The theme for 2013's TEDxRVA event was “Create” a tribute to all forms of creativity in Richmond.
Dr. Stephen Fong runs the systems biological engineering laboratory at Virginia Commonwealth University, where he is a well-loved educator, colleague and associate department chair of Chemical and Life Science Engineering. The main issue Stephen says he faces is that we are no longer limited by what can be accomplished in the lab, but only by the creative ideas that are brought into the lab. His focus on teaching technical proficiency through technical creativity has inspired his students to concoct ideas like genetically modifying yeast to brew glow-in-the-dark beer and crafting light sensing bacteria to make bacterial photographs... Read More t
By combining multimedia technology with riveting storytelling, historian and University of Richmond president, Ed Ayers is changing the way millions of students, educators, and researchers experience history. On his public radio show and podcast BackStory, Ed and his co-hosts drill down to the historic roots of contemporary headlines and deliver nationally syndicated brain candy for anyone who appreciates passionate, intelligent, and irreverent thought. The author of ten books on the American South, Ed has been a National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize finalist. An equally accomplished classroom teacher, he has been honored by Carnegie Foundation and continues to teach a class for U of R freshmen... Read More t
Mike Henry graduated from The Collegiate School and Washington & Lee University before moving to Los Angeles to pursue a career in comedy. There, he met Seth MacFarlane who invited him to write for his animated series Family Guy. In his six seasons on Family Guy, Mike created and voiced characters Cleveland, Herbert, Bruce, Consuela, and more. In 2009 Mike developed Family Guy spin-off series, The Cleveland Show which he continues as executive producer while continuing to voice his much-loved Family Guy characters... Read More t