Notebook: September 2016
Topics of interest to Tulsans
Laureate Institute for Brain Research’s Florence Breslin, psychiatric research coordinator, with a sample research participant in an MRI simulator.
Laureate Research center embarks on nationwide study
Tulsa’s Laureate Institute for Brain Research (LIBR) recently completed a new research space to be used in a groundbreaking nationwide study.
In October, LIBR became one of 19 U.S. institutions to receive a $6.1 million Adolescent Brain Cognitive Development (ABCD) grant from the National Institutes of Health to follow more than 10,000 healthy 9- and 10-year-olds for 10 years.
The goal of the study, the largest of its kind, is to increase understanding of environmental, social, genetic and other biological factors that affect brain and cognitive development, and how they affect a young person’s trajectory.
Over the next two years, LIBR will enroll 600 Tulsa-area children in the ABCD study. For more information, call 918-502-ABCD.
Rustic Cuff sends 24 to Disney World
By Josalyn Scaife
Jill Donovan has mastered the art of gifting since opening Tulsa-based jewelry company Rustic Cuff in 2011. While on a family vacation to Disney World, she decided to create a social media giveaway for the brand’s devoted fans.
For six months, a piece of a Donovan family photo from Disney World was emailed monthly to two lucky members of Rustic Cuff’s “Cuff of the Month” subscription club. Using social media, recipients from across the country were challenged to find others with matching pieces of the puzzle.
Twelve winners from six states received an all-expense paid, four-day vacation for two to Disney World.
“Not only does Donovan create beautiful jewelry, but she does great, generous projects,” says Tulsan Shannon Hooper, one of seven Oklahoma winners. “I don’t think you find that with every business.”
Tulsa documentary wins Emmy
“Boomtown: An American Journey,” a documentary about Tulsa’s history, won a Heartland Emmy award in the Historical Documentary category July 16 in Denver.
The first in a series of films to be produced under the Boomtown label, the documentary features rare historical footage of the Greenwood District, images of the 1921 Tulsa Race Riot and the story of Route 66.
The Tulsa Historical Society & Museum partnered with Tulsa-based Kirkpatrick & Kinslow Productions to produce the film.
“Boomtown” can be seen at the museum by request, purchased in the museum gift kiosk or streamed online through Vimeo.
Making music more accessible
To help attract younger concertgoers, the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra now provides childcare at a reduced rate during its PAC performances. In partnership with Seeking Sitters, TSO hosts a childcare room at the Hyatt Regency Hotel next door to the PAC.
To utilize the childcare service, TSO ticketholders should pre-register 48 hours before PAC performances at www.tulsasymphony.org.
The 2016-17 TSO season starts Sept. 2 with “Symphony in the Park” at Guthrie Green. Children are welcome. Its first PAC performance is Sept. 10, a gala anniversary concert with violinist Joshua Bell.
Voices of Oklahoma
“Voices of Oklahoma” is an oral history project supported by the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities at the University of Tulsa.
Sid Patterson, Up With Trees co-founder