Ideas in Action
Inspired by TED Talks and the Inspiration Dissemination radio show, GRADx talks explores ideas in action.
Graduate students will share the questions and motivations framing their research in an 8 to 10-minute engaging format.
Presenters are challenged to reach beyond an academic audience and provoke conversations that matter.
February 28, 2019
4 to 6 p.m.
LaSells Stewart Center
Ph.D. candidate in psychology
My research focuses on adolescent development and emerging adulthood. One of my longest running projects investigates what contributes to how trustworthy someone appears, and how facial trustworthiness may influence the trajectory of an adolescent’s life. I am also fascinated with linguistics and have studied several languages, including Mandarin Chinese, Ancient Greek, Latin, Spanish, and German.
Ph.D. candidate in mechanical engineering, and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow
My specialty is thermal and fluid sciences, with a focus in combustion. Outside of academic I am a professional magician and actor. I love to combine science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) in my work. I have founded two STEAM outreach programs: Project X: STEAM Outreach, an OSU student group co-founded by Kyle Zada; and LIB LAB, short for Library Laboratory, created, written, directed, and hosted by A.J. Fillo and produced in partnership by the Corvallis-Benton County Public Library.
Ph.D. candidate in integrative biology
I study beetles, beetle naughty bits, and evolution to help shed light on how new things come from old things. My name is actually Roberto Antonio. Both of my grandparents are Roberto. My mom’s brother is Roberto. His son is Roberto (Bobby Jr). My dad is also a Roberto. My parents didn’t really want another Roberto, but I was born on my father's birthday and so now I'm a Roberto too.
Ph.D. candidate in chemistry
I was born and raised in Uganda, East Africa. My research focuses on investigating the mechanism of action of the natural product mensacarcin as a potential anti-cancer drug lead. I recently received the 2018 Milton Harris teaching assistant award and 2018 Black Excellence award. I’m also a graduate school ambassador and the President of the Black Graduate Student's Association at OSU.
Ph.D. candidate in fisheries science
My research is focused on studying the factors that influence sea turtle growth rates and population dynamics, primarily through examination of the bones. I’m one of only a handful of people in the world who studies sea turtle bones. Until I found a passion for science, music was the biggest part of my life—I started playing the trombone at age 10.
M.A. student in women, gender & sexuality studies
My research focus explores queer Latinx students and how they navigate activism and leadership spaces within institutions of higher education in the state of Oregon. I love dancing and rock climbing! In the future, I want to become a dance instructor and have my own podcast to share stories and have conversations about social justice issues within our communities.