TEDxUCSD | 2017 | Salon Event
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In this event, we hope to bring to light the idea of “looking for another world”. If we spent the resources we currently on planet Earth honestly and properly, would it be possible to turn our own planet into a paradise? Or are projects that spark our curiosity and sense of purpose, like space explorations, more vital to humanity as a whole? Would abandoning the mystery and discovery put to waste the curiosity that humanity has spent centuries developing?

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Richard Somerville | TEDxUCSD Salon Event Speaker

Richard Somerville is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus at Scripps Institution of Oceanography, University of California, San Diego, where he has been a professor since 1979. He is a theoretical meteorologist and an expert on climate change. His degrees are in meteorology: B. S. from Penn State and Ph. D. from New York University. He has authored or co-authored more than 200 scientific publications. Somerville is a coordinating lead author of the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. The American Meteorological Society has given him awards both for research and for his popular book, The Forgiving Air: Understanding Environmental Change. Richard Somerville is a member of the Science and Security Board of the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, which sets the iconic Doomsday Clock each year. He is also Science Director of Climate Communication, a non-profit science and outreach project which publicizes climate research accessibly and helps both scientists and journalists in communicating climate science to the public. He was awarded the Edward A. Dickson Emeriti Professorship by the University of California, San Diego. Richard Somerville won the 2015 Climate Communication Prize of the American Geophysical Union. His website has more information.


Adam Burgasser | TEDxUCSD Salon Event Speaker

Adam Burgasser is a Professor of Physics at UC San Diego and an observational astrophysicist investigating the lowest mass stars, brown dwarfs, and exoplanets. He is particularly interested in low-temperature atmospheres, multiple star systems, magnetic activity and the search for habitable worlds, and was part of the discovery team for the TRAPPIST-1 planetary system. Adam also conducts research on physics education and art-science collaboratives. In addition to his research, Adam works to address equity and inclusion in the physical sciences by identifying and addressing barriers for underrepresented groups. He has been awarded UCSD’s Distinguished Teaching Award, Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action and Diversity Award, and has been a Chris and Warren Hellman Fellow.

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Joseph Ostrand | TEDxUCSD Salon Event Speaker

Joseph Ostrand is a fifth-year PhD candidate working on a degree in molecular biology. Joseph graduated from the University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.S. in biochemistry and a B.A. in environmental studies. The combination of these disciplines brought him to UCSD as a graduate student in Dr. Stephen Mayfield’s lab. The Mayfield lab focuses on developing  tools for advanced algae cultivation. Algae can serve as a source of sustainable fuel, and has potential as a novel platform for therapeutic protein production. Joseph believes that advancing our understanding of algal systems can help solve a myriad of issues that are critical to the health of our planet, from energy and food, to medicine.​