What’s your favorite TED Talk?  Is it about scientific advances, leadership, people who do bizarre and cool things? Link us to your favorite and you could win two tickets to TEDxNashville on March 17-18!  TEDxNashville features talks by–among over 20–a member of NASA, the Time director of photography, a professor of Chinese history, and the director of the Vanderbilt Vaccine Center, as well as performances by Kris Allen and many other musicians.

Leave a link to your favorite TED Talk here in the comments, or tweet us the link @EdgeforScholars, by 5 PM Central on Wednesday, March 8, for your chance to win!

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My all time favorite TED Talk:


Great insights into behavior, and also hilarious.

Great resources! As researchers, listening to TEDtalks is a good and amusing way to learn how to tell a story (i.e., presentation).

I can’t win cuz I’m an Edge for Scholars staff type person, but zOMG, I love this one about leadership. So. Darn. Funny.


I have 2 really fascinating talks. One is purely for concept, and the other one is for presentation.

Concept: https://www.ted.com/talks/pranav_mistry_the_thrilling_potential_of_sixthsense_technology

Presentation: https://www.ted.com/talks/hans_rosling_shows_the_best_stats_you_ve_ever_seen

This one is my favorite:

Dr. Taylor is a neurologist and described her stroke as it happened. My favorite part:

And in that moment, my right arm went totally paralyzed by my side. Then I realized, “Oh my gosh! I’m having a stroke!” And the next thing my brain says to me is, Wow! This is so cool! How many brain scientists have the opportunity to study their own brain from the inside out?”
And then it crosses my mind, “But I’m a very busy woman!”

This was the first TedTalk I ever watched! It got me started on a habit of watching one TedTalk every morning with my breakfast and through that I learned so much!


So I’ve been listening to Podcast after Podcast regarding the minutia of CRISPR as our lab is moving into this realm but this TED Talk is a great Big Picture look at what the buzz is all about and I loved it – especially the end of the following quote from Jennifer Kahn where she states that “not acting is worse” – as lately this seems to apply to so much that is happening around us…

“So when you hear about gene drives in the coming months, and trust me, you will be hearing about them, remember that: It can be frightening to act, but sometimes, not acting is worse.”


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