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December 4, 2013

OU gears up for regent meeting, TEDxOU and more

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NORMAN —

“TEDxOU is a hallmark event at the University of Oklahoma that lives up to the broader TED mission of spreading ideas worth sharing,” Reneé Selanders, program manager at OU’s Center for the Creation of Economic Wealth and TEDxOU organizer, said. “With incredible speakers who will encourage attendees to see our world differently, TEDxOU promises an incredible day-long experience for attendees.”

The audience, composed of half students and half faculty, staff and community members, will have the opportunity not only to hear inspirational, boundary-pushing ideas come to life on the TEDxOU Stage but also to interact with speakers and forge connections with other attendees throughout the day. In keeping with this year’s theme, “Hello, World,” TEDxOU will debut a range of ideas from the following speakers, and more:

·Erin Engelke, vice president of public relations and communications at Feed the Children

·David Ray, dean of the OU Honors College

·Kevin Carroll, author and founder of Kevin Carroll Katalyst/LLC

·Nicole Jarvis, Norman physician and founder of local Parkinson’s Research Foundation

·Matthias Nollert, OU chemical engineering professor

·Matthew Burch, founder of Urban Agrarian

More speakers, including OU Student presenters, will be announced in the weeks leading up to TEDxOU on tedxou.com. Tickets to the event are $100 for non-students, and $27 for OU Students. For more information and to apply, visit tedxou.com.

OU to offer WaTER course

This spring 2014, the University of Oklahoma will offer a new one-credit introductory course, “Water, H2O, and WaTER,” about the significance of water in our world. The course will meet Wednesdays from 4:30-5:20 p.m. and students will learn about water’s beneficial uses as well as the challenges associated with water quality, scarcity, over-abundance (flooding) and inequities in access to clean water. It will also introduce students to the need to consider both technological options and cultural context in determining sustainable solutions to water problems.

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