Leah Miller, a Penn State junior majoring in Data Sciences and minoring in Bioethics and Medical Humanities, led Penn State’s 10th annual TEDx Conference, which was held on February 16, 2020.
Miller has served on TEDxPSU for three years and took on the mantel of president and curator of this year’s event. The 2020 conference featured 10 speakers under the theme of “Continuum,” capturing a spectrum of topics that reflected diverse perspectives.
Her interest in TED talks as a viewer motivated her to take on this nearly year-long management role for the benefit and enjoyment of other viewers.
“The same curiosity that captures my interest in TED talks and analyzing pervasive social issues also attracted me to bioethics, as the field provides a way to examine important issues and offers tools for addressing them,” said Miller.
Miller will continue with TEDxPSU as a mentor, but her goal is to attend TEDxPSU 2021 as a spectator. Career wise, her intent is to apply her data science and bioethics knowledge in a health care setting, where she can troubleshoot and improve how data are used for the benefit of patients.