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Galileo’s World

If you haven’t already begun your tour of Galileo’s World at the University of Oklahoma, you may wish to chart your course now.

The massive project, centered on Renaissance Italian physicist and astronomer Galileo Galilei, evolved as a means of celebrating OU’s 125th anniversary in 2016. With 20 uniquely themed exhibits in seven locations across OU’s three campuses, Galileo’s World encompasses a myriad of events and programs illustrating connections between the sciences and humanities and the collaborative nature of research and discovery.

The signature event for OU’s Galileo’s World exhibition is an all-day symposium Thursday, Feb. 25, at the Sam Noble Museum featuring noted scholars from across the country on the topic of Galileo and the impact of the Scientific Revolution on modern research and innovation.

Visitors may download a “passport” listing the locations and dates of the exhibitions. Those who visit all 20 may submit their completed passport to be entered into a random drawing for a gift basket. For details, visit

For a complete listing of exhibits and special events associated with the Galileo’s World project, visit

Partnership to Provide Health Services to Students

The Norman Regional Health Foundation for the first time has partnered with the Norman Regional Health System to provide health services to students throughout Norman Public Schools.

Norman Regional began supporting health services in Norman schools in 2007. Beginning next school year, the Foundation also will contribute toward the cost, which totals more than $690,000 per year. Together, the organizations will contribute half of the annual cost to provide health services, which is a combined contribution of more than $345,000. The school district covers the remaining expenses.

“We appreciate our established partnership with Norman Regional and look forward also to working with the Foundation,” said NPS Superintendent Dr. Joe Siano. “Their support makes it possible for our school nurses to facilitate more than 80,000 student visits each year. This is an excellent example of how our community steps up to invest in our students.”

Financial support from the partnership helps fund salaries and benefits for healthcare providers in schools. Additionally, Norman Regional offers clinical instruction, CPR training and professional development for the nursing staff. The health system is also a resource when questions arise regarding chronic diseases.

The partnership has been recognized as a model for school districts across the state because it provides a healthcare provider at every school, which is not a common practice.

For more information about the Foundation and how to contribute, visit

Patrick Grace Named CEO, General Manager of OEC

Norman native Patrick Grace, an employee of Oklahoma Electric Cooperative since 2000, recently was named by the OEC board of directors as the co-op’s CEO and general manager, an appointment that became effective Jan. 1.

Grace began at OEC as a staff engineer, and in 2006 was named vice president of engineering and assistant manager.

OEC, which is member-owned, provides electricity to more than 43,000 members and 53,000 accounts in seven central Oklahoma counties.