Diverse group of Montanans set to speak at Bozeman event, present untapped ideas

A saxophonist, socio-cultural psychologist, flight paramedic, and science writer walk into a church.

That’s not a joke.

On Saturday, these four people will join over a dozen more with diverse titles and backgrounds in presenting at the 8th annual TEDxBozeman event. The speakers, who are all Montana-based, will talk about untapped ideas and concepts to a live audience at Bozeman’s Journey Church and its convention center, The Commons at Baxter & Love.

TEDx events are licensed by TED — a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas in the form of short, powerful talks — but are organized and run independently within local communities around the world. In Montana, TEDxBozeman and TEDxLewistown speaking events are held every year with the mission to spread ideas and spark conversation.

Two of the speakers are set to present together. Claire Sands Baker and David Sands, a daughter-father duo, plan to talk about a Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation-funded project started 12 years ago to help small farmers in Kenya.

Sands is a plant pathologist and biotechnology professor at Montana State University. His research interests include gluten-free crops and biocontrol of striga, a parasitic weed that attacks

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