prevent abusive bullies from controlling disengaged employees. Command and control is so last century!

Michael Arnold

Continuous Improvement Quality Manager

Michael@themichaelarnold.com

The Cure for Lazy Leadership

Biography

Michael watched Neil Armstrong step on to the moon while sitting on his grandpa’s knee. He wanted to be an astronaut, but discovered in high school he was 3 inches too tall! Michael decided to become an engineer and build taller spaceships, discovering his passion: solving problems by changing the status quo. He also found love marrying his high school sweetheart. They are both mechanical engineers with two sons, both future engineers, one studying Electrical Engineering at the Citadel and one in high school. They all live in Anderson, SC. Michael’s mentor in college told him "Don't become a quality engineer in the automotive industry." He found the last 25 years in automotive quality to be challenging and fast paced, but now understands the advice thanks to the command and control management culture. Michael’s focus the last 15+ years has been solving complex problems, gaining both Shainin Red X Journeyman and Six Sigma Black Belt certifications, including teaching and coaching Six Sigma. Michael’s experience and knowledge enables him to help others solve their biggest problems. Drawing on this experience he now trains and coaches others to resolve problems with innovative solutions.

Talk Summary

We need a cure to the toxic contagion of lazy leadership. To prevent abusive bullies from controlling disengaged employees. Command and control is so last century!

Brandon Xavier   Student  Title: The Human Gut: Our Second Brain  Biography  I am a senior Microbiology major from Spartanburg, SC. I am graduating in May with plans on attending medical school. I enjoy learning about health and wellness and hope to pursue a career in sports medicine. My Ted talk will be centered around what I found to be some of the most applicable information I learned throughout my undergraduate education. The focus of my talk is about the human gut microbiome and what you consume affects the size and diversity of bacteria in your gut. These bacteria impact many aspects about your life including your mood, appearance, likes, and dislikes.  Talk Summary  The microbes that inhabit our gut contribute significantly to the quality of our daily lives. It is important to feed our body's with the right types of bacteria to more fully utilize all the beneficial effects they provide including: allowing us to better handle stress, have better moods, control what we crave to eat, and have a stronger immunity. As we progress technologically, we are discovering better ways to utilize these bacteria and cater personalized treatments for a variety of ailments.

Brandon Xavier

Student

Title: The Human Gut: Our Second Brain

Biography

I am a senior Microbiology major from Spartanburg, SC. I am graduating in May with plans on attending medical school. I enjoy learning about health and wellness and hope to pursue a career in sports medicine. My Ted talk will be centered around what I found to be some of the most applicable information I learned throughout my undergraduate education. The focus of my talk is about the human gut microbiome and what you consume affects the size and diversity of bacteria in your gut. These bacteria impact many aspects about your life including your mood, appearance, likes, and dislikes.

Talk Summary

The microbes that inhabit our gut contribute significantly to the quality of our daily lives. It is important to feed our body's with the right types of bacteria to more fully utilize all the beneficial effects they provide including: allowing us to better handle stress, have better moods, control what we crave to eat, and have a stronger immunity. As we progress technologically, we are discovering better ways to utilize these bacteria and cater personalized treatments for a variety of ailments.

Christian Steinmetz   Audio Engineer and Researcher  Title: How Algorithms May Help You Discover Your Next Favorite Song  Biography  I am a double major studying electrical engineering and audio technology. I work both as an audio engineer, producing recordings for artists, and as a researcher, working on creative applications of artificial intelligence in the context of music production. My goal is to develop tools for both audio engineers and music listeners that enhance how we engage with and create music.  Talk Summary  My talk focuses on the importance of intelligent algorithms in the modern music listening and discovery process. I will discuss the “black-box” nature of current music recommendation systems, their associated problems, and the need for user control in the process. I will introduce some of my attempts to address these problems as well as possible future directions.

Christian Steinmetz

Audio Engineer and Researcher

Title: How Algorithms May Help You Discover Your Next Favorite Song

Biography

I am a double major studying electrical engineering and audio technology. I work both as an audio engineer, producing recordings for artists, and as a researcher, working on creative applications of artificial intelligence in the context of music production. My goal is to develop tools for both audio engineers and music listeners that enhance how we engage with and create music.

Talk Summary

My talk focuses on the importance of intelligent algorithms in the modern music listening and discovery process. I will discuss the “black-box” nature of current music recommendation systems, their associated problems, and the need for user control in the process. I will introduce some of my attempts to address these problems as well as possible future directions.

Dr. Rebecca Heiss   CEO/Founder Icueity  Title: Grin & Bear It: Breaking Through Our Biology to Consciously Craft Our Stories  Biography  After earning her PhD with research designated as “transformative” by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Rebecca Heiss went on to hold multiple appointments in academia, applying her research to solve practical problems in overcoming what she refers to as “biological ghosts” - subconscious behaviors that haunt modern life. She is currently launching a new self-awareness app, called Icueity, to help every individual reach her/his full potential and is the proud owner of a spoiled rotten dog named Bird. Her life motto is, “spread happy.”  Talk Summary  We all have stories. Most of us have never stopped to question where our stories come from or whether we even believe the stories we tell. That’s because most of our stories are written for us. Programmed by millions of years of successful evolution. Or a few months steeped in a culture that shapes us. But what happens when these stories collide with the modern realities of our conscious desires? One horrendous, blatant example of these conflicts has arisen in light of the #metoo movement. Even as we come to face the epidemic of sexual assaults in this country, the real story is still buried between the lines. It’s time we break through the barriers of biological programming that hold us to outdated scripts. Together we can consciously craft a better story for everyone.

Dr. Rebecca Heiss

CEO/Founder Icueity

Title: Grin & Bear It: Breaking Through Our Biology to Consciously Craft Our Stories

Biography

After earning her PhD with research designated as “transformative” by the National Science Foundation, Dr. Rebecca Heiss went on to hold multiple appointments in academia, applying her research to solve practical problems in overcoming what she refers to as “biological ghosts” - subconscious behaviors that haunt modern life. She is currently launching a new self-awareness app, called Icueity, to help every individual reach her/his full potential and is the proud owner of a spoiled rotten dog named Bird. Her life motto is, “spread happy.”

Talk Summary

We all have stories. Most of us have never stopped to question where our stories come from or whether we even believe the stories we tell. That’s because most of our stories are written for us. Programmed by millions of years of successful evolution. Or a few months steeped in a culture that shapes us. But what happens when these stories collide with the modern realities of our conscious desires? One horrendous, blatant example of these conflicts has arisen in light of the #metoo movement. Even as we come to face the epidemic of sexual assaults in this country, the real story is still buried between the lines. It’s time we break through the barriers of biological programming that hold us to outdated scripts. Together we can consciously craft a better story for everyone.

Dr. Shea Tolbert   Cosmetic and General Dentist  sheatolbert@gmail.com  Title Digital Dentistry and 3D Printing Applications  Biography  Dr. Tolbert is a graduate of Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine, and the University of Florida Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program. He serves as a Key Opinion Leader for International companies including Planmeca, Ivoclar, and Implant Direct. He lectures on the practical applications of technologies including digital impressions, CAD/CAM dentistry, digital radiology, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT imaging), digital smile design, and 3D printing. Dr. Tolbert currently serves as an Affiliate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine and as an Adjunct Professor at Clemson University Department of Science. He has also served in numerous leadership roles with Department of Sports Medicine at Clemson  University and the American Dental Association at both the State and Local Levels. Dr. Tolbert is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He has also been published and featured in several dental magazines and international continuing education webinars. He is CEO and Co-founder of Launch Digital Dentistry, an educational company focused on implementing digital dentistry workflows to better your practice. He currently practices full-time in a distinguished private practice in Greenville, South Carolina.  Talk Summary  Learn how CAD/CAM and 3D printing are used by Dentists to provide better patient care with the latest technology. Experience an interactive discussion on how to embrace evolving technology in medical care. Hear the story of how my practice is “Breaking the Mold” to achieve success.

Dr. Shea Tolbert

Cosmetic and General Dentist

sheatolbert@gmail.com

Title Digital Dentistry and 3D Printing Applications

Biography

Dr. Tolbert is a graduate of Clemson University, the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine, and the University of Florida Advanced Education in General Dentistry Residency Program. He serves as a Key Opinion Leader for International companies including Planmeca, Ivoclar, and Implant Direct. He lectures on the practical applications of technologies including digital impressions, CAD/CAM dentistry, digital radiology, cone beam computed tomography (CBCT imaging), digital smile design, and 3D printing. Dr. Tolbert currently serves as an Affiliate Professor at the Medical University of South Carolina, College of Dental Medicine and as an Adjunct Professor at Clemson University Department of Science. He has also served in numerous leadership roles with Department of Sports Medicine at Clemson

University and the American Dental Association at both the State and Local Levels. Dr. Tolbert is a Fellow of the Academy of General Dentistry. He has also been published and featured in several dental magazines and international continuing education webinars. He is CEO and Co-founder of Launch Digital Dentistry, an educational company focused on implementing digital dentistry workflows to better your practice. He currently practices full-time in a distinguished private practice in Greenville, South Carolina.

Talk Summary

Learn how CAD/CAM and 3D printing are used by Dentists to provide better patient care with the latest technology. Experience an interactive discussion on how to embrace evolving technology in medical care. Hear the story of how my practice is “Breaking the Mold” to achieve success.

Emily Scircle   Undergraduate Researcher  escircl@g.clemson.edu  Title: Artificial Light is Wrecking Your Life  Biography  Emily is a senior at Clemson University studying Language and International Public Health with an emphasis in Spanish and Hospital Administration and minor in Psychology. Originally a preferred walk-on for Clemson’s varsity rowing program, she received a medical release after her freshman season in 2016 due to a diagnosis of narcolepsy. Rather than dwell on her experience, she used it to springboard an interest in undergraduate research focusing on human stress and fatigue. She has spent the past 2 years focusing on her own research study, investigating the exposure of bright light to decrease daytime sleepiness as an alternative to caffeine and stimulants. Scircle was one of six Clemson undergraduates selected to present her findings at the ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference in April 2018. In addition to sleep, light, and human circadian rhythm research, Scircle is also researching the variation of quality of sleep in college students among different ethnicities in relation to GPA and successful public health interventions for impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic.  Talk Summary  Humans were genetically perfected with thousands of years of genetic breeding to crave sunlight, but the past 100 years of innovation has drastically altered humans' environment and lifestyle. In this talk Emily walks you through various interactions that you encounter daily with with artificial illuminance to challenge you to think about how this recent man-made environment impacts your mood, productivity, and energy levels.

Emily Scircle

Undergraduate Researcher

escircl@g.clemson.edu

Title: Artificial Light is Wrecking Your Life

Biography

Emily is a senior at Clemson University studying Language and International Public Health with an emphasis in Spanish and Hospital Administration and minor in Psychology. Originally a preferred walk-on for Clemson’s varsity rowing program, she received a medical release after her freshman season in 2016 due to a diagnosis of narcolepsy. Rather than dwell on her experience, she used it to springboard an interest in undergraduate research focusing on human stress and fatigue. She has spent the past 2 years focusing on her own research study, investigating the exposure of bright light to decrease daytime sleepiness as an alternative to caffeine and stimulants. Scircle was one of six Clemson undergraduates selected to present her findings at the ACC Meeting of the Minds Conference in April 2018. In addition to sleep, light, and human circadian rhythm research, Scircle is also researching the variation of quality of sleep in college students among different ethnicities in relation to GPA and successful public health interventions for impoverished communities in the Dominican Republic.

Talk Summary

Humans were genetically perfected with thousands of years of genetic breeding to crave sunlight, but the past 100 years of innovation has drastically altered humans' environment and lifestyle. In this talk Emily walks you through various interactions that you encounter daily with with artificial illuminance to challenge you to think about how this recent man-made environment impacts your mood, productivity, and energy levels.

Leslie Lewis   Doctoral Candidate  lalewis@g.clemson.edu  Title: Women at West Point  Biography  Leslie Lewis is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at Clemson University. She is also an academic librarian by profession. Leslie is writing her dissertation on women and leadership at West Point. She is herself a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, from the sixth class with women, and served in the US Army as a Military Intelligence officer.  Talk Summary  Leslie’s TEDx talk is on how women at West Point, a military institution that was all men for the first 174 years of its existence, “broke the mold” of the traditional model cadet, a man. Over the past 40+ years, women at West Point have helped create a new model cadet to which all cadets can aspire.

Leslie Lewis

Doctoral Candidate

lalewis@g.clemson.edu

Title: Women at West Point

Biography

Leslie Lewis is a doctoral student in Educational Leadership at Clemson University. She is also an academic librarian by profession. Leslie is writing her dissertation on women and leadership at West Point. She is herself a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point, from the sixth class with women, and served in the US Army as a Military Intelligence officer.

Talk Summary

Leslie’s TEDx talk is on how women at West Point, a military institution that was all men for the first 174 years of its existence, “broke the mold” of the traditional model cadet, a man. Over the past 40+ years, women at West Point have helped create a new model cadet to which all cadets can aspire.