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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday July 19, 2020 ( 72 items )  

A.G. Becerra Files Suit Against Secretary DeVos and U.S. Department of Education for Unlawfully Repealing Critical 'Borrower Defense' Regulations
SACRAMENTO, California, July 15 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 23 attorneys general in a lawsuit against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education (ED) challenging their action to unlawfully repeal and replace the 2016 "borrower defense" regulations. These Obama-era regulations established critical protectio  more

Ameresco to Announce Second Quarter 2020 Financial Results on August 3
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, July 17 -- Ameresco, a provider of energy efficiency solutions, issued the following news release: Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that it will release its second quarter 2020 financial results after the close of the market on Monday, August 3, 2020. The earnings press release will be available on the "Investor Relations" section of the Company's website at www.ameresco.com. The Company will host an earn  more

Bethel School District Partners With Ameresco on $3.6 Million Energy Efficiency Project
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, July 16 -- Ameresco, a provider of energy efficiency solutions, issued the following news release: Ameresco, Inc. (NYSE:AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that it has partnered with the Bethel School District in Eugene, Oregon, on a comprehensive energy efficiency project. Financed with a 2.37% loan, this $3.6 million energy savings performance contract (ESPC) project will improve lighting, HVAC controls, plumbing, and irrigatio  more

Brandeis University: MRSEC Wins Major New Grant From the National Science Foundation
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, July 16 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: Brandeis' MRSEC program, which is developing revolutionary new types of nano-sized machines and materials, has received an $18 million, 6-year grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF). It is the third time Brandeis has received the prestigious award. This year it was given to only 10 other universities besides Brandeis, including Columbia, Harvard and Princeton. MRSEC, which stands for Materials Research  more

City of Albany Joins Amicus Brief in Opposition to Federal Policy That Would Deny Visas to International Students
ALBANY, New York, July 15 -- The city of Albany issued the following news release: Mayor Kathy Sheehan and Corporation Counsel Marisa Franchini announced the City of Albany joined an amicus brief filed by the Cities of Boston and Los Angeles in support of a Harvard College and Massachusetts Institute of Technology lawsuit against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The lawsuit follows a recently announced policy that would deny visas to international students whose classes are fully onlin  more

Conn. A.G. Tong: CT Joins Lawsuit Seeking Nationwide Injunction Against New Visa Rule for International Students
HARTFORD, Connecticut, July 14 -- Connecticut Attorney General William Tong issued the following news release: Attorney General William Tong joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcemen  more

COVID-19 Vaccine Tested at Emory is Safe, Generates Immune Response, Early Results Show
ATLANTA, Georgia, July 15 -- Emory University's Woodruff Health Sciences Center issued the following news release: An investigational vaccine designed to protect against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) was generally well tolerated and resulted in production of both binding and neutralizing antibodies in healthy adult volunteers, according to interim results of an ongoing phase 1 trial published in the New England Journal of Medicine. The experimental vaccine is being co-developed by resear  more

D.C. A.G. Racine Joins Multistate Lawsuit to Stop Trump Effort That Threatens to Block International Students From Studying in U.S.
WASHINGTON, July 14 -- District of Columbia Attorney General Karl A. Racine issued the following news release on July 13: Attorney General Karl A. Racine joined a coalition of 18 Attorneys General in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to block hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Cus  more

Effort Launches to 'Explore How MIT Might Invent a Thriving New Future'
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 14 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on July 13: MIT's expansive effort to envision, and position itself for, a post-Covid world -- Task Force 2021 and Beyond (MIT Beyond) -- is now under way. With a letter today to the MIT community, co-chairs Rick Danheiser and Sanjay Sarma formally launched MIT Beyond, a collaborative, cross-Institute team composed of some 150 faculty, staff, and students. "Covid-19 has forced changes in h  more

Fitchburg State University: Community Foundation Supports Early College Scholarships
FITCHBURG, Massachusetts, July 14 -- Fitchburg State University issued the following news release: The Community Foundation of North Central Massachusetts has awarded Fitchburg State University $28,000 for scholarships that will be awarded to students in the North Central Massachusetts Early College Academy. The funds will support renewable scholarships to local students from underrepresented populations who plan to attend Fitchburg State. The Early College Academy, formally designated by Gov  more

Groundbreaking Massachusetts General Hospital-Designed Cancer Cell-Sorting Chip Brings Liquid Biopsies Closer to Clinic
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 10 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Liquid, or blood-based, biopsies are one of the most eagerly awaited new technologies in cancer care. It is hoped that doctors will be able to use these, in place of tissue samples, to diagnose cancer, match tumors to treatment regimens, and monitor therapy response in real-time. That would mean more patients could be tested without side effects from invasive needle biopsies. Now a team at Massa  more

Harvard Law School: Landmark SCOTUS Ruling Affirms Native American Rights in Oklahoma and Bodes Well for Tribal Rights Going Forward
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 15 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: In a season full of newsworthy Supreme Court decisions, the McGirt v. Oklahoma ruling was a landmark for Native American rights, reshaping the legal relation between the federal government and the tribes. In a 5-4 decision on July 9, the Court ruled that much of eastern Oklahoma remains a reservation, where Indian citizens are not subject to state jurisdiction. Robert Anderson, the Oneida Indian Nation Visiting   more

Harvard Law School: Professor Alma Cohen Receives Award for Research 'That Has Stood the Test of Time'
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 14 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: The American Risk and Insurance Association has announced that "Testing for Adverse Selection in Insurance Markets," a study co-authored by Harvard Law School Professor Alma Cohen and Peter Siegelman, a professor at the University of Connecticut School of Law, is the recipient of its 2020 Robert I. Mehr Award. The award--granted each year to a study published ten years earlier in the Association's Journal of Risk  more

Harvard Medical School Names Reid Associate Dean for Student, Multicultural Affairs
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 16 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: Thirty-two years after earning her MD from Harvard Medical School, Andrea Reid, MD '88, MPH '01, has returned as the new associate dean for student and multicultural affairs in the Program in Medical Education. She will also serve as director of the Office of Recruitment and Multicultural Affairs, succeeding Alvin Poussaint, who established ORMA and led it for 50 years, until his retirement in June 2019. Reid o  more

Harvard Medical School: More Than Meets the Eye
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 14 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: The ability to recognize faces is a complex neurocognitive skill with important social implications. A disorder that impairs that ability, which, according to some estimates, affects more than 2 percent of the population, can lead to isolation and anxiety and impair personal and work relationships. The traditional view of this face blindness disorder--prosopagnosia in scientific parlance--has held that it arise  more

Harvard Medical School: New Leader of Computational Biomedicine
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 14 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: Harvard Medical School has named Robert Gentleman as founding executive director of the newly established Center for Computational Biomedicine. He will assume his role on July 13. Gentleman, an accomplished statistician and computational scientist with extensive experience in academia and industry, most recently served as vice president of computational biology at the genetic testing company 23andMe. Get more  more

Harvard Names Zeaske Director of Social Enterprise Initiative
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 17 -- Harvard University's Business School issued the following news release: Harvard Business School (HBS) has named Rob Zeaske (MBA 2002) the new director of its Social Enterprise Initiative (SEI), succeeding Matt Segneri (MBA 2010), who was recently named the Bruce and Bridgitt Evans Executive Director of the Harvard Innovation Labs (i-lab). Established in 1993 with the help of a generous gift from John C. Whitehead (MBA 1947), SEI pioneered the concept of "socia  more

Harvard School of Public Health: Significant Disparities in U.S. Life Expectancy Found at Census-Tract Level
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 15 -- Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued the following news release: Life expectancy in the U.S. varies widely when analyzed at the census-tract level and the method may provide a more detailed picture of health disparities in the U.S. than other widely used analyses of life expectancy, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study is the first to analyze life expectancy data at the census-tract level  more

Hospital's Addiction Consult Team Helps Reduce Readmissions for Patients With Substance Use Disorders
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 10 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: In 2014, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) started an inpatient addiction consult team consisting of a rotating group of addiction medicine and psychiatry physicians, advanced practice nurses, social workers, recovery coaches, and trainees. A recent study reveals that hospitalized patients with substance use disorders who are seen by the team are less likely to be readmitted to the hospital wi  more

ICE Rescinds Directive Opposed by Vassar and Many Other Colleges
POUGHKEEPSIE, New York, July 17 -- Vassar College issued the following news: In the face of mounting opposition from colleges across the country, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rescinded a controversial directive that would have forced international students to leave the country if their schools switched to online learning due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Vassar had joined 180 educational institutions in signing an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit brought by Harvard University   more

Knox Joins Amicus Brief in Support of International Students
GALESBURG, Illinois, July 14 -- Knox College issued the following news release: Knox College has joined an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit that aims to block a recently announced U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy requiring international students to be enrolled in in-person classes this fall in order to remain in the United States. In partnership with the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, Knox is among nearly 200 colleges and universities that h  more

Lawrence Joins Amicus Brief in Support of Injunction Against ICE Ruling on International Students
APPLETON, Wisconsin, July 14 -- Lawrence University issued the following news release: Lawrence University, in partnership with the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, has joined 179 other colleges and universities in an amicus brief filed July 10 in support of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's legal complaint against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The plaintiffs seek an injunction against new guidance from the U.S. Immigration   more

Loyola University Chicago Files Declaration With Illinois Attorney General Against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ruling
CHICAGO, Illinois, July 14 -- Loyola University of Chicago issued the following school news: Loyola University Chicago announced the filing of a declaration with Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul against the July 6 ruling by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The declaration is in support of a multi-state lawsuit led by the Commonwealth of Massachusetts that seeks an injunction to stop the entire rule from going into effect. On July 6, ICE announced new guidelines that threaten  more

Maryland A.G. Frosh Joins Suit Seeking Nationwide Injunction Against New Visa Rules for International Students
BALTIMORE, Maryland, July 14 -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following news release on July 13: Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Leads Lawsuit Against Secretary DeVos for Regulations That Put Predatory Schools Over Students
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 16 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey co-led a coalition of attorneys general in filing a lawsuit against Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos and the U.S. Department of Education for unlawfully repealing the 2016 Borrower Defense Rule and replacing it with regulations that do nothing more than benefit predatory for-profit schools at the expense of defrauded students. The compla  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Office Leads Multistate Lawsuit Seeking Nationwide Injunction Against New Visa Rule for International Students
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 14 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's Office is leading a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immig  more

Mass. A.G. Healey: Uber, Lyft Drivers are Employees Under Massachusetts Wage, Hour Laws
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 15 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: Attorney General Maura Healey announced a lawsuit seeking a court ruling that Uber and Lyft drivers are employees under Massachusetts Wage and Hour Laws, a designation that will allow drivers access to critical labor rights and benefits, such as minimum wage, overtime, and earned sick time. In the complaint for declaratory judgment, filed in Suffolk Superior Court against Uber Tech  more

Mass. A.G. Healey: Universal Health Services to Pay Massachusetts More Than $15 Million to Resolve Whistleblower False Claims Cases
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 14 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: Attorney General Maura Healey announced that Universal Health Services (UHS) will pay over $15 million to resolve two separate sets of allegations that the company improperly billed the state's Medicaid Program (MassHealth). Under the terms of the first settlement agreement, UHS and its affiliates, UHS of Delaware, Inc, and HRI Clinics, Inc. d/b/a Arbour Counseling Services, will pa  more

Mass. Gov. Baker Announces Appointment of 2 New University of Massachusetts Trustees
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 16 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Robert Lewis, Jr. and Julie M. Ramos Gagliardi to the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees. The appointments fill the seats vacated by Maria Furman and former Board of Trustees Chairman Henry M. Thomas, III whose terms expired following more than 10 years of service. Robert Lewis, Jr. is a nationally recognized thought leader, pu  more

Mass. Gov. Baker Appoints Worcester County Sheriff Lew Evangelidis to New Term on Massport Board
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 16 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment of Worcester County Sheriff Lewis G. Evangelidis to the seven-member Massachusetts Port Authority (Massport) Board of Directors. Sheriff Evangelidis was initially appointed to the Massport board in 2015 and is being re-appointed to serve a new seven-year term. Sheriff Evangelidis currently serves as the Chairman of the Massport board. "Sheri  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces $20 Million to Support Vital Social Services, Small Businesses
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 17 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration announced $19.6 million for municipalities to address emergency needs in light of the Coronavirus pandemic. This funding will support 181 communities in their work to provide vital services to low-income residents and small businesses affected by the recent outbreak. Local governments and regional consortiums will fund social services, including homelessness  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Funding for Special Education Programs
SOUTHBORO, Massachusetts, July 14 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on July 13: The Baker-Polito Administration announced $16.1 million in relief for 32 special education residential school providers to support costs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Governor Baker, Lt. Governor Polito and HHS Secretary Marylou Sudders made the announcement at a visit to the New England Center for Children, a special education school in Southboro. Throughout the pandemic  more

Massachusetts General Hospital Redefines Neurologic Therapy With Implementation of New Deep Brain Stimulation Device
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 17 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release on July 16: In a shift to personalize treatment for neurological disease, a team of neurologists and neurosurgeons from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) completed the first deep brain stimulation (DBS) implant in New England that will be able to use the patient's own brain activity to guide therapy. DBS treatment is designed to alleviate symptoms and reduce medication side-effects in patients  more

Massachusetts General Hospital Study Finds No Relationship Between Blood Type, Severity of COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 17 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Blood type is not associated with a severe worsening of symptoms in people who have tested positive for COVID-19, researchers from Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have reported, dispelling previous reports that suggested a correlation between certain blood type and COVID-19. A study published in Annals of Hematology did find, however, that symptomatic individuals with blood types B and AB wh  more

Massachusetts GOP: Senate Democrats Bow to Anti-Police Mob in Pre-Dawn Passage of Politically-Driven Legislation
WOBURN, Massachusetts, July 15 -- The Massachusetts Republican Party issued the following statement by Chairman Jim Lyons in response to the Massachusetts Senate's passing of politically-driven legislation (S.2800): "We all see how violent crime is surging not only in Boston but in cities across the country, yet here the Democrats' response was to create ways to make it harder for our brave members in law enforcement to do their jobs. "The radical Democrats are bowing to the same left-wing mob  more

MassDems Fail in Scheme to Keep Helen Brady Off of Election Ballot
WOBURN, Massachusetts, July 15 -- The Massachusetts Republican Party issued the following news: Republican Helen Brady has prevailed in her fight against a Massachusetts Democratic Party scheme to prevent a strong conservative female voice from challenging entrenched U.S. Rep. Bill Keating this fall. "Here you had the vice chairman of the Massachusetts Democratic Party lodging a formal complaint during a health pandemic to try and keep a woman off of an election ballot," Brady said, referenci  more

Mich. A.G. Nessel Joins Multistate Lawsuit Seeking Nationwide Injunction Against New Visa Rule for International Students
LANSING, Michigan, July 14 -- Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel issued the following news release on July 13: Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel joined a coalition of attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States. The lawsuit, filed today in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Cust  more

Minnesota A.G. Ellison Sues Trump Administration to Stop New Visa Rule for International Students
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, July 14 -- Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison issued the following news on July 13: Minnesota Attorney General Keith Ellison joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States. The lawsuit, led by Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of H  more

MIT-Boston University Law Clinics Help Students Bring Innovations Into the World
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 17 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: In 2015, the first of two MIT-Boston University law clinics was formed to provide free legal services to student innovators while giving law students experience working on technology-related legal matters. Several metrics could be used to measure the clinics' success since then: More than 750 student teams have received support through the program over the course of its lifetime. Those int  more

MIT: A Wizard of Ultrasharp Imaging
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 14 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Though Frances Ross and her sister Caroline Ross both ended up on the faculty of MIT's Department of Materials Science and Engineering, they got there by quite different pathways. While Caroline followed a more traditional academic route and has spent most of her career at MIT, Frances Ross spent most of her professional life working in the industrial sector, as a microscopy specialist at I  more

MIT: Alexa, Go to the Kitchen and Fetch Me a Snack
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 16 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Wouldn't we all appreciate a little help around the house, especially if that help came in the form of a smart, adaptable, uncomplaining robot? Sure, there are the one-trick Roombas of the appliance world. But MIT engineers are envisioning robots more like home helpers, able to follow high-level, Alexa-type commands, such as "Go to the kitchen and fetch me a coffee cup." To carry out such   more

MIT: Communicating the 'Beauty and Complexity' of Science
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 14 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: A few months into her virology doctoral program at Harvard University, Fernanda de Araujo Ferreira knew something wasn't right. "Grad school was a reality check. Once you choose to pursue a PhD, your life is kind of mapped out for you," she explains. "But when I started grad school, I immediately saw the annoying parts of academia: writing five grants and getting one, and labs being shut d  more

MIT: In a First, Astronomers Watch a Black Hole's Corona Disappear, Then Reappear
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 16 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: It seems the universe has an odd sense of humor. While a crown-encrusted virus has run roughshod over the world, another entirely different corona about 100 million light years from Earth has mysteriously disappeared. For the first time, astronomers at MIT and elsewhere have watched as a supermassive black hole's own corona, the ultrabright, billion-degree ring of high-energy particles tha  more

Montgomery College Joins Over 180 Institutions in Opposing Administration's 'International Student Ban'
ROCKVILLE, Maryland, July 15 -- Montgomery College issued the following news release: Montgomery College has joined the Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and over 180-member colleges and universities in filing an amicus brief in support of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)'s legal complaint against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS). The plaintiffs seek an injunction against new guidance from the U.S. Immigration and Custo  more

Northeastern Supports Multi-State Lawsuit to Protect International Students
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 14 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Northeastern is supporting a multi-state lawsuit filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against a new federal rule that would bar international students from remaining in the United States if they take classes exclusively online this fall. The lawsuit, filed by 18 states and led by Maura Healey, attorney general of Massachusetts, seeks an injunction to stop the new rule before it can take effect.  more

Northeastern University: 'Hamilton' Has Gone Virtual on Disney+. What Does That Mean for the Future of Live Theater?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 16 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: This month, the global musical sensation "Hamilton" hit the small screen(s) when it became available to stream from Disney+. It meant that suddenly, if you have "a laptop or phone and internet access, you have access to the world's hottest show," says Jose Delgado, a lecturer in the Department of Theatre at Northeastern. Delgado, who is an award-winning music director, accompanist, and vocalist who has worked   more

Northeastern University: Are Alexa, Siri, and Cortana Recording Your Private Conversations?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 15 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Smart speakers act as our personal assistants, offering a hands-free way to get information, control our homes, and manage our schedules. And like any good assistant, they are always listening. Each device has a "wake word" that triggers it to begin recording, processing, and transmitting what it hears. "Alexa, is it going to rain?" "OK Google, remind me to call my mom at noon tomorrow." "Hey Siri, play T  more

Northeastern University: Research is Clear - White People are Not More Likely Than Black People to Be Killed by Police
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 17 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: When he was asked this week why Black people are "still dying at the hands of law enforcement" in the U.S., President Donald Trump responded by focusing on white people who had been killed by police. "So are white people. So are white people. What a terrible question to ask. So are white people," Trump told CBS News in an interview on Tuesday. "More white people, by the way. More white people." Northeastern p  more

Northeastern University: Under Legal Pressure, the US Government Reverses Rule That Targeted International Students
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 15 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: In response to a lawsuit supported by Northeastern, the Department of Homeland Security has rescinded its July 6 order that threatened to bar international students from remaining in the United States if they take classes exclusively online this fall. The change in policy means there is no mandatory in-person requirement for students who participate in online courses during the COVID-19 pandemic. "Rescinding   more

Notre Dame Joins 58 Other Universities in Support of Harvard, MIT Lawsuit
NOTRE DAME, Indiana, July 14 -- The University of Notre Dame issued the following news: The University of Notre Dame joined during this past weekend with 58 other institutions of higher learning as amici in support of a court motion by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to prevent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) from expelling international students who are enrolled exclusively online, University President Rev. John I. Jenkins, C.S.C., announce  more

Ore. A.G. Rosenblum Seeks National Injunction Against New Visa Rule for International Students
SALEM, Oregon, July 14 -- Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum issued the following news release: Oregon Attorney General Ellen Rosenblum joined a coalition of 18 Attorneys General in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States. The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement  more

Penn State Joins Amicus Brief in Support of International Students
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, July 14 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: Penn State, along with 58 other colleges and universities across the country, filed an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit by Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology to block a Trump administration policy prohibiting international students from remaining in the U.S. while enrolling exclusively in online courses. The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Student Exchange  more

Springfield College: President Mary-Beth Cooper Statement Supporting All International Students
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, July 14 -- Springfield College issued the following statement by President Mary-Beth A. Cooper: On July 6, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), at the recommendation of Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP), unveiled guidance requiring that international students register for a certain amount of credit hours in a face-to-face setting in order to retain their visas to study in the United States. This announcement sent ripples of concern throughout our camp  more

Statement From DePaul University on Joining Amicus Brief in Opposition to ICE Policy Modifications for International Students
CHICAGO, Illinois, July 14 -- DePaul University issued the following statement: DePaul University has been in contact with elected officials, and is closely following a legal challenge to policy modifications announced July 6 by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement regarding temporary exemptions for international students taking online classes this fall. Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit July 8 seeking to block the new policy, and DePaul will   more

Tufts University: Deeply Affected by the Pandemic, Youth Are Committed to Helping Others
MEDFORD, Massachusetts, July 15 -- Tufts University's Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement issued the following research: Young people in America have been hit hard by COVID-19, but they're taking action to help their communities and it's influencing their political views and engagement. Young people in America have been uniquely and disproportionately affected by the COVID-19 pandemic in ways that may both hinder and reshape their participation in civic life. M  more

UMass Amherst Climate Modeler and Team Will Drill Under Greenland's Ice Sheet to Date Its Last Retreat
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 17 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: A team of climate scientists and geologists including Robert DeConto at the University of Massachusetts Amherst recently received a five-year, $7 million grant from the National Science Foundation to drill through the Greenland Ice Sheet and into the bedrock below, where they will be able to evaluate how long it has been since the last ice sheet retreated from the continent. Greenland's  more

UMass Amherst Food Science Department Receives USDA Education and Workforce Development Grant
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 15 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The University of Massachusetts Amherst Department of Food Science has been awarded a five-year, $482,549 grant to fund an experiential learning program for undergraduates, including independent research opportunities with faculty mentors and paid summer internships with industrial partners in the greater Boston area. UMass Amherst's Food Science Undergraduate Experiential Learning (FUE  more

UMass Amherst Team Makes Artificial Energy Source for Muscle
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 15 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: A chemist and kinesiologist got on a bus, but this isn't the set-up to a joke. Instead, kinesiologist and lead author Ned Debold and chemist Dhandapani Venkataraman, "DV," began talking on their bus commute to the University of Massachusetts Amherst and discovered their mutual interest in how energy is converted from one form to another - for Debold, in muscle tissue and for DV, in solar  more

UMass Amherst: Interdisciplinary Group Funded to Assess the Role of Salt Marshes in Trapping Carbon
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 15 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: USDA's Natural Resource Conservation Service (NRCS) has awarded a two-year, $300,000 grant to an interdisciplinary group of researchers from UMass Amherst to develop tools to estimate the mass of carbon stored in salt marshes. Brian Yellen of the geosciences department has spearheaded this effort, and will work with Konstantinos Andreadis of civil and environmental engineering and Justin  more

UMass Amherst: Some Decontamination Processes Damage N95 Face Masks
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 17 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Certain methods of decontaminating medical face masks for repeated use during the COVID-19 pandemic appear to damage the masks' integrity and protective function, according to research by a University of Massachusetts Amherst environmental health scientist. "Some treatments for decontamination had no impact on respirator performance, while other treatments resulted in substantial damage  more

UMass Boston's Gerontology Institute Turns Lens on COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 14 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: In the midst of a COVID-19 pandemic that has disproportionately affected Massachusetts seniors, UMass Boston's Gerontology Institute is using its research to identify the state's most vulnerable residents and advocate for better policy and assistance programs for older residents moving forward. Researchers are using data previously collected in their Massachusetts Healthy Aging Data Repor  more

UMass Lowell Honored for Inclusive Education
LOWELL, Massachusetts, July 17 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: UMass Lowell has been recognized for its inclusive educational culture with a 2020 Blackboard Catalyst Award. Presented by Blackboard Inc., a global leader in educational technology, the awards program salutes colleges, universities and K-12 school districts around the world for innovation and excellence in online learning. As an award winner, UMass Lowell's Division of Graduate,   more

UMass-Boston Researcher Part of Study Analyzing Fall Prevention Intervention
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 17 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: Falls are the leading cause of injury-related death among older Americans and lead to three million emergency department visits every year. About one out of every three adults age 65 and older falls each year, and 20 to 30 percent of those who fall suffer moderate-to-severe injuries such as broken hips or head trauma. Priscilla Gazarian is the associate professor of nursing and graduate p  more

University of Pennsylvania Submits Amicus Brief in Support of International Students With F-1 Visas
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 14 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: In an amicus brief filed July 12, the University of Pennsylvania joined 58 other colleges and universities in support of a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to block the new federal policy that would revoke F-1 visas for international students if their course of study is entirely online. Penn President Amy Gutmann first pointed to the University  more

University of Pennsylvania: Facing Mounting Pressure, ICE Rescinds Visa Rule
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 15 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has announced that it will rescind the new federal policy that would have revoked F-1 visas for international students if their course of study is entirely online. The reversal came amid mounting pressure from the higher-education sector, including the University of Pennsylvania. The response to the policy   more

Va. A.G. Herring Fights to Protect International Students Against Department of Education New Illegal Visa Rule
RICHMOND, Virginia, July 14 -- Virginia Attorney General Mark R. Herring issued the following news release on July 13: Attorney General Mark R. Herring joined a coalition of 18 attorneys general in filing a lawsuit to stop a new federal rule that threatens to bar hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States. More than 13,500 international students currently study in Virginia The lawsuit, filed in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. De  more

Vanderbilt, Peer Institutions Oppose New Visa Rules for International Students Who Study Remotely
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 14 -- Vanderbilt University issued the following news: Vanderbilt University has joined more than 50 of the nation's top universities and colleges to stop a new federal directive that would force international students to leave the United States if their institution offers remote-only instruction in the fall. The institutions filed an amicus brief today in support of a lawsuit brought by Harvard and MIT against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) polic  more

Vanderbilt: Chancellor Emeritus Zeppos Named Trustee of Harvard-Affiliated McLean Hospital
NASHVILLE, Tennessee, July 17 -- Vanderbilt University issued the following news: Nicholas S. Zeppos, Cornelius Vanderbilt Chancellor Emeritus, has been appointed to the board of McLean Hospital, a world leader in the treatment of psychiatric disorders and the top-ranked freestanding psychiatric hospital in the United States. McLean Hospital, located in Belmont, Massachusetts, is the largest psychiatric affiliate of Harvard Medical School and a member of the Mass General Brigham Healthcare Sys  more

Vassar Joins 180 Colleges Fighting New ICE Directive
POUGHKEEPSIE, New York, July 14 -- Vassar College issued the following news: Vassar has formally lent support to a legal battle against a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) directive regarding international students that President Elizabeth Bradley calls "cruel" and "inhumane." The directive, issued July 6, seeks to expel from the country international students who need to take all of their fall classes online because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Vassar joined 180 educational institut  more

Vt. Gov. Scott Signs Multi-State Agreement to Electrify Trucks, Buses
MONTPELIER, Vermont, July 15 -- Gov. Phil Scott, R-Vermont, issued the following news release on July 14: Governor Phil Scott announced that Vermont has joined 15 states and the District of Columbia in signing a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to accelerate electrification of the medium- and heavy- duty bus and truck market. The agreement calls for 100% of all new medium- and heavy-duty vehicle sales to be zero emission vehicles by 2050. States signing the MOU are California, Connecticut, Co  more

Westfield State University: Daniel O'Connell's Sons Inc. Selected as Construction Manager of Parenzo Hall Renovation Project
WESTFIELD, Massachusetts, July 17 -- Westfield State University issued the following news: Westfield State University, in partnership with the Massachusetts Division of Capital Assets Management and Maintenance (DCAMM), has announced the selection of Holyoke, Mass.-based Daniel O'Connell's Sons Inc., to serve as construction manager for the University's $40 million Parenzo Hall renovation project. The Construction Manager Selection Committee--consisting of three DCAMM representatives, architec  more

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Researcher Leads $2.4 Million Project to Manufacture Low-Cost, Fast-Charging Lithium Ion Car Batteries
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, July 15 -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute issued the following news release: Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) will lead a team of industry and university researchers in a $2.4 million project to manufacture cheaper, faster-charging lithium ion car batteries. Yan Wang, William Smith Dean's Professor of Mechanical Engineering at WPI, is principal investigator of the three-year project. Other researchers are Heng Pan, associate professor of mechanical and aerospace  more