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MBA students spread ideas with TEDx event Friday

Embracing the goal of spreading great ideas, several Lamar University MBA students are bringing a TEDx event to Lamar University from 1-5 p.m. this Friday (Sept. 16) in the University Reception Center on the eighth floor of the Mary and John Gray Library.

This independently organized event will follow the format developed by TED, a non-profit organization dedicated to “ideas worth spreading” with annual conferences and a website featuring hundreds of free TED Talks on a variety of topics.

Padma Sampath, one of the organizers, said she has been moved and inspired by the TED Talks she has watched online and wanted to bring the concept to Lamar University. The MBA student from Salem, India, also wanted to broaden appreciation for the expertise that LU faculty members have to share.

“Students can recognize how good our professors are and become more proud of our university,” Sampath said.

The TEDx Lamar University event will include three live presentations by LU faculty members mixed with three pre-recorded TED Talks. Jim Westgate, university professor of earth and space science, will speak on global warming and primates of Laredo. Rafael Tadmor, associate professor of chemical engineering, will speak on the evolution of science. Soumava Bandyopadhyay, professor of management and marketing, will speak on the changing face of marketing in Russia. Their talks will be recorded and shared with TED.com.

Pre-recorded TED Talks by Bill Gates, Emmanuel Jal and Ken Robinson also will be offered. Jeff Dyson, instructor of management and marketing, will serve as master of ceremonies.

Other MBA students involved in organizing the event are Nevil Meghani, Uma Tandan and Abdul Mohsin.

The event is free and open to the public, but seating is limited to 100 people.