RIVERSIDE, Calif. Biologist Cheryl Hayashi, who studies spider silk at the University of California, Riverside, has been invited to present her work at the prestigious TED Conference, held annually in Long Beach, Calif. The dates of this year's TED Conference are Feb. 9-13. Hayashi's talk on spiders and their silks is scheduled for Feb. 10.
She is one of about 50 speakers at TED2010. Other speakers include singer and activist Sheryl Crow; philanthropist Bill Gates; chef Jamie Oliver; neuroscientist and philosopher Sam Harris; comedian Sarah Silverman; autism activist Temple Grandin; and the writer Michael Specter. The complete list of TED2010 speakers can be found here.
TED, which covers topics in science, business, the arts and the global issues facing the world, started out in 1984 as a conference bringing together people from three worlds: technology, entertainment, and design.
More than a thousand people attend TED Conferences, which sell out a year in advance.
Hayashi said she decided to participate in this year's conference because of the opportunity it gives her to interact closely with creative people from all walks of life.
"I look forward to hearing about their passions, to finding out what motivates them," she said. "It's worth our time, I think, to step outside of what we usually do, and expand our horizons. This conference also allows me to contribute to a larger conversation about discovery with scientists and non-scientists. I'm sure that the experience will be educational as well as energizing for me."
Hayashi, a professor of biology, received her bachelor's and doctoral degrees in biology from Yale University. Named a Ma
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