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Where Are They Now? Kerry Ressler Is a Fear Chaser.

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Kerry Ressler graced the TEDxPeachtree stage in 2012. You may remember his illuminating talk on the neuroscience of emotions, particularly fear, and the possibilities of transcending into new possibilities.

Where is Kerry now? According to a recent article by the Emory Medicine Magazine, Kerry continues on the front lines of fear-disorder research. In his work at Grady Hospital, he is surveying the problem of inner city intergenerational violence. This endeavor, called the Grady Trauma Project, will bring new light to resiliency found in trauma survivors and potentially the means to serve those who have developed Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

We know almost 1/3 of people will at some point in their life have an anxiety disorder which includes PTSD. Kerry’s work may illuminate why some people naturally seem to cope with disaster, while others are overwhelmed with fear. Genes on the neurobiological level could have everything to do with resiliency and could then be passed on generationally. That would mean that fear is inheritable, and that may shed a new light on how we approach it. Kerry is passionate about helping cure and illuminate hope for those suffering now, so that their children won’t have to.

At TEDxPeachtree, we are grateful to have featured speakers like Kerry that continue to illuminate the possibilities for a better world. Watch his 2012 talk below to learn more about his work and stay tuned for more updates on past speakers throughout the summer.

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 Nia Baker has lived in Atlanta almost ten years, the longest she’s lived anywhere, and has worked in the nonprofit sector for the last five years, focusing on effective systems and creative communication. Nia enjoys Atlanta street art, french press coffee, and a really good adjective.

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Illuminate: UV Waves for Clean Water



TEDxPeachtree looks to ignite creativity in the minds of attendees via talks that engage, inspire, and motivate. In the same spirit of TED and TEDxPeachtree’s theme illuminate, a team of college students was recently awarded for their idea of using UV waves to bring clean drinking water to the people of Haiti.

Sunlight and its Ultra Violet (UV) rays warm our world, help vegetation grow and provide vitamin D for our bodies. When its energy is harnessed it can generate power in our homes and businesses. The University of Florida group had greater life changing ideas in mind when they designed a portable water purification devise that uses ultraviolet light to sterilize water.

The aqUV bottle uses its UV bulb (which is powered by the mechanical force generated from a person shaking it) to make contaminated water drinkable. After 2.5 to 3 minutes of exposure to the light, the contents of the bottle are sanitized. Thinking beyond its usefulness for bikers and other outdoor enthusiasts the team of Daniel Blood, Rob Damitz and Erica Gonzaga co-founded aqUV. Their invention and business plan was entered into University of Florida’s 2014 Gator Business Plan Competition and took home the first place prize of $25,000.

As a definite idea worth spreading, TEDxPeachtree shines a light on the aqUV team for their brilliant invention and attention to the need for clean water in developing countries.




Maria Pinkelton is the Communication Specialist for the Center for Leadership in Disability at Georgia State University. She lives in Decatur with her husband and son; along with a fine collection of books, craft beers and size 11 shoes.

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Save the Date: TEDxPeachtree 2014 is Friday, Oct. 17

Save the Date: TEDxPeachtree 2014 is Friday, Oct. 17

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Planning for 2014 is underway and Georgia’s favorite brain spa will be held on Friday, October 17. Continue Reading

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