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Engaging Scientists Campus Events



Wednesday, February 27, 2019

1:00 - 4:00 pm

Event: TEDxLeDroitPark 2019:
Translation to Transformation

(Open to the public)

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

6:00 pm


Event: TEDxLeDroitPark 2019: Translation to Transformation

Free and open to the public

Wednesday, February 27, 2019, 6:00 - 8:00PM
Cramton Auditorium
Howard University (Washington, DC)


The inaugural TEDxLeDroitPark  spurred conversations and dialogue through diverse talks and live performances. Centered on “ideas worth spreading,” the theme “Translation to Transformation" was explored through live and recorded presentations on an incredible range of science in society topics (including precision medicine, astronomy and climate). Other highlights include the performing arts of music, song, dance and the spoken word.

Free to the public, this event offered the opportunity for all to come and participate in this interpersonal experience in the historical community of LeDroit Park in Washington, DC, a neighborhood, rich in its cultural diversity.

TEDxLeDroitPark was sponsored by the Whole Genome Science Foundation, Inc., in collaboration with the Howard University Graduate School, in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Dialogue on Science, Ethics and Religion (DoSER) program. Ethan Arnheim, President, LeDroit Park Civic Association, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity for positive exposure and a chance to come together to experience local, national and global perspectives in our community.”


Dr. John Carpten, Professor and Chair, Translational Genomics and Director, Institute of Translational Genomics, is an internationally recognized expert of genome science. He has training in multiple disciplines including germline genetics for disease risk and predisposition, somatic cancer genomics, health disparities research, cell biology, functional genomics, and precision medicine.

Dr. Jarita Holbrook, astronomer and Associate Professor, University of Western Cape, is an expert on African Indigenous Astronomy. Her work examines the relationship between humans and the night sky, and she has produced scientific publications on cultural astronomy, starburst galaxies, and star formation regions.

Dr. J. Marshall Shepherd, Director, Atmospheric Sciences Program and Professor, Department of Geography, University of Georgia’s (UGA), is a leading international expert in weather and climate. He uses remote sensing, weather-climate modeling, and risk-vulnerability approaches to address challenges such as urban flooding, energy-food-water nexus, weather-climate risk, and communication-warnings.

For more information about the speakers and performers, click here.