L3 Discover Session: Family History

On March 19th, Paul Comstock led a wonderful session on family history and why it’s so important.  Paul Robshaw showed us how he made telling his family history a fun family event.

We heard from some local family history researchers on how to get started.  They suggested these sites as very useful tools.

This event was held in Austin, Texas at the home of L3 members Lynn and Tom Meredith.  We hope that attendees were able to learn some great ways to start on your family history.  Here are just a few photos from the event.

L3′s newest alliance with Healthnetwork Foundation explained

On March 4 and March 20, we hosted a webinar that gave you all the information on our newest alliance with Healthnetwork Foundation.  If you missed it, make sure to check out the recording below.

Healthnetwork Foundation’s mission is to provide its supporters with the best access to world class medical care and to advance the pace of funding for medical research, thus making medicine better for all.
This presentation will cover the partnership with L3 and Healthnetwork and what that means for all L3 members:

  • When to call Healthnetwork
  •  What happens when you call
  •  Healthnetwork’s network of Hospitals
  • Access for International members
  • Where Healthnetwork donates
  •  Sustaining the Foundation

Imagine Solutions Recap

For those of you that missed the Imagine Solutions Conference, here is a recap of what they offered.

At 8:45 AM – We start with Jack Andraka who at age 14 won the Intel International Science Prize – Jack Wowed our audience and ended with the wisdom of a scientist much older – “scientists and researchers are beginning to have to pay to access white papers and published research papers which can well inhibit progress across all science/technology fields.”

Then 4 major historians each brought an event in history alive.

Then “Online Education” voted by our attendees the best session of the day.

What did we learn? What were some insights that were AHA information?

  • Moving very fast but a huge amount we still do not know.
  • Online has gathered more information on student experience in the last year and a half than in the entire previous history of education.
  • Have developed algorithms which can measure our education experience by interpreting a number of variables in each of our keystrokes on our computer key pad.
  • Online data on early childhood development is linking previously disconnected behaviors over extended time periods. This is changing parent/educator approaches.
  • We have not adequately addressed the myriad of security issues around online education.
  • We have a new Undersecretary of Education who gave hope to our audience.


And then …. What could Matt Harding who 100,000,000 people have watched on YouTube do?

Get our audience up on stage, dancing and smiling! Over 200 audience members packed the stage area to join Matt – a moment none of us will forget!

Lunch on the lawn at the Ritz Carlton

After lunch, The Brain Initiative.

  • The greatest challenge to science in the 21st century.
  • A three trillion dollar collaborative effort.
  • The woman who spearheaded the meeting in London which conceived this audacious initiative.
  • A reminder from a world class neuroscientist – how important the humanities is in providing the intellectual framework to have science be an effective part of our society.


And then a session with:

  • First – the CEO of National Network to End Domestic Violence
  • Then – Llewellyn Sanchez-Werner

 Who if you were there – will remember he captivated us with his music, and he mesmerized us when he spoke about the importance of the arts which touched us all.

A standing ovation!

  • Finally – BBC presenting “AFRICA!”

A networking break.

The final session of the afternoon – “The Future of Exploration” – four National Geographic Explorers moderated by the editor-in-chief of National Geographic Travel magazine.

 These four are living the trips/adventures we dream about.

  • Diving in the deepest holes/caves in the ocean.
  • Finding the answers to Michael Rockefeller’s death in Borneo.
  • Studying chimps in Africa.
  • Tracing the entire Ganges from its source to the sea.

Did you get a chance to meet/talk with the NGS Explorers? They stayed long after the conference ended.

 And we had an extra – an after conference session with Gerard Senehi. No body forgets Gerard – he bends spoons, changes time on your watch, reads your mind – opens your mind. He spoke about a new project he has started with Florida State University students.

 At our 2014 Conference

We touched all your senses
• Amazing
• Inspiring
• Insightive
• Provocative
• Emotional

Your highlights may be been different – but everyone had AHA moments and highlights this year!

 Here are two new books just published by our speakers:


Oil, Money, Cowboys, Strippers, and the Energy Rush That Could Change America Forever. A Long, Strange Journey Along the Keystone XL Pipeline.

By: Tony Horwitz



The mysterious disappearance of Michael Rockefeller in New Guinea in 1961 has kept the world and his powerful, influential family guessing for years. Now, Carl Hoffman uncovers startling new evidence that finally tells the full, astonishing story.

Despite exhaustive searches, no trace of Rockefeller was ever found. Soon after his disappearance, rumors surfaced that he’d been killed and ceremonially eaten by the local Asmat—a native tribe of warriors whose complex culture was built around sacred, reciprocal violence, head hunting, and ritual cannibalism. The Dutch government and the Rockefeller family denied the story, and Michael’s death was officially ruled a drowning. Yet doubts lingered. Sensational rumors and stories circulated, fueling speculation and intrigue for decades. The real story has long waited to be told—until now.


5 second rule, is it safe?

Photo courtesy of philly.com

According to a study done at Aston University in England, it all depends on what surface the food fell on and how long it stayed there.

“Consuming food dropped on the floor still carries an infection risk, as it very much depends on which bacteria are present on the floor at the time,” Anthony Hilton, a professor of microbiology at Aston University in England, said in university news release.

“However, the findings of this study will bring some light relief to those who have been employing the five-second rule for years, despite a general consensus that it is purely a myth,” he added. “We have found evidence that transfer from indoor flooring surfaces is incredibly poor with carpet actually posing the lowest risk of bacterial transfer onto dropped food.”

Read the full article HERE.

Imagine Solutions Conference | 2014

Last week some of our L3 members attended the Imagine Solutions conference in Naples, Florida.  It was a great event filled with wonderful speakers at a beautiful venue.  Perfect way to escape from the winter blues.  We are so glad that we were able to be a part of the event.  Here is a photo of our members that attended.

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