Stempel’s Nicole Ruggiano selected as a speaker for TEDxFIU

13973765894_1b9aba9024_ksqWe are proud to learn that Nicole Ruggiano, Assistant Professor in our School of Social Work, was selected as a speaker for the 2014 TEDxFIU.


Professor Nicole Ruggiano is an expert on health and long-term care policy, chronic care and supportive services for aging adults. Her research agenda focuses on home and community-based services for older adults with chronic conditions. She is currently investigating health self-management and self-direction among older adults with chronic illnesses and disabilities. Her published articles on this topic advance current understandings about the role that older adults play within the health and disability support systems and advocate for more person-centered practices and policies that promote autonomy and choice within these systems.

From FIU News:

The third TEDxFIU features entrepreneurs and scholars, a novelist and a racecar driver, a cancer survivor and a singer-composer – all from the FIU community. Through their stories, we will learn of perseverance and struggle, success and breakthroughs. Among the speakers, researcher Nicole Ruggiano has created a new paradigm on how to age with greater dignity. Alumnus Doug Jefferies has established a global humanitarian organization and novelist John Dufresne is the recipient of a MacArthur “Genius” Fellowship. Alumnus David Menasche decided to journey across America after learning he had brain cancer. Menasche’s story is the inspiration for the forthcoming Warner Bros. film The Priority List in which Steve Carrell will portray the FIU graduate.

The event will be held on Thursday, Nov. 13, at the Wertheim Performing Arts Center. Tickets will go on sale Monday, Oct. 6., Now in its third year, the TEDxFIU event draws a live audience of more than 500 people from around South Florida. Two-time FIU alumnus Alberto Padron will return to the stage for the third time as the master of ceremonies.

We look forward to her presentation and hope to see you there on November 13.

Author: William-Jose Velez

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