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Apr 10, 2021
And here’s the latest news from the TED Fellows community:
- TED announced its newest class of Fellows, bringing the total head count up to 512 Fellows representing 100 countries.
- Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy launched Pakistan’s first ever digital platform for minorities.
- VICE called Shalini Kantayya’s new Netflix documentary Coded Bias “the most important film about AI you can watch today.”
- Itamar Mann is taking his client’s case, a Syrian asylum-seeker, directly to the United Nations’ Human Rights Committee, reframing migrant abuses as “enforced disappearances.”
- Gerry Douglas launched a COVID response initiative in Malawi to repair and restore much-needed oxygen concentrators in hospitals.
- David Hertz, the chef and social entrepreneur fighting food insecurity, was profiled in the Christian Science Monitor.
- The New York Times Style Magazine published a major profile of LaToya Ruby Frazier, exploring her far-reaching work and “radical empathy”.
- Erik Hersman was interviewed by basketball legend Michael Redd about technological and entrepreneurial innovation in Africa.
- Jedidah Isler’s research was the cover story in the research journal Genealogy. This was the first peer-reviewed article ever published about Jedidah’s organization VanguardSTEM.
- Negin Farsad plays Meredith the Mindtaker, a star of the brand new Adult Swim series Birdgirl.
- High-tech magician Seth Raphael will appear later today on Penn & Teller’s “Fool Us”.
- Renée Hložek has been awarded the Harvey B. Richer Gold Medal by the Canadian Astronomical Society.
- Bright Simons is emerging as a leading voice for stabilizing Ghana’s national debt, which has grown to 85% of the country’s GDP.
- Asha de Vos spoke to The Atlantic about parachute science and the need to empower local researchers to conduct conservation research.
- Sarah Parcak received the key to her hometown of Bangor, Maine.
- Jinha Lee’s company Spatial was named one of the 10 most innovative augmented and virtual reality reality companies by Fast Company.
- Michael Twitty spoke to Religion News about his love for combining his African ancestry and his Jewish faith in his Passover cooking.
- Sanford Biggers’ sculpture Lady Interbellum can now be seen at the SCAD Museum of Art.
Mar 16, 2021
Awards & recognition
- Asha de Vos was named one of five inaugural Maxwell-Hanrahan Fellows in Field Biology and was also named Scubadiving Magazine's Sea Hero of the Year.
- Alicia Eggert's neon sign sculpture, This Present Moment, was acquired by the Smithsonian.
- Rohan Pavuluri was named to the TIME100 Next List for Upsolve, his startup that has helped to relieve more than $300 million in financial debt.
- Danielle Lee was named to the Explorers Club 50. (Forbes)
- Aziz Abu Sarah was named to the Muslim 500.
- Madeline Sayet accepted a faculty position with Arizona State University's English Department.
- Blitz The Ambassador received a medallion from the Grammy Awards for his work as a co-director of Beyonce’s visual album Black Is King.
- Boniface Mwangi was named by Monocle as a member of a "new generation of bright and brave politicians, activists and educators" fighting for reform across Africa.
- Amanda Nguyen's viral video has sparked a huge wave of press coverage to highlight anti-Asian racism.
- Keolu Fox's exhibit challenging scientific racism in Hawaii was featured in the New York Times.
- Aomowa Shields wrote in Inside Higher Ed about how she found her voice to speak truth about systemic racism and exclusion.
- Bianca Tylek's nonprofit Worth Rises launched The Curriculum, a comprehensive, free public course on the prison industry.
- Genevieve von Petzinger may have uncovered the earliest form of graphic communication on paleolithic rock paintings. (CBC)
- Lucianne Walkowicz co-authored an article for Scientific American calling for the renaming of the James Webb Space Telescope.
- Peter Schwartzstein argued that it is time to expand traditional definitions of national security policy to embrace environmental protection and climate action.
- Kaitlyn Sadtler authored a study in February suggesting millions of infections last year went undiagnosed. (CBS News)
- This essay by Anjan Sundaram in New York Review of Books on his father and being "raised as an immigrant".
- This animation by Janet Iwasa showing how SARS-CoV-2 gets into human cells.
- This 60 Minutes interview with Anderson Cooper and Alexander McLean.
- This short film by glaciologist M Jackson.
- This interview with Damon Davis about post-disciplinary art.
- This beautiful set of music featuring Abigail Washburn, Bela Fleck and the largest banjo you've ever seen.
Dec 17, 2020
Dec 14, 2020
Awards & recognition:
- Somi was nominated for a Grammy Award in the Best Jazz Vocal Album category.
- DeAndrea Salvador was elected to the North Carolina State Senate.
- Ivonne Roman has been named the 2020 American Society of Criminology’s Division of Policing Police Practitioner of the year.
- Aziz Abu Sarah’s MEJDI Tours won the top award in the Meaningful Connections category in the World Responsible Tourism Awards.
- Hijo de Monarcas, a film by by Alexis Gambis, was presented at the Morelia International Film Festival
- Adam Kucharski's The Rules of Contagion was selected by The Guardian as one of the best science books of 2020.
- Taghi Amirani's Coup 53 was named by The Washington Post one of the best five documentaries of the year.
- Daniela Candillari is a finalist for "Best Conductor" in the Broadway World Regional Awards. And she's currently in third place. Vote for her here!
Ideas worth spreading:
- Sarah Parcak responded to the WSJ's recent controversial op-ed about Dr. Jill Biden.
- The New York Times interviewed M Jackson about an iceberg the size of Delaware that could threaten wildlife of a sub-antarctic island.
- Rye Barcott published an opinion piece in Fortune on expanding the US's Junior Reserve Officers’ Training Corps.
- Trang Trang was featured in a South China Morning Post article on green agriculture entrepreneurship in Asia.
- Shohini Ghose contributed a commentary to the Harvard Business Review on quantum computing.
- Armando Azua-Bustos published research in Nature Scientific Reports about new evidence of potential life on Mars.
Have a great week!
Sat Oct 31, 2020
Fri Oct 2, 2020
Fellows in the news Last but not least...
- Marine biologist Mike Gil published research showing how fish social networks could save coral reefs. (WIRED)
- ...and artist Colleen Flanigan’s work designing coral reefs using VR was featured by CNN.
- Both Rola Hallam and Esra’a al Shafei were featured in a new book featuring women leaders from around the world.
- Sarah Parcak won the Phi Beta Kappa book award for Best Science Writing 2020.
- Yasin Kakande was interviewed in the London Economic about the intersection between BLM and African Migrations.
- Check out the CBC’s profile of Matthew Mazzotta, whose "Park Spark" project in Cambridge, Mass transforms the methane from dog poop into a park light.
- Sheref Mansy developed ‘smart cells’ with potential to treat illness at cellular level.
- Laura Boushnak’s photos of a hermitic beekeeper in North Macedonia were featured in the New York Times.
- Prosanta Chakrabarty is a co-principal investigator of a new study suggesting at least 11 fish species are capable of walking.
- And for your listening pleasure: check out one of Joshua Roman's latest cello tracks.
Fri Aug 28, 2020
Hi TED Fellows, Just to set the record straight... In the last newsletter, I said that in the month of July there were six articles about TED Fellows in the New York Times. I was wrong. There were at least nine: Adam Kucharski (7/9), Premesh Chandran (7/12), Kiana Hayeri (7/14), Latoya Ruby Frazier (7/20), Kyra Gaunt (7/21), Somi 1 (7/22), Somi 2 (7/24), Mitchell Jackson (7/25) and Katie Mack (7/31). In other news... Two new Fellows’ TED talks have gone live: Daniel Alexander Jones (What to do when everything feels broken) and Kiran Gandhi (Why we must stop dancing to the sound of our own oppression). More Fellows news coverage for the month of August: #1: LaToya Ruby Frazier traveled to Louisville to photograph Breona Taylor’s family for Vanity Fair's September cover story. #2: Photojournalist Ed Ou shared his experience of being attacked by police officers in Minneapolis. (Amnesty International) #3: Parmesh Shahani was featured in GQ India for his new book Queeristan. #4: Jessica Green’s company Phylagen debuted their consumer COVID-19 testing kit on The TODAY Show. (Back story: Jessica met her Phylagen co-founder right after giving her microbiome TED Talk at TED2013.) #5: Rohan Pavuluri’s company Upsolve, which helps the poor eliminate debt for free, was featured in Rohan’s hometown newspaper, the Chicago Sun-Times. #6: Asha de Vos shared her perspective and personal story with Scientific American on “the problem of colonial science.” #7: Katie Hill also published an article in Scientific American about one key reason Africa hasn’t gone digital: a lack of reliable, affordable electricity. #8: The New York Times interviewed Sanford Biggers (pictured above) in advance of his exhibition “Codeswitch”, debuting this Fall at the Bronx Museum of the Arts. #9: Alison Killing helped lead a BuzzFeed News investigation based on thousands of satellite images revealing a vast, growing infrastructure for long-term detention and incarceration. #10: Nikhil Pahwa was profiled by OneZero (and many others) for his efforts to take on Facebook and voice concerns that “digital nationalism has gone too far.” #11: Karen Eng interviewed Nassim Assefi about what it’s like to be a “global nomad” during the shutdown. (Medium’s World) #12: Bahia Shehab is part of an initiative to create a “Li Beirut” typeface to support victims of the blast in Beirut. (Dezeen) #13: Check out Ayah Bdeir’s Daleel Thawra for ways that you can donate and help victims of the Beirut explosion. Also read more about them in Newsweek. And here's a PR opportunity for TED Fellows: On Wednesday September 16 at 1p ET, we’ll host a special press briefing for TED Fellows. Apply here if you’re interested and have a timely story you'd like to share. (You can check out the live transcripts of our recent previous briefings here.) Have a great weekend. Ben *Have a PR question or want to book a PR coaching session? Please feel free to send an email to Jill Siegel (firstname.lastname@example.org).*
Fri Jul 27, 2020
Christine Sun Kim's artwork is featured in the "Enough of Trump" campaign, alongside fellow TED Fellow Latoya Ruby Frazier and other luminaries like Shepard Fairey and Carrie Mae Weems. Read more in The New York Times. Hello Fellows!
Hope you’re all doing well. Four things to share with you on this fine Friday afternoon:
- 1: TED Fellows have taken over the New York Times. This is great. In the month of July, the New York Times featured not one, not two, not three, not four... but FIVE different TED Fellows: Premesh Chandran on July 12, Kiana Hayeri on July 14, Latoya Ruby Frazier on July 20, Kyra Gaunt on July 21, and Mitchell Jackson on July 25 in the Saturday edition. Not to mention Katie Mack, whose new book got a mention in yesterday's edition.
- 2: Listen to the new Fellows pitch their amazing work. We just wrapped up an incredible series of press briefing calls featuring the newest class of TED Fellows and Senior Fellows. We were joined by an enthusiastic group of reporters representing top news outlets like WIRED, NPR, Cosmo, Washington Post, Newsweek, Fortune and more. And the good news for you is we recorded and transcribed each of the sessions. You can check them out here.
- 3: Got a story? Please drop it here. Want to get your story in front of the TED team, including editorial and social media? Submit it here. In addition, we’ll also share the best story submissions with our network of top reporters. Deadline for August submissions is next Friday, August 7.
#4: Meet Jill! Jill Siegel is a veteran publicist who has been working with me to support the newest class of TED Fellows these past few months. She’s represented cultural icons like Muhammad Ali, Leonard Nimoy and now… you! She is great and is very eager to work with you all in the months ahead. Feel free to drop her a note to say hello.
That’s it for now. Have a great weekend! Ben
Mon Apr 27, 2020
Fri Feb 21, 2020
Now onto the news:
1. Christine Sun Kim performed the national anthem in sign language at the opening of the Super Bowl and then shared her experience in the opinion section of the New York Times. "I Performed at the Super Bowl. You Might Have Missed Me."
2. Beyoncé (yes, that Beyoncé) included Jedidah Isler in a blog post entitled "This Is Black History".
3. Danielle Lee looks at how humans and mice interact in rural and urban areas in this National Geographic educational video for K-12 classrooms.
4. Could the gut-brain connection help us treat autism? Check out the NIH Director’s Blog's story on Diego Bohórquez's research.
5. Stanford Thompson is launching a new national effort aiming to level the playing field for aspiring musicians of color.
6. Speak French? Check out Miho Janvier’s national French radio interview on the upcoming NASA/ESA mission. "Solar Orbiter!"
7. Romain Lacombe’s air quality data platform announced a partnership with AccuWeather to incorporate air quality information into weather forecasts for every location around the world.
8. Check out this Boston Globe opinion article co-written by Eric Berlow, Chris Ategeka and David Shenk on the next frontier in digital privacy.
9. Investigacion y Sciencia published a profile about Armando Azua-Bustos’s quest to find life in the Atacama desert.
10. Read Variety's coverage of the new documentary "Softie", chronicling Boniface Mwangi’s first campaign in a regional Kenyan election.
Bonus: Read The National's profile of Laura Boushnak and how she is celebrating Arab women challenging norms.
Fri Jan 31, 2020
“Leila had a vision about bringing the dignity of work and the promise of a living wage to the world’s most vulnerable.” Read more in the New York Times.
We are all deeply saddened by the tragic loss of TED Fellow Leila Janah. Leila was a social entrepreneur whose life was marked by an unyielding commitment to helping others. By the age of 37, Leila had launched three companies, in diverse fields ranging from technology and digital freelancing to skincare — each and all with an underlying mission of creating opportunity for low income people around the globe.
This week's newsletter is dedicated to Leila.
You can read more about Leila's inspiring life in thoughtful articles from TechCrunch and The New York Times. In addition, I'll reshare here this beautiful blog post by Leila on the topic of emotional resilience.
Fri Jan 17, 2020
1. Check out Esra'a Al Shafei’s new podcast, “Philanthropi$$ed,” a series challenging the current norms of philanthropy and featuring the voices of other TED Fellows. The first episode features Nighat Dad!
2. Shiva Keshavan shares his first Christmas experience in the Alps on the Olympic Channel.
3. Nanfu Wang, who co-directed the doc “One Child Nation” exploring China’s one-child policy, writes about how state media has scrubbed mentions of her film in The Daily Beast.
4. “Rafiki,” a film by Wanuri Kahiu, made the NBC News list of best LGBTQ-inclusive TV shows and films of 2019.
5. Business Insider called “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” the true story about the life of William Kamkwamba, the top movie to watch in the new year for inspiration.
6. The Bangkok Times wrote a story on Asia’s largest urban rooftop farm, designed by Kotchakorn Voraakhom.
7. Shivani Siroya’s unicorn fintech startup Tala was covered in a feature by CNBC.
8. Check out a foundational explanation of how quantum computing works by Shohini Ghose on the Big Tech podcast.
9. Usman Riaz speaks with Instep Today about his work directing Pakistan’s first hand-drawn animated film, The Glassworker.
10. Ola Brown writes in CNN Health about skin bleaching and its social implications.Note: If you find any of these stories exciting, please share them on social media. And if you have a PR question, please feel free to drop me a line. Thanks! Have a great weekend. Ben