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State Tipoffs Involving Oregon Newsletter for Sunday July 12, 2020 ( 15 items )  

5G Wireless Networks Have Few Health Impacts, Oregon State Study Using Zebrafish Model Finds
CORVALLIS, Oregon, July 10 -- Oregon State University issued the following news on July 9: Findings from an Oregon State University study into the effects of radiofrequency radiation generated by the wireless technology that will soon be the standard for cell phones suggest few health impacts. Fifth generation or 5G wireless technology, which began being deployed worldwide in 2019, provides faster connectivity and more bandwidth, meaning higher download speeds. But because 5G technology is so  more

Lewis & Clark College: Chemistry Professor Awarded $297,000 NSF Grant
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 10 -- Lewis and Clark College issued the following news: Starting in August of this year, Professor of Chemistry Nikolaus Loening's scientific research will benefit from the addition of a $297,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant and a new piece of equipment--a 600 MHz NMR Spectrometer, replacing the college's 300 MHz system purchased in 2001. The grant, one of three earned by Loening in recent months, is for Research in Undergraduate Institutions as part of the N  more

Mt. Hood Community College Foundation Receives Nearly $1-million From Three Local Donors
GRESHAM, Oregon, July 9 -- Mt. Hood Community College issued the following news release: The MHCC Foundation recently received three separate gifts from donors who named the college Foundation as a beneficiary of their estate. The gifts total nearly $948,000 and will be used toward student scholarships and in support of college programs. The gifts come to the Foundation as a result of trusts established by the donors. Fran and Gustave Erickson of Boring established a Charitable Remainder Unit  more

Ore. A.G. Rosenblum Issues Statement on 'Oregon Emergency Diploma Privilege' for Oregon Law School Graduates
SALEM, Oregon, July 7 -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum issued the following statement on 'Oregon Emergency Diploma Privilege' for Oregon Law School graduates: "On June 29, 2020, the Oregon Supreme Court heard concerns voiced by the deans of Oregon's three law schools and the Oregon Board of Bar Examiners relating to the upcoming July 2020 Oregon Bar examination and the spread of the COVID-19 virus. The court approved several measures in response, including a one-time "Oregon Emergency  more

Oregon Gov. Brown Announces Membership of Public Safety Training, Standards Task Force
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 9 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Governor Kate Brown announced her appointees to the Public Safety Training and Standards Task Force. The Task Force will be chaired by the Governor's Public Safety Policy Advisor, Constantin Severe, and its membership includes a diverse selection of Oregonians with a history of public service. A full roster of members is available here: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1WYCd19-jecWfv0L8Vd9W-K_wF3DchwL1/vie  more

Oregon Gov. Brown Appoints Mike Schmidt as Multnomah County District Attorney
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 7 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Governor Kate Brown announced that she will appoint Michael L. Schmidt as District Attorney of Multnomah County, effective August 1. Mr. Schmidt recently won election as District Attorney for a term that starts in January 2021. With this appointment, Mr. Schmidt will assume the office early to fill the vacancy that will be created by the retirement of current Multnomah County District Attorney Rod Underhil  more

Oregon Gov. Brown Healthy Schools Reopening Council Holds First Meeting
SALEM, Oregon, July 8 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Governor Kate Brown's Healthy Schools Reopening Council convened for its first remote meeting. The council is charged with advising the Governor and the Oregon Department of Education as school districts develop their plans for a safe return to school for Oregon's students under the Ready Schools, Safe Learners K-12 schools reopening process. Districts will develop plans for in-person instruction, remote inst  more

Oregon Gov. Brown Issues Statement on Supreme Court Decision on Birth Control Rule Under Affordable Care Act
SALEM, Oregon, July 9 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following statement on July 7 regarding the Supreme Court decision on the Birth Control Rule under the Affordable Care Act: "Today, the U.S. Supreme Court took a step backward, upholding a Trump Administration rule that allows employers to deny contraceptive coverage to employees. This decision will have dangerous consequences for workers across the U.S. and their families who have enjoyed the full complement of health services for   more

Oregon Gov. Brown Launches July 4 Face Covering Enforcement Statewide for Restaurants, Bars, Other Businesses
SALEM, Oregon, July 7 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: In light of rising COVID-19 case counts over the month of June, including a record-high 375 cases, Governor Kate Brown announced stepped up enforcement statewide on face covering, physical distancing, and occupancy standards in place for businesses. The effort, led by Oregon Occupational Safety and Health (OSHA) and the Oregon Liquor Control Commission (OLCC), will ensure restaurants, bars, and other business  more

Oregon Gov. Brown: Becky Chiao Named Oregon New Public Records Advocate
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 11 -- Gov. Kate Brown, D-Oregon, issued the following news release: Becky Chiao will be Oregon's new Public Records Advocate, effective August 3. The Public Records Advisory Council interviewed candidates for the position, and nominated a panel of three finalists. The Governor's Office will forward Chiao's appointment to the Senate for confirmation. As Public Records Advocate, Chiao will provide facilitated dispute resolution services for public records requests and will  more

Oregon Health & Science University: Restructuring of Medicaid Reimbursement Model Reduces Imaging, to the Benefit of Patients
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 8 -- Oregon Health and Science University issued the following news release on July 7: New research reveals a Medicaid payment model in Oregon leads to fewer traditional primary care services for patients, with the decrease focused entirely on imaging. The study, led by researchers at Oregon Health & Science University, published today in the journal Health Affairs. Stephan Lindner, Ph.D., and colleagues examined Medicaid claims and enrollment data covering 150,000 Oreg  more

Oregon Health & Science University: Study in Monkeys Shows Diet During Pregnancy Affects Child's Brain Development, Behavior
PORTLAND, Oregon, July 7 -- Oregon Health and Science University issued the following news release: Purpose of our research The overall objective of this research is to identify early environmental risk factors for mental health disorders such as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), anxiety and depression. Mental health disorders are very common, with 1 in 6 U.S. children diagnosed with a mental, behavioral or developmental disorder. More than 6 mill  more

Oregon State University Adds Second Week of Coronavirus Prevalence Sampling in Newport
CORVALLIS, Oregon, July 8 -- Oregon State University issued the following news on July 6: TRACE-COVID-19, the groundbreaking Oregon State University project to determine community prevalence of the novel coronavirus, will return to Newport for two more days of sampling this weekend, July 11-12. The second round of door-to-door sampling in Newport follows a community prevalence estimate of 3.4% on June 20-21 when the TRACE team first visited Newport. Oregon State brought TRACE, which began in C  more

Oregon State University Science Pub Focuses on Influence of Black Lives Matter
CORVALLIS, Oregon, July 8 -- Oregon State University issued the following news: The influence of the Black Lives Matter movement, which has gained prominence this year with protests over killings of Black people in the United States, will be the focus of a virtual Oregon State University Science Pub on July 13. Christopher Stout, associate professor in the OSU School of Public Policy, will analyze the movement, its origins and political impacts. He will also reflect on why there was a lull in   more

OSU Researcher Joins 'Ocean Nexus' Collaboration With UW to Study Equity in Ocean Governance
CORVALLIS, Oregon, July 11 -- Oregon State University issued the following news: Oregon State University researcher Ana K. Spalding has received a grant from a recently established ocean research center to study issues of equity and inclusion in ocean governance. The new Nippon Foundation Ocean Nexus Center, an interdisciplinary collaboration between the Nippon Foundation and the University of Washington EarthLab, announced last week that it will be funding and supporting $32.5 million worth o  more