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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Tennessee Newsletter for Sunday June 21, 2020 ( 30 items )  

ACLU, Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Challenge Tennessee Abortion Ban in Court
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 20 -- The American Civil Liberties Union, a 501(c)3 non-profit that works to defend and preserve the individual rights and liberties guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the U.S., issued the following news release: A bill passed by the Tennessee legislature late last night banning abortion from as early as six weeks of pregnancy was challenged in court by the American Civil Liberties Union, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood Federation of Ame  more

Families Against Mandatory Minimums Praises Tennessee Legislature Passing Drug-Free School Zone Reform
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- Families Against Mandatory Minimums issued the following statement: FAMM Vice President of Policy Molly Gill released the following statement following the Tennessee House passing a bill to reform drug-free school zone laws. The bill, which passed in the Senate last week, now moves to Gov. Lee's desk for a final signature. "These laws not only do little to solve the problem of keeping drugs out of children's hands, they also have an overly broad reach and have   more

Fox Chase Cancer Center Welcomes Andrea S. Porpiglia
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, June 17 -- The Fox Chase Cancer Center issued the following news release: Fox Chase Cancer Center announces the hiring of Andrea S. Porpiglia, MD, MSc, who will join the Department of Surgical Oncology in the Division of General Surgery. Porpiglia will be an assistant professor in the academic clinician track. Porpiglia, who was a Complex Surgical Oncology Fellow at Fox Chase, is returning to the center after serving as division chief of surgical oncology in the dep  more

Michelle Greenway Sellers Takes Office as Tennessee Bar Association President
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 20 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news: Jackson lawyer Michelle Greenway Sellers on Thursday took office as president of the Tennessee Bar Association saying she plans to make members the top priority during the coming year. "The TBA will continue to work with our members to address the issues they are facing," Sellers said, noting the challenges brought on this year by natural disasters, the COVID-19 pandemic and racial injustice. "We will con  more

NCC Commends Administrator Wheeler's Selection for EPA Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Federal Advisory Committee
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, June 18 -- The National Cotton Council issued the following news release: The National Cotton Council (NCC) commends EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler's appointments to the Farm, Ranch, and Rural Communities Committee (FRRCC). Administrator Wheeler selected 33 members of the agricultural community to represent a variety of sectors from across the U.S., including agricultural stakeholders and allied industries; academia; state, local, and tribal government; and nongovernmenta  more

Neuropsychopharmacology Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee, June 17 -- Neuropsychopharmacology, a scientific journal from the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology that says it focuses on clinical and basic science that advance understanding of the brain and behaviour, published research articles, including the following topics, in its July 2020 edition: * Adolescent alcohol exposure produces sex differences in negative affect-like behavior and group I mGluR BNST plasticity * Associations between different dimensions of pren  more

New Phytologist Journal Issues Research Articles in Part 2 of July 2020 Edition
OAK RIDGE, Tennessee, June 16 -- New Phytologist, a journal that says it features plant science and its applications, published research articles, including the following topics, in Part 2 of its July 2020 edition: * Beyond natural: synthetic expansions of botanical form and function * A theoretical and empirical assessment of stomatal optimization modelling * Exploring folds, evolution and host interactions: understanding effector structure/function in disease and immunity Research reviews:  more

Planned Parenthood: Tennessee Legislature Passes Sweeping Abortion Ban in the Middle of the Night
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 20 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following news release: In an egregious move, the Tennessee legislature, in the dead of night and using police force to keep the public out (https://twitter.com/natalie_allison/status/1273822108536143877?s=21) of the Capitol building, passed a sweeping abortion ban. The bill, one of the most restrictive abortion bills in the country, bans abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy, including before most pe  more

Psycho-Oncology Journal Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
BRENTWOOD, Tennessee, June 17 -- Psycho-Oncology, a journal that says it features cancer and AIDS-related tumors, epidemiology, palliative and supportive care, psychiatry, psychology, sociology and nursing from the American Psychosocial Oncology Society and British Psycho-Oncology Society, published research articles on the following topics in its June 2020 edition: * Cancer survivors' experiences with financial toxicity: A systematic review and meta-synthesis of qualitative studies * Contrala  more

Southern Poverty Law Center: The March for Justice Must Include Economic Justice
MONTGOMERY, Alabama, June 16 -- Southern Poverty Law Center issued the following news on June 15: When an assassin's bullet took the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. in Memphis, Tennessee, he was standing up for the rights of sanitation workers in the city. He was in the midst of planning his Poor People's Campaign to bring low-income people from across America to Washington, D.C., for a demonstration to compel the nation to acknowledge the economic inequality that far too many, particularly  more

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: CICERO Software Enables Detection of Cancer-Causing Gene Fusions
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, June 16 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: St. Jude Children's Research Hospital software enables detection of previously unknown cancer-causing gene fusions, pointing the way to new treatments. After years of development, engineering and enhancement, researchers at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have made publicly available a software system that enables better detection of gene fusions. The system, called CICERO, offers addi  more

St. Jude Children's Research Hospital: Streamlined and Scalable Change-Seq Method Improves Understanding of Genome Editors
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, June 16 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release on June 15: New research tool helps define unintended off-target effects of CRISPR genome editing, making the process safer and more precise. Scientists at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital have developed an easy to use, sensitive and high-throughput method to define sites of unintended double stranded breaks in DNA caused by genome editors like the CRISPR-Cas9 technique. They called the   more

St. Jude Pediatric Oncologist Dylan Graetz Receives Young Investigator Award From ASCO
MEMPHIS, Tennessee, June 19 -- St. Jude Children's Research Hospital issued the following news release: Dylan Graetz, M.D., M.P.H., a pediatric hematology-oncology fellow at St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, has received a Young Investigator Award from the American Society of Clinical Oncology. The award provides funding to promising investigators to encourage and promote quality research in clinical oncology and help launch their careers. Graetz's research in Global Pediatric Medicine fo  more

Tennessee Abortion Ban Immediately Challenged in Court by the Center for Reproductive Rights, ACLU and Planned Parenthood
NEW YORK, June 20 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release on June 19: A bill passed by the Tennessee legislature late last night banning abortion as early as six weeks of pregnancy was challenged in court by the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federation of America, and the ACLU of Tennessee. The bill also prevents patients from obtaining an abortion depending on their reason for seeking the procedure, includ  more

Tennessee Bar Association Bankruptcy Forum Scheduled for November
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news: The 17th Annual TBA Bankruptcy Law Forum will take place Nov. 13-15 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Gatlinburg. The event kicks off with two-hours of CLE programming that will highlight bankruptcy case law updates and the Small Business Reorganization Act, H.R. 3311. Those sessions are followed by a networking reception and dinner at the Park Grill. During the second day of programming, prominent bankruptcy   more

Tennessee Bar Association Virtual Convention Wraps Up Day 1
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 16 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news: A record 800 lawyers have signed up for the TBA's 2020 Virtual Convention, which kicked off with sessions about the recent legislative session, including the effects of the pandemic on the current and future work of the General Assembly, the status of budget negotiations and the fate of policy proposals such as elimination of the professional privilege tax. Attendees heard from House Judiciary Committee C  more

Tennessee Bar Association's Stevenson Appointed to Board of Airport Authority
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news: The Metro Nashville Airport Authority announced it has appointed TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson to its Board of Commissioners. Nashville Mayor John Cooper appointed Stevenson to the position and Metro Council confirmed that decision during its June 16 meeting. Stevenson will serve as the board's neighborhood representative. She fills the board seat previously held by Dr. A. Dexter Samuels, who  more

Tennessee Bar Association: Greenway Sellers Sworn in During Virtual Convention Lawyers Lunch
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news: Michelle Greenway Sellers started her year as TBA president today when she was sworn in by Justice Roger Page during the Lawyers Luncheon program. Greenway Sellers takes the reins from now Immediate Past President Sarah Sheppeard, who, before passing the gavel, handed out President's Awards to TBA general counsel, Ed Lanquist, the entire TBA staff and TBA Executive Director Joycelyn Stevenson. After bein  more

Tennessee Bar Association: Thursday's Virtual Convention to Feature Special Programming, Award Presentations
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 18 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news on June 17: TBA's Virtual Convention tomorrow will feature a special session on the anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and our first-ever virtual Lawyers Lunch. Also on tap will be law school alumni breakfasts, CLE programming and a special set of entertainment events. The TBA will feature two listening rooms where attendees can choose the music that fits their taste or mood. The tw  more

Tennessee Bar Association: Virtual Convention Continues With Better Right Now Program, Roundtables
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 17 -- The Tennessee Bar Association issued the following news: Day two of the TBA's 2020 Virtual Convention began this morning with a dance fit wellness workout before the mid-morning Past Presidents' Morning Mixer. Nearly 400 attendees tuned in to the annual Better Right Now CLE, which featured presentations from Larry Krieger and Lindsey O'Connell of the Tennessee Lawyers Assistance Program. Krieger focused his presentation on findings from research he has conducte  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: All of Us Program Launches Cloud-Based Research Platform
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: On May 27, the All of Us Research Program launched the beta version of its cloud-based research platform, the Researcher Workbench. It marks the first time that individual-level data from the massive National Institutes of Health precision medicine initiative has become broadly available for study. The workbench was created by a team at the All of Us Data and Research Center (DRC), led by Vanderbil  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Bhave, Grome Receive Awards at Research Forum
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Gautam (Jay) Bhave, MD, PhD, assistant professor of Medicine and Cell & Developmental Biology, is the recipient of the 2020 Grant W. Liddle Award for "exemplary leadership in the promotion of scientific research" at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. The Liddle Award, awarded annually by the VUMC House Staff, was announced Thursday, June 11, during the 38th annual Research Forum, which features   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Cortez Named to Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center Research Leadership Role
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: David Cortez, PhD, has been named associate director for Basic Science Research at Vanderbilt-Ingram Cancer Center (VICC). Cortez, the Richard Armstrong Professor of Biochemistry, joined Vanderbilt University in 2002. He is an expert in the field of DNA damage response and repair and made seminal discoveries about the mechanisms that maintain genome integrity. A highly accomplished and creative sc  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: COVID-19 Hospitalizations Increase Primarily in Two Tennessee Regions, Could Hit 1,000 in Late July
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 17 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: The number of hospitalized COVID-19 patients reached its highest level to date on June 15, when more than 400 patients were hospitalized across Tennessee, according to a report from researchers at Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The researchers stress that with few exceptions, the rise in COVID-19 hospitalizations has not yet put acute strain on th  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Initial COVID-19 Testing Data Show Impact in Nashville's Minority Communities
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 18 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Early data assessing the primary language of those who received COVID-19 tests at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, and tested positive, illustrates the disproportionate impact the pandemic is having on racial or ethnic communities. Of the first 18,491 patients tested for the novel coronavirus, 1,063 speak 37 languages other than English, according to analysis of electronic health records by VU  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Probing DNA Damage Repair
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Cells missing the protein HMCES are hypersensitive to DNA-damaging agents that cause a common type of DNA lesion -- an "abasic" site. But the agents also generate other types of lesions associated with mutations and cell lethality, making it unclear whether HMCES responds to abasic sites in cells. David Cortez, PhD, and colleagues previously discovered (https://news.vumc.org/2019/02/28/dna-repair-g  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Second Forum on Diversity and Inclusion to Be Held June 23
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 18 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: The next virtual forum on diversity and inclusion for the Vanderbilt University Medical Center community will be held from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, June 23. This is the second forum led by VUMC leaders that will continue to address community-wide fear and uncertainty that has followed the recent deaths of George Floyd and other black Americans. The first forum, on June 5, drew more than 750 participants.  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Studying Cells in Reduced Dimensions
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Single-cell RNA sequencing is a powerful tool for identifying transcriptomic variations and developmental trajectories in cell types that determine the course of diseases like cancer, with the goal of eventually improving diagnosis and treatment. To aid visualization and analysis, computational techniques have been developed that provide low-dimensional representations of single-cell data. However,  more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Three Named to Direct Care Outside Davidson Co.
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 19 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: To support Vanderbilt University Medical Center's growing footprint in Nashville's surrounding regions, VUMC has appointed three physicians to direct medical care in Wilson, Rutherford, Williamson and Maury counties. These positions will lead operational performance and strategic development for clinical practice as it relates to Vanderbilt Medical Group (VMG) in their respective counties and will   more

Vanderbilt University Medical Center: Welcoming Residents, Fellows Creates New Challenges
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, June 18 -- Vanderbilt University Medical Center issued the following news: Throughout June Vanderbilt University Medical Center is welcoming 330 new residents and fellows, and onboarding the physicians-in-training looks a bit different this year. They began to arrive on campus June 16 for orientation, much of which is online due to social distancing measures put in place with COVID-19. The longstanding tradition of a welcome picnic for the physicians and their families w  more