Bill Merrell?is chairman and chief scientist at the Institute for Oceans and Coasts, and witnessed first-hand (as in from his window) the devastation wrought by Hurricane Ike in Galveston. The effects on his beloved city fuels his passion for a better solution; a coastal spine in the Galveston/Houston area that will suppress the damage caused by ocean surge, save lives and prevent the loss of billions of dollars in property damage. www.tamug.edu/Mars/new/facultypage/Merrell.htm About TEDx, x=independently organize event In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self- organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x=independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.* (*Subject to certain rules and regulations)
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