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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday August 18, 2019 ( 38 items )  

ACA Connects: FCC Should Adopt The 5G Plus Plan
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- ACA Connects issued the following news release: * * * - The ACA Connects, CCA, and Charter Proposal Offers Unmatched Benefits To Consumers * * * Yesterday, in reply comments filed with the Federal Communications Commission, ACA Connects - America's Communications Association, Competitive Carriers Association, and Charter Communications (collectively, the "Coalition") urged the FCC to adopt the 5G Plus Plan, the Coalition's comprehensive joint proposal for  more

Allegheny Conference on Community Development Issues Statement on Report on Pennsylvania Innovation Policy
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The Allegheny Conference on Community Development issued the following statement by CEO Stefani Pashman supporting the Brookings Institute report on Pennsylvania's Innovation Policy: "The Brookings Institute in a new report, Ideas for Pennsylvania's Innovation Policy, reinforces a view that we share: 'through a renewed commitment to inclusive innovation-oriented economic development, the commonwealth can chart a new course that bolsters economic growth and i  more

American Association of University Professors Issues Joint Statement on FBI Urging Universities to Monitor Chinese Students
WASHINGTON, Aug. 12 -- The American Association of University Professors issued the following joint statement with 18 organizations, including ACPA-College Student Educators International, Asian American Unity Coalition, Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, Asian Pacific Islander American Public Affairs Association, Association for the Study of Higher Education, Association of American Colleges and Universities, Association of University Presses, Chinese American Citizens Alli  more

American Baptists Called to Prayer; Burma Refugee Commission Representatives Send Letter Expressing Concern to UN Secretary-General and US Government
VALLEY FORGE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- American Baptist Historical Society, a part of the American Baptist Churches USA, issued the following news release: On behalf of the Burma Refugee Commission, American Baptist Churches USA General Secretary Lee B. Spitzer, Rev. Sharon Koh, executive director/CEO of International Ministries, and Dr. Jeffrey Haggray, executive director of the American Baptist Home Mission Societies, sent letters this week to United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterre  more

American College of Physicians Issues Statement on Public Charge Rule
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The American College of Physicians issued the following statement by President Robert McLean: "The American College of Physicians (ACP) strongly opposes the final public charge regulation issued by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), as it will jeopardize the health of children, their families, and create barriers to care. "ACP is deeply concerned that the final regulation will undo decades of established policy and could cause patients who are leg  more

American Trucking Associations: Action Begins at 82nd National Truck Driving Championships
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Aug. 15 -- The American Trucking Associations issued the following news release: * * * - Trucking's "Super Bowl of Safety" Underway in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania * * * Today, American Trucking Associations and ATA's Safety Management Council kicked off the driving portion of competition at the 82nd annual National Truck Driving Championships and Step Van Driving Championships, held at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Some of the trucking industry's best drivers -   more

Cancer Research Journal Issues 26 Research Articles in Aug. 15, 2019 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16 -- Cancer Research, a journal from the American Association for Cancer Research that offers pathobiological and translational impact to inform the personal, clinical and societal problems posed by cancer, published 26 research articles, including the following topics, in its Aug. 15, 2019 edition: * Activation of the VEGFC/VEGFR3 Pathway Induces Tumor Immune Escape in Colorectal Cancer * ATP-Competitive Inhibitors Midostaurin and Avapritinib Have Distinct Re  more

Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute: SCSS 2019 - DoD Technology Leaders to Address Cloud Computing Challenges
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute issued the following news release: If you want to get a handle on the emerging trends, challenges, and opportunities in the field of cloud computing, plan to attend SCSS 2019: Benefits and Risks of Cloud Computing on September 10 and 11 in Arlington, Va. This fall's Software and Cyber Security Symposium brings together a wide array of experts to discuss a range of issues important to professionals operating   more

Center for Biological Diversity: Trump Visit to Plastic Plant Ignores Pollution Crisis, Outdated Federal Rules
MONACA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The Center for Biological Diversity issued the following news release: * * * - Shell's Ethane Cracker to Create Million Tons of Plastic Yearly From Fracked Gas * * * President Donald Trump's visit today to a massive plastics plant being built in Pennsylvania by Royal Dutch Shell ignores the plastic pollution and toxic chemicals such plants are allowed to release under decades-old federal regulations. Local groups protested today's visit and the petrochemical   more

Clinical Cancer Research Journal Issues 32 Research Articles in Aug. 15, 2019 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16 -- Clinical Cancer Research, a journal from the American Association for Cancer Research that publishes clinical and translational cancer research studies that bridge the laboratory and the clinic, published 32 research articles, including the following topics, in its Aug. 15, 2019 edition: * A Phase I Dose-Escalation Trial of BN-CV301, a Recombinant Poxviral Vaccine Targeting MUC1 and CEA with Costimulatory Molecules * A Phase I/II Trial of Cetuximab in Com  more

Drs. Joshua Bauml, Wei-Chu Victoria Lai, and Aaron Lisberg Receive Prestigious LUNGevity 2019 Career Development Awards
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- The LUNGevity Foundation issued the following news release: LUNGevity Foundation, the nation's leading lung cancer-focused nonprofit organization, announced today the recipients of its 2019 Career Development Awards (CDA) for lung cancer research. These coveted awards fund critical lung cancer research projects and offer the recipients world-class mentorship by LUNGevity's prestigious Scientific Advisory Board. LUNGevity is proud to support the following 2019 Career Deve  more

Education Law Center Issues Statement on Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf Call for Charter Reform
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The Education Law Center issued the following statement by Policy Director Reynelle Brown Staley: "Gov. Wolf is preparing to introduce regulations and propose new legislation governing the state's charter schools. The Education Law Center shares his sense of urgency in addressing the issues of poor academic performance, equity concerns, and rapidly growing costs of charters. We look forward to working with state officials to implement regulatory and legisl  more

Everytown, Pennsylvania Moms Demand Action Respond to Law Enforcement Shooting in Philadelphia
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: Everytown for Gun Safety and the Pennsylvania chapter of Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, part of Everytown, last night responded to reports that six police officers were shot and wounded in Philadelphia in hours-long standoff. STATEMENT FROM DANIEL ISOM, FORMER ST. LOUIS POLICE CHIEF AND SENIOR LAW ENFORCEMENT ADVISER TO EVERYTOWN:  more

Georgia Tech Research Institute: Weiss Named SVP at Penn State
ATLANTA, Georgia, Aug. 12 -- The Georgia Tech Research Institute issued the following news: The Pennsylvania State University has named Georgia Tech Regents Researcher Lora G. Weiss, interim senior vice president and interim director of the Georgia Tech Research Institute (GTRI), as its new senior vice president for research. "In addition to her international recognition for innovative and pace-setting research and scholarship, Lora Weiss is a proven leader," said Chaouki Abdallah, Tech's exec  more

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology Issues 15 Research Articles in July 2019 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, a peer-reviewed journal that says it focuses on organ reviews, practice management and therapeutic recommendations, published 15 research articles, including the following topics, in its July 2019 edition: * Alterations of Inflammatory and Matrix Production Indices in Celiac Disease With Low Bone Mass on Long-term Gluten-free Diet * Both WHR and FLI as Better Algorithms for Both Lean and Overweight/Obese NAFLD in   more

Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology Issues 15 Research Articles in May/June 2019 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The Journal of Clinical Gastroenterology, a peer-reviewed journal that says it focuses on organ reviews, practice management and therapeutic recommendations, published 15 research articles on the following topics in its May/June 2019 edition: * A Comprehensive Review of Patient-reported Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Liver Diseases * Barrett Esophagus Length, Nodularity, and Low-grade Dysplasia are Predictive of Progression to Esophageal Adenocarcinoma  more

Journal of Materials Research Issues 16 Research Articles in Aug. 14, 2019 Edition
WARRENDALE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16 -- The Journal of Materials Research, a journal that says it features creation of materials and materials with novel functionalities, fundamental understanding of processes that control the response of materials and development of materials from the Materials Research Society, published 16 research articles, including the following topics, in its Aug. 14, 2019 edition: * Atomistic study on shape memory properties of Ni-Al alloys * Characterization of AlN-based  more

Journal of the Society for American Music Issues 4 Research Articles in August 2019 Edition
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 16 -- The Journal of the Society for American Music, a peer-reviewed journal that says it deals with all aspects of music in the Americas from the Society for American Music, published four research articles on the following topics in its August 2019 edition: * Brian Wilson Reimagined: The Reparative Portrait in Love & Mercy * From Hipster to Hillbilly: Death, Bluegrass, and Gospel According to David Crowder * Synthesizers, Virtual Orchestras, and Ableton Live:   more

National Center For Defense Manufacturing and Machining Welcomes Gino Spinos to Lead Its Chambersburg, Pa. Office to Support U.S. Army
BLAIRSVILLE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The National Center For Defense Manufacturing and Machining issued the following news release: The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly welcomes Gino Spinos to fill the newly created position of Director of Manufacturing Engineering, tasked to lead the NCDMM Chambersburg, Pa. office, providing enhanced support to and greater engagement with the U.S. Army Letterkenny Army Depot and Letterkenny Munitions Center. The Letterk  more

National Constitution Center to Open 19th Amendment Exhibit in Commemoration of the 2020 Centennial Anniversary
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- The National Constitution Center issued the following news release: * * * - In summer 2020, the Center will open a new exhibit on the development of the women's rights movement and the ratification of a voting rights amendment in 1920 * * * On August 18, America celebrates the 99th anniversary of the ratification of the 19th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, which guaranteed the right of women to vote. In advance of this anniversary, the National Cons  more

New ASTM International Standard Supports Asset-Management Career Development
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, Aug. 12 -- ASTM International, an international organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for materials, products, systems and services, issued the following news release: ASTM International's asset management committee (E53) has approved a new standard with guiding principles for creating an asset management career development program (soon to be published as E3140). According to committee members, the standard outlines th  more

North American Meat Institute: Food Writers See How Veal Calves are Raised Today Through a Revealing Farm Tour Funded by the Beef Checkoff
WASHINGTON, Aug. 15 -- The North American Meat Institute issued the following news release: * * * - "So many misconceptions were put to rest" * * * Seven food writers recently participated in a food and farm excursion to see first-hand how veal calves are raised. The North American Meat Institute, on behalf of the Beef Checkoff, hosted the tour which included visiting multiple veal farms in Pennsylvania and Indiana. The writers visited with farmers, animal nutritionists, veterinarians, fee  more

Oncology Nursing Society Holds Fourth Annual Capitol Hill Days
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- The Oncology Nursing Society issued the following news: On September 22-24, 2019, Oncology Nursing Society (ONS) will hold its Fourth Annual Capitol Hill Days in Washington, DC. The three-day education and advocacy event will prepare more than 100 oncology nurses to work with elected officials on health policy issues important to their patients and profession. Capitol Hill Days encourages nurses to be advocates and leaders in their communities and in their p  more

Penn State Health: Four Diamonds Mini-THON Reveals Record Fundraising Total at Annual Leadership Summit
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania, Aug. 12 -- Penn State Health issued the following news: Four Diamonds Mini-THON revealed a record $7.2 million raised in one year to fight childhood cancer at the annual Mini-THON Leadership Summit on August 9. More than 1,000 student leaders, teachers and advisors involved in Mini-THON events across Pennsylvania and several other states attended the summit, which is designed to help students learn, network and share ideas about planning their own Mini-THONs and develop t  more

PennEnvironment Report Highlights Clean Air Act Enforcement Challenges in Pittsburgh
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- PennEnvironment issued the following news release: * * * - Amid search for new head of local air quality regulator, a new report recommends best practices * * * A new study by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group documents how decades of poor enforcement of air quality rules by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) enabled industrial facilities to pollute the region's air. The report, entitled Cutting Through the Smoke, fo  more

PennEnvironment Report Highlights Clean Air Act Enforcement Challenges in Pittsburgh
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- PennEnvironment Research and Policy Center issued the following news release: * * * - Amid search for new head of local air quality regulator, a new report recommends best practices * * * A new study by PennEnvironment Research & Policy Center and Frontier Group documents how decades of poor enforcement of air quality rules by the Allegheny County Health Department (ACHD) enabled industrial facilities to pollute the region's air. The report, entitled Cu  more

Pennsylvania School Board Association Supports Governor Taking Steps to Address Charter Funding Issues
MECHANICSBURG, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- Pennsylvania School Board Association issued the following news release: Today, Governor Tom Wolf is calling for reform of the currently flawed funding system for charter and cyber charter schools and strengthening accountability and transparency. PSBA is pleased to see the Governor take action both by pushing much needed regulatory reform and proposing comprehensive legislation. PSBA has long-supported efforts to promote a level playing field between cha  more

Pheasants Forever Volunteers Work Across Aisle for Pennsylvania Quail
ST. PAUL, Minnesota, Aug. 15 -- Pheasants Forever issued the following news release: Once a regional icon of the Keystone State, the northern bobwhite quail was extirpated from Pennsylvania in the early 2000's due to extreme habitat loss and changing agricultural practices. But now, thanks to the foresight of the Pennsylvania Game Commission and contributing partners, the storybook for bobwhites is being rewritten in spectacular fashion. After developing a comprehensive management plan for bob  more

Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium Summer Zoo Camp Reaches New Zoo Attendance Record
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium issued the following news release: The Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium's Animal Adventures Summer Camp set a new attendance record with 1,377 Zoo Campers for 2019, increasing attendance from last year by more than 100 campers. Zoo Education staff attribute the increased numbers to the addition of new classes such as Zoo Crew and adding a second session of Zoo Vet Camp. Zoo Crew in its first year sold out all three available se  more

Project Management Institute Celebrates 100,000 Global Volunteer Hours Donated in Honor of 50th Anniversary
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The Project Management Institute issued the following news release: Project Management Institute (PMI) is proud to announce it has doubled its original pledge goal and its stakeholders have pledged to contribute 100,000 volunteer hours to advance causes aligned with the UN's Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) . As part of the organization's year-long Global Celebration of Service, professionals from around the globe are contributing their project managem  more

Rep. Chrissy Houlahan Visits B'nai B'rith Senior Housing in Pennsylvania
WASHINGTON, Aug. 16 -- B'nai B'rith International issued the following news release: Rep. Chrissy Houlahan (D-Penn.) toured B'nai B'rith House in Reading, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 15. She took a tour of the property that included two sample apartments, the library, the party room, the community room and sun room. After taking a tour of the property, the congresswoman spoke to residents about how her office could address constituent services relating to Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. In a  more

SAE International and ATA's Technology & Maintenance Council Expand the Donald D. Dawson Technical Scholarship
WARRENDALE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 15 -- SAE International issued the following news: * * * - Annual scholarship awarded to two students for the advancement of technical competency in the transport management industry * * * SAE International and the Technology & Maintenance Council (TMC) of American Trucking Associations announced the expansion of the TMC/SAE Donald D. Dawson Technical Scholarship to now recognize two outstanding students, beginning with the 2019/20 Academic Year. The scholarshi  more

SAE International: Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Welcomes Uber ATG as First New Member in Growing Consortium
WARRENDALE, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- SAE International issued the following news: * * * - Uber ATG Joins SAE International, Ford, General Motors and Toyota to Develop Safety Framework for Broad Deployment of Autonomous Technology * * * The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium(TM) (AVSC) announced today that Uber Advanced Technologies Group (Uber ATG) has joined the consortium. Consortium members collaborate on the development of best safety practices around which autonomous vehicle (AV) techn  more

Sierra Club Issues Statement on Clean Energy Jobs
MONACA, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The Sierra Club Foundation issued the following statement by Executive Director Michael Brune on the clean energy jobs: In a speech today in Beaver County, Pennsylvania, Donald Trump touted his administration's support for corporate polluters and efforts to "break up" bedrock environmental protections like the Clean Water Act. Trump was in Pennsylvania to tour the site of a Shell petrochemical plant being constructed along the Ohio River. The proposed petroche  more

United Steelworkers Announces New Leadership for Its Legislative, Policy and Rapid Response Programs
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 13 -- The United Steelworkers issued the following news release: The United Steelworkers (USW) union today announced a series of promotions impacting its legislative and policy work in Washington, D.C., and statehouses across the country. "Our union's legislative arm gives workers a much needed voice. Whether it's about reforming our nation's broken trade system or keeping workers safe on the job, ordinary people deserve to have their elected officials listen to   more

United Steelworkers: Carnegie Library Workers Vote to Join United Steelworkers
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Aug. 14 -- The United Steelworkers issued the following news release: Workers at the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh voted overwhelmingly to join the United Steelworkers (USW) union today after launching their organizing campaign in June. They are seeking a collective bargaining agreement that would cover employees across 19 branches and the library support center. "We are honored to welcome these vital community builders into our growing union," said USW Internationa  more

Vital Strategies: Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association Endorses Methadone and Buprenorphine for People Behind Bars
NEW YORK, Aug. 15 -- Vital Strategies issued the following news release: * * * - Pennsylvania Sheriffs Partnering with Harm Reduction and Public Health Experts in Efforts to Reduce Overdose Deaths * * * The Pennsylvania Sheriffs' Association is formally endorsing treatment with methadone and buprenorphine for people behind bars in their on-going effort to reduce overdose deaths in Pennsylvania. The law enforcement group joins public health and harm reduction experts in calling for access to   more

Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber: First Trades Expo Scheduled for Fall, Jessi Combs to Keynote
YOUNGSTOWN, Ohio, Aug. 13 -- The Youngstown Warren Regional Chamber issued the following news release: The Builder's Association of Eastern Ohio and Western Pennsylvania; Western Reserve Building Trades; Mahoning, Columbiana and Trumbull Educational Service Centers; and the Youngstown/Warren Regional Chamber Foundation are partnering to host the first Mahoning Valley Skilled Trades Expo of Sept. 26 to give students in our region an opportunity to experience a variety of skills and talk to indus  more