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TEDx at Ohio State

May 03, 2012

TEDx is dedicated to "ideas worth spreading." Buckeyes have plenty of those—so Ohio State students recently organized the first TEDxOhioStateUniversity.

“The Advantage of Adversity”

Blake Haxton, Finance major

Three years ago, Blake Haxton's battle with necrotizing fasciitis (flesh-eating bacteria) was so serious that his parents were planning his funeral. Doctors at Ohio State's Wexner Medical Center saved Haxton's life. He lost most of both of his legs, but survived--and is now thriving at Ohio State. He shares "what got me through my really hard times."


“Life, Science, and Lego”

Paul Janssen, Associate Professor, Physiology and Cell Biology

In his lab, Paul Janssen studies muscular dystrophy and heart failure. In his spare time, he has built a Lego replica of Ohio Stadium. Where does he find the time? Janssen has a formula: Halve TV watching, get up when you're awake, and do something you love.


“Dreaming Well: Expanding the Heart of Innovation”

Mark Palmer, Class of 1997

Ohio State alum Mark Palmer is a management consultant focused on leadership development, team building, and organizational effectiveness. He gives advice to Ohio State students who want to be innovators: "Make connections, find what fits, be yourself, and dream like a child."