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State Tipoffs Involving Maryland Newsletter for Sunday July 12, 2020 ( 19 items )  

Commission Reaffirms UMD's Accreditation
COLLEGE PARK, Maryland, July 9 -- The University of Maryland issued the following news: The Middle States Commission on Higher Education has reaffirmed the University of Maryland's accreditation, following a nearly yearlong review. In a July 1 letter to university President Darryll J. Pines, commission President Heather F. Perfetti stated that as a result of its virtual visit to campus this spring, it found that the university is now in compliance with Standard VII (Governance, Leadership and   more

Fast-Spreading Mutation Helps Common Flu Subtype Escape Immune Response
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 11 -- Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health issued the following news release: Strains of a common subtype of influenza virus, H3N2, have almost universally acquired a mutation that effectively blocks antibodies from binding to a key viral protein, according to a study from researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health. The results have implications for flu vaccine design, according to the researchers. Current flu vaccines, whic  more

Jacqueline Lewis Named Vice Chancellor for Advancement at University of Missouri
COLUMBIA, Missouri, July 7 -- The University of Missouri issued the following news release: UM System President and University of Missouri Interim Chancellor Mun Choi announced that Jackie Lewis, vice president of university relations at the University of Maryland, College Park, has been named vice chancellor for advancement at MU. "I am passionate about higher education because I am passionate about changing lives -- and that is what Mizzou is all about," Lewis said. "Whether through educatio  more

Johns Hopkins Statement Regarding Student and Exchange Visitor Program Lawsuit
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 11 -- Johns Hopkins University issued the following news release: Johns Hopkins University filed suit in federal court Friday in an effort to stop a Trump administration rule change that would severely impact nearly 5,000 international students at the university. The decision to abruptly rescind accommodations for online learning during the COVID pandemic is unlawful and fails to consider the many complexities of meeting our educational mission while also protecting th  more

Johns Hopkins University: Abnormal Cells in Early-Stage Embryos Might Not Preclude IVF Success
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 9 -- Johns Hopkins University issued the following news release: The presence of an abnormal number of chromosomes in the genetic profile of early-stage embryos may be far more common - and potentially less threatening - during normal human development than is currently appreciated, according to new research from Johns Hopkins University biologists. The findings could have clinical implications for the in-vitro fertilization field, where debate still rages about the e  more

Johns Hopkins University: COVID-19 Cases and Deaths in Federal and State Prisons Significantly Higher Than in U.S. Population
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 9 -- Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health issued the following news release: A new analysis led by researchers at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health found that the number of U.S. prison residents who tested positive for COVID-19 was 5.5 times higher than the general U.S. population, with a prisoner case rate of 3,251 per 100,000 residents as compared to 587 cases per 100,000 in the general population. The researchers also found the  more

Johns Hopkins University: Higher Manganese Levels in Early Pregnancy Linked to Lower Preeclampsia Risk
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 8 -- Johns Hopkins University's Bloomberg School of Public Health issued the following news release: An analysis of data from more than 1,300 women followed prospectively through pregnancy found that women with lower levels of the essential mineral manganese in early pregnancy were more likely to develop the serious high blood pressure syndrome called preeclampsia in late pregnancy, according to a new study led by researchers from Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Publ  more

Johns Hopkins University: Study - Dying Stars Breathe Life Into Earth
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 6 -- Johns Hopkins University issued the following news release on July 6: As dying stars take their final few breaths of life, they gently sprinkle their ashes into the cosmos through the magnificent planetary nebulae. These ashes, spread via stellar winds, are enriched with many different chemical elements, including carbon. Findings from a study published today in Nature Astronomy show that the final breaths of these dying stars, called white dwarfs, shed light on   more

Maryland A.G. Frosh Joins Motion to Demand EPA Exercise Legal Responsibility to Control Methane Pollution
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 8 -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following news release on July 7: Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined a coalition of 15 attorneys general and the City of Chicago in filing a motion to demand the Trump administration stop ignoring its legal responsibility to control emissions of methane from existing oil and gas operations. The action is a part of a lawsuit brought in April 2018 against the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) for   more

Maryland PSC to Examine COVID-19 Impacts on Utilities and Customers
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, July 9 -- The Maryland Public Service Commission issued the following news release: The Maryland Public Service Commission will hold a public conference over the course of two days to gauge the impact that COVID-19 has had on Maryland utility operations, consumer protections, service reliability and financial health. On March 16, 2020, Governor Larry Hogan issued an Executive Order prohibiting the termination of residential utility services and the imposition of late fees d  more

Md. Gov. Hogan Directs State Board of Elections to Conduct November General Election With Enhanced Voting Options
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, July 9 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: With 118 days until the November general election, and given the State Board of Elections' (SBE) failure to provide a recommendation on how to conduct the election, Governor Larry Hogan today directed the Board to follow existing state law and conduct the election with enhanced voting options in light of the COVID-19 pandemic: * Every early voting center should be open and every polling location sho  more

Md. Gov. Hogan: As Region, Nation Experience Dramatic Spikes, Maryland COVID-19 Health Metrics Continue Positive Trends
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, July 10 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: While states in the region and across America are experiencing spikes, Maryland's key COVID-19 health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction. The statewide positivity rate remains stable at 4.53%, total current hospitalizations are at 406, and half of the state's 24 jurisdictions have now met the goal of testing 10% of their population. "While we are seeing dramatic spikes in states acro  more

Md. Gov. Hogan: Maryland COVID-19 Health Metrics Continue to Trend in Positive Direction
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, July 7 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Maryland's key COVID-19 health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction, with the statewide positivity rate dropping to a new low of 4.51%, and total current hospitalizations falling to 403. The state reported three new confirmed deaths, the lowest number since March 31. "As we continue to see encouraging trends in all of our key health metrics, widespread testing across each of Maryland's   more

Md. Gov. Hogan: Maryland Reports Positive Health Metrics While Monitoring Outbreaks in Neighboring States, Positivity Rate Among Young People
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, July 11 -- Gov. Larry Hogan, R-Maryland, issued the following news release: Five weeks after the state entered Stage Two of recovery, Maryland's key COVID-19 health metrics continue to trend in a positive direction. The statewide positivity rate has fallen to a new low of 4.34%, and ICU beds have dropped to their lowest level since March 30. State health officials continue to monitor the spikes and outbreaks in neighboring states, as well as the rising positivity rate among  more

Montana Democratic Party: Despite Pandemic, Rosendale Continues to Oppose Medicaid Expansion
HELENA, Montana, July 11 -- The Montana Democratic Party issued the following news release: As Montana continues to weather an unprecedented pandemic, Maryland Matt Rosendale has remained steadfast in his opposition to Montana's Medicaid expansion program, which currently covers more than 80,000 Montanans across the state, has created thousands of jobs, and has proven to be a lifeline for rural hospitals and the communities they support. As a state legislator, Rosendale infamously voted agains  more

Morgan State University Nursing Program Receives More Than $146,000 in Funding to Promote Statewide Student Mentoring
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 11 -- Morgan State University issued the following news: In support of efforts to promote statewide mentoring for nursing students, the Morgan State University (MSU) Nursing Program, in collaboration with University of Maryland School of Nursing Workforce Center, announces the receipt of $146,722 in funding from the Maryland Higher Education Commission (MHEC) Nurse Support II (NSP II) Competitive Institutional Grants program. The funding comes as part of $29.2 million   more

Statement From Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard, President of Montgomery College: ICE Restrictions on F1 Visa College Students Threatens Their Health and Slows Economic Recovery
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, July 8 -- Montgomery College issued the following statement by President DeRionne P. Pollard: A proud champion of radical inclusion, Montgomery College enrolls more than 550 F1 students from more than 120 countries in an average year. As the most diverse community college in the continental U.S., MC values the cultural and intellectual contributions that these students make to the educational processes at our institution, bringing their knowledge of history, politics, and l  more

The Siemens Foundation and Discovery Education Award Roseland Montessori School in Louisiana With $10,000 to Spark the Future of STEM
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, July 9 -- Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, issued the following news release: Tangipahou Parish School System's Roseland Montessori School in Roseland, Louisiana has been awarded a $10,000 STEM education grant as part of 2020 Possibility Grant Sweepstakes. Created by the Siemens Foundation-a leader in advancing STEM workforce training and education initiatives-and Discovery Education, the Possibility Grant Sweepstakes inspires the next genera  more

Va. Gov. Northam: Virginia Becomes First Southern State to Join Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative
RICHMOND, Virginia, July 9 -- Gov. Ralph S. Northam, R-Virginia, issued the following news release: Governor Ralph Northam announced that the Commonwealth of Virginia has become the newest member of the Regional Greenhouse Gas Initiative (RGGI), a market-based collaborative effort among Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states to combat climate change and reduce greenhouse gas emissions from the power sector, while driving economic growth. RGGI members include Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, M  more