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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday June 07, 2020 ( 58 items )  

2020 Nursing PhD Grad to Train As Implementation Scientist Through UMass Medical School Program
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 3 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: It's obvious from speaking with her that Maryum Zaidi, who earned her PhD in nursing from the College of Nursing and Health Sciences in May, has a natural curiosity about her. "Beliefs about something always fascinate me, like what a person believes about themselves--what a person believes about anything. Does that impact their behavior?" Zaidi said. A few weeks after defending her disser  more

A Message From President Anthony S. Caprio to the Western New England University Community Concerning Current Civil Unrest
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, June 3 -- Western New England University issued the following statement by President Anthony S. Caprio: As we have witnessed the tragic events of the past week across our nation and the physical and emotional tolls that have harmed so many, we are even more keenly aware of and concerned for the fair and equitable treatment of all people. We at Western New England University condemn racism, bigotry, violence, and incivility. We are and have always endeavored to be a p  more

Assumption College: Listening Session on Race - Remarks of President Cesareo
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, June 6 -- Assumption College issued the following remarks by President Francesco C. Cesareo: This is indeed a period of great pain and suffering in our country and for members of our community. Since March we have all experienced isolation, separation and a loss of a sense of belonging. The tragic death of George Floyd and what has transpired across the country since then has brought to light the unfortunate reality of isolation, separation and lack of belonging that  more

Assumption College: President Cesareo - Striving for Justice Amid Evil
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, May 30 -- Assumption College issued the following statement by President Francesco C. Cesareo: "Once again, the nation's consciousness is tested. The tragic and unfortunate deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery and so many others whose lives were needlessly extinguished offer yet another stark reminder of the hatred and evil of racism that prevails in our country. These deaths, and countless others before them, are a clear disregard for the sanctity of all human life  more

Assumption Launches Specialized Autism Graduate Program
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, June 2 -- Assumption College issued the following news: To meet the growing need of professionals trained to work with and advocate for individuals in need of special education services, Assumption has launched a new Certificate of Advanced Graduate Studies (CAGS) in Special Education: Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). This program allows graduate students to receive a CAGS in ASD as well as an Autism Endorsement from the state, preparing them to meet an area of need in  more

Baker-Polito Administration Releases Detailed Guidelines for Phased Reopening of Child Care, Camps and Summer Recreational Programs
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 3 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration released health and safety requirements that apply to the reopening of all child care programs, recreational camps and municipal or recreational programs not traditionally licensed as camps as part of the phased reopening of the Commonwealth. The Department of Early Education and Care (EEC) assembled a Health and Safety Working Group and solicited input from   more

Baker-Polito Administration's COVID-19 Command Center Files Plan With Federal Government to Expand Its Comprehensive Strategy for COVID-19 Testing, Tracing
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 3 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on June 2: The Baker-Polito Administration's COVID-19 Command Center filed its federal testing plan, issued guidance to permit outdoor visitation at long term care facilities and will continue to expand its daily data reporting. COVID-19 Testing Update The Baker-Polito Administration filed its required federal plan on May 30, 2020 to expand COVID-19 testing under the Paycheck Protection Pro  more

Boston University School of Law: The Fire This Time
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 2 -- Boston University School of Law issued the following commentary by Dean Angela Onwuachi-Willig: In The Fire Next Time, acclaimed author James Baldwin shared a long letter he wrote to his nephew and godson, also named James. Baldwin began the letter by explaining how racism had slowly destroyed the essence of the boy's father, also Baldwin's younger brother. In relaying this story, Baldwin recalled a moment when his little brother fell down the stairs as a child   more

Breathe Again - An Open Letter to the UMassD Community From Chancellor Johnson
DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts, June 4 -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus issued the following statement on June 3 by Chancellor Robert E. Johnson: Police harassment and brutality became known to me keenly and personally for the first time as a 13-year old kid growing up in Detroit in the 1970s. As young teenagers, my friend Lindsay and I were hanging out one afternoon, walking down Dexter Avenue from the penny candy store. An unmarked police car pulled up beside us. In it were four   more

Bunker Hill Community College: President's Letter to the College - A Community in Mourning
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 2 -- Bunker Hill Community College issued the following letter by President Pam Y. Eddinger: I am writing ... with sorrow and anger, as our nation mourns yet another senseless death in the tragedy of George Floyd in Minneapolis, MN. The oppression and pain of systemic racism, unrelieved by the imperceptible progress towards equal justice and social equity, has boiled over in many communities across the nation. Marches and demonstrations of solidarity are happening in  more

Clark University: Professor's Book Provides Blueprint for Becoming an 'Activist Academic'
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, June 6 -- Clark University issued the following news: If there's ever been a time when those working in the academy should merge their academic selves with their commitment to activism and justice and "take knowledge to the streets," that time is now. It's only fitting that Eric DeMeulenaere, associate professor in Clark University's Department of Education, published just the blueprint for doing this. DeMeulenaere's new book, "The Activist Academic: Engaged Scholarshi  more

Curriculum Associates Updates I-Ready to Meet Educators Needs During School Closures, Beyond
NORTH BILLERICA, Massachusetts, June 4 -- Curriculum Associates issued the following news release: Curriculum Associates recently added new features to i-Ready to meet emerging educator needs during school closures and beyond. These features include a new instructional report for educators as well as new reading comprehension lessons for middle school students. The award-winning i-Ready program serves more than eight million users nationwide and approximately 25 percent of all K-8 students acro  more

EBSCO Information Services Announces Suite of Resources for Business Studies From Harvard Business Publishing
IPSWICH, Massachusetts, June 5 -- EBSCO Industries, a provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries, issued the following news release: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) is announcing the release of Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) Resources for Business Studies, which includes the new Harvard Business Publishing Student Success Package. The resources provide unique content to support business students to prepare them for the bu  more

EBSCO Information Services Appointed to the Advanced Procurement Universities, Colleges Framework, Library Management Systems, ITS 1028 AP
IPSWICH, Massachusetts, May 26 -- EBSCO Industries, a provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries, issued the following news release: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has announced that Advanced Procurement Universities and Colleges (APUC), the centre of procurement expertise for universities in Scotland, has appointed EBSCO to a competitive multi-supplier Library Management Systems framework agreement for university libraries  more

EBSCO Information Services Partners With PatientWisdom
IPSWICH, Massachusetts, June 3 -- EBSCO Industries, a provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries, issued the following news release: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has entered into a partnership with PatientWisdom, Inc., a digital-health company with solutions that transform the experience and delivery of care by listening to the people involved, individually and at scale. The flagship solution, PatientWisdom(R), distills i  more

EBSCO Information Services Supports Google Campus Activated Subscriber Access
IPSWICH, Massachusetts, May 27 -- EBSCO Industries, a provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries, issued the following news release: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) announces a partnership with Campus Activated Subscriber Access (CASA) through Google Scholar. Those who start their research in Google Scholar can now access EBSCO content with a seamless user experience while conducting research off-campus. CASA enables those   more

Fitchburg State University: AGC MA Donates $100K for Construction Technology Program
FITCHBURG, Massachusetts, June 2 -- Fitchburg State University issued the following news release: Students in the Engineering Technology Department at Fitchburg State University will be benefiting even more from the university's long-standing collaboration with the Associated General Contractors of Massachusetts (AGCMA). The organization has provided dozens of internships and jobs to students and graduates, and now it has donated $100,000 to Fitchburg State to support curriculum and provide add  more

Fitchburg State University: Davis Educational Foundation Grant Will Enhance Career Advising
FITCHBURG, Massachusetts, June 3 -- Fitchburg State University issued the following news release: Fitchburg State University's efforts to remake career advising for students has been awarded a grant of more than $250,000 from the Davis Educational Foundation. The funds will enable the university to build a comprehensive model of career advising and services. Over the next three years, the Career Services and Advising Center will work with faculty to develop core career competencies and map the  more

Hampshire College: Resisting Racism and White Supremacy
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 3 -- Hampshire College issued the following statement by President Ed Wingenbach: Right now our nation and our community are outraged over lives stolen, dignity denied, humanity devalued, opportunity crushed. But the oppression does not fall equally among us. The burden is not shared. The murder of George Floyd was horrifying to witness. The brutality of his death, as his pleas for his life were met with callous indifference, is heartbreaking and traumatic. No m  more

Harvard Kennedy School Moves to Exclusively Online Teaching and Learning for Fall 2020 Semester
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 4 -- Harvard University's Kennedy School issued the following news release: Harvard Kennedy School will offer exclusively online teaching and learning this fall semester, HKS Dean Douglas Elmendorf announced. "For the fall, we are reimagining parts of our courses and other activities to take advantage of technology's possibilities rather than just live with technology's restrictions," Elmendorf said in a letter to incoming and returning students. "We intend to de  more

Harvard Law School Expects Robust, High-Quality Online Program for the Fall 2020
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 4 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: To better ensure the health and safety of its community amid the global pandemic, Harvard Law School (HLS) programming will be remote for the fall 2020 semester, Dean John F. Manning '85 announced Wednesday in messages (https://hls.harvard.edu/hls-fall-term-2020/) to students, faculty and staff. The news comes nearly three months after the HLS joined Harvard University in transitioning to remote teaching, learning  more

Harvard Medical School: Sleep, Death and ... the Gut?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 5 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: The first signs of insufficient sleep are universally familiar. There's tiredness and fatigue, difficulty concentrating, perhaps irritability or even tired giggles. Far fewer people have experienced the effects of prolonged sleep deprivation, including disorientation, paranoia and hallucinations. Total, prolonged sleep deprivation, however, can be fatal. While it has been reported in humans only anecdotally, a s  more

Harvard Medical School: Split Ends
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 4 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: In the famous words of movie character Forrest Gump, "Life is like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get." The same principle applies to human genetics. When the body forms sperm or egg cells in a special type of cell division called meiosis, our DNA mixes and matches in seemingly infinite and unpredictable combinations. Later, when just two of the great variety of sperm and egg cells meet,   more

Harvard School of Public Health: Pod-Based E-Cigarettes May Foster Greater Nicotine Dependence Than Other Devices
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 2 -- Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued the following news release: JUUL and similar pod-based e-cigarettes have been popular with teenagers and young adults since they came on the market in 2015, but little has been known about their health effects. A new systematic review led by researchers from Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that while the products may contain lower levels of harmful ingredients than conventional cigaret  more

Harvard University's Kennedy School: The Death of George Floyd
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 30 -- Harvard University's Kennedy School issued the following statement by Douglas W. Elmendorf, dean and Don K. Price professor of public policy: I was terribly saddened and angered to read about the brutal death of George Floyd at the hands of someone charged with protecting the public. With the killing of Ahmaud Arbery, the racist treatment of Christian Cooper, and a Covid-19 mortality rate for black Americans that is more than double that for white Americans,   more

In Online Vigil, MIT Community Shares Grief, Anger, and Hope
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 4 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: By Kathy Wren, editorial director "We are suffering from a multigenerational fracture," rising junior and Undergraduate Association President Danielle Geathers said yesterday, referring to centuries of racism in America. "The bone was never set, and healing never occurred. Today we see the latest inflammation of that initial injury." Geathers spoke at an online MIT community vigil held in   more

Letter From MIT Police Chief John DiFava: Protecting and Serving at a Time of Great Pain
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 3 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following letter by John DiFava, chief of police and director of public safety: In my 46 years of policing, I have seen the good and bad, the brave and cowardly, but what we saw in Minneapolis last week with the brutal killing of George Floyd left me shaken and angry. It breaks my heart to see such cruel violence against another human being, and to know the shame it casts on the vast majority of law enforce  more

Mass. Gov. Baker Issues Executive Order in Advance of Phase II
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 2 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker issued an Executive Order that provides a detailed list of businesses and activities that fall into Phases II, III, and IV of the Commonwealth's Re-Opening Plan. The Order also permits all Phase II enterprises, including retail, to begin preparations to safely resume operation in advance of the start of the second phase. In addition to the retail sector, the Executive   more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Genetic Risk Scores May Improve Clinical Identification of Patients at Increased Heart Attack Risk
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 3 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Genetic variants have been linked with a higher risk of having a heart attack, permitting the calculation of "polygenic risk scores" (PRS) that quantify patients' inherited susceptibility based on the number of variants they have. A team led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital and the Broad Institute of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard recently found that applying   more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Model Projects Sharp Rise in Alcohol-Related Liver Disease
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 4 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Alcohol-related liver disease is currently the most common reason for liver transplantation in the United States. In recent years, high-risk drinking of alcohol--defined as exceeding daily drinking limits (more than 4 or 5 standard drinks for women and men, respectively) at least weekly for a whole year--has increased in nearly all sociodemographic groups, especially in women. A new analysis by r  more

MassMutual and WNE School of Law Team Up to Help Small Businesses and Nonprofits Through the COVID-19 Relief Coalition
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, June 2 -- Western New England University issued the following news release: Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company (MassMutual) and Western New England University (WNE) School of Law's Center for Social Justice have joined the COVID Relief Coalition of law firms, nonprofits, and government agencies to provide small business owners and nonprofit organizations with pro bono (free) legal support (https://www.covidreliefcoalition.com/en/Pro-Bono-Assistance). Throug  more

Matter Survey Reveals Consumers Find Influencers More Helpful, Trustworthy Than Brands During Pandemic
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 26 -- Matter Communications, a public relation and social media firm, issued the following news release: New data released by Matter Communications - a Brand Elevation Agency specializing in PR, creative services and digital marketing - reveals consumers are spending more time and increasingly engaging with influencers on social platforms during COVID-19 social distancing restrictions. The data shows the majority of consumers find these influencers' content appropriat  more

MIT: A Boost for Cancer Immunotherapy
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 2 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: One promising strategy to treat cancer is stimulating the body's own immune system to attack tumors. However, tumors are very good at suppressing the immune system, so these types of treatments don't work for all patients. MIT engineers have now come up with a way to boost the effectiveness of one type of cancer immunotherapy. They showed that if they treated mice with existing drugs called  more

MIT: Carbon Nanotube Transistors Make the Leap From Lab to Factory Floor
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 2 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on June 1: Carbon nanotube transistors are a step closer to commercial reality, now that MIT researchers have demonstrated that the devices can be made swiftly in commercial facilities, with the same equipment used to manufacture the silicon-based transistors that are the backbone of today's computing industry. Carbon nanotube field-effect transistors or CNFETs are more energy-efficient than  more

MIT: Citizen Scientists Spot Closest Young Brown Dwarf Disk Yet
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 3 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Brown dwarfs are the middle child of astronomy, too big to be a planet yet not big enough to be a star. Like their stellar siblings, these objects form from the gravitational collapse of gas and dust. But rather than condensing into a star's fiery hot nuclear core, brown dwarfs find a more zen-like equilibrium, somehow reaching a stable, milder state compared to fusion-powered stars. Brown   more

MIT: Coatings for Shoe Bottoms Could Improve Traction on Slick Surfaces
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 2 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Inspired by the Japanese art of paper cutting, MIT engineers have designed a friction-boosting material that could be used to coat the bottom of your shoes, giving them a stronger grip on ice and other slippery surfaces. The researchers drew on kirigami, a variation of origami that involves cutting paper as well as folding it, to create the new coating. Laboratory tests showed that when peo  more

MIT: Peatland Drainage in Southeast Asia Adds to Climate Change
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 5 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: In less than three decades, most of Southeast Asia's peatlands have been wholly or partially deforested, drained, and dried out. This has released carbon that accumulated over thousands of years from dead plant matter, and has led to rampant wildfires that spew air pollution and greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. The startling prevalence of such rapid destruction of the peatlands, and th  more

MIT: Study - Reflecting Sunlight to Cool the Planet Will Cause Other Global Changes
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 3 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: How can the world combat the continued rise in global temperatures? How about shading the Earth from a portion of the sun's heat by injecting the stratosphere with reflective aerosols? After all, volcanoes do essentially the same thing, albeit in short, dramatic bursts: When a Vesuvius erupts, it blasts fine ash into the atmosphere, where the particles can linger as a kind of cloud cover, re  more

MIT: Transparent Graphene Electrodes Might Lead to New Generation of Solar Cells
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 6 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: A new way of making large sheets of high-quality, atomically thin graphene could lead to ultra-lightweight, flexible solar cells, and to new classes of light-emitting devices and other thin-film electronics. The new manufacturing process, which was developed at MIT and should be relatively easy to scale up for industrial production, involves an intermediate "buffer" layer of material that i  more

MotorCortex.ai Wins First Ever MIT $50K Collaborative Intelligence Competition
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 4 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management issued the following news release: motorCortex.ai, developer of autonomous ground robots that safely disinfect high-traffic spaces, beat out seven other finalists to win the inaugural $50K Collaborative Intelligence Competition. Launched by MIT last fall, the $50K Collaborative Intelligence Competition is part of a larger educational program conceived by MIT's School of Engineering Dean A  more

Northeastern to Hold Vigil Over Persistent Injustice Toward Black People in the US
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 4 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Northeastern will suspend classes and close administrative and academic offices on all campuses on Monday, June 8, in remembrance of all Black people whose lives have been unjustly taken. "We will join together in unity with those all around the world who are grieving and angry over persistent injustice toward African American citizens," said Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, in an announcement on Wed  more

Northeastern University: COVID-19 Misconceptions are Hard to Fight. Cognitive Psychology Might Help
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 4 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: There's the idea that cloth masks don't protect people from the coronavirus, so there's no point in wearing them (hint: They do (https://theconversation.com/coronavirus-wearing-a-cloth-face-mask-is-less-about-science-and-more-about-solidarity-138461)). That COVID-19 is just like the flu (it's not (https://www.npr.org/sections/goatsandsoda/2020/03/20/815408287/how-the-novel-coronavirus-and-the-flu-are-alike-and-d  more

Northeastern University: George Floyd's Death Has Brought People Out to Protest, Despite the Pandemic
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 3 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: On May 25, a Black man named George Floyd died in police custody, a phenomenon that affects African Americans three times more often than white Americans. This happened in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, in which African Americans--whose proportion in frontline work and therefore exposure to SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is nearly double their percentage of the U.S. population--are dyin  more

Northeastern University: Here's How to Reform Policing in the US
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 3 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: The cycle has become common and familiar. An unarmed Black man or woman is shot or choked to death. The police officers involved in their deaths are often placed on paid administrative leave while an investigation is conducted. Outrage builds among the public while an inquiry into the officers' behavior goes on for months, sometimes years. So it was a departure from the norm when Derek Chauvin, the former Minne  more

O'Reilly Announces Summer, Fall 2020 Superstream Series
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 4 -- O'Reilly Media issued the following news release: O'Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, announced a lineup of virtual conferences as part of its Superstream Series. The summer and fall series delivers four of O'Reilly's most popular franchises--the Software Architecture, Infrastructure & Ops, OSCON and Strata Data & AI conferences--in a new virtual, multi-part format. Featuring expert speakers delivering talks and   more

Regis College Announces New Details for Fall 2020 Semester
WESTON, Massachusetts, June 2 -- Regis College issued the following news release: Regis College today announced some new details about what students, faculty, and staff can expect for the fall 2020 semester. The goal is to welcome back students to its Weston and Lawrence campuses around Labor Day weekend with numerous safety protocols in place. Regis also announced an updated academic calendar for undergraduate students that will allow flexible learning models based on public health recommendat  more

Regis College: Statement Against Racial Violence
WESTON, Massachusetts, June 1 -- Regis College issued the following news statement by President Antoinette M. Hays, Audrey Grace, associate vice president for inclusive excellence and chief diversity officer, and Chief of Campus Police Craig Davis: Even though the campus is quiet right now, we know our community is not at peace. We are mourning the untimely deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many more Black people across this country who have been victims  more

Springfield Technical Community College Plans Mix of On-Campus Low-Density Labs and Online Courses for Fall
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, June 2 -- Springfield Technical Community College issued the following news: Springfield Technical Community College this fall will offer a combination of on-campus low-density labs using social distancing protocols as well as online instruction. Dr. Geraldine de Berly, Vice President of Academic Affairs, outlined summer and fall semester instruction plans in an email shared with the campus community. Instruction plans were made in light of the Commonwealth's four-  more

Taking Action at UMass Amherst to Combat Racism: A Message From Interim Vice Chancellor Walker
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 4 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following statement by Nefertiti A. Walker interim vice chancellor for diversity, equity and inclusion, chief diversity officer: I write to you with a range of emotions. Fear for protesters, some of whom encounter fierce violence. Disappointment in our country for not reckoning with our intimate relationship with anti-Black racism. Frustrated at our institutions for failing to undo the institutionalized   more

Tufts University: New Smart Fabrics From Bioactive Inks Monitor Body and Environment by Changing Color
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, June 6 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: Researchers at Tufts University's School of Engineering have developed biomaterial-based inks that respond to and quantify chemicals released from the body (e.g. in sweat and potentially other biofluids) or in the surrounding environment by changing color. The inks can be screen printed onto textiles such as clothes, shoes, or even face masks in complex patterns and at high resolution, providing a detailed   more

UMass Amherst: Conserving Biodiverse 'Slow Lanes' in a Rapidly Changing World
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 2 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The notion of conserving climate change refugia - areas relatively buffered from current climate change that shelter valued wildlife, ecosystems, and other natural resources - is only about 10 years old, but the field has matured enough that a leading journal has prepared a special issue on the topic. It offers "a look back at how far we've come and a view forward to the work that is sti  more

UMass Amherst: New Evidence on Bed Bug Burden in Urban Neighborhoods
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 3 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: In the first study to use systematically collected data from multifamily housing inspections to track bed bug infestation, investigators including Christopher Sutherland at the University of Massachusetts Amherst "confirm what has long been suspected for bed bugs, but also for public health issues in general" - infestations are strongly associated with socioeconomic factors, including nei  more

UMass Amherst: Researchers Call for New Federal Authority to Regulate Facial Recognition Tech
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 6 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: A group of artificial intelligence experts including computer vision researcher and lead author Erik Learned-Miller of the University of Massachusetts Amherst's College of Information and Computer Sciences recently proposed a new model for managing facial recognition technologies at the federal level. In a white paper titled, "Facial Recognition Technologies in the Wild: A Call for a Fed  more

UMass Dartmouth Partners With Salve Regina University to Offer a Path to Data Science Degrees
DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts, June 4 -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus issued the following news release on June 3: Responding to the need for trained professionals to serve in one of the fastest growing career fields, UMass Dartmouth partnered with Salve Regina University to develop a pathway for students to earn a bachelor's degree in mathematics from Salve and a master's degree in data science from UMass Dartmouth in just five years. Fast-track degree in mathematics and data s  more

UMass-Boston: COVID Means Tobacco Use Among Sexual & Gender Minority Populations Needs to Be Addressed, Researchers Say
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 2 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: Two professors at UMass Boston's College of Nursing and Health Sciences (CNHS) and graduate students from CNHS and the McCormack Graduate School are making the case for why tobacco-related health disparities among sexual and gender minority (SGM) populations need to be addressed in this age of COVID-19. They have written about their findings and suggestions in a new post on Tobacco Control,  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst Researchers Release Findings on Working Conditions of Essential Workers
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 6 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers surveyed over 2,500 essential workers in Massachusetts between April 24 and May 1 about their working conditions. Six weeks into the COVID-19 shutdown, they found that large numbers of essential workers felt stressed, unsafe, and financially insecure. These data come from Massachusetts only, but are instructive for how we should be thinking  more

University of Massachusetts: A Message From Chancellor Johnson on the Killing of George Floyd
DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts, June 2 -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus issued the following statement by Chancellor Robert E. Johnson: The tragic passing of George Floyd, who died while in police custody this past Monday, is a devastating and heart-wrenching loss to the City of Minneapolis, the African-American community, and everyone who believes in equality and the sanctity of human life. This incident, following the senseless deaths of Breonna Taylor in Kentucky and Ahmaud Arbe  more

Westfield State University Names Saigo Interim President of Board
WESTFIELD, Massachusetts, May 30 -- Westfield State University issued the following news: Westfield State University Board of Trustees Chair Kevin Queenin '70 announced that the Board has selected distinguished educator Roy H. Saigo/*, Ph.D., to serve as the University's interim president for the 2020-21 academic year. Saigo will begin in his position in late July. Saigo most recently served as president of Southern Oregon University (SOU), his third presidential position. During more than 50   more