click links in text for more info

Agate Desert

The Agate Desert is a 53-acre prairie located in the area of White City, Oregon. The area is not in fact a desert; the Agate Desert is so named because of the abundance of agate, petrified wood and other minerals found there. Much of the World War II army training base of Camp White was built in the Agate Desert; the Nature Conservancy is working to preserve the Agate Desert as a native Rogue River Valley grassland. The area contains seasonal vernal pools; when the pools have dried up in the late spring, rings of wildflowers bloom in their place and the various creatures enter a period of dormancy until the next spring. The pools contain a rare species of fairy shrimp; the Agate Desert is the only known place where the endangered big-flowered woolly meadowfoam plants grow and the desert contains over 500 of the plants. Cook's lomatium or Cook's Desert Parsley is found in the Agate Desert and only grows elsewhere in the French Flat of Illinois Valley in Oregon. In 1998, Henri Dumont discovered a new species, Dumontia oregonensis known as the Hairy Water Flea, in the desert, it is not known to live anywhere else.

Ecologists are conducting prescribed burns to the area, volunteers are spreading seeds of the native grasses and wildflowers in order to restore them to the area. Ecologists are studying the various species, many of them rare, in the vernal pools. Development in the valley has left it at only about 25% of its original size. U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service The Nature Conservancy's Agate Desert Preserve EIS on threatened and endangered species in the Agate Desert Agate Desert Lomatium Oak fungus in the Agate Desert Whetstone Savanna Fairy shrimp

Heiko Pult

Dr Heiko Pult is a leading expert for Dry Eye, Contact Lenses, Tear Film and Vision. He is CEO at Horst Riede GmbH in Weinheim and owns his own research group named Dr Heiko Pult - Optometry and Vision Research, Germany, he is lecturer and an independent investigator of several research groups and schools and author of numerous papers and books. ResearcherID: I-3596-2015 Dr Heiko Pult was trained as dispensing optician in the 1980s, he graduated in 1994 as an Optometrist from the College of Optometry in Munich, Germany as Optometrist. German optometry education differs to the Anglo-American system, so he felt it important to extend clinical skills by taking the Master of Science in Optometry at the Pennsylvania College of Optometry, nowadays known as Salus University. Together with the first 40 colleagues from Austria and Germany, he graduated in 1998. After graduation, this group founded the Academic Society of Optometry - of which Dr Heiko Pult was Founding President – to promote continuing education and making Optometry in their countries.

Inspired by different research projects and teaching experiences in contact lenses and tear film, he commenced on a PhD at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University, UK, from which he graduated in 2008. Subsequently, he continued to research as a Visiting Research Fellow at the School of Optometry and Vision Sciences, Cardiff University and as a member of the Contact Lens and Anterior Eye Research Unit, Cardiff. In 2018 he was appointed as Hon. Vis. Professor at Cardiff University, School of Biomedical & Life Sciences. Furthermore he is Honorary Academic Fellow at the Ophthalmic Research Group and Health Sciences, Aston University, Birmingham, UK. Meanwhile, Dr Heiko Pult is leading expert in his field being acknowledged by different awards and nomination for different work-groups He is one of the three German ambassadors of the Tear Film and Ocular Surface Society Dr. Heiko Pult is founder of Dr. Heiko Pult - Optometry and Vision Research, a consultancy group specialized in clinical research focused on the anterior segment of the eye including tear film, Dry Eye, Contact Lenses and Best Visual Acuity Certification.

This research group is dedicated to the delivery of high quality services to industry clients, including set-up of clinical research projects, conducting high quality studies, reviewing of current literature and publishing at scientific conferences or in peer-reviewed journals or magazines. Furthermore, they offer lectures and workshops to clinicians, to improve their clinical knowledge and skills. Co-instantaneous, he is CEO of the clinical optometry offices of Horst Riede GmbH in Weinheim, Germany since 1998, his areas of research include Cornea, Contact lenses, Lids, Tear film, Vision. PhD supervisor and Hon.-Vis. Prof. of the School of Optometry and Visions Sciences, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK Lecturer at Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Center, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK Leader of the Dry Eye Module of the Master Course at Wales Optometry Postgraduate Education Center, Cardiff University, Cardiff, UK Honorary academic fellow at Aston University, Birmingham Faculty member at the Vision Care Institute, Johnson & Johnson, Czech Republic Subcommittee member of The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society International Workshop on Contact Lens Discomfort Subcommittee member of The Tear Film & Ocular Surface Society International Dry Eye Workshop Invited guest lecturer at national and international institutions and universitiesHe is a founding member of European Academy of Optometry and Optics.

He is a fellow of the American Academy of Optometry, British Contact Lens Association, European Academy of Optometry and Optics. 2017 Rolf Weinschenk Poster Prize, VDCO: Trunk L. Niedernolte B, Wolffsohn J. Bandlitz S. Pult H. Evaluation of tear meniscus height using different methods. Contact 17, VDCO, Germany 2017 BCLA Poster Prize Runner`s Up: Bandlitz S. Purslow Ch. Murphy PJ. Pult H; the Usefulness of optical coherence topography in the evaluation of LIPCOF BCLA Conference, Liverpool, UK 2016:'Exceptional Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science Review` - honoured for'Exceptionally Good Review' by Investigative Ophthalmology & Visual Science 2015 Peter Abel Award, bestowed by the German Contact Lens & Optometry Association Bandlitz S, Murphy PJ, Purslow C, Pult H.'The Importance of the Tear Meniscus in the Tear Film'. 2014 BCLA Poster Prize Runners Up: Pult H. and Riede-Pult BH. Impact of Soft Contact Lenses on Lid-Parallel Conjunctival Folds Irving Fatt Memorial Lecture 2014, BCLA 2010 Poster Prize 2010 of the European Academy of Optometry and Optics: Pult H. Murphy P.

J. Purslow C; the Impact of Soft Contact Lens Wear on Ocular Signs with Increasing Experience 2009 Peter Abel Award, bestowed by the German Contact Lens & Optometry Association: Pult H. Purslow C. Murphy P. J; the Predictive Ability of Clinical Tests for Dry Eye in Contact Lens Wear 2008 Dr Schamberger Award, bestowed by the VDCO: Michel M, Sickenberger W, Pult H. The Effectiveness of Questionnaires in the Determination of Contact Lens Induced Dry Eye. 2007 awarded by the ministry of Baden-Württemberg, Germany for exemplary scientific networking and social commitment 1993 awarded by the ministry of Bavaria, Germany for outstanding social engagement in Optometry in Burkina Faso/West Africa

Fateh Ezatpoor

Fateh Ezatpoor, son of Ahmad, born in 1958, is a calligrapher and researcher. He is from the Jorabad quarter located in the city of Sanandaj and holds a Bachelor's degree from Allameh Tabatabai University. Mr. Ezatpoor is the official instructor of Iranian Calligraphists Association in Tehran and Sanandaj. Since 1982, he has been teaching calligraphy. In his household, he practiced penmanship in company with his uncle, Mehdi Kamali Kurdistani, in 1978, he went to Tehran to continue his academic studies. Simultaneous with his education in Tehran, he did not lose his sight on practicing penmanship. In that year, he became acquainted with the organization of Iranian Calligraphists Association. After receiving his certificate of calligraphy from Iranian Calligraphists Association in Tehran, he was singled out as the official instructor and started to teach calligraphy. Many art learners were taught by him in various courses of the association and so far, a great number of his students have managed to receive a certificate of calligraphy with distinction from the Iranian Calligraphists Association.

In the early days of 1969, Mr. Ezatpoor started to learn basic Nastaliq calligraphy from his uncle Mehdi Kamali Kurdistani, his first mentor and teacher to learn Persian Calligraphy. Mr. Kamali was an acclaimed calligraphist at that time. On, when living in Tehran, he gets the chance of being taught by Mr. Abbas Akhavein from 1979, one of the best Calligraphy professors in the nation. While Mr. Ezatpoor had an outstanding performance in Nastaliq script he got interested into Shekaste script and from 1980 he started to learn Shekaste from Yadollah Kaboli Khansari in Iranian Calligraphists Association. In addition to that, Mr. Ezatpoor's exceptional illustration skills come from Biok Ahmari from 1983. Biok Ahmari was one of the best illuminators at the time and his illuminations have been recognized internationally. Mr. Ezatpoor spent few years learning This from Mr. Ahmari which gave him an outstanding performance to illustrate his own artworks. In his artistic career, Mr. Ezatpoor continued to transfer this invaluable experience to hundreds of his students that many of them are professors in the field of Nastaliq and Shekaste scripts as well as Taz-hib.

It worth mentioning that the former students are illustrating Mr. Ezatpoor's artworks periodically. On 2009, Mr. Ezatpoor was one of the first artists in Iran that received the Certificate of Grade I recognized by the Ministry of Sciences and Technology for his outstanding artistic work and experience, he holds Certificate of Mastership from Iranian Calligraphists Association as well as his BS in Economic Sciences from Allameh Tabataba'i University. Mr. Ezatpoor has served in multiple events as an international/national judge as well as several other exhibitions throughout his career, he was the international judge/mentor for the Calligraphy Contest conducted in Georgian National Center of Manuscripts on 2012, been a part of all annual World of Islam international exhibitions on professor's exhibitions, being a judge for all Bi-Annual Persian Calligraphy conferences. Mr. Ezatpoor's mentorship events and exhibitions have been throughout the region including Georgia, Iraqi Kurdistan, throughout the country such as Tehran, Isfahan and Sanandaj that adds up to over 250+ exhibitions and events.

Mr. Ezatpoor has published more than 14 books and some have been republished for more than 40 times. Here is a list of published works: During his artistic activities, Mr. Fateh Ezatpoor he has prepared and published so many articles and educational pamphlets to be used by the interested people and each of them has had a valuable role in the promotion of this art. In addition to artistic activities, he has been the member of Research Experts in the field of housing in Iran as well. Professor of Iranian Calligraphists Association from 1982 Professor in Artistic and Scientific fields including teaching at Islamic Azad University, University of Applied Sciences and Technology, the Center for Public Administration from 1989 Nationwide Referee in the field of Calligraphy, member of the Council for diagnosis and revising examination papers at Iranian Calligraphists Association from 1983. Teaching at Reza Abbasi Museum and Khayam Library located in Park Khayam, Tehran Teaching at Artistic Centers for private institutes in Tehran and Sanandaj.

Referee of provincial competitions including students competitions, Calligraphy Exhibitions of the provincial universities and Technical and vocational high schools. Etc. Instructing fine penmanship at Calligraphy Classes and Teaching the civil servants employees. Founder and Instructor at His Artistic Work Office

Exit (Pat Martino album)

Exit is an album by guitarist Pat Martino, recorded in 1976 and first released on the Muse label. In his review on Allmusic, Scott Yanow notes that "This LP gave listeners a good sampling of mid-1970s Pat Martino... An excellent outing." All compositions by Pat Martino except as indicated "Exit" - 9:23 "Come Sunday" - 7:30 "Three Base Hit" - 4:30 "Days of Wine and Roses" - 4:47 "Blue Bossa" - 4:57 "I Remember Clifford" - 7:48 Pat Martino - guitar Gil Goldstein - piano Richard Davis - bass Jabali Billy Hart - drums

Governor's Cup (Florida)

The Governor's Cup refers to an American professional ice hockey rivalry between the Tampa Bay Lightning and the Florida Panthers. Both the Lightning and the Panthers compete in the National Hockey League's Atlantic Division, it was called the Sunshine Cup and the Nextel Cup Challenge. Shortly before the two teams met for the first time at the Lakeland Civic Center in a preseason game, Lightning founder and general manager Phil Esposito saw an opportunity to drive ticket sales and began making disparaging remarks about the Panthers organization. Coach Terry Crisp joined his GM, by referring to them as "pussycats" during a luncheon a few days later. All of this upset Florida general manager Bobby Clarke, who in their playing days was a former teammate of Crisp's, rival of Esposito's. Crisp played it off as part of the entertainment aspect of the sport. In the first of four preseason meetings, 3,876 fans watched Tampa Bay defeat Florida, 4–3 on September 16, 1993. Esposito would continue to refer to Florida by the epithet "the stinking Panthers" for years to come.

The teams have been division rivals since the Panthers' first year, the 1993–94 season, but the Governor's Cup itself was first awarded in 2014, not since. The cup's creation was described as an aim to increase the popularity of ice hockey within the state of Florida, as well as supporting youth hockey. Though more associated with regional college football rivalries, the concept of an actual trophy for the winner of this season series was first introduced as the Sunshine Cup in between periods during their first regular season meeting in October 1993, it was described as a 15 pound trophy that Sunshine Network would make $10,000 match-donations to, for the benefit of the two teams' charities. During the 2003-04 season it was reintroduced as the Nextel Cup Challenge by the two clubs' marketing departments; that iteration which lasted only one season, had the same secondary function of raising money for the teams' charitable foundations. Although they've been in the same division every season for more than two decades, faced one another more than any other opponent and coaches alike acknowledge that a true hockey rivalry in the spirit of classics like the Blackhawks/Red Wings, or contemporaries like the Kings/Sharks tie, has failed to spark in large part because the two teams have yet to meet in the playoffs.

The Panthers' overall lack of success coupled with the Lightning winning the 2004 Stanley Cup and becoming contenders in the 2010s, has made this rivalry seem lopsided. Including preseason ties, the two teams have faced off in eight different arenas throughout the state of Florida. In addition to their current home rinks of Amalie Arena and the BB&T Center, the Lightning and Panthers have met numerous times at their previous homes, the ThunderDome in St. Petersburg and the Miami Arena respectively. On December 26, 1993, they played a regular season match at the Orlando Arena. Three other arenas, the Lakeland Civic Center in Lakeland, the Amway Center in Orlando, Germain Arena in Estero have hosted preseason versions of the rivalry; the teams' first regular season meeting came on October 9, 1993. That proved to be historic for two reasons, as 27,227 onlookers witnessed the Panthers earn their first win, 2–0, at the cavernous ThunderDome; that attendance mark remains the NHL record for a regular season game not played as part of the NHL Stadium Series, NHL Winter Classic or NHL Heritage Classic.

The winner of the season series is determined by the total number of points earned between the two teams in head-to-head matchups. Two points are awarded for a win, one point is awarded for losing in overtime or a shootout, no points are awarded for a loss in regulation. Scores of games won by the series winning team are in bold. Prior to the 1999–2000 NHL season teams were not awarded a point for a loss in overtime and matches that ended in a tie resulted in each team earning one point in the standings. Only thrice in the rivalry has a team swept the season series. Florida did so in 1998–99, while Tampa Bay achieved it in 2013–14 and again in 2018–19; as of the 2019–20 season the Panthers hold an edge of 13–12–1 in terms of series wins. Tampa Bay has won the season series four times in a row on two occasions, the Panthers have done so once. #Winner by tie-breaker National Hockey League rivalries Buccaneers–Dolphins rivalry Fort Lauderdale–Tampa Bay rivalry Citrus Series