How Would You Spend $1 Billion?
We often dream about what we do if we won the lottery, but we almost never think about how we might spend large amounts of money on our community. The irony is that most people never win the lottery, but nearly everyone is asked to make decisions about massive community investments in the form of city bonds every few years. In my talk, I take a look at how communities choose to spend their money and question whether or not those decisions line up with their values.
A native of San Antonio, Travis attended O.W. Holmes HS in Northside Independent School District. He moved to Rochester in 2008 to study biomedical engineering at the University of Rochester where he graduated in 2012. While completing his undergraduate studies, Travis co-founded MonoMano, Inc. in order to commercialize adaptive cycling products designed for stroke survivors and amputees. For his work with MonoMano, Travis has received a number of international awards for engineering and design. After graduating, Travis returned to San Antonio to pursue a graduate degree in bioengineering.
Travis completed his PhD in biomedical engineering in the laboratory of Xiao-Dong Chen at the UT Health Science Center in San Antonio. Travis’ research focuses on isolating healthy stem cell populations from the elderly. Recently, Travis has transitioned to a new role as senior scientist for the local biotech firm, StemBioSys. Additionally, Travis serves as President of San Antonio Science, Inc., a non-profit organization he co-founded to promote awareness, understanding, and enthusiasm for science in San Antonio.
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