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Elisabeth Sharp McKetta
Elisabeth is a poet, biographer, teacher, and a parent of two who lives with her family in 275 sq. ft. With a PhD on the intersections between fairy tales and autobiography, experience teaching writing for Harvard Extension School, and a six-year streak of writing weekly poems for strangers, she offers a unique perspective for how to edit our lives into their most energizing, loveliest forms.
Talk topic: Editing our lives like a poem
Liyah is a dedicated social entrepreneur with a passion for giving back to her adoptive community and country. After surviving the anti-Armenian ethnic killings in Azerbaijan, Liyah and her family were resettled in Twin Falls, Idaho through the CSI Refugee Program. She became an entrepreneur at age 22, served on the Twin Falls School Board and was the first refugee to run for Twin Falls City Council election. Liyah has been recognized as one of Idaho's Women of the Year, and featured in The New York Times.
Talk topic: What we can learn from refugees’ endurance, gratitude, and hunger
Jesse grew up in wild spaces—from Alaska to Wyoming—before moving to the eastern U.S. to complete his doctoral degree where he found a developed landscape, inundated with light and noise. As a researcher, Jesse wants to experience the world through other animals’ eyes and ears. Today, Jesse continues to pursue answers to vital questions at the interface of biodiversity, evolution, and conservation.
Talk topic: How sensory pollutants are altering ecosystems.
Byung Kim, a physics professor at Boise State University (BSU), is a leading expert in atomic force microscopy (AFM), which he has focused on for more than 25 years. He recently developed a unique technique called COIFM, which makes it possible to grab and manipulate water molecules in order to understand their mechanical behaviors at the nanoscale level. COIFM overcomes the “snap-to-contact” problem associated with conventional AFM force measurements by using a technique called “force feedback” he learned at Sandia National Laboratories before joining BSU.
Talk topic: Chain-like water
Jordan is a fierce lover of the world of data and analytics, calling himself a “data nerd.” Besides his love of all things math- and data-related, Jordan is an avid trail runner and ultramarathoner, often exploring the mountain ranges of Utah. He is the proud father of five, married to his best friend from college, and even named his Golden Retriever, Wrigley, after the field where his beloved Chicago Cubs play.
Talk topic: Becoming “data literate”
Randy is a creator at heart. After retiring from a corporate career, he found a new passion that combined his engineering skills with his love of the outdoors by helping people with disabilities create their own unique, user-constructed mobility solutions.
Talk topic: Community-sourced mobility solutions
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