Paul Doherty is a Senior Staff Scientist and Co-Director of the Teacher Institute at the Exploratorium. He received his PhD in Solid State Physics from MIT in 1974,where he specialized in laser light scattering. He is an expert on atmospheric optics and the discoverer of the shape of the Martian carbon dioxide snowflake. At the Exploratorium he shows high-school science teachers how to make science class relevant and interesting. In 2003 Dr. Doherty received the Faraday award for excellence as a science communicator from the National Science Teachers Association. In 2012 he participated in a program to bring science to Buddhist monks at the request of his holiness the Dalai Lama. He has written several science books including the Explorabook which has sold over a million copies, and the book Color of Nature. His website features hundreds of science explorations. He is a mountaineer and was the navigator on the first ascent of the 20,000 foot high Sierra Nevada de Lagunas Bravas in the Andes. 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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