Wednesday - September 23, 2020
Public Policy Tipoffs Involving New York Newsletter for Sunday August 02, 2020 ( 177 items )  

Academy of Management Proceedings Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, New York, July 30 -- The Academy of Management Proceedings, a journal from the Academy of Management, published research articles, including the following topics, in its August 2020 edition: * Business Model Innovation in China: From Novel Elements to Architectural Innovation * Ethical Leadership and Team Ethical Outcomes: The Roles of Team Moral Efficacy and Ethical Climate * Guarding the Exits or Fueling the Search: An Investigation into the Efficacy of Employee Guarding   more

Academy of Management Review Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
BRIARCLIFF MANOR, New York, July 30 -- The Academy of Management Review, a peer-reviewed journal from the Academy of Management that says it features theoretical insights that advance the understanding of management and organization, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Articles: * Dark Knights: When and Why an Employee Becomes a Workplace Vigilante * Recurring Nightmares and Silver Linings: Understanding How Past Abusive Supervision May Lead to Postt  more

Access Now: Don't Stifle Free Speech - Zimbabwe Must #KeepItOn During Planned Protests
NEW YORK, July 31 -- Access Now issued the following news release: The #KeepItOn coalition -- a global network of human rights organizations that work to end internet shutdowns -- has received worrying reports from our partners in Zimbabwe that the government intends to shut down the internet, stifling anti-government protests planned to take place on Friday, July 31, 2020. As organizations that believe in the power of the internet as an enabler of a myriad of human rights, we urgently call on  more

Access Now: New World Disorder - Digital Attacks on Freedom of Assembly
NEW YORK, July 28 -- Access Now issued the following news release: The rising tide of protests in 2020 is reigniting discussions on peaceful assembly and association worldwide. With social distancing measures in place, the COVID-19 pandemic has amplified challenges to the exercise of these rights in the digital age. Access Now is proud to launch Defending peaceful assembly and association in the digital age: takedowns, shutdowns, and surveillance -- our pioneering report on the impacts of techn  more

Access Now: Young and Having Harmless Fun - Egypt Must Drop Charges Against Women TikTok Influencers
NEW YORK, July 31 -- Access Now issued the following news release: Amplifying its clamp down on freedom of expression online, the Egyptian government is on a campaign to arrest and prosecute women influencers on the emerging social media platform TikTok for violating "the values of the Egyptian family" and "inciting debauchery and immorality." The crackdown on TikTok influencers in Egypt began on 23 April 2020 with the arrest of 20-year-old student Haneen Hossam, for her TikTok videos -- char  more

ACLU Comment on Homeland Security Department Compiling 'Intelligence Reports' on Journalists
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- 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 Department of Homeland Security has compiled "intelligence reports" on journalists covering protests in Portland, Oregon. Chad Wolf, acting homeland security secretary, ordered the office to stop collecting this information and announced an investigation upon   more

ACLU Comment on Trump Tweet About Delaying Election
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- 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 Voting Rights Project Director Dale Ho: In a tweet this morning, President Trump suggested the November election could be delayed. * * * "This is America. "We are a democracy, not a dictatorship. "The Constitution empowers Congress to set the date of the electi  more

ACLU Tells Congress: Until All of Us Are Covered, All of Us Are At Risk
NEW YORK, July 30 -- 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 sent letters to the U.S. House of Representatives and the Senate demanding universal access to COVID-19 testing and treatment to ensure the nation's collective health. ACLU affiliates -- including in Alabama, Northern California  more

Advocates Demand Democrats Stand Strong Against GOP Plans to Exclude 47 Million Immigrant Americans During Impending COVID-19 Relief Negotiations
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following news release: As Congress debates the next, and likely final, COVID-19 relief package, immigrant advocates held a press briefing renewing their demands that Congressional Democrats stand with immigrants who continue to be on the frontlines of the pandemic and fight for an inclusive COVID-19 relief package that provides financial and other support to all those excluded in previous bills. The advocates denounced the Sena  more

AICPA Announces New Scholarship for Accounting Students in Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn.
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The Association of International Certified Professional Accountants issued the following news release: The American Institute of CPAs (AICPA) announced a new scholarship to support Black and African-American accounting students in the Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minn. communities. The AICPA Scholarship for Accounting Students in Minneapolis/St. Paul provides $5,000 to accounting students attending colleges or universities in Minneapolis or St. Paul to help cover any educatio  more

Albany Medical Center: 'Pediatric Pipeline' Grant Will Benefit Students, Patients
ALBANY, New York, July 29 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: A pipeline for underrepresented students interested in careers in pediatrics is being established at Albany Medical College, thanks to an exciting, new student-faculty partnership and support from a national grant. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recently awarded the College a Pediatric Pipeline Innovation Program grant--one of only five in the country--to increas  more

Alliance for Quality Education: Long Island Communities Hit Hardest by COVID-19 Have Most Underfunded Schools
MASSAPEQUA, New York, July 29 -- The Alliance for Quality Education issued the following news release: Long Island's Black, Latinx and low-income children are at the epicenter of the COVID-19 pandemic as a result of pre-existing health disparities, limited community resources and chronically underfunded schools. A new report, Sickness, Death & Cuts: The impact of COVID-19 on Long Island Students by the Alliance for Quality Education and Long Island Progressive Coalition, breaks down the overlap  more

American Association of Advertising Agencies Praises Defeat of D.C. Council 3 Percent Tax on Advertising, Sale of Personal Information
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The American Association of Advertising Agencies issued the following news release: In a final vote, The Washington, D.C. City Council nixed, as expected, a proposed 3 percent tax on advertising services and the sale of "personal information." The tax, just one part of the city's proposed 2021 Budget and Financial plan, was introduced to help combat Washington, D.C.'s growing budget deficit, which has been compounded by the pandemic. Last week, the D.C. Council chairman ha  more

American Association of Advertising Agencies: $8.3 Million Dividend to Be Paid to 4A Workers Compensation Program Policyholders
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The American Association of Advertising Agencies issued the following news release: 2019 was another great year for the 4A's Workers' Compensation Program, with covered payroll increasing to $10.8 billing, and insured employees increasing to 155,000 employees. The 4A's Captive continues to enjoy a favorable claims trend while insuring more payroll for less premium again in 2019. This overall reduction in the cost of insurance has provided a cash flow benefit to policyholde  more

American Astronomical Society: Holy Cow Sherry Suyu to Receive 2021 Berkeley Prize
WASHINGTON, July 31 -- The American Astronomical Society issued the following news release: Astrophysicist Sherry H. Suyu will receive the 2021 Lancelot M. Berkeley-New York Community Trust Prize for Meritorious Work in Astronomy. Bestowed annually since 2011 by the American Astronomical Society (AAS) and supported by a grant from the New York Community Trust, the Berkeley prize includes a monetary award and an invitation to give the closing plenary lecture at the AAS winter meeting, the "Super  more

American Council of Learned Societies: Celebrating the Career of Center for Educational Exchange With Vietnam Director Minh Kauffman
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- The American Council of Learned Societies issued the following news on July 31: On Friday, July 31, Minh Kauffman, director of the ACLS Center for Educational Exchange with Vietnam (CEEVN) retired after 26 years with ACLS and nearly 50 years working in international educational exchange and community development. ACLS President emeritus Stanley N. Katz has called Minh "the most important person involved in the creation of meaningful relations between Viet Nam and the United   more

American Foundation for AIDS Research, Fashion, Fine Art: Pulling Together for COVID-19 Research
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The American Foundation for AIDS Research issued the following news release: After taking a strategic decision to temporarily expand its efforts to include research on COVID-19, in April amfAR, The Foundation for AIDS Research, launched the amfAR Fund to Fight COVID-19. Within the space of just a few weeks, the Foundation was able to orchestrate a pair of virtual international fundraising events to support the Fund, and it announced its first grants for research on the nove  more

American Jewish Congress Condemns Rep. Omar for Invoking Antisemitic Tropes
NEW YORK, July 27 -- The American Jewish Congress issued the following statement: The American Jewish Congress condemns Representative Ilhan Omar (D-MN-5) for invoking antisemitic tropes in her campaign materials. As she tries to fend off a difficult primary challenge, Rep. Omar attacked Antone Melton-Meaux, her primary opponent, for large donations he has received from donors outside the district, identifying by name only three donors - all of whom are Jewish By deliberately mentioning only   more

American Journal of Respiratory & Critical Care Medicine Issues Research Articles in Aug. 1, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- The American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine, a journal from the American Thoracic Society that says it focuses on human biology and disease, as well as animal and in vitro studies, published research articles on the following topics in its Aug. 1, 2020 edition: Original Articles: * Vitamin D Metabolism Is Dysregulated in Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease * Combined Mesenchymal Stromal Cell Therapy and Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation i  more

American Journal of Respiratory Cell & Molecular Biology Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The American Journal of Respiratory Cell and Molecular Biology, a journal from the American Thoracic Society that says it focuses on pulmonary biology, published research articles, including the following topics, in its August 2020 edition: Translational Review: * Macrophage Signaling Pathways in Pulmonary Nontuberculous Mycobacteria Infections Original Research: * The Transient Receptor Potential Channel Vanilloid 1 Is Critical in Innate Airway Epithelial Responses to  more

American National Standards Institute: United States Standards Strategy 2020 First Draft Open for Public Comment
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) has released for public comment the first draft version of the 2020 update to the United States Standards Strategy (USSS). Updated every five years, the USSS describes the principles and tactics that guide how the United States develops standards and participates in the international standards-setting process. Input on the draft is requested by Augus  more

American Society of Health-System Pharmacists: COVID-19 Dispatch - TIRR Memorial Hermann
BETHESDA, Maryland, July 28 -- The American Society of Health-System Pharmacists issued the following news: Preventing SARS-CoV-2 infection in vulnerable patients is a top priority at TIRR Memorial Hermann in Houston, Texas, where the COVID-19 pandemic is affecting day-to-day operations at the 60-year-old rehabilitation hospital. "It's a struggle," said Sarah Lake-Wallace, director of pharmacy services. "There's no normality right now for anybody." Lake-Wallace said she and her colleagues fel  more

Americas Society/Council of the Americas Reaches Remarkable Online Viewership With President Alberto Fernandez Event
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Americas Society/Council of the Americas issued the following news release: Americas Society/Council of the Americas (AS/COA) hosted Argentina's President Alberto Fernandez on July 21, as a part of AS/COA's Presidents of the Americas Series. The online event received over 332,000 views and drew more than 123,000 live viewers--more than double the 55,000 total viewers we've had at the 78 other broadcast events so far in 2020. Fernandez spoke frankly about the need for in  more

Amicus Brief Opposes Office of the Comptroller of the Currency Charter That Would Aid Predatory Lenders
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The National Consumer Law Center issued the following news release: The National Consumer Law Center, Center for Responsible Lending, and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition filed an amicus brief in Lacewell v. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), in support of the plaintiff, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), against the OCC's plan to issue "special purpose national bank" charters to nonbank lenders. In the brief, the group u  more

ANAB's ILAC MRA Recognition Extended to Include ISO 17034 Reference Material Producers
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The ANSI National Accreditation Board (ANAB), a wholly owned subsidiary of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), has extended its signatory status with the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (ILAC) mutual recognition arrangement (MRA) to include reference material producers (RMPs) under ISO 17034, General Requirements For The Competence Of Reference Material Producers. W  more

Annals of the American Thoracic Society Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- The Annals of the American Thoracic Society, a peer-reviewed international online journal of the American Thoracic Society, published research articles on the following topics in its August 2020 edition: Focused Review: * COVID-19 Lung Injury and High-Altitude Pulmonary Edema. A False Equation with Dangerous Implications Perspective: * Mobilization and Preparation of a Large Urban Academic Center during the COVID-19 Pandemic Viewpoints: * Air Hunger and Psychological  more

Anti-Defamation League Expresses Grave Concern on Use of Federal Law Enforcement in Portland, Elsewhere
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Anti-Defamation League issued the following news release: ADL (the Anti-Defamation League) called on the Department of Homeland Security and the Trump Administration to immediately cease excessive, unilateral federal law enforcement operations in Portland, Oregon and urged members of Congress to hold hearings to probe allegations into the use of unwarranted force and dangerous tactics against protesters there. ADL issued the following statement: ADL has been working w  more

Arizona State University and World Economic Forum, With Support From the Rockefeller Foundation, Announce COVID-19 Diagnostics Commons to Help Companies Get Back to Work
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Rockefeller Foundation issued the following joint news release: To help companies safely move their employees back to the workplace, Arizona State University's College of Health Solutions and the World Economic Forum, with support from The Rockefeller Foundation, announced the Covid-19 Diagnostics Commons -- an interactive hub for the global community to access the very latest information about testing options and to share knowledge and practices for safely bringing bac  more

As Confirmed COVID-19 Cases More Than Double in July Across African Countries, Lack of Testing in Crisis-Affected Contexts Keeps Responders in Dark About Real Spread of Disease, Warns International Rescue Committee
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The International Rescue Committee issued the following news release: Confirmed COVID cases across African countries has risen by 500% in the the past two months and more than doubled in July, amidst dire testing shortfalls and poor access to data on the actual extent of the pandemic in crisis-affected countries on the continent. The International Rescue Committee (IRC) fears that our COVID response is fighting the epidemic in the dark, and COVID-19 cases are much higher th  more

As Online Shopping Surges, E-Commerce Retailers Face Major Risks From the Climate Impact and Toxicity of Their Products
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following news release on July 29: E-commerce retailers are carrying potential liability for the hundreds of unsustainable and hazardous products sold on their platforms, finds a new analysis by Environmental Defense Fund. In order to mitigate reputational and liability risks that are increasing amidst the global pandemic, the report calls for more transparency about the products sold on e-commerce platforms, as well as focused effo  more

Association for Computing Machinery Interactions Special Issue Explores Design and Technology During and After Coronavirus Pandemic
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The Association for Computing Machinery issued the following news release: ACM, the Association for Computing Machinery, announced the publication of a special COVID-19 issue of Interactions, ACM's magazine focused on human-computer interaction (HCI). The special issue of Interactions--Design in the Pandemic--explores the ways in which critical research and emerging practices in HCI and interaction design are being applied to address societal challenges presented by the cur  more

Board Statement on Institutional Racism at International Women's Health Coalition
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The International Women's Health Coalition issued the following statement: In the last few weeks, former and current IWHC staff have come forward to share their experiences. They have spoken of racism, bullying, intimidation, and a toxic work environment. We, the IWHC Board, are shaken and deeply saddened by what we have learned. As leaders of this organization, we are committed to taking the necessary steps to ensure a safe and welcoming environment for all IWHC staff, gra  more

Cancer Institute, Mark Foundation Launch Collaboration to Evaluate Liquid Biopsy for More Accurate, Rapid Assessment of Response to Immunotherapy
NEW YORK, July 31 -- Cancer Research Institute issued the following news: The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) and The Mark Foundation for Cancer Research have launched an innovative clinical trial that aims to demonstrate the utility of a novel, ultra-sensitive biomarker-directed blood test, or liquid biopsy, in assessing cancer patient responses to immunotherapy. If this and future studies show that this approach can more accurately characterize these responses to therapy, oncologists may gain  more

Cancer Research Institute Issues Statement on Blackbaud Data Breach
NEW YORK, July 28 -- Cancer Research Institute issued the following statement on Blackbaud data breach: The Cancer Research Institute (CRI) was informed on July 16, 2020, that one of our vendors, Blackbaud, experienced a data incident in May of this year. Blackbaud is a cloud service used by many nonprofit institutions to manage various aspects of their operations. CRI recognizes that our constituents, including donors, scientists, and others, may have read about this incident in the press an  more

Carnegie Corporation of New York COVID-19 Response, Impact Fund Issues Over $110 Million in Emergency Funds to New York City-Based Nonprofits
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Carnegie Corporation of New York issued the following news release: The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund announced that more than $110 million in emergency support has been distributed to 768 New York City-based social services and arts and cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus public health crisis. More than $73 million in grant funding was managed by the New York Community Trust and over $37 million was managed by Nonprofit Finance Fund for no-interest lo  more

Cell Research Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- Cell Research, a journal that says it features life sciences related to molecular and cell biology, published research articles, including the following topics, in its August 2020 edition: Research Highlight: * Reprogramming the microenvironment: tricks of tumor-derived astrocytes * Combating pancreatic cancer during its Rip Van Winkle sleep Review Article: * Old dogs, new trick: classic cancer therapies activate cGAS * Immune checkpoint signaling and cancer immunothe  more

Center for Coastal Studies: Humpback Whale Disentangled Off NY in Massive Three-Day Multi-Agency Response
PROVINCETOWN, Massachusetts, Aug. 1 -- The Center for Coastal Studies issued the following news release: On Monday, July 27, the Center for Coastal Studies Marine Animal Entanglement Response hotline (CCS MAER) received notification from the US Coast Guard of a whale in distress about ten miles east of the entrance to the harbor of New York City. The MAER team then spoke with the recreational boaters reported the sighting, who described a humpback whale that appeared to be anchored in place wit  more

Center for Constitutional Rights: Civil Rights Groups Ask Appellate Court to Reject Renewed Palestine Censorship Efforts by Fordham University
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following news release: Students asked New York's Appellate Court on Friday to reject an effort by Fordham University to overturn a decision ordering the school to recognize the Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) club. The students are represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights, Palestine Legal, and cooperating counsel Alan Levine. "It's ridiculous to us that our university is still trying to censor us now," sai  more

Center for Constitutional Rights: Communities United for Police Reform Moves to Intervene in NYPD Misconduct Database Case
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following news release on July 29: Communities United for Police Reform (CPR), represented by the Center for Constitutional Rights and the law firm Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliff LLP, filed a motion to intervene in a lawsuit brought by five New York City police unions, as well as corrections and firefighter unions, that seeks to block NYC from publishing officer misconduct and discipline information and roll back the repeal of   more

Center for Constitutional Rights: Judge Issues Two Nationwide Injunctions Blocking 'Public Charge' Immigration Rules Amid Covid-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Center for Constitutional Rights issued the following news release on July 29: A Manhattan federal court issued two nationwide injunctions temporarily blocking the Trump Administration's "public charge" rules. An injunction issued against the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) prevents DHS from enforcing, applying, implementing, or treating as effective the "public charge" rule for any period during which there is a declared national health emergency in response to t  more

Center for Economic and Social Rights: Forging Tools for Fiscal Justice in the Andean Region
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Center for Economic and Social Rights issued the following news release: Since 2016, CESR has worked with civil society partners in Peru and Colombia to build greater consensus on how public resources can be more equitably generated and distributed, in line with human rights obligations. How can a new agenda for public resources be crafted in a region marked by abundant natural resources and economic growth on the one hand, but persistent inequalities and rights deficit  more

Center for Responsible Lending: Amicus Brief Opposes OCC Charter That Would Aid Predatory Lenders
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The Center for Responsible Lending issued the following joint news release: The Center for Responsible Lending, National Consumer Law Center, and National Community Reinvestment Coalition filed an amicus brief in Lacewell v. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), in support of the plaintiff, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), against the OCC's plan to issue "special purpose national bank" charters to nonbank lenders. In the brief, the gro  more

Civil Rights Coalition Urges Congress to Pay Tribute to John Lewis by Passing HEROES Act and Voting Rights Advancement Act
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Education Fund (LDF) has joined 154 other organizations in calling on Congress to pay tribute to Representative John Lewis (D-GA) by passing the HEROES Act and the Voting Rights Advancement Act (VRAA). Enacting these legislative measures would protect the integrity of the November election and counter the disenfranchisement that communities of color face. * * * Dear  more

Clean Summit 2020 to Focus on How Science and Innovation Can Support Healthy Built Environment, With Insights From ANSI Members
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The American National Standards Institute issued the following news release: The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages its stakeholders to attend the virtual Clean 2020 Summit, which will include ANSI member presentations on the current state and next steps for guidance and standards, as well as best practices to minimize risk and manage impacts of COVID-19. The virtual event will span three days - August 5, 13 and 25 - with in-depth discussions on the sci  more

Clearing House: 5 Banks Join RTP Network on Same Day Through Jack Henry's JHA PayCenter
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Clearing House issued the following news release on July 29: Jack Henry & Associates, Inc.(R) (NASDAQ: JKHY), a leading provider of technology solutions and payment processing services primarily for the financial services industry, continues to scale its RTP(R) network connectivity and for the first time five banks have joined the network on the same day. Dogwood State Bank, Raleigh, NC; First Fidelity Bank, Oklahoma City, OK; National Bank of Texas, Fort Worth, TX; Roy  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: Cancer Researchers Discuss COVID-19's Effect on the Field
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 28 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Director of the Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory (CSHL) Cancer Center and Roy J. Zuckerberg Professor of Cancer Research David Tuveson and Assistant Professor Tobias Janowitz wrote an editorial in the latest edition of Cancer Discovery. The piece, entitled "The Era of COVID-19 and the Rise of Science Collectivism in Cancer Research", discusses the active participation of cancer researchers in COVI  more

Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory: ENCODE3 - Interpreting the Human and Mouse Genomes
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 30 -- The Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory issued the following news: Scientists around the world have access to a rich trove of information through the Encyclopedia of DNA Elements (ENCODE)--annotated versions of the human and mouse genomes that are vital for interpreting their genetic codes. In the July 29, 2020 issue of the journal Nature, an international consortium of approximately 500 scientists reports on the completion of Phase 3 of an ongoing project, an  more

Commission on Independent Colleges & Universities President Labate Testifies During Joint Hearing on Impact of COVID-19 on Higher Education
ALBANY, New York, July 29 -- The Commission on Independent Colleges and Universities issued the following testimony on July 28 by President Mary Beth Labate before the Senate and Assembly Committees on Higher Education during a joint hearing on the impact of COVID-19 on higher education: Thank you, Assemblymember Glick, Senator Stavisky, and members of the Assembly and Senate Committees on Higher Education for calling today's hearing on this important topic. I appreciate the opportunity to addr  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: Journalist From Dagestan, Russia Threatened With Death in Phone Call
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: Authorities in the Russian republic of Dagestan should conduct a swift and thorough investigation into the death threat against journalist Svetlana Anokhina and ensure she has adequate protection, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 22, a man called Anokhina and threatened to kill her, the journalist told CPJ in a phone interview. Anokhina, a Dagestani journalist, is the chief editor of Daptar.  more

Committee to Protect Journalists: New York City Police Department Subpoenaed Reporter's Phone Records in Leak Case
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Committee to Protect Journalists issued the following news: The New York City Police Department should refrain from subpoenaing journalists' phone records or other information that could reveal sourcing, the Committee to Protect Journalists said. On July 14, a New York-based freelance journalist who works for the Daily Mail received a letter stating that their phone records had been obtained from their cellphone provider, AT&T, and were being used in a leak investigati  more

Consumers Reports Investigation Finds That College Board Is Sharing Students' Personal Information With Tech Companies
NEW YORK, July 31 -- Consumer Reports issued the following news release: Consumer Reports released findings from an investigation into the privacy practices of the College Board and found that the organization appears to be in violation of its own policies. Researchers at CR's Digital Lab found that the College Board is sending personally identifiable student information to major technology companies and ad platforms including Adobe, Facebook, Google, Microsoft, Snapchat, and Yahoo. "College  more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-NY Welcomes Investigation After Noose Found at Family's Home in Massena, NY
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The New York chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NY), the nation's largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization, welcomed the Massena Police Department's investigation of a noose found on a family's property in Massena, N.Y. The department's criminal investigation unit is seeking to identify who is responsible for leaving the hate symbol at the family's home. Depart  more

Counter Extremism Project: Hezbollah Operatives Extradited As Law Enforcement Expands Efforts to Thwart Terror Operations Abroad
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: Law enforcement agencies around the globe are widening their efforts to dismantle the illicit activities and financial networks of Iran-backed proxy militias. In July, the United States and Paraguay moved to disrupt Hezbollah's infrastructure and terror-financing apparatus with the extradition of two key operatives and financiers, Ghassan Diab and Assad Ahmad Barakat. Diab is facing multiple U.S. felony charg  more

Counter Extremism Project: Tech & Terrorism - Content Moderation Shortcomings Are Topic of Tech-Led Counterterrorism Initiative
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Counter Extremism Project issued the following news release: Last week, the tech sector's largest counterterror group, the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT) convened a forum of industry stakeholders to address ongoing extremist activity online in the wake of protests and civil unrest. The virtual gathering of stakeholders--which included representatives from 30 countries across government, industry, academia, and civil society groups--comes despite tech  more

Doctors Without Borders Hands Over Its COVID-19 Programs in Navajo Nations and Pueblos
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: After two months of collaborating with community leaders, tribal health officials, service organizations, and health care workers on preventing and controlling the spread of COVID-19 among Native Americans from the Navajo Nation and Pueblo peoples in the southwestern states of New Mexico and Arizona, the international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontie  more

Doctors Without Borders: Cepheid Charges Four Times More Than It Should Per COVID-19 Test
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: Cepheid, a US company that produces rapid, point-of care COVID-19 tests, is prioritizing high-income countries at the expense of people in low resource settings, said Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF). The international medical humanitarian organization called on Cepheid to allocate these urgently needed COVID-19 tests equitably and affordably across all countries. "As coun  more

Dr. Jessica Peck Introduced as President of the National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners issued the following news release: The National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners (NAPNAP) is pleased to announce that Jessica Peck, DNP, APRN, CPNP-PC, CNE, CNL, FAANP has assumed the office of president of the association. In addition to serving as president, Dr. Peck is a member of our Health Policy Committee and serves as president for NAPNAP Partners for Vulnerable Youth. "As part of the most disrupt  more

E. Sander Connolly to Head Neurological Surgery at Columbia University and NewYork-Presbyterian
NEW YORK, July 31 -- New York-Presbyterian Hospital issued the following news release: One of the nation's preeminent neurosurgeons, E. Sander Connolly Jr., MD, has been named chair of the Department of Neurological Surgery at Columbia University Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons. He also will serve as neurosurgeon-in-chief at NewYork-Presbyterian/Columbia University Irving Medical Center. Dr. Connolly is currently the Bennett M. Stein Professor of Neurological Surgery, vice chair of   more

Environmental Advocates of New York: Governor Cuomo Postpones Environmental Bond Act
ALBANY, New York, July 31 -- Environmental Advocates of New York issued the following statement by Executive Director Peter M. Iwanowicz: Governor Cuomo announced that the Environmental Bond Act had been removed from the November ballot. * * * "Removing the Bond Act from this year's ballot is shortsighted and strips New Yorkers of the opportunity to voice their support for clean water, clean energy, and green jobs. "The Bond Act would have provided a desperately needed boost to our crumbling  more

Environmental Defense Fund: Foregoing $3 Billion Bond a Huge Missed Opportunity for New York's Environment and Economy
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Environmental Defense Fund issued the following statement by Natalie Snider, senior director of Coastal Resilience: Gov. Cuomo's office announced that it would not move forward to place the Restore the Mother Nature Bond Act on the November ballot for voters to consider. Had it moved forward and secured the approval of voters, the measure would have approved a $3 billion bond to fund a suite of solutions to build climate resilience and benefit New York's economy and wor  more

Everytown Applauds Congressional Democrats for Launching Investigation Into Trump Administration's Decision to Lift Ban on International Sales of Silencers
NEW YORK, July 30 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, responded to Congressional Democrats "investigating the Trump administration's decision to lift a ban on firearm silencer sales to foreign private buyers that had been enacted to prevent the devices from being used against American troops." The 2002 pol  more

Everytown Applauds House Democrats for Passing the Strongest Gun Safety Appropriations Package in History
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news on July 31: Everytown for Gun Safety and its grassroots networks, Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, released the following statements applauding House Democrats for passing the strongest gun safety appropriations package in history, including several key gun safety measures for which Everytown advocated. The historic package was spearheaded by Chairwoma  more

Everytown Unveils New Latino Voter Polling, Announces $2 Million Paid Media Program to Reach Latino Voters and Launches First Spanish-Language Ad of 2020
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Approaching the year mark of the shooting in El Paso, Texas, Everytown for Gun Safety Action Fund and Everytown for Gun Safety Victory Fund announced a new paid media program to reach Latino voters in battleground states including Texas, Arizona, and Florida, and released a poll conducted by Equis Research and Global Strategy Group that demonstrates the salience of  more

EWG and Waterkeeper Alliance: Poultry Factory Farms Disproportionately Threaten Black, Native American, and Latino People in North Carolina
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Waterkeeper Alliance issued the following news release: The predominantly Black, Native American, and Latino residents of three eastern North Carolina counties now live with 30 million more chickens and turkeys than they did eight years ago, according to a new investigation by the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance. The groups' report and map show that, from 2012 to 2019, the estimated number of chickens and turkeys in Duplin, Sampson and Robeson coun  more

EWG and Waterkeeper Alliance: Poultry Factory Farms Disproportionately Threaten Black, Native American, and Latino People in North Carolina
NEW YORK, July 31 -- Waterkeeper Alliance issued the following news release: The predominantly Black, Native American, and Latino residents of three eastern North Carolina counties now live with 30 million more chickens and turkeys than they did eight years ago, according to a new investigation by the Environmental Working Group and Waterkeeper Alliance. The groups' report and map show that, from 2012 to 2019, the estimated number of chickens and turkeys in Duplin, Sampson and Robeson counties  more

Family Court Review Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
MADISON, Wisconsin, July 29 -- Family Court Review, an academic journal for family law professionals from the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, published research articles, including the following topics, in its July 2020 edition: Articles: * Termination of Parental Rights in New York: Why Such a Variation By County? * Evaluation of Topics in Utah's ONE-HOUR Divorce Education Program * The Impact of Safe Harbor Legislation on Court Proceedings Involving Sex Trafficked Youth: A   more

Feinstein Institutes: Northwell Health to Advance Health Care Innovation Amid COVID-19 Pandemic at Constellation Forum
MANHASSET, New York, July 31 -- Feinstein Institutes for Medical Research issued the following news on July 30: Northwell Health will host its third annual Constellation Forum virtually on Thursday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's Forum will focus on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as it has highlighted the increased demands on health care innovation and on those who bring it to life. All are welcome to register for the free event at www.ConstellationForum.com. Th  more

First-Ever All Virtual MassChallenge Israel Accelerator Announces Top Startups
JERUSALEM, Israel, July 28 -- MassChallenge issued the following announcement: With an audience gathered remotely across Israel, the US, and seven countries around the world, MassChallenge Israel, part of MassChallenge's global network of zero-equity startup accelerators, tonight announced the top nine startups of its 2020 accelerator. The top startups will now compete for 500,000 NIS in zero-equity cash prizes in September 2020, and will participate in a MassChallenge Israel Roadshow to New Yo  more

Ford Foundation: NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund Has Issued Over $110 Million in Emergency Funds to New York City-Based Nonprofits
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Ford Foundation issued the following news: The NYC COVID-19 Response & Impact Fund announced that more than $110 million in emergency support has been distributed to 768 New York City-based social services and arts and cultural nonprofits affected by the coronavirus public health crisis. More than $73 million in grant funding was managed by the New York Community Trust and over $37 million was managed by Nonprofit Finance Fund for no-interest loans. Small to mid-sized n  more

Freedom for Immigrants: Advocates Unveil Joint Executive Order and Campaign to #FreeThemAll in New York, New Jersey
NEW YORK, July 28 -- Freedom for Immigrants issued the following news release: On Monday morning, organizations representing the Abolish ICE NY-NJ Coalition held a press conference to launch a campaign to free them all and present a joint executive order directed to both Gov. Cuomo and Gov. Murphy demanding the states end their complicity with ICE detention while supporting national calls to free everyone from immigration detention. "If COVID-19 can attack places like nursing homes, I can imag  more

Global Phase 2/3 Clinical Trial for COVID-19 Vaccine Starts at NYU Langone Health
NEW YORK, July 28 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release on July 27: The first U.S. patients have been dosed in a phase 2/3 clinical trial testing whether a lead messenger RNA (mRNA) vaccine candidate can prevent infection with the virus that causes 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19). NYU Grossman School of Medicine, under the auspices of NYU Langone Health's Vaccine Center, served as one of the original sites f  more

Global Public Relations Executive Joins Lymphoma Research Foundation Board of Directors
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Lymphoma Research Foundation issued the following news: The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is proud to announce the election of Scott Pansky of Los Angeles, CA to its Board of Directors. The Lymphoma Research Foundation's Board of Directors is comprised of business leaders, medical professionals, and Foundation supporters from across the United States who utilize their skills and expertise to further the LRF mission. Foundation Directors are responsible for support  more

Greece: Doctors Without Borders Forced to Close COVID-19 Center on Lesbos
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres issued the following news: The international medical humanitarian organization Doctors Without Borders/Medecins Sans Frontieres (MSF) has been forced to close its COVID-19 isolation center on the Greek island of Lesbos after local authorities imposed fines with potential criminal charges related to urban planning regulations. MSF strongly condemns Greek authorities' failure to help keep this isolation center open. This d  more

Hispanic Federation Applauds House Vote Establishing National Museum of the American Latino Within the Smithsonian Institution
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Hispanic Federation issued the following news release: As more Americans are recognizing the importance of racial and ethnic equity and representation in all institutions of our society, Hispanic Federation applauds Congress' contribution to that effort with House vote establishing the National Museum of the American Latino as part of the Smithsonian Institution. Nine years ago, the National Museum of the American Latino Commission issued a report to Congress laying ou  more

Hispanic Federation Awards $3.6M in COVID-19 Emergency Assistance Grants to 173 Community-Based Organizations Across United States Mainland, Puerto Rico
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Hispanic Federation issued the following news release: The Hispanic Federation (HF) announced $3.6M in emergency grants to 173 organizations working on the frontlines in communities most affected by the coronavirus crisis. These grants are providing urgent support to individuals, families and institutions devastated by the pandemic and include aid for rent assistance, food security, healthcare, job protection, legal assistance, public education, the elderly, undocumente  more

Human Gene Therapy Journal Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 28 -- Human Gene Therapy, a peer-reviewed journal that says it focuses on the human aspect of gene therapy, published research articles on the following topics in its July 2020 edition: Gene Therapy Briefs: * Pfizer and Sangamo Hemophilia A Gene Therapy Aces First Clinical Test Research Articles: * Evaluation of Photoreceptor Transduction Efficacy of Capsid-Modified Adeno-Associated Viral Vectors Following Intravitreal and Subretinal Delivery in Sheep * Dose R  more

Human Rights Watch: China - New Hong Kong Law a Roadmap for Repression
NEW YORK, July 29 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Hong Kong authorities have rapidly begun to apply the new National Security Law to prosecute peaceful speech, curtail academic freedom, and generate a chilling effect on fundamental freedoms in the city, Human Rights Watch said. The law, which China's government imposed on June 30, 2020, is Beijing's most aggressive assault on Hong Kong people's freedoms since the transfer of sovereignty in 1997. The National Security L  more

Human Rights Watch: Global Call to Reject Hong Kong Security Law
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Foreign ministries should reject the new National Security Law that China imposed on Hong Kong and act to uphold human rights in the city, Human Rights Watch said in an open letter from 17 nongovernmental organizations. The letter - sent to 40 governments, including all 27 European Union member states, Australia, Canada, India, Indonesia, Japan, Malaysia, New Zealand, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, T  more

Human Rights Watch: South Korea - Stop Intimidating North Korean Human Rights Groups
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: The South Korean government is targeting activist organizations that focus on North Korea's human rights problems for special review in an apparent effort to intimidate them, Human Rights Watch said. Tensions between the South Korean government and some activists sharpened significantly after North Korea's leaders threatened retaliation because some groups sent leaflets across the border that strongly criticized North Kor  more

Human Rights Watch: Tech Firms' Counterterrorism Forum Threatens Rights
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: The growing role of major technology companies in moderating online content poses a risk to free expression and other fundamental rights, 15 human rights and digital rights organizations said in a letter to Nick Rasmussen, the new executive director of the Global Internet Forum to Counter Terrorism (GIFCT). The rights groups expressed concern that government participation in the new Independent Advisory Committee of the   more

Human Rights Watch: U.S. - Probation, Parole Feed Mass Incarceration Crisis
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Probation and parole are promoted as alternatives to incarceration that help people get back on their feet, but instead feed bloated jail and prison populations in the United States, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a joint report released. The 225-page report, "Revoked: How Probation and Parole Feed Mass Incarceration in the United States," finds that supervision - probation and p  more

Human Rights Watch: U.S. - Probation, Parole Feed Mass Incarceration Crisis
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: Probation and parole are promoted as alternatives to incarceration that help people get back on their feet, but instead feed bloated jail and prison populations in the United States, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a joint report released. The 225-page report, "Revoked: How Probation and Parole Feed Mass Incarceration in the United States," finds that supervision - probation and p  more

Human Rights Watch: Venezuela - Allow U.N. to Help Stop COVID-19 Spread
NEW YORK, July 30 -- Human Rights Watch issued the following news release: United Nations leadership and member states should press the Nicolas Maduro government to enable UN humanitarian agencies to do everything in their power to prevent a further spread of Covid-19 across Venezuela, Human Rights Watch, Johns Hopkins University's Centers for Public Health and Human Rights and for Humanitarian Health, and Women's Link Worldwide said. Venezuela's health system had collapsed even before the pand  more

IATSE Response and Statement From International President Loeb Opposing 'HEALS' Act
NEW YORK, July 29 -- International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees issued the following news: When Congress passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in late-March - providing temporary economic relief for entertainment workers - it was already clear that subsequent COVID-19 legislation would be required in short order to address substantial issues that working people continue to face as a result of the ongoing pandemic. House Democrats answered the urgency o  more

IEEE Sensors Journal Issues Research Articles in Part 2 of August 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The IEEE Sensors Journal, a journal that says it features design, fabrication, manufacturing and application of devices and electronics and physics aspects of sensors from the IEEE Sensors Council, published research articles, including the following topics, in Part 2 of its August 2020 edition: Featured Articles: * A Modified Differential Beamforming and Its Application for DOA Estimation of Low Frequency Underwater Signal * Customizable Optical Pressure Sensor Based on  more

Immigrant Advocates Denounce 'Bleak Austerity' of Senate GOP Stimulus Package, Demand Democratic Leadership Fight for Recovery for All
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following news release: Washington, DC-Senate Republicans unveiled their effort for a final stimulus package, including a proposed cut to weekly emergency unemployment benefits at 70% of a worker's previous wages, replacing the $600 per week which states stopped paying out this week. The package would set the benefit at a sum of $200 per week on top of what recipients would normally receive from states through September, slashin  more

Immigrant Advocates, Elected Officials, and Allies Applaud District Court Decision to Halt Public Charge Rule Changes
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following news release on July 30: Yesterday, Judge George Daniels, a U.S. District Court Judge in Manhattan, issued a nationwide injunction temporarily halting the Trump administration's changes to the Public Charge rule. Judge Daniels' decision came after New York State Attorney General Letitia James and immigrant rights groups requested an injunction of the new rule in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. The ruling was a response  more

Independent Community Bankers Brief Backs Legal Challenge to OCC Fintech Charter
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The Independent Community Bankers of America issued the following news release on July 31: The Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA) filed a friend-of-the-court brief supporting the New York Department of Financial Services lawsuit challenging the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's special-purpose national bank charter for fintech companies. "The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency's proposed special-purpose fintech charter lacks not only sufficie  more

Industrial Energy Consumers Urges Rules Committee to Oppose Amendment: Army Corp of Engineers, Section 404 of the Federal Water
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- The Industrial Energy Consumers of America issued the following letter by President Paul Cicio To: The Honorable Jim McGovern, Chairman, Committee on Rules, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Tom Cole, Ranking Member, Committee on Rules, U.S. House of Representatives, Washington, DC 20515 Re: Amendment to Division C of Rules, Committee Print 116-60, offered by Rep. Ocasio-Cortez of New York: Army Corp of Engineers, Section 404 of the Feder  more

Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility: 2020 Proxy Season Offers Fresh Evidence That Proposed SEC Rules Would Inhibit Shareholder Engagement and Undermine the Public Interest
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Interfaith Center on Corporate Responsibility issued the following news release: Case studies demonstrate how new ownership thresholds and resubmission rules would exclude proposals seeking to address workplace discrimination, hate speech and racial/gender pay gap, among other critical social and environmental issues. Shareholder groups made public new and compelling evidence including case studies that illustrate how the SEC's proposed rule changes governing the 14a-8  more

International Swaps & Derivatives Association and ISLA Agree to Closer Collaboration on Digital Initiatives
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association issued the following news release: ISDA and the International Securities Lending Association (ISLA) have agreed to closely collaborate on two key initiatives to deliver digital solutions to their respective memberships in a consistent and cost-effective way. Under the terms of the agreement, the associations will increase their engagement and cooperation at all levels to expand electronic contract opinions and to apply th  more

International Swaps & Derivatives Association Board Statement on Adherence to IBOR Fallback Protocol
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association issued the following statement on adherence to the forthcoming interbank offered rates fallback protocol: "Since 2016, ISDA has been working with the Financial Stability Board Official Sector Steering Group on updates to its standard documentation for interest rate derivatives to implement more robust fallbacks for LIBOR and other key interbank offered rates (IBORs). These fallbacks will be critical to ensure that derivati  more

International Swaps and Derivatives Association Launches Risk-free Rate Adoption Indicator
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The International Swaps and Derivatives Association issued the following news release: ISDA has launched a new indicator to monitor the adoption of alternative risk-free rates (RFRs) in derivatives trading. The indicator, developed in conjunction with Clarus Financial Technology, will provide a monthly snapshot of RFR trading activity in interest rate derivatives (IRD) markets, based on global cleared over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives data from seven central  more

Investment Company Institute Praises Introduction of Bipartisan Bill to Help US Mutual Funds Compete Internationally
WASHINGTON, July 28 -- The Investment Company Institute Education Foundation issued the following statement by President and CEO Paul Schott Stevens after Reps. Danny K. Davis, D-Illinois, Kenny Marchant, R-Texas, Thomas Suozzi, D-New York, and Ron Estes, R-Kansas, introduced the Tax Parity for US Mutual Funds Act (H.R. 7772): "This bipartisan bill will help level the global playing field for mutual fund companies based in the United States. "It removes tax barriers that make US funds less att  more

Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans of America Celebrates Committee Passage of Bipartisan Bill to Provide Rapid Job Retraining to Vets
NEW YORK, July 31 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release on July 30: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) celebrated passage by the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) of NINE supported bills, including a top priority for IAVA, the Veterans Economic Recovery Act (H.R. 7111). Sponsored by Committee Ranking Member Dr. Phil Roe and Rep. Mike Levin, the bill will establish a new one-year rapid retraining program for veterans who have lost their  more

Iraq, Afghanistan Veterans of America Celebrates Committee Passage of VA Motto Update
NEW YORK, July 31 -- Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America issued the following news release on July 30: Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America (IAVA) celebrated passage by the House Veterans Affairs Committee (HVAC) long-sought legislation to update the current outdated VA motto to make it gender-neutral and make the Department more welcoming to the increasing numbers of women who have served in uniform. This effort was led by IAVA and was the cornerstone of IAVA's ground-breaking #SheWho  more

Journal of Aerosol Medicine Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 30 -- The Journal of Aerosol Medicine, a peer-reviewed journal that says it covers health effects of inhaled aerosols and delivery of drugs through the pulmonary system, published research articles on the following topics in its August 2020 edition: Original Research: * A Dose-Ranging Study of Epinephrine Hydrofluroalkane Metered-Dose Inhaler (Primatene(R) MIST) in Subjects with Intermittent or Mild-to-Moderate Persistent Asthma * Naringenin-Loaded Dipalmitoylpho  more

Journal of Cell Biology Issues Research Articles in July 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Journal of Cell Biology, a peer-reviewed journal that describe applied cell biology in immunology, neurobiology, metabolism, virology, developmental biology and plant biology, published research articles, including the following topics, in its July 2020 edition: Spotlights: * Stress eating: Autophagy targets nuclear pore complexes * Building the lipid droplet assembly complex Viewpoint: * Confounding factors from inducible systems for spatiotemporal gene expressio  more

Journal of Child & Adolescent Psychopharmacology Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 30 -- The Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features clinical and biological aspects of treating this patient population with psychotropic medications, published research articles on the following topics in its June 2020 edition: Original Articles: * Primary Care Management of Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder Appears More Assertive Following Brief Psychiatric Intervention Compared with Si  more

Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery Issues Research Articles in June 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Journal of the Association for Computing Machinery, a journal that says it provides principles of computer science, published research articles, including the following topics, in its June 2020 edition: Distributed Computing: * The Power of Shunning: Efficient Asynchronous Byzantine Agreement Revisited * Distributed Exact Shortest Paths in Sublinear Time Parametized Complexity Theory: * Representative Sets and Irrelevant Vertices: New Tools for Kernelization The   more

Kill Switch: a New Internet Shutdowns Podcast From Access Now and the #KeepItOn Coalition
NEW YORK, July 28 -- Access Now issued the following news release: On July 27 Access Now and the #KeepItOn coalition is launching Kill Switch, a six-part podcast series exploring the devastating impact of internet shutdowns on the human rights of people affected by this extraordinary form of anti-democratic oppression. The first episode is going live on the opening day of RightsCon, the world's leading summit on human rights in the digital age, which will take place completely online for the fi  more

Lambda Legal Sues N.Y. For Refusal to Allow Nonbinary Gender Markers on Driver's Licenses
NEW YORK, July 30 -- Lambda Legal issued the following news release: Lambda Legal filed a lawsuit on behalf of Sander Saba, a nonbinary transgender New York resident who is seeking an accurate New York driver's license that reflects their nonbinary gender identity. The lawsuit challenges New York State's discriminatory policy that categorically prohibits nonbinary people from obtaining an accurate driver's license that reflects their gender identity, instead forcing them to choose either "male"  more

LatinoJustice Receives $3 Million Grant From Ms. Mackenzie Scott
NEW YORK, July 29 -- LatinoJustice PRLDEF issued the following news on July 28: LatinoJustice, a public interest law organization working to create a more just society by using and challenging the rule of law, is proud to announce that Ms. Mackenzie Scott has awarded the organization a $3 million grant. As an author and philanthropist, Ms. Scott signed the Giving Pledge charitable giving campaign, with a commitment to give away most of her wealth to charity over her lifetime. Ms. Scott's inves  more

Learning & Memory Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
COLD SPRING HARBOR, New York, July 29 -- Learning and Memory, a journal that says it advances in neuropsychology, published research articles on the following topics in its August 2020 edition: RESEARCH: * The role of prelimbic and anterior cingulate cortices in fear memory reconsolidation and persistence depends on the memory age * Behavioral evidence for pattern separation in human episodic memory * Hippocampal efferents to retrosplenial cortex and lateral septum are required for memory ac  more

Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital First on Long Island to Receive Dual Accreditation as Center of Excellence
GREAT NECK, New York, July 30 -- Long Island Jewish Valley Stream, a Northwell Health's hospital, issued the following news: Long Island Jewish Valley Stream Hospital (LIJVS) is the first hospital on Long Island to receive dual accreditation as a Center of Excellence in both hernia surgery and robotic surgery by the Surgical Review Corporation (SRC). The hospital is now part of Northwell Health's Network of Excellence in robotic surgery, the first network of its kind in the country. To achieve  more

Lymphoma Research Foundation CEO Meghan Gutierrez Appointed to American Board of Internal Medicine Specialty Board
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Lymphoma Research Foundation issued the following news on July 27: The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) has ABIM has 12 Specialty Boards - one for all disciplines solely sponsored and administered by ABIM. The Specialty Boards are where the frontline work at the discipline-specific level is done. The American Board of Internal Medicine (ABIM) Specialty Boards have oversight of the ABIM Exam Committees (a set of 20 committees responsible for developing relevan  more

MacKenzie Scott Makes Transformative $40M Gift to Local Initiatives Support Corp.
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The Local Initiatives Support Corp. issued the following news release: With the largest gift from an individual in LISC's history, MacKenzie Scott is fueling transformative efforts to advance racial and economic justice and building a broadly shared prosperity throughout the country. Scott said organizations like LISC are "well-positioned to accelerate progress." Philanthropist MacKenzie Scott is donating an extraordinary $40 million unrestricted grant to LISC. It is the l  more

Magdalena Julkowska Joins Boyce Thompson Institute as Newest Faculty Member
ITHACA, New York, July 30 -- Boyce Thompson Institute issued the following news: By Aaron J. Bouchie Science Writer Boyce Thompson Institute is excited to welcome Magdalena Julkowska to Ithaca, where she becomes our newest Assistant Professor. Magda's main research focus is how environmental stress affects plant development and architecture, and she also plans to build an automated phenotyping platform at the Institute. Julkowska comes to BTI from Saudi Arabia, where she was a postdoctoral fe  more

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research: New Study - Five Cheap Ways to Improve New York City Subway Operations
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research issued the following news release: In the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, MTA ridership fell to a tenth of its normal levels and has not yet recovered fully, and the city and state will lose massive amounts of tax revenue that previously went to subsidize operations. Already beset with problems--chronically late trains, a backlog of maintenance projects, high operations costs, and a $16 billion budget deficit with spending cuts pla  more

Manhattan Institute for Policy Research: New Study - Test-Based Promotion Policies in Florida and Arizona Correlate With Higher Performance
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Manhattan Institute for Policy Research issued the following news release: With the Covid-19 pandemic motivating educators across the country to think about how and to what extent educational standards are imposed upon America's K-12 students, a new Manhattan Institute issue brief evaluates the effects of requiring students to score above a minimum threshold on standardized tests in order to move to the next grade. The findings from Manhattan Institute senior fellow M  more

Michael J. Fox Foundation Announces Winners of 'Ken Griffin Alpha-Synuclein Imaging Competition' to Develop Game-Changing Tool for Parkinson's Research
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research issued the following news release on July 30: The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research (MJFF) announced the winners of the "Ken Griffin Alpha-synuclein Imaging Competition," a program to spur a scientific race in pursuit of an imaging tracer to visualize the key protein alpha-synuclein in the living brains of people with Parkinson's disease. Three teams -- from AC Immune, Mass General Brigham and Merck (kn  more

Mobile Remains Fastest Growing Channel Despite Budgets Being Impacted by COVID-19 Crisis
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Mobile Marketing Association issued the following news release on July 29: Mobile budgets are being impacted by the COVID-19 outbreak, but mobile remains the fastest growing channel, with nearly all marketing professionals (94%) considering mobile advertising as effective. These are some of the findings included in the State of the Industry: Mobile Marketing in EMEA 2020, an annual report released today and available to MMA members, providing a current snapshot into ho  more

Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America: Three Things to Know Before July's Gun Sales Data is Released
MANHATTAN, New York, Aug. 1 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Early next week, background check data for the month of July will be released by the F.B.I.--and it will likely show a continuing surge in gun sales during the pandemic. Here are three things you should know before those numbers are released: * The surge in gun sales is making Americans care more about gun safety: As gun sales have surged, so has Americ  more

Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Applaud Cook County Board for $5 Million Investment in Local Gun Violence Intervention Groups
MANHATTAN, New York, July 30 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: The Illinois chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots networks, applauded the Cook County Board for a $5 million investment in Metropolitan Family Services and Communities Partnering 4 Peace (CP4P), which use street outreach to end gun violence in 22 communities across Cook County.   more

Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Applaud Massachusetts House for Passing Policing Reform Legislation
MANHATTAN, New York, July 28 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following statement by Rina Schneur, volunteer with the Massachusetts chapter: The Massachusetts chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's grassroots network, released the following statement applauding the Massachusetts House of Representatives for passing HB 4860, legislation that would establish a statewide ov  more

Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Statement on Shooting of Trans Person in Akron
MANHATTAN, New York, July 30 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following statement by Erin Dickinson, an Akron resident and volunteer with the Ohio chapter: The Ohio chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both a part of Everytown for Gun Safety grassroots networks, released the following statement on the death of a transgender person in Akron, Ohio last month. As the Akron Beacon-Journal reported last week, the  more

NAACP and Student Borrower Protection Center Send Letter to Financial Technology Firm Over Equal Credit Opportunity Act and Fair Housing Act Violations
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) and the Student Borrower Protection Center (SBPC) sent a demand letter to financial technology firm Upstart explaining how the firm's algorithm likely violates the Equal Credit Opportunity Act and the Fair Housing Act by giving materially worse loan offers to graduates of historically Black colleges and universities than those from predomi  more

NAACP Calls on Internet Service Providers to Make Online Learning Accessible for Students of Color Through Duration of COVID-19 Pandemic
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) sent a letter to the chief executives of 20 internet service providers requesting they take decisive action to support educational access for hundreds of thousands of disproportionately Black and Latinx children. These children were unable to fully participate in their school curriculum this past spring due to the unaffordability of intern  more

NAACP Files Complaint Against City of Louisville for Military-Style Response to Peaceful Protests
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following news release: The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF), the Kentucky American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-KY), and law firm Emery Celli Brinckerhoff Abady Ward & Maazel LLP (ECBAWM) filed a complaint against the City of Louisville, Kentucky for the Louisville Metro Police Department's (LMPD) repeated use of military-type force and intimidation in response to peaceful protesters demonstrating a  more

NAACP Responds to President Trump Suggestion to Delay Election
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund issued the following statement on July 20 by President and Director-Counsel Sherrilyn Ifill: This morning, President Trump suggested in a tweet that the 2020 presidential election should be delayed and advanced his false narrative of fraudulent absentee voting. The tweet makes inaccurate claims that 1) absentee voting has been made universal, 2) voting by mail and absentee voting are different methods, and 3) voting by mail, also  more

NACDS Urges States to Keep in Place Pharmacy Policies Needed to Serve Patients Amid COVID-19 and the Flu
ARLINGTON, Virginia, July 25 -- The National Association of Chain Drug Stores issued the following news release: NACDS wrote to Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, chair of the National Governors Association (NGA), and to New York State Governor Andrew Cuomo, vice chair of the NGA, urging bipartisan leadership in encouraging states to maintain policy flexibilities that help pharmacies meet patients' needs during the COVID-19 pandemic and in anticipation of flu season. * * * To: The Honorable Larr  more

National Audubon Society: U.S. House Water Infrastructure Bill Takes Nation's Water Needs Seriously
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The National Audubon Society issued the following news: The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the Water Resources of Development Act of 2020 in a bipartisan vote. This legislation is critically important because it authorizes projects and programs led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to study, design, and construct water transportation and infrastructure projects including the restoration and maintenance of wetlands and watersheds critically important to birds.   more

National Black Justice Coalition Calls for Justice for Brian 'Egypt' Powers and Kemar Soloman
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The National Black Justice Coalition issued the following statement by Executive Director David J. Johns in response to the murder of Brian Egypt Powers, a Black transgender man in Akron, Ohio and Kemar Soloman, a transgender woman in the Bronx, New York whose race has not yet been reported: "While the national focus on the effort to ensure #AllBlackLivesMatter shifts to the upcoming presidential election and the unrelenting pressures associated with COVID-19 Black trans pe  more

National Community Reinvestment Coalition: Amicus Brief Opposes OCC Charter That Would Aid Predatory Lenders
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- The National Community Reinvestment Coalition, an organization that works to uphold fair housing, fair lending and consumer protection laws, issued the following joint news release: The Center for Responsible Lending, National Consumer Law Center, and National Community Reinvestment Coalition filed an amicus brief in Lacewell v. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC), in support of the plaintiff, the New York State Department of Financial Services (DFS), against t  more

National Employment Law Project: Senate Republicans' COVID-19 Bill Fails Workers and Families
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The National Employment Law Project issued the following statement on July 27 by executive director Rebecca Dixon: Today, after ignoring the House of Representatives' HEROES Act for over two months, Senate Republicans released their long-awaited COVID relief bill. This bill fails to rise to the moment in virtually every possible way. Workers and advocates are demanding a people-first solution. Although unemployment is on the rise--particularly because many states recklessl  more

National MS Society: Regular Exercise Helps to Maintain Brain Tissue Volume in People With MS
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The National Multiple Sclerosis Society issued the following news: In a study of 153 people with MS, those who regularly engaged in physical activity maintained brain tissue volume in an area of the brain linked to learning and memory, compared with people who did not regularly exercise. This study adds to the growing body of evidence that exercise has many benefits for people with MS. Physical activities and exercise are options for ALL people with MS, regardless of disabi  more

National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws: Many Employees Acknowledge Using Marijuana Following Pre-Employment Drug Test
BRONX, New York, July 31 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: Many prospective employees abstain from cannabis in the weeks prior to taking a pre-employment drug test, but then return to using the substance quickly thereafter, according to survey data compiled by the diagnostics company Health Street. Fifty-one percent of respondents said that their most recent job offer required them to pass a pre-employment drug screen for marijuana  more

National Organization for Reform of Marijuana Laws: Medical Cannabis Access States Associated With Lower Rates of Prescription Stimulant Use
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: The use of prescription stimulants is lower in states where medical cannabis is legal as compared to those jurisdictions where it remains prohibited, according to data published in the International Journal of Drug Policy. Researchers affiliated with Columbia University in New York and with Boston University assessed the association between the enactment of medical marijuana laws   more

Natural Resources Defense Council: New York Set to Adopt Leading PFAS Protections
ALBANY, New York, July 31 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: The New York State Department of Health affirmed that the state is set to adopt drinking water standards for PFOA and PFOS - two man-made chemicals linked to cancer and other health issues. Once enacted, the newly implemented drinking water standard, at 10 parts per trillion (ppt) for PFOA and 10 ppt for PFOS, will be among the strongest in the nation. A statement follows from Rich Schrader,   more

New ACLU and Human Rights Watch Report Finds Probation, Parole Feed Mass Incarceration Crisis
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- 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: Probation and parole are promoted as alternatives to incarceration that help people get back on their feet, but instead feed bloated jail and prison populations in the United States, Human Rights Watch and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) said in a joint   more

New ACLU Study Shows No Connection Between COVID-19 Decarceration and Crime Rates
NEW YORK, July 28 -- 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 released a new study analyzing crime trends for 29 of the largest cities in the U.S. for which both jail population data and crime data were available between the months of March and May. The study, "Decarceration & Crime During  more

New IIE COVID-19 Survey of Higher Education Institutions Shows 92% Shift to New Instruction Approaches for Fall Semester
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Institute of International Education issued the following news release: New survey data from the Institute of International Education (IIE) released finds that a majority (92%) of higher education institutions will introduce a new instruction approach in the 2020 fall semester. Eighty-seven percent of those institutions plan to take a hybrid instruction model, combining in-person and virtual approaches. The survey asked respondents to assess the impact of the coronaviru  more

New Report Shows How Fossil Fuel Corporations, Utilities and Fossil-Financiers Help Direct, Sponsor, Partner With and Fund Police Foundations
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The 350.org issued the following news release: The Public Accountability Institute released a report that maps out how fossil fuel companies, utilities, and fossil-financiers help direct, sponsor, partner with, and fund police foundations. Through this mapping, it shows how efforts to defund the police and reinvest in Black and Brown communities, and efforts to divest from fossil fuels and reinvest in environmental justice and a just transition, have a common foe in the fo  more

New York City Leadership Academy to Train Principal Supervisors Across Texas
QUEENS, New York, July 29 -- The New York City Leadership Academy issued the following news: The NYC Leadership Academy launched a Texas-wide training program for principal supervisors in some of the largest school districts in the state. Based on the NYC Leadership Academy's popular Foundations of Principal Supervision program, the institute will support 35 principal supervisors from 11 school districts including Austin, San Antonio, El Paso, and Cypress-Fairbanks. The NYC Leadership Academy   more

New York State Bar Association Examines Legality of Federal Law Enforcement Policing American Cities
ALBANY, New York, July 31 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following news release: New York State Bar Association President Scott M. Karson has asked the Committee on Civil Rights to examine whether the Trump administration has the legal authority to send in armed federal law enforcement agents to put down violence occurring in communities across the U.S. - including New York City. "The deployment of federal law enforcement into cities around the country, and the threat to use   more

New York State Bar Association President Karson Issues Statement Marking 30 Anniversary With Disabilities Act
ALBANY, New York, July 29 -- The New York State Bar Association issued the following statement by President Scott M. Karson marking the 30th anniversary of the Americans with Disabilities Act: "Thirty years ago, the Americans with Disabilities Act gave people with disabilities the rights to equal access, opportunity and employment, leading our society to become more inclusive. "Now is a great opportunity to recognize the importance of ensuring inclusive environments for New Yorkers with disab  more

New York State School Boards Association: Board Members Wary of Safely Reopening Schools in September Without Additional Funding
LATHAM, New York, July 30 -- The New York State School Boards Association issued the following news release: A majority of New York school board members would like to see students go back to their classrooms on a full-time or part-time basis in September, but they have reservations about whether they can do that safely without additional funding, according to a poll by the New York State School Boards Association. Seventy-one percent of board members polled said they felt their district either  more

Northwell Health to Advance Health Care Innovation Amid COVID-19 Pandemic at Constellation Forum
MANHASSET, New York, July 31 -- Northwell Health issued the following news on July 30: Northwell Health will host its third annual Constellation Forum virtually on Thursday, August 6 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. This year's Forum will focus on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) pandemic as it has highlighted the increased demands on health care innovation and on those who bring it to life. All are welcome to register for the free event at www.ConstellationForum.com. The Constellation Forum wil  more

NRDC Hires Troy Riddle as Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: NRDC (Natural Resources Defense Council) announced the appointment of Troy Riddle (he/him) to the new position of Chief Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Officer. A thought leader with decades of experience championing diversity in the academic and legal space, Riddle will implement strategies and initiatives that will enhance NRDC's commitment to a diverse, equitable, and anti-racist workplace an  more

NYCLU, ACLU Take Legal Action to Give N.Y. Voters Time to Register for November Election
NEW YORK, July 30 -- New York Civil Liberties Union issued the following news release: The New York Civil Liberties Union, American Civil Liberties Union, and the law firm Latham & Watkins LLP took legal action last night seeking to ensure New Yorkers are better able to register to vote in the November election. The groups filed a preliminary injunction in their existing lawsuit, League of Women Voters v. Board of Elections, challenging the state's 25-day voter registration cutoff. They are a  more

NYU Langone Health: Brain Cell Types Identified That May Push Males to Fight & Have Sex
NEW YORK, July 28 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: Two groups of nerve cells may serve as "on-off switches" for male mating and aggression, suggests a new study in rodents. These neurons appear to send signals between two parts of the brain--the back tip, or posterior, of the amygdala and the hypothalamus--that together regulate emotions including fear, anxiety, and aggression. Led by researchers at NYU Gr  more

NYU Langone Health: Most Women Treated in New York City for Gynecologic Cancers are Not at Increased Risk of Death From COVID-19
NEW YORK, July 31 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: Women receiving standard treatment in New York City for ovarian, uterine, and cervical cancers are not at increased risk of being hospitalized for or dying from 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) due to the cancer, a new study shows. The researchers found that neither having cancer nor receiving treatment for it, which can come with its own toxicities, wor  more

NYU Langone Health: Racial Disparities in COVID-19-Related Deaths Exist Beyond Income Differences in Large U.S. Cities
NEW YORK, July 29 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: While data and news reports show that Black and Hispanic communities are disproportionately affected by the 2019 coronavirus disease (COVID-19) pandemic, the role that neighborhood income plays in COVID-19 deaths is less clear. New analyses by a team of researchers at NYU Grossman School of Medicine examine the interplay between race and ethnicity and incom  more

NYU Langone Health: Study Reveals How Renegade Protein Interrupts Brain Cell Function in Alzheimer's Disease
NEW YORK, July 29 -- NYU Langone Health, an academic medical center affiliated with New York University, issued the following news release: Dozens of molecules may tangle up with rogue bundles of tau, a protein that normally gives nerve fibers structure, to cause brain cell damage that contributes to neurodegenerative diseases, a new study shows. Neuroscientists have previously found that tau can become toxic when extra chemical molecules accumulate with its structure in the brain, causing it   more

OCA Praises Court's Blocking of Trump's 'Public Charge' Rule
WASHINGTON, Aug. 1 -- OCA - Asian Pacific American Advocates issued the following news release: OCA-Asian Pacific American Advocates praises Judge George Daniels of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York for blocking the Trump administration's "public charge" rule, protecting vulnerable immigrants' access to health, food, and housing assistance during the COVID-19 pandemic. Under the public charge rule, any immigrant who received at least one public benefit -- such as foo  more

Ohio Moms Demand Action, Students Demand Action Respond to Mass Shooting in Elyria Home
MANHATTAN, New York, Aug. 1 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following statement by Laura Irvin, volunteer with the Ohio chapter: The Ohio chapters of Moms Demand Action and Students Demand Action, both part of Everytown for Gun Safety's volunteer networks, released the following statement on reports that five people, including three children, were shot and killed in an Elyria home Wednesday morning: "Our hearts break for the vi  more

Oil Change International: 69 Organizations Tell Federal Reserve to Stop Buying Fossil Fuel Debt
NEW YORK, July 31 -- Oil Change International issued the following news release: In a letter to the Federal Reserve (the Fed), 69 public accountability, environmental, economic justice, science, health, and religious organizations and private companies called on the Fed to stop purchasing corporate debt from the fossil fuel sector through its emergency facilities created to address COVID-19's economic fallout. "As the pandemic continues to exacerbate existing racial inequalities, the Fed shoul  more

One Year After Dayton: Instead of Common-Sense Gun Safety Legislation, Ohio Lawmakers Have Prioritized Stand Your Ground and Arming-Teachers Bills
MANHATTAN, New York, Aug. 1 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Next week marks one year since the mass shooting in Dayton - one year since Ohioans demanded that leaders "do something" to end gun violence and Governor Dewine called for background checks on all gun sales and a red flag law in Ohio. In the year since the mass shooting, estimates show that over 1,500 Ohioans have died by gun violence and still Ohio lea  more

One Year After El Paso, Lawmakers Still Refuse to Act on Gun Safety
MANHATTAN, New York, Aug. 1 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: In the wake of the mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton, lawmakers across the country - from President Trump to Lt. Governor Dan Patrick - promised to act on gun safety. But to this day, no gun safety laws have been enacted at the federal level or in Texas. Governor Abbott issued a Safety Action Report which failed to recommend background checks on all g  more

Open Society Foundations Statement on Death of Human Rights Defender Azimjan Askarov in Prison in Kyrgyzstan
NEW YORK, July 27 -- Open Society Foundations issued the following news release: The Open Society Foundations are both deeply saddened and outraged by the death in prison in Kyrgyzstan of human rights defender Azimjan Askarov, a courageous and inspiring advocate detained since 2010 on trumped-up charges. Kyrgyzstan's state penitentiary service said Askarov, aged 69, died on Saturday in a prison clinic, a day after he was hospitalized with pneumonia. "Our hearts go out to Azimjan Askarov's wif  more

Open Space Institute Announces Purchase Agreement With Norfolk Southern to Create Northern New Jersey Greenway
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Open Space Institute issued the following news release: Open Space Institute announced it has reached a preliminary purchase and sale agreement with Norfolk Southern Railway Company for property in Essex and Hudson Counties in Northern New Jersey. The agreement sets the stage for the creation of a nearly nine-mile transformational linear park that will provide new recreation opportunities for walkers, bikers, birders, and other nature lovers, while improving transportat  more

Open Space Institute: New York's Decision to Not Place Environmental Bond Act on November 2020 Ballot
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The Open Space Institute issued the following statement by President and CEO Kim Elliman in response to the news that the Environmental Bond Act was removed from the November ballot: "It is unfortunate that Governor Cuomo and the Division of Budget have opted not to proceed with the Environmental Bond Act, citing the state's fiscal condition. As the state continues to respond to COVID-19, the now eliminated Environmental Bond Act measure was a critical opportunity to rebui  more

PEN America: Federal Authorities' Conduct Against Protesters and Reporters in Portland 'Gross Violations of the First Amendment'
NEW YORK, July 30 -- PEN America issued the following statement by Nora Benavidez, director of U.S. free expression programs: Reports have emerged that federal authorities have required detained protesters in Portland to commit to not attending further protests as a condition for release, and that federal officers have shot at and maced reporters and legal observers covering protests. * * * "Forcing First Amendment-abiding protesters to sign away their right to demonstrate to be released. La  more

PEN America: Turkey's New Social Media Law Puts Stranglehold on Free Expression
NEW YORK, July 31 -- PEN America issued the following news release: The passage of an aggressive new social media law in Turkey presents a direct and multifaceted threat to free expression. The legislation, which bears superficial resemblance to Germany's NetzDG law targeting disinformation, will do significantly more damage by enabling politically influenced censorship, the chilling of free expression, and the potential for mass and politically motivated surveillance, PEN America said. The le  more

Penn IUR and The Volcker Alliance to Host a Panel Discussion on Federal Aid to State and Local Governments
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The Volcker Alliance issued the following news release: The Penn Institute for Urban Research and the Volcker Alliance are hosting a webinar on the federal role in helping US states and municipalities cope with the massive economic and societal disruption brought on by the coronavirus pandemic. "The COVID-19 Crisis Economy: The Role of Federal Dollars to Address Unprecedented State and Local Needs" will be held July 29, 2020 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. EDT. Admission is free  more

Peter G. Peterson Foundation: As Monthly Budget Deficit Hits All-Time High During Coronavirus Crisis, Voters Call Attention to Fiscal Outlook as Key Concern for Nation
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The Peter G. Peterson Foundation issued the following news release: With the federal budget deficit reaching a record high for a single month of $864 billion in June, voters are voicing concern about our fiscal outlook, according to the Peter G. Peterson Foundation's monthly Fiscal Confidence Index. The July Fiscal Confidence Index, modeled after the Consumer Confidence Index, is 46 (100 is neutral), showing that Americans are also concerned with fiscal issues, while the na  more

Population Health Management Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
NEW ROCHELLE, New York, July 30 -- Population Health Management, a journal that says it features strategies for improving the systems and policies that affect health care quality, access and outcomes ultimately improving the health of an entire population, published research articles on the following topics in its August 2020 edition: Original Articles: * A Population Health Approach to Transitional Care Management for High-Risk Patients with Diabetes: Outcomes at a Rural Hospital * Concurre  more

Provision of Essential Sexual and Reproductive Health Care Would Reduce Unintended Pregnancies, Unsafe Abortions and Maternal Deaths by About Two-Thirds
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The Guttmacher Institute issued the following news release: New research released by the Guttmacher Institute finds that 218 million women in low- and middle-income countries (LMICs) have an unmet need for modern contraception. In the 132 countries studied, the need is disproportionately high among adolescents aged 15-19 who want to avoid a pregnancy (43%, compared with 24% among all women aged 15-49). Fully meeting the needs for sexual and reproductive health care would r  more

Results for America: Gilbert, Arizona, Receives National Award for Using Public Communication to Inspire Change
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- Results for America issued the following news release: Results for America announced that Gilbert, Arizona's Office of Digital Government will receive the second annual Sharman Stein Award for Storytelling Changemakers. The award, which honors the memory of What Works Cities' founding Director of Communications, recognizes a city team or official who draws on the power of public communication to cultivate trust and collaboration between local government and residents. The a  more

RTI International: U.S. News Releases 2020-21 Best Hospitals Rankings
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, North Carolina, July 29 -- RTI International issued the following news: The annual U.S. News & World Report's Best Hospitals rankings has named the Mayo Clinic, Cleveland Clinic, Johns Hopkins Hospital, New York-Presbyterian Hospital-Columbia and Cornell and UCLA Medical Center, as the top five "honor roll" hospitals for 2020-21. The data collection and analysis used to generate the list was conducted by RTI International, a nonprofit research institute. RTI and U.S. Ne  more

Science Translational Medicine Journal Issues Research Articles in July 22, 2020 Edition
NEW YORK, July 27 -- 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 22, 2020 edition: Research Articles: * Multichannel optogenetic stimulation of the auditory pathway using microfabricated LED cochlear implants in rodents * Apoptosis of hematopoietic progenitor-derived adipose tissue-re  more

Sesame Street 'Elmo's Playdate: Scavenger Hunt' Special Debuts on HBO Max Aug. 6
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The Sesame Workshop issued the following news release: Summer is in full swing on Sesame Street! Elmo and his friends are back with new games, activities, and celebrity guests - all from the safety of home - in a brand-new Max Original, Elmo's Playdate: Scavenger Hunt, created and produced by nonprofit educational organization Sesame Workshop and available on HBO Max Thursday, August 6. Silliness and surprise twists abound in the half-hour special, in which Elmo teams up w  more

Sesame Workshop Wins 11 Daytime Emmy Awards
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Sesame Workshop issued the following news release: Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization behind Sesame Street and decades of award-winning children's programming, garnered 11 Emmys during the 47th Daytime Emmy Awards. "This year's Emmys are especially meaningful to us," said Steve Youngwood, President of Media & Education and Chief Operating Officer of Sesame Workshop. "With Ghostwriter winning Outstanding Children's or Family Viewing Program and Sesa  more

SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal Issues Research Articles in August 2020 Edition
WHITE PLAINS, New York, July 28 -- The SMPTE Motion Imaging Journal, a peer-reviewed journal from the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers that says it features topics in 3D, imaging processing, display technologies, audio, compression and digital cinema, published research articles, including the following topics, in its August 2020 edition: Tutorials: * Speed-Distortion Optimization: Tradeoffs in Open-Source HEVC Encoding Applications/Practices: * Forward-looking content aw  more

Statement From Albany Med Regarding Albany Med Kids Daycare
ALBANY, New York, July 27 -- Albany Medical Center, an academic health sciences center, issued the following news release: Upon learning of positive cases of COVID-19 in the Albany Med Kids daycare, the Medical Center has proactively suspended its program beginning Monday, July 27 through Friday, August 7. One teacher and seven children tested positive for COVID-19. The majority of these cases were asymptomatic and, at this time, they have not required hospitalization. 62 total children were t  more

Surveillance Technology Oversight Project Welcomes NYC Comptroller's Decision Requiring NYPD Surveillance Transparency
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project issued the following news release: The Surveillance Technology Oversight Project (S.T.O.P.), a New York-based privacy group, welcomes New York City Comptroller Scott Stringer's decision to require the NYPD to provide public transparency on surveillance purchases. The Comptroller, who oversees all municipal contracts for New York City agencies, sent a letter to NYPD Commissioner Dermot Shea announcing that his office would end the  more

Teach for America Stands With Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Community
NEW YORK, July 29 -- Teach For America issued the following news release: The Trump Administration announced that it intends to limit renewal of protections for current recipients of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program to one year instead of two. The administration will also reject new applications as it prepares to challenge the legality of the program. This is only one month after the Supreme Court ruled the administration's 2017 rescission unlawful due to its "arbitrary  more

The Rockefeller Foundation Calls for Transformation of U.S. Food System to Address Hunger and Nutrition Crisis
NEW YORK, July 29 -- The Rockefeller Foundation issued the following news release on July 28: With levels of hunger and nutrition insecurity exploding during the pandemic and resulting economic downturn, The Rockefeller Foundation issued a call to action to transform the U.S. food system to meet immediate needs while also putting in motion the systemic shifts necessary to make the food system more resilient, nourishing, sustainable and equitable in the long-run. Among the immediate steps called  more

Trump Administration Delivers Another Blow to 2020 Census: Condenses Door-Knocker Time Frame at Crucial Moment of GOTC Efforts
NEW YORK, Aug. 1 -- The New York Immigration Coalition issued the following news release: Early Friday morning, the Census Bureau announced it would cut short critical door-knocking efforts for the 2020 Census. Bureau workers will cease conducting in-person interviews for the census on September 30. In April, the Census Bureau argued it needed to extend the deadline to October 31 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The announcement comes on the heels of President Trump's order "banning undocu  more

U.S. Council for International Business: Global Business Coalition Launched to Advocate Workforce Use of New COVID-19 Vaccines, Pending Availability
NEW YORK, July 31 -- The U.S. Council for International Business issued the following news release: The United States Council for International Business (USCIB), The USCIB Foundation, and Business Partners for Sustainable Development (BPSD) have launched Business Partners to CONVINCE, a global communication and education initiative to promote COVID-19 vaccine acceptance among private sector employers and employees. The new partnership will play an integral role in a broader multi-sector CONVIN  more

United We Dream: Republican Governors Are Failing Our Communities During COVID-19
WASHINGTON, July 29 -- United We Dream issued the following news release on July 28: COVID-19 cases and deaths continue to rise throughout the country. Last week the U.S. reported over 1,000 COVID-19 deaths in one day. States like Arizona, Texas, and Florida, which have high populations of immigrants and Latinx people, are being hit especially hard by COVID-19. According to data from the New York Times, Black and brown communities are three times as likely to get infected and nearly two times m  more

Vital Strategies: As COVID-19 Compounds National Overdose Crisis, Coalition Releases Guidance to Reduce Both COVID-19 and Overdose Deaths
NEW YORK, July 31 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release: The overdose epidemic claimed a record 72,000 lives in the United States in 2019, and 2020 data suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is accelerating the trend. Vulnerable communities, such as people who use drugs or engage in sex work are likely at greater risk for contracting COVID-19. In light of these findings, a coalition of harm reduction groups dedicated to reducing deaths from overdose has released "COVID-19 Resource  more

Waterkeeper Alliance: Accenture Announces U.S. Innovation Challenge Winner
NEW YORK, July 30 -- Waterkeeper Alliance issued the following news release: A team of undergraduate students from the University of Virginia has won this year's U.S. Accenture Innovation Challenge and will provide consulting support to the Waterkeeper Alliance, the largest and fastest-growing nonprofit solely dedicated to clean water. The winning team was selected following multiple rounds of competition involving 1,193 students from 63 undergraduate campuses and diversity partner programs acr  more

Waterkeeper Alliance: New Legal Analysis - Dams That Threaten the Source of the Amazon Can't Legally Be Built
NEW YORK, July 28 -- Waterkeeper Alliance issued the following news release: The environmental impact assessments for two dams planned on Maranon River, the main tributary to the Amazon, have expired, meaning the dams can no longer legally be built, according to a new legal analysis done by the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, in partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance and Maranon Waterkeeper. The Maranon is one of five great rivers connecting the Andes with the Peruvian Amazon. As the hy  more

Waterkeeper Alliance: New Legal Analysis - Dams That Threaten the Source of the Amazon Can't Legally Be Built
NEW YORK, July 28 -- The Waterkeeper Alliance issued the following news release: The environmental impact assessments for two dams planned on Maranon River, the main tributary to the Amazon, have expired, meaning the dams can no longer legally be built, according to a new legal analysis done by the Peruvian Society for Environmental Law, in partnership with Waterkeeper Alliance and Maranon Waterkeeper. The Maranon is one of five great rivers connecting the Andes with the Peruvian Amazon. As th  more

Waterkeeper Alliance: Stop Disney - Last Chance for Lighthouse Point Campaign Challenges Disney to Address Climate Change, COVID-19, and Environmental Injustice
NEW YORK, July 26 -- Waterkeeper Alliance issued the following news release on July 26: The Stop Disney - Last Chance for Lighthouse Point Campaign partners have released a recent letter to Disney requesting a supplement to its draft Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) for the proposed $250-400 million cruise ship port at Lighthouse Point in Eleuthera. The draft EIA was submitted to the Bahamas Environment, Science & Technology Commission (BEST Commission) in December 2019, but campaign partn  more

West Darfur: Arbitrary Arrests and Incommunicado Detention of 72 People on Allegations of Human Smuggling and Illegal Immigration
NEW YORK, July 30 -- The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies issued the following news release: The African Centre for Justice and Peace Studies (ACJPS) expresses deep concern for the physical safety and well-being of 72 people arbitrarily arrested and detained incommunicado without charge by the Rapid Support Forces (RSF). Detainees were arrested at the Sudanese border with the Republic of Chad while on transit to the city of Al-Tina, in the Republic of Chad. All are under RSF custod  more