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Announcing the Plenary Speakers for the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

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David EaglemanThe Opening Plenary Session on Sunday, March 16, will delve into The Science of Learning with David Eagleman, Ph.D. In his presentation, “Incognito: The Secret Lives of Brains,” Dr. Eagleman will provide a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. Known for a unique and active exploration of ideas, he prompts audiences to recognize the beauty of the brain, question what we perceive as reality and re-think what we know about human nature. Dr. Eagleman holds joint appointments in the Departments of Neuroscience and Psychiatry at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, TX, and is the Founder and Director of the Initiative on Neuroscience and Law. His influential neuroscience books include the New York Times best seller Incognito and Wednesday is Indigo Blue. He writes regularly for the New York Times, Wired, Discover, Slate and New Scientist, and is a repeat guest on NPR, discussing both science and literature—his twin passions.

Nina GodiwallaThis year, Discourse and Dessert moves to Saturday evening. This Plenary Session will feature Nina Godiwalla, a woman with insights and lessons to share about women in the workplace. Women have historically faced massive hurdles when aiming for the “C-Suite.” Some of those obstacles are deeply ingrained, while others could be easily overcome if the right set of tools were in place, a fact Ms. Godiwalla knows all too well. She entered Wall Street as an outsider—a woman and Indian American—and left enlightened on how minorities can thrive in a male-dominated corporate culture. As part of her drive to spur a national diversity initiative, Ms. Godiwalla and several elite CEOs have joined The Wall Street Journal's “Women in the Economy” Executive Task Force, which produces recommendations for creating more high-level opportunities for women in corporate America. After a decade working for Fortune 500 corporations, she founded MindWorks, which provides executive leadership, diversity and stress management training. She also authored the best seller Suits: A Woman on Wall Street, based on her experience dealing with the subtle and overt ways that Wall Street holds back women and minorities. Discourse and Dessert is a ticketed event. Tickets can be purchased through the registration page for the annual session.

Monday’s programming will kick off with the popular Political Spotlight, which will feature a nationally known speaker. The focus of the Political Spotlight and the presenter will be announced in February.

Rishi DesaiRishi Desai, M.D.,  will close the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition on Tuesday morning. Dr. Desai is a medical educator at the Khan Academy, a free online education platform and nonprofit organization. His goal is to generate content about pediatric infectious diseases and public health that is comprehensible to anyone, anywhere. Dr. Desai stresses the importance of open sourced, high-quality education—especially regarding medicine. He has always had a love for learning and has taught students at every stage of his career; he has won numerous teaching awards for medical education and his passion for teaching brought him to the Khan Academy. Founded by Sal Khan, the Khan Academy provides self-pacing software and unlimited access to more than 3,000 instructional videos on its YouTube channel. The website and library of educational videos—one of the most-used libraries on the web—offers lessons on everything from basic arithmetic to college-level science and economics, humanities, test prep and, now, medical and public health information.

2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition plenary sessions, along with the education offerings, promise to highlight important issues faced by those in dental education. Visit www.adea.org/2014 to learn more about the programming and to register.

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