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Sharing Ideas: TEDxUSU Event Brings Variety of Experts Together to Present

The Herald Journal

By Kelly Cannon

Championing “ideas worth spreading,” Utah State University hosted a TEDx event Wednesday afternoon.

The day included eight presentations given in the typical TED Talks fashion by USU professors, students, alumni and special guests.

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The speakers at the TEDxUSU event presented on a variety of subjects, ranging from vipassana, a form of meditation focused on gaining insight from the moment, to ways science and medicine are improving the lives of babies born deaf with some hearing loss.

Rhonda Callister, a professor in the Huntsman School of Business at USU for the past 15 years, presented on barriers women face in developing countries and in developed countries.

Callister began working on this topic back in 2003 after becoming the principal investigator on a five-year grant from the National Science Foundation. Their research focused on ways USU can improve recruitment, retention and the advancement of women in science and engineering. 

"I was kind of steered away from gender issues when I was doing my graduate work because in business, it's not one of the central topics," Callister said.

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