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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday August 02, 2020 ( 48 items )  

Assumption to Empower Underrepresented and Next Generation of Cybersecurity Leaders
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, July 27 -- Assumption College issued the following news: This summer, high school students can get a taste of University classes and explore the exciting field of cybersecurity. Assumption's cybersecurity program is offering a virtual experience for 35 ninth-grade girls participating in Girls Inc. of Worcester's Eureka! program from July 27 to 31, to introduce the vast career options provided by the cybersecurity field. "Cybersecurity continues to evolve in its globa  more

Baker-Polito Administration Allocates $50 Million From Governor's Emergency Education Relief Fund to Schools, Colleges Across Commonwealth
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 31 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on July 30: The Baker-Polito Administration announced it will allocate more than $50 million in federal CARES Act funds to benefit education in elementary and secondary schools, as well as colleges and universities. The funding from the federal Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund will improve early literacy, expand remote learning opportunities, and cover costs associated with   more

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Expansion of Targeted Free COVID-19 Testing Sites
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 28 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on July 27: The Baker-Polito Administration announced an expansion of its "Stop the Spread" initiative, which provides free COVID-19 testing in targeted communities across the Commonwealth. This expansion includes new testing sites in Agawam, Brockton, Methuen, Randolph, Revere, Springfield, Taunton and Worcester. The Administration previously launched free testing sites in Chelsea, Everett  more

Baker-Polito Administration Launches #MaskUpMA, Reminding Residents to Wear Face-Coverings to Stop COVID-19 Spread
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Aug. 1 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on July 31: The Baker-Polito Administration launched #MaskUpMA, an effort to continue to remind residents to wear masks and face-coverings in public to stop the spread of COVID-19. The effort will underscore the importance of wearing masks across multiple channels including video testimonials on social media, a new PSA, and a website, Mass.Gov/MaskUp. Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito h  more

Boston University Law School: Hands-on Experience for a Hybrid World
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 31 -- Boston University School of Law issued the following news: Delivering the hands-on, practical experience students expect from our Clinical & Experiential Programs in a hybrid format requires creativity and flexibility. Members of the clinical faculty have been working throughout the summer to adapt each clinic, practicum, simulation course, externship, and semester-in-practice for the LfA model, whether students plan to participate in person, remotely, or a com  more

Brooklyn Law School: Professor Herman Remembers Rep. Lewis
BROOKLYN, New York, July 30 -- Brooklyn Law School issued the following statement by President Susan N. Herman on the death of Rep. John Lewis, D-Georgia: The first time I didn't meet John Lewis was at a 2010 gala dinner celebrating the 90th anniversary of the ACLU of Massachusetts. As President of the ACLU, I had been invited to present a civil liberties award to Lewis, who had agreed to accept the award and give the keynote address. On the train to Boston for the dinner, I received an email   more

Conn. A.G. Tong Announces Court Victory for Connecticut Air Quality
HARTFORD, Connecticut, July 30 -- Connecticut Attorney General William Tong issued the following news release: Attorney General William Tong announced the U.S. District Court in New York has granted the request of Connecticut and other nearby states in ordering the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to hold upwind states accountable for cross-state air pollution in compliance with the Clean Air Act. Connecticut joined New Jersey, New York, Delaware, Massachusetts and the City of New York in   more

Eversource and National Grid Applaud ISO-New England's Choice of Ready Path Solution to Ensure Reliability
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 29 -- National Grid, an electricity and natural gas delivery company, issued the following joint news release: Eversource and National Grid applauded the decision by ISO-New England, the regional transmission operator, to select the Ready Path Solution, a collaboration between the two utilities, as the cost-effective solution to maintain grid reliability following the retirement of the Mystic Generating Station in 2024. According to ISO-New England, the closing of t  more

Harvard Law School: New Report Documents Human Rights Abuses in Bolivia
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Aug. 1 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: Days after the Interim Bolivian Government suspended elections for a second time, Harvard Law School's International Human Rights Clinic (IHRC) and the University Network for Human Rights (UNHR) released a report Monday documenting widespread human rights abuses carried out under Bolivia's interim president, Jeanine Anez. The report, titled "They Shot Us Like Animals: Black November & Bolivia's Interim Government,  more

Harvard Law School: Research on Trauma-Sensitive Schools Offers Timely Insights for Educating Students During Times of Unprecedented Crises
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 26 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: As the world confronts the collective and unprecedented trauma of a public health and economic crisis--exacerbated by systemic racial inequities--understanding the impact trauma has on the ability of children to learn is more important than ever. A new report suggests that schools that have adopted recommendations developed by the Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative (TLPI)--a nationally recognized collaboratio  more

Harvard Medical School: COVID-19 Vaccine Trial Launches
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 28 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: A candidate vaccine for preventing COVID-19 is advancing to a 30,000-participant phase 3 trial starting July 27, and Brigham and Women's Hospital will play two key roles in the trial. The phase 3 COVE study will evaluate mRNA-1273, a vaccine candidate against COVID-19 manufactured by Moderna. The study will enroll participants at locations throughout the United States, with Brigham and Women's serving as a clin  more

Harvard Medical School: DNA in Detail
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 28 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: The intricate, tightly wound structures of chromosomes condense about two meters of DNA so the complete instruction manual for growing a human can be tucked inside a cell nucleus just 10 microns wide. "This is like fitting something the height of the Empire State Building into a space no wider than a spaghetti noodle," said Huy Quoc Nguyen, research fellow in genetics at Harvard Medical School. Those structure  more

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt: In COVID Wake, Educators Cite Increased Respect for Teachers as Positive Outcome of Pandemic
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 29 -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt issued the following news release: Teacher optimism ranks surprisingly high even as most educators anticipate continued distance learning this fall, according to new research out from Learning Company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH). The Educator Confidence Report, an annual barometer, now in its sixth year, for how educators on the front lines in schools across the country are feeling about the state of teaching and learning, found th  more

Maine Gov. Mills: State Republicans Follow President Trump Lead in Attacking Public Health Measures
AUGUSTA, Maine, July 28 -- Gov. Janet Mills, D-Maine, issued the following statement on July 27 on legislative Republicans' continued effort to jeopardize Maine's public health measures: "For the life of me, I cannot understand why Republicans care more about Massachusetts money than the life of a Maine person. "What the Republicans unveiled today is not a set of recommendations to salvage our tourism industry. It is a Donald Trump-style assault on the very public health measures that have suc  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Calls for Immediate Withdrawal of Directive That Strips CDC of Control Over Coronavirus Data
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 29 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release on July 28: Stressing that a new directive from the White House imperils public health and dangerously undermines transparency during the COVID-19 pandemic, Attorney General Maura Healey led a multistate effort urging the Trump Administration to immediately withdraw its new reporting structure that prohibits hospitals from reporting COVID-19 data to the Centers for Disease Control and  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Secures Loan Discharges and Refunds for Students Misled by Online Education Company
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 31 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: Attorney General Maura Healey announced that a Nevada-based debt buyer will discharge hundreds of thousands of dollars of loans made to Massachusetts students to finance expensive and ineffective online study materials and educational services. Under the terms of an assurance of discontinuance, Troy Capital, LLC will discharge approximately $298,000 in loan debt Massachusetts studen  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Secures More Than $186,000 From Utility Service Provider That Failed to Pay Workers Overtime
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 29 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: A Northborough utility service provider will pay $186,610 in restitution and penalties for failing to pay overtime to 55 employees in violation of Massachusetts wage and hour laws, Attorney General Maura Healey announced today. Omark Inc., which provides contract services for utility companies such as National Grid, was cited by the AG's Office for failing to pay workers overtime wh  more

Massachusetts GOP: Beacon Hill Democrats on Verge of Ramming Through New Gas Tax Disguised as a Climate Initiative
WOBURN, Massachusetts, July 31 -- The Massachusetts Republican Party issued the following news: Beacon Hill Democrats are on the cusp of handing taxation authority to unelected government bureaucrats after advancing the so-called Transportation Climate Initiative out of the Joint Committee on Ways and Means, meaning a House vote is imminent and full passage is all but assured. The vote to advance TCI, essentially a new tax on gasoline and diesel consumption, comes as Massachusetts is faced wit  more

Matter Communications: Grinning From Ear to Ear - Matter Named Agency of Record
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 29 -- Matter Communications, a public relation and social media firm, issued the following news release: Matter Communications -- a Brand Elevation Agency specializing in PR, creative services, digital marketing and strategy -- has been named the agency of record (AOR) for GRIN, the leading influencer marketing solution for e-commerce. GRIN's influencer marketing software platform enables brands to foster relationships with over 32 million influencers, create authent  more

MIT: $25 Million Gift Launches Ambitious New Effort Tackling Poverty and Climate Change
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 30 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: With a founding $25 million gift from King Philanthropies, MIT's Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab (J-PAL) is launching a new initiative to solve problems at the nexus of climate change and global poverty. The new program, the King Climate Action Initiative (K-CAI), was announced today by King Philanthropies and J-PAL, and will start immediately. K-CAI plans to rigorously study program  more

MIT: 'Giant Atoms' Enable Quantum Processing and Communication in One
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 30 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: MIT researchers have introduced a quantum computing architecture thatcan perform low-error quantum computations while also rapidly sharing quantum information between processors. The work represents a key advance toward a complete quantum computing platform. Previous to this discovery, small-scale quantum processors have successfully performed tasks at a rate exponentially faster than that  more

MIT: Bringing RNA Into Genomics
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 30 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: The human genome contains about 20,000 protein-coding genes, but the coding parts of our genes account for only about 2 percent of the entire genome. For the past two decades, scientists have been trying to find out what the other 98 percent is doing. A research consortium known as ENCODE (Encyclopedia of DNA Elements) has made significant progress toward that goal, identifying many genome  more

MIT: Ila Fiete Studies How the Brain Performs Complex Computations
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 28 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: While doing a postdoc about 15 years ago, Ila Fiete began searching for faculty jobs in computational neuroscience -- a field that uses mathematical tools to investigate brain function. However, there were no advertised positions in theoretical or computational neuroscience at that time in the United States. "It wasn't really a field," she recalls. "That has changed completely, and [now] t  more

MIT: Q&A - Peter Fisher Discusses JASON Report on Reopening University Laboratories
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 30 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: What will it take for research universities across the U.S. to safely open their labs? That's the subject of a recently released report by JASON, an independent group of scientists who advise the U.S. government about science and technology, in association with the MITRE Corporation. The report was led by Peter Fisher, professor and head of MIT's Department of Physics, who is a JASON member  more

MIT: Rapid Antibody Development Yields Possible Treatment for Yellow Fever
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 30 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Yellow fever, a hemorrhagic disease that is common in South America and sub-Saharan Africa, infects about 200,000 people per year and causes an estimated 30,000 deaths. While there is a vaccine for yellow fever, it can't be given to some people because of the risk of side effects, and there are no approved treatments for the disease. An international team of researchers, led by MIT Profes  more

MIT: Study - A Plunge in Incoming Sunlight May Have Triggered 'Snowball Earths'
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, July 30 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: At least twice in Earth's history, nearly the entire planet was encased in a sheet of snow and ice. These dramatic "Snowball Earth" events occurred in quick succession, somewhere around 700 million years ago, and evidence suggests that the consecutive global ice ages set the stage for the subsequent explosion of complex, multicellular life on Earth. Scientists have considered multiple scen  more

Northeastern University: Face Masks Help Prevent You From Spreading the Coronavirus, But Can They Prevent You From Catching It?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 30 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: If you are reading this in the United States, you're probably dwelling on the great mask debate--not about whether to mask on (definitely do it), but instead about how to make a mask that works. But first things first: simple cloth masks will help get the job done of minimizing the spread of viral particles coming out of someone's airway, even if that person is asymptomatic. New scientific evidence suggests  more

Northeastern University: How 9/11 and the US Civil War Provided the Framework for Federal Agents in Portland
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Aug. 1 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Federal agents have begun to withdraw from Portland, Oregon, where they were stationed to protect federal property and personnel amid protests in the city, despite objection by local leaders. But, their authority to be there in the first place has deep roots. Legislation passed just after the terrorist attacks on Sept. 11 designed to protect the U.S. from national security threats; and judicial expansion just a  more

Northeastern University: How Has COVID-19 Affected Mental Health and Well-Being?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 31 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: When will life return to normal? It's a burning question on the minds of many people curious about when they can get back into their daily routines. The short answer, says Rachel Rodgers, an associate professor of applied psychology at Northeastern, is that we'll probably never go back to the way things were before the pandemic struck. Instead, she said, the present circumstances will require us to continue f  more

Northeastern University: How Have Primary Care Physicians Adapted During the Pandemic?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 29 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: If you look just beyond the surge of patients who rushed to hospitals to be treated for COVID-19 this year, you'll find another group of people--people with broken hips or chronic illnesses--who need medical care before, during, and after the pandemic. And so, as hospital staff all over the world scrambled to accommodate COVID-19 patients during the height of the pandemic, primary care physicians found themsel  more

Northeastern University: Scientists Still Don't Have All the Answers About the Coronavirus - And That's a Sign of Progress
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 28 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Seven months into the pandemic, U.S. government officials and scientists still disagree over basic safety guidance on the coronavirus. People are still disregarding key public health advice. And we are still seeing leading public health organizations revise their understanding of the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, which causes COVID-19. But the fact that messaging from public health and scientific experts has change  more

Northeastern University: The Untold Stories of 123 Black People Killed by White Police Officers in One Alabama County
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 31 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: The police killings of George Floyd and Breonna Taylor are recent examples of a tragic narrative that is sewn deep into American history, as affirmed by a new report from Northeastern's Civil Rights and Restorative Justice Project that uncovers a terrifying span of violence by law enforcement in Alabama. The investigation finds that 123 Black people were killed by white police officers from 1932 to 1968 in Jef  more

Regis College and New England College of Optometry Offer Fast Track to Doctor of Optometry
WESTON, Massachusetts, July 30 -- Regis College issued the following news release: Regis College and New England College of Optometry (NECO) are pleased to announce a renewed affiliation that provides students entry into a doctor of optometry program after successful completion of three years of pre-medicine or pre-veterinary medicine program at Regis College. The affiliation agreement represents a mutual, ongoing commitment to provide students with exceptional educational and career opportuni  more

Springfield College Partners With Center for Human Development to Offer Employee Grants
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, July 30 -- Springfield College issued the following news: Springfield College has partnered with the Center for Human Development (CHD) in providing employee grants to full and part-time employees of the CHD who are enrolled in either undergraduate, graduate, doctoral, or certificate of advanced graduate study programs at Springfield College. Employees of the CHD can receive an employee grant for each degree pursued at the College. The employee grants have been esta  more

Springfield College: Mattioli Offers Suggestion to Help Advancement Profession Meet Challenges Created by Pandemic
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, July 29 -- Springfield College issued the following news: In a new Jandoli Institute paper, Monica Mattioli provides a series of recommendations to help the advancement profession meet the unique set of challenges created by the coronavirus pandemic. "Since the onset of the pandemic, philanthropy advisors and consultants have encouraged two key pieces of advice, which have proved effective," Mattioli wrote. "First, develop a case for near term need and second, hold   more

Springfield Technical Community College Launches Water Distribution Course
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, July 25 -- Springfield Technical Community College issued the following news: Springfield Technical Community College will offer an online course this fall to prepare students for careers in the drinking water industry and to help those working in the field enhance their skills. The course, called Concepts & Practices of Drinking Water Distribution, is being offered through the Workforce Development Center at STCC in partnership with the Massachusetts Water Works As  more

Tufts University: Analysis Examines Differences in Massachusetts Legislature's Police Reform Bills
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, July 29 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: House and Senate leaders in Massachusetts have significant issues to address if they are to pass an effective police reform bill for the state before the end of the legislative session this week, according to a new policy memo examining each house's police reform proposals by the Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA), a nonpartisan research organization based at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch Colle  more

Tufts University: College Graduates, High Income Earners Most Likely to Feel Helped by Government During Pandemic
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, July 31 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: College graduates and high earners with incomes between $85,000 and $150,000 are most likely to feel that the government has helped them during the pandemic or that other individuals have assisted them, according to a national survey from Tufts University. At the same time, the national survey found that Latinos, people under the age of 30, and those with only a high school diploma were more likely to hav  more

UMass Amherst Biologists Zero in on Cells' Environmental Sensing Mechanism
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 29 -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: Evolutionary and developmental biologist Craig Albertson and colleagues at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that they have identified a molecular mechanism that allows an organism to change the way it looks depending on the environment it is exposed to, a process known as phenotypic plasticity. In addition to lead investigators Albertson and Rolf Karlstrom, the team includes rece  more

UMass Amherst Microbiologists Clarify Relationship Between Microbial Diversity and Soil Carbon Storage
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 28 -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: In what they believe is the first study of its kind, researchers led by postdoctoral researcher Luiz A. Domeignoz-Horta and senior author Kristen DeAngelis at the University of Massachusetts Amherst report that shifts in the diversity of soil microbial communities can change the soil's ability to sequester carbon, where it usually helps to regulate climate. They also found that the positive ef  more

UMass Amherst: Siega-Riz Appointed to Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 28 -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: Anna Maria Siega-Riz, dean of the School of Public Health and Health Sciences and professor in the departments of nutrition and biostatistics and epidemiology, has been appointed to the Food and Nutrition Board of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering and Medicine. Her three-year appointment became effective Wednesday, July 1. Established in 1940, the Food and Nutrition Board, within  more

UMass Amherst: Weekly Update on the Cumulative U.S. Death Predictions From the COVID-19 Forecast Hub
AMHERST, Massachusetts, July 30 -- The University of Massachusetts-Amherst issued the following news: Weekly update (generated July 28, 2020) on the cumulative U.S. death predictions from the COVID-19 Forecast Hub. Nicholas Reich, director of the UMass Influenza Forecasting Center of Excellence and associate professor of biostatistics and epidemiology in the School of Public Health and Health Sciences, is available to discuss the updated projections, four weeks out, for number of COVID-19 deat  more

UMass Boston-Led Study Sheds Light on Readability and Importance of Doctor's Visit Notes
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 31 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: What the doctor is writing on your medical chart is no longer a mystery. Thanks to health information technology you're able to go online and see the doctor's notes about your visit. Professor of Nursing Suzanne Leveille, pictured below, is the lead author of a new national study that asked patients in three different health systems about their understanding of these notes. Of the 21,664   more

UMass-Boston: Chancellor-Elect Suarez-Orozco Establishes Endowed George Floyd Honorary Scholarship
BOSTON, Massachusetts, July 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: UMass Boston announced that Chancellor-Elect Marcelo Suarez-Orozco and his wife, Carola, have established an endowed George Floyd Honorary Scholarship Fund to provide financial support to talented students who otherwise may find it difficult or impossible to pay for a college education. Seeded by a $50,000 pledge from Suarez-Orozco, the fund has already exceeded $100,000 in commitments. "  more

University of Massachusetts: Expert - Trump 'Throws Gasoline on Fire' With Bid to Delay Election
LOWELL, Massachusetts, July 31 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release on July 30: President Donald Trump's bid to delay the presidential election due to concerns over potential voter fraud is a political tactic designed to create doubt and mistrust among voters, according to a politics expert available for interviews. Via Twitter today, Trump suggested the election on Tuesday, Nov. 3 should be postponed, claiming mail-in voting options during the cor  more

University of Massachusetts: New Printing Process Advances 3D Capabilities
LOWELL, Massachusetts, July 31 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: More durable prosthetics and medical devices for patients and stronger parts for airplanes and automobiles are just some of the products that could be created through a new 3D printing technology invented by a UMass Lowell researcher. Substances such as plastics, metals and wax are used in 3D printers to make products and parts for larger items, as the practice has disrupted the   more

Westfield State University Names Usher as Interim Assistant Dean of Student Success for the College of Graduate and Continuing Education
WESTFIELD, Massachusetts, July 28 -- Westfield State University issued the following news: Westfield State University has appointed Dominick Usher as the interim assistant dean of student success for the College of Graduate and Continuing Education (CGCE). Usher comes to the University with an extensive background in higher education, including academic advising and admissions/enrollment positions for 10 years at New York University (NYU), Long Island University (Brooklyn campus), and the Bard  more

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Chemical Engineer Receives Grants Totaling More Than $2M to Speed, Ease Genetic Engineering
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, July 28 -- Worcester Polytechnic Institute issued the following news release: A Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) chemical engineer has received four separate grants totaling more than $2 million to support his research into using yeast and fungi to take on significant genetic engineering challenges. Through his research in synthetic biology, Eric Young, the Leonard P. Kinnicutt Assistant Professor of Chemical Engineering at WPI, aims to engineer organisms to make   more