TEDxNSU 2016

In the spirit of “ideas worth spreading,” TED has created TEDx. TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. The NSU College of Psychology will host the fifth annual TEDxNSU event—an engaging day of live presentations by fellow NSU students, faculty, staff, and alumni; along with TED videos, photo exhibits, music, and discussion.

TEDxNSU 2016
Saturday, March 12
Noon–5:00 p.m.

Light lunch and refreshments include

NSU’s Fort Lauderdale/Davie Campus

Performance Theatre | Don Taft University Center


This year’s theme is Time. Time is usually thought of as progressing in a linear fashion. But it is more complicated than that because every moment is dependent on what came before and every moment after is influenced by the present. You can’t separate moments in time. They exist together, all at once, influencing one another, for good or bad.

The schedule of presentations by NSU members includes:

Now, Are We Here?by Brendan Eldom, a video producer in NSU’s Office of Digital Media Production and a professional DJ

 How many of us actually tune in to our internal and external environments? And how many of us are moving through each day, but not really present in our own experiences? “The now” is a mysterious, complex piece of time we all struggle with. And yet, we are all connected to one another in this very moment. Is “the now” life? And if it is, and we are not fully present, are we truly living?

 “Time, Trauma, and Transformation” by Steven Gold, professor in NSU’s doctoral psychology programs

A powerful example of the disparity between regimented clock-time and experiential lived-time is the odyssey into, through, and out of the nightmare of traumatization. For many trauma survivors, recovery brings on an entirely new sense of time. Time is now a gift to be unhurriedly and luxuriantly savored as a quality of life that was previously unimaginable reveals itself—one imbued with rich awareness of the present and hopeful anticipation of the future.

 Time: A Combat Leader’s Perspective by Robert Hayward II, U.S. Army veteran and an M.B.A. in International Business student at NSU

 Throughout history, leaders have brought together members of diverse cultural and ethnic backgrounds to accomplish shared goals. In these situations, time is the most precious resource because leaders must prioritize actions within finite time constraints. Synchronizing time-to-quality organizational development can be accomplished with the practice of tenants developed by Hayward during his combat tours in Afghanistan and Iraq.

 “The State of Time—A Spoken Word by Stephen Rafferty, an NSU communication studies major and a comedian, YouTuber, Guinness World Record holder, author, and podcaster

At 15, Rafferty started scouting local open mic establishments, trying to get as much comedic exposure as possible. Within five years, he became an entrepreneur of sorts by creating a best-selling book, a YouTube interview miniseries, and two podcast series. His works have collectively garnered over 40,000 views. Rafferty will be unveiling a new spoken word performance at TEDxNSU.

 “What Do You Do With Your Time?” by Isabel Rimanoczy, Ed.D., scholar in residence at NSU’s H. Wayne Huizenga College of Business and Entrepreneurship

What if we were tasked with making a difference, so that our time on this planet leaves it better than we found it? Rimanoczy has researched leaders who champion initiatives that have made a positive impact on the world, hoping to find ways to actively develop a new generation of responsible, purposeful leaders. The surprise: the solution is about the knowing, the being, and the doing. It is about connecting head with heart and hands, and connecting spiritual and emotional intelligence with action.

“Do You Really Qualify for Divorce?” by Michelle Rozen, Ph.D., an NSU alumna who researches, teaches, and practices mediation and conflict resolution

Divorce is an epidemic with 45–50% of first marriages and 60–67% of second marriages ending in divorce. Too often, couples don’t take the time necessary to determine if divorce was right for them. But there is a research-based approach that offers couples the time, insight, and tools to empower them to better assess their unique situations based on a series of applicable questions.

Little Steps and Giant Leaps: Time Is Limited, Possibility Is Notby Rheanna Rutledge, Ph.D., a visiting professor in NSU’s College of Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences

During a yearlong tour in Afghanistan as a Lead Social Scientist with the U.S. Special Forces, Rutledge was reminded that time is no guarantee. By the end of her tour, lives were changed and many were saved, while her own life gained new perspective. In her talk, she explores the psychological connections between attitude and behavior that can take us from little steps to giant leaps.

 Now or Never by Qaas Shoukat, an biology major pursing a minor in theatre

In the fast-paced, technology-saturated world we live in today, many resources and services are readily available through the internet. What may have taken a long time in the past is now achieved in mere moments. Yet, technology has not been able to speed up everything. It is within this gap that we are living—in a state of increasing impatience—as we seek instant gratification in every facet of life, yet are forced to wait for those beyond our control.

“Journey or the Milestones: Epigenetic Changes as Timestamp Along the Way of Human Evolution” by Malav Trivedi, Ph.D., assistant professor at NSU’s College of Pharmacy

Epigenetic changes are an epi-phenomenon that happens on—not in—the genetic code of an individual. These marks regulate cellular and physiological phenotypic trait variations caused by external or environmental factors, which switches genes on and off without changes in the DNA sequence throughout evolution. Epigenetic changes may not only serve as a memory timestamp for the day-to-day lifestyle of an individual, but are also an evolutionary timestamp and have contributed to who we are as a species.


 Attendance at TEDxNSU is limited to 200 to encourage interaction between speakers and attendees. Tickets are required. The cost of attendance is $10 for NSU students (NSU student ID required for ticket pickup) and $25 for non-NSU students. This fee is nonrefundable. Click here to apply for your ticket by March 10. For more information, please visit the TEDxNSU website or email TEDxNSU@nova.edu.

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