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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday July 26, 2020 ( 55 items )  

Alyssa Ryan, Engineering Ph.D. Student, Selected for DAAD Grant
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 24 -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: Alyssa Ryan, a Ph.D. student in the transportation program in the department of civil and environmental engineering, has been awarded a German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) One-Year Research Grant for Doctoral Candidates. Ryan will conduct research on methods to achieve higher levels of highway safety at the Technical University of Munich, Germany, beginning in October 2020. Ryan's research  more

Ameresco Partners With the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts to Implement a Streetlight Conversion Project
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, July 23 -- Ameresco, a provider of energy efficiency solutions, issued the following news release: Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE: AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that the City of Lawrence, Massachusetts selected Ameresco to complete a large-scale municipal Streetlight energy conservation project. Self-funded by an Energy Savings Performance Contract (ESPC), this project comes at no upfront cost to the City and will involve replacing   more

Calif. A.G. Becerra Files Lawsuit Challenging Trump Administration Rule Rolling Back Affordable Care Act Healthcare Anti-Discrimination Protections
SACRAMENTO, California, July 20 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and New York Attorney General Leticia James, leading a coalition of 23 attorneys general, filed a lawsuit challenging the Trump Administration's final rule undermining "Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities" (Section 1557) of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Section  more

Clark University: School of Professional Studies Offers New Master's in Project Management
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, July 23 -- Clark University issued the following news on July 20: The business world, and the jobs within it, have become more and more project-based in recent years -- and those projects have become increasingly complex and deadline-driven. The critical skills and perspectives required by today's project managers must continue to evolve and expand. To meet this rapidly growing demand, Clark's School of Professional Studies (SPS) is launching a master's in project mana  more

Computer Science Meets Behavioral Sciences: Interdisciplinary Research Focuses on Heat Resilience in the Age of Climate Change
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 23 -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: As high temperatures become more frequent and intense due to climate change, UMass Amherst scientists are developing interdisciplinary research aimed at helping communities increase resilience to extreme heat by monitoring physiological, mental and behavioral health factors. Tauhidur Rahman, assistant professor of computer and information sciences, and social scientist Jamie Mullins, assistant  more

Emerson College and Marlboro College Alliance Completed
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 24 -- Emerson College issued the following news release: Emerson and Marlboro Colleges confirmed the completion of their planned alliance, announced in November 2019, in which Marlboro will move its academic programs to Emerson, and Emerson welcomes57Marlboro undergraduates to matriculate and 18 Marlboro tenured and tenure-track and 2 emeritae faculty to teach this fall. The alliance allows Marlboro to preserve its legacy through Emerson's Liberal Arts and Interdisc  more

Fitchburg State University: Tarentino Charitable Fund Supports Police Program Students
FITCHBURG, Massachusetts, July 18 -- Fitchburg State University issued the following news release: The Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr. Charitable Fund has pledged more than $7,000 to Fitchburg State University's police program to help defray the cost of personal safety protection vests for these future officers. The fund was established in honor of Auburn Police Officer Ronald Tarentino, who was killed in the line of duty on May 22, 2016. "We are profoundly grateful to the Tarentino Charitable F  more

Harvard Law School: A Legal Thriller
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 18 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: On July 9, when the latest Supreme Court issued highly anticipated rulings concerning the president's tax returns and the treatment of Native American land in Oklahoma, it marked the end of a captivating term. In addition to being a year in which the Court suddenly adopted remote hearings due to the pandemic, the term ended with a series of decisions that fundamentally affect millions of people's lives in the fie  more

Harvard Law: Professor Crespo Says Events in Portland Raise Serious Concerns About Unlawful Police Tactics
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 22 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: Over the past week, reports have emerged of unidentified federal law enforcement officers confronting, and sometimes detaining, protesters in Portland, Oregon, moves opposed by the city and state's elected leaders. The state's governor, Kate Brown, has called the Trump Administration's actions a "blatant abuse of power." On Monday, President Donald J. Trump suggested that the federal government might soon deploy   more

Harvard Medical School: Waste Disposal
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 23 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: The aberrant buildup of misfolded proteins is a hallmark of a host of disorders, including neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's. Aggregates of these toxic proteins wreak havoc on the function of cells, tissues, and organs, and despite intensive research over many decades, there are still no effective means to remove or to prevent their accumulation in humans. One promising strategy to   more

Harvard School of Public Health: A Versatile Vessel for Next-Gen Therapeutics
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 23 -- Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued the following news release: Harvard University's Office of Technology Development (OTD) and the Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health announced the launch of Vesigen Therapeutics, a startup company that aims to overcome the challenge of delivering next-generation therapeutics, such as gene-editing complexes, RNA molecules, and other large proteins, to intracellular targets in specific tissues   more

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Schedules Conference Call to Discuss Second Quarter 2020 Results
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 24 -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt issued the following news release: Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) (NASDAQ: HMHC) announced that it will release its second quarter 2020 financial and operating results on Thursday, August 6, 2020, before the market opens. At 9:30 a.m. ET on Thursday, August 6, 2020, HMH will also host a conference call to discuss the results with its investors. The call will be webcast live at ir.hmhco.com. The following information is provided for i  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Calls for Extension of Eviction, Foreclosure Moratorium
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 18 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: With the moratorium on evictions and foreclosures set to expire in just over a month, Attorney General Maura Healey is calling on Governor Charlie Baker to use his statutory authority to extend the law that temporarily prohibits Massachusetts landlords from evicting tenants from their homes, and lenders from foreclosing on most homes, in light of the continuing COVID-19 public health  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Sues EPA Over New Rule Undermining Mercury, Air Toxics Standards
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 21 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of 25 states, cities and counties in suing the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) over its rule reversing the agency's determination -- first made nearly 20 years ago -- that it is "appropriate and necessary" under the Clean Air Act to regulate mercury and other toxic air pollution from coal- and oil-fired power plan  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Sues Trump Administration Over New Rule Eliminating Anti-discrimination Protections in Health Care
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 21 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release on July 20: Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey co-led 23 attorneys general in suing the Trump Administration over a rule that seriously undermines critical anti-discrimination protections at the federal level for LGBTQ people, women and other individuals seeking reproductive care, and those with limited English proficiency in health care. The lawsuit, co-led by AG Healey, Ne  more

Mass. A.G. Healey: Montachusett Regional Transit Authority to Pay $300,000 to Resolve Allegations of Submitting False Claims to MassHealth
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 22 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: Attorney General Maura Healey announced that the Montachusett Regional Transit Authority (MART) will pay $300,000 to resolve allegations that it improperly caused false claims to be submitted to the state's Medicaid program (MassHealth). In a joint settlement agreement with the Massachusetts Attorney General's Office and the United States Attorney's Office for the District of Massac  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces 6th Annual Summer Nights Initiative
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 21 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration announced the 2020 Summer Nights Initiative, which will provide urban youth with socially distant programming at Massachusetts state parks and other locations starting on Monday, July 20, 2020 and continuing through Friday, August 21, 2020. The program was first developed by the administration in 2015 and offers urban youth within the Cities of Boston (Dorche  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Awards $3 Million in Food Security Grants
LYNN, Massachusetts, July 23 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration announced nearly $3 million in grants to address urgent food insecurity for Massachusetts residents as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic and make the Commonwealth's food system more resilient. This funding is being awarded as part of the first round of the new $36 million Food Security Infrastructure Grant Program, created following recommendations from the Adm  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Extends Moratorium on Evictions, Foreclosures to October 17
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 22 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on July 21: Governor Charlie Baker extended the pause on evictions and foreclosures for 60 days, until October 17, 2020, through the authority granted to the governor by Chapter 65 of the Acts of 2020, An Act providing for a moratorium on evictions and foreclosures during the COVID-19 Emergency, which was signed into law on April 20, 2020. This law's limitations on evictions and foreclosures  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: New CRISPR C-to-G DNA Base Editor Expands Landscape of Precision Genome Editing
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 24 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: New genome-editing technologies developed by researchers in J. Keith Joung's laboratory at the Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have the potential to help understand disease-associated genetic mutations that are based on C-to-G (cytosine to guanine) single base changes. The new base editors are also designed to minimize unintended ("off-target") mutations that could potentially cause undesira  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Range of COVID-19 Skin Signs Linked to Disease Severity
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 22 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Skin signs of COVID-19 can range from purple toes, known as "COVID toes" seen in patients with mild infections, to a net-like rash signaling the presence of life-threatening blood clots in patients with severe disease. Certain skin changes may also be the only sign of COVID-19 infection, or may accompany or follow other COVID-19 symptoms, an analysis of data from 716 patients in 31 countries show  more

Massachusetts GOP: Amid Attacks on Republican Women, Democrats' Silence Is Deafening
WOBURN, Massachusetts, July 24 -- The Massachusetts Republican Party issued the following news: Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons said Wednesday that no amount of intimidation or outright threats lodged by Democrats will prevent Republican women from running for public office in the commonwealth. "The abuse that's been directed at several of our female candidates is nothing short of shameful, and the Massachusetts Democratic Party's stubborn silence on the matter should alarm   more

Massachusetts GOP: Democrats Caught Trying to Circumvent State Campaign Laws
WOBURN, Massachusetts, July 24 -- The Massachusetts Republican Party issued the following news: Massachusetts Democrats are at again, using the COVID-19 pandemic politically in an effort to unseat Georgetown Republican state Rep. Lenny Mirra. This time, however, they got caught. The scheme, first hinted at in a scheduling announcement published by the Newburyport Daily News, involved a planned Zoom broadcast hosted by Boxford Democrat candidate Christina Eckert. The presentation was billed as  more

MIT School of Management: Multi-Disciplinary Study Reveals Deep and Broad View of Human Proteome
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 23 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Sloan School of Management issued the following news release: The proteins in our bodies (the proteome) can tell us a lot about our health, such as if we have or are likely to get certain diseases. However, analyzing a patient's entire proteome is time-consuming and costly. A new study by an interdisciplinary team of scientists, engineers and physicians from MIT, the Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research a  more

MIT: A Mechanical Way to Stimulate Neurons
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 21 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: In addition to responding to electrical and chemical stimuli, many of the body's neural cells can also respond to mechanical effects, such as pressure or vibration. But these responses have been more difficult for researchers to study, because there has been no easily controllable method for inducing such mechanical stimulation of the cells. Now, researchers at MIT and elsewhere have found   more

MIT: An Origin Story for a Family of Oddball Meteorites
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 25 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * Study suggests the rare objects likely came from an early planetesimal with a magnetic core. * * * Most meteorites that have landed on Earth are fragments of planetesimals, the very earliest protoplanetary bodies in the solar system. Scientists have thought that these primordial bodies either completely melted early in their history or remained as piles of unmelted rubble. But a f  more

MIT: Chemists Make Tough Plastics Recyclable
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 23 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Thermosets, which include epoxies, polyurethanes, and rubber used for tires, are found in many products that have to be durable and heat-resistant, such as cars or electrical appliances. One drawback to these materials is that they typically cannot be easily recycled or broken down after use, because the chemical bonds holding them together are stronger than those found in other materials s  more

MIT: COVID-19 Shutdown Led to Increased Solar Power Output
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 22 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: As the Covid-19 shutdowns and stay-at-home orders brought much of the world's travel and commerce to a standstill, people around the world started noticing clearer skies as a result of lower levels of air pollution. Now, researchers have been able to demonstrate that those clearer skies had a measurable impact on the output from solar photovoltaic panels, leading to a more than 8 percent in  more

MIT: Exhaled Biomarkers Can Reveal Lung Disease
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 21 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Using specialized nanoparticles, MIT engineers have developed a way to monitor pneumonia or other lung diseases by analyzing the breath exhaled by the patient. In a study of mice, the researchers showed that they could use this system to monitor bacterial pneumonia, as well as a genetic disorder of the lungs called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. "We envision that this technology would al  more

MIT: Finch Therapeutics Unleashes the Power of the Gut
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 24 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: As scients continue searching for treatments to some of the most complex diseases and conditions, they're increasingly looking to our gut. The human gut microbiome contains trillions of bacteria that play important roles for the proper functioning of our bodies. But those bacterial colonies went relatively unexplored until recently, when new computational tools made it possible to understa  more

MIT: Gene-Controlling Mechanisms Play Key Role in Cancer Progression
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 24 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: As cancer cells evolve, many of their genes become overactive while others are turned down. These genetic changes can help tumors grow out of control and become more aggressive, adapt to changing conditions, and eventually lead the tumor to metastasize and spread elsewhere in the body. MIT and Harvard University researchers have now mapped out an additional layer of control that guides thi  more

MIT: In His Element in the Chem Lab and the Kickboxing Ring
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 21 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Before coming to MIT to pursue a PhD in chemistry, Levi Knippel would spend hours after his workdays at Genentech, where he was an associate scientist, training with two world champion kickboxers. "It helped me break out of my shell," he says of the sport. "This zen state of just me, my body, and my opponent trying to hurt me -- it's like this chess match." In the ring, he has a combined r  more

MIT: Mapping the Brain's Sensory Gatekeeper
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 23 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Many people with autism experience sensory hypersensitivity, attention deficits, and sleep disruption. One brain region that has been implicated in these symptoms is the thalamic reticular nucleus (TRN), which is believed to act as a gatekeeper for sensory information flowing to the cortex. A team of researchers from MIT and the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard has now mapped the TRN in   more

Mo. Gov. Parson: Chewy to Expand in Belton, Create Over 1,200 New Jobs
JEFFERSON CITY, Missouri, July 22 -- Gov. Michael Parson, R-Missouri, issued the following news release: Chewy, Inc. (NYSE: CHWY) announced plans to open a new 800,000-square-foot eCommerce fulfillment center in Belton, Missouri, and create more than 1,200 new jobs. Dual-headquartered in Dania Beach, Florida, and Boston, Massachusetts, the company is an online retailer offering pet food and pet-related products from over 2,000 brands. "Now more than ever, Missouri's innovative businesses, lo  more

Northeastern University: An Unexpected Consequence of the COVID-19 Pandemic? A National Coin Shortage
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 18 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: If you've been out and about in the United States in the past few weeks (masked up, of course), you may have noticed a strange sound. Or rather, the lack of one: loose change jangling around. A national coin shortage is the latest consequence of the COVID-19 pandemic in the U.S. As people avoid public spaces that include vending machines and laundromats, or just avoid paying with physical money altogether, the  more

Northeastern University: Are Your Coworkers Too Close? This Device Will Let You Know
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 23 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: In the effort to fight COVID-19, there are a few tried-and-true public health guidelines: wear a mask, keep a six-foot distance between yourself and other people, and keep track of people you've been in contact with, in case of a diagnosis. While wearing a mask has become routine for many people, the other two can be challenging--unless a machine does them for you. That's where Northeastern graduate students Ji  more

Northeastern University: CDC is No Longer in Control of COVID-19 Hospitalization Data, Here's What That Means
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 22 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Under a new federal mandate, the COVID-19 data that U.S. hospitals had been sending directly to the Centers for Disease Control and prevention are now being sent to a different central database, using a system run by a private technology firm. The change raised concerns among public health experts, who warned the new directive might be a move to sideline the CDC, the leading public health agency in the U.S.   more

Northeastern University: Is Contact Tracing Enough to Slow the Spread of COVID-19?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 25 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: In many states across the U.S., contact tracing paired with rapid testing has been an effective tool to slow the spread of COVID-19. Now, as schools, businesses, and organizations prepare to reopen during the ongoing pandemic, those efforts will need to be amplified to prevent a new wave of infections, said a panel of people who have been working as contact tracers. The panelists, all three of whom are student  more

Northeastern University: We Have to Move to Place Where Non-Serious, Non-Violent, Non-Dangerous Actions Do Not Involve Police Interaction
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 23 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Working as an assistant U.S. attorney, Deborah Ramirez saw the inequities in the criminal justice system in court every day. "It didn't take me long to see that most of the defendants in the courthouse were Latinx, were Black, came from very disadvantaged backgrounds," said Ramirez, now a professor of law at Northeastern. "And I felt, and knew, that the system was disproportionately impacting communities of c  more

Northeastern Will Provide More Than $350M in Financial Aid, Millions More Will Support COVID-19 Efforts
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 18 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: At a time of unprecedented economic uncertainty, Northeastern University will provide $355 million in direct financial aid--grants, not loans--to its students during the 2020-21 academic year. The record investment is part of the university's ongoing commitment to make a Northeastern education available to talented students from all circumstances and backgrounds. The aid investment represents an increase of mo  more

Remembering Rep. Lewis, H'98, at Brandeis
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, July 25 -- Brandeis University issued the following statement by American Studies professor Thomas Doherty: On July 17, 2020, after a six-month battle with pancreatic cancer, Congressman John Lewis passed away at age 80. The eulogies for the civil rights icon stated the obvious: that he touched lives and transformed history, that with his passing went also a tangible link to a purgatorial era in American history best not forgotten. An extraordinary number of people have  more

Springfield College Community Joins the Nation in Mourning the Loss of Rep. Lewis
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, July 21 -- Springfield College issued the following statement by President Mary-Beth Cooper: The Springfield College community joins with the nation in mourning the loss of Congressman John Lewis. His life was a testament to the ideals we aspire to - leadership in service to others. A giant in public service, Congressman Lewis championed what is right, what is just, and what is fair. His unwavering commitment to advancing human rights through perhaps the most fundame  more

Tufts University: Call to Action for Stronger, Better-Funded Federal Nutrition Research
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 21 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: The nation needs to strengthen and increase funding for federal nutrition research and improve cross-governmental coordination in order to accelerate discoveries, grow the economy, and - most importantly - improve public health, food/nutrition security, and population resilience, according to a high-level group of research, policy, and government experts. Their new white paper, supported by The Rockefeller Fo  more

Tufts University: New Cell Profiling Method Could Speed TB Drug Discovery
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, July 24 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: A new technology that combines high throughput imaging and machine learning could speed discovery of drugs to fight tuberculosis, which for generations has killed more people worldwide than any other disease caused by a single agent--4,000 people every day. Current treatment requires multiple drugs for at least six months and sometimes years, and antibiotic resistance is growing, increasing urgency for fi  more

Tufts University: Women, College Graduates, Democrats More Likely to Self-Isolate to Reduce Coronavirus Risks
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, July 21 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: Women, older Americans, Democrats and people with more education are more likely to try to isolate themselves from contact with other people to reduce COVID-19 transmission risks, according to a new Tufts University national survey. The survey also identified notable differences in whether people have received testing for COVID-19 based on geographic regions, age group, educational level, political affili  more

UMaine, UMass Amherst Researchers Bioengineering Novel Membrane to Capture COVID-19 Airborne Droplets
ORONO, Maine, July 21 -- The University of Maine issued the following news release: Detection and analysis of airborne coronavirus droplets using a bioengineered membrane is the focus of exploratory research at the University of Maine and University of Massachusetts Amherst, funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF). Their inspiration comes from nature -- the pitcher plant, with its liquid membrane that traps insects. The project, led by UMaine biomedical engineer Caitlin Howell and UM  more

UMass Amherst Researcher Jessica Schiffman and UMaine Collaborators Receive NSF Grant to Collect and Analyze COVID-19 Droplets
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 24 -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: Jessica Schiffman, associate professor of chemical engineering, is collaborating with researchers at the University of Maine to develop a novel bio-inspired membrane that can capture COVID-19 airborne droplets. Schiffman and her UMaine counterparts received grants totaling more than $225,000 from the National Science Foundation's (NSF) early-concept grants for exploratory research program, al  more

UMass Amherst-Led Research Team Receives $749,998 NSF Grant to Use Edge and Cloud Computing to Improve Drone Capabilities
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 22 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news on July 21: A research team led by a University of Massachusetts Amherst researcher recently received a $749,998 National Science Foundation (NSF) grant to improve drone capabilities through edge- and cloud computing. The research team is led by Michael Zink, professor of electrical and computer engineering at UMass Amherst. He is joined by Ewa Deelman from the Information Science Instit  more

UMass Amherst: Physicist Stephane Willocq and Team Receive DOE Support to Study Higgs Bosons
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 22 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: This month the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) announced $132 million in funding awards to researchers at more than 50 universities, including physicist Stephane Willocq and his team, who are working on topics in high energy physics. The purpose is "to advance knowledge of how the universe works at its most fundamental level." In addition to Willocq, his team on the ATLAS Experiment at   more

UMass Amherst: Researchers Find Shifts in Breeding Times and Duration for 73 Boreal Bird Species Over 40 Years
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 24 -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: In a new study out this week, a team including forest ecologist Malcolm Itter at the University of Massachusetts Amherst reports finding "clear evidence of a contraction of the breeding period" among boreal birds in Finland over a 43-year span for which good quality data were available. The study was run by researchers within the Research Centre for Ecological Change (RCEC) at the University o  more

UMass Amherst: The Magnetic Field in and Around a Spiral Galaxy
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 23 -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: This composite image shows the huge extent of a spiral galaxy's magnetic field. Galaxy NGC 4217 is a star-formingspiral galaxy similar to the Milky Way. It is about 67 million light-years from Earth in the constellation Ursa Major, according to astronomers in an international collaboration called CHANGES. The galaxy is seen edge-on in a visible-light image from the Sloan Digital Sky Survey and   more

UMass Freezes In-State Undergraduate and Graduate Student Tuition for the 2020-21 Academic Year
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 22 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst issued the following news: Responding to the financial hardships that many Massachusetts families are facing, the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted to freeze tuition rates for in-state undergraduate and graduate students for the 2020-21 academic year. Across the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses, tuition will average $14,722 for the nearly 48,000 in-state undergraduate students before fin  more

UMass-Boston Freezes In-State Undergraduate and Graduate Student Tuition for 2020-21 Academic Year
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 21 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news on July 20: Responding to the financial hardships that many Massachusetts families are facing, the University of Massachusetts Board of Trustees voted today to freeze tuition rates for in-state undergraduate and graduate students for the 2020-21 academic year. Across the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth, and Lowell campuses, tuition will average $14,722 for the nearly 48,000 in-state undergradua  more

University of Massachusetts Names Winchester National STEM Leadership Program Fellow
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 22 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Woodrow Winchester, a senior lecturer and director of engineering management in the mechanical and industrial engineering (MIE) department with the University of Massachusetts Amherst, was named a fellow in the second cohort of the IAspire Leadership Academy, a leadership program aimed at helping STEM faculty from underrepresented backgrounds ascend to leadership roles at colleges and un  more

Western New England University to Offer Master of Science in Construction Management Through College of Engineering
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, July 23 -- Western New England University issued the following news release: Western New England University has announced the addition of a new Master of Science in Construction Management program to the list of graduate degree offerings. "Construction Management is defined as a professional service that uses specialized, project management techniques to oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project, from its beginning to its end," says Kenneth Lee, fo  more