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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday June 14, 2020 ( 66 items )  

Assumption CCE Introduces Online Cybersecurity Bachelor's Degree
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, June 8 -- Assumption College issued the following news: This fall, the Continuing & Career Education (CCE) program at Assumption will expand its online offerings with the introduction of a bachelor's degree in cybersecurity. Assumption's program educates future leaders in this evolving field who have obtained an expertise to secure, develop, and sustain the cyberspace ecosystem. Assumption is offering a preview--a free webinar and two-day class--later this month for t  more

Assumption College: Accounting Program Earns Endorsement by Institute of Management Accountants
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, June 11 -- Assumption College issued the following news: Assumption University has announced that the accounting program in the Grenon School of Business has earned endorsement by IMA(R) (Institute of Management Accountants), an international association focused on advancing the management accounting profession. Assumption's program is one of just three in New England to receive this endorsement. IMA is the association of accountants and financial professionals in bus  more

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Availability of $41 Million in Support for Food Security Programs
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on June 11: The Baker-Polito Administration announced $41 million to address urgent food insecurity for Massachusetts residents as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding implements the recommendations of the Food Security Task Force, which was convened by the Massachusetts COVID-19 Command Center in response to increased demands for food assistance. The task force is comprised of a b  more

Baker-Polito Administration Visits Lawrence to Tour New Balance's PPE Production Line
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 10 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on June 9: Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined New Balance chairman Jim Davis for a tour of New Balance's Lawrence factory, a facility that has helped the company produce more than 1 million masks in response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. The tour highlighted the company's face mask models, including a new version being rolled out to consumers in the coming  more

Boston College Establishes Forum on Racial Justice in U.S.
CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts, June 11 -- Boston College issued the following statement on racial justice in U.S.: America stands as a nation divided and wounded because of longstanding tensions concerning race, police conduct, and civil liberties. The current anger, division, and alienation result from long-term, systemic causes, and they call for resolution of underlying issues through immediate and sustained action. To move forward, it is essential for everyone to acknowledge and affirm that   more

Brandeis University Names Zhang to Board
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, June 8 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: Brandeis' first PhD candidate in computer science has joined the university's Board of Trustees. Xiru Zhang, MA'90, PhD'91, P'22, was elected by the trustees to a four-year term. The vote was taken at a virtual meeting of the board April 27-28. Zhang was the first doctoral candidate in Brandeis' fledgling computer science department 35 years ago, which today sees the highest enrollment of all departments in the G  more

Brandeis University: Brandeisians Come Together to Face Systemic Racism
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, June 8 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: More than 700 members of the Brandeis community came together virtually on June 2 for a Zoom conversation about facing systemic racism. The event enabled Brandeisians "to connect, reflect and challenge ourselves to directly engage the topic of systemic racism to ensure that the lived experience of Brandeis University reflects our deepest values of diversity, equity and inclusion," said Mark Brimhall-Vargas, Brande  more

Brandeis University: Brazil During the 1918 Flu Epidemic
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, June 11 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: While the impact of the 1918 Spanish flu on the developed world has been extensively researched, a lot less is known about its health effects on the Global South. In a first-of-its-kind study, Professor of Business at Brandeis International Business School Aldo Musacchio and his colleagues have applied modern statistical methods to study the toll of the century-old influenza pandemic on the developing world. The  more

Brandeis University: Professor Karen V. Hansen Awarded Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge Grant
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, June 11 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: Brandeis professor Karen V. Hansen will participate in the Voices for Economic Opportunity Grand Challenge, an 18-month study of national poverty and economic mobility which carries a $100,000 grant. Hansen, faculty in the sociology and women's, gender and sexuality studies departments and director of the Women's Studies Research Center at Brandeis, is the university's first-ever Grand Challenge grant recipient.   more

Computer Scientists Utilize Artificial Intelligence in Fight Against Secondary Effects of COVID-19: Texas A&M University
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, June 10 -- Texas A&M University's College of Engineering issued the following news: A team of researchers led by the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at Texas A&M University is looking to help scientists combat the secondary effects of COVID-19 using artificial intelligence (AI) by participating in an open challenge called AI Cures. The team is led by Dr. Shuiwang Ji, principal investigator and associate professor in the department, and includes students L  more

EBSCO Information Services Usage Consolidation Supports COUNTER R5
IPSWICH, Massachusetts, June 10 -- 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) Usage Consolidation(TM) service now supports COUNTER R5 providing comparison tools and new ways for librarians to analyze and manage usage reporting. EBSCO Usage Consolidation's COUNTER R5 support includes features that transform previously loaded R4 usage int  more

EBSCO Information Services, Gest Info Collaborate to Enhance Library Experience With FOLIO
IPSWICH, Massachusetts, June 12 -- 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) and Gest Info have partnered to support libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP). EBSCO and Gest Info will work together to provide reliable hosting and support services for libraries in Mexico. Gest Info also supports libraries using Koha a  more

Hampshire College: Appointment of Co-Deans of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Hampshire College issued the following joint statement by President Ed Wingenbach, Dean of Faculty Eva Rueschmann, and incoming Dean of Faculty Christoph Cox: We are pleased to announce that Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Latin American Studies Roosbelinda Cardenas and Associate Professor of African American History Amy Jordan have accepted the position of co-deans of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion (IDI) starting in July 2020. We are grateful   more

Hampshire College: Cooperation in a Crisis
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Hampshire College issued the following news: In the face of financial challenges presented by COVID-19, many colleges and universities have unilaterally announced layoffs and furloughs. Hampshire College is charting a different path. On May 23, 2020, Hampshire College faculty ratified a negotiated agreement, ensuring the continuation of the College's vibrant academic program, protecting working conditions, and avoiding faculty layoffs while meeting sustainable  more

Harvard Law School Professors and Other Associates Condemn President Trump's Statements About Recent Protests
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 8 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: More than 160 Harvard Law School professors and associates have signed an "Open Letter to Our Students and Community," responding to recent statements and actions by President Donald Trump. The letter, published in the Harvard Law Record student newspaper on Tuesday, condemns the president for his response to protests over George Floyd's killing--specifically his tweeted pledge that "when the looting starts, the   more

Harvard Law School: New Research Provides Roadmap to Fight Hunger, Climate Change Through Increased Food Donation
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 11 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: The Harvard Law School Food Law and Policy Clinic (FLPC) released a first-of-its-kind interactive resource to inspire long-term policy solutions to food waste, hunger, and climate change: The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas. In partnership with The Global FoodBanking Network, and with the support of the Walmart Foundation, The Global Food Donation Policy Atlas maps the laws and policies affecting food donation   more

Harvard Law School: Pandemic Has Exacerbated Longstanding Problems With the Prison System
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 11 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: COVID-19 presents a unique threat to people in prisons and jails, agreed panelists at "Incarcerated Populations and COVID-19: Public Health, Ethical, and Legal Concerns," a webinar hosted by Harvard Law School's Petrie-Flom Center for Health Law Policy, Biotechnology, and Bioethics on May 20th. The panel, organized by Executive Director Carmel Shachar J.D./M.P.H. '10 and visiting scholar Stephen Wood, was one of  more

Harvard Medical School: Comfort at End of Life
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: On average, nearly one in five hospitalized Americans die in an intensive care unit each year, and many of these deaths occur after the decision has been made to extubate and move from curative- to comfort-focused care. Although numerous professional societies and patient groups have advocated for improved management of ventilated ICU patients transitioning to palliative care, the process of palliative ventilat  more

Harvard Medical School: Decoding COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 13 -- 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. Why do some people fall ill from SARS-CoV-2 while others infected with the virus experience no symptoms? Why do some people develop neurological, cardiovascular or gastrointestinal symptoms while infection sticks to the   more

Harvard Medical School: State of Stasis
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: The dream of suspended animation has long captivated the human imagination, reflected in countless works of mythology and fiction, from King Arthur and Sleeping Beauty to Captain America and Han Solo. By effectively pausing time itself for an individual, a state of stasis promises to enable the repair of lethal injuries, prolong life and allow for travel to distant stars. While suspended animation may seem a fa  more

HMH, Writable Connected Language Arts Solution Combines Core Instruction, Adaptive Assessment, Writing Practice
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt issued the following news release: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt's (HMH) Into Literature, a connected language arts program which seamlessly combines core ELA instruction with adaptive assessment and supplemental writing practice powered by Writable, was named Best Reading / Writing / Literature Instructional Solution for Grades 9-12 & Higher Education of 2020, as part of the annual SIIA CODiE Awards last month. Created through an exclusiv  more

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt to Present at Stifel Virtual Cross Sector Insight Investor Conference
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 9 -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt issued the following news release: Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (NASDAQ: HMHC) today announced that Jack Lynch, the Company's President and Chief Executive Officer, Joe Abbott, the Company's Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and Brian Shipman, the Company's Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, will participate in the Stifel Virtual Cross Sector Insight Investor Conference. The Company's f  more

Letter to the MIT Faculty: A Moment of Moral Urgency
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 13 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following joint letter by Associate Provost Tim Jamison, and John Dozier, institute community and equity officer: We are writing at this moment of moral urgency in our country and in our community. Wednesday, June 10, saw many of us - many of you - participating actively in numerous events connected to #ShutdownAcademia, #ShutdownSTEM, and #Strike4BlackLives (https://www.shutdownstem.com/), and we thank yo  more

Mahoney Life Sciences Prize Awarded to UMass Amherst Microbiologist Designing Bacteria to Produce Electrical Wires
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 10 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: University of Massachusetts Amherst microbiologist Derek Lovley has been awarded the Mahoney Life Sciences Prize for his research on protein nanowires, a new electronic material with unique properties that is produced with bacteria to avoid the harmful environmental effects associated with man-made materials. The low-cost, sustainable "green" material has been developed in the Geobacter  more

Mass. Gov. Baker Files COVID-19 Data Collection Bill
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 10 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker has filed "An Act to Ensure the Collection of COVID-19 Data," which will build on legislation recently signed by the governor to expand data collection during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Throughout the pandemic, our administration has continued to expand the information that is made available daily to the public, and this bill will build on the legislation recently passe  more

Massachusetts Community Colleges Issue Joint Statement Killing of George Floyd
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, June 6 -- Springfield Technical Community College issued the following joint statement with 14 community colleges: The co-signers are Berkshire Community College, Bristol Community College, Bunker Hill Community College, Cape Cod Community College, Greenfield Community College, Holyoke Community College, Massasoit Community College, MassBay Community College, Middlesex Community College, Mount Wachusett Community College, North Shore Community College, Northern Essex  more

Massachusetts General Hospital Researchers Identify Promising Treatment for Deadly Cancer
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 10 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: A drug already in use for several cancers was found effective in a study of leptomeningeal dissemination of cancer (LMD). LMD affects the lining of the brain and spinal cord, called the meninges. About 5-10% of patients with solid tumors eventually develop cancers in these parts of the central nervous system. Breast cancer is the most common malignancy to metastasize to the leptomeninges. "LMD i  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Study Identifies Mechanism Affecting X Chromosome That Could Lead to Novel Therapies for Rare, Common Diseases
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 13 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital have identified a key mechanism in X chromosome inactivation, a phenomenon that may hold clues that lead to treatments for certain rare congenital disorders. Their findings, published in the journal Developmental Cell on June 11, 2020, may also aid in the creation of novel medicines for certain cancers. Female humans and other mammals have two copie  more

Middlesex Community College Goes Online for Summer and Fall Semesters
LOWELL, Massachusetts, June 10 -- Middlesex Community College issued the following news release: To keep the Middlesex Community College community healthy and safe, 95 percent of all classes will run online for MCC's Summer and Fall Semesters. Middlesex has offered award-winning online programs for over 20 years and has built on its solid foundation of success and effective teaching. During these challenging times, having mostly online courses prevents any disruption to learning and student suc  more

MIT: Engineers Put Tens of Thousands of Artificial Brain Synapses on a Single Chip
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 9 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: MIT engineers have designed a "brain-on-a-chip," smaller than a piece of confetti, that is made from tens of thousands of artificial brain synapses known as memristors -- silicon-based components that mimic the information-transmitting synapses in the human brain. The researchers borrowed from principles of metallurgy to fabricate each memristor from alloys of silver and copper, along with   more

MIT: Learning the Ropes and Throwing Lifelines
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 9 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: In March, as her friends and neighbors were scrambling to pack up and leave campus due to the Covid-19 pandemic, Geeticka Chauhan found her world upended in yet another way. Just weeks earlier, she had been elected council president of MIT's largest graduate residence, Sidney-Pacific. Suddenly the fourth-year PhD student was plunged into rounds of emergency meetings with MIT administrators.   more

MIT: Newly Observed Phenomenon Could Lead to New Quantum Devices
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 13 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: An exotic physical phenomenon known as a Kohn anomaly has been found for the first time in an unexpected type of material by researchers at MIT and elsewhere. They say the finding could provide new insights into certain fundamental processes that help determine why metals and other materials display the complex electronic properties that underlie much of today's technology. The way electro  more

MIT: State-Level R&D Tax Credits Spur Growth of New Businesses
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 12 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Here's some good news for U.S. states trying to spur an economic recovery in the years ahead: The R&D tax credit has a significant effect on entrepreneurship, according to a new study led by an MIT professor. Moreover, the study finds a striking contrast between two types of tax credits. While the R&D tax credit fuels high-quality new-firm growth, the state-level investment tax credit, wh  more

MIT: Stiffer Roadways Could Improve Truck Fuel Efficiency
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 12 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Every time you hear a deep rumble and feel your house shake when a big truck roars by, that's partly because the weight of heavy vehicles causes a slight deflection in the road surface under them. It's enough of a dip to make a difference to the trucks' overall fuel efficiency. Now, a theoretical study by MIT researchers suggests that small changes in roadway paving practices could reduce  more

MIT: Tiny Sand Grains Trigger Massive Glacial Surges
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 13 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: About 10 percent of the Earth's land mass is covered in glaciers, most of which slip slowly across the land over years, carving fjords and trailing rivers in their wake. But about 1 percent of glaciers can suddenly surge, spilling over the land at 10 to 100 times their normal speed. When this happens, a glacial surge can set off avalanches, flood rivers and lakes, and overwhelm downstream  more

MIT: Which Businesses Should Be Open?
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 12 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Banks and bookstores. Gyms and juice bars. Dental offices and department stores. The Covid-19 crisis has shuttered some kinds of businesses, while others have stayed open. But which places represent the best and worst tradeoffs, in terms of the economic benefits and health risks? A new study by MIT researchers uses a variety of data on consumer and business activity to tackle that question  more

Northeastern University Introduces NUflex, a Safe, Flexible Way for Students to Learn Anywhere
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Northeastern's intent to reopen to students in the fall includes the implementation across all campuses of a hybrid learning model that utilizes new technology and flexible schedules to enable students and faculty to learn and teach from anywhere, anytime. The program, called NUflex, will prepare all classrooms for in-person learning that meets public health guidelines to prevent the spread of the coronavirus  more

Northeastern University: Are Peaceful Protests More Effective Than Violent Ones?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 11 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: As unrest erupts across the world after the killing of a Black man, George Floyd, by a white police officer, even some peaceful protests have descended into chaos, calling into question the efficacy of violence when it comes to spurring social change. "There's certainly more evidence that peaceful protests are more successful because they build a wider coalition," says Gordana Rabrenovic, associate professor   more

Northeastern University: Here's What Goes Into a Homemade Mask That Can Stop the Coronavirus
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: You've probably heard that homemade masks can prevent you from inadvertently spreading the coronavirus when you cough, sneeze, talk, sing, laugh, or breathe out. You may have also heard that they can't be as effective at blocking viral particles as N95 respirators, the type of masks designed and tested to prevent medical staff from inhaling harmful microbes such as the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus that causes COVID-1  more

Northeastern University: Here's What to Read, Listen To, Watch to Better Understand Racism Against Black People in US
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 6 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: by Aria Bracci, multimedia reporter Combatting racism and injustice against Black people requires both thought and action. To help inform changes in your own life, read, listen to, watch, and discuss the work of scholars, faculty, and students from the Northeastern community. Read #HashtagActivism: Networks of Race and Gender Justice, Moya Bailey, Brooke Foucault Welles, and Sarah J. Jackson This book, curre  more

Northeastern University: How to Stay Safe From a Pandemic While Protesting Racial Injustice
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 9 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: The protests against racism and police violence, sparked by the recent deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and Ahmaud Arbery, are happening less than a month after the U.S. began lifting restrictions intended to keep people apart and slow the spread of the coronavirus--a virus that has disproportionately affected Black Americans. "We have the public health crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic and we have the pub  more

Northeastern University: Let Us Pledge That Our University Will Take Action
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 9 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: In response to the outcry over recent killings of George Floyd and other Black people by police officers, Northeastern on Monday affirmed its support for the Black Lives Matter movement. A vigil and a roundtable discussion honored the Black people whose lives were taken unjustly and set a course for what must happen next. Joseph E. Aoun, president of Northeastern, said that the killings of Floyd, Breonna Taylo  more

Northeastern University: Many People Who Voted in 2016 Were Motivated by the Black Lives Matter Protests
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 11 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: The Black Lives Matter movement and protests of police violence played a major role in the 2016 election, according to new research led by faculty from Northeastern University, the University of Massachusetts, Northwestern University, and George Mason University. And, the protests happening across the world sparked by the death of George Floyd, a Black man in Minnesota who was killed in police custody, may pro  more

Northeastern University: Why is There a Renewed Push to Bring Down Confederate Monuments After George Floyd's Death?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: The subject of a long-standing national debate, public symbols of the Confederacy--staunchly defended by some and widely reviled by others--are garnering renewed attention amid the nationwide protests against police violence and racial injustice in the U.S. There's speculation that the swiftness of the response from protesters and city leaders to remove symbols of white supremacy signals a readiness from some  more

Regis College: A Commitment to Do Better
WESTON, Massachusetts, June 11 -- Regis College issued the following statement by President Antoinette M. Hays: The recent worldwide demonstrations against injustices toward people of color show that nothing short of real, purposeful action to stop racism and inequality is acceptable. And that includes here at Regis. Black Lives Matter. And Black lives matter at Regis. At our two Community Dialogue gatherings last week - and over the past several days - students, alumni, faculty, and staff of  more

Reopening Massachusetts: Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to Second Phase of Four-Phase Approach
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 8 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration announced that Phase II of the Commonwealth's reopening plan will begin on June 8th. Businesses and sectors set to begin opening in Phase II are subject to compliance with all mandatory safety standards. On May 18, the Administration released a four-phased plan to reopen the economy based on public health data, spending at least three weeks in each phase. Ke  more

Research From MIT Sloan Explores Correlations of Coronavirus Death Rates With Variety of Factors
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, June 11 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management issued the following news release: Why does the coronavirus kill some Americans, while leaving others relatively unscathed? A new study by researchers at the MIT Sloan School of Management sheds light on that question. The study, by the George P. Shultz Professor of Applied Economics at MIT Sloan and Bora Ozaltun, a Graduate Research Assistant in the Center for Energy and Environmental   more

Student Veteran Earns Grant to Support My Brother's Keeper Boston's Summer COVID Response
BOSTON, Massachusetts, June 10 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: The Mission Continues, a nonprofit organization that trains and redeploys veterans in their communities, has awarded UMass Boston student veteran Tony Martin '19 a $1,500 grant through its Service Leadership Corps to support My Brother's Keeper Boston in its COVID-19 response this summer. President Barack Obama launched the My Brother's Keeper initiative in 2014 to address persistent oppo  more

Tufts University: New Report Proposes Creative Ways for Massachusetts to Provide Economic Aid
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, June 9 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: Massachusetts could help struggling businesses, workers and families by adopting a host of creative policies to rapidly stimulate the economy and provide safety nets for those most in need, including easing regulations on certain industries, creating a surtax on healthy businesses to help hard-hit ones, and temporarily increasing income tax rates. The ideas are described in a new policy brief from the Cente  more

Tufts University: Study - National Calorie Menu Labeling Law Will Add Years of Healthy Living, Save Billions
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, June 10 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: The national law requiring chain restaurants to include calorie labels on menus is estimated to prevent tens of thousands of new heart disease and type 2 diabetes cases--and save thousands of lives--in just five years, according to a new study estimating the law's impact. The model also estimated that the law would produce $10-14 billion in healthcare cost savings and another $3-5 billion in societal cost  more

UMass Amherst Moves Forward With Fall Planning Process
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 12 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The University of Massachusetts Amherst recently released a detailed Preliminary Planning Report as it moves to finalize plans to reopen campus in the fall. Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will announce final plans by Tuesday, June 30. The materials are posted publicly at umass.edu/coronavirus/fall-2020-planning. The Chancellor welcomes input, which should be submitted by Friday, June 1  more

UMass Amherst Names Drish Director of First-Year Admissions
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 13 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The University of Massachusetts Amherst has named Mike Drish its new Director of First-Year Admissions. He comes to UMass Amherst from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), where he served for the past five years as deputy director of undergraduate admissions. Drish joined the Enrollment Management team on June 1. In his new role, he will be responsible for helping to define   more

UMass Amherst: 2020 Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund Awards Announced
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 11 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Nine projects have received a total of more than $29,000 in grants from the Sustainability, Innovation and Engagement Fund for its 2019-20 funding cycle. Established in August 2013, the fund is designed to foster a strong culture of sustainability on our campus by providing financial support to student, faculty and staff projects. This year's funded projects look to solutions for climat  more

UMass Amherst: Gaps in Data on Marijuana Use Limit Public Health Response
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 11 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Better data on marijuana use in the U.S. is needed to support critical public health research, according to a review of relevant surveys conducted by University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers. Eleven states, including Massachusetts, and Washington, D.C., have legalized the adult recreational use of marijuana, and about a dozen others are studying the issue. Yet understanding the a  more

UMass Amherst: Kinesiology Students Receive American Kinesiology Association Awards
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 9 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Four UMass Amherst kinesiology students were among the recipients of awards from the American Kinesiology Association (AKA), including master's student Colleen Chase, who earned the association's 2020 National Master's Scholar Award. The nationally competitive scholar award honors a select number of students whose academic and leadership records are distinctive. "We are very proud of the  more

UMass Amherst: MSR Classics Releases New CD by UMass Faculty Berlin, Spiridopoulos, Krasin
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 9 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: UMass music faculty Eric Berlin, trumpet; Gregory Spiridopoulos, trombone; and Ludmila Krasin, piano; are featured on a new recording on MSR Classics released earlier this spring. The CD, "Along the Continuum," centers around the two-decade long professional relationship of Berlin and Spiridopoulos, both of whom are principal players in the Albany Symphony, colleagues in the Majestic Bras  more

UMass Amherst: Nagurney to Deliver Inaugural INFORMS Practice Webinar on Perishable Product Supply Chains and COVID-19
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 9 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Anna Nagurney, the John F. Smith Memorial Professor of Operations Management at the Isenberg School and the director of the Virtual Center for Supernetworks, will deliver a webinar at noon on Friday, June 12. The webinar is the inaugural webinar of the INFORMS Practice Section and is entitled, "Blood, Sweat, and PPEs: Rescuing Perishable Product Supply Chains and Impacting Policy Through   more

UMass Dartmouth Public Policy Center Releases Report on Region's Essential Workers
DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts, June 12 -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus issued the following news release: A data brief from the Public Policy Center at UMass Dartmouth (PPC) shows that the SouthCoast region is more reliant on essential frontline workers as compared to the rest of Massachusetts. These workers earn less on average than the workforce as a whole, and many are women with caregiver responsibilities in the home, according to the analysis. This segment of the region's w  more

UMass Fine Arts Center Receives Massachusetts Gaming Mitigation Grant
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 13 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The Mass Cultural Council has announced recipients of the first round of gaming mitigation grants. In total, 52 non-profit and municipally-owned performing arts centers across Massachusetts will receive $3.34M to help mitigate the challenges they face when directly competing with resort casinos to book touring artists. The UMass Fine Arts Center (FAC) received an award of $31,909. The G  more

UMass Lowell Team Developing New Rapid COVID-19 Test
LOWELL, Massachusetts, June 10 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: A team of UMass Lowell researchers is developing a new rapid test to diagnose COVID-19 that could be used at home by consumers or in health care settings. The researchers - Gulden Camci-Unal, assistant professor of chemical engineering, and Ph.D. candidate Darlin Lantigua of Lawrence - are on their way to inventing a new diagnostic tool that would work like a home pregnancy test.  more

University Museum of Contemporary Art at UMass Amherst to Receive $25,000 NEA Art Works Grant
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 11 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Chairman Mary Anne Carter has approved more than $84 million in grants as part of the Arts Endowment's second major funding announcement for fiscal year 2020. Included in this announcement is an Art Works award of $25,000 to the Univesity Museum of Contemporary Art (UMCA) at UMass Amherst in support of a 2021-22 Artist Residency with acclaimed New Y  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst Moves Forward With Fall Planning Process
AMHERST, Massachusetts, June 9 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news on June 8: The University of Massachusetts Amherst released a detailed Preliminary Planning Report as it moves to finalize plans to reopen campus in the fall. Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy will announce final plans by June 30th. In May, Subbaswamy charged six administrative working groups, under the direction of Provost John McCarthy, with developing a set of recommendations for the fall 2  more

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth Names Noversa Director of Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture
DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts, June 11 -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus issued the following news release: UMass Dartmouth recently announced that Dr. Paula Celeste Gomes Noversa was chosen as the new Director of the Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture. The Center for Portuguese Studies and Culture, established in 1975, is a multidisciplinary international education and outreach organization dedicated to the study of the language, literature, and cultures of the Portuguese-s  more

University of Massachusetts-Dartmouth: Doctoral Student Awarded 2020 National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship
DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts, June 9 -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus issued the following news release: The National Science Foundation (NSF) recently announced that UMass Dartmouth doctoral student Akira Harper was awarded a 2020 NSF Graduate Research Fellowship. A STEM Education student, Harper's selection as an NSF Graduate Research Fellow is a highly significant national accomplishment and places her amongst an elite group of fellows who have gone on to distinguished careers  more

Williams College Announces Four Recipients of Olmsted Awards for Secondary School Teachers
WILLIAMSTOWN, Massachusetts, June 3 -- Williams College issued the following news release: Williams College has awarded the annual George Olmsted Jr. Class of 1924 Prize for Excellence in Secondary School Teaching to four outstanding high school teachers. The recipients are Katherine D. Nuzzo, a chemistry teacher at Joel Barlow High School in Redding, Conn.; Lois Sauberlich, an English teacher at Wrightstown High School in Wrightstown, Wis.; Brian Sheehy, a history teacher at North Andover Hig  more

Williams College: Luana Maroja Wins NSF Grant to Study the Formation of New Species
WILLIAMSTOWN, Massachusetts, June 12 -- Williams College issued the following news release: Luana Maroja, associate professor of biology and chair of the biochemistry program at Williams College, has been awarded a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). The five-year, $300,000 grant will support her research that examines how new species arise and persist across different environments. Maroja's project, titled "The Evolution and Maintenance of Variable Species Boundaries  more