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State Tipoffs Involving New Jersey Newsletter for Sunday June 28, 2020 ( 44 items )  

Calif. A.G. Becerra Leads Effort to Immediately Block Trump Administration's Harmful Rule
SACRAMENTO, California, June 25 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro, and New Jersey Attorney General Gurbir Grewal led a coalition of 18 attorneys general in seeking a preliminary injunction to block the implementation of the U.S. Department of Education's final rule weakening protections for students -- from kindergarten through college -- under Title IX of the Ed  more

Conn. Gov. Lamont, Governor Cuomo, and Governor Murphy Announce Joint Incoming Travel Advisory That All Individuals Traveling From States With Significant Community Spread of COVID-19 Self-Quarantine for 14 Days
HARTFORD, Connecticut, June 25 -- Gov. Ned Lamont, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release: Governor Ned Lamont of Connecticut, Governor Andrew M. Cuomo of New York, and Governor Phil Murphy of New Jersey today announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 self-quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This self-quarantine - effective 11:59 p.m. on Wedn  more

D.C. A.G. Racine Leads 15-State Coalition Backing State Efforts Limiting Local Resources for Federal Immigration Crackdowns
WASHINGTON, June 27 -- District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine issued the following news release on June 26: Attorney General Karl A. Racine led a group of 15 Attorneys General in defending a New Jersey directive that limits when and how local law enforcement can cooperate with federal immigration authorities. The Trump administration is trying to block a 2018 directive issued by the New Jersey Attorney General that bars local law enforcement officers from sharing certain informati  more

Democratic Governors Association Statement on Trump Administration Latest Attempt to End Affordable Care Act
WASHINGTON, June 26 -- The Democratic Governors Association issued the following news: The Trump administration is expected to formally file briefs in support of striking down the entire Affordable Care Act. DGA Chair New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy released the following statement: "Democratic governors are the strongest line of defense against the harmful Trump agenda, and we are taking wide-sweeping action to codify ACA provisions, expand coverage, and lower costs because we know this is a lif  more

Felician University: Construction Continues on Rutherford Campus
RUTHERFORD, New Jersey, June 26 -- Felician University issued the following news release: "What you're going to see is a complete renovation of the parking lot. And I think renovation understates it. It's really a reconstruction." Tom Truchan, CFO of Felician University, is overseeing the large construction project now under way on the Rutherford campus. Truchan says the project, known on campus as the WaRC or Wellness and Recreation Center is really three projects, "we have construction of Th  more

George Floyd Protests Inspire Rutgers Dental School Student's New Rap Song
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, June 24 -- Rutgers University issued the following news: As a rapper, Franco Obour has worked with some big-name artists and producers. But when he enrolled at Rutgers School of Dental Medicine (RSDM) last year, he put the rhymes on hold. That changed after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis police officer last month, leading to an international wave of demonstrations that have become the largest civil rights protest movement in U.S. history. Obour was inspire  more

Hudson County Community College to Offer Certified Alcohol, Drug Counselor Certificate Program
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey, June 26 -- Hudson County Community College issued the following news release: Hudson County Community College (HCCC) will offer a Proficiency Certificate in Addictions Counseling program beginning in July. The program will provide students with the educational requirements needed to become a Certified Alcohol and Drug Counselor (CADC) in New Jersey. The 15-credit CADC program is open to individuals who have earned at least a high school diploma or equivalent; it is als  more

Jekabs Hayes Awarded Inaugural Terracycle Innovation Award
EWING, New Jersey, June 23 -- The College of New Jersey issued the following news: Mechanical engineering major Jekabs Hayes '20 was awarded TerraCycle's first annual Ernel Simpson Innovation Award for incorporating sustainable practices in his senior project. Hayes earned a $500 stipend to cover his research. Hayes teamed up with fellow seniors Peter Stahl and Christopher Garr and his advisor, George Facas of the mechanical engineering department, to construct a prototype of a small, semi-por  more

John Wiley & Sons: Vitamin D May Help Prevent Common Side Effect of Anti-Cancer Immunotherapy
HOBOKEN, New Jersey, June 23 -- John Wiley and Sons issued the following news release: New research indicates that taking vitamin D supplements may help prevent a potentially serious side effect of a revolutionary form of anti-cancer therapy. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal of the American Cancer Society (ACS). Immune checkpoint inhibitors help the immune system recognize and combat cancer cells, and although these treatments have helped many patients  more

Murphy Administration Announces Reopening Guidance for New Jersey Schools
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 27 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Governor Phil Murphy and Department of Education Commissioner Lamont O. Repollet announced the release of "The Road Back: Restart and Recovery Plan for Education" to assist schools with reopening in the fall. The guidance announces that, absent a change in public health data, public schools will open for in-person instruction and operations in some capacity at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school  more

N.J. Gov. Murphy Announces Increased Indoor and Outdoor Gathering Capacity Limits
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 23 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release on June 22: Governor Phil Murphy announced increased indoor and outdoor gathering capacity limits as COVID-19 cases in New Jersey continue to decline. Effective immediately, indoor gatherings are now limited to 25% capacity of the rooms in which they will take place, with a maximum of 100 persons. Outdoor gatherings are now limited to 250 persons, and outdoor religious services and political activi  more

N.J. Gov. Murphy Conducts Coronavirus Briefing on June 22
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 24 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following transcript on June 22: Governor Phil Murphy: As we predicted, our schedule is going to be a little bit jumbled today, so I appreciate your bearing with us. I'm joined by the woman to my right who needs no introduction, the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Judy Persichilli. To her right, another familiar face, the State's Epidemiologist, Dr. Christina Tan. To my far left, another name you know well, the  more

N.J. Gov. Murphy Conducts Coronavirus Briefing on June 23
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 24 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following transcript on June 23: Governor Phil Murphy: I came from, earlier I had an extraordinary event between the New Jersey Reentry Corporation and the National Action Network with a new facility in Newark, New Jersey which was really, really impressive. I give a shout out and hats off to Governor Jim McGreevey on the New Jersey Reentry Corporation side, Mayor Ras Baraka, County Executive Joe DiVincenzo, and on the N  more

N.J. Gov. Murphy Conducts Coronavirus Briefing on June 24
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 25 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following transcript on June 24: Governor Phil Murphy: Joining me is the woman to my right who needs no introduction, the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Judy Persichilli. In the audience -- Ed, forgive me for this -- the Department of Health's Communicable Disease Service Medical Director, Dr. Ed Lifshitz, good to have you with us. To my far left, another name that is familiar to all, Superintendent of the Sta  more

N.J. Gov. Murphy Conducts Coronavirus Briefing on June 25
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 26 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following transcript on June 25: Governor Phil Murphy: Sorry to be a couple of minutes behind. With me to my right, the woman who needs no introduction, the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Judy Persichilli; Judy. To her right, the Department of Health's Communicable Disease Service Medical Director, Dr. Ed Lifshitz, great to have you with us, Ed, and Ed will be speaking. We'll get to that in a few moments. Obvi  more

N.J. Gov. Murphy Conducts Coronavirus Briefing on June 26
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 27 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following transcript on June 26: Governor Phil Murphy: I'm joined by the woman on my right who needs no introduction, the Commissioner of the Department of Health, Judy Persichilli. She has brought with her the Department of Health's Communicable Disease Medical Director, Dr. Ed Lifshitz, Ed's in the front row. Thank you for being here. Another guy who needs no introduction, on my far left, the Superintendent of the Stat  more

N.J. Gov. Murphy Signs Executive Order Establishing Rules for Indoor Dining, Indoor Recreational Facilities, and Individualized Instruction at Gyms and Fitness Centers
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 27 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release on June 26: Governor Phil Murphy signed Executive Order No. 157, which implements the reopenings announced earlier this week that will take effect on Thursday, July 2. Specifically, the Order contains several requirements for indoor dining, which can resume on July 2 but will be limited to 25 percent capacity and patrons will be required to order and consume food or beverages while seated. The Orde  more

N.J. Gov. Murphy Signs Legislation to Limit Excessive Third-Party Delivery Service Fees During COVID-19 State of Emergencies
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 27 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: Governor Phil Murphy signed legislation (S2437) which places limits on service fees charged to restaurants by third-party delivery applications and websites during state of emergencies declared by the Governor in response to COVID-19. The legislation provides much needed relief to restaurants across New Jersey that have faced excessive fees while being limited to takeout and delivery service. "By  more

N.J. Gov. Murphy, Governor Cuomo and Governor Lamont Announce Joint Incoming Travel Advisory That All Individuals Traveling From States With Significant Community Spread of COVID-19 Quarantine for 14 Days
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 25 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following news release: New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This quarantine - effective midnight tonight - applies to any person arr  more

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo, Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont Announce Joint Incoming Travel Advisory That All Individuals Traveling From States With Significant Community Spread of COVID-19 Quarantine for 14 Days
ALBANY, New York, June 25 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following news release: Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy and Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont announced a joint incoming travel advisory that all individuals traveling from states with significant community spread of COVID-19 quarantine for a 14-day period from the time of last contact within the identified state. This quarantine - effective midnight tonight - applies to any person arriving from a s  more

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo, Governor Murphy and Governor Lamont Announce Joint Incoming Travel Advisory That All Individuals Traveling From States With Significant Community Spread of COVID-19 Quarantine for 14 Days
ALBANY, New York, June 25 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following transcript on June 24: Good to be in New York City, good to see all of you smiling, masked faces. To my right, you know Melissa DeRosa, Secretary to the Governor. To my left, Dr. Howard Zucker, Health Commissioner of the State of New York. We are joined by my colleagues, Governor Murphy from the great State of New Jersey, Governor Ned Lamont from the great State of Connecticut. It's a pleasure to be with them again  more

New Jersey's May Job Gain, Following Staggering Losses, Portends Multiyear Recovery, According to Rutgers Report
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, June 24 -- Rutgers University issued the following news on June 23: New Jersey's gain of 86,800 jobs in May, which reversed about 10 percent of the pandemic-fueled lob loss during the previous two months, is a striking sign of hope, according to a new Rutgers report. But the authors foresee long-term structural changes to the state's office-based industries. "Specifying the time span for achieving full recovery in New Jersey is fraught with difficulty, but recovery w  more

Pa. PUC Chair Gladys Brown Dutrieuille Elected to Strong, Diverse Leadership Team for Regional Utility Regulators Organization
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, June 25 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) announced that PUC Chair Gladys Brown Dutrieuille has been elected as part of a strong and diverse 2020-2021 leadership team for the Mid-Atlantic Conference of Regulatory Utilities Commissioners (MACRUC). Chairman Dutrieuille will serve as MACRUC Second Vice President for the coming year following an election by fellow utility regul  more

Princeton Faculty Members Receive Grants for COVID-19 Research From C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 23 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: The C3.ai Digital Transformation Institute has awarded $5.4 million to 26 projects to accelerate artificial intelligence research to mitigate COVID-19 and future pandemics. Princeton faculty members Matthew Desmond, Simon Levin, Stefana Parascho, H. Vincent Poor, Corina Tarnita and Mengdi Wang are among researchers to receive funding for their projects. Princeton University is a member of the C3.ai Digita  more

Princeton University Relief Fund Announces Contribution to Support Small Businesses in Princeton Affected by the Pandemic
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 26 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: Princeton University has announced the second phase of the Princeton University Relief Fund (PURF) that will focus on relief for small businesses in the Municipality of Princeton impacted by the pandemic. PURF was established in April with a $1 million commitment to provide direct support to community organizations in the greater Princeton area that are working to alleviate economic distress related to CO  more

Princeton: 'We Roar' - A Doctor on 'the Front Lines of the Front Lines' Celebrates the DACA Ruling
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 23 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: Marina Di Bartolo, M.D., works as a primary care practitioner in Camden, New Jersey, where she treats patients in the crosshairs of the coronavirus. On the latest episode of the "We Roar" podcast, she shares her journey from Venezuela to Princeton University to last week's ruling that protected the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program -- at least for now. "I am not alone as a DACA physici  more

Princeton: Astrophysicist Jo Dunkley Wins Tomassoni Chisesi Prize
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 23 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: Jo Dunkley, a professor of physics and astrophysical sciences, is the 2020 recipient of the Caterina Tomassoni and Felice Pietro Chisesi Prize for her innovative work exploring the earliest moments of our universe. The prize citation cites Dunkley's "development of innovative analysis methods for cosmic microwave background anisotropy and polarization data, efficiently constraining both cosmology and fund  more

Princeton: Astrophysicist Kunz Receives NSF Award for Research and for Establishing Plasma Physics Summer School Aimed at Attracting Underrepresented Students to Field
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 23 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: Matthew Kunz, an assistant professor of astrophysical sciences at Princeton University and a physicist at the U.S. Department of Energy's (DOE) Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory (PPPL), has been awarded a National Science Foundation (NSF) five-year grant to research magnetic fields throughout the early universe and to establish a summer school on plasma physics aimed at attracting women and underrepresen  more

Princeton: Jesus Estrada: Chem Ph.D., Merck Scientist, Dreamer
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 26 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: The DACA program has helped thousands of undocumented students finish their educations in the United States. Princeton University 2019 graduate alum Jesus Estrada, a driven young chemist, found in DACA the opportunity to complete his doctorate and realize his ambitions. Jesus Estrada's father got his United States citizenship at a highly inopportune moment. Estrada had just turned 21. Suddenly labeled an   more

Princeton: Lauren Von Berg, Class of 2020, Publishes Research From Internship Studying Antarctic Sea Ice
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 22 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: Lauren von Berg, Class of 2020, is first author of a peer-reviewed paper based on her Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI) internship studying the role of Antarctic sea ice in regulating the growth of the tiny algae known as phytoplankton. Published in the journal Geophysical Research Letters, the study found that the retreat of sea ice can significantly influence phytoplankton activity, and, thus, the   more

Princeton: New Radar Allows Cars to Spot Hazards Around Corners
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 26 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: Using radar commonly deployed to track speeders and fastballs, researchers have developed an automated system that will allow cars to peer around corners and spot oncoming traffic and pedestrians. The system, easily integrated into today's vehicles, uses Doppler radar to bounce radio waves off surfaces such as buildings and parked automobiles. The radar signal hits the surface at an angle, so its reflecti  more

Princeton: Researchers Use Electric Fields to Herd Cells Like Flocks of Sheep
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 26 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: Princeton researchers have created a device that can herd groups of cells like sheep, precisely directing the cells' movements by manipulating electric fields to mimic those found in the body during healing. The technique opens new possibilities for tissue engineering, including approaches to promote wound healing, repair blood vessels or sculpt tissues. Scientists have long known that naturally occurring  more

Princeton: Simple Interventions Can Help People Spot False Headlines
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 23 -- Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs issued the following news release: The avalanche of online content available to people around the world has outpaced humans' ability to separate fact from what can be highly toxic and even dangerous fiction. But helping people identify nefarious information online might be possible through inexpensive digital-media literacy outreach, according to a Princeton University-led study p  more

Princeton: Triggering Bacteria in the Service of Medicine
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 26 -- Princeton University issued the following news release: Bacteria, as it turns out, are a lot like us. They get complacent in relaxed, non-threatening environments. And when they're relaxed, they don't produce defenses that guard against things that want to kill them, like competing organisms or microbial predators. But when threatened, bacteria produce a veritable army of molecular defenses. Drilling down into these defenses and the elicitors that trigger them  more

Princeton: Why the U.S. Doesn't Need More Nuclear Pits Right Now
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 24 -- Princeton University's Woodrow Wilson School of Public and International Affairs issued the following news release: The U.S. Congress is currently debating whether to build and operate a plutonium pit-production factory in South Carolina. It would be the country's second; the first is in Los Alamos, New Mexico. Since the end of the Cold War, the Los Alamos National Laboratory has been the sole U.S. center of expertise and producer of "pits," the critical compo  more

Princeton: Wild Hummingbirds See a Broad Range of Colors Humans Can Only Imagine
PRINCETON, New Jersey, June 26 -- The Princeton Environmental Institute issued the following news: To find food, dazzle mates, escape predators and navigate diverse terrain, birds rely on their excellent color vision. "Humans are color-blind compared to birds and many other animals," said Mary Caswell Stoddard, an assistant professor of ecology and evolutionary biology at Princeton and associated faculty in the Princeton Environmental Institute (PEI). Humans have three types of color-sensitiv  more

Project Yellowstone at County College of Morris Awarded New Jersey Council for the Humanities COVID-19 Response Grant
RANDOLPH, New Jersey, June 27 -- County College of Morris issued the following news: "Project Yellowstone," an academic interdisciplinary program at County College of Morris (CCM) was one of 82 organizations statewide to receive a New Jersey Council for the Humanities (NJCH) COVID-19 Response Grant. The award-winning "Project Yellowstone" is part of a CCM Community and Civic Engagement initiative that offers high-impact, interdisciplinary programs. "Project Yellowstone" brings together the aca  more

Raritan Valley Community College: Occupational Therapy Assistant Program Receives Accreditation Through 2027
NORTH BRANCH, New Jersey, June 26 -- Raritan Valley Community College issued the following news release: Raritan Valley Community College's Occupational Therapy Assistant program has received accreditation through 2027 from the Accreditation Council for Occupational Therapy Education (ACOTE). Registration begins July 9 for the next cohort of students in the Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) program. The deadline for admissions to the program is November 1 and the next OTA cohort begins in J  more

Rutgers' Center for American Women and Politics Launches Public Database of Women Elected Officials
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, June 24 -- Rutgers University issued the following news: The Center for American Women and Politics (CAWP), a unit of the Eagleton Institute of Politics at Rutgers University, launched the new online CAWP Women Elected Officials Database, a first-of-its-kind tool for exploring and analyzing women's current and historical representation in the U.S. political system. The CAWP Women Elected Officials Database includes every woman officeholder in U.S. history at the feder  more

Rutgers: Dangerous Tick-Borne Bacterium Extremely Rare in New Jersey
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, June 27 -- Rutgers University issued the following news: There's some good news in New Jersey about a potentially deadly tick-borne bacterium. Rutgers researchers examined more than 3,000 ticks in the Garden State and found only one carrying Rickettsia rickettsii, the bacterium that causes Rocky Mountain spotted fever. But cases of tick-borne spotted fevers have increased east of the Mississippi River, and more research is needed to understand why, according to a stu  more

Rutgers: Uganda's Ik are Not Unbelievably Selfish and Mean
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, June 27 -- Rutgers University issued the following news: The Ik, a small ethnic group in Uganda, are not incredibly selfish and mean as portrayed in a 1972 book by a prominent anthropologist, according to a Rutgers-led study. Instead, the Ik are quite cooperative and generous with one another, and their culture features many traits that encourage generosity, according to the study in the journal Evolutionary Human Sciences. "The Mountain People," an ethnography by a  more

Statement by N.J. Gov. Murphy on Preliminary Agreement With Communications Workers
TRENTON, New Jersey, June 24 -- Gov. Phil Murphy, D-New Jersey, issued the following statement on June 23: "The COVID-19 pandemic has created an unprecedented economic reality for our state and nation, one that has created unexpected challenges for workers at all levels. I thank the Communications Workers of America for coming to the table to negotiate how we can address this current reality while ensuring that as many New Jerseyans as possible remain gainfully employed during this trying time.  more

Stevens Institute of Technology Names Orton as New York City Panel on Climate Change
HOBOKEN, New Jersey, June 25 -- Stevens Institute of Technology issued the following news release: Stevens Institute of Technology oceanographer and marine scientist Philip Orton has been appointed to the fourth New York City Panel on Climate Change which advises City policymakers on local resiliency and adaptation strategies to protect against rising temperatures, increased flooding, and other hazards. Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the appointment of the 20-member panel earlier this month. N  more

Stockton University: Participants Sought for COVID-19 Impact Survey
GALLOWAY, New Jersey, June 24 -- Stockton University issued the following news: Stockton University faculty are collaborating on a research study on public response to the COVID-19 pandemic and how it has shaped the lives of people around the world. The researchers are looking for a broad range of people ages 18 and older to take the online survey at COVID-19 International Survey or https://tinyurl.com/COVID-19InternationalStudy. It should about 20 minutes to complete. "We want people from   more