2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition

Event Information:

Dates: March 15-18, 2014

San Antonio Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center 
San Antonio, TX



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The Science of Learning

How does the brain work? How do people learn and what is the most effective way to teach? The 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition brought together experts from inside and outside of academic dentistry to discuss “The Science of Learning.”

At the 2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition, dental educators, administrators and students explored the neuroscience and neuropsychology of learning, including understanding learning disabilities and the implications of new technologies on the future of learning and teaching. Both traditional and innovative teaching and assessment methodologies were examined and how they apply to didactic and clinical teaching was discussed.

In addition to plenary speakers, workshops and seminars, there was the opportunity for all attendees to engage in interactive learning situations that demonstrate the science of learning.

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2014 ADEA Annual Session & Exhibition Plenary Speakers

Discourse and Dessert (Saturday, March 15, 2014, 6:30 – 8:30 p.m.)

Nina Godiwalla

Nina Godiwalla is a recognized expert on leadership, diversity and women in the business world. 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.


Incognito: The Secret Lives of the Brain

Opening Plenary Session (Sunday, March 16, 2014, 8:30 – 10:00 a.m.)

David Eagleman, Ph.D.

David Eagleman, Ph.D., is a daring young scientist who provides a new understanding of our brains—and ourselves. This Guggenheim Fellow is energizing, edifying and able to connect scientific discovery to various fields—including literature, advertising, social media and our justice system. Dr. Eagleman prompts us to celebrate how much, and how joyously little, we know about our conscious selves and our reality. Dr. Eagleman throws himself into his work, literally—he once dove from a 150-foot tower to test whether time slows down in life-threatening situations. Often called the Carl Sagan of neuroscience, he deals with everything from how the brain rewires itself to why art and science must learn from each other. Known for a unique and active exploration of ideas, erudite, engaging, and able to bring science discovery to everyday life, 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 bestseller 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. He has been profiled in The New Yorker and on Nova. Eagleman’s novel, SUM, was named a Best Book of The Year by Barnes and Noble and inspired U2 producer Brian Eno to write twelve new pieces of music, which he performed, with Eagleman, at the Sydney Opera House.

    The Opening Plenary was sponsored by the ADEA Corporate Council.

    Van Jones

    ADEA Political Spotlight (Monday, March 17, 2014, 8:30 – 9:45 a.m.)

    Van JonesVan Jones is a co-host of CNN’s Crossfire. In addition to his duties at CNN, Van Jones is the President and co-founder of Rebuild the Dream, a platform for bottom-up, people-powered innovations to help fix the U.S. economy. A Yale-educated attorney, he has written two New York Times best sellers: The Green Collar Economy, the definitive book on green jobs, and Rebuild the Dream, a roadmap for progressives in 2012 and beyond. In 2009, Mr. Jones worked as the green jobs advisor to the Obama administration. There, he helped run the interagency process that oversaw $80 billion in green energy recovery spending. While best known as a pioneer in the environmental movement, Mr. Jones has been hard at work in social justice for nearly two decades, fashioning solutions to some of urban America's toughest problems.

    Khan Academy 101

    Closing Plenary Session (Tuesday, March 18, 2014, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m.)

    Rishi Desai, M.D.

    Rishi Desai, M.D., 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 is trained as a pediatric infectious disease physician and has worked at prestigious academic centers across the country. Dr. Desai 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 over 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. Since joining the team, Dr. Desai has worked with multiple medical schools to implement online video-based content directly into their curriculum.

    Dr. Desai had an accelerated early education and received a B.S. in Microbiology from UCLA at the age of 18. He has worked at hospitals affiliated with the University of California, San Francisco; Harvard University; Boston University; University of Southern California and Stanford University. He also spent two years working at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as an Epidemic Intelligence Officer where he worked on disease outbreak investigations.

    The Closing Plenary was sponsored by DENTSPLY International, Inc.

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