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As women, we feel responsible for the well-being of our families, but keeping our kids healthy starts with our health. Many of us count calories, get regular exercise and never miss our yearly wellness exams, but you might have overlooked the largest threat to your health – heart disease. We tend to think of heart disease as a man’s disease, but the fact is it kills more women each year than anything else. And for women, the symptoms are different: in addition to chest pain, shortness of breath and upper body pain, unshakable fatigue and sleeplessness can also be signs of a heart attack. Whether you’re a patient of INTEGRIS Health Edmond or Lakeside Women’s Hospital, you have access to cardiologists from INTEGRIS Heart Hospital, and you can make an appointment now to see a cardiologist at either location. To schedule an appointment at the location most convenient for you, call 405.951.2277.

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iPhobia As I write this column on my 8-year-old clunky

Dell laptop with a broken shift key, to my left sits a

shiny new 27-inch iMac. It has an LED-backlit display, 3.2GHz quadcore processor and 2 gigs of video ram. It’s top of the line. So fast, it

actually reverses time—or so I’m told. It’s a birthday present from my lovely wife, Sandy. This is day two of it just sitting there—not even

plugged in. Why? It’s new, different and I don’t know how to work it.

Yes, I suffer from technology trust issues. Maybe it’s because I

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on a daily basis.

Just once, I’d like to watch a show I’m streaming from Amazon

to my iPhone to my smart TV and trust it will work. It always does, but I keep checking my phone and muttering, “Yep. Good, it’s still

working.” Before you start to feel sorry for me—let’s agree these are some pretty good problems to have.

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isn’t lost on me. But the truth of it is, this affliction has actually helped

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shape Back40’s success. It’s given me great empathy for clients-of-a-

certain-age who want to leverage technology to grow their businesses.

So as I resolve to take responsibility for my recovery, I plug in

the iMac. A few minutes later, I’m using it to finish this column. That wasn’t so terrible and now I’m thinking—where’s my flying car?

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12 500-Year-Old Mystery

Amelia Hamrick discovers a hidden composition.

20 Go-Fast Girl At only 13 years old, Alison Slaton is racing to the top.

25 Robot Wars High school students battle handcrafted robots.

30 Captured Chasing storms, snapping iconic photos—all in a day’s work for Alonzo Adams.

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Finding the

Funny Bone by Louise Tucker Jones

Recently, my son, Jay, was hospitalized with pneumonia and his older brother came from Arkansas to check on him. Determined to get a smile, Aaron donned a surgical mask while holding a miniature Swiss Army knife and took a picture then posted the following comment on Facebook: “Hanging in the hospital with my little bro. While it is no fun to be in ICU, we still managed to save his funny bone.” A big smile was plastered on Aaron & Jay Jay’s face. Loved the interaction between my boys and, thankfully, Jay is now home and recovered. But Aaron’s comment made me think of some comical things that actually did occur at a medical facility. n When I was six months pregnant, I had to have an emergency appendectomy. One problem—where to cut? The obstetrician was certain the baby would have pushed the appendix upward from its normal position while the surgeon felt the appendix would still be in the lower, right side. Their compromise—a lengthy incision from my lower side to just below my waist. Believe me, there is nothing like a baby kicking the inside of an incision. During my hospital stay, a nurse came to dress the wound. Her face registered total shock when she flipped back the cover and saw my protruding belly. “My,” she exclaimed. “We have a little distention, don’t we?” Afraid she was about to call some emergency code, I quickly responded, “No, we have a little baby.” n When my husband, Carl, recovered from abdominal surgery, I went with him to have the staples removed. The surgeon was well acquainted with both of us and we were talking about different things when I asked, “Why do you suppose God put things into our body that we can actually do without—tonsils, appendix, gall bladder…” Without hesitation, the doctor replied, “So surgeons could have


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something to take out.” We both laughed hysterically. Carl didn’t appreciate the humor since he was lying on his back awaiting staple removal. n Once, I had some itchy bumps on the trunk of my body and feared they were bedbug bites since the TV news was hot with stories of bedbugs in hotels. We had been to a hotel so it seemed a likely explanation. The doctor took one look and said, “You have shingles.” I quickly exclaimed, “No, I think they’re bedbug bites!” I was so certain the little pests had hitchhiked home with us from the hotel that I had already called an exterminator. The doctor shook his head and simply replied, “You have shingles, Louise.” He handed me a prescription and said, “You can take this medicine and have a lighter case or do nothing.” My husband insisted I take the medicine and cancel the exterminator. n Of course, most doctor visits or hospitalizations are serious and have very little humor, but once in a while someone does hit that funny bone that Aaron mentioned. In fact, when he was a teenager in recovery, still under the effects of medication after oral surgery to remove wisdom teeth, he begged his dad, “Don’t let Mom take me home. She drives too fast.” I didn’t find that humorous but Carl thought it was a hoot and never let me forget it. A few years later, when he was taken to the hospital by ambulance and I met him at the ER, he gave a surprised expression. “How did you get here so quick?” Then he quickly added, “I forgot how fast you drive!” Hope your next medical visit is humorous and not horrendous!

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especially since the music was located on the rear end of a naked man. But funny things happen to college students in the middle of the night. The discovery occurred in February on the campus of Oklahoma Christian University. You might expect this to happen to a student working in a darkened library, poring through books to find a thesisworthy project, but no, the scene was far different. Instead, imagine a white-walled conference room in the honors dorm, with a few tables, chairs and a white board with calculus written on it. It’s one o’clock in the morning, and the room is occupied by a few scattered students. Amelia and some friends are chatting about the odd 1500s Hieronymus Bosch painting they learned about in history class. She pulls up a high-resolution version of the painting and scrolls around for a closer look. She finds a unicorn, a porcupine, and, lo and behold, musical notes. “Hey, guys, this dude has music written on his rear end,” Amelia says. “I’m totally going to transcribe it.” Within thirty minutes, she has entered the notes into a musical composition software, and she and her friends are the first to hear a piano version of a five-centuries-old tune. After posting the audio file to her blog, she’s surprised by the online response—over 200,000 plays, inquiries from around the world, and an interview with Anderson Cooper of CNN. Everyone wants to know—is it true that Amelia is the first to ever play Bosch’s song? It seems likely, at least to Oklahoma Christian music professor, John Fletcher. “This is a well-documented painting. I thought someone might come forward with doctorial research, but interestingly, nothing has surfaced in the weeks since this has been publicized,” said Fletcher. Although Amelia accidently stumbled onto this discovery, Fletcher isn’t surprised because of all the factors influencing her. “Both of her

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parents were students of mine, both music majors who now work as research librarians. Amelia is my first second-generation student,” Fletcher said. “Considering her upbringing in a research-oriented family, it’s natural for her to explore something like this.” It does seem that a rare combination of circumstances came into play that night while studying. After all, how many students have a double-major in music and information sciences—oh, and have a father with a doctorate in musicology who specialized in music from the 1500s? Amelia noticed right away that the musical notes in Bosch’s painting looked different from modern music. She felt confident that they were written for Gregorian chant, a form of early religious music. Her conclusion rang true with art historian, Delaynna Trim, curator of collections at the MabeeGerrer Museum of Art in Shawnee, a museum begun by an art-collecting monk. “Although most musical notation was seen in churches, that style was starting to show up in paintings during the late Middle Ages.” The Bosch painting, named “The Garden of Earthly Delights,” is filled with nude humans and fantastical creatures engaging in a variety of activities. Painted around 1500 AD, it is speculated to be either a narration of creation or a commentary on social temptations. “Bosch included little details and symbolism typical to the time period,” Trim said, “But he added in, shall I say, crazy stuff.” Amelia describes it in modern terms as a “Where’s Waldo from 500 years ago.” She wonders if Bosch was being symbolic or just being weird. “I’d like to clear that up and learn if those notes are an actual song significant to the painting, or if we’re reading too much into his painting.” Unsurprisingly, Amelia is already looking ahead to her senior project and is hoping to transcribe the other musical notes from the

painting, albeit they are found in less interesting places. “This is a fresh discovery that’s only a few weeks old,” Fletcher said. “Amelia’s transcription caught all of us off guard in the midst of a semester. We haven’t had time to research this yet.” Amelia, who is finding great humor in the uproar, finds it particularly funny to hear the university’s highly-respected professors discussing the man’s naked rear end in her classes. Other students at the university have already found creative ways to expand upon the music, such as a choral arrangement with “interesting” bare-bottomed lyrics, and the idea of creating a sweat band version of the song to play at basketball games, although the tune is fairly tuneless. According to Amelia, “The first thing I thought was, ‘This is a really bad Gregorian chant.’” She speculates that the notes might have been randomly painted for their looks, not their musicality. However, the song has gained cyberspace fans who have begun recording their own versions, including one sung in actual Gregorian chant. For Amelia, she’s unsure if this historical discovery is going to have a long-term effect on her life, but it has made the semester exciting. “It’s a little overwhelming to be goofing around and accidentally making a historical discovery.” The question remains, did Bosch intend this now-internationallyfamous song to ever be played? It’s too early to tell, but Amelia might be the perfect person to get to the “bottom” of this 500-year-old mystery. She can certainly take credit for bringing this posterior story to the forefront.

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by Laura Beam For those of us in landlocked cities, far from exotic shorelines, we crave fresh seafood and enjoy it with great reverence. Nothing delivers that bliss like an exquisite lineup of seafood in its purest form—sushi. It’s as much a mood as it is a food. Done right, it’s an art, an attitude, a statement. Done superbly, it’s an icon. Patrick and Joanne Mok, owners of Café Icon, had a vision 13 years ago, a passion to introduce a new standard of excellence in dining. Their healthy mission of providing exceptional sushi, crepes, and sandwiches was a gamble that paid off with Vegas-like rewards. The Mok’s original 800-square-foot venture began at their former restaurant, Tropical Café, and has parlayed into a stunning new 4000-square-foot urban eatery. Loyal fans of Tropical Café eagerly followed the family to their new restaurant when it opened last year. As Patrick notes, “Because of our success and our loyal customer base, we decided it was time to grow and treat our customers and the Edmond community to a new experience.” Today, an explosive crowd of new enthusiasts is falling in line to try this trendsetting fare. As sushi-lovers know, quality is king— and Patrick has it down to a science. Not only

does he offer an astounding and rare assortment of seafood hailing from the Netherlands, Hawaii and all over the globe, but he has it specially hand-tagged when it arrives at the dock. “The seafood goes from dock to restaurant in ten hours,” Patrick reveals. Now that’s fresh! Head Sushi Chef Richard takes the seafood to the next level with his mesmerizing sushi designs that are truly edible art. Don’t feel bad if you want to snap a photo before you gobble up the masterpiece. Though Café Icon is nestled modestly in a suburban strip mall, it boasts the exotic taste of the tropics and the eccentric glam of Vegas, mingled in a glitzy montage. Designed by an architect from Hong Kong and decorated by Joanne, the contemporary space gleams with sleek chrome and white leather. Amid the glossy grandeur, lighted artwork rhythmically changes colors, setting the perfect Zen mood for a show-stopping feast. And feast you will! A brilliant pictorial menu of sushi, Teppan Grill specialties and their famous crepe desserts offers an eyepopping parade of possibilities. Not to be

missed are their signature Lava Stone Grilled Entrées available after 4pm. “Café Icon is the first restaurant in Edmond to present this healthy, interactive dining experience,” Patrick remarks. “A black rock lava stone is heated to 824 degrees, searing meat and seafood to juicy perfection, using no oil or fat. Guests can cook one or two bites at a time, right at their table, so each bite is hot and delicious.” Though it’s right in the neighborhood, this cosmopolitan café takes you on a delicious journey you’ll want to re-visit and explore time and again. Dine at Café Icon, just west of Target at 2nd & Bryant in Edmond, Mon.–Sat. 11am–10pm and Sun. 11am–9pm. Call 340-8956 or visit thecafeicon.com. Laura Beam is a business and food writer and 20-year advertising and marketing executive in radio, newspaper and magazines. Share new business tips and trends with her on LinkedIn or email Laura@outlookoklahoma.com.




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Living by the motto “If You Can Dream It, We Can Build It,” employees at Heritage Renovations excel at providing the best service, while also having a little fun. Founded in 1985, the family-owned company takes customers’ creative ideas and brings them to life. Based in Oklahoma City, Heritage Renovations specializes in kitchen and bath remodeling but also prides itself on the custom-built cabinetry used in their renovations. “We are also highly skilled in attic conversions, room additions, theatre rooms and outdoor kitchens and living areas,” said Leslie Peake, owner and interior designer. “At Heritage Renovations, we strive to provide homeowners with the highest quality home renovations possible.” So far, her goals have been successful. Peake says 70 percent of her business comes

from returning customers or word-of-mouth. Leslie’s husband Dan came from a long line of construction workers and she came from a family of entrepeneurs, so they combined their talents and formed a remodeling company. “We started out building cabinets for homebuilders, and then went into the home building business ourselves,” she said. “We noticed that there was a need for a reputable, reliable remodeling company in the metro and surrounding areas, so we shifted our focus primarily to the remodeling industry.” Construction is just one element. “Remodeling is an art form—more than just construction. We must be able to adapt to each individual project and make the new renovation blend with the existing home,” Peake remarked. One of their more memorable projects was the addition of a second story to one of their

client’s homes. “We actually tore the entire roof completely off a house and added a second story, which included two bedrooms, a home theatre and two bathrooms,” Peake said. “The owners found a house in a historic part of Oklahoma City. They hired us to convert the house into the home of their dreams—and we did.” While this project was one of her favorites, Peake said her dream is to renovate an Art Deco home. “Taking a home back to its original splendor would be a wonderful challenge. The glamour and beauty of the Art Deco era would entail utilizing a large amount of beautiful wood and unique glasswork, along with a vast collection of colors and textures,” Peake reflected. “Envision the house in The Great Gatsby—doing a remodel that would rival that would be a blast.” For more information, call 887-4121 or 974-1174 or visit heritagerenovations.net.

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Sometimes Dr. David Minyard at the Oklahoma TMJ and Sleep Therapy clinic gets thanks yous after treating his patients for snoring. “I once treated a doctor who had tried all types of CPAP (continuous positive airway pressure) machines and face masks, but he could not sleep with them. Two days after I fitted him with an oral appliance, his wife showed up and gave me a big hug. She said, ‘I haven’t slept through the night in 20 years because of my husband’s snoring. You’ve saved my marriage!’” Dr. Minyard is one of a limited number of specialists in Oklahoma who intensively diagnoses problems that stem from the TMJ (temporomandibular joint) which cause headaches and facial pain, and also treats obstructive sleep apnea. After examination, treatment may include physical therapy, medication, injections

or oral appliances, especially for treatment of snoring or sleep apnea. “Sleep issues are not humorous,” Dr. Minyard said. “Disturbed sleep can lead to elevated blood pressure, mood issues and increased heart problems and chance of diabetes. At a recent lecture, I learned that lack of sleep is the third leading cause of car accidents and snoring is a leading cause of divorce.” Snoring and sleep apnea, which affect both the patient and spouse, can be treated in many ways, ranging from surgeries to CPAP and oral appliances. Dr. Minyard recommends custom-made oral appliances, which usually provide effective and immediate results in a less invasive manner. “When people say, ‘I have TMJ,’ it’s like saying, ‘I have a knee.’ Over 40 things could be

wrong with that one joint, and 15 percent of the population is affected by it,” Dr. Minyard said. Dr. Minyard was a general practice dentist in Arizona for 25 years until back problems caused him to change direction. He moved to Oklahoma to direct a free medical clinic called Ministries of Jesus. In the meantime, he learned about the different TMJ therapies and began training. In 2009, after passing his board exams he opened an office in Edmond, working with his daughter, who is his assistant. Whether you’re seeking relief from pain or seeking a good night’s sleep, Dr. Minyard is the one to call. “I enjoy helping people, and helping marriages is always nice.” For more information on Oklahoma TMJ & Sleep Therapy Clinic, give them a call at 330-9444 or visit their website at oktmj.com.

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Amid dozens of drivers on an oval dirt track, 13-year-old Alison Slaton, takes the wheel of her own mini sprint car, which she dotingly named Dave. As the flag goes down, cars leap ahead and it’s a fight to the finish line. The car’s muscular frame resembles nothing of the pink, battery-powered Barbie Corvette some girls may ask for on their birthday. With enough power to hit more than 80 miles per hour, Alison isn’t afraid of speed—she lives for it. With a love for speed and a soft-spoken yet competitive demeanor, Alison was leery at first about this racing sport when her parents brought her first junior sprint car home. It sat in the garage, feared and not driven. It was Alison’s mother, Stacey, who motivated her to try it out in a parking lot, just once. If she tried it and didn’t like it, it was okay. “Ever since that day, she’s wanted to drive,” said Alison’s father, Greg Slaton, currently the manager of Pole Position.

Since she was eight years old, Alison has been racing. Dave is a 2014 Sawyer mini-sprint that she races in the restricted class. The vehicle and driver weigh over 700 pounds and the Yamaha R6 motorcycle engine that powers Dave is capable of producing 120 horsepower. Ten-inch

Sadly, Stacey passed away last May, after being diagnosed with stage-4 pancreatic and liver cancer. Knowing her days were limited, Stacey and Greg chose godparents who would also be able to support Alison’s racing dreams. Her mom left behind precious memories and a motivation for Alison to keep going forward. Alison can still hear her mother’s encouragement in her head. “When I started racing, I was nervous, and I didn’t know what to do. It’s not as easy as ‘just turn left,’” Alison said.

rims and soft compound racing rubber tires put that power down on the oval, where average speeds hit upwards of 80 mph while the drivers maneuver around each other sliding sideways around the small regional tracks. With power like this, Alison proves it is no longer a sport just for men. “Boys think I can’t beat them.

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I like the feeling of beating them when they think I can’t,” Alison said. There is a special camaraderie among female racers. In an average 200-car race night, there may be only 10–15 females racing. The competition, good friends and a constant goal to do better each week keeps Alison dedicated to the sport. Racing takes skill, geometry and calculations to make a car run. “Passing and wrecking—there’s a lot to be aware of,” said Alison. Race season revs up for the Slaton family from April to October, with practice and training occurring year-round. Being a racecar driver requires mental and physical strength. “People think racing is just ‘Get out there and drive!’ but it is so much more than that,” said Greg. “You have to be in shape and conditioned to drive.” In addition to the physical strain, it’s important to have an understanding of the responsibility necessary with driving a vehicle at high speeds. “If you make a mistake in racing, it could seriously injure someone or cost thousands of dollars,” said Greg. “Alison is very mature and cautious. She doesn’t place herself in stupid situations.” Knowing the expertise and heart put into this sport, Greg credits everyone he has met in the racing community. “They are the most honest, down-to-earth people. The kids have such a higher maturity level of being in the sport and around great people like that,” he said. Through racing, Alison has also had Alison isn’t the chance to meet celebrities like NASCAR racer Kasey Khane. While afraid of speed— not circling the tracks at Daytona or she lives for it. the Texas Motor Speedway, many drivers like to race local dirt tracks. When asked whether her four-year-old sister, Ashtyn, would be following in her footsteps, Alison quickly shook her head. “No, I don’t want her to,” pausing as she lovingly eyed her spunky little sister. Ashtyn continued bouncing from floor to couch, room to room, giggling and smiling ear to ear. “I wouldn’t trust her on the track. She’s crazy!” Sitting back, relaxed and beaming as his daughter spoke of her racing adventures, Greg said he’s proud she is growing up differently. “I knew boys who couldn’t put air in their own tires. My little girl is growing up and can take care of herself,” Greg said. Recently, Greg offered Alison $25,000 from the sale of the car and equipment if she should decide to give up racing; she quickly declined the offer, as her love for the sport remains stronger than any dollar figure. “Racing gets in your blood, and without it, life feels empty,” Greg said. Although only 13 years old, Alison has her first streetlegal car already picked out: a blue Mustang. But this will certainly be no V-6 car. “If we’re going to get a Mustang, it’s got to be a GT with a V-8,” Greg said. As he spoke the word “GT,” Alison’s face immediately broke into a broad smile. Racing isn’t just a hobby for Alison—it’s a lifestyle. With aspirations of being a professional racer or owning a racing business, Alison couldn’t be more excited for the months and years ahead.



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by Heide Brandes

In classrooms in Oklahoma and around the nation, students are waging wars with robotic weapons of the mind. In Michelle Madison’s class at Edmond Memorial High School, senior Ryan Craig is captaining his team of mind warriors. The mission: to create a robot from a box of random parts that can pick up a plastic exercise ball, toss it over a 5-foot barrier into a hole or into the waiting arms of another hand-crafted robot.

Deer Creek TEam It’s Robot Wars—the brainchild program of the nonprofit organization, Oklahoma FIRST— and the battle is on. Robot Wars is a program in which students across America engineer their own robots and battle them in a round-robin competition. It’s a sport, but it’s a sport of the mind that combines problem-solving, strategic thinking, imagination and creativity.


The Oklahoma FIRST organization offers Robot Wars to spark new interest and excitement in science and engineering among students. As the acronym FIRST denotes, the program strives “For the Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology.” As part of the program, students design and engineer their own robots for a regional competition and then the winners compete nationally. In January, teams receive a box of parts as the only resource to build their robots—no directions are included. Students not only have to conceptualize the design of a working robot, but also build it in only six weeks. Luckily, the thrill of the challenge extends to community engineering mentors from companies like Devon Energy and Dell Computers to guide the young robot enthusiasts in their mission.

“The most challenging thing is being creative enough to actually build the designs your team comes up with,” said Craig, who has been involved in the FIRST Robotics Competition for four years. “It’s hard, but I love building things and love learning how things work.” For Harold Holley, U.S. FIRST Oklahoma Regional Director, that enthusiasm for engineering and mathematics is the whole point. He EMHS hopes it drives students to consider TEAM fields in the sciences, but also to develop the logical sections of their brains. “The FIRST Robotics Competition teaches students lessons about teamwork, problem-solving and future careers, and is a tool to get them interested in careers in math, science, engineering and technology,” says Holley. “It’s a competitive sport of the mind—it combines the excitement of sports with the rigors of science and technology. Students have limited time and resources to design and build their robots. It’s as close to real-world engineering experience as they can get.” Randy Blackwood and his wife Cheri, teachers at Edmond Santa Fe High School, chose to adopt the Oklahoma FIRST Robotics Competition to help students develop and interest in engineering. “We felt it was an important way to reach out to kids,” said Blackwood. “Watching the team come together to solve the problem of building a working robotic warrior from scratch is thrilling,” Blackwood said. “This program helps kids build confidence in themselves and teaches them to find unique results.” The experience enlightens the students to the many facets of science, including dealing with a number of different parameters, budget limitations and challenges. “It helps them learn that they can create something,” said Blackwood. continued on next page



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Edmond Memorial High student Tyler Hadley has been involved in the program for four years. Hadley says his strategic thinking skills are improved every year. “You have to use your imagination to come up with a design, and your creativity is engaged and improved,” he said. “The fun part is getting to go the competitions and seeing what the other teams across the country came up with.”

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The competitions are as futuristic as the name “Robot Wars” suggests. Hundreds of students control robots approximately five feet tall to battle other robots. The battleground in Oklahoma is at the Cox Convention Center. The energy is electric. The music is pounding. The cheers and jeers of the combating teams are fierce. A teacher at Edmond Memorial, Michelle Madison, introduced the program to her students in 2008 with their first competition in 2009. That first year, the team won the Motorola Quality Assurance Award

for Robustness, and the desire to win was born. “They learn about engineering and design during the process. They work as a team, they learn to keep in budget, to meet deadlines and they gain real-world experience in project design and management,” she said. “And, they have fun doing it.” The FIRST Robotics Competition features teams from 48 states, four provinces, and 12 countries. The competition is a high-tech spectator sporting event, but is also lucrative. Colleges, universities, corporations and individuals provided over $12 million in college scholarships to FRC participants in 2010 alone. Forty-six teams from Oklahoma competed at the March regional competition in Oklahoma City. The winners advanced to the nationals in St. Louis. “Many companies find time to volunteer as mentors, because they see what kids gain from this,” said Holley. “They gain an excitement about a sport of the mind. They see future employees at a high school level who are learning what they need to be successful in a strategic project. They see kids excited about science. It’s as exciting as any sport and it’s fun, too!” For more information about Oklahoma FIRST, visit www.oklahomafirst.org.


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You may not recognize his name, but you have probably seen his work. A local freelance photographer and storm chaser, Alonzo Adams had the great honor of having his one of his photographs featured on the cover of Time Magazine. On May 20, 2013, Alonzo and his storm chasing partner Richard Rowe headed to south Oklahoma City in hopes of capturing one of Alonzo’s favorite subjects—a tornado. Alonzo had no idea that he was about to come closer to one than ever before, and that his life would be changed forever. As they took position to get a good view of the storm, he was less than a mile away from the funnel cloud. “My heart was pounding, thinking of all the people in the path of this storm,” said Alonzo.

Instead of fleeing from the incoming devastation, Alonzo took photographs and video of the tornado as it ravaged the area. He’d never seen such damage. All around him, the aftermath of the violence lingered as people emerged to try and locate their loved ones and belongings. Within moments of shooting the storm, Alonzo uploaded his images to the Associated Press online feed. To his shock and surprise, he was immediately contacted by Time Magazine, advising him they would be using one of his photos for their cover. Later that evening, radio stations in Chicago and North Carolina called to interview him, as well as MSNBC. Having always been fascinated with Oklahoma’s unpredictable and sometimes dangerous weather, Alonzo has a great respect for and reverence of the subject. After discovering his love for photography in 1997, he moved to Norman where he studied both meteorology and journalism. His background and experience in the two fields TIME Magazine Cover June 3, 2013 makes him a very unique photographer, and it shows in Photograph by Alonzo Adams / AP his work. “I love having the ability of capturing a moment in time, to freeze it and to always have it with me,” said Alonzo. continued on next page



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Taking pictures of the constantly changing weather is not a task taken lightly. Alonzo takes great care in getting ready to shoot extreme weather, which is aided greatly by his background in meteorology. He studies weather patterns

and forecast models to determine where the most action will be, and he takes advantage of all forms ofweather forecasting available to him, including the National Weather Service, social media and weather forecasts from local news stations. He keeps his equipment packed up in his car, ready to go at a moment’s notice. Even with all this preparation, he says his best shots are still a combination of perfect planning and accidents. Although the May 2013 tornado was one of the worst storms in Oklahoma’s history, it was this combination of preparation and chance that provided him with such a rare opportunity. The sudden media coverage drew attention to Alonzo’s work propelling his standing within the art community. He was now receiving more interest in all of his work. Although driven by the excitement of shooting tornadoes, Alonzo enjoys photographing all kinds of weather. He is repeatedly drawn to

the visual impact created by cloud formations. Rain shafts, for example, provide an interesting composition, especially when backlit by the sun. One of Alonzo’s favorite shots is that of an abandoned farmhouse set against a dark sky with a super cell storm cloud barreling down on it. He loves the contrast of the fragility of the tiny house set against the power of the gigantic approaching storm. While weather photography will always be Alonzo’s first love, he also photographs a wide variety of subjects. His impressive portfolio includes his handiwork in shooting architecture, editorials, portraits, sports and stock photography. In addition to Time Magazine, Alonzo’s published works have been featured in national publications including Newsweek, Sports Illustrated, Washington Post, New York Times, The Oklahoman and Halftime Magazine. Since spring is just around the corner, Alonzo is gearing up for storm season. Already buying new equipment, this year he’s going to venture outside of Oklahoma. In addition to Kansas and Missouri, he is especially interested in shooting in North Dakota and South Dakota, where there is less rain accompanying severe storms. The lack of moisture makes it easier to see the cloud formations and funnels which makes for more impressive photography. Although Oklahoma’s weather can be unpredictable, it looks like Alonzo is on a solid plan for continued success. To see more of Alonzo’s work, visit www.alonzojadams.com.

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Green thumb or not, one Edmond man has you covered. Known as the Backyard Farmer, Galt Ormiston has made it his life’s mission to educate others and give back to his community through sustainable gardening. Growing up in Edmond, Galt refers to himself as just a “local boy” who graduated from Memorial High School in 1995 and went on to Oklahoma State University where he majored in landscape architecture. But it wasn’t until 2010 when he attended OSU again to focus on horticulture with an emphasis on plant biology and greenhouse management that he developed the skills needed to educate and help others in his community. “I went back to school in an effort to learn the science behind growing,“ Galt recalled. “I stumbled across the fruit and vegetable gardening aspect and I thought it was something I could do.” And so began his adventures as the Backyard Farmer. With the self-reliant food movement on the rise, Galt’s Backyard Farmer services provide Oklahomans with the opportunity to personally design raised-bed planters and greenhouses suited for their individual needs and lifestyles. Galt originally opened a plant and produce stand at The Shoppes at Northpark in the spring of 2013. The stand provided services to gardening enthusiasts and do-it-yourselfers, along with providing donations of unused harvested items to food pantries within the community. For 2014, the Backyard Farmer is shifting focus toward educating and assisting clients with the production and maintenance of their sustainable gardens. “Many people really like the idea of fruit and vegetable gardening but don’t know how to do it or have had bad experiences,” Galt shared. The Backyard Farmer’s typical package includes customized design, installation of planters, automatic irrigation, plant materials and instructions for proper planting and maintenance. Galt and his team also offer maintenance contracts for clients more interested in reaping what others sow. Planters include vegetable, fruit and herb plants all grown and tailored by Galt to supply his typical clientele


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of apartment dwellers and suburban and rural homeowners with supplemental produce. In addition, Galt recently began working with an Edmond based non-profit, Wings. Created in 2002, it is a special needs adult community that strives to enhance the lives of adults with developmental disabilities through social, vocational and residential programs. Currently, they are working directly with Galt to design and create a greenhouse suitable for their organization’s ever-evolving needs. “Wings wanted to grow their own annuals and perennials, whether it’s fruits and vegetables or seasonal color plants. And they wanted their patients to be able to work in the greenhouse as a means of therapy,” Galt explained. “They will also use the items in a retail setting to help fund the organization.” All the vegetation used for the greenhouses and raised-bed “Many people like the idea of planters are grown and fostered at Galt’s Edmond-based greenhouse. fruit and vegetable gardening, With an array of perennials and orchard rows 100 feet long, Galt isn’t but don’t know how to do it.” going to stop anytime soon. Plans to expand the greenhouse location and the recent construction of an on-site office will offer clients a more hands-on approach when designing their own sustainable gardens. “A typical raised-bed for a single-family dwelling is 4 feet wide and 20 feet long—large enough to see a reduction in the monthly grocery bill,” Galt explains. In addition to the planter design and gardening education Galt does on a daily basis, you can expect to see him continuing to create awareness and changing people’s concepts of normal planting seasons. For the future of the Backyard Farmer, Galt hopes to help put an end to the long-standing myth of not being able to successfully plant and grow during the coldest and hottest times of the year. Galt says, “You can do this 12 months out of the year!” For more information on the Backyard Farmer packages, visit galtlandscape.com. Place an order with Galt directly at 405-313-4258 or galtormiston@hotmail.com.

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hat do you get when you hire a former FBI agent as the director of your school? A teacher with real world experience who will turn the classroom into a crime scene case study. Dwight Adams, PhD, is a different type of college

director. With over 23 years of experience, he doesn’t just rely on a textbook to teach his students about the key elements of forensic science. It’s this kind of out-of-the-box teaching style that is quickly making the University of Central Oklahoma’s W. Roger Webb Forensic Science Institute one of the best in the nation. Walking into the 35,000 square-foot institute can be a little intimidating. The huge doors lead you directly into a large atrium. The UCO seal is centered on the floor and the high ceilings make the building seem even larger. While the environment might seem vast and daunting, Adams and his friendly staff make the larger-than-life space feel like home. The atrium is an important part of Adams’ daily routine. Instead of using his office to talk to students, he finds a spot in the atrium for students to come and share their problems and concerns. It’s just another aspect of his appeal as director. “Our faculty is accessible to the student,” says a polite Adams. After spending time with him, you come to realize that this isn’t just a statement, but a foundational principle on which to build the legacy of the institute. In areas where regular professors may exhibit their degrees or plaques, Adams uses the wall space to display pictures of the laboratory and field work that made his time with the FBI resemble something from an episode of CSI.

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“I retired as the Director of the FBI Laboratory in 2006 in order to come back to my Alma Mater UCO to start the Forensic Science Institute,” says Adams. Director Adams accomplished a number of major milestones during his tenure with the FBI. He’s testified as a DNA expert in federal, state and local courts more than 130 times and his research played an integral role in the 9/11 investigation and the following anthrax scare that stunned the nation. “The anthrax case was a seven-year-long investigation and it was science that solved that case.” Adams says that what he remembers most about his

Science Institute.” work on the anthrax case was the outcome. “That is a satisfying result to know that you’ve had an impact on something of that magnitude,” says Adams. While he was receiving national acclaim for his work with the FBI, UCO’s former president was busy encouraging Adams to bring his expertise back to the University that started his prolific career. “President Webb spent four years recruiting me while I was still in the FBI,” he says. While he never openly revealed his hopes for the school, Adams says he always knew that President Webb had high expectations. “I believe that he wanted to make this the finest forensic science program in the country,” he says. “I think we’re well on our way to accomplishing that goal.” However, it would take a lot more than just Adams to reach that goal. Not only does UCO now house one of the nation’s greatest forensic scientists, but the school has also opened its doors to a number of Adams’ former colleagues. “Our faculty has almost 300 years of forensic science and law enforcement experience and it’s hard to match that kind of expertise anywhere else in the country,” says Adams.

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Students are already enjoying the benefits of having former FBI agents as professors. The students aren’t just getting an opportunity to learn from the best, but they are also getting to use the same equipment that’s being used in the world’s major laboratories. Adams is most proud that a large number of students are making successful transitions into their professional careers. Currently, 94 percent of the master’s degree-seeking students are finding success in their career fields. While the popularity of shows like CSI and Bones are great recruiting tools, Adams says that any student considering a higher education at the school should be prepared to work. “Look very carefully at UCO,” he says. “Keep in mind that we require more of our students than any other program in the country. We put the reality back into forensic science.” For more information about the Forensic Science Institute at UCO, visit uco.edu/forensics.



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Darnell Waine, Tattoo Artist & Best Ink Contestant on the Oxygen Network How many tattoos do you do in a typical day? I usually take one or two appointments a day. Most of the pieces I do take quite a bit of time so I try to keep my clients per day to a minimum, then I can focus more on each individual piece. What’s the craziest tattoo you have ever done? The one tattoo that always comes to mind is a tattoo of a giraffe riding a sea turtle on the water. As far as the concept, it’s pretty far from the norm, and that’s just the kind of stuff that guy’s into. It’s a full-color tattoo and it was a fun piece to do for sure. How was your experience on the TV show Best Ink? Best Ink was an awesome experience. I like to compare it to a roller coaster ride—ups & downs and you get thrown for a loop from time to time. I definitely learned a lot about myself as an artist and things haven’t quite been the same since the show aired…in a good way, of course. How did you handle the competition? Artistically there were definitely some tough competitors I was going up against. The other artists definitely kept me on my toes and pushed me to really dig deep creatively.

What was your claim to fame on the show? I’d have to say it’s my skills. I’m talented. It’s also been said that I’m quite handsome, so that doesn’t hurt either. Were you ever nervous about drawing and giving a tattoo in such a constrained time frame? Yeah that was probably the toughest part of the competition for me, the time constraints. I like to take my time when I work. How has your career changed since you’ve been back in OKC? I’m busier than I’ve ever been in my life. I can travel more because there are plenty of people in other states whow are looking to get work done. Traveling is a huge part of what I’d like to do in life. Did you always want to do tattoos? I’ve been able to draw for as long as I can remember, but I never had an interest in tattooing until after high school. I never liked school, and hated regular jobs, so I realized tattooing would be the perfect career choice. How did you transition from being a traditional artist to a tattoo artist? Transitioning from paper to skin is a lot easier when you’ve already got it down on paper. I feel like drawing is the basis of a good tattooer’s abilities. The same principles apply in drawing and tattooing­—you’re just learning a different tool and canvas. How many tattoos do you have personally? I’ve lost count of how many I have. At this point, they’re all just meshing together as one big piece on my body. What do you think the average age is of someone who wants a tattoo? These days, people of all ages get tattooed. Kids are still getting their first tattoos on their 18th birthdays and I have clients in their 60s getting full back pieces. Tattoos are timeless. What is your specialty? I enjoy doing the larger pieces, more along the lines of photo realism. I have a special place in my heart for black and grey but I love doing color as well. My absolute favorite pieces to do are portraits. Muse Art Tattoo Co., OKC 601-9669, @worksbywaine

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