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IdeaFestival Bowling Green 2022

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Speaker Session 1

Dr. J'Tia Hart
You're a DreamerBut You're Not the Only One

J'Tia Hart Video Preview


Dr. Tyler Jury
Just Imagine . . . the Possibilities

Tyler Jury Video Preview


Robbie Lynn Hunsinger
The Path of Creative Intution

Robbie Lynn Hunsinger Video Preview


Q & A

Q & A Video Preview


Speaker Session 2

Dr. Urooj Yazdani
What Does it Mean to be Disruptive?

Urooj Yazdani Video Preview


Zane Meyer-Thornton
A Reason to be Curious

Zane Meyer-Thornton Video Preview


Q & A

Q & A Video Preview

About the Speakers


hartDr. J’Tia Hart is a STEM researcher and the chief science officer for national & homeland security at Idaho National Laboratory. Whether as a 15-year-old college freshman or a contestant on CBS’s Survivor, J’Tia has always challenged herself. Now she’s turned her attention to igniting young minds and increasing participation in STEM. She holds a BS from Florida State University and an MS and PhD in nuclear engineering from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. She lives in Chicago with her husband and their two children.


juryDr. Tyler Jury is a passionate and driven entrepreneur and, most importantly, a proud husband and father. Born and raised in Elizabethtown, Kentucky, he attended The Gatton Academy for Math and Science and was the first in his family to earn a college degree when he graduated from WKU in 2012. Dr. Jury's professional pursuits include running a full-time dental practice and co-founding Clayton & Crume, a Louisville lifestyle brand whose roots began at WKU. He also serves on the board for Bike4Alz, an organization founded to honor his grandfather's life and the effects Alzheimer's disease had on his family.


rRobbie Lynn Hunsinger had an illustrious career as a classical oboist before becoming a cutting- edge interactive artist, composer and multimedia performer. Her immersive installations have won a Best of Year acknowledgement from Burnaway Magazine and been written up in Make Magazine. Her trans-media chamber music and installations include robotics, live projections, hacked game controllers, and audience participation. She has been funded by Nashville's Metro Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Puffin Foundation, and the International Game Design Association. She has taught at several universities and is a regular speaker, performer, and visiting teaching artist.


UroojDr. Urooj  Yazdani is a physician, a director/producer, and an advocate for girls' education in the developing world. Raised in Columbia, Kentucky, she is currently a fellow-physician at the University of Chicago and hopes to use her background in medicine and her experience in media and advocacy to inspire others to forge their own unique path to success. 


zaneZane Meyer-Thornton is a visual journalist from Los Angeles currently in his senior year at WKU. Before coming to the hill, he was focused on still photography, but his time here has helped him realize it's the story that's important, not the medium in which it's told. Post graduation, he hopes to produce stories on the indigenous people of this land, environmental issues, and the relationship between substance abuse and mental health. He was chosen by the Native American Journalists Association as one of its six fellows for 2021 and placed in the top ten in the Hearst Journalism Awards Program in January.

IFBG Activities 2022

 2022 Sponsors

Major Sponsor 

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The Vid Monster vision is to redefine the consumer's experience, one city at a time, through effective creative content and promotional solutions, and to capture and share the special moments that happen within our community. We are a video production and photography company that focuses on telling stories in new and innovative ways. From small business and corporate, to weddings and special moments, to music videos and documentaries, we can create it all.

Supporting Sponsor

Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce

A 5-Star Accredited chamber and the fourth largest chamber in Kentucky, the Bowling Green Area Chamber of Commerce serves as a premier business advocate for its more than 1,200 partners and is the driving force for economic development in South Central Kentucky. Its primary goals are to promote growth and success in the business community, reaching its small business partners and those in large industries alike. With leadership programs, governmental relations projects, educational initiatives and involvement opportunities, the Chamber aims to support the community and its neighbors to enhance the business climate and continue to grow the region.

Contributing Sponsor

The Gatton Academy
The Gatton Academy of Mathematics and Science in Kentucky is a residential program for bright, highly motivated Kentucky high school students who have demonstrated interest in pursuing advanced careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. Housed on the campus of Western Kentucky University, students take college classes, engage in faculty-led research, and have the ability to study abroad while living in a supportive community of like-minded peers.

In short, students in Kentucky can apply for our program during their sophomore year of high school, and if accepted, they will spend their junior and senior year on WKU’s main campus while remaining enrolled in their sending school. Furthermore, the tuition, meals and housing costs for our students are covered by the Commonwealth of Kentucky, so any student in the state is eligible to apply if the program meets their interests and abilities.

Interested in learning more about The Gatton Academy’s application process? Visit us at https://www.wku.edu/academy/admissions/instructions/index.php.


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