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Ten Arts and Sciences experts take stage at TEDxOhioStateUniversity event

Ted X Ohio State University presents Bloom

Every spring semester, TEDxOhioStateUniversity hosts an event featuring Ohio State students, faculty, staff and alumni who leverage their scholarly expertise and research to present on a wide range of topics.

Experts from all corners of the College of Arts and Sciences will present at TEDxOhioStateUniversity’s 2022 event, “Bloom,” which is held in person and virtually Feb. 26 at the Mershon Auditorium. The event begins at noon.

Of the 12 speakers featured, those from the Arts and Sciences include:

Scott GaudiScott Gaudi

Gaudi is the Thomas Jefferson Professor for Discovery and Space Exploration in the Department of Astronomy. An expert on exoplanets and astrobiology, Gaudi works with NASA, the astronomy community and the public to help develop the next generation of space observatories to unlock the deepest mysteries of the universe.

Morgan PodrazaMorgan Podraza

A PhD student in the Department of English who specializes in comics and film, Podraza explores how our interactions with media — everything from read-along records to paper toys to GIFs — influence our relationships with ourselves and with one another.

Richard GiangRichard Giang

Giang, a fourth-year undergraduate communication student, studies communication technology and human-computer interaction. Born of Vietnamese immigrant refugee parents, Giang looks to foster community interconnectedness and understanding by finding innovative ways to share his food culture.

Douglas CrewsDouglas Crews

Crews is a professor in the Department of Anthropology and the Department of Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology. His research focuses on evolutionary biology and human adaptability, as illustrated by senescence, frailty, stressor responses and allostatic load within and across ecological and sociocultural settings, including Samoa, Japan, Kuwait, Poland and the United States.

Lauren PondLauren Pond

Pond is a content producer for Ohio State’s Center for the Study of Religion. A documentary photographer who examines religion in the United State, Pond captures images that share the stories of communities across the country and illustrates how religion merges with human experience.

Meta BrownMeta Brown

An associate professor in the Department of Economics and a faculty affiliate of the Institute for Population Research, Brown’s research examines the “graying” of American debt, young consumers’ debt experiences and the space between lender and borrower reports of consumer obligations.

Bart ElmoreBart Elmore

Elmore, an associate professor in the Department of History, examines global environmental history, studying how lessons from the past can be used to foster a more ecologically sustainable future. His recent book, Seed Money: Monsanto’s Past and Our Food Future, sheds light on the ecological history of the agrochemical company, Monsanto.

Elena FoulisElena Foulis

An associate professor of teaching in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Foulis is a student-centered educator whose research on heritage language learning and oral history helps amplify voices of the Latinx community in central Ohio.

Carter PhillipsCarter Phillips

A political science alumnus, Phillips has gained a reputation as one of the most experienced Supreme Court and appellate lawyers in the country, arguing more U.S. Supreme Court cases than any other lawyer in private practice.

John LowJohn Low

A citizen of the Pokagon Band of Potawatomi Indians, Low is an associate professor of comparative studies at Ohio State Newark and the director of the Newark Earthworks Center. A scholar of American Indian and global Indigenous studies, Low is actively engaged in the furthered understanding and protection of the Newark Earthworks, which has been nominated by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.