News Article | February 15, 2017
South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center and Culture Shock Miami co-present TAJ EXPRESS, the Bollywood Musical Revue, on Sunday, March 5, 2017 at 4:00 PM on the Main Stage of the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center. TAJ EXPRESS explodes with the sounds of India and Bollywood, capturing the vibrant, expressive spirit of the world of Bollywood movies that have been entertaining billions of people in India for generations. Through a fusion of film, dance, and music, this dazzling international sensation promises to take audiences on a live cinematic journey through modern Indian culture and society. The production is a high energy celebration of new India’s pop music, Bollywood culture, and deep traditions featuring colorful costumes, joyful dance, and thrilling live music. The musical takes audiences into a dazzling theatrical spectacular wrapped into 120 minutes of swirling colors, sparkle, shimmer and electrifying energy, which weaves its magic to mesmerize and captivate audiences all over the world. TAJ EXPRESS is produced, directed and choreographed by Vaibhavi and Shruti Merchant, one of the dynastic families who have been in the Bollywood film industry for decades. The production is also the first original Indian musical to have successfully completed five years of international touring. Having several scores composed by Oscar-winning composer AR Rahman and Salim-Sulaiman Merchant and Monty Sharma, the highly acclaimed musical tells a Bollywood story unraveled through high energy dance routines showcasing a surge of vibrant footwork and an illustration of emotional rapture. Full price tickets are $35 to $67.50. These tickets are available online at SMDCAC.org or through the SMDCAC box office by calling 786-573-5300. $5 tickets are available to 13-22 year olds and one accompanying guest, exclusively through CultureShockMiami.com. $5 Culture Shock Miami tickets are not sold through the SMDCAC Box Office or through SMDCAC.org. Culture Shock Miami ticket sales for this performance end on Friday, March 3, 2017 at 11:59 PM. Student ID and TicketWeb confirmation is required when picking-up tickets at will call. TAJ EXPRESS is produced by one of India’s leading entertainment families, the Merchants. The show is produced and directed by Shruti Merchant who is amongst the top choreographers in the Bollywood industry. Shruti has been seen as a judge on India's dance reality show Dance India Dance. Alongside Shruti Merchant, is Director of Choreography, Vaibhavi Merchant. Vaibhavi has worked in over 75 Bollywood films and is known for her smash hits such as Dhol Baaje, Jhoom Barabar, Kajra Re & Kamli. Her recent work includes songs for Sultan, Fan and Befikre. She has received numerous awards for her choreography, including the prestigious National Award for Choreography, IIFA, and the American Choreography Award. TAJ EXPRESS is presented in the US by Columbia Artist Management LLC. (CAMI). CAMI is an international leader in managing the careers and touring activities of the world's most prominent performing artists and institutions. CAMI has been on the forefront of performing arts management and production throughout the world for nine decades. CAMI is known to bring World Music and Dance to center stage with collaborations such as Dublin Irish Dance, Shanghai Acrobats of the People’s Republic of China, The Havana Cuba All-Stars and many others. The South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center is managed by the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, with funding support from the Office of the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners. The Center is dedicated to presenting and supporting arts and culture and providing access to the arts to the entire Miami-Dade County community. ABOUT CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI (http://www.CULTURESHOCKMIAMI.COM) CULTURE SHOCK MIAMI, a program of the Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs, is designed to introduce the next generation of audience members to live arts and cultural experiences at the age when they are beginning to make their own entertainment decisions. Based on research that shows most people begin their appreciation for the arts at a young age, Culture Shock Miami is founded on the premise that when kids make the arts a regular entertainment choice, they are more likely to become full-price ticket buyers and subscribers of the future. Culture Shock Miami offers $5 tickets for students (ages 13-22) to performances provided by more than 100 organizations, including top music, theatre, dance, and performing arts presenters in Miami-Dade County. With each $5 student ticket, a second $5 ticket may be purchased for an accompanying guest of any age. Tickets are on sale now through CULTURESHOCKMIAMI.COM. In addition to performing arts, students can get two-for-$5 or free admission passes to many South Florida museums, landmarks, and cultural destinations. For more information about this exciting program, please call Christina Tassy-Beauvoir or Mary-Margaret Dale at 305/375-1949. The Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs and the Cultural Affairs Council develop cultural excellence, diversity and participation throughout Miami-Dade County by strategically creating and promoting opportunities for artists and cultural organizations, and our residents and visitors who are their audiences. The Department directs the Art in Public Places program and serves its board, the Art in Public Places Trust, commissioning, curating, maintaining and promoting the County’s art collection. The Department also manages, programs and operates the South Miami-Dade Cultural Arts Center, a campus of state-of-the-art cultural facilities in Cutler Bay, as well as Miami Dade County Auditorium, Joseph Caleb Auditorium and the African Heritage Cultural Arts Center, all dedicated to presenting and supporting excellence in the arts for the entire community. Through staff, board and programmatic resources, the Department, the Council and the Trust promote, coordinate and support Miami-Dade County’s more than 1,000 not-for-profit cultural organizations as well as thousands of resident artists through grants, technical assistance, public information and interactive community planning. The Department receives funding through the Miami-Dade County Mayor and Board of County Commissioners, The Children’s Trust, the National Endowment for the Arts, the State of Florida through the Florida Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture, and the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation. Other support and services are provided by TicketWeb for the Culture Shock Miami program, the Greater Miami Convention and Visitors Bureau, the South Florida Cultural Consortium and the Tourist Development Council. ADA / ACCESSIBILITY It is the policy of Miami-Dade County to comply with all of the requirements of the Americans with Disabilities Act. To request materials in accessible format, sign language interpreters, and/or any accommodation to participate in Miami-Dade County Department of Cultural Affairs sponsored programs or meetings, please contact Francine Andersen at 305-375-4634 at least five days in advance to initiate your request. TTY users may also call 711 (Florida Relay Service.)
News Article | February 15, 2017
OAK RIDGE, Tenn., Feb. 14, 2017 -- Two researchers at the Department of Energy's Oak Ridge National Laboratory, Sergei Kalinin and Mariappan Parans Paranthaman, have been elected fellows of the Materials Research Society (MRS). The professional society, which limits fellows to 0.2 percent of the MRS membership, is dedicated to the worldwide advancement of materials research. Kalinin is director of ORNL's Institute for Functional Imaging of Materials and a distinguished staff member at the Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences, and is an adjunct associate professor of materials science and engineering at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. He is cited for "pioneering contributions to the understanding of nanoscale ferroelectric, transport, and electrochemical phenomena in complex oxides through the development of scanning probes techniques." At ORNL Kalinin develops novel scanning probe microscopy (SPM) techniques to measure and control local structure and properties of materials. Kalinin studies electromechanical and transport phenomena in functional oxides and molecular systems and applications of big, deep, and smart data methods for physical imaging. His accomplishments include a 2009 Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers, a Royal Microscopical Society Medal for SPM and three R&D 100 awards. He has authored more than 500 publications and over 15 patents on various aspects of SPM. Kalinin joined ORNL in 2002 as a Eugene P. Wigner Fellow after earning bachelor's and master's degrees in chemistry and materials science from Moscow State University and a doctoral degree in materials science from the University of Pennsylvania. Paranthaman, a distinguished research staff member and leader of the Materials Chemistry group of ORNL's Chemical Sciences Division, was cited for "pioneering contributions to materials chemistry, including research, development, and commercialization of materials for superconductors, solar cells, and energy storage; and for exceptional service to the materials community." Paranthaman also serves on the faculty for the University of Tennessee's Bredesen Center for Interdisciplinary Research and Graduate Education. His current research focuses on the critical materials research related to additive manufacturing of permanent magnets and lithium separation from geothermal brine, electrode materials for battery applications, polymer composite films and synthesis of neutron scintillator materials for the Spallation Neutron Source Second Target Station. An author or co-author of more than 400 publications with a google scholar h-index of 58, 35 issued US patents, and six R&D 100 awards; Paranthaman is also a fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science, ASM International, the American Ceramic Society and the Institute of Physics, London, UK. He received his doctorate in solid-state chemistry from the Indian Institute of Technology, Madras, in 1988. Kalinin and Paranthaman will be honored at the professional society's annual meeting in April. The Center for Nanophase Materials Sciences and the Spallation Neutron Source are DOE Office of Science User Facilities. UT-Battelle manages ORNL for the DOE's Office of Science. The Office of Science is the single largest supporter of basic research in the physical sciences in the United States, and is working to address some of the most pressing challenges of our time. For more information, please visit http://science. . NOTE TO EDITORS: You may read other press releases from Oak Ridge National Laboratory or learn more about the lab at http://www. . Additional information about ORNL is available at the sites below:
News Article | February 17, 2017
FireDisc® founders, Hunter and Griffin Jaggard, are no strangers to perseverance. Raised in Texas by two hard-working parents, they developed a strong work ethic, a passion to help solve problems and never give up. “I can’t” was a foreign notion in the fabric of the Jaggard family. In December of 2002, Griffin Jaggard was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. In response, brother and best friend, Hunter Jaggard, rallied in support and “The Carney Men” Bike MS team was formed. 15+ races later, Jaggard is healthy as a horse, and $1M dollars has been raised to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. Team Carney Men, is the first non-corporate team to raise $1 Million for the South Central Chapter and just received the Circle of Distinction award from the National MS Society. Their goal is ride the BP MS 150 every year until there is a cure for Griff and the millions of others living with multiple sclerosis. "In December of 2002, a junior at Texas Tech University, I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis,” recalls FireDisc® President and Co- founder, Griffin Jaggard.” “It was one of the toughest times in my life. I did not know what to think and at that time I did not have much knowledge about the disease and its effects. I was worried and scared. My friends and family shared the same emotions,” Jaggard added. Not long after the diagnosis, during a Red River Waylon Jennings Tribute concert, Griff’s brother and best friend, Hunter, shared the fact that a Bike MS team had been formed in his honor. “I was shocked, at a loss for words and so proud to have such a caring brother,” said Jaggard. “I’ll never forget, my brother Hunter told me that we were going to battle this disease head-on and do everything we could to find a cure.” The brother team formed a non-profit, and 15 rides later, “The Carney Men” have raised $1M via Bike MS to support the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. That wasn’t enough. They took their story on the road and inspired hundreds of others with their story and team strategy. Many people have heard about multiple sclerosis, but do not know much about the nature or effects of this unpredictable disease. Since the inception of the Carney Men, the Jaggard brothers have expanded their humanitarian efforts to include support for local volunteer firemen, Halter, Inc. Bridges to Life, The Center for Hearing and Speech, The National Breast Cancer Foundation, The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, and the Lone Survivor Foundation and more. About FireDisc®: Texas-based FireDisc® specializes in the design and manufacturing of the world’s most innovative, high-quality and versatile portable outdoor cookers and accessories. The company was founded by two entrepreneurial brothers, Griffin and Hunter Jaggard, who, armed with a makeshift tractor plow disc set out on a mission to build a cooker worthy of everyone from the world’s top chef’s to hunters, backyard family grill masters, tailgaters and campers. FireDisc® Cooker products are currently sold nationally and online throughout the globe. Heavy-duty ultra-high carbon steel construction render the cookers indestructible, while meticulous designs yield convenient portability and ease-of-use. A rigorous “Chef-tested/Chef-Approved” quality assurance program enables the cookers to deliver unmatched cooking characteristics, as they have been vetted by some of the world’s leading chef’s. Prior to their launch of FireDisc® Cookers, the founders formed a non-profit to raise money and find a cure for Multiple Sclerosis. To date $1M has been raised via “The Carney Men” Bike MS team. For more information, visit http://www.firedisccookers.com. Media Contact Janine Robertson Cell: 206-354-9093 firediscjanine(at)gmail(dot)com http://www.firedisccookers.com Built to Haul, Cooks it All!
News Article | March 2, 2017
Attorney General Jeff Sessions isn’t the only Trump Cabinet official being pressed to explain omissions in congressional testimony at his confirmation hearing. An environmental group and several Democratic senators are demanding a review of the personal email account of Scott Pruitt, the administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency, after he said during confirmation hearings that he never used that account for official business as Oklahoma state attorney general. When asked whether he had ever used a private email account while on the job, Pruitt told the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee: “I use only my official OAG [office of the attorney general] email address and government-issued phone to conduct official business.” Yet several of Pruitt’s official emails, released in a lawsuit in Oklahoma, were copied to his personal email — an Apple account that was partially blacked out before being released. “Lo and behold, the documents Scott Pruitt wanted to keep hidden have confirmed our suspicion that he used his personal email address to conduct official state business and that he was not honest with the Senate about this during his confirmation process,” said Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.). Whitehouse, who has championed the need to address climate change, called Pruitt “the polluters’ tool.” The emails copied to Pruitt’s personal account included ones from the American Legislative Exchange Council (ALEC), a corporate-backed group that focuses on state legislatures; the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, which has substantial interests in EPA issues; and members of Pruitt’s staff. The Pruitt email flap dates back to a request on Jan. 5, 2015, by the Center for Media and Democracy, a watchdog group, for access to then-Oklahoma Attorney General Pruitt’s email official records under the state’s Open Records Act. An Oklahoma county judge, Aletia Timmons, ordered the release of the emails two years later, criticizing “an abject failure to provide prompt and reasonable access to documents.” The Center for Media and Democracy raised the issue Feb. 13 when it looked at the initial bunch of 411 emails released by the state attorney general’s office. Since then, more documents have been released showing other examples of Pruitt being copied on his personal email. In one, Sarah K. Magruder Lyle, then vice president of strategic initiatives at the American Fuel & Petrochemical Manufacturers, urges Pruitt to side with her group’s oil refiners against the EPA’s Renewable Fuel Standard, a rule which requires blending renewable fuels into gasoline. After describing and enclosing her group’s petition that the EPA waive certain requirements, Lyle says “AFPM remains very interested in the prospect of your state filing a similar waiver request highlighting the environmental harm caused by the RFS mandate which we discussed previously.” A note from an ALEC official dealt with arrangements for Pruitt to speak at an ALEC convention. A spokesman for the Oklahoma attorney general’s office, Lincoln Ferguson, did not reply to a request for comment Thursday. But he told Oklahoma’s Fox News affiliate earlier that attorneys within the office conducted a search of Pruitt’s personal email account and did not find any relevant documents that had not been produced in the search of his official email accounts. The CMD initially filed nine requests for documents. In response to the first request, it received about 8,700 pages; about 1,600 more pages are being held back by the attorney general’s office and probably will be reviewed by the county judge. The judge had also ordered the release of documents related to five of the requests by March 3, but the state Supreme Court has issued a temporary stay. The county judge is weighing three more requests. “Pruitt has been caught misleading the Senate about his use of personal email for state business,” Nick Surgey, the Center for Media and Democracy’s research director, said in a statement. “The public has a right to know what else Pruitt is trying to hide, and the Center for Media and Democracy will keep fighting for the whole truth to be brought into the light.” In an interview, Surgey added that “Pruitt refused to answer a lot of the questions put to him. This was a question he did answer and it looks as though he may have misled the Senate about the use of his personal email.” More from Energy and Environment: Humans have caused an explosion of never-before-seen minerals all over the Earth Antarctic ice has set an unexpected record, and scientists are struggling to figure out why For more, you can sign up for our weekly newsletter here and follow us on Twitter here.
News Article | March 1, 2017
A new University Transportation Center (UTC) will combine experts from two disciplines traditionally not known for research collaboration—transportation and public health. The Center for Advancing Research in Transportation Emissions, Energy and Health (CAR-TEEH) will focus on the impact of transportation emissions on human health. The Texas A&M Transportation Institute (TTI) leads the CAR-TEEH consortium consisting of four partner universities: Johns Hopkins University, Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Texas at El Paso, and the University of California, Riverside. CAR-TEEH is funded for a five-year period, at over $11 million. The head of TTI’s Environment and Air Quality Division, Joe Zietsman, will serve as Center Director, and lead CAR-TEEH. This one-of-a-kind center will perform cutting-edge research that brings together experts in the areas of transportation emissions and public health. “CAR-TEEH’s unique contribution is in advancing research that addresses emissions in the context of public health, by bringing together experts from two disciplines (transportation and public health) that have not traditionally worked together,” says Zietsman. “CAR-TEEH will not only serve transportation research, education, and technology transfer but also promote interdisciplinary collaboration and communication.” The CAR-TEEH consortium will focus on transportation emissions in a more comprehensive manner, mapping the holistic tailpipe-to-lungs spectrum, which includes the impact of transportation emissions on the environment and public health. “The new center led by Dr. Zietsman will provide cutting-edge leadership in the nascent area of transportation and public health,” says TTI Agency Director Gregory D. Winfree. “The consortium is well-equipped to establish a UTC of strategic importance, producing high-quality, impactful research, technology transfer, education, and workforce development.” A total of 32 UTCs were established with grant funding totaling over $300 million over the next five years to address “critical transportation challenges facing our nation.” The Texas A&M Transportation Institute develops solutions to the problems and challenges facing all modes of transportation. The Institute conducts over 700 research projects annually with over 200 sponsors at all levels of government and the private sector. In the laboratory and the classroom, TTI researchers help prepare students for transportation careers. Recognized as one of the premier higher education-affiliated transportation research agencies in the nation, TTI’s research and development program has resulted in significant breakthroughs across all facets of the transportation system. TTI research is widely known as an excellent value with a proven impact of saving lives, time and resources.
News Article | February 15, 2017
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC, 2016), report one in four Americans have more than two chronic conditions or multiple chronic conditions (MCC) and 93% of Medicare funding is spent on patients with MCC’s. Symptomatic MCCs require the integration of palliative care – or symptom management. Palliative care promotes a comprehensive, coordinated, interdisciplinary and evidence based approach to meet the individual needs of the patient and family. Effective symptom management with attention to the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patient promote quality of life. The Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach, provides all health care professionals with the tools to meet the demands of the largest, fastest growing and costliest US patient population – those with MCCs. This textbook reviews the current trends in health policy and practice and directs health care teams on the implementation of best practices. Optimal patient-centered outcomes are used to demonstrate quality in our value-driven health care system. “The purpose of Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach is to provide interdisciplinary healthcare teams with a road map to ensure best practices in the care and management of the largest, fastest growing, and costliest US patient population – those with multiple chronic conditions,” says Dr. Kim Kuebler, Director of the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center. About Dr. Kim Kuebler and Multiple Chronic Conditions: Dr. Kim Kuebler is the Director of the Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center and is an award-winning author of multiple textbooks covering chronic symptomatic disease and palliative care. She has made extensive contributions to the literature and participates in editorial peer review for several medical and nursing journals. Multiple Chronic Conditions Resource Center is an interdisciplinary source for clinical practice updates, guidelines, blogs, and courses used to support best practices in the care and management of America's largest patient population - those with two or more chronic conditions. The Center is recognized by the US Department of Health and Human Services as a clinical resource for interdisciplinary health care professional's providing care for patients with Multiple Chronic Conditions. Please visit multiplechronicconditions.org or email DrKimKuebler(at)MultipleChronicConditions(dot)org.
News Article | February 15, 2017
« NanoSteel closes new equity round led by GM Ventures; NanoSteel AHSS in validation testing with 10+ automakers | Main | Extensive rollout for GM 9-speed transmission in China » Ballard Power Systems announced its membership in the “Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium” (FCEBCC), a large-scale project for which funding has now been committed to support deployment of 20 zero-emission hydrogen fuel cell electric buses at two California transit agencies. Ten (10) buses are to be deployed with Alameda Contra-Costa Transit District (AC Transit) and 10 buses are to be deployed with the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA). The FCEBCC project is funded and sponsored by: the California Air Resources Board (CARB) through the California Climate Investments program; the Bay Area Air Quality Management District (BAAQMD); and the South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD). The Center for Transportation and Environment (CTE), a non-profit member-based organization, is providing project management and oversight. Ballard will be providing 20 of its FCveloCity-HD 85-kilowatt fuel cell systems to New Flyer of America Inc., a subsidiary of New Flyer Industries Inc., the largest transit bus and motor coach manufacturer and parts distributor in North America. Ballard systems will power New Flyer 40-foot Xcelsior XHE40 fuel cell buses, which are planned to be delivered and in-service with AC Transit and OCTA by the end of 2018. The buses are to be supported by advanced hydrogen fueling infrastructure provided by The Linde Group. The New Flyer Xcelsior buses, powered by Ballard, have a range of approximately 500 kilometers (311 miles), can be refueled in less than 10 minutes without the need for overnight plug-in battery recharging, can replace conventional buses without compromising operational performance, and generate zero tailpipe emissions. Ballard has powered buses for more than a cumulative 10 million kilometers (6.2 million miles) in revenue service—more than any other fuel cell company—and New Flyer has been very active in the North American fuel cell electric bus market. These efforts have contributed to improving the durability and reliability of these buses while demonstrating fuel economy 1.4x higher than diesel buses and 1.9x higher than CNG buses, according to an NREL report. This Fuel Cell Electric Bus Commercialization Consortium is part of California Climate Investments, a statewide program that puts billions of cap-and-trade dollars to work reducing greenhouse gas emissions, strengthening the economy and improving public health and the environment—particularly in disadvantaged communities.
News Article | February 22, 2017
Last week, Mayo Clinic announced the successful completion of its first face transplant performed at the Mayo Clinic's Essam and Dalal Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery. A team of over 100 surgeons, physicians, and other health professionals led by Dr. Samir Mardini, Surgical Director of the Center performed a near-total face transplant on Wyoming man, Andrew Sandness last summer. This groundbreaking, life-changing surgery will allow Mr. Sandness to chew, swallow, speak, breathe, and smell. The Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery was established in 2010 through a gift from the Essam and Dalal Obaid Foundation (EDOF). "We at EDOF are overjoyed with the news of the face transplant, wish the patient continued health, and send our congratulations to the amazing group of specialists who performed the surgery. This is exactly the kind of medical innovation EDOF wanted to enable when it founded the Center, so we could not be happier." said Dr. Nawaf Obaid, EDOF's CEO. The surgery, which took place in the summer of 2016 but was only just announced, took over 50 hours. It involved restoring the patient's nose, upper and lower jaw, palate, teeth, cheeks, facial muscles, oral mucosa, some of the salivary glands and the skin of the face. Virtual surgical planning technology and 3-D printing were used to optimize the aesthetic and functional outcomes of the surgery. Following the announcement of the successful operation, Dr. Hatem Amer, Medical Director of the Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery, said, "We are grateful that the guiding principles of the Mayo Brothers have endured and shepherded the development of the Reconstructive Transplant program." He also took care to mention the donor family: "Throughout the entire journey, we have shared Andy's concern and sympathy for the donor family who have made this amazing gift possible. Their selfless gift gives hope to so many other people who are living reclusively, have limited function, and are socially isolated due to facial deformities." Thousands of people have received organs, tissue and bone marrow transplants at Mayo Clinic over the last 50 years. It performs more transplants than any other institution in the world and has been on the forefront of reconstructive facial surgery since the 1930s. While the clinic's primary goal is to restore normal anatomy and improve function, it also helps patients achieve better social integration by improving their appearance and removing their facial deformity, giving them the confidence to live less reclusively and have a better quality of life. The clinic's ability to be at the forefront of transplant technology has been greatly bolstered by the establishment of the Essam and Dalal Obaid Center for Reconstructive Transplant Surgery. The Center got its start through a gift from Mr. Tarek Obaid, EDOF's Founder. "Because of the incredible generosity of Mr. Tarek Obaid and the Obaid family, Andy now has reestablished hope and a second chance at a normal life," Dr. Mardini Says. In response to the revolutionary face transplant, Mr. Obaid said, "Our foundation is all about giving people hope, and I can think of no better way to do this than to support the medical establishment's ability to perform successful transplants. I am so proud of the team, and look forward to more inspiring news." More information about EDOF and the Mayo Clinic partnership: https://edof.org/en/partnerships/mayo-clinic/
News Article | March 2, 2017
"More than 700 of the 4,000 native bee species in North America and Hawaii are believed to be inching toward extinction due to increased pesticide use leading to habitat loss, a scientific study showed on Wednesday. The Center for Biological Diversity's report concluded that of the 1,437 native bee species for which there was sufficient data to evaluate, about 749 of them were declining. Some 347 of the species, which play a vital role in plant pollination, are imperiled and at risk of extinction, the study found. "It's a quiet but staggering crisis unfolding right under our noses that illuminates the unacceptably high cost of our careless addiction to pesticides and monoculture farming," its author, Kelsey Kopec, said in a statement. Habitat loss, along with heavy pesticide use, climate change and increasing urbanization are the main causes for declining bee populations, the study found."
News Article | March 1, 2017
CLEARWATER, Fla., March 01, 2017 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Clearwater natives, long-term residents and out-of-state visitors gathered Saturday afternoon, 25th of February at the Historic Fort Harrison for a tour of two historic buildings owned by the Church of Scientology Flag Service Organization. The tour began at the Fort Harrison, the Church of Scientology’s Religious Retreat and 90-year-old icon, with a brief introduction as to how the Fort Harrison got its name. Guests toured the Crystal Ballroom with its chandelier of 11,000 Bohemian crystals, oval oak wood dance floor and panoramic view of the inter-coastal water way. Next guests viewed one of the 220 guest rooms, the Tea Lounge, board rooms, restaurants and gift shop. The tour then took visitors to the Clearwater Building, located on the corner of Cleveland Street and Fort Harrison Avenue. Originally built in 1918 and serving as the home to the first Clearwater Bank, the building was purchased in 1975 by the Church of Scientology for administrative purposes. In July 2015, the Church fully restored the building and re-opened it as the Scientology Information Center open to the community. The Center houses a gallery of audio-visual displays with some 400 videos allowing guests a self-guided tour showing basic Scientology beliefs, who L. Ron Hubbard was, Churches around the world and ongoing social programs. The Manager of the Center informed guests of the architectural history of the building and answered questions about Scientology’s religious nature, how the Church helps in the community, the difference between the staff of the Church and parishioners and more. One local resident named Jeff said, “I expected a lot from this tour and got way more than I expected out of it. Keep up the good work!” The tour concluded with a gift bag and complimentary brochure covering the Church of Scientology’s activities in the local community for the year 2016. The next Historical Buildings Tour is on March 25th. To learn more about the tour or to RSVP please contact Amber at 727-467-6966 or email@example.com. The Scientology religion was founded by humanitarian and philosopher, L. Ron Hubbard. The first Church of Scientology was formed in the United States in 1954 and has expanded to more than 11,000 churches, missions and affiliated groups in 167 nations. The Church of Scientology regularly engages in humanitarian programs and community events. Clearwater is the home of the spiritual headquarters for the Church of Scientology. For more information please visit www.scientology-fso.org.