This year Tulsa may emerge as a leader in brain research. It will become the hub of bicycle motocross, better known as BMX.

A new administration, led by Tulsans, will take charge in Oklahoma City. Schools and neighborhoods will continue to undergo transitions. The city will become more diverse in both tastes and demographics.

There will be laughs.

And there will be singing.

As we have since 2006, the Tulsa World begins the new year by highlighting a few Tulsans who you might not know but should. This year's list of 10 includes people with potentially significant roles in community development and identity, education, science, sports and entertainment.

They are people to watch.