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Laugher is the Best Medicine – Comedian Sheng Wang

They say that “Laughter is The Best Medicine”, but for thousands of uninsured, low-income Tulsa County residents access to specialty healthcare needs is no laughing matter. Now’s your chance to do something about it – one laugh at a time! The Best Medicine is a Fundraising Event to support the operations of Project TCMS (Tulsa Charitable Medical Services) a program of the Tulsa County Medical Society Foundation.

The TCMS Foundation, a nonprofit 501(c)(3) charitable organization, is dedicated to improving community health since 1965. Started in 2012, Project TCMS is a community partnership to improve access to specialty health care for low-income, uninsured residents of Tulsa County. We partner with 12 hospitals, 17 safety net clinics, and 185 physicians to provide care. Because there is no charge to the patient and no reimbursement to the physician or hospitals, funding from foundations, corporate, individuals, and private sources is essential to continuing our operations and impacting the Tulsa community.

David B. Waters String Quintet Fall Recital

Join the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra for this intimate recital performed by the David B. Waters String Quintet. The Quintet consists of five members of the Tulsa Symphony Orchestra who serve as artists-in-residence at TU, helping with the music program as part of the TSO @ TU partnership.

Sleep Matters: Health Challenges Across the Lifespan

Sleep is a critical component of overall health and well-being for people of all ages. This presentation will summarize the evidence for a range of sleep-related public health issues and explore potential solutions. Topics include melatonin use in children, school start times for high schoolers, and daylight savings time transitions.

The evidence for behavioral treatments for insomnia and nightmares will be presented along with recent efforts to combat the shortage of treatment providers. Additionally, strategies for treating polymorbid sleep disorders are discussed. By raising awareness and implementing interventions, we can promote healthier sleep habits and improve overall health across all ages.

Join the Department of Psychology in Kendall College of Arts & Sciences and Tulsa Institute of Trauma, Adversity, and Injustice to hear from Kristi Pruiksma, Ph.D. and associate professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio. She is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified in behavioral sleep medicine.

Pruiksma completed her doctoral training at The University of Tulsa in 2011 under the mentorship of Professor Joanne Davis and other faculty in the Psychology Department. Pruiksma’s work focuses on investigating and disseminating evidence-based treatment for sleep disorders and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) with a focus on active duty military personnel.

She previously served as a research therapist for some of the largest clinical trials of behavioral treatment for PTSD conducted by the STRONG STAR Research Consortium at Fort Cavazos, formerly designated Fort Hood. She has published more than 50 empirically reviewed articles and is currently the principle investigator or co-investigator of multiple project funded by the U.S. Department of Defense.

Kappa Sigma & Chi Omega Haunted House

Tulsa community join Kappa Sigma and Chi Omega at the Kappa Sigma Fraternity house for a full haunted house experience. Entry is $5 per person and all proceeds will go towards the Military Heroes Campaign and the Make-A-Wish Foundation. The event is kid-friendly from 5-7 p.m. and open to all from 5-9 p.m. Let’s make spooky memories for a great cause!

Homeownership Workshop

TU community join the TU Real Estate programs and the Collins College of Business as we present our 3rd annual Homeownership Workshop. This year, by popular demand, we are opening the workshop to alumni and friends! Learn the ins and outs of buying a home with tutorials from real estate agent Kate Jones, mortgage broker Cole Miller, and financial counselor Elian Hurtado and more! This event is open to the public in the local community. FREE snacks will be provided. For questions about the event and free registration, scan the QR code in the image or click the event link provided.

Studio 151 Podcasts: TU Media Lab

Tulsa community do you have any plans for this weekend? If not, check out Studio 151’s podcasts to listen to interesting discussions on various topics.

They released 3 podcasts:
1. Studio 151: seasonal podcasts with updates and discussions on seasonal events or various topics
2. Unprofound: discussions on books, music, and pop cultures
3. Tulsa To-Do: suggestions for fun places and events in the city of Tulsa, Oklahoma

Watch here.

Defending Free Will Against Contemporary Skepticism

TU students and faculty join the Honors Program for a lecture by Mario DeCaro, professor of Moral Philosophy at Università Rome Tre. Since the year 2000, he has also been teaching at Tufts University, where he is regularly a visiting professor. He received his first degree and his Ph.D. in philosophy at University of Rome “La Sapienza.” He spent two years at MIT as a visiting graduate student and one at Harvard University as a Fulbright Fellow. He is associate editor of the “Journal of the American Philosophical Association” (Cambridge UP) and “Ancient Philosophy Today” (Edinburgh UP), and member of the editorial and scientific boards of several international journals.

In the past, very few thinkers denied the commonsense reality of human agency and moral responsibility. Recent findings in psychological and neuroscientific research, however, have cast doubt on the traditional position, and it appears that most scientists and philosophers agree that free will is only an illusion. With a growing number of contemporary arguments in favor of determinism, are we free to believe ourselves free?

A reception will follow the lecture. Please register here.

Dean’s Speaker Series: Michael Hamilton

TU students, faculty and staff join the Collins College of Business for a Dean’s Speaker Series lecture titled Optimizing User Engagement: The Science Behind Content Recommendation in the Online Media World presented by Michael Hamilton.

About the lecture: Online media platforms rely on long-term user engagement to generate revenue. The primary operational lever they control is content recommendation, which determines what content should be suggested to each user. However, due to the constantly evolving supply of content and the heterogeneity in user behavior, achieving optimal recommendations is challenging. It necessitates a delicate balance between experimentation and exploitation.

Motivated by a real-world dataset, we present a comprehensive model for the platform recommendation problem with the aim of maximizing long-term user engagement. Our model captures two key features of this problem: (1) supply-side experimentation, where the platform tests new content of uncertain quality, and (2) demand-side heterogeneous churning, where different users churn at different rates as a function of their engagement history (state). We use our model to study the interplay between experimentation and churn management to maximize long-term user engagement. Our analysis highlights the importance of state-specific experimentation. As such, we propose a simple myopic policy we term “churn minimization” (CM), and study its optimality (analytically and numerically) on a wide range of models.

About the speaker: Michael Hamilton is an assistant professor of business analytics and operations at the University of Pittsburgh’s Katz Graduate School of Business. He is broadly interested in problems related to pricing, prescriptive analytics, and market design. He received his PhD in operations research from Columbia IEOR in 2019. For more information and papers please see here.

Open to the TU and Tulsa communities. RSVP here

TU Homecoming Week

The University of Tulsa Alumni Association can’t wait to celebrate with alumni, parents, friends and family during Homecoming 2023. Ready to paint the street, catch up with old friends, enjoy TU on Tap and cheer at the big game? Check out the full schedule of events – there’s something for everyone!

Reign Cane!