St. Louis Connections, Medical Innovation, Lighting with an iPad, Blue Room, Karate Kid Ahead & Oysters
An Arch of Learnings and Connections from 2 Days in St. Louis!
A Fun Blue Room: It started with a Blue Room. Booked a fun and unusual room at the Angad Arts Hotel, located in the St. Louis theater district. Asked to pick a color and here is the Blue Room Walls, Pillows and Furniture:
Labs & Medical Innovation: A personal treat was to visit Dr. Jon Brestoff, a Skidmore College graduate now running a fascinating Lab at the Washington University School of Medicine. I met Jon when he was an undergrad at Skidmore, served on the Board of Trustees with him later and have always been fascinated by his creativity and curiosity in the world of medicine.
We explored his Lab, focuses on “understanding how the immune system communicates with metabolic tissues like fat to affect metabolic disease like obesity and type 2 diabetes.” It was a whole new world to look at the experiments and analysis his staff were undertaking.
And, in addition to managing his Lab and doing clinical work, Jon is also the medical director of a mind-boggling Robotic Lab that does millions of blood and other tests from the hospital. It was fascinating to watch the automatic testing and storage process as specimens arrived by conveyor belt from each floor of the hospital. And, to explore the career ladder for a new hires to this high tech lab.
New Orleans Oysters & VooDoo Music: As you can tell, food is one of the explorations as we move around the United States. YELP pointed us to a restaurant/bar, right new to Baseball Stadium, Broadway Oyster Bar.
So, out comes the Red Beans & Rice and some yummy BBQ Oysters:
They also host New Orleans and VooDoo jazz groups every week.
Karate Kid Musical Coming: We visited a Broadway Producer that we have worked with on “The Prom”, Jack Lane, who heads “Stages”, that is bringing a new musical for its world premiere in St. Louis in May. Folks don’t realize how much energy and time goes into the development and evolution of a new Broadway show. A first run out-of-town is where so much of the creativity happens.
We hope to fly back to St. Louis to see the show as it opens. Info on Karate Kid Musical
When Lights are Needed for Webinar from Hotel Room: Sometimes one side of your face is poorly lit when doing a webinar from the road. I use my iPad - with a flashlight App, to balance the lighting for our Blue Room:
Thinksgiving: So many wonderful learnings and conversations in St. Louis. And as we head towards Indianapolis today, I will draft a description of a unique program leveraging problem solving from corporate folks to address a challenge posed by a non-profit. Thinksgiving by Filament is the project and more about it tomorrow,
Note: Today is the first time in 3 1/2 weeks that it is raining on the trip.
Yours in Learning & Travel,