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Tai Simpson | Indigenous storytelling as a political lens
Tai is a warrior and storyteller working in anti-racism education and community organizing. She is a direct descendant of Chief Redheart of the Nez Perce tribe and a tireless advocate for social justice. Tai is well-loved and supported by a four-legged, amber-eyed "Gunner." She enjoys sunshine, dogs, and wine.
Melanie Wright | Partnering to beat sepsis
Melanie studies the intersection between humans and the technologies and systems they interact with at work. For 15 years, she has listened to and observed health care professionals in order to design and evaluate training, technology, and process solutions to make it easier for them to care for patients and keep them safe. She earned a PhD in Industrial Engineering and an MS in Psychology from North Carolina State University. Melanie is a mom, partner, daughter, sister, and patient.
Monique Evancic | Unexpected meanings of flowers revealed
A TV journalist turned marketer, Monique is enthusiastic about recovering the vanishing story of the language of flowers and reclaiming their use as a powerful communication device and life-enhancement. As a Cuban-American child, she fondly recalls being spritzed daily with a soft, violet fragrance from the island’s most iconic perfumery. Decades later, she carries on this same sensory tradition with her own daughter. Since going “on assignment” to unearth the true significance of flowers, she now hands them out with a deeper intentionality, crafting expressive arrangements that shout “go get ‘em,” or “cheer up,” or “I (heart) you”.
John Gardner | What if fossil fuels had never existed?
As a 42-year veteran of higher education (on both sides of the classroom), John has dedicated his professional life to advancing the understanding of important issues for his engineering students and the general public. John enjoys hiking, fly-fishing, and riding his bikes (both as a commuter and on the trails). He hopes his grandchildren won’t grow up to resent what his generation left them.
Elisa Barney | How digital technology helps solve mysteries in the humanities
As a Professor of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Boise State University, Elisa has worked to apply image processing and machine learning (a more accurate word for that overused term “Artificial Intelligence”) to many problems in many fields. She loves working with students in and outside the classroom, and is very involved with the electrical engineering and computer science professional society, IEEE (which bears the tagline “Advancing Technology for Humanity”).
Gurtej Sandhu | How innovation is transforming our planet - for good
Gurtej was born in London, grew up in India, finished college in North Carolina, and ended up in Boise, Idaho. Quiet and introspective as a kid, he remembers asking all kinds of adult questions about the origin of the universe and the meaning of life and death. In his current role as Senior Fellow and Vice President at Micron Technology, Gurtej is responsible for the company's end-to-end R&D technology roadmaps. He leads several internal project teams worldwide and manages interactions with research consortia around the world. At Micron, Gurtej has pioneered several process technologies currently used in mainstream semiconductor chip manufacturing. He holds over 1,300 U.S. patents and is recognized as one of the top inventors in the world.
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