Phoenix College is proud to be hosting our first ever TEDx event on April 24. The event's theme is The Opportunity of Transformation. 

What happens when the world changes? What do we do as an ever evolving and shifting world finds the old way of doing things irrelevant, redundant, and no longer applicable? This TEDxPhoenixCollege event will explore, "The Opportunity of Transformation" when what used to work need to evolve, shift, and change - and how we use that urgency of now to do, create and move towards a better future.

One of the speakers for this event will be speaker, Geology Faculty, and Analog Astronaut, Dr. Sian Proctor. Dr. Proctor is an analog astronaut, geoscientist, and science communicator with a passion for space exploration. She was a finalist for the 2009 NASA Astronaut Program and has lived in three analog simulations (4-months in the Hawai’i Space Exploration Analog and Simulation (HI-SEAS), 2-weeks in the Mars Desert Research Station (MDRS), and 2-weeks in the LunAres Moon Habitat).

She believes that when we solve issues dealing with space exploration, we also solve issues on Earth. She is passionate about how we can more efficiently feed astronauts on Mars and humans on Earth. Food is a combination of nutrients and water. She believes we can become more sustainable on Earth if we remove the water from food before we ship it around the world. Dr. Proctor is a geology, sustainability, and planetary science professor at South Mountain Community College, Phoenix, Arizona. She has a B.S. in Environmental Science, an M.S. in Geology, and a Ph.D. in Science Education.

Here is a brief synopsis of Dr. Proctor's TEDxPhoenixCollege presentation.

I would like to talk about Transformative Space. It’s based on what I learned about “space” as an analog astronaut and how we can transform our world one arms-length at a time. The concept is that we need to rethink our personal space into transformative space. Our transformative space is the space that is within one arms-length circumference around you. It goes where you go - giving you the opportunity to transform or change everything that comes within that space, such as people, objects, animals, the environment, and most importantly, yourself.

To learn more about our speakers or TEDxPhoenix College, please contact Rowdy Duncan. 

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