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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday May 31, 2020 ( 47 items )  

Ameresco to Participate at Upcoming Conferences
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, May 30 -- Ameresco, a provider of energy efficiency solutions, issued the following news release: Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that members of its management team will participate in the following investor events: * On June 1, 2020, Ameresco's Executive Vice President & General Manager of Federal Solutions, Nicole Bulgarino will participate in the "Smart Grid- How Does Digitization, Decentralization a  more

Assumption College: Grenon School of Business Adds B.A. in Finance Complemented by New Trading Room
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, May 29 -- Assumption College issued the following news: In an effort to meet the increasing demand for skilled finance professionals across the globe, Assumption has announced a new Bachelor of Arts in Finance, beginning in the fall 2020 semester. The new major in finance complements the existing offerings of the newly formed Grenon School of Business by providing training for students interested in a career in the financial services industry. The new major will be enh  more

Baker-Polito Administration Provides Update on Phase II of Re-opening Plan, Releases Guidance for Restaurants and Lodging
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 30 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on May 29: The Baker-Polito Administration provided an update on the Reopening Massachusetts plan and preparations for Phase II. The Administration will determine the start of Phase II on June 6th. On Monday, Governor Charlie Baker will issue an executive order with a detailed list of sectors that fall into each phase. The order will allow Phase II businesses to bring back employees in prepa  more

Baker-Polito Administration Recognizes Memorial Day With Virtual Ceremony
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 26 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined legislative leaders and local officials to recognize Memorial Day in a virtual ceremony. Secretary of Veterans' Services Francisco Urena, Senate President Karen Spilka, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, and Joint Committee on Veterans and Federal Affairs Co-Chairs Senator Walter F. Timility and Representative Linda Dean Campbell provided   more

Brandeis University: New Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Office Announces Fellowships for Faculty-Student Partnerships
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, May 29 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: Thirty-one undergraduates have received awards from Brandeis fellowship programs to partner with university faculty on unique and ambitious research projects. The fellowships were awarded this spring through a collaborative effort between the Fellowships Advising Office and the Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Office. The Undergraduate Research and Creative Collaborations Office is a newly formed  more

Dramatic Changes: Harvard Medical School
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 27 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: This article is part of Harvard Medical School's continuing coverage of medicine, biomedical research, medical education and policy related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the disease COVID-19. Outpatient care has dramatically changed in the United States during the COVID-19 pandemic. Many elective and preventative visits have been deferred and physicians are increasingly offering telemedicine visits to prevent p  more

Hampshire Celebrates 2020 Graduates at 50th-Anniversary Commencement, Held Online
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 28 -- Hampshire College issued the following news: The pandemic forced many institutions to postpone 2020 Commencement ceremonies or move them into online spaces, but it didn't stop Hampshire College from recognizing each graduate's remarkable, original achievement this year. In its 50th spring Commencement, held Saturday, May 16, as a Zoom webinar livestreamed to thousands of viewers on social media, the College celebrated 289 bachelor of arts awardees. Capping a s  more

Harvard Medical School: Agents of Health and Hope
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 29 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: For the more than 100 Harvard Medical School master's and MD-PhD students this year, the global coronavirus pandemic did not get in the way of their formal passage into a changing world of medicine and biomedical research. It's a world that, perhaps now more than ever, will need their intellect and dedication, master's students were told during their online graduation ceremony (https://youtu.be/tIJpLQD9HIA) on M  more

Harvard Medical School: Distinctive Features
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 29 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: One of the hallmarks of severe cases of COVID-19 is acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), a rapid, widespread inflammation of the lungs that can lead to respiratory failure and death. But how exactly does ARDS affect the lungs of COVID-19 patients? Researchers continue to look for answers in an effort to design new treatments and clinical trials to avert this life-threatening complication. Newly published   more

Harvard Medical School: Lifesaving Protections
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 29 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: States that have adopted gender-minority nondiscrimination rules for private health insurance policies slowed an epidemic of mental illness, suicide attempts and suicidal thoughts among transgender and gender-diverse people, compared with states that do not offer such protections, according to new research from Harvard Medical School. The study findings, published May 6 in JAMA Psychiatry, reveal that in states   more

Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass Amherst Announces Online Creative Writing Program for Teens
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 29 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The Juniper Institute for Young Writers at UMass Amherst has long been a place to explore, create, and find a life-long writing community. COVID-19 has suspended all in-person instruction at UMass this summer, but organizers have taken the Juniper Young Writers program online this summer. From July 20-24, Juniper will be entirely online with writing labs, craft sessions, writer's life ta  more

Maryland A.G. Frosh Joins Coalition Fighting to Halt Immigration Arrests at State Courthouses
BALTIMORE, Maryland, May 27 -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following news release: Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh has joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general in continuing efforts to halt federal immigration arrests of noncitizens in and around state courthouses without a judicial warrant or court order. In an amicus brief filed in support of the plaintiffs in Ryan, et al. v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, et   more

Massachusetts General Hospital: COVID-19 Patients Who Undergo Surgery Are at Increased Risk of Postoperative Death
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 30 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Patients undergoing surgery after contracting coronavirus are at greatly increased risk of postoperative death, a new global study published in The Lancet reveals. Researchers found that amongst SARS-CoV-2 infected patients who underwent surgery, mortality rates approach those of the sickest patients admitted to intensive care after contracting the virus in the community. Experts from different i  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Study Finds Overwhelming Disparities in Use of Medications for Opioid Use Disorder During Pregnancy
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 27 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Black non-Hispanic and Hispanic women with opioid use disorder (OUD) are significantly less likely to receive or to consistently use any medication to treat their opioid use disorder during pregnancy than their white non-Hispanic counterparts, according to a new study from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH). Based on a population-level sample of women with OUD in the State of Massachusetts, the  more

Middlesex Community College Launches Career Coach - an Online Career Services Program
LOWELL, Massachusetts, May 29 -- Middlesex Community College issued the following news release: Middlesex Community College prepares students for workforce. In partnership with data company Emsi, Middlesex presents Career Coach - an online resource to allow students and members of the MCC community access to skills that will help them become competitive in the economy, lead great careers, and be successful in their professional journeys. "Career Coach is a powerful tool to add to our resources  more

MIT Corporation Elects 12 Term Members, Three Life Members
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 29 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: The MIT Corporation -- the Institute's board of trustees -- elected nine full-term members, who will each serve for five years, three partial-term members, and three life members, during its quarterly meeting yesterday. Corporation Chair Robert B. Millard '73 announced the election results; all positions are effective July 1. The nine full-term members are: Wesley G. Bush '83; R. Erich Caul  more

MIT: A Ticketmaster for Science Seminars
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 27 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: One of the perks of an academic's pre-pandemic life was the chance, at least once a week, to take a break from problem sets and proofs, and walk down the hall or across campus to sit in on cutting-edge research presented by invited experts from around the world. Offered through a department's regular seminar series, these talks were also opportunities to get some friendly face-to-face with   more

MIT: Algorithm Quickly Simulates a Roll of Loaded Dice
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 29 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: The fast and efficient generation of random numbers has long been an important challenge. For centuries, games of chance have relied on the roll of a die, the flip of a coin, or the shuffling of cards to bring some randomness into the proceedings. In the second half of the 20th century, computers started taking over that role, for applications in cryptography, statistics, and artificial inte  more

MIT: How Often Do Vaccine Trials Hit Paydirt?
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 28 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Vaccines are more likely to get through clinical trials than any other type of drug -- but have been given relatively little pharmaceutical industry support during the last two decades, according to a new study by MIT scholars. Over a two-decade span from January 2000 to January 2020, private-sector vaccine-development efforts succeeded in bringing a drug to market 39.6 percent of the time,  more

MIT: New Technology Enables Fast Protein Synthesis
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 29 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Many proteins are useful as drugs for disorders such as diabetes, cancer, and arthritis. Synthesizing artificial versions of these proteins is a time-consuming process that requires genetically engineering microbes or other cells to produce the desired protein. MIT chemists have devised a protocol to dramatically reduce the amount of time required to generate synthetic proteins. Their table  more

MIT: Physicists Measure a Short-Lived Radioactive Molecule for First Time
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 28 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Researchers at MIT and elsewhere have combined the power of a super collider with techniques of laser spectroscopy to precisely measure a short-lived radioactive molecule, radium monofluoride, for the first time. Precision studies of radioactive molecules open up possibilities for scientists to search for new physics beyond the Standard Model, such as phenomena that violate certain fundamen  more

MIT: Search-And-Rescue Algorithm Identifies Hidden 'Traps' in Ocean Waters
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 27 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: The ocean is a messy and turbulent space, where winds and weather kick up waves in all directions. When an object or person goes missing at sea, the complex, constantly changing conditions of the ocean can confound and delay critical search-and-rescue operations. Now researchers at MIT, the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH), the Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution (WHOI), and Vir  more

MIT: Study Finds Electrical Fields Can Throw a Curveball
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 27 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: MIT researchers have discovered a phenomenon that could be harnessed to control the movement of tiny particles floating in suspension. This approach, which requires simply applying an external electric field, may ultimately lead to new ways of performing certain industrial or medical processes that require separation of tiny suspended materials. The findings are based on an electrokinetic v  more

Northeastern University: Amid the Oil Price Collapse and COVID-19, What's in Store for Africa's Economy?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 29 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: With a private sector that has dealt with constant difficulties, such as crashes in oil prices, food security, and the lack of infrastructure and electricity shortages across the continent, can African nations become independent from oil, and to what extent? These were themes tackled by the inaugural session of Global Perspectives, a virtual speaker series designed by Northeastern's Young Global Leaders that la  more

Northeastern University: Could Safeguarding Firearms Reduce the Number of Suicides?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 22 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: The rate of U.S. suicides has been rising for the past decade. Fewer people died from traffic accidents or murders in 2018 than from suicide, which claimed 48,344 lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. This curve can be flattened and reversed, says Northeastern professor Matt Miller. His latest research offers one approach by demonstrating that hospital clinicians who provide simple  more

Northeastern University: Long-Term Care Facilities Need Staff, Fast. An Algorithm Could Provide a Solution
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 28 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Long-term care facilities have become a flashpoint in the COVID-19 pandemic, with high infection rates and low staffing exacerbated by the demands of the pandemic. Facilities with COVID-19 patients have been struggling even more to hire qualified staff, fast. With more than 500 long-term care facilities in Massachusetts, the hiring process can be a struggle--facilities need to sort through candidates to find th  more

Northeastern University: New Challenges - And Opportunities - For American Sign Language Users During COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 29 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: When Lori Whynot is interpreting Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker's COVID-19 press conferences, the information she's relaying can be a matter of life and death. It's crucial that the message be presented as clearly as possible. And certain public health protocols enacted recently to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus that causes COVID-19--particularly the guidelines to wear masks in public--create a ch  more

Ocular Technologies Wins the 2020 MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Competition
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 29 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management issued the following news release: Ocular Technologies, a startup that has developed a device-enabled telemedicine platform powered by machine learning to improve accessibility to eye care, beat out seven finalists to win the Robert P. Goldberg $100,000 grand prize at the MIT $100K Entrepreneurship Launch Finale held virtually (http://www.mit100k.org/) for the first time in the Competition  more

People in U.S. Started Moving Around More Before Stay-At-Home Measures Were Lifted: Northeastern University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 27 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Every state in the U.S. is starting to relax stay-at-home guidelines and allow businesses to reopen. But even before the vast majority of states were loosening the measures intended to keep people physically distant and slow the spread of the coronavirus, people were starting to travel further and see each other more, according to research from Northeastern's Network Science Institute. "You start to see a grad  more

Perelman School of Medicine: Gene Therapy Program at Penn Medicine Joins AAVCOVID Vaccine Project
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, May 29 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release on May 28: The internationally-renowned Gene Therapy Program at the University of Pennsylvania is joining the AAVCOVID vaccine program led by Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), members of Mass General Brigham for the joint research program. AAVCOVID is a unique gene-based vaccine candidate designed to protect against SARS-CoV-2,  more

Regis Moving to Two, Eight-Week Terms for Fall 2020 Semester With Earlier Start Date
WESTON, Massachusetts, May 30 -- Regis College issued the following news release: Amidst the pain and sorrow of this spring, Regis proudly will confer degrees ranging from associate to doctorate to more than 1,000 graduates of the Class of 2020. Nearly half of those graduates are in our Young School of Nursing, and they are prepared with the knowledge and compassion to respond to the challenges of this global pandemic. Many of our public health graduates will continue their work on contact trac  more

Tufts University School of Medicine Launches Accelerated Hybrid Physical Therapy Program
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 28 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: Tufts University School of Medicine is launching an accelerated hybrid Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT) degree program, the first program of its kind offered by a Massachusetts medical school. The blended learning model allows for virtual and face-to-face instruction, hands-on skill training, and clinical education. The school plans to enroll its first class of 100 students in January 2021. Physical therapists  more

Tufts University: Virtual Art Gallery Showcases Up-And-Coming Artists
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, May 28 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: The School of the Museum of Fine Arts at Tufts University (SMFA at Tufts) is celebrating its graduating art students in the class of 2020 with two spring exhibitions. To enable visitors to safely experience the art, the shows will be hosted virtually on the SMFA at Tufts website (https://smfa.tufts.edu/events-exhibitions/virtual-exhibits), and are free and open to the public. These students will have the o  more

UMass Amherst Career Development Adapts to Changing Times
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Career Development and Professional Connections at UMass Amherst has adapted quickly to the fast-evolving situation resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic. From surveying employers who are still hiring to offering students virtual support, the Career Development staff has been working to help prepare students facing an uncertain job market. The staff have surveyed the major employers it re  more

UMass Amherst Enters Into Collaboration With the Ken Blanchard Companies to Offer Online Management Training Workshops
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The University of Massachusetts Amherst and The Ken Blanchard Companies have entered a strategic collaboration to provide a new online learning experience for professional development. The collaboration will create convenient, affordable access to multiple management training workshops including Building Trust, Coaching Essentials, The SLII Experience, First-time Manager, Self-Leadership  more

UMass Amherst: Campus Institute of Diversity Sciences Awards Seed Grants
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Three faculty-student research teams on campus have received seed grants of up to $12,000 each from the Institute of Diversity Sciences (IDS) - a consortium across UMass and the Five Colleges - "to encourage multidisciplinary research that strives to solve important equity-related problems through science and engineering research," director Nilanjana Buju Dasgupta announced this month. K  more

UMass Amherst: Experimental and Theoretical Physicists Clarify an Old Muddle
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 27 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Recent correspondence in "Nature Materials" by a team of campus researchers answers a long-time question that experimental physicist Narayanan Menon says is "one of those things you should be able to look up in a textbook, a very basic question. But when you do look into the literature, there's confusion, and it has been going on for decades. Our work isn't screaming 'new discovery,' but   more

UMass Amherst: High-Strain Exercise Linked to Very Early Pregnancy Loss
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 27 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: In women with a history of miscarriage, higher levels of physical activity were associated with a greater risk of subclinical, or very early, pregnancy loss, according to new research at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Among women with confirmed pregnancy, physical activity and miscarriage risk were unrelated. "Risk related to physical activity is different for pregnancy failur  more

UMass Amherst: Institute for Social Science Research to Host Online Summer Methodology Workshop Series
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The UMass Amherst Institute for Social Science Research (ISSR) will be presenting a series of online summer methodology workshops throughout June and July. The numerous multi-day workshops will provide registrants with education in various tools and methods used in social science research, under the instruction of faculty members and researchers across the university's schools and college  more

UMass Amherst: New PERI, Sierra Club Report Outlines a $6 Trillion, 10-Year U.S. Infrastructure and Clean Energy Transition Stimulus Plan
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The Political Economy Research Institute (PERI) has provided the Sierra Club with a commissioned report proposing a $6 trillion, 10-year stimulus plan for creating 4.6 million jobs annually to upgrade American infrastructure, and another 4.5 million jobs annually to transition the country to a clean energy economy. As first reported exclusively this week by "The Hill," about 3.2 million   more

UMass Lowell Honors Grads With Virtual Commencement
LOWELL, Massachusetts, May 30 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release on May 29: UMass Lowell offered the Class of 2020 a special send-off on Friday, May 29, complete with best wishes for the more than 4,000 graduates' future from some well-known names and faces. UMass Lowell Chancellor Jacquie Moloney presided over the university's first-ever virtual Commencement ceremony in its 125-year history, congratulating the Class of 2020 - 4,434 strong, repr  more

UMass Moving Ahead to Reopen Research Facilities
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 29 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Based on the state plan and requirements for Reopening Massachusetts, UMass Amherst is moving ahead to reopen research labs, onsite library services and access, and other facilities for research and creative activities. Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, provided detailed information in a May 28 message to the community. This reopening will take place in stages, b  more

UMass-Boston: 2020 Chancellor's Award Winners to Be Celebrated at In-Person Commencement
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 29 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: Professors Heidi Levitt, Elizabeth Bussiere, and Werner Kunz will be honored when UMass Boston holds its in-person 2020 Commencement ceremony. The three will receive Chancellor's Awards in the areas of scholarship, teaching, and service during the ceremony, on a date still to be set. Professor Heidi Levitt, Department of Psychology Chancellor's Award for Distinguished Scholarship Profes  more

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: Center for Marketing Research Releases New Report on School Choice
DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts, May 27 -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus issued the following news release: The UMass Dartmouth Center for Marketing Research released a new report to shed light on one of the big debates among parents and educators in America - school choice. School Choice enables families to choose the educational option best suited to their children in grades K-12. The availability of these programs varies based on residence locations as each state has different S  more

Va. A.G. Herring Fights Trump Administration Attempts to Intimidate Immigrant Communities
RICHMOND, Virginia, May 27 -- Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following news release on May 26: Attorney General Mark R. Herring has joined a coalition of 14 attorneys general in continuing efforts to halt federal immigration arrests of noncitizens in and around state courthouses without a judicial warrant or court order. In an amicus brief filed in support of the plaintiffs in Ryan v. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Department of Homeland Security, the coali  more

WPI-Led Research Team Shrinks Breast Cancer Tumors in Mice With Targeted Therapy
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, May 29 -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute issued the following news release: A team of researchers led by Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) Provost Wole Soboyejo has identified targeted drugs that reduced the sizes of hard-to-treat breast cancer tumors in mice without inducing the toxic side effects that are typically associated with conventional chemotherapy. The researchers said in an article published in Scientific Reports (https://www.nature.com/articles/s4159  more

Zuckerberg Leadership Prize Awarded to University of Massachusetts Boston Researcher
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: Rebecca Herst, director of the Sustainable Solutions Lab (SSL) at the University of Massachusetts Boston, has been awarded the 2020 Zuckerberg Endowed Leadership Prize for her work in climate adaptation, preparing marginalized communities for the effects of climate change, and developing sustainable and equitable solutions that prioritize their needs. Established in 2005 by UMass Lowell al  more