TEDxUConnSalon: Looking Forward

TEDxUConnSalon: Looking Forward

Saturday, March 27th 2021


Meet the speakers


Ashkan Novin

Ph.D. candidate & World Karate Champion

Ashkan Novin is a Ph.D. candidate in Biomedical Engineering at the University of Connecticut. He is a US national karate medalist since 2018 and the World champion in 2009 South Africa. As an athlete and a student, Ashkan is passionate about training and learning karate with others. He was selected as a top rank karate athlete in the state of Massachusetts and Texas in 2019. He is a national referee of the US karate federation now. After 21 years of training karate, Ashkan has over 50 national and international awards and is interested in pursuing learning and instructing karate to share what he has gained with others, especially the next generations of athletes.


Faith Crittenden

4th yr. UConn Medical Student

Faith is a graduating fourth year medical student at the University of Connecticut School of Medicine entering into Pediatrics. Currently, she is an active member of the Student National Medical Association (SNMA) and the American Medical Association (AMA). In 2016, was appointed to be National liaison for SNMA to AMA-Medical Student Section. She has helped forward organized medicine through co-authoring several historic policies in AMA House of Delegates such as the following: Racism is a Public Health Threat, Ending Racial Essentialism, and Combating Police Brutality. She is also the current Deputy Editor for Yale Journal of Biology and Medicine March 2021 Preventative Medicine Issue. In addition, this soon to be Tedx alumna, has also landed coverage around the country through op-eds and articles featured in, Hartford Courant, CT mirror, Yale Daily, and In-training.org. Most recently in Health Affairs on Beyond Declarative Advocacy: Moving Organized Medicine And Policy Makers From Position Statements To Anti-Racist Praxis. Faith holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemistry, minor in Molecular Cell Biology with Honors from the University of Connecticut and Masters of Public Health in Health Policy from Yale University. She will graduate May 2021 with her Doctorate of Medicine from University of Connecticut School of Medicine.


Jonathan Williams

Math/Statistics Undergrad at UConn CLAS

Jonathan Williams is a data scientist and a researcher of human behavior focused on empathy, intelligence theory, and analytical psychology. He is the author of “A Complete Human”, which is a guide on how to integrate the unique traits that have been repressed from your childhood. Jonathan studied Mathematics & Statistics at UConn and is deeply involved in understanding the intersection of psychology and data science. He hopes to continue his research in understanding the roots of social behavior and its impact on generational myopia. During his time as a UConn student, Jonathan started and ran a vegan Italian restaurant out of his apartment.