Some 1,500 Delegates are streaming into the Opera House at the Kennedy Center, munching on mango and drinking sangria as they await the start of the first speaker session at TEDMED 2012. Of course, healthy pursuits are never far away; Delegates could also have their carotid artery scanned for signs of arterial plaque at Panasonic’s CardioHealth station in the lounge, or have a blood test for inflammatory markers of heart disease with the Cleveland HeartLab’s new “it” screen.
We had a sneak peek at the humongous backstage area, where the singer and songwriter Jill Sobule graciously allowed us to snap a few photos. Reuters Health executive editor Ivan Oransky, speaking at Session 3 on Wednesday, also prepped for his talk, “Is the ‘disease model’ sick — or just exhausted?”
Part of TEDMED’s mission is to share ideas among as many people as possible – particularly when it comes to nurturing young people’s imaginations. To that end, TEDMED has invited 25 local high school students, along with their principal, to be special guests at TEDMED’s final session on Friday morning.
The Academies at Anacostia – also known as Anacostia Senior High School – is a D.C. public high school looking to turn around decades of extremely low test scores. Towards that goal, school officials partnered with Friendship Public Charter Schools and closed it for a summer-long revamp, after which Anacostia re-opened in 2009 with a renewed mission, more than 30 first-year teachers, and many new programs.
The special student guests on Friday were chosen for their accomplishments. The group includes:
*Seven students training to be EMT’s in Anacostia’s Allied Health career program
*One student who is a member of the local Red Cross Club
*Anacostia’s FIRST Robotics team, AnaDroidz, which recently competed against 64 other teams from 10 states and Puerto Rico in the D.C. regional competition
*Other students nominated by their teachers because of their excellent grades, behavior, maturity, and interest in learning.
Congratulations to the Anacostia students. We’ll see you Friday at TEDMED!
Fun Friday brain fodder: TEDMED’s curator, Jay Walker, talks to Discovery.com in the “Curiosity” video series about the origins of his fantastical collection of some of mankind’s greatest innovations, the Library of Human Imagination. The Library celebrates humanity’s grand adventure of discovery, learning, and creativity, with objects from an original 1957 Sputnik to a 1699 atlas containing the first maps to show the sun, not the earth, as the center of the known universe. “This map, by far the most important map in history, divides the Age of Faith from the Age of Reason,” Jay says.
Will engineered meat help feed humanity’s billions? That likelihood is closer than you think, and the proof is right on the TEDMED stage. Organovo’s Gabor Forgacs, in a first-ever live demonstration, cooks up and eats meat engineered using a 3D bioprinting process.
Architect Michael Graves spent months in a rehab center following a serious illness, only to discover that the design of his room and furniture — and that of most hospitals — fails to meet even basic needs of patients and staff, especially those who are disabled. See what he has designed instead for the hospital of the future.
Biology is analog, not digital: The biomed engineer and CEO of DNA Electronics shows how low-energy, low-cost analog semiconductor devices can mimic or replace biological processes and efficiently monitor vital signs from afar.
Phenomenal photographer and co-founder of the “Day in the Life” series, Rick Smolan, shows TEDMED some of the most vivid scenes from his own life. Take a peek inside the personal world of one of humanity’s most perceptive observers.
Dawson, a choreographer and performance artist, portrays the experience of one man’s loss of proprioception, a sense of where our bodies are in space. How do we maintain humanness without a physical presence?
An awareness of our own mortality can push us to strive and suceed socially, but at what cost? John Wynn’s illuminating talk, like Steve Job’s famed Stanford commencement speech, poses important questions about how we spend our precious time on earth.