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BAKERSFIELD, Calif., Dec. 1, 2017—Did you want a refresher on microbiological warfare with CRISPR technology, or to hear the newest policies surrounding redesigning our drug policy? Maybe you want to know the best way to reclaim water, or how to incorporate STEM on the farm? Or see a beautiful dance by a Bakersfield native and alum of So You Think You Can Dance?

If you missed any of these inspiring stories, you can now relive those moments. The individual videos of each of the TEDx Conference speakers are now online at  http://www.zootvelasco.com/news/2017/12/1/see-tedx-bakersfield-on-the-tedx-youtube-channel.

The full list of speakers and their individual videos are as follows:

Dr. Joseph Bondy-Denomy is a CRISPR expert at UC San Francisco, where his lab studies the raging molecular arms race between bacteria and viruses.

Sandy Scott-Roberts, Sandy Scott-Roberts is a Professional Engineer (P.E.) and holds a MS degree in Civil Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and has 15 years of experience in managing large drinking water improvement projects in Southern California.

Judge Jim Gray, After UCLA, Peace Corps service in Costa Rica, USC School of Law, and the US Navy JAG Corps, Judge Jim Gray served as a federal prosecutor and a civil litigator before sitting on the bench in Orange County for 25 years.  In April 1992, At a press conference he reported that our policy of Drug Prohibition was broken.  In 2012, Judge Gray was the Libertarian candidate for Vice President of the United States, along with Governor Gary Johnson as the candidate for President.     

Andrea L. Medina is the Director of Grants and Outreach for the School of Natural Sciences, Mathematics, and Engineering at California State University, Bakersfield and a doctoral student researching the educational impact of the Fab Lab. (Video not yet available.)

Dino Giacomazzi is a 4th generation California farmer. He is a founding member of The PLANT Foundation, a nonprofit dedicated to teaching STEM through the lens of agriculture.

Performance and Talk by Jordan Nata’e, Jordan Nata’e is a 15 year old Bakersfield native wo made it in the coveted top 10 of Fox TV’s So You Think You Can Dance the Next Generation.

Sabra Williams, acclaimed for her work as an actor and founder of The Actors' Gang Prison Project, was named by President Obama a, “Champion of Change” in 2016. The program has grown from one California State Prison to twelve, as well as programs in two Reentry facilities and Juveniles Camps.

Zach Skow, owner of Marley’s Mutts pairs training rescue dogs with rescuing people from disease, incarceration, drug abuse and more.

Performance and Talk by Amy Adams- Amy Adams is an equity actress, professional singer, American Idol television show alumnus, proud Bakersfield resident, and owner of her own voice studio.

TEDx Bakersfield was held on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at Spotlight Theatre, 1622 19th St., Bakersfield, CA 93301.

TEDx Bakersfield was sponsored by KERO 23ABC, Zoot Velasco Community Consulting, Marriott Bakersfield, Spotlight Theatre Foundation, Ovation Theatre Company, Darling & Wilson, PC, Attorneys at Law, and Hall Letter Printing, Inc., with volunteer support from Bakersfield Twilight Rotary Club.

TED is a nonprofit devoted to “ideas worth spreading,” usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less). TED began in 1984 as a conference where Technology, Entertainment and Design converged, and today covers almost all topics—from science to business to global issues—in more than 100 languages. Meanwhile, independently run TEDx events help share ideas in communities around the world. The TEDx program helps communities, organizations and individuals produce TED-style events at the local level. TEDx events are planned and coordinated independently, on a community-by-community basis, under a free license from TED.

To learn more about TEDx Bakersfield, please contact
Zoot Velasco, Producer
Cell: (310) 809-3733

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