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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving New York Newsletter for Sunday July 26, 2020 ( 196 items )  

1 Year Later: NYS Must Ensure Climate Pollution Regs Are in Line With Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act
ALBANY, New York, July 18 -- Environmental Advocates of New York issued the following joint statement by Director of Climate Policy Conor Bambrick and NYC Environmental Justice Alliance Annel Hernandez Associate Director: "One year ago, New York made history as Governor Cuomo signed one of the world's most ambitious climate plans into law. The Climate Leadership and Community Protection Act prioritizes environmental justice and specifically directs a 35% share of all of New York's clean energy   more

24 New Badges Prepare Girl Scouts to Be Ambitious and Decisive Leaders
NEW YORK, July 22 -- Girl Scouts of the USA issued the following news release on July 21: Girl Scouts of the USA (GSUSA) announced 24 new badges designed to help girls practice ambitious leadership in the crucial areas of automotive engineering, STEM career exploration, entrepreneurship, and civics, many of which remain male-dominated. In a year of unprecedented global change, our country's need for strong, broad-minded, and decisive leadership has never been greater. Through new and existing p  more

26th Parkinson's Unity Walk Goes Virtual! Join Us on Saturday, July 11th at 11:00 AM ET, Support Awareness, Research for Better Treatments for Parkinson's Disease
KINGSTON, New Jersey, July 24 -- The Parkinson Alliance issued the following news: The Parkinson Alliance announced that the 26th annual Parkinson's Unity Walk, our in-person event in New York City's Central Park previously scheduled for April 25th, will now take place virtually on July 11th at 11:00 am ET. COVID-19 might have caused the Unity Walk to take a pause, but we know that Parkinson's disease does not take a pause, and it is critical to continue to support vital research for the develo  more

350.org Joins 110 Plus Organizations in Support of a Frontlines Climate Justice Executive Action Platform
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The 350.org issued the following statement on July 22 by North America Director Tamara Toles O'Laughlin: We are in a climate crisis and a public health crisis exposing the deep fissures of inequality in America. Black and Brown communities live with more pollution, making them more vulnerable to COVID-19. A Climate Justice President must be ready to address decades of environmental inequality immediately using the full powers of the Executive branch. Today, 350.org and mor  more

350.org on the SEIU-Led Strike for Black Lives
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: Monday, July 20, SEIU is leading a Strike for Black Lives. In solidarity with labor unions and movements for racial and economic justice, 350.org has signed on in strong support. On the Strike, Tamara Toles O'Laughlin, 350.org North America Director issued the following statement: "350.org is committed to supporting the Strike for Black Lives as part of the call to action for climate, economic, and racial justice. We refuse t  more

350.org: Movements Put G20 Governments and Central Banks on Notice - 'We Need a Truly Just Recovery'
NEW YORK, July 19 -- The 350.org issued the following Joint news release: Civil society organizations and grassroots movements from across the globe sent a strong message to G20 governments and central banks, demanding a Just Recovery from both Covid-19 and the climate crisis. Actions included banner drops, projections and blockades of public buildings, as well as a series of online actions. Over the last few days, the European Council and the G20 Finance Ministers and Central Banks Governors   more

Access Now Joins Amicus Brief in Defense of Open Technology Fund
NEW YORK, July 25 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Access Now joined an amicus curiae brief in support of the Open Technology Fund (OTF) in the U.S. Court of Appeal for the D.C. Circuit, opposing the Trump administration and the U.S. Agency for Global Media's (USAGM) decision to dismiss OTF leadership, dissolve its board, and replace the board with administration loyalists. The amicus brief argues that actual and perceived independence of OTF, which funds anti-surveillance tech  more

Access Now Welcomes Javier Pallero as New Policy Director
NEW YORK, July 25 -- Access Now issued the following news release on July 24: Access Now is excited to announce Javier Pallero's new appointment of Policy Director, where he will spearhead our expansive international policy work and lead a talented team of changemakers. Javier takes this new position after five and a half years as our Latin America Policy Lead, where he carved out Access Now's regional vision and content governance work, including the organization's participation in internation  more

Access Now: #WhyID - Digital Health Certificates are Not Immune From Violating Users' Rights
NEW YORK, July 23 -- Access Now issued the following news release: As the world scrambles to respond to COVID-19, governments and international organizations are exploring various forms of digital health certificates to allow people greater access to spaces and services based on their health status and other private information. But as the world looks to technology to address this unprecedented crisis, we must ensure it is not individuals being targeted, but the virus. Access Now, in consultat  more

Access Now: Tunisian ISPs Violate Customers' Privacy
NEW YORK, July 21 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Internet service providers in Tunisia fail to protect customers' privacy, retaining and sharing personal data with third parties without their prior knowledge or explicit consent, finds ImpACT International for Human Rights Policies and Access Now. The joint study, titled Privacy Violated (https://www.accessnow.org/cms/assets/uploads/2020/07/Tunisia-ISPs-EN.pdf), found that seven of the country's main internet service providers  more

Access Now: U.S. FCC Should Help Indigenous Communities Access Broadband
NEW YORK, July 25 -- Access Now issued the following news release on July 24: Access Now joined a coalition of public interest groups in sending a letter to the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) supporting a request by the National Congress of American Indians, et al., to help close the digital divide by extending the deadline in a proceeding that would allow Indigenous ("Tribal") communities more access to U.S. federal government spectrum. The rural Tribal priority window in the F  more

ACLU Calls Trump Anti-Immigrant Census Order Unconstitutional
NEW YORK, July 22 -- 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: The American Civil Liberties Union calls President Trump's order seeking to ban immigrants who are undocumented from being counted in the census patently unconstitutional. Dale Ho, director of the ACLU's Voting Rights Project, successfully argued the U.S. Supreme   more

ACLU Comment on Federal Response to Portland Protests
NEW YORK, July 22 -- 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 17 by Interim Executive Director Jann Carson: According to reports overnight, federal authorities in Portland, OR, continued to fire tear gas at protesters and have been grabbing protesters off of streets in unmarked vehicles. * * * "What is happening now i  more

ACLU Comment on Reported Department of Homeland Security Plans to Deploy Federal Forces to Chicago
NEW YORK, July 21 -- 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 Executive Director Colleen Connell: The U.S. Department of Homeland Security is reportedly crafting plans to deploy roughly 150 federal agents to Chicago this week. * * * "In recent days, the Trump Administration has threatened to send unmarked federal forces to  more

ACLU Files First Amendment Challenge Against Michael Cohen's Retaliatory Imprisonment
NEW YORK, July 21 -- 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 20: The American Civil Liberties Union and law firm Perry Guha LLP filed a habeas petition on behalf of Michael Cohen seeking his immediate release to home confinement. The petition argues that the federal government's incarceration of Michael Cohen in ret  more

ACLU Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 20 -- 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 Executive Director Anthony D. Romero on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: "The death of John Lewis at this moment of national reckoning on race leaves us without a key protagonist for the third Reconstruction that must begin in November. We have lost a grea  more

ACLU Launches Vote By Mail Educational Tool
NEW YORK, July 23 -- 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: The American Civil Liberties Union launched "Let People Vote," a vote by mail educational tool to help voters protect their health and their civil liberties this election cycle. The tool, currently equipped with primary election information, will be refreshed in lat  more

ACLU Secures Release of U.S. Resident Unlawfully Detained Under Patriot Act
NEW YORK, July 23 -- 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: Adham Hassoun, a long-time U.S. resident unlawfully detained by the Trump administration under a never-before-used provision of the USA Patriot Act, is now a free man. Under a confidential court agreement, the U.S. government has released him to an undisclosed co  more

ACLU Statement on House Passage of the No Ban Act
NEW YORK, July 23 -- 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 22 by Manar Waheed, senior legislative and advocacy counsel: The House of Representatives passed the NO BAN Act, legislation that would repeal the Muslim ban, asylum ban, and refugee ban as well as Trump's most recent Muslim ban expansion, which primarily tar  more

ACLU Sues Feds, Portland Police for Attacking Medics at Protests
NEW YORK, July 23 -- 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: Multiple volunteer street medics are suing the Department of Homeland Security, U.S. Marshals Service, and the City of Portland for targeting and attacking them at Portland protests against police brutality. The lawsuit was filed in federal court by the American   more

ACLU Takes Border Wall Fight to Supreme Court
NEW YORK, July 23 -- 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: The American Civil Liberties Union asked the Supreme Court to halt construction of President Trump's border wall. In a motion filed on behalf of the Sierra Club and Southern Border Communities Coalition, the ACLU is urging the court to lift an earlier stay that a  more

ACLU: Federal Court Orders Michael Cohen's Release to Home Confinement
NEW YORK, July 24 -- 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 23: U.S. District Court Judge Alvin K. Hellerstein ordered the release of Michael Cohen to home confinement. Ruling from the bench, the federal judge found that the government violated the First Amendment by sending Cohen back to prison in retaliation for   more

Administration & Society Journal Issues Research Articles in September 2020 Edition
THOUSAND OAKS, California, July 24 -- Administration and Society, a journal that says it seeks to further the understanding of public and human service organizations, their administrative processes and effect on society, published research articles, including the following topics, in its September 2020 edition: Articles: * Pointless or Powerful: The Case for Oaths of Office * Goal Ambiguity, Management, and Performance in U.S. Nursing Homes * Lost and Found in Upstate New York: Exploring th  more

Alliance Defending Freedom: 2nd Circuit Breathes Life Into Religious Adoption Provider's Case Against NY Officials
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, July 22 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom issued the following news release: The U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit issued a resounding victory Tuesday for New Hope Family Services, a faith-based adoption provider. The court reversed a district court's dismissal of New Hope's lawsuit against New York officials seeking to shut down the provider simply for its religious beliefs about marriage. In November, at the request of Alliance Defending Freedom attorneys repres  more

Alliance Defending Freedom: SUNY Officials Assist Antagonist Mob in Disrupting Event, Silencing Conservative Guest Speaker
SCOTTSDALE, Arizona, July 23 -- The Alliance Defending Freedom issued the following news release: Alliance Defending Freedom and King & Spalding attorneys filed a lawsuit Wednesday on behalf of Young America's Foundation, College Republicans for the State University of New York at Binghamton, and a Binghamton student, challenging the unconstitutional actions and policies of the university that facilitated a mob's disruption of a conservative speaker. Renowned economist and presidential medal o  more

AMDA: Expert Guidance on Managing COVID-19 in Skilled Nursing Facilities Released
COLUMBIA, Maryland, July 24 -- AMDA - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine issued the following news release: An article in the July issue of JAMDA details new expert consensus recommendations for managing COVID-19 in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Specifically, the document addresses screening of residents and staff, management of COVID-19 positive and presumed positive cases, communication during an outbreak, management of admissions and readmissions, and providing emoti  more

American Association of Advertising Agencies Challenges Nielsen to Maintain Separate National In-Home and Out-of-Home TV Viewership
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The American Association of Advertising Agencies issued the following news release: The 4A's is announcing that the organization is challenging Nielsen's decision to combine national in-home and out-of-home television viewership into a single data stream./* This stream will be used in calculating ratings and inventory pricing at the start of the 2020-21 broadcast television season - and will also affect C3 and C7 ratings. This decision will negatively impact both agencies   more

American Association of Advertising Agencies: Consumers Follow Brand Promises and Focus on Brand Values
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The American Association of Advertising Agencies issued the following news release: Over 1,000 advertisers have paused ads from Facebook for the month of July to support the Stop Hate For Profit campaign that seeks to pressure the social media network to make a better effort to remove hate speech and harmful content from its platform. In response, Facebook shared plans to address demands. 4A's Research surveyed 1,024 consumers using Suzy, a real-time market research platfo  more

American Council of Learned Societies Fellowship Program to Focus On Supporting Early Career, Non-Tenured Scholars
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The American Council of Learned Societies issued the following news: The American Council of Learned Societies (ACLS) announced that it will redirect the funding focus of the ACLS Fellowship Program to support early career, non-tenured scholars exclusively. The decision comes in the wake of the disproportionate effect the current economic downturn has had on emerging independent scholars and those without tenured positions, as well as on academic programs in the humanities  more

American Jewish Congress Congratulates Spain for Adopting IHRA Definition
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement: The American Jewish Congress congratulates the Spanish government for adopting the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) working definition of antisemitism. This important definition remains the most comprehensive guideline for spotting, highlighting, and combating antisemitism in public life, media, schools, and in the religious sphere. Spain's firm stance against hatred of the Jewish people is wel  more

American Jewish Congress Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 20 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: The American Jewish Congress mourns the loss of Representative John Lewis, an icon of the civil rights movement and a modern-day American hero. John Lewis committed his life to civil rights activism and the struggle for equality. One of the original Freedom Riders and the youngest member of the Big Six civil rights leaders, John Lewis was always on the front line fightin  more

American National Standards Institute: Access CSIS Webcast on Public Private Partnerships - Foundation for America's Approach to Standards-Setting
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following commentary by President and CEO S. Joe Bhatia with Walt Copan, under secretary of commerce and director of NIST, and Phil Wennblom of director of standards policy at Intel Corp.: With standardization at the heart of U.S. competitiveness, leading experts including ANSI's President and CEO S. Joe Bhatia, Dr. Walt Copan, Under Secretary of Commerce and Director, NIST, and Phil Wennblom, Director of Standards Policy  more

American National Standards Institute: Join an International Workshop on Technical Guidelines for Development of Small Hydropower Plants
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) invites interested stakeholders to join a virtual workshop to develop an International Organization for Standardization (ISO) International Workshop Agreement (IWA) on technical guidelines for small hydropower (SHP) plants. The Standardization Administration of China (SAC) and Austrian Standards International - Standardization and Innovation (ASI), w  more

American National Standards Institute: Voluntary Standards Cover the Spectrum - From Pool Heaters to Robotic Powered Electrical Lawnmowers
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: In an effort to communicate the vital role that standards play in daily life, the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) publishes snapshots of the diverse standards initiatives undertaken in the global and national standards arena, many of which are performed by ANSI members and ANSI-accredited standards developers. Two of the latest selections follow: Pool Heaters Summertime is a popular   more

American Society of Interior Designers: M Moser Associates 'Living Lab' Reimagines the Workplace With High-Performance Technology, Enhanced Collaboration, Flexibility
WASHINGTON, July 20 -- The American Society of Interior Designers issued the following news release: The American Society of Interior Designers (ASID) has announced the latest case study in its Impact of Design Series: M Moser Associates Living Lab, designed by M Moser. A winner of the 2020 ASID Outcome of Design Awards in the "experimental impact" category, the New York project explores fresh ways of working with an entirely new workspace that speaks to its dedicated focus on post-occupancy re  more

American Wind Energy Association Statement on New York Issuing the Largest Ever U.S. Renewable Energy Procurement
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- The American Wind Energy Association issued the following statement on July 21 by CEO Tom Kiernan on New York's record-breaking renewable energy procurement: "The Empire State is about to launch an empire of clean, affordable, and job-driving renewable energy. "Today's announcement from Governor Cuomo underlines New York's leadership in harnessing the economic and environmental benefits of wind and other renewable energy technologies, with the onshore commitment alone en  more

Americas Society/Council of the Americas Launches Report on Urgency to Address Inequalities in Latin America's Health Systems
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The Americas Society/Council of the Americas issued the following news release: The Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) Healthcare Series presents Innovative and Sustainable: The Future of Health Systems in Latin America, a report that highlights key challenges and growing opportunities in healthcare to ensure the alignment of private-sector initiatives with public-sector goals in Latin America. "As Latin America is one of the global hotspots of COVID-19, und  more

Anti-Defamation League Mourns Loss of Civil Rights Icon, True American Hero Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 20 -- The Anti-Defamation League issued the following news release: ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) mourns the loss of U.S. Rep. John Lewis, D-GA, an iconic leader who played a pivotal role in the events of the Civil Rights Era, from the Freedom Rides, to Bloody Sunday, to the March on Washington, where he delivered one of the keynote addresses at the age of 23 as the youngest speaker to take the stage. Congressman Lewis repeatedly and bravely risked his life to promote the phil  more

As One-Year Mark of Hate-Fueled El Paso Mass Shooting Approaches, Texas GOP Chooses Gun Extremist With a History of Racist Remarks as Their Leader
MANHATTAN, New York, July 23 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Texas Republicans elected NRA board member Lt. Col. Allen West as Chairman at their convention Monday. West, a gun extremist who has a history of making racist, xenophobic, and Islamophobic remarks, has been an outspoken conspiracy theorist and critic of the Black Lives Matter movement. He has suggested that gun laws were responsible for the Holocaust,   more

As Protests Against Police Violence Continue in Portland, Resources Available on Police Shootings and Gun Violence
MANHATTAN, New York, July 23 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Since the police killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others, Portland has seen sustained protests against police violence. And in the last week, these protests have seen renewed attention after several outlets reported on the growing concerns of increased police violence against protesters by federal and Portland law enforcement. As y  more

Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association: Coalition of Leading Roofing and Construction Organizations Urge Federal Policymakers to Consider New Tax Credit Proposal
NEW YORK, July 25 -- The Asphalt Roofing Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: A coalition of leading associations and businesses across the home improvement, roofing manufacturing, and construction industries, led by the Co-CEOs of Standard Industries, David Millstone and David Winter, recently sent letters to the White House and leaders of the House Ways and Means Committee and Senate Finance Committee urging them to support a proposal that would help families make mean  more

Association for Computing Machinery: India Council of World's Leading Computing Association Announces New Leadership
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The Association for Computing Machinery issued the following news release: During its Annual General Meeting held on June 30, 2020, the India Council of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), elected Jayant Haritsa as President, Hemangee Kapoor as Vice President and Venkatesh Raman as Secretary/Treasurer. The ACM India Council is an effort of ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, aimed at increasing the level and visibility of ACM ac  more

Association of University Presses Unveils Redesigned Website and New Collaboration Space
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The Association of University Presses issued the following news: The Association of University Presses (AUPresses) is pleased to announce the redesign of its public website at www.aupresses.org in conjunction with the launch of UP Commons, an online community for Association members. Taken together, these new sites represent the diverse range and serve the broad needs of the growing AUPresses community, which now numbers more than 150 scholarly publishers in 17 countries.   more

BritishAmerican Business: Wilson Del Socorro Announced as Next BAB Policy Steering Committee Co-Chair
NEW YORK, July 20 -- BritishAmerican Business issued the following news: Wilson Del Socorro, Global Director of Public Affairs at Diageo has been selected as the latest co-Chair of the BritishAmerican Business Policy Steering Committee, alongside Denise Peet, Head of Government Affairs UK, Caterpillar. Wilson will be joining Denise as co-Chair following the end of tenure for Richard Currie, Director of Public Affairs & Brexit, UPS, who has served as Chair of the Committee since June 2019, after  more

Burkina Faso: Living Conditions Worsen for Displaced People as Violence Escalates and Rainy Season Begins
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: The number of displaced people seeking safety in Burkina Faso's Center-North region has almost doubled in six months to 386,000 as a result of growing insecurity and violence in the region. Many have no option but to live in improvised shelters in remote areas, without basic services and exposed to the elements as the rainy season begins. To help meet the vast needs, Doctors Without Borders/Mede  more

Cell Death & Differentiation Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 19 -- Cell Death and Differentiation, a journal that says it devotes itself to scientific excellence in the field of cell biology, molecular biology and biochemistry of cell death and disease, published research articles, including the following topics, in its August 2020 edition: Article: * Convergence of pathway analysis and pattern recognition predicts sensitization to latest generation TRAIL therapeutics by IAP antagonism * Fenretinide induces a new form of dynamin-depende  more

Center for Constitutional Rights Applauds Passing of NO BAN Act
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement on vote on the NO BAN Act in Congress: "We commend Congress for passing the NO BAN Act, repealing Trump's discriminatory Muslim and African Ban. This is a significant rebuke to a hallmark of this administration's broader war on immigrants. The Muslim Ban is fundamentally discriminatory and should be repealed in its entirety. It was designed to target Muslims and amended to single out African countries. It h  more

Center for Constitutional Rights Denounces Federal Forces in Cities, Militarized Crackdowns on Protesters, Rising Authoritarianism
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement: The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement in response to recent news about federal forces in Portland, OR, and the president's announced plans to send forces to other cities, including Chicago, New York, Baltimore, Oakland, and Philadelphia: "Federal and local law enforcement's militarized attacks on cities and protesters are symptoms of a rising and desperate authoritarianism fr  more

Center for Constitutional Rights Supports Strike for Black Lives
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following statement in support of the Strike for Black Lives: As the Strike for Black Lives outlines, "This is a moment to transform our economy and democracy, but until we dismantle racism and white supremacy, we cannot win economic, climate, or immigration justice." "We unequivocally support the demands of the strike: for justice for Black communities, accountability for elected officials at every level to "rewrite and rei  more

Center for Popular Democracy: Honoring Legacy of Good Trouble in Civil Rights Icons Rep. John Lewis, Rev. C.T. Vivian
BROOKLYN, New York, July 20 -- The Center for Popular Democracy issued the following statement in response to the death of two legendary civil rights icons: "We are devastated by the news that both civil rights icons Reverend Cordy Tindell "C.T." Vivian, and Representative John Lewis have died. Their life-long fight for justice and equality laid the foundation for the latest waves of community organizing to build a world where Black and brown people, immigrant families, and all of our communiti  more

Center for Strategic & International Studies: Ripe for Reform - Policy Implications for African Cities During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, July 25 -- The Center for Strategic and International Studies issued the following commentary by Judd Devermont, director of the Africa Program: In a recent World Bank study, economists Somik Lall and Sameh Wahba argue that economic geography, not physical geography, determines the risk of contagion. The Covid-19 virus has spread the fastest in urban zones where people lack access to indoor floor space, sound infrastructure, and the capacity to spend time safely outdoors distanced f  more

Center on Budget & Policy Priorities: Delivering Human Services During COVID-19 - An Interview With LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins
WASHINGTON, July 21 -- The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities issued the following transcript of an interview with LIFT CEO Michelle Rhone-Collins: CBPP partnered with LIFT, a human service organization that works in underserved communities of color in Chicago, Los Angeles, New York City, and Washington, D.C., to examine the pandemic's impact on families with children, with very low incomes and limited savings, that are living in neighborhoods that were hard hit by the pandemic. We asked LI  more

Chesapeake Bay Foundation: States File Suit Challenging Clean Water Permitting Rollback
ANNAPOLIS, Maryland, July 22 -- The Chesapeake Bay Foundation issued the following news release: The attorneys general of Virginia, Maryland, the District of Columbia, and New York joined other states in filing a suit challenging the weakened water quality permitting rule recently finalized by the Trump Administration. The new rule undermines states' authority under section 401 of the Clean Water Act to ensure that projects to build natural gas pipelines, dams, and other infrastructure that re  more

Children's Hospital at Albany Med Joins Pediatricians Urging Relief for Financial Hardship Brought About by Coronavirus Pandemic
ALBANY, New York, July 24 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: Leaders of four upstate New York children's hospitals, including the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Med, have joined together to urgently request additional financial assistance for their pediatric practices as a result of the coronavirus pandemic. Pediatricians affiliated with the Bernard & Millie Duker Children's Hospital at Albany Med, Upstate Goli  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: The First Mouse Model of Human Pancreas Cancer Subtypes
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 24 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Scientists at Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) have created the first mouse model of pancreatic cancer that recreates two subtypes of the human disease. The model, published July 23, 2020 in Cancer Discovery, will help researchers investigate why some pancreatic cancers are more aggressive than others and what causes them to progress, paving the way to targeted therapies. Pancreatic ductal  more

Committee to Protect Journalist Matiullah Jan Abducted in Pakistan 1 Day Before Supreme Court Hearing
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Pakistan authorities should conduct a thorough and transparent investigation into the disappearance of journalist Matiullah Jan and ensure his safety, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. This morning, several unidentified men intercepted Jan's car in Islamabad's G-6 Sector, forced him into another vehicle, and drove away, according to news reports (https://www.rferl.org/a/pakistani-journalist-critical-o  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Liberian Authorities Attack, Detain Journalist Max Richards Jr.
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Liberian authorities should investigate the attack and arrest of journalist Max M. Richards Jr. and hold those responsible to account, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 9, in the northeastern city of Ganta, a group of about 15 officers with Liberia's Drug Enforcement Agency attacked Richards Jr., a reporter with the privately owned Hott FM radio broadcaster, after he photographed them making a  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Ukrainian Journalist Katerina Sergatskova in Hiding Amid Threats, Doxing
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Ukrainian authorities should ensure journalist Katerina Sergatskova's safety and investigate the threats against her, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 11, Roman Skrypin, a local journalist, posted on Facebook-where he has more than 130,000 followers-a photo of Sergatskova, chief editor of independent news site Zaborona, along with her son, her son's name, and a picture purporting to be her ho  more

Community Foundation of Central New York: FM's Model United Nations Club Donates to COVID-19 Community Support Fund
SYRACUSE, New York, July 18 -- The Community Foundation of Central New York issued the following news: Each year, more than 600 students from around the Central New York area gather for the CNY Model United Nations (UN) Conference, hosted by the Fayetteville-Manlius (FM) Model UN Club. In addition to their regular Model UN activities, which include learning about diplomacy, international relations and the United Nations, the students and their director, Kate Gross, collect money to donate to a   more

Community Foundation of Central New York: The Rev Theatre Company - Using Arts to Educate Our Youth
SYRACUSE, New York, July 21 -- The Community Foundation of Central New York issued the following news: The power of the arts goes beyond providing culture, entertainment, and enjoyment. It is also a useful tool for educational purposes. The Rev Theatre Company (formerly Merry-Go-Round Playhouse), or The Rev, found a way to take its arts programming on the road to use the creativity and artistry of theatre to educate youth all over New York State. The Rev Theatre Company has been producing comp  more

Connecticut Fund for the Environment: Preserve Plum Island Coalition Calls on Congress and New York State to Save National Treasure
LONG ISLAND, New York, July 23 -- The Connecticut Fund for the Environment issued the following joint news release: Save the Sound and The Nature Conservancy unveiled Envision Plum Island, a new report detailing a vision and a plan for the future of Plum Island, an 822-acre island poised for the auction block. In a press conference earlier, stakeholders and the Preserve Plum Island Coalition called on Congress and New York State to save the island. Elected officials in attendance included U.S.   more

Consumer Reports Praises New York Legislature's Vote to Ban PFAS in Food Packaging
ALBANY, New York, July 23 -- Consumer Reports issued the following news release: Legislation approved by the New York state legislature today will help protect consumers from the harmful effects of a dangerous class of chemicals linked to serious health problems, according to Consumer Reports. The bill, sponsored by Assembly member Patricia Fahy (A. 4739) and Senator Brad Hoylman (S. 8817), bans the sale or distribution of food packaging that contains per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS).   more

Consumer Reports Releases Study on the Need for Greater Privacy and Security Protections for Direct-To-Consumer Genetic Testing
YONKERS, New York, July 23 -- Consumer Reports issued the following news release: Consumer Reports has released a new study investigating the regulatory environment of the direct-to-consumer genetic testing industry. The study, Direct-to-Consumer Genetic Testing: The Law Must Protect Consumers' Genetic Privacy, provides an overview of existing federal and state regulations and identifies legal gaps that leave the privacy and security of sensitive health data at risk. "Direct-to-consumer" (DTC  more

Coronavirus Impact Drops Americans' Financial Satisfaction to 2015 Levels: AICPA Index
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants issued the following news release: As Americans continue to endure the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, financial satisfaction continues to fall from its recent all-time high. The AICPA's Q2 2020 Personal Financial Satisfaction index (PFSi) measures 15.2, a 55 percent (18.5 point) decrease from the previous quarter. This is the PFSi's largest quarterly drop in the history of the index. The previous  more

Council on Social Work Education Announces Grantees for the Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative
ALEXANDRIA, Virginia, July 18 -- The Council on Social Work Education issued the following news release: The Council on Social Work Education (CSWE) announced the grantees for the fourth cycle of its Policy Practice in Field Education Initiative, funded by The New York Community Trust. This initiative enables schools of social work to create integrative models that heighten the policy skill set of undergraduate- and graduate-level social work students, regardless of specialization. The initiat  more

Counter Extremism Project: Consensus Building Among Lawmakers That E.U. Must Designate Hezbollah in Its Entirety
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: Leaders of the European Union (EU) last week received an unprecedented letter from 235 lawmakers representing 30 nations and 25 EU member states, urging the body to ban Iran's Lebanese proxy Hezbollah and designate it in its entirety as a terrorist group. The letter, known as the Transatlantic Declaration on Hezbollah, was sent to Brussels ahead of the July 18 anniversary of the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish  more

Counter Extremism Project: U.S. Moves to Stop Products Manufactured With Uighur-Forced Labor
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: The U.S. Department of Commerce blacklisted 11 Chinese firms this week accused of human rights violations. The companies were involved in using forced labor by Uighurs and other Muslim minority groups--a practice actively promoted by Beijing and which the Commerce Department described as "reprehensible." The move was made in response to resurfaced drone footage showing blindfolded and shackled Uighurs being le  more

D.L. Eyewear, From Dan Levy of 'Schitt's Creek,' to Support Local Initiatives Support Corp
NEW YORK, July 25 -- The Local Initiatives Support Corp. issued the following news release: Dan Levy, co-creator and star of Schitt's Creek, announced the relaunch of his unisex sun and optical eyewear line, D.L. Eyewear, available exclusively at dleyewear.com on August 9. The relaunch collection will include a thoughtfully edited grouping of 23 fashionable and versatile gender-fluid frames. Additional frames will be dropped throughout the year To celebrate the relaunch, D.L. Eyewear is please  more

Demos Issues Statement on Death of Civil Rights Leader, Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 20 -- Demos issued the following statement on July 18 on the death of civil rights leader and Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: Rep. John Lewis was so much more than a civil rights icon. He was a brilliant example of servant leadership in action. He walked among giants and inspired so many of us to pursue "good trouble" up until his last days. With an unyielding focus on this country's potential, he faced down hatred and put his life on the line in the name of racial equity. Freedom R  more

Department of Population Health Sciences Established at Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian/Weill Cornell Medical Center
NEW YORK, July 23 -- New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued the following joint news release: Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian have realigned the Department of Healthcare Policy and Research to address the intersection of research and practice. The newly named Department of Population Health Sciences, led by distinguished health services researcher, information scientist and leader Dr. Rainu Kaushal, aims to improve the health of populations through data-driven research, innovativ  more

DNA Testing Could Prove Pervis Payne's Innocence, Says Innocence Project in Petition Filed
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The Innocence Project issued the following news release: A petition for post-conviction DNA testing was filed on behalf of Pervis Payne, a black man with intellectual disability on Tennessee's death row. Mr. Payne, who had no prior criminal history, has maintained his innocence for more than 30 years and is represented by Innocence Project attorneys Barry Scheck and Vanessa Potkin, Nashville attorney Kelley Henry, and Scott Edelman, Jed Schwartz, and Andrew Porter of Milban  more

Drug Policy Alliance: Increase in Overdose Deaths in 2019 Raises Red Flag for Amid COVID-19
NEW YORK, July 18 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following statement by Sheila Vakharia, deputy director of the Research and Academic Engagement Department, in response to preliminary Centers for Disease Control and Prevention data showing an increase in drug overdose deaths in 2019: "While the increase in overdose deaths in the U.S. in 2019 is devastating, it is not at all surprising, and there is reason to believe that these deaths will continue to climb in 2020 as a result of the COV  more

Earthjustice: New York Must Ban PFAS From Food Packaging
SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 22 -- Earthjustice issued the following news statement by Eve Gartner, toxic exposure and health program managing attorney: This week New York State legislators are set to consider bills S.8817 and A.4739-C, which would ban the sale or distribution of food packaging that contains per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) by the end of this year. Earthjustice, its partners, and clients urge state legislators to follow the science and protect families from PFAS by   more

Earthjustice: New York State Legislature Passed Ban on Polyfluoroalkyl Substances in Food Packaging
SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 24 -- Earthjustice issued the following statement by Eve Gartner, toxic exposure and health program managing attorney: The New York State Legislature passed legislation (S.8817 and A.4739-C) that bans per- or polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in food packaging sold or distributed in the state effective in 2023. Earthjustice, its partners, and clients are grateful to the state legislators who followed the science and voted to protect families by banning toxic PFA  more

Earthjustice: Upcoming NY State Department of Health Vote on PFAS in Drinking Water to Take Place While DOH Stalls on Disclosing Critical Public Comments
SAN FRANCISCO, California, July 25 -- Earthjustice issued the following news release: On July 30, 2020, the Commissioner of the New York State Department of Health (DOH) and the rest of the State's Public Health and Health Planning Council (PHHPC) will meet to take final action on the state's proposed maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) in drinking water for toxic three toxic chemicals, including two PFAS, more than one year after the standards were initially proposed and six months after DOH wea  more

Earthworks: NY Could Become First in the Nation to Close Loophole on Dangerous Oil and Gas Waste
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- Earthworks issued the following statement on July 22 by Policy Analyst Melissa Troutman: The New York Senate approved Senate Bill S3392 that closes a hazardous waste loophole that has allowed over 640,000 tons of waste from fracking sites in Pennsylvania to be poorly disposed of in the state of New York. This follows the passage of a companion bill in the Assembly (A2655). If Governor Andrew Cuomo signs the bill, New York will become the first state in the US to ensure th  more

Edward Chu, M.D., M.M.S., to Lead Cancer Medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System
BRONX, New York, July 23 -- Montefiore Health System issued the following news release: Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System announced that Edward Chu, M.D., M.M.S., has been named director of the National Cancer Institute-designated Albert Einstein Cancer Center; vice president for cancer medicine at Montefiore Medicine; professor of medicine and of molecular pharmacology; and will hold the Carol and Roger Einiger Professorship of Cancer Medicine at Einstein. In the  more

Environmental Advocates of New York: Broad Coalition Urges the NYS Public Service Commission to #KeepWaterOn
ALBANY, New York, July 21 -- Environmental Advocates of New York issued the following news release: A broad coalition of environmental justice, labor, faith-based, and legal rights organizations submitted joint comments to the New York Public Service Commission (PSC) urging the Commission to protect access to clean water during the COVID-19 pandemic and recovery. A subset of these organizations submitted more detailed comments with additional data and information. On June 11, the PSC opened a   more

Environmental Advocates: NY State Legislature Passes 3-Tree Clean Water Bill
ALBANY, New York, July 23 -- Environmental Advocates of New York issued the following statement by clean water associate Rob Hayes: The New York State Legislature has passed A.8349/S.5612-A , which adds class C streams to the list of those included under the Protection of Waters Regulatory Program within the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation. * * * "Once again, New York has stood up to the Trump administration. "While the federal government rolls back clean water protections left   more

Environmental Advocates: State Legislature Closes Hazardous Waste Loophole
ALBANY, New York, July 23 -- Environmental Advocates of New York issued the following statement by clean water associate Rob Hayes: The State Legislature passed A.2655/S.3392, which closes the hazardous waste loophole, a loophole that allows hydrofracking waste to escape the definition of hazardous, leading to it being disposed of improperly. * * * "New York led the nation to ban fracking, and now the State Legislature has ensured that fracking waste will no longer pollute our clean waters.   more

Environmental Defense Fund, Allies Ask Court to Reject Trump EPA's Finding That Coal Plant Mercury Standards Don't Need to Be Stronger
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release: EDF and a coalition of public health and environmental advocates are challenging the Trump EPA's claim that our current Mercury and Air Toxics Standards for coal-fired power plants are adequate to protect public health. The groups filed a petition for review of the agency's "residual risk and technology review" in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. EDF is also part of a separate lawsuit opposing  more

Environmental Defense Fund: More Than 30 Companies Walk Talk on Climate Leadership, Calling on Congress to Support Clean Energy in COVID Relief, Recovery
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following statement on July 21 by Managing Director Victoria Mills: "32 major energy buyers called on Congress to combat climate change while providing COVID-19 relief and putting Americans back to work. In asking lawmakers to invest in and ensure the viability of the renewable energy sector, these businesses are using their voices to advocate for policies consistent with their environmental goals. They're also setting an example fo  more

Environmental Defense Fund: New Mexico Agencies Take Big Step Toward Urgently Needed Methane Regulation
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following statement by Jon Goldstein, director of regulatory and legislative affairs of Energy: "New Mexico's Oil Conservation Division and Environment Department introduced proposed rules to reduce oil and gas methane emissions. State agencies set out to develop nation-leading regulations to curb emissions at the direction of Gov. Lujan Grisham's 2019 executive order to slow climate change and reduce energy waste. "Oil and gas ope  more

EPA Used Critically Flawed, Illegal Process to Select Potential Members for Its Chemical Safety Advisory Panel
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following statement on July 23 by Lead Senior Scientist Richard Denison: "Today EPA released a list of potential candidates for a key chemical safety advisory committee that is critically flawed from the outset: Candidates were solicited and screened under an illegal directive issued by scandal-plagued former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt that barred any scientist receiving EPA grant funding from serving on the agency's dozens of a  more

Episcopal Relief & Development and Trinity Church Wall Street Announce Partnership in Response to COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The Episcopal Relief and Development issued the following news release: Episcopal Relief & Development and Trinity Church Wall Street are partnering on a response to the COVID-19 Pandemic. The partnership, supported by a $1,021,683 grant from Trinity Church Wall Street, will reach an estimated two million individuals with expanded relief efforts and strengthened resilience activities. "COVID-19 has had a profound impact on the communities where we work, both as an immediat  more

EquiLend and The Risk Management Association Release Latin America Securities Finance User Guide 2020
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The Risk Management Association issued the following news release: EquiLend and The Risk Management Association (RMA) have joined forces with domestic and international market participants active in Latin America to produce the second annual Latin America Securities Finance User Guide, published. The Latin America Securities Finance User Guide 2020 reviews the current and future state of Latin American securities finance markets including Brazil, Mexico, Peru, Argentina, C  more

Everytown Applauds House Democrats for Including Key Gun Safety Measures in Appropriations Package
NEW YORK, July 23 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, released the following statements applauding House Democrats for including several key gun safety measures that Everytown advocated for in the Fiscal Year 2021 appropriations package. The package includes several gun safety measures, which are outlined in detail be  more

Everytown for Gun Safety Denounces Senate Republicans for One Month of Inaction on George Floyd Justice in Policing Act
NEW YORK, July 24 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on July 23: Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, released the following statements denouncing Senate Republicans for failing to act in the month since the House of Representatives passed the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act. "The families of George Floyd and so many other Black Americans who have  more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Respond to 'Operation Legend'
NEW YORK, July 24 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, released the following statements on the Trump Administration's "Operation Legend": "If President Trump were serious about preventing gun violence, he'd listen to the communities he's disparaging, invest in proven solutions, and strengthen our gun laws," said John  more

Everytown, Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Respond to Reports Trump Administration Sending Federal Troops to Chicago
NEW YORK, July 23 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, released the following statements amid reports that the Trump administration is planning to send federal agents to Chicago and is considering sending agents to New York City and other cities: "This dangerous political stunt isn't fooling anyone," said John Feinbla  more

Eye Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 23 -- Eye, a journal from the Royal College of Ophthalmologists that says it provides the practicing ophthalmologist with information on clinical and laboratory research, published research articles on the following topics in its August 2020 edition: Review Articles: * Guide to preclinical models used to study the pathophysiology of idiopathic intracranial hypertension * Montgomery in, Bolam out: are trainee surgeons 'material risks' when taking consent for cataract surgery?   more

Feinstein Institutes Receives $15 Million NIH Grant to Study Brain Dysfunction in Lupus
LAKE SUCCESS, New York, July 21 -- Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research issued the following news: The Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research has been awarded a $15 million grant to study brain dysfunction tied to lupus by the National Institutes of Health. Lupus, which affects up to 1.5 million Americans, is an autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system attacks cells and organs through antibodies, causing most commonly rash, fever, and joint pain. Betty Diamond, MD, director  more

Feinstein Institutes' Researchers Highlight Breakthroughs in Brain Tumor Research
MANHASSET, New York, July 24 -- Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research issued the following news: Physicians from the department of neurosurgery at Lenox Hill Hospital, in collaboration with the Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research and the Donald and Barbara Zucker School of Medicine at Hofstra/Northwell, announced a comprehensive update on biotechnology breakthroughs in brain tumor research. The paper is a culmination of recent neuro-oncology research and emerging therapies, much of wh  more

General Aviation Manufacturers Association Announces 2020 Aviation Design Challenge Winners
WASHINGTON, July 22 -- The General Aviation Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: The General Aviation Manufacturers Association (GAMA) announced that the team from Riverwood International Charter School in Sandy Springs, Georgia, is the winner of the 2020 GAMA Aviation Design Challenge. The team from Harkness Career and Technical Center in Cheektowaga, New York, is the second-place winner. "As we have been each of the eight years of our Aviation Design Challenge, we are  more

Guttmacher Institute: New Estimates Show Worldwide Decrease in Unintended Pregnancies
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The Guttmacher Institute issued the following news release on July 22: Millions of women and girls worldwide experience unintended pregnancy each year. With improved access to sexual and reproductive health services however, the number of unintended pregnancies worldwide has fallen since 1990-1994. A new study (https://www.guttmacher.org/article/2020/07/unintended-pregnancy-and-abortion-income-region-and-legal-status-abortion-estimates) published today in Lancet Global Hea  more

Hispanic Federation: President Trump's Unconstitutional and Unenforceable Census Memorandum
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The Hispanic Federation issued the following statement on July 21 by President Frankie Miranda condemning President Trump's attempt to exclude non-citizens: "Today's memorandum from the White House instructing the U.S. Department of Commerce to exclude undocumented immigrants from the 2020 Decennial Census count is yet another tired and sad attempt on the part of the Trump Administration to distract Americans from the real and grave problems our nation is facing. "For th  more

Human Rights First Opposes Federal Agents Reach Into American Cities
WASHINGTON, July 21 -- Human Rights First issued the following statement on July 20 by President and CEO Michael Breen: Last week in Portland, OR, federal agents in unmarked uniforms from Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) and the Coast Guard, under the aegis of the Department of Homeland Security's Federal Protection Service (FPS) began taking some activists into custody without explanation. Today, P  more

Human Rights Watch: Stars Back Human Rights Watch's Vision for Post-COVID-19 World
NEW YORK, July 20 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Human Rights Watch will hold a star-studded virtual event on July 23, 2020, to lay out its vision of building a better post-Covid world for all based on greater respect for human rights. The 45-minute broadcast, "The Future We Build Together," is free to attend and will feature performances by Annie Lennox, the cellist Sheku Kanneh-Mason, and Brandon Victor Dixon, who played Aaron Burr in Hamilton. The event will be bro  more

Immigration Equality Denounces Trump Administration Proposal to End Asylum
NEW YORK, July 21 -- Immigration Equality issued the following statement by Legal Director Bridget Crawford: "We have never faced a threat to asylum like the one before us right now. The proposed rules are so draconian that almost no one would be deemed eligible for asylum--no matter how strong their claim, or how compelling their story. "The Trump administration's attempt to abolish asylum cuts at the very heart of who we should be as a nation: a beacon of hope for people fleeing persecution.  more

Independent Health Association: $1.00 Annual Passes Available to Essential Workers
BUFFALO, New York, July 18 -- Independent Health Association issued the following news release: Reddy Bikeshare in partnership with Independent Health, with support from the Better Bike Share Partnership, is offering $1.00 annual passes to essential workers until 500 total passes are redeemed. "Reddy Bikeshare and Independent Health would like to say thank you to all the hard working and dedicated people on the front lines that have kept our community running for the past four months," said J  more

Insurance Information Institute: Hurricane Douglas Poses Threat to Hawaii
NEW YORK, July 25 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release on July 24: Hurricane Douglas is headed toward Hawaii and the storm's strong winds and heavy rains have the potential to cause property damage statewide later this weekend, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I). "The National Hurricane Center is currently forecasting Douglas to be at hurricane strength when it approaches Hawaii this weekend. While it will likely weaken somewhat from  more

Insurance Information Institute: Tropical Storm Hanna Could Impact Texas, Louisiana
NEW YORK, July 25 -- The Insurance Information Institute issued the following news release: Tropical Storm Hanna has the potential to cause property damage along the Texas and Louisiana coasts as a Saturday landfall is expected near Corpus Christi, Texas. Impacts of this tropical cyclone, the earliest eighth named Atlantic basin storm on record, are covered under different insurance policies, according to the Insurance Information Institute (Triple-I). Wind-caused property damage is covered u  more

International Refugee Assistance Project: Asylum Seekers File Federal Lawsuit to Protect Their Ability to Work
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The International Refugee Assistance Project issued the following news release: Immigrant advocacy organizations CASA, the Asylum Seeker Advocacy Project (ASAP), Centro Legal de la Raza, Oasis Legal Services, and Pangea Legal Services filed a federal lawsuit to stop the U.S. government from implementing new rules that would limit the ability of asylum seekers to work legally in the United States. The case was filed in the District of Maryland by the International Refugee As  more

International Rescue Committee Grieves Over the Loss of Colleague in Nigeria
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following statement: The IRC strongly condemns the senseless execution of our colleague, Luka Filibus, and his fellow humanitarian captives. We are deeply saddened and heartbroken by this news. Luka and his family were forced to flee their home, and he was still compelled to alleviate the suffering of children. He dedicated his life to protecting children and to help lessen their trauma in the face of crisis. His colleagues in  more

International Rescue Committee: New Survey Finds Increases in Child Protection Concerns and Unaccompanied Children in Conflict-Affected Countries
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: A new survey issued by the International Rescue Committee (IRC) to staff working on the front lines of child protection services within 17 countries impacted by conflict or crisis finds that child protection concerns have increased among 55% of respondents. An additional 24% of respondents said that the severity of the violence children are facing has increased. The survey was issued during the month of J  more

International Swaps and Derivatives Association: Bloomberg Begins Publishing Calculations Related to IBOR Fallbacks
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association issued the following news release: Bloomberg and ISDA announced that Bloomberg Index Services Limited (BISL) has begun calculating and publishing fallbacks that ISDA intends to implement for certain key interbank offered rates (IBORs). ISDA will soon publish amendments to its standard interest rate derivatives definitions to incorporate these new fallbacks, which are adjusted versions of various risk-free rates (RFRs). RF  more

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America Launches Voter Registration Tool
NEW YORK, July 22 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) launched a new tool on their website to help veterans and civilians across the country register to vote. "Voting is not a partisan issue and access to state by state voting information should not be challenging to find. Our community has served this country fighting to protect this inalienable American right. Veterans and civilians alike should be abl  more

Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans: Missed Opportunity: Secretary Wilkie Fails to Address Accusations of Discrimination at Kansas City Virginia
NEW YORK, July 21 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release on July 20: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) participated on the latest bi-weekly call that VA Secretary Robert Wilkie holds with Veteran Service Organizations. Although requested by IAVA CEO Jeremy Butler to address recent reports (https://newrepublic.com/article/158414/inside-vas-long-standing-racism-problem) of racist behavior at the Kansas City VA Medical Center, the Secretary chos  more

Journal of Clinical Microbiology Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The Journal of Clinical Microbiology, a journal that says it features laboratory diagnosis of human and animal infections from the American Society for Microbiology, published research articles on the following topics in its August 2020 edition: Minireview: * Comparative Pathogenesis of Bovine and Porcine Respiratory Coronaviruses in the Animal Host Species and SARS-CoV-2 in Humans Bacteriology: * Bacteremia and Blood Culture Utilization during COVID-19 Surge in New   more

Journal of Perinatology Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The Journal of Perinatology, a peer-reviewed journal from the American Academy of Pediatrics and National Perinatal Association that says it provides perinatal and neonatal healthcare teams with maternal, fetal and neonatal care concepts, published research articles on the following topics in its August 2020 edition: Review Article: * Beractant and poractant alfa in premature neonates with respiratory distress syndrome: a systematic review of real-world evidence studies a  more

Lambda Legal Issues Statement on Death of Civil Rights Icon Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 21 -- Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings issued the following statement on the death of civil rights icon Rep. John Lewis: "Lambda Legal joins others around the country in mourning the loss of John Lewis, a civil rights icon who dedicated his life to the struggle for justice and human dignity. We stand in awe and admiration of Mr. Lewis' enormous contributions not only to the LGBT community but to the unending struggle to uproot inequality wherever it exists. Every one of us who con  more

LatinoJustice PRLDEF Statement on Donald Trump's Latest Attempt to Block Immigrants From Being Counted for Federal Apportionment Following U.S. Census
NEW YORK, July 22 -- LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following news on July 21: In response to Donald Trump's latest attempt to block immigrants from being counted for federal apportionment following the 2020 Census, Jose Perez, Deputy General Counsel LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following statement: This executive order is the latest of four years of continuing anti-immigrants attacks from Trump. This executive order is nothing more than an unconstitutional partisan ploy to appease his pol  more

LatinoJustice PRLDEF: Florida Advocates Expand Access to Voter Registration and Vote-By-Mail, Expand Voter Education Through Settlement of COVID-19 Elections Case
NEW YORK, July 21 -- LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following news: Voting rights advocates held a press conference delineating the details of a major legal settlement with the state of Florida, requiring the state to make voting changes amidst the coronavirus pandemic. The case against the state of Florida to ensure free, fair and safe elections was filed in March 2020 prior to the Presidential Preference Primary by Advancement Project National Office, Demos, and LatinoJustice PRLDEF on behal  more

LatinoJustice PRLDEF: Immigrant Defense Project Celebrates the Passage of the Protect Our Courts Act
NEW YORK, July 23 -- LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following news on July 22: The Immigrant Defense Project (IDP) applauded the passage of the Protect Our Courts Act (S425/A2176), which sends a clear message to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), a federal agency that continues to terrorize communities, that it is the true threat to our towns and cities. The Protect Our Courts Act will bar Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents from making civil arrests of people attending Ne  more

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society President DeGennaro Issues Message on COVID-19
WHITE PLAINS, New York, July 18 -- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society issued the following message on July 17 by President and CEO Louis J. DeGennaro: One of the things that I value most about leading The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) is seeing our talented, dedicated and relentless staff and volunteers in action. During these trying times, they have adapted and rallied behind our mission like never before. The past few months have been extremely difficult for all of us at LLS. The COVID-19  more

Leukemia & Lymphoma Society: Celebrating Diversity Fueled High School Students to Break Fundraising Records for Cancer Cures
RYE BROOK, New York, July 23 -- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society issued the following news release on July 22: The effects of the COVID-19 pandemic are far reaching, and high school students are among those whose lives are being up-ended. Not only is this generation missing many traditional rites of passage, but they are graduating into a frightening world and an uncertain future. But, rather than feeling sorry for themselves, a very unique group of students across the country are facing the c  more

Local Initiatives Support Corp. Will Tap $50M NMTC Allocation to Help Narrow Gaps in Health and Wealth
NEW YORK, July 25 -- The Local Initiatives Support Corp. issued the following news release: The Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) will use a new $50 million allocation of federal New Markets Tax Credits to promote quality jobs, better health, and local economic growth--especially in communities where a long history of racial discrimination has constrained opportunities. The U.S. Department of Treasury's CDFI Fund recently announced more than $3.5 billion in NMTC awards to 76 organiz  more

Louisiana Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action, Everytown Statement on Police Shooting of Tre'mall McGee
MANHATTAN, New York, July 20 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following statement: The Louisiana chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's volunteer networks, released the following statement as new reporting from NBC News detailed the police shooting of Tre'mall McGee, a 14-year-old Black child shot by police in March: "Tre'mall McGee, his family, and the rest of our com  more

Medicare Rights Center: Bipartisan Bill to Prevent Costly Medicare Mistakes Advances in the House
NEW YORK, July 18 -- The Medicare Rights Center issued the following news release: Medicare might become a bit easier to navigate. A congressional measure that would help prevent costly enrollment mistakes cleared a House committee on Wednesday as part of a group of bipartisan-backed health-care bills. The next step would be a vote by the full chamber, although it's uncertain when that might occur. "The intent was for all those health bills in the committee markup to be nonpartisan and noncon  more

MMA Global Welcomes Deborah Wahl, Global CMO of General Motors, as Incoming Chair for MMA Global Board of Directors
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The Mobile Marketing Association issued the following news release: At the 2020 CEO & CMO Summit Virtual, MMA Global, the industry organization dedicated to driving modern marketing and shaping the future, announced the appointment of Deborah Wahl, Global Chief Marketing Officer of General Motors, as the incoming Chair for the Global Board of Directors. Wahl, one of the most influential executives in marketing, will oversee a board comprised of senior marketing professional  more

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: New Studies Show Impact of Racism on Recent Surge of Gun Purchases
MANHATTAN, New York, July 23 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Amid a historic surge in gun sales, the Washington Post reported on two new studies from the Brookings Institute and University of California, Davis analyzing the daily firearm purchases from January 2020 to June 2020 to understand the impact of coronavirus and police violence protests on firearm sales. The Brookings researchers found that firearm purc  more

Moms Demand Action Issues Statement on Missouri Gov. Parson Pledge to Pardon St. Louis Couple
MANHATTAN, New York, July 23 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following statement by Karen Rogers, volunteer with the Missouri chapter: Following the announcement of charges against Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the white couple that pointed loaded firearms at peaceful protesters, the Missouri chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown for Gun Safety, released the following statement on Missouri Gov.  more

Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Joint Statement on Minnesota Legislature Sending Police Reform Measures to Governor's Desk
MANHATTAN, New York, July 23 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following joint statement: The Minnesota chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both parts of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots network, released the following statement after the Minnesota State House and Senate passed HF 1, a bill to reform policing in Minnesota following the killing of George Floyd by a Minneapolis police officer. The bill no  more

Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Respond After D.C. City Council Sustains Funding for Local Violence Intervention Programs
MANHATTAN, New York, July 24 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The D.C. chapter of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots network, released the following statements after the D.C. City Council passed a 2021 budget that will sustain funding for local violence interruption groups. The passage of the budget comes after another violent weekend in the District,   more

Moms Demand Action: Everytown Issues Statement on Death of Civil Rights Hero, Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 20 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, released the following statement on the passing of Congressman John Lewis (D-GA): "At a time when Americans are hungry for heroes, Congressman Lewis stands taller than ever," said John Feinblatt, president of Everytown for Gun Safety. "It was an honor to count Joh  more

Montefiore Health System: Common Blood Test Identifies Benefits and Risks of Steroid Treatment in COVID-19 Patients
BRONX, New York, July 23 -- Montefiore Health System issued the following joint news release: A new study led by Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Health System confirms the findings of the large scale British trial of steroid use for COVID-19 patients and advances the research by answering several key questions: Which patients are most likely to benefit from steroid therapy? Could some of them be harmed? Can other formulations of steroids substitute for the agent studied in t  more

N.Y. Public Library Distributing Books to Thousands of Families in High Needs Communities
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The New York Public Library issued the following news release: In an effort to ensure that New York families have access to books and activities this summer, The New York Public Library is distributing 40,000 Summer Reading kits to high needs communities. The kits--made possible in part by a book donation coordinated by The National Book Foundation--include at least one book for families to keep, along with printed, fun literacy-building activities, stickers, and more to s  more

NACTO Releases City Limits, an Innovative Framework to Set Safe Speed Limits on City Streets
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The National Association of City Transportation Officials issued the following news release: The National Association of City Transportation Officials (NACTO), released an innovative, tested, and proven framework for setting safe speed limits for city streets. Developed by a steering committee of NACTO's 86 member cities and transit agencies, City Limits outlines how to use a safe systems approach to set speed limits in urban environments, in contrast to legacy methods (e.g  more

National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors State System Summit Goes Virtual
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The National Association of State Credit Union Supervisors issued the following news release: In light of the rising number of COVID-19 cases around the country, the NASCUS State System Summit will be held virtually, at no charge, August 26, 2020 at 10 am Eastern. The meeting was originally scheduled to take place in New York City, August 11 - 14. NASCUS President and CEO Lucy Ito and Vice President of Education Isaida Woo, PhD, released the following statement: "While   more

National Black Justice Coalition Mourns Loss and Celebrates Legacy of Congressman and Civil Rights Pioneer John Lewis
NEW YORK, July 20 -- The National Black Justice Coalition issued the following statement by Executive Director David J. Johns on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: "I am crying. To me, Congressman John Lewis was a superhero, the epitome of a civil servant, a personal hero. We even share the same birthday. It's one thing to know something is imminent, to accept that at some point each of us will be called home, if we've done our job as a good and faithful servant. Knowing this doesn't mak  more

National Employment Law Project Mourns the Death of Congressman John Lewis
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The National Employment Law Project issued the following statement on July 20 by Executive Director Rebecca Dixon: The National Employment Law Project (NELP) mourns the passing of Congressman John Lewis. He was not only a giant of the civil rights movement, but someone who remained committed to the fight for justice, democracy, and freedom for Black people throughout his entire life. In his lifetime, John Lewis spoke out against deep injustices, including Jim Crow policies  more

National Governors Association Leadership Urges Senate to Approve State Stabilization Funding
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- The National Governors Association issued the following statement: Governors Larry Hogan of Maryland, the National Governors Association chair, and Andrew Cuomo of New York, the NGA vice chair, issued the following statement about the need for state stabilization funding in the next COVID-19 relief bill: * * * "It has been over four months since the governors began to lead the coronavirus response in America - through implementing functioning testing programs and by sl  more

National Kidney Foundation: New Kidney Health Evaluation Measure to Improve Kidney Disease Testing in Diabetes Patients
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The National Kidney Foundation issued the following news release: An estimated 37 million American adults are affected by kidney disease but 90% are unaware they even have it. The National Kidney Foundation (NKF) hopes to change that with a new Kidney Health Evaluation for Patients with Diabetes measure announced in partnership with the National Committee for Quality Assurance (NCQA). The new HEDIS measure will improve kidney disease testing in people with diabetes which is  more

National Lawyers Guild Announces Federal Defense Hotline
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The National Lawyers Guild issued the following news release: The National Lawyers Guild (NLG) National Office is launching a hotline for activists and lawyers to report incidents of federal repression, such as FBI "door-knocks" at activists' homes, grand jury investigations and subpoenas, and any other federal law enforcement efforts to undermine civil rights, including federal grab squads and the use of unidentified federal agents to police protests. The line is live at:   more

National MS Society 2020 Policy Survey
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news on July 23: MS Activists drive change for people affected by MS at the federal, state and local level. The National Multiple Sclerosis Society conducts a biennial survey to seek input on our public policy priorities. Through this survey, MS Activists and other constituents help us identify and confirm which issues are of greatest importance for people affected by MS. The results of this survey will be share  more

National MS Society Announces New Activism Advisory Committee
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: The National MS Society is proud to announce the 2020-2021 Activism Advisory Committee. The committee advises the Society on how to use public policy to change the lives of people affected by multiple sclerosis, identifies current and emerging issues that present advocacy opportunities at the state and federal levels, assess the importance of these opportunities in meeting the needs of people with MS, and pr  more

National MS Society: Society-Funded Researchers Assess Cognitive Changes Remotely, and Successfully
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: A team partly funded by the National MS Society reports that a web-based assessment of cognitive function was able to detect impairments similarly to in-person testing. Applying this method may help to increase cognitive screening, and alert physicians to problems before clinic visits. Such possibilities take on new importance with telehealth increasing due to the COVID-19 pandemic. * More than half of all   more

National MS Society: Videogame Improves Cognition in People With Mississippi
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: Treatment with an interactive videogame for six weeks improved thinking (processing) speed significantly in a trial involving 44 people with MS and mild or moderate disability. Improvements were maintained by most participants eight weeks later. A comparison group using a computerized word game also improved in processing speed, but improvements were less significant and were not maintained by most individua  more

National Nurses Statement on Trump's Threat to Send Federal Troops to More Major U.S. Cities
WASHINGTON, July 23 -- National Nurses United issued the following news release: With the coronavirus pandemic continuing to surge and a worsening economic crisis, the registered nurses of National Nurses United (NNU) condemned President Trump's threat to dispatch federal troops to more major U.S. cities to arrest and assault protesters. In the wake of the widely criticized use of federal agents in Portland, Oregon, Trump on Monday said he was looking at expanding these attacks on our communit  more

National Wildlife Federation: New York Raises the Bar for Offshore Wind Development
RESTON, Virginia, July 24 -- The National Wildlife Federation issued the following news release: The nation's largest offshore wind solicitation to date has raised the bar for responsible development. New York's solicitation for up to 2,500 megawatts of offshore wind energy -- enough to power 1.25 million homes -- was required by an order made by the New York Public Service Commission in April. "New York State, under Governor Cuomo's leadership, continues to raise the bar on climate action and  more

Natural Resources Defense Council Issues Statement on Death of Civil Rights Leader Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council President Gina McCarthy issued the following statement on the death of Civil Rights leader Rep. John Lewis: "Through six decades, John Lewis led with vision, courage and moral certitude on the frontlines of the struggle for civil rights and human dignity. "He pressed us, as a nation, to move beyond a history of racial oppression, reckon with our failings, and fulfill our promise by working for justice and equity. "From the Freedom Ri  more

New York Civil Liberties Union Statement on Court Order Blocking NYPD Misconduct Data
NEW YORK, July 24 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement by Executive Director Donna Lieberman: This evening a federal court ordered the NYCLU not to release NYPD officer misconduct complaints it obtained last week from the Civilian Complaint Review Board in response to a Freedom of Information Law request. The order comes as part of a lawsuit against the city by law enforcement unions in the wake of the repeal of section 50-a, which the city and state had argued shiel  more

New York Civil Liberties Union Statement on Facial Recognition in Schools Moratorium
NEW YORK, July 23 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following statement: The New York legislature passed a moratorium on the use of biometric identification technologies in schools, effective until 2022. The bill, A06787-D/S05140-B, further directs the commissioner of education to conduct a study on the use of biometric identifying technology. The Lockport City School District turned on a facial recognition system in January this year, which is the subject of an ongoing NYCLU lawsuit  more

New York State Bar Association Applauds Legislature Approval of the Power of Attorney Bill
ALBANY, New York, July 22 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following statement by President Scott M. Karson regarding the power of attorney bill: "The power of attorney bill approved by the state Legislature provides long-overdue changes to the state's overly complex short form. The association has strongly advocated to change this law. "The amended statute eliminates the unduly burdensome exact wording requirement in favor of a more user-friendly standard. "We thank Assembl  more

New York State Bar Association Pushes for Coronavirus Relief for Student Borrowers, Broadband Users and Nonprofits
ALBANY, New York, July 21 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release: As Congress returns to Washington, D.C., the New York State Bar Association is urging lawmakers to expand coronavirus relief to student borrowers, rural residents who lack access to broadband and nonprofits. NYSBA president Scott M. Karson called upon the New York Congressional delegation to extend the moratorium on student loan payments, expand relief to private borrowers and provide financial s  more

New York State United Teachers Statement on Resignation of Interim State Education Commissioner Tahoe
LATHAM, New York, July 25 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following statement by President Andy Pallotta regarding the resignation of Interim State Education Commissioner Shannon Tahoe: "In an incredibly difficult time, Interim Commissioner Tahoe has been willing to work with us to ensure our students and school staff have the highest-quality education system possible. "We wish her well in her next endeavor. "Looking ahead, Regents Chancellor Betty Rosa has been and contin  more

New York-Presbyterian Hospital: What Other Nations Can Tell the U.S. About How to Safely Reopen Schools During the COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, July 21 -- New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued the following news release: With cases of COVID-19 spiking in many areas of the United States, and a greater resurgence expected in the fall, whether and how to reopen schools is the subject of strong national interest. In an article published in JAMA Health Forum, Weill Cornell Medicine and NewYork-Presbyterian researchers highlight the significant consequences of keeping schools physically closed, and recommend strategies used by coun  more

New Yorkers Get Glimpse of N.Y. Public Library's Transformed Central Circulating Branch
NEW YORK, July 18 -- The New York Public Library issued the following news release: New Yorkers are getting their first glimpse of The New York Public Library's totally-renovated central circulating branch The Stavros Niarchos Foundation Library (SNFL) this week, as a portion of the branch's first floor opened on July 13 for grab-and-go service. The transformed branch on 40th Street and Fifth Avenue--the Library's largest circulating branch formerly known as Mid-Manhattan Library and now named  more

Nigeria: Doctors Without Borders Condemns the Killing of Five Aid Workers
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) strongly condemns the unacceptable killing of five humanitarian aid workers in northeast Nigeria. These types of attacks deprive people in need of humanitarian assistance, including access to clean water, food, and healthcare. The aid workers who were killed were from Action Against Hunger  more

Northwell Appoints Barbara Osborn to Lead Public Relations
NEW HYDE PARK, New York, July 22 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Barbara Osborn has been appointed vice president of public relations at Northwell Health, New York's largest health system and private employer. She replaces Terry Lynam, who recently retired after serving as senior vice president and chief public relations officer. In her new role, Ms. Osborn, of Rockville Centre, will oversee all media relations, thought leadership and strategic communications for Northwell Healt  more

Northwell Cardiologists Are One of the First in Nation to Implant Latest Device That Helps Detect Leading Cause of Stroke
MANHASSET, New York, July 22 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Electrophysiologists at the Sandra Atlas Bass Heart Hospital at North Shore University Hospital are one of the first in the country to implant a next-generation cardiac device that can help detect abnormal heart rhythms - the most common being atrial defibrillation (AF). The device, one-third the size of an AAA battery, was implanted on July 17 by a Northwell Health team led by Laurence M. Epstein, MD, who is system dir  more

Northwell Health Creates Program of Home Care for People With Moderate to Severe COVID-19
NEW HYDE PARK, New York, July 23 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Northwell Health has launched a home care initiative for people infected with COVID-19, so they can be treated effectively without having to go to a hospital. Together, the COVID Ambulatory Resource Support (CARES) program and the Coronavirus Related Outpatient Work Navigators (CROWN) program are designed for patients with symptoms that range from moderate to severe, and offer a way to treat people in the lowest-ris  more

Northwell Health: COVID-19 Kidney Biopsy Research Shows Mostly Tubular Damage With No Presence of Virus in Tissue
GREAT NECK, New York, July 18 -- Northwell Health 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 major reasons for AKI in  more

Northwell Health: Five Northwell Nurses Answer Governor Cuomo's Call
GREAT NECK, New York, July 21 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: In response to Governor Andrew Cuomo's appeal for health care workers to provide assistance to other cities and states currently battling an uptick in coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) cases, five Northwell Health nurses answered the call and travelled to Houston to lend a hand. Speaking via Zoom, the five nurses (four from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset and one from Long Island Jewish Medical Center i  more

Northwell Health: Huntington Hospital Adds Six New Board Members
GREAT NECK, New York, July 18 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: Huntington Hospital has added six new board members this year - Sal Ferro, Patricia Galteri, Peter Klein, Frank Marzano, the Honorable Norman St. George and Matthew Daidola. Mr. Ferro, president and chief executive officer of Alure Home Improvements, was co-chair of the hospital's Golf Classic in 2019 alongside Kris Amplo. In 2017, Mr. Ferro created the Ferro Foundation, which focuses on helping Long Island students,   more

NYSUT and AFT Demand School Districts Follow State Department of Health Guidance for Reopening
ALBANY, New York, July 20 -- The New York State United Teachers issued the following news release: New York State United Teachers and the American Federation of Teachers demanded that school districts follow school reopening guidance issued by the governor and state Department of Health that mandates social distancing, reduced occupancy and the use of masks, among other safety measures. The unions made the call amid reports of confusion over such requirements at the local level as districts de  more

NYU Langone Health: As Evidence of 'Hormone Disruptor' Chemical Threats Grows, Experts Call for Stricter Regulation
NEW YORK, July 23 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: Agrowing number of chemicals in pesticides, flame retardants, and certain plastics have been linked to widespread health problems including infertility in women and men, diabetes, and impaired brain development, a set of reviews of hundreds of studies concludes. Led by NYU Grossman School of Medicine, a team of environmental health experts analyzed researc  more

Open Space Institute: Letter From President Elliman Regarding Blackbaud Cyber-Security Incident
NEW YORK, July 24 -- The Open Space Institute issued the following letter by President and CEO Kim Elliman: Dear Friends, As you may have heard, Blackbaud, a third-party database service provider utilized by many not-for-profits, schools, and universities throughout the country, recently suffered a cyber-security breach. Unfortunately, the Open Space Institute (OSI) is among those organizations impacted by this incident. Following notification from Blackbaud, OSI launched an investigation to  more

PEN America Signs Letter Condemning Federal Law Enforcement Targeting Protesters
NEW YORK, July 25 -- PEN America issued the following news release: PEN America on Tuesday signed an open letter with the National Coalition Against Censorship, Defending Rights and Dissent, and 43 other First Amendment organizations denouncing the practice of federal law enforcement agents arbitrarily stopping anti-racist protesters and whisking them away, often in unmarked vehicles, without individualized probable cause. Federal agents from various law enforcement units, including U.S. Marsh  more

PEN America: Conviction of Russian Writer and Historian 'Deplorable'
NEW YORK, July 23 -- PEN America issued the following news release on July 22: On Wednesday, a Russian court in the Karelia region sentenced Russian historian Yury Dmitriev to three and a half years in prison. Dmitriev's case, based on unfounded child pornography charges, is widely believed to be politically motivated in relation to his research into mass killings in the Stalin era. The groundless conviction against Dmitriev should be vacated and he should be released immediately, PEN America s  more

PEN America: Cotton Proposal to Withhold Funding Based on 1619 Project Wrong-Headed, Malicious
NEW YORK, July 25 -- PEN America issued the following statement by Summer Lopez, senior director of free expression programs: Senator Tom Cotton introduced a bill that would withhold federal funding from schools that incorporate The New York Times' 1619 Project. * * * "Penalizing schools for teaching history is a shocking and shameful proposal, particularly when it comes from a U.S. senator. "Barring efforts to explore and seek historical truths is part of the playbook of authoritarian gove  more

PEN America: Dare to Speak Confronts Tensions Roiling Debate Over Free Speech
NEW YORK, July 21 -- PEN America issued the following news release: Free speech is under attack. Within these last few weeks alone, debates surrounding free speech have dominated headlines and fueled social media storms: the decimation of local newsrooms; firings and resignations on major opinion pages; Goya Food's cancel culture controversy; the challenges of defending racial justice and free speech; disputes over falsehoods checking by social media platforms; and debates over what it means to  more

PEN America: Judge Orders Lawyer Cohen Released, Citing Government Retaliation
NEW YORK, July 25 -- PEN America issued the following statement by Nora Benavidez, director of U.S. free expression programs: A federal judge ordered former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen released after federal officials put him back into custody for not signing a gag order. * * * "We're pleased that the court today made clear that throwing Michael Cohen back into jail on this basis was clearly unconstitutional. "It's yet again another attempt by this administration to abuse its power and puni  more

Peter G. Peterson Foundation Statement on TRUST Act
NEW YORK, July 25 -- The Peter G. Peterson Foundation issued the following statement: Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the Peter G. Peterson Foundation, commented as lawmakers consider including bipartisan budget reform legislation as part of the next package of relief to help the nation recover from the health and economic effects of COVID-19. The TRUST Act would create a bipartisan process to find solutions that address the insolvency of major Trust Funds -- including the Highway Trust Fund, the   more

Planned Parenthood Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 20 -- The Planned Parenthood Federation of America issued the following statement on July 18 by President and CEO Alexis McGill Johnson on the death of civil rights leader Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: "Our country has lost a legend. Like so many in the country, I am devastated by the death of Congressman John Lewis -- a beacon of grace, courage, and fearlessness. Congressman Lewis spent his life fighting against racial inequality, discrimination, and injustice, wherever it appeare  more

Police Benevolent Association of N.Y.: Two More Cop-Killers to Walk Free
NEW YORK, July 20 -- The Police Benevolent Association of New York issued the following news release: As a wave of violent crime is overwhelming New York City and as police officers themselves are being subjected to life-threatening and unpunished assaults, Gov. Andrew Cuomo's pro-criminal parole board has seen fit to release two more cop-killers in the near future. That will make four cop-killers released in the last three months and a total of 14 in the last two-and-a-half years. The hero f  more

Protecting American Homes From COVID-19 Means 'Protecting Home for COVID-19 Data at CDC': American Geriatrics Society Experts
NEW YORK, July 20 -- The American Geriatrics Society issued the following news release: The American Geriatrics Society (AGS) expressed concern that the new process for sharing COVID-19 data risks fragile progress in our hard-fought national response to the pandemic. The AGS is particularly concerned that the new process, which would change the role of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), does not provide public access to the data at a time when the agency's impartial expertise  more

Race Forward: The Butterfly Lab for Immigrant Narrative Strategy
NEW YORK, July 21 -- Race Forward issued the following news release: Funded by Unbound Philanthropy, Luminate, Oak Foundation, and Open Society Foundations, the Butterfly Lab for Immigrant Strategy is a two-year project to advance pro-immigrant narratives that recognize and honor the humanity of immigrants, and advance freedom and justice for all. "Although pro-immigration policies have been under fire in recent years, we know that the majority of Americans are pro-immigrant. Changing the narr  more

Reporters Committee Statement on Liberty University Defamation Lawsuit Against New York Times
WASHINGTON, July 18 -- The Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press issued the following statement by Legal Director Katie Townsend: Liberty University filed a lawsuit against the New York Times and two of its journalists on Wednesday over a story reporting that students at the Virginia school contracted COVID-19 after the university partially re-opened campus amid the coronavirus pandemic. * * * "This lawsuit is an affront to the First Amendment and the guarantee of a free press. It's cl  more

Rev. Sharpton to Host Family of 1-Year-Old Davell Gardner at NAN Saturday Action Rally & Deliver Eulogy at His Funeral Monday
NEW YORK, July 25 -- The National Action Network issued the following news release: Civil rights leader Rev. Al Sharpton, Founder and President of National Action Network (NAN), will welcome the family of 1-year-old Davell Gardner at NAN headquarters for its weekly rally Saturday, July 25th. The toddler was attending a barbecue at Raymond Bush Playground in Bedford-Stuyvesant to celebrate his mother's new home when two gunmen opened fire. He was hit in the stomach and died at the hospital. R  more

Riverkeeper: New York State Legislature Passes Bill to Close the Fracking Waste Loophole
ALBANY, New York, July 23 -- Riverkeeper issued the following news release on July 22: The New York State Legislature voted to close the oil & gas waste loophole after nearly a decade of advocacy from Riverkeeper and our partners. The oil and gas industry enjoys a special exemption from New York State requirements governing the treatment of hazardous waste. Although waste from oil and gas operations - including extraction using hydrofracking - can contain hazardous contaminants, it's categorica  more

Riverkeeper: NYS Legislature Passes Bill to Protect 41,000 Miles of Streams at Risk From Trump Administration's Clean Water Act Rollbacks
ALBANY, New York, July 22 -- Riverkeeper issued the following news release: The New York Senate took a historic vote to protect clean water across New York. It voted to add 41,000 miles of at risk streams to the protected class of waters within the DEC's Protection of Waters Program. The legislation protects streams within the Class C designation and will require a permit for disturbing a stream already required for Class AA, A, B and trout waters. This legislation passed the New York Assembl  more

Rockefeller Foundation Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 20 -- The Rockefeller Foundation issued the following statement by President Rajiv J. Shah on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: America has lost one of its greatest heroes. Congressman John Lewis was a legend in our time. From his days as a young student among the original Freedom Riders to his stirring words at the March on Washington, from the beatings and tear gas he endured on Bloody Sunday in Selma, Alabama, to his leadership and public service over more than 30 years  more

Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center: Roswell Park Care Network, Oneida Health Name New Radiation Oncology Medical Director
BUFFALO, New York, July 18 -- The Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center issued the following news release: Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center and Oneida Health continue to add to the cancer expertise available through their affiliation, announcing the hire of Maya Mathew, MD, as Medical Director of the Dorothy G. Griffin Radiation Oncology Center in Oneida, part of the Roswell Park Care Network. Dr. Mathew comes to Central New York after serving as a radiation oncologist at Memorial   more

RTI International: ATLAS Launches to Help People Find High Quality, Appropriate Addiction Treatment
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, July 22 -- RTI International issued the following news: Shatterproof, a nonprofit organization dedicated to reversing the addiction crisis in the U.S., and RTI International, a nonprofit research institute with leading expertise in health care quality measurement and substance use disorder services, announced Tuesday the launch of an online platform to help people find quality addiction treatment. The platform, called ATLAS(TM) and available at www.Treatm  more

Science Translational Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in July 15, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 20 -- 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 15, 2020 edition: Research Articles: * Two-miRNA-based finger-stick assay for estimation of absorbed ionizing radiation dose * Plasma proteins have a ticket to ride the blood-brain barrier * Care packages for the bone m  more

Sharsheret: Fran Drescher and Broadway Stars Partner With Sharsheret on Midsummer Miracles Streaming Fundraiser
NEW YORK, July 23 -- Sharsheret issued the following news release: Sharsheret, the only national not-for-profit organization dedicated to addressing the needs of women and families of all Jewish backgrounds, facing breast cancer and ovarian cancer, is proud to announce Fran Drescher as their very special guest speaker in Midsummer Miracles, Sharsheret's upcoming streaming fundraiser in partnership with Cancer Schmancer. The premiere will take place on Monday, July 27th at 8 PM EDT/7 pm CDT/5PM   more

SNY and the YES Network Partner With Northwell Health to Celebrate New York's Frontline Workers and the Return of Baseball
GREAT NECK, New York, July 24 -- Northwell Health issued the following news: The New York Mets and the New York Yankees are back! To celebrate the return of baseball to New York, SNY and YES have partnered with Northwell Health, New York State's largest health care provider, through their agency partnership with Horizon Media, to honor their frontline workers. Throughout SNY and YES' coverage on Friday, July 24 (Mets) and Sunday, July 26 (Yankees), Northwell Health's frontline workers will be r  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Announces $245,000 Grant From Open Society Foundations
NEW YORK, July 20 -- 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, announces it was awarded $245,000 in grants from the Open Society Foundations, a leading global philanthropy. The grants will support S.T.O.P.'s growing work on how so-called "smart cities" infrastructure and COVID-19 contact tracing apps erode privacy, threaten civil rights, and promote discrimination.   more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Condemns Google's Secret COVID-19 Location Tracking
NEW YORK, July 21 -- The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project issued the following news release on July 20: The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.), a New York-based privacy group, condemns reports that Google's COVID-19 contact tracing app requires the tracking of GPS location data. Earlier this year, Google aggressively promoted the privacy protections of using Bluetooth proximity tracking software to track potential COVID-19 exposure, but new revelations show that Googl  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Sues NYPD for Facial Recognition Records
NEW YORK, July 22 -- 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, and Shearman & Sterling, a leading international law firm, announced the filing of a lawsuit against the NYPD for refusing to disclose records on facial recognition in Times Square. The lawsuit was filed in New York State Supreme Court on July 18th, more than nine months after the NYPD first received S.T  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Welcomes NY Ban on Facial Recognition in Schools
NEW YORK, July 23 -- 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 the New York Legislature's passage of a ban on facial recognition in schools. The bill, A06787/S05140, bans facial recognition and other biometric surveillance until 2022, and it comes in response to the planned launch of facial recognition by the Lockport City School District. SEE: A06787/S05140  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project: Whitepaper Shows Dangers of Online Court Hearings
NEW YORK, July 24 -- 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, released its whitepaper Virtual Justice: Online Courts During COVID-19, detailing the dangers of online court hearings during the COVID-19 crisis. The report highlights how insecure video and teleconferencing can deny Americans justice, exacerbate inequality, and erode the rule of law. "Access to justice   more

The International Rescue Committee Responds to US Administration's Executive Order to Exclude Undocumented Immigrants From 2020 Census
NEW YORK, July 22 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: The International Rescue Committee (IRC) responds to the U.S. Administration's Executive Order to exclude undocumented immigrants from 2020 U.S. Census data used for Congressional apportionment, the process by which the number of Congressional representatives are determined for a community. Everyone deserves to be counted, as required by the U.S. Constitution. This move will potentially disenfranchise tho  more

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society Announces Board of Directors Officer Appointments and Welcomes Four New Members
RYE BROOK, New York, July 21 -- The Leukemia and Lymphoma Society issued the following news release: The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS) announced National Board Officer appointments and four new members to its National Board of Directors, who will work alongside LLS leadership to ensure that the organization continues to deliver its cancer curing mission and impact for patients, despite the challenges caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective July 1, 2020, the new officer appointments incl  more

The Rockefeller Foundation Supports Main Street Alliance as Part of $10 Million Commitment to Promoting Inclusive Growth in U.S.
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The Rockefeller Foundation issued the following news release: The Rockefeller Foundation and the Main Street Alliance (MSA) announced a new effort to support small business owners from marginalized communities in Newark, New Jersey, and Norfolk, Virginia, by helping eliminate barriers to access capital and credit. This collaboration is the first to stem from The Rockefeller Foundation Opportunity Collective (ROC), a new initiative announced last month which aims to catalyze  more

Three Dynamic Leaders Join IAVA Board of Directors Bringing Unique and Varied Experience to National Veterans Organization
NEW YORK, July 24 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) is proud to announce the addition of three new members to its Board of Directors. IAVA maintains a Board whose members strongly believe in and support IAVA's mission and values to include representing the diversity of the military and veteran communities IAVA's three newest Board members are: the Honorable David Shulkin, MD who served as the Ninth Sec  more

Tissue Engineering Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 23 -- Tissue Engineering, a journal that says it features pathologic tissues with the goal of developing biological substitutes, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Special Issue: Women's Health * * * * Females Have Earlier Muscle Strength and Functional Recovery After Bridge-Enhanced Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair * Human Menstrual Blood-Derived Mesenchymal Cells Improve Mouse Embryonic Development * Microphysiologic  more

Tissue Engineering Part A Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 22 -- Tissue Engineering Part A, a journal that says it provides an understanding of structure-function relationships in normal and pathologic tissues with a goal of developing biological substitutes, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Special Issue: Women's Health * * * * Females Have Earlier Muscle Strength and Functional Recovery After Bridge-Enhanced Anterior Cruciate Ligament Repair * Human Menstrual Blood-Derived M  more

Tissue Engineering Part C-Methods Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 24 -- Tissue Engineering Part C-Methods Journal published research articles, including the following topics, in its July 2020 edition: Methods Articles: * High-Throughput Manufacture of 3D Fiber Scaffolds for Regenerative Medicine * Creating Cartilage in Tissue-Engineered Chamber Using Platelet-Rich Plasma Without Cell Culture Protocols Article: * An Ovine Model of In Vivo Bioreactor-Based Bone Generation The July 2020 edition of the Tissue Engineering Part C  more

UNITE HERE: Hotel Industry Recommendation to Require Guest Face Masks Is Necessary and Overdue
NEW YORK, July 23 -- UNITE HERE, a labor union for workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, transportation and airport industries in the U.S. and Canada, issued the following news release: UNITE HERE, the U.S. and Canada hotel workers' union, announced that it strongly agrees with the hotel industry's recommendation that guests be required to wear face masks in public areas, but warned that the industry must go further by ending its attempt to r  more

Vital Strategies: Most of U.S. Not Reporting Essential COVID-19 Data
NEW YORK, July 22 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release: After five months of attempting to control COVID-19, the United States has emerged as one the worst-performing countries in the world, with one in four of all global COVID deaths occurring in the US and a death rate that is among the world's worst. , Dr. Tom Frieden, former CDC Director and President and CEO of Resolve to Save Lives, an initiative of the global health organization Vital Strategies, joined public health lea  more

Volunteer as a Peer Reviewer With American Council of Learned Societies
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The American Council of Learned Societies issued the following news: The American Council of Learned Societies is committed to supporting scholarship that has the potential to significantly advance fields in the humanities and related social sciences. We are equally dedicated to ensuring that the scholars and research we support truly reflect the broad spectrum of perspectives represented in the global community of humanistic studies. Peer review is a vital part of ensurin  more

William J. Clinton Foundation Issues Statement on Death of Rep. Lewis
NEW YORK, July 20 -- The William J. Clinton Foundation issued the following statement by President Bill Clinton and Secretary Hillary Clinton on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: We have lost a giant. John Lewis gave all he had to redeem America's unmet promise of equality and justice for all, and to create a place for us to build a more perfect union together. From a small farm in Alabama, to life-risking service in the civil rights movement, to three decades in Congress, he was always  more

York-Presbyterian Hospital: Race & Ethnicity Did Not Affect Outcomes for New Moms With COVID-19, Finds Study
NEW YORK, July 22 -- New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued the following news release: Race and ethnicity did not affect pregnancy and birth outcomes in women with SARS-CoV-2 infection who gave birth at two hospitals in northern Manhattan during the height of the pandemic in New York City, according to a preliminary report from researchers at Columbia University Irving Medical Center and NewYork-Presbyterian. The study - one of the first to examine the impact of race and ethnicity on pregnancy  more

Young Investigators Recognized at National Kidney Foundation's 15th Annual National Young Investigators Forum
NEW YORK, July 23 -- The National Kidney Foundation issued the following news release: Research fellows were recognized for their excellence in basic and clinical research at the annual National Young Investigators Forum (YIF) on Friday. Regional winners were invited to participate virtually and compete for national accolades based on original research they presented at the forum. "The National Young Investigators Forum is an opportunity for nephrology fellows, as well as medical students and   more