Monday - September 28, 2020
Public Policy Tipoffs Involving New York Newsletter for Sunday July 19, 2020 ( 167 items )  

350.org Announces New Board Memberships
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: 350.org announced changes to its organisational governance as we continue our commitment to contributing to a global movement for climate justice. As part of these governance changes, 350.org co-founder and current board member, Bill McKibben, will be changing his role with the organisation later this year. "Bill McKibben is a founder, Senior Advisor, and board member of 350.org. Later this year, as he turns 60, he'll be shif  more

350.org: Actions Across the Globe Call for a Just Recovery Ahead of the G20 Meeting
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: On July 18th, Finance Ministers and Central Bankers of G20 nations will be virtually meeting to discuss reactions to the Covid-19 pandemic and the deepening economic crisis. Trillions of dollars are being put on the table. Civil society groups and movements from all fields are organizing to send a powerful message to the leaders of the richest countries on the planet that this is our money, our lives, and our future. To draw at  more

350.org: Activists Call on Central Banks and G20 Governments to Use Public Money for a #JustRecovery
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: This week climate activists around the world are mobilising to demand a Just Recovery from the Covid-19 pandemic ahead of two important meetings that will be attended by the wealthiest governments and finance decision-makers. The heads of EU-states will meet at a Special European Council on July 17-18. At the same time, Finance Ministers and Central Bankers representing the G20 countries will meet on July 18. Both sets of meet  more

350.org: New York State's Pension Fund Divests From 22 Coal Companies
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: This week, New York State Comptroller announced that the New York State Common Retirement Fund, with assets totaling more than $200 billion, has divested from nearly two dozen thermal coal companies. The divestment comes after a review was initiated by the Comptroller's office in January. Now, with strong momentum behind the Fossil Fuel Divestment Act (S.2126/A.1536), advocates believe this completed review and divestment actio  more

350.org: Organizations Condemn Matarbari Coal Power Plant Accident
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: The controversial Matarbari Coal Power Plant funded by The Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) came under fire from civil society organizations this week for unsafe working practices resulting in the death and serious injury of several workers. Read the statement from a coalition of NGO's calling for an end to Japan's financing of overseas coal https://www.nocoaljapan.org/ngos-protest-japan-mofa-decision-on-preparato  more

A Better Balance: Colorado Sets a New Standard for Paid Sick Leave
NEW YORK, July 15 -- A Better Balance, a legal advocacy organization, issued the following news release: On July 14, Colorado Governor Jared Polis signed into law the Colorado Healthy Families and Workplaces Act, which guarantees workers the right to earn paid sick time. A Better Balance was thrilled to play a pivotal role in the campaign. The victory in Colorado is especially significant given the COVID-19 pandemic and resulting economic crisis. Paid sick leave has been shown to improve publi  more

Access Now: There's Still Time to Safeguard Mexico's Net Neutrality
NEW YORK, July 15 -- Access Now issued the following news release on July 14: On December 17, Mexico's Federal Institute of Telecommunications (IFT) opened a public consultation on the Draft Guidelines for traffic management and internet administration. Through this exercise, the IFT is at long last complying with its promise to protect Net Neutrality in line with the 2014 Federal Law of Telecommunications and Broadcasting reform. Unlike the reform, the Draft Guidelines threaten Net Neutrality  more

ACLU Demands Special Counsel Investigate Barr for Federal Crimes, Firing Tear Gas on White House Protesters
NEW YORK, July 15 -- 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 on July 14: Attorney General William Barr must step aside and allow for an independent criminal investigation into the use of violent force against protesters outside the White House on June 1, the American Civil Liberties Union demanded. In a letter sent to Attor  more

ACLU Issues Statement on Execution of Wes Purkey
NEW YORK, July 17 -- 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 statement by Director Cassandra Stubbs: The federal government carried out the execution of Wes Purkey this morning just before 8:30 a.m. ET, despite pending litigation about his competency to be executed - a claim that no court ultimately heard before his execution. It was th  more

ACLU Statement on Loss in Suit to Delay Federal Executions Until After COVID-19
NEW YORK, July 15 -- 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 on July 14: A federal district court issued a ruling in a suit -- led by the American Civil Liberties Union and Ropes Gray LLP against Attorney General William Barr and other federal officials -- on behalf of Reverend Seigen Hartkemeyer, a Buddhist priest who has   more

ACLU Statement on President Trump's Dismissal of the Disproportionate Police Killings of Black People
NEW YORK, July 15 -- 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 statement by Director Jeffery Robinson regarding the dangerous and racist implications of the president's comments: When asked in an interview why Black Americans are "still dying at the hands of law enforcement in this country," President Donald Trump responded: "So are whi  more

ACLU Statement on Stay of Federal Executions
NEW YORK, July 15 -- 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 statement by Director Cassandra Stubbs: Shortly before midnight, the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals denied the government's request to lift a preliminary injunction against carrying out the execution of Danny Lee -- the first of four scheduled federal executions -- in order to   more

ACLU Statement on Trump Administration Agreement to Rescind the International Student Ban
NEW YORK, July 15 -- 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 statement on July 14 by Andrea Flores, deputy director of immigration policy: In a hearing in Harvard v. Department of Homeland Security, a lawsuit brought by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, the Trump administration agreed to rescind its harmful internationa  more

ACLU: Federal Court Strikes Down Georgia's 2019 Abortion Ban
NEW YORK, July 15 -- 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 on July 13: A federal court permanently struck down Georgia's 2019 six-week abortion ban in SisterSong v. Kemp. It is the second federal ruling blocking a state abortion ban, coming just hours after a Tennessee law that banned abortion at nearly every stage of pre  more

ACLU: Tennessee Abortion Ban Blocked By Federal Court Minutes After Being Signed Into Law
NEW YORK, July 15 -- 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 on July 13: A federal district court in Tennessee issued a temporary restraining order, blocking a law signed by Gov. Bill Lee earlier that bans abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy and for reasons related to race, gender, or fetal diagnosis. The emergency  more

ACLU: Top European Court Invalidates U.S.-E.U. Data-Transfer Agreement
NEW YORK, July 16 -- 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 on July 15: Citing the United States' intrusive and sweeping surveillance practices, the European Union Court of Justice invalidated the Privacy Shield, a data-transfer agreement between the European Union and the United States. More than 5,000 U.S. companies rely  more

ACLU: Top European Court Invalidates U.S.-E.U. Data-Transfer Agreement
NEW YORK, July 17 -- 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 on July 16: Citing the United States' intrusive and sweeping surveillance practices, the European Union Court of Justice invalidated the Privacy Shield, a data-transfer agreement between the European Union and the United States. More than 5,000 U.S. companies rely  more

ACLU: Voters, Civil Rights Organizations Take Legal Action Challenging Trump Campaign's Voter Suppression Efforts in Pennsylvania
NEW YORK, July 16 -- 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 on July 15: Voters are fighting back against the Trump campaign's illegal attempt to make it difficult for Pennsylvanians to vote by mail and to have those ballots counted during the pandemic. The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of Pennsylvania, Lawyers' Com  more

Action Against Hunger: Statement on the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020
NEW YORK, July 14 -- Action Against Hunger issued the following news release: Following the publication of the State of Food Security and Nutrition in the World 2020 Report by the UN Food and Agriculture Agency (FAO), Action Against Hunger is alarmed by the steady rise in the number of people suffering from hunger, a terrible toll that the COVID-19 pandemic will further exacerbate. In 2019, an estimated 2 billion people did not have access to safe nutritious and sufficient food; impacts of COVI  more

Advertising Council Launches Workforce Readiness Campaign With Apple, IBM, the White House and Business Leaders
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The Advertising Council issued the following news release: The Ad Council announced Find Something New, an unprecedented national campaign created in collaboration with Apple, IBM and the White House, with support from more than 200 public, private and nonprofit members of Business Roundtable and the White House's American Workforce Policy Advisory Board (AWPAB). With nearly 18 million Americans out of work amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the new campaign will help people of a  more

Aesthetic Surgery Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Aesthetic Surgery Journal, a peer-reviewed international journal from the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery that says it focuses on scientific developments and clinical techniques in aesthetic surgery, published research articles on the following topics in its August 2020 edition: Facial Surgery: * Restoration of the Age Elongated Auricular Lobe Rhinoplasty: * Application of Trans-Areola Approach for Costal Cartilage Harvest in Asian Rhinoplasty and Co  more

AICPA Urges IRS to 'Act Immediately' to Provide Broader Tax Administrative and Penalty Relief Due to Pandemic
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants issued the following news release: As the July 15th filing and payment deadline approaches and the country continues to navigate new social norms, many taxpayers and tax preparers continue to struggle to calculate and pay tax bills and prepare and file tax returns. The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) submitted a letter to the Department of the Treasury and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) strongly call  more

AICPA: CARES Act Causes Unexpected Valuation Considerations for Divorces, Estate Plans, Equity Partnerships
NEW YORK, July 13 -- The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants issued the following news release: The COVID-19 pandemic and federal Coronavirus Aid, Relief and Economic Stimulus (CARES) Act are having a major impact on business valuations, affecting large companies to small, Main Street businesses. Those valuation changes can have major financial implications for divorcing couples, estate planning, those looking to buy or sell a business, or becoming an equity partner  more

Albany Med Welcomes Pediatric Rheumatologist Dr. Liza Mariel
ALBANY, New York, July 14 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: Liza Mariel Bermudez, M.D., a pediatric rheumatologist, has joined Albany Med's Department of Pediatrics. Dr. Bermudez completed her fellowship in pediatric rheumatology at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center in New York City and completed her residency in pediatrics at the University Pediatric Hospital of Puerto Rico. She received her medical degree fr  more

Alliance Defending Freedom: NYC Pays $100,000 for Censoring Psychotherapist's Private Conversations With Patients
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, July 15 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom issued the following news release: The city of New York agreed to pay $100,000 in attorneys' fees and nominal damages this week after the city council backtracked and repealed an ordinance that unconstitutionally censored private conversations between counseling professionals and their patients. Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys representing an Orthodox Jewish psychotherapist, Dr. Dovid Schwartz, asked a federal district court in  more

American Jewish Congress Praises Adoption of Anti-BDS Bill in Missouri
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement: The American Jewish Congress praises the leadership of Missouri Governor Mike Parson for signing the vital "Anti-Discrimination Against Israel Act" into law yesterday. This important legislation, which passed on May 14, 2020, with the overwhelming support of both chambers of Missouri's legislature, aims to prevent misguided efforts from the anti-Israel and antisemitic Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) move  more

American Jewish Congress Welcomes the Firm Pro-Israel Position of the 2020 Democratic Platform
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement: The American Jewish Congress welcomes the firm pro-Israel position of the 2020 Democratic platform. The policy paper - which lays out the party's positions for the next four years and was unanimously approved by the drafting committee - expresses a deep commitment to the U.S.-Israel alliance. The draft supports Israel's security and President Obama's 2016 Memorandum of Understanding with Israel which provides ou  more

American Journal of Pathology: New Study Shows SARS-CoV-2 Viral Load Peaks in Early Stages Of Disease
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, July 15 -- The American Journal of Pathology, the journal of the American Society for Investigative Pathology, issued the following news release on July 14: In a retrospective study, investigators from New York University Langone Health found that the quantity of SARS-CoV-2 (viral load) collected from patients in the emergency department is significantly higher in patients with fewer or milder symptoms who did not require hospitalization--the opposite of what might b  more

American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine Issues Research Articles in July 15, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, a journal from the American Thoracic Society that says it focuses on human biology and disease, as well as animal and in vitro studies, published research articles on the following topics in its July 15, 2020 edition: American Thoracic Society Documents: * Initiating Pharmacologic Treatment in Tobacco-Dependent Adults. An Official American Thoracic Society Clinical Practice Guideline Concise Clinical Review:  more

American National Standards Institute Releases Latest Issue of ANSI in China Newsletter
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute's (ANSI) international policy department has released the 2020 second quarter edition of its ANSI in China Newsletter, a resource for updates on technical activities, policy decisions, trade matters, and other information of interest to ANSI members operating in or interacting with China. The English version of the newsletter is available exclusively to ANS  more

American National Standards Institute: Request for Member Input on New Interim Final Rule That Amends Export Administration Regulations, Huawei Inclusion
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is seeking stakeholder input for comments it will submit to the U.S. Department of Commerce's Bureau of Industry and Security (BIS) regarding a new interim final rule that amends the Export Administration Regulations (EAR). The rule, published in the June 18, 2020, Federal Register, amends the EAR to authorize the release of certain technology to Hua  more

American National Standards Institute: Weekly COVID-19 Update - Thermal Cameras for Worker Safety, Survey on Pandemic's Influence on Waste and Recycling, and More
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The ANSI Federation and standardization community are stepping up with guidance, resources, and initiatives to support public health, safety, and infrastructure during the COVID-19 outbreak. ANSI is monitoring, sharing, and promoting appropriate news to highlight these efforts. Suggestions for news items may be submitted to pr@ansi.org. All submissions are published at ANSI's discretion. Abbott Ra  more

As Biden Details Plans for a Public Credit Reporting Agency, Demos Calls for Greater Community Control
NEW YORK, July 15 -- Demos issued the following news release: "By making this essential service fully public, the Biden administration will increase transparency and accountability and allow Black and brown communities, those most impacted by negative credit reporting, to have greater control over their economic future." The Biden-Sanders Unity Task Force recommendations include new details on the Biden plan for a Public Credit Reporting Agency based on Demos' proposal for a Public Credit Regi  more

Association of National Advertisers: New Report Shows Spending on Content Marketing Climbing Sharply
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The Association of National Advertisers issued the following news release: Advertisers are embracing content marketing more than ever, despite having misgivings about the lack of accurate and insightful measurement of its effectiveness, according to a new study from the ANA in partnership with The Content Council. The study, "Growth and Opportunities in Content Marketing," was conducted in 2019 and revealed that over a two-year period, spending on content marketing showed   more

Boyce Thompson Institute: Ascribe Bioscience Recieves $750,000 SBIR Phase II Award From NSF
ITHACA, New York, July 14 -- Boyce Thompson Institute issued the following news: By Mike Carroll, Communications Associate Congrats to Ascribe Bioscience for being awarded a $750,000.00 SBIR Phase II award from NSF. The proposed project seeks to develop a novel control for plant pathogens by leveraging a class of small, naturally occurring molecules that elicit specific immune responses in plants: Ascribe was founded in 2017 by three BTI scientists, Frank Schroeder, Daniel Klessig and Murli M  more

BritishAmerican Business CEO Edwards Responds to European Court of Justice Decision on Data Transfers
NEW YORK, July 17 -- BritishAmerican Business issued the following statement by Chief Executive Duncan Edwards in response to the news that the European Court of Justice has invalidated the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield: "Decision on the EU-U.S. Privacy Shield creates a great deal of uncertainty for transatlantic businesses. The lawful flow of personal data is one of the cornerstones of the transatlantic economy across all sectors - from IT to agriculture, manufacturing to professional services. "Wh  more

Candid Unveils Ten-year Vision to Accelerate the Social Sector
NEW YORK, July 16 -- Candid issued the following news release: Candid announced its 2030 Vision, which focuses on providing the social sector with the information it needs to be a force for good in the world. "We help the helpers. Our goal over the next decade is to build an information infrastructure that supports organizations tackling the greatest issues of our time," said Candid executive vice president Jacob Harold, who led the process to develop Candid's vision. The 2030 Vision's 10-year  more

Candid: New Study Provides Insight About How Philanthropy Can Make Peacebuilding a Priority
NEW YORK, July 14 -- Candid issued the following news release: Candid released Philanthropy for a Safe, Healthy, and Just World, a first-of-its-kind study that identifies clear opportunities and challenges in supporting peacebuilding activities. Currently, less than 1% of philanthropic funding supports peace and security. 823 organizations worldwide responded to a survey, conducted by Candid and CENTRIS and funded by PeaceNexus, which formed the basis of the study. The study sheds light on what  more

Center for Coastal Studies: Dead North Atlantic Right Whale Found Off New Jersey
PROVINCETOWN, Massachusetts, July 13 -- The Center for Coastal Studies issued the following news release: Shortly before 1 pm on Thursday, June 25, researchers at the Center for Coastal Studies (CCS) were notified about a dead whale sighted off New Jersey. The CCS Right Whale Ecology Program was conducting an aerial survey in the New York Bight at the time of the report and traveled to the area to document the animal. The survey team was able to confirm it was the body of an immature right wha  more

Center for Constitutional Rights: Appeals Court Rules Bayou Bridge Pipeline Company 'Trampled' Landowners' Rights
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following news release on July 16: The Third Circuit Court of Appeal for the State of Louisiana ruled that the Bayou Bridge Pipeline Company (BBP) violated the due process rights of landowners when it constructed an oil pipeline across their property before acquiring the legal rights to do so. The construction - including clearing trees, trenching, and laying pipe - took place across privately owned land in the ecologically se  more

Center for Constitutional Rights: Immigrant Rights Groups FOIA for Info on ICE's Chicago Vigilante Training
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following news release: On Thursday, the Immigrant Defense Project (IDP), Organized Communities Against Deportations (OCAD) and the Center for Constitutional Rights filed a Freedom of Information Act Request to demand more information on the Immigration and Customs Enforcement's announcement of a pilot Enforcement and Removals Operation (ERO) Citizen Academy to be held in Chicago over a six-week period starting in mid-Septembe  more

Center for Inquiry: Witch Burnings in Nigeria Show Dangers of Superstition, Say Secular Advocates
AMHERST, New York, July 14 -- The Center for Inquiry issued the following news release: The burning of accused witches is often seen as a relic of the distant past, but this horrific violence still occurs in modern Africa. On May 19, 2020, at least fifteen people, most of them women, were set ablaze after being accused of witchcraft in Cross River State in southern Nigeria in an attack masterminded by local politician Thomas Obi Tawo. Tawo, who goes by the name "General Iron," is feared through  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Federal Court Strikes Down Georgia's 2019 Abortion Ban
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release on July 13: A federal court permanently struck down Georgia's 2019 six-week abortion ban in SisterSong v. Kemp. It is the second federal ruling today blocking a state abortion ban, coming just hours after a Tennessee ban was blocked. The lawsuit was filed by the ACLU, the ACLU of Georgia, the Center for Reproductive Rights, and Planned Parenthood Federation of America in June 2019, after Georgia was one o  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Tennessee Abortion Ban Blocked by Federal Court Minutes After Being Signed Into Law
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following news release on July 13: A federal district court in Tennessee issued a temporary restraining order, blocking a law signed by Gov. Bill Lee earlier that bans abortion at nearly every stage of pregnancy and for reasons related to race, gender, or fetal diagnosis. The emergency restraining order was granted at the request of the Center for Reproductive Rights, the American Civil Liberties Union, Planned Parenthood Federa  more

Center for Reproductive Rights: Trump Administration Releases Draft Report of the Commission on Unalienable Rights
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Center for Reproductive Rights issued the following statement on July 16 by President and CEO Nancy Northup: "Today, the Trump Administration rolled out a draft report by the Commission on Unalienable Rights, seeking once again to erase reproductive rights from the global discourse. "Rather than reaffirming our nation's commitment to advancing the full spectrum of human rights protections, including reproductive rights, the Commission's report reveals how the Administ  more

Center for Strategic & International Studies: U.S. Has Gotten Tough on China. When Will It Get Strategic?
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The Center for Strategic and International Studies issued the following commentary by Jude Blanchette, chair in China studies: On Wednesday, the New York Times reported the Trump administration is weighing a ban on all members of the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) and their families from traveling to the United States. We do not know the full details of the proposal, and we do not need to. The move, however it might eventually be worded or implemented, would be a mistake.   more

Childhood Obesity Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 17 -- Childhood Obesity, a journal that says it features obesity prevention and weight management strategies for children and adolescents, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Review Article: * Are There Inter-Individual Differences in Fat Mass and Percent Body Fat as a Result of Aerobic Exercise Training in Overweight and Obese Children and Adolescents? A Meta-Analytic Perspective Original Articles: * Association betwee  more

Children's Book Council: Graphic Novel Committee Panels for Comic-Con @ Home
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Children's Book Council issued the following news release: We love comics. And the annual comics mecca in America is San Diego Comic-Con, being celebrated virtually this year. The CBC Graphic Novel Committee is sponsoring three panels for this year's Comic-Con @ Home! The pre-recorded panels will air on Wednesday, July 22. "New Kids Comics from Eisner Award publishers" includes Newbery winning comics artist Jerry Craft alongside Faith Erin Hicks (One Year at Ellsmere),  more

Clean Water Advocates to Cuomo: 'New York is Failing to Protect Its Drinking Water'
ALBANY, New York, July 15 -- Environmental Advocates of New York issued the following news release: Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Assembly Children and Families Chair Ellen Jaffee joined residents from impacted communities and leading environmental advocates to call on Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health to stop delaying protections for New York's drinking water and set the most health-protective standards possible for three toxic chemicals that have polluted  more

Climate Justice Alliance: Biden's New Environmental Justice Plan Makes Strides in the Right Direction But Gaps Remain
WASHINGTON, July 16 -- The Climate Justice Alliance issued the following news release: The Climate Justice Alliance (CJA) is encouraged by former Vice President Joe Biden's most recent environmental justice plan. His consideration of the tenets of frontline organizations and communities who are leading the climate justice struggle and are working for a Just Transition to regenerative economies is appreciated. We are heartened to see the Biden team taking guidance from the landmark Climate Lea  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Tops Bush Center's Innovation Impact Productivity Score
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 14 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) is ranked #1 on Innovation Impact's Productivity Score among Pure Research/Health Care Institutions, as well as #1 for Patent Citations by George W. Bush Presidential Center. In their yearly report, "The Innovation Impact of U.S. Universities," the Bush Center measures the innovations of American research institutions and highlights works from the top-perfo  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: How Breast Cancer Cells Sneak Past Local Immune Defenses
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 16 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Associate Professor Mikala Egeblad and her colleagues describe a newly understood way by which breast cancer cells sabotage a key player in the body's immune system. That key player provides local immune surveillance by activating killer T-cells, but if it cannot mature and do its job, breast cancer cells can escape detection from the immune system, resultin  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: How to Map Brain Connections Using DNA Barcodes
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 15 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: A new method developed at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) uses DNA sequencing to efficiently map long-range connections between different regions of the brain. The approach dramatically reduces the cost of mapping brain-wide connections compared to traditional microscopy-based methods. Neuroscientists need anatomical maps to understand how information flows from one region of the brain to  more

Committed to Cancer Care: Memorial Sloan Kettering to Participate in 4th Annual Black Health Matters Summit
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center issued the following news release: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) is proud to return as a participant in the 4th Annual Black Health Matters Virtual Summit on Saturday, July 18, from 8:30 am to 6:00 pm. COVID-19 has created new and unprecedented challenges for patients. This year's virtual event will take a closer look into proactive health in the age of COVID-19. MSK's Carol Brown, MD, Director of MSK's Office of Div  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Belarus Police Detain at Least 17 Journalists Covering Protests in Support of Opposition Candidates
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news on July 16: Belarusian authorities should stop harassing, detaining, and charging members of the press covering protests in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 14 and 15, police in the cities of Minsk, Brest, and Homel detained at least 17 journalists covering protests against the Central Electoral Committee's decision to deny opposition presidential candidates Valery Tsapkala and Vi  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Voice of America Visa Review Could Put Journalists at Risk
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: The Committee to Protect Journalists expressed concern that the U.S. Agency for Global Media's review of visas at Voice of America could endanger journalists who have worked for the international, U.S.-Congress funded news outlet. "Voice of America has brought independent news to tightly censored countries and offered journalists working in those environments an opportunity to report freely and safely," said C  more

Community Foundation of Central New York: Animal Shelter Pivots Programming to Help Essential Workers
SYRACUSE, New York, July 10 -- The Community Foundation of Central New York issued the following news: Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, dropping children off at daycare was an everyday activity for many parents. As daycares began to close, healthcare workers and essential employees were in need of immediate childcare more than ever. The Haven at Skanda (Skanda), a nonprofit organization located in Cazenovia that pairs rescue animals with children in need of support, quickly responded by pivoting  more

Counter Extremism Project: Far-Right Extremists in Europe Leverage Internet to Promote Racist and Xenophobic Narratives
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: According to a new report by the United Kingdom's Commission for Countering Extremism (CCE), extremists of all spectrums, including neo-Nazis and the far right, have been exploiting the coronavirus pandemic to launch broad misinformation campaigns that aim to sow social discord. Extremists have promoted racist and xenophobic narratives on social media platforms to incite violence against minority groups, such   more

Counter Extremism Project: Tech & Terrorism - Tech Giants Oppose Measure Strengthening Regulation of Online Child Sex Abuse
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: In an effort to stave off pending U.S. regulation, the tech industry has opposed widely-supported bi-partisan U.S. legislation--the Eliminating Abusive and Rampant Neglect of Interactive Technologies Act (EARN IT Act)--that would help mitigate the prevalence of child sexual abuse material online. The obstinate position is evidenced by the tech industry's extensive lobbying campaign centered around protecting S  more

COVID-19 Restrictions Preventing People From Fleeing Violence or Forcing Dangerous Routes, Warns International Rescue Committee
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: New data and case studies compiled and analyzed by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) shows COVID-19 is preventing people from fleeing violence or migrating due to COVID-related movement restrictions, and is making routes even more dangerous for those who do flee. COVID-19 is also causing people to return home to unstable situations because of the economic and social impacts of the virus on their ho  more

CPR Launches New Suite of Resources Designed to Expedite Dispute Resolution and Give Parties More Control
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution issued the following news release: The International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution (CPR), a global non-profit organization that manages conflict to enable purpose, announced the launch of new domestic and international Fast Track Rules for Administered Arbitration (and commentary), along with a new CPR Mediation/Arbitration Clause and Protocol. Fast Track Administered Arbitration Rules T  more

Cyberpsychology, Behavior & Social Networking Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 16 -- Cyberpsychology, Behavior and Social Networking, a peer-reviewed journal that says it publishes research on understanding the social, behavioral and psychological impact of social networking practices, including Twitter, Facebook and internet gaming and commerce, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Calls for Papers: * Digital Romance and Dating, Including COVID-19 Pandemic-Related Impacts Original Articles: * High  more

D.C. Circuit Orders EPA to Help New York Protect People From Deadly Cross-State Air Pollution
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release on July 14: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit told the Trump EPA that it cannot refuse the state of New York's request for help with dangerous, and often deadly, cross-state air pollution. A three-judge panel ordered (https://protect-us.mimecast.com/s/fqH_CjRnKwhYBvKDUWFxMi?domain=blogs.edf.org) that EPA's denial of New York's petition for help be vacated and that EPA reconsider its decision. "T  more

David Miliband, President & CEO of the IRC, Statement on Adoption of UN Resolution Authorizing Cross-Border Aid Into Syria
NEW YORK, July 13 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following statement on July 10 by President and CEO David Miliband: "The International Rescue Committee is relieved that members of the UN Security Council reached an agreement to ensure that humanitarian aid can continue to reach those in Northwest Syria for the next twelve months through the Bab al- Hawa crossing point. "We are however appalled that some Security Council members succeeded in removing the Bab-al Salam crossin  more

Doctors Without Borders: Greece - Vulnerable Refugees Forced to Sleep on Streets
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: As part of a poorly executed plan to decongest overcrowded refugee camps on the Greek Islands, the Greek government has begun to evict thousands of vulnerable refugees into the streets, cutting them off from cash assistance and leaving them without access to shelter, protection, or adequate health care, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Fro  more

Doctors Without Borders: Iraq - Displaced People Extremely Vulnerable to COVID-19
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: Two years since the end of the war with the Islamic State group, more than 1.3 million people in Iraq are still displaced from their homes and are now extremely vulnerable to COVID-19 due to overcrowded and unhygienic living conditions, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) warned. "Internally displaced people in Iraq have bee  more

Doris Duke Charitable Foundation Announces Winners of 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Awards
NEW YORK, July 17 -- Doris Duke Charitable Foundation issued the following news release: The Doris Duke Charitable Foundation (DDCF) announced the 17 physician scientists who are each receiving a 2020 Clinical Scientist Development Award of $495,000 over three years. A panel of distinguished experts in the medical field chose these physician scientists from a pool of 208 applicants through a thorough, multistage review process. "We are thrilled to announce our support of these physician scien  more

Earthjustice: Trump's EPA Sued Over Understating Risks of Deadly Chemical
NEW YORK, July 17 -- Earthjustice issued the following news release: A coalition of community, labor, and environmental groups filed a petition challenging the Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) final methylene chloride risk evaluation, which unlawfully determined that manufacturing, disposal, and several other uses of methylene chloride present no unreasonable risk. The risk evaluation - the first to be released under the 2016 amendments to the Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA) - violat  more

Education Reform Now, Civil Rights Groups Release Bold Education Agenda for Next Administration
NEW YORK, July 15 -- Education Reform Now issued the following news release: More than a dozen education and civil rights organizations released an ambitious education agenda for the 117th Congress and next Administration that prioritizes policies to change the educational trajectory for our nation's historically underserved students--particularly students of color and students living in high-poverty communities. The groups emphasize how the COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated the long-existing   more

Education Trust-New York Issues Statement on N.Y. Education Department Framework for Reopening
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Education Trust-New York issued the following statement on July 13 by Executive Director Ian Rosenblum: "The reopening steps the Board of Regents took mark significant progress towards raising the bar for how all students - and especially students who have been historically underserved by our education system - experience in-person, distance, and blended learning in these uncertain and difficult times. "By emphasizing standards-based instruction regardless of whether s  more

Education Trust-New York Releases Statement on State Education Department Guidance for Reopening
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Education Trust-New York issued the following statement on July 16 by Executive Director Ian Rosenblum: "Alongside the paramount issues of health and safety, a responsible plan for reopening New York's schools must address the reality that school closures worsened pre-existing educational inequities and recognize the 'dual pandemics' of COVID-19 and the nation's reckoning with systemic racism that are already shaping the upcoming school year. "The guidelines issued by   more

Environmental Defense Fund, Allies Defend EPA's Legal Authority to Regulate Climate Pollution
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release on July 16: Environmental Defense Fund and a dozen other health and environmental groups told the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit that EPA has clear legal responsibility to regulate climate pollution from existing power plants - refuting legal challenges brought by the coal industry and its allies alleging that EPA has no authority to do so. "The law is crystal clear that EPA has both the authority  more

Environmental Defense Fund: Congress Acts to Increase Resilience of Our Nation's Water Infrastructure
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following statement on July 15 by Elizabeth Gore, senior vice president of political affairs: The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee unanimously passed H.R. 7575, the Water Resources Development Act of 2020 (WRDA 2020), a key piece of legislation that authorizes vital projects and priorities across the nation's water infrastructure systems. * * * "As extreme weather stresses our waterways and infrastructure and puts  more

Environmental Defense Fund: Court Vacates Trump BLM's Rollback of Methane Waste Prevention Rule
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release on July 15: The U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California ruled that the Trump administration's reversal of the Methane Waste Prevention Rule was "wholly inadequate" and vacated the action. The rule reduced the waste of methane and other dangerous pollutants vented, leaked and flared from natural gas operations on public and tribal lands. The Bureau of Land Management, under Department of th  more

Environmental Defense Fund: House Appropriations Moves Much Needed Support for Clean Energy Industry
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following statement on July 14 by Elizabeth Gore, senior vice president for political affairs: Yesterday the House Appropriations Committee voted to advance its FY2021 Energy and Water appropriations proposal. This bill provides robust levels of funding for DOE's clean energy, vehicles and science programs and includes emergency funding to modernize our energy system and electric grid. * * * "We commend Chairwoman Lowey, Subcommit  more

Environmental Defense Fund: Trump Administration Attacks NEPA, 'Cornerstone' of American Environmental Protections
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following statement on July 15 by President Fred Krupp: "The Trump administration has attempted to mow down 100 environmental protections over the last three years. Now they are trying to rip those protections up by the roots. "Today the Trump administration finalized its attack on the National Environmental Policy Act, or NEPA - the bedrock law that underpins our public health and environmental safeguards. NEPA was signed by Presi  more

Environmental Defense Fund: Trump EPA Proposal to Keep Weak Smog Standard in Place Will Put Americans' Health at Risk
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release on July 13: The Trump administration has proposed to maintain outdated national pollution limits for smog - the latest in a long string of decisions that put Americans' health at risk. The Trump EPA today proposed keeping our current National Ambient Air Quality Standards for ground-level ozone, commonly called smog - in spite of a large body of medical and scientific evidence showing our current level does n  more

Episcopal Relief & Development: Supporting Church's Auxiliary for Social Action in Responding to Super Cyclone Amphan
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Episcopal Relief and Development issued the following news release: Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Church's Auxiliary for Social Action (CASA) as the organization provides emergency relief to farmers, laborers and migrant workers impacted by the devastating Super Cyclone Amphan in May. On May 20th, Super Cyclone Amphan made landfall in West Bengal, India, bringing heavy gales and deadly storm surges and flooding. The powerful cyclone killed at least 8  more

Everytown Statement on Trump Doing Gun Lobby's Bidding, Endangering U.S. Troops by Lifting Ban on Overseas Silencer Sales
NEW YORK, July 15 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on July 13: Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots network, Moms Demand Action, responded to a New York Times report that the Trump administration lifted a ban on sales of silencers to overseas buyers at the behest Michael B. Williams--a former lobbyist for a gun industry association who previously wrote a failed gun lobby bill designed to gut silencer laws an  more

Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research: COVID-19 Kidney Biopsy Research Shows Mostly Tubular Damage With No Virus in Tissue
MANHASSET, New York, July 18 -- Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research issued the following news: Researchers and doctors from Northwell Health and the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research have shown that the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) leads to acute kidney injury (AKI) in approximately 37 percent of hospitalized patients. Now, in a large series of living kidney biopsies, new results from Northwell Health's Nephrology Division and Department of Pathology reveal that one of the   more

Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research: Dr. Christina Brennan Joins the Society for Clinical Research Sites Leadership Council
MANHASSET, New York, July 14 -- Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research issued the following news: With more than two decades of extensive clinical research experience, including over 15 years in clinical research management roles, Christina Brennan, MD, MBA, vice president of clinical research at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, has joined the Society for Clinical Research Sites' (SCRS) Leadership Council. In this role, Dr. Brennan will help guide SCRS's strategy to carry out   more

Food & Water Watch: Danskammer Emissions Analysis Greenwashing Scam
WASHINGTON, July 11 -- The Food and Water Watch issued the following statement by Action organizer Emily Skydel: This week, the Danskammer company filed its latest supplemental analysis to the Department of Environmental Conservation. The filing is an attempt to explain how a massive new gas-fired power plant along the Hudson River would conform with New York's climate law, which requires substantial greenhouse gas reductions in the coming years. The company's report argues that Danskammer wil  more

Gay Men's Health Crisis: Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Close, Patti LaBelle and Jordin Sparks and More for 'AIDS Walk: Live at Home'
NEW YORK, July 16 -- Gay Men's Health Crisis issued the following news release: AIDS WALK: LIVE AT HOME shared that the previously announced star-studded line-up for Sunday's virtual broadcast will now also include Speaker Nancy Pelosi, Glenn Close, Anne Hathaway, Patti LaBelle, Jordin Sparks, Harvey Fierstein, Raul Esparza, Norm Lewis and San Francisco Mayor London Breed. AIDS Walk: Live at Home will also feature performances and appearances including: award-winning icon, Bette Midler; Grammy  more

Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives: Sachets Fuel Plastic Waste Crisis in the Philippines
NEW YORK, July 15 -- Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives issued the following news release: New findings and recommendations for companies and policymakers to address the onslaught of plastic sachet waste were revealed in a new report, SACHET ECONOMY: Big Problems in Small Packets released by environmental organization Global Alliance for Incinerator Alternatives (GAIA) and the global movement Break Free From Plastic. The report commissioned by GAIA uses data from University of Santo   more

Global Justice Ecology Project: iBuen Vivir! Gallery to Close, But Live Virtual Opening of 'Chile: Peoples' Uprising' Scheduled
BUFFALO, New York, July 11 -- The Global Justice Ecology Project issued the following news release: The iBuen Vivir! Gallery for Contemporary Art is permanently closing its physical gallery in Buffalo. The COVID-19 pandemic is precipitating this action as the gallery, known for its cutting edge social and cultural mission, will move its final exhibit on-line. A live virtual exhibit opening of Chile: Peoples' Uprising / An Exhibition of Images from the Front Lines is now scheduled for July 30.   more

Global Silicon Valley and Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship Launch Eship Program for the Unemployed
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship issued the following news release: Global Silicon Valley (GSV) founder Michael Moe has teamed up with the nonprofit Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE), the nation's leading entrepreneurship education organization, to launch a program designed to address the unemployment crisis now impacting tens of millions of Americans. The goal is to power a new wave of entrepreneurship in the U.S. and help those whose work has been disr  more

Group Civil Society Letter to AU Peace and Security Regarding South Sudan
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies issued the following news release: We, South Sudanese, regional and international civil society organizations, write ahead of the 21 July Peace and Security Council (PSC) session scheduled on South Sudan's implementation of the 2018 Revitalized Agreement on the Resolution of the Conflict in the Republic of South Sudan (ARCSS) and the council's 9 April communique on the situation in South Sudan. We welcome a session on South  more

Health Global Access Project: Where is Biden Plan for Ending AIDS as Global Public Health Threat?
BROOKLYN, New York, July 18 -- Health Global Access Project issued the following statement on July 17 by Jason Walker, senior coordinator for grassroots advocacy: "Later, the Biden campaign will hold an 'HIV/AIDS solidarity event,' hosted by LGBTQ+ for Biden. "But people with HIV around the world need more than an event, and despite the campaign's recent flurry of policy platforms, Vice President Biden has not released a plan to ensure people around the world have access to life-saving HIV tr  more

Helping Employers Address Mental Illness in Workplace Though a Unique Initiative by Independent Health and Horizon Health Services
BUFFALO, New York, July 16 -- Independent Health Association issued the following news release: Increasingly, even before our current societal challenges, employers are seeking to retain and ensure a productive workforce by addressing overall health and wellness, which includes mental health concerns experienced by one in five adults, according to the National Alliance on Mental Illness. "We know only 40 percent of those with mental illness seek help, in part, because they are uncertain how th  more

Hispanic Federation's Statement on Goya CEO's Remarks
NEW YORK, July 13 -- The Hispanic Federation issued the following statement on July 10 by on Goya CEO's Remarks: "Yesterday at the White House, Goya Foods CEO Robert Unanue stood next to President Trump and said, "we're all truly blessed to have a leader like President Trump." It is both painful and insulting to hear these remarks from the CEO of a company that has built its business on the purchasing power of Latinos and on its appeal and connection to the Latino community. Anyone who has tak  more

How Two Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory Programs Adapted During the COVID-19 Pandemic
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 17 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: On July 8, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Associate Professor Mikala Egeblad and CSHL DNA Learning Center Executive Director David Micklos presented an overview of their research to over 400 digital participants as part of the "Life Science Across the Globe" seminar series. CSHL is one of six sister institutions giving both a science talk and a science culture talk via this seminar series  more

Human Rights Watch: International Criminal Court - Stand for Justice
NEW YORK, July 17 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Member countries of the International Criminal Court (ICC) should use the 22nd anniversary of its founding to show support for the court in the face of unprecedented United States pressure, Human Rights Watch said. The court's founding treaty, the Rome Statute, was adopted on July 17, 1998, a day now commemorated as the Day of International Criminal Justice. "The ICC has made uneven progress in bringing those responsibl  more

Human Rights Watch: Maldives - Free Speech, Assembly Under Threat
NEW YORK, July 15 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: The Maldives government is enforcing restrictions on protests that violate fundamental rights, Human Rights Watch said. New regulations also threaten civil society groups for supporting peaceful protests. Migrant workers who have gone unpaid for months since the outbreak of Covid-19 have protested their living and work conditions as inhumane. About 100,000 migrant workers work in the Maldives, most from Bangladesh, work  more

Innocence Project Calls for Policy Reforms in Wake of Landmark Report on 25 Wrongful Convictions in Brooklyn
NEW YORK, July 10 -- The Innocence Project issued the following news release: The Kings County District Attorney's Office released a landmark report examining how and why the KCDA's Conviction Review Unit (CRU) in Brooklyn, New York, agreed to exonerate 25 wrongly convicted people in a five-year period (between 2014-2019). These 25 wrongly convicted persons served a staggering 426 years in prison before their exonerations. And virtually all of them -- 24 out of 25 -- were Black and/or Latinx.   more

International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees: Entertainment Workers Share Why UI Benefits Are Crucial for Families, Urge Congress to Act
NEW YORK, July 14 -- International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees issued the following news: As the COVID-19 pandemic rages on in much of the United States, the entertainment industry and behind-the-scenes workers continue to be disproportionately impacted by the health crisis. Most entertainment workers who found themselves out of work practically overnight in mid-March due to COVID-19 related cancellations across all sectors of the industry are still waiting to safely return to work.   more

Journal of Energy & Natural Resources Law Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The Journal of Energy and Natural Resources Law, a journal that says it focuses on the development, assessment and management of energy and natural resources, published research articles on the following topics in its June 2020 edition: * Experimental Study on Phase Change Materials for Cold Energy Storage System * Environmental Impacts Analysis of Mining on the Surrounding Communities: A Case Study of Rutongo Mines Ltd in Rulindo District, Northern Province of Rwanda * T  more

Journal of Fluid Mechanics Issues Research Articles in Sept. 25, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The Journal of Fluid Mechanics that says it covers theoretical, computational and experimental investigations of all aspects of the mechanics of fluids, published research articles on the following topics in its Sept. 25, 2020 edition: JFM Papers: * Fingering instability of a viscous liquid bridge stretched by an accelerating substrate * Collision of vortex rings upon V-walls * A regularised slender-body theory of non-uniform filaments The September 2020 edition of the  more

Journal of Rheology Issues Research Articles in September 2020 Edition
MELVILLE, New York, July 17 -- The Journal of Rheology, a journal from the Society of Rheology that says it provides coverage of issues drawn from industry and academia, published research articles on the following topics in its September 2020 edition: * Characterization and rheology of platelet-rich plasma * Polymer rheology predictions from first principles using the slip-link model The September 2020 edition of the Journal of Rheology can be viewed at https://sor.scitation.org/toc/jor/64/5  more

Journal of the American Geriatrics Society Issues Research Articles in Part 2 of July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, a peer-reviewed journal that says it publishes clinical aging research, published research articles, including the following topics, in Part 2 of its July 2020 edition: COVID-19-Related Content: * COVID-19 in the Long-Term Care Setting: The CMS Perspective * Israel Ad Hoc COVID- 19 Committee: Guidelines for Care of Older Persons During a Pandemic * A Hospital Partnership with a Nursing Home Experiencing a COVID -19 Outbrea  more

Journal of Women's Health Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 16 -- The Journal of Women's Health, a journal that says it focuses on advances in diagnostic procedures, therapeutic protocols for the management of diseases and innovative research in gender-based biology, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Original Articles: * Surveillance Indicators for Women's Preconception Care * Women's Questions About Perinatal Cannabis Use and Health Care Providers' Responses * Gender Differenc  more

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research: New Report Recommends New York City Zoning Reform to Aid Economic Recovery
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research issued the following news release: As New York City charts its way out of the current recession, real estate will be a critical component of a successful recovery. Typically, as prices fall and vacancies rise, opportunities for new investment are created. But the coming recovery may be held back by onerous zoning restrictions, according to a new Manhattan Institute report by adjunct fellow Eric Kober. The report suggests a series   more

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center Awards & Appointments
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center issued the following news release: Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center (MSK) announces the following awards and appointments: The Pershing Square Foundation Awards $3 Million to SARS-CoV-2 Research Projects The Pershing Square Foundation announced that it has awarded $3 million to 19 recipients at 10 academic research institutions conducting research related to the SARS-CoV-2 virus (COVID-19). The Foundation aims to support le  more

Michael J. Fox Foundation Releases First and Largest Data Set of Self-Reported Outcomes on COVID-19 and Parkinson's Disease
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research issued the following news release: As part of its commitment to spearhead research on the most critical and pressing issues facing people with Parkinson's and their families, The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) releases results from the first and largest self-reported data set detailing the lived experience of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic on the Parkinson's disease (PD) community  more

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: NRA Loses in Court, Faces Potentially Explosive Public Trial
MANHATTAN, New York, July 15 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The NRA lost its request for a preliminary injunction to stop the New York Department of Financial Services from initiating enforcement proceedings against the NRA with respect to its failed Carry Guard insurance product. This means that the NRA will, for the first time, face a public hearing with evidence and testimony, which could result in the NRA be  more

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: Statement as 17 Companies Cease Sale of Ghost Guns Into New York
MANHATTAN, New York, July 17 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on July 15: The New York chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots networks, released the following statement after Attorney General Letitia James announced that 17 websites that sell firearms components have ceased selling the building blocks for ghost guns into New York state, after she  more

Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Applaud Newport News City Council for Passing Ordinance to Keep Guns Out of Sensitive Places
MANHATTAN, New York, July 17 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following statement by Ruth Winters, volunteer with the Virginia chapter: After the Newport News City Council passed an ordinance to prohibit openly carrying firearms into city-owned or operated parks and buildings, as well as city-sponsored events. "We're grateful to the city council for taking this step to make our communities safer," said Ruth Winters, a volunteer   more

MS Doesn't Stop and Neither Do We: Recent National MS Society Research Investments to Drive Pathways to Cures
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: Beyond the personal losses and economic disruptions caused by COVID-19, research into multiple sclerosis has been disrupted as the pandemic shut down laboratories and paused clinical trials around the world. But MS doesn't stop, and neither will the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. This spring the Society committed over $16 million to support 50 new multi-year research projects and training fellowships,  more

NAACP and Co-Counsel File Lawsuit on Behalf of Black Residents in West Philadelphia Who Endured Militaristic Police Violence During Protests
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release on July 14: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the Abolitionist Law Center, and the law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing, Feinberg & Lin LLP filed a lawsuit on behalf of residents in a predominantly Black neighborhood in West Philadelphia, challenging the Philadelphia Police Department's (PPD) excessive and unwarranted use of militaristic force during a peaceful protest.   more

NAACP Issues Statement on Importance of Ensuring Polling Place Safety During COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statement by Associate Director-Counsel Janai Nelson regarding poll worker mask usage and polling place safety precautions following Louisiana's primary election: "During Louisiana's primary election over the weekend, we witnessed many concerning issues that posed a threat to voters' health and safety amid the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, many poll workers refused to wear masks -- a dangerous and unaccep  more

NAACP Responds to Video of Allentown Police Officer Kneeling on Person Neck
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statement by Monique Dixon, deputy director of policy and director of state advocacy: On Saturday, an Allentown Police Department (APD) officer was filmed kneeling on a man's neck after attempting to restrain him. According to law enforcement, the man was physically ill and vomiting outside of a hospital emergency room. The video has been widely circulated and is shockingly similar to the killing of George Fl  more

NAACP Statement on Resumption of Federal Executions
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statement on July 14 by Director of Litigation Sam Spital regarding the resumption of federal execution: "This morning, the U.S. government carried out the first federal execution in 17 years after the Supreme Court's 5-4 decision to lift a stay in the middle of the night resulted in Daniel Lewis Lee being put to death, despite the fervent objections of victims' family members. Mr. Lee was strapped to a gurne  more

National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners: Research Shows Need for Multidimensional Approach to Teens With Chronic Diseases
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners issued the following news release: While it is no secret that teens with chronic diseases face significant challenges as they transition to independence, a new research article in the Journal of Pediatric Health Care highlights the difficulties faced by these teens and outlines the dynamics that impact their transitions. Typically, developmental stages of adolescence have been used for characterizing transition, how  more

National Audubon Society: White House Changes to 50 Years of Environmental Review Are Irresponsible and Dangerous
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The National Audubon Society issued the following news on July 15: "Our new national motto seems to be 'ready, fire...and don't even bother aiming.' That's what the administration's undoing of basic environmental protections adds up to," said David Yarnold, president and CEO of the National Audubon Society. "Since President Nixon signed into law these basic protections 50 years ago, the United States economy has grown tremendously while this law has stood guard for the safe  more

National Lawyers Guild Partners With Colin Kaepernick's Know Your Rights Camp
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The National Lawyers Guild issued the following news release: The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) is proud to announce a new sustainable partnership with Know Your Rights Camp (KYRC), founded by Colin Kaepernick. KYRC's mission is to advance the liberation and well-being of Black and Brown communities through education, self-empowerment, and mass mobilization. KYRC and NLG will partner to expand legal support for social justice movements and increase capacity for providing le  more

National MS Society Urges Congress to Address Key MS Priorities in Upcoming COVID-19 Legislative Package
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: The National MS Society has urged Congressional leadership to include key priorities that will help people affected by MS in the next Congressional legislative response to the COVID-19 pandemic. A recent survey to understand the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on people with MS has informed the Society's recommendations to Congress on the scope and needs that must be addressed in the next Congressional COV  more

National MS Society: Researchers Address MS Biomarkers, Symptoms and More at Virtual AAN 2020 Meeting
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: Although neurologists and researchers from around the world were not able to gather in person for the American Academy of Neurology's annual meeting, more than 1,500 presentations were made available online. Sessions focused on many MS topics including ways to track MS activity, progressive MS, and reversing symptoms. Many studies showed continued benefits of available therapies and longer-term safety infor  more

Nature Food Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 17 -- Nature Food, a journal that says it focuses on food production, processing, distribution and consumption, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Research Highlights: * The taxing issue of sugar-sweetened beverages * Sustainability indicators in the dairy industry Reviews: * Scientific, sustainability and regulatory challenges of cultured meat * Technology readiness and overcoming barriers to sustainably implement nanotechnology-  more

Nature Human Behavior Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 17 -- Nature Human Behavior, a journal that says it features perception, action, memory, learning, reward, judgment, decision-making, language, communication, emotion, personality, social cognition, social behaviour, neuropsychiatric, neurodevelopmental and neurological disorders, economic and political behaviour, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Reviews: * Ten considerations for effectively managing the COVID-19 transition Research  more

Nature Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 14 -- Nature Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal on medicine, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Turning Points: * Supporting the UK National Health Service during the COVID-19 crisis from an academic perspective Brief Communications: * A serological assay to detect SARS-CoV-2 seroconversion in humans * Real-time tracking of self-reported symptoms to predict potential COVID-19 * Detection of renal cell carcinoma using plasma and uri  more

New E-Book by Institute for Public Relations and Peppercomm Shares How Communication Leaders Are Looking Ahead Through COVID-19
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Institute for Public Relations issued the following news: The Institute for Public Relations and Peppercomm have released an in-depth new e-book, "Leadership Perspectives: Leading and Looking Ahead Through COVID-19," focused on critical topics affecting the public relations industry while looking ahead to the future of public relations and communication. The e-book features 30 profiles and interviews with communication executives and senior leaders from corporations, p  more

New Jersey Civil Rights Groups Condemn ADL for 'Smearing' Muslim Leader Who Expressed Black-Palestinian Solidarity Against Racist Police Brutality
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, New Jersey, July 15 -- The American Muslims for Palestine issued the following news: A coalition of New Jersey civil rights organizations today condemned the New York / New Jersey chapter of the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) for attempting to smear a local Muslim leader who expressed solidarity between Black and Palestinian communities against similar and connected forms of racist police brutality. During a protest against Israel's plan to illegally annex Palestinian land, CAI  more

New York Civil Liberties Union: Poughkeepsie City Council Passes Right to Know Act
NEW YORK, July 14 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following news release: The Poughkeepsie City Council voted unanimously in favor of the Right to Know Act, a police transparency law that will require police officers to identify themselves, name the reason for a stop or encounter, and provide information on the complaint process at the end of encounters that do not result in an arrest or summons. "The Right to Know Act is an essential step to rebuild trust between police and the c  more

New York Immigration Coalition: L.I. Immigrant Advocates Win Crucial Language Access Law to Ensure Due Process in Criminal Justice System
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following statement by Ivan Larios, manager of member engagement for Long Island: Following months of advocacy, the New York Immigration Coalition, Long Island Jobs with Justice, the Long Island Language Advocates Coalition, and other advocates secured the passage of Resolution 1016, which expands the Language Access Law. County Legislator Sam Gonzalez introduced the bill in January. In June, the legislation passed the count  more

New York State United Teachers Statement on State School Reopening Guidance
LATHAM, New York, July 14 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following statement on July 13 by President Andy Pallotta regarding school reopening guidance: "As we've said throughout this process, health and safety of students, families, educators and other school staff, and equitable access to a high-quality education must be the top priorities in reopening schools. What we've heard from Gov. Cuomo, Chancellor Rosa and the Board of Regents has us moving in the right direction. "  more

Northwell Awarded For Delivering Virtual Care During COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW HYDE PARK, New York, July 14 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Northwell Health was awarded the Pandemic Acceleration and Activation Award from national telehealth leader Amwell(R). New York State's largest health care provider and private employer was recognized for its swift virtual response to the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic, specifically its ability to enable quality health care to thousands in need through telehealth services. "I am incredibly proud of th  more

Northwell Health: Cohen Children's Appoints Chief of Pediatric and Congenital Heart Surgery
NEW HYDE PARK, New York, July 15 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Ali Dodge-Khatami, MD, Ph.D, has been named system chief of pediatric and congenital heart surgery at Cohen Children's Medical Center, North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and Lenox Hill Hospital in Manhattan. He also is a professor of surgery and pediatrics at the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell. In this role, Dr. Dodge-Khatami will focus primarily on the repair/palliation  more

Northwell Health: Dr. Christina Brennan Joins the Society for Clinical Research Sites Leadership Council
MANHASSET, New York, July 14 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: With more than two decades of extensive clinical research experience, including over 15 years in clinical research management roles, Christina Brennan, MD, MBA, vice president of clinical research at the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research, has joined the Society for Clinical Research Sites' (SCRS) Leadership Council. In this role, Dr. Brennan will help guide SCRS's strategy to carry out its mission of unifying t  more

Northwell Health: Dr. Paul L. Baron Appointed Chief of Breast Surgery at Lenox Hill Hospital
GREAT NECK, New York, July 14 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Paul L. Baron, MD, has been named chief of breast surgery and director of the breast cancer program at Lenox Hill Hospital. An accomplished breast surgical oncologist, Dr. Baron specializes in high risk patients and oncoplastic surgery. He will oversee the expansion and enhancement of the hospital's breast surgery services and spearhead the development of a multidisciplinary breast cancer program. Through his new role  more

NRDC: President Trump Silences Public to Help Polluters
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: The Trump administration is set to issue rules that could curtail the public's right to have a say in the pipelines, highways, incinerators, and other government-approved projects that will define their neighborhoods for decades to come. The Trump administration's rules would allow federal agencies to willfully ignore the serious environmental and health impacts of their decisions, undermining the cor  more

NYU Langone Health Opens New Multispecialty Outpatient Care Center in Greenwich Village
NEW YORK, July 17 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: NYU Langone Health has launched the phased opening of NYU Langone Medical Associates--Washington Square, a large multispecialty outpatient center located at 555 LaGuardia Place, that provides care for both adult and pediatric patients. "This new practice brings NYU Langone's comprehensive, quality care to Greenwich Village, in one convenient location," say  more

NYU Langone Health: Antilupus Drug Prevents Low Heartbeat Condition in Newborns
NEW YORK, July 14 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: A drug used to treat systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) significantly reduces the incidence of a rare and sometimes fatal heart condition in newborn babies, a new study from NYU Grossman School of Medicine researchers shows. The condition, called congenital heart block (CHB), results in a lower than normal heart rate and affects as many as 1 in 15,000 live  more

NYU Langone Health: Breast Cancer May Be Deadlier in Heart Attack Survivors
NEW YORK, July 14 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: People with breast cancer are 60 percent more likely to die of cancer after surviving a heart attack, a new study finds. Led by researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine, the study shows how heart attacks, by blocking blood flow through arteries, trigger a specific, procancer immune reaction. Published online July 13 in Nature Medicine, the analysis   more

Open Society Justice Initiative: Amazon Workers' COVID-19 Lawsuit in New York Helps Protect Workers Across the U.S.
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Open Society Justice Initiative issued the following news release: This week, Amazon informed workers for the first time at its JFK8 facility of a nationwide corporate policy that the company would not punish its warehouse workers for insufficient productivity or when taking necessary COVID-19 safety precautions, like handwashing and cleaning their workstations. Prior to this week's announcement, Amazon only communicated the policy to managers and expressly instructed t  more

Open Society Justice Initiative: Groups Urge State Parties to ICC to Follow Transparent Process for Electing New Prosecutor
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Open Society Justice Initiative issued the following news release: The Open Society Justice Initiative co-signed a letter with nine organizations urging state parties to the International Criminal Court (ICC) to adhere to the existing, agreed-upon process for electing the next ICC prosecutor. In particular, the groups encourage states to refrain from nominating candidates not included in the shortlist released by the Committee for the Election of the Prosecutor on June   more

Over 100% Increase in Cases & Deaths From COVID-19 in Mexico Exacerbates Vulnerabilities Along U.S.-Mexico Border
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: Mexico has reached grim Coronavirus milestones this week: cases and deaths yesterday reached a near-record high, with a 100% increase in cases and deaths in the last month alone, and the country surpassed 300,000 cases overall. The IRC urges stronger funding and support to those most vulnerable in Mexico, including migrants, refugees and asylum seekers on the border where we work in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico.  more

PEN America: Iran Must Release Activist Suspected of Having Coronavirus
NEW YORK, July 17 -- PEN America issued the following news release: Jailed Iranian human rights activist Narges Mohammadi penned a letter from Zanjan prison on July 13, noting that she is suffering the symptoms of COVID-19--including coughing, fatigue, diarrhea, and loss of smell--but that she has been denied proper medical care, and that authorities are withholding her test results. PEN America calls on the Iranian government to act quickly to address Mohammadi's grave health concerns, and to   more

PEN America: NYPD Proposed Press Rules Are Attack on Free Press
NEW YORK, July 17 -- PEN America issued the following statement by Nora Benavidez, director of U.S. free expression programs: Amid hundreds of reports of police targeting journalists and attacking freedom of the press, the New York Police Department this week proposed new rules to bar journalists from covering official police activity. * * * "The New York Police Department's new proposal is a blatant effort to weaken our free press. It would grant extreme latitude for officers to revoke rep  more

PEN America: Snatching of Protesters in Portland 'Astonishing Act of Repression'
NEW YORK, July 18 -- PEN America issued the following statement by Nora Benavidez, director of U.S. free expression programs: Federal law enforcement officers have been using unmarked vehicles and detaining demonstrators in the Portland area since mid-July. * * * "Unidentified federal officials snatching individuals off the street and throwing them in unmarked vans because they may have participated in a constitutionally protected protest is an astonishing act of government repression that   more

Pennsylvania Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Respond to Ghost Gun Shooting in Snyder County
MANHATTAN, New York, July 17 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots networks, released the following statement after new reporting indicated that a "ghost gun was used to kill a woman and her date [Heather Campbell and Matthew Bowersox] outside a Buffalo Wild Wings in Snyder County Friday evening  more

Physician for Human Rights: Russia, China Hold UN Security Council Hostage, Blocking Life-Saving Aid to More Than One Million in Need in Syria
NEW YORK, July 13 -- Physician for Human Rights issued the following news release: After a series of tense negotiations this week, the United Nations Security Council passed a compromise resolution regarding a life-saving UN mechanism that allows humanitarian aid to get into Syria to reach millions in need. The final resolution renews only one crossing from Turkey into Syria for a period of 12 months, shutting down direct routes to hundreds of thousands of displaced Syrians in dire need of food  more

Physician for Human Rights: Trump Administration's Attacks on Fauci, Scientific, Medical Expertise Contribute to Failing Federal COVID-19 Strategy
NEW YORK, July 16 -- Physician for Human Rights issued the following news release: The Trump administration continues politicizing medical science to the likely detriment of the public's health. A reasoned, evidenced-based federal response to the COVID-19 emergency is precisely the opposite of what the White House has engaged in over the past few days: * A renewed assault on the reputation of the nation's top infectious disease expert, Dr. Anthony Fauci. * An administration order that cuts th  more

Physician for Human Rights: Trump Order to Bypass CDC on COVID-19 Data Could Lead to Flawed, Distorted Health Records
NEW YORK, July 15 -- Physician for Human Rights issued the following statement Senior Medical Advisor Ranit Mishori: The Trump administration issued an order instructing hospitals to send all coronavirus information directly to the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), bypassing the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). The order concerns public health experts who fear this will enable the administration to distort and politicize scientific data. Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, sen  more

Planned Parenthood: Federal Court Blocks Medically Unnecessary Barriers to Abortion During COVID-19
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following statement on July 14 by President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson: A federal court ruled that the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) must temporarily suspend enforcement of the in-person requirements on the medication mifepristone, which unnecessarily subject patients to COVID-19 risks in order to access abortion during the pandemic. The lawsuit was filed by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on beh  more

Pompeo's 'Unalienable Rights' Report a Vehicle for Christian Nationalism, Says Center for Inquiry
AMHERST, New York, July 17 -- The Center for Inquiry issued the following news release: In announcing a draft report by his Commission on Unalienable Rights, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo pushed the false narrative that "faith in god" is necessary for morality and human rights. The draft report doubles down on Pompeo's previous ahistorical claims that the United States was built on an explicitly Christian foundation. "This deceitful claim erases the dignity and the societal contributions of m  more

Research Grants Bring More Than $29 Million Supporting Work of Roswell Park Scientists
BUFFALO, New York, July 16 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: New grants from public and private funding organizations will bring another $6.2 million to support research at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center. These latest awards fund a diverse range of projects, including explorations into personalized treatments for breast cancer, improvements to robot-assisted surgery and a new treatment option for COVID-19. Along with two recent multimil  more

Riverkeeper: Clean Water Advocates to Cuomo - NY is Failing to Protect Its Drinking Water
OSSINING, New York, July 15 -- Riverkeeper issued the following news release: Assembly Health Committee Chair Richard Gottfried and Assembly Children and Families Chair Ellen Jaffee joined residents from impacted communities and leading environmental advocates to call on Governor Cuomo and the NYS Department of Health to stop delaying protections for New York's drinking water and set the most health-protective standards possible for three toxic chemicals that have polluted drinking water across  more

Rockefeller Foundation: 'Heroes Health' Mental Wellness App Launched by UNC School of Medicine & UNC Health
NEW YORK, July 15 -- The Rockefeller Foundation issued the following news release: The UNC School of Medicine (SOM) and UNC Health have launched the Heroes Health Initiative to help support the mental health of first responders and healthcare workers during the Covid-19 global pandemic. The app is available through the App Store/Google Play Store in the United States, free of charge to first responders, healthcare workers, and their organizations. For individual healthcare workers, the Heroes   more

Rockefeller Foundation: World's First Collaborative Fund to Correct Gaps and Biases in Data for Artificial Intelligence Launches
NEW YORK, July 14 -- The Rockefeller Foundation issued the following news release: Lacuna Fund launched with a pooled fund of $4 million to support the creation, expansion, and maintenance of labeled datasets, initially in three key sectors: agriculture, health, and languages. The first funding call, also released, seeks proposals related to agricultural datasets in sub-Saharan Africa. Lacuna Fund encourages organizations with a social impact mission and an expertise in data collection and labe  more

Rocky Mountain Institute: To Expedite Resilient Solar in the Caribbean, Collaboration is Key
NEW YORK, July 15 -- Rocky Mountain Institute issued the following news release on July 14: Rocky Mountain Institute (RMI), the Clinton Foundation and the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries, and Small Island Developing States released a joint report that details how island policymakers and regulators can work together to enhance the resilience of solar photovoltaic (PV) systems across the Caribbean. The Caribbean   more

Roswell Park Studies Highlight Emerging Treatment Options for Neuroendocrine Tumors
BUFFALO, New York, July 15 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: Two new studies led by Renuka Iyer, MD, Section Chief for Gastrointestinal Oncology at Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center, highlight possible new treatment options for patients with neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) -- a rare and hard-to-treat cancer. The first publication focuses on a cancer immunotherapy developed by two of her Roswell Park colleagues that has been shown to help pat  more

Roswell Park, NFMMC and Tom Golisano Team Up to Make Cancer Care More Accessible in Niagara
NIAGARA FALLS, New York, July 17 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release on July 16: Proponents of making high-end health care services more accessible to people in Niagara County had reason to celebrate in downtown Niagara Falls. In a ceremony streamed live on Facebook - an event kept small in accordance with current health guidelines regarding group gatherings - representatives from Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Niagara Falls Memorial   more

Science Translational Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in July 1, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 6 -- Science Translational Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that focuses on research in the translational medicine community, published research articles, including the following topics, in its July 1, 2020 edition: Research Articles: * Circulating transcripts in maternal blood reflect a molecular signature of early-onset preeclampsia * An ultrafast insulin formulation enabled by high-throughput screening of engineer  more

Science Translational Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in July 8, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 13 -- Science Translational Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Association for the Advancement of Science that focuses on research in the translational medicine community, published research articles, including the following topics, in its July 8, 2020 edition: Research Articles: * An extracorporeal bioartificial liver embedded with 3D-layered human liver progenitor-like cells relieves acute liver failure in pigs * Staphylococcus Agr virulence is critical for e  more

SNMMI Elects Munir Ghesani as Vice President-Elect During 2020 Annual Meeting
RESTON, Virginia, July 14 -- The Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging issued the following news release: Munir Ghesani, MD, FACNM, FACR, associate professor of radiology at Mount Sinai Hospital and chief of nuclear medicine and molecular imaging at Mount Sinai Health Enterprise in New York, NY, has been named as vice president-elect for the Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging (SNMMI). SNMMI introduced a new slate of officers during its 2020 Virtual Annual Meeting, hel  more

Solar Energy Industries Association: New York Public Service Commission Extends Net Metering for Solar Customers Based on COVID-19 Impacts
WASHINGTON, July 17 -- The Solar Energy Industries Association issued the following news release: Today the New York Public Service Commission (NYPSC) signaled that it will extend net metering through January 2022 for current customers based on the devastating impact COVID-19 has had on the solar industry. In addition, the NYPSC established modest changes to net metering that will impact future rooftop solar customers in 2022. Following is a statement by David Gahl, senior director of state af  more

Steven Eichberg Elected Chair of Lymphoma Research Foundation Board of Directors
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Lymphoma Research Foundation issued the following news on July 15: The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) has elected Steven Eichberg of Plymouth, Mass. as Chair of its Board of Directors. Eichberg, a Board member since 2019, assumed his new duties from outgoing Chair Michael Werner, whose four-year term concluded on June 30. A Denver, Colo. native, Eichberg has a background in marketing and operations where he previously led both for-profit and non-profit organization  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project: NYC Mayor Signs NYPD Surveillance Bill
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project issued the following news release: The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.), a New York-based privacy group, welcomes New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio's signing of the Public Oversight Of Surveillance Technology (POST) Act. The civil rights group says that passing the POST Act will allow lawmakers and the public to understand what surveillance tools the NYPD uses, including tools used to track protesters and re  more

Tel Aviv University Graduate Receives Association for Computing Machinery Doctoral Dissertation Award
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Association for Computing Machinery issued the following news release: ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, announced that Dor Minzer receives the 2019 ACM Doctoral Dissertation Award for his dissertation, "On Monotonicity Testing and the 2-to-2-Games Conjecture." The key contributions of Minzer's dissertation are settling the complexity of testing monotonicity of Boolean functions and making a significant advance toward resolving the Unique Games Conjecture, o  more

The Paley Center for Media Announces New Selection to Its Paley Front Row Presented by Citi Series
NEW YORK, July 16 -- The Paley Center for Media issued the following news release: The Paley Center for Media announced a new selection to its Paley Front Row Presented by Citi series: TNT's The Alienist: Angel of Darkness: A Conversation with the Stars. The conversation will be available for view on the Paley Center's YouTube channel starting July 17 at noon EST. "We're thrilled to add the highly anticipated sequel to The Alienist to our Paley Front Row Presented by Citi programming schedule,  more

The Rockefeller Foundation Launches New Testing Strategy to Keep U.S. Economy Open
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Rockefeller Foundation issued the following news release on July 16: As cases of Covid-19 continue to accelerate in more than half of the U.S., and as more states begin to relax restrictions, The Rockefeller Foundation, with support from a bipartisan team of top scientists, industry, technologists, and economists, is launching its second National Covid-19 Testing & Tracing Action Plan. In addition to offering four sets of recommendations, including a national strategy f  more

Treasury, Federal Reserve Must Create Lending Facility to Help Small Business, Says Coalition of 21 Leading Retail, Manufacturing, Business Associations
NEW YORK, July 13 -- The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants issued the following news release: A coalition of associations representing a cross-section of businesses are calling upon the Department of the Treasury and the Federal Reserve to use their existing authority to create a lending facility to provide relief to companies that are facing short-term liquidity issues. The coalition, led by the American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), includes the National Association  more

Turtle Island Restoration Network: Delivery Services Asked to Hold the Single-Use Plastics, Please
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Turtle Island Restoration Network issued the following news release: More than 120 environmental organizations sent letters to seven national food delivery companies asking that they change their default ordering process to one that does not automatically include utensils, napkins, condiments, and straws in order to reduce the tsunami of single-use plastic pollution entering our oceans, landfills and incinerators. Instead, customers would need to specifically request th  more

UAW Issues Statement on International Student's Policy
DETROIT, Michigan, July 15 -- The United Automobile Workers issued the following statement on July 14: In Boston, Mass., a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT challenging Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) new directive on student visas was heard. The UAW immediately filed an amicus brief in support of the Harvard/MIT lawsuit, held demonstrations at ICE headquarters and state capitols across the country and stood with the Attorney Generals in Massachusetts. Connecticut, New Y  more

University of Haifa Launches Collaboration With Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center
BUFFALO, New York, July 16 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: The Tauber Bioinformatics Research Center at University of Haifa and Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center in Buffalo, New York have launched a joint collaboration which will couple the expertise in cancer, genomics and biomedical research at Roswell Park and in bioinformatics at University of Haifa. This important collaborative work will be supported in part by a $150,000 grant fro  more

Updated AICPA Digital Assets Practice Aid Examines Client Acceptance and Continuance
NEW YORK, July 17 -- The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants issued the following news release: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) updated its Practice Aid Accounting for and Auditing of Digital Assets, to include nonauthoritative guidance on how to audit digital assets. This new material will complement accounting guidance issued last year. It is based on professional literature and experience from members of the AICPA Digital Assets Working Group (DAWG) and AIC  more

Vital Strategies: Overdose Deaths Reach New Peak at 72,000 for 2019
NEW YORK, July 17 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release: Nearly 72,000 Americans died from drug overdoses in 2019, according to provisional data released yesterday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - an increase of 5 percent from 2018. The total is a new peak for overdose deaths in the country, and wiped out the slight decrease in overdose deaths that took place in 2018, the first drop in 25 years. Early indications for 2020 are that overdose deaths are conti  more

Wildlife Conservation Society: Periods of Ice-Free Arctic Seas Could Bring More Ocean Noise in Changing Marine Habitats
BRONX, New York, July 15 -- The Wildlife Conservation Society issued the following news release: Scientists examining levels of ocean noise in the Bering Sea--an important migratory seascape for whales, walruses, seals, and other acoustically sensitive animals--have confirmed that the presence of sea ice plays a central role in the soundscape of these Arctic waters. A growing concern is that the disappearance of sea ice due to a changing climate could mean a marine realm increasingly filled wi  more