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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday November 10, 2019 ( 46 items )  

ACA Connects Issues Statement on Sen. Wicker's Plan to Extend Satellite Television Extension & Localism Act Reauthorization for Five Years
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- ACA Connects issued the following statement by President and CEO Matthew M. Polka regarding the legislation by Sen. Roger Wicker, R-Mississippi, chairman of the Senate Commerce, Science and Transportation Committee, that would extend the Satellite Television Extension and Localism Act Reauthorization Act of 2014 for five years: "ACA Connects appreciates and applauds Sen. Wicker's actions to seek an extension of the Satellite Television Extension and Localism   more

ACA Connects: Respected Broadband Engineering and Consulting Firm Affirms That MVPDs Can Meet the 5G Plus Plan's Timetable for Securing Fiber Connectivity
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- ACA Connects issued the following news release: ACA Connects filed a white paper today with the Federal Communications Commission demonstrating that the 5G Plus Plan proposal to connect MVPD earth stations with fiber as a replacement for C-Band video delivery can be accomplished within the Plan's five-year timeline, and within 18-36 months in urban and suburban areas where demand for 5G is most intense. The author of the white paper, Vantage Point Solutions   more

ACLU of Pennsylvania Issues Statement on Cash Bail Crisis in Allegheny County
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 8 -- The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania issued the following statement by Campaigns Director Danitra Sherman: "When we started the Campaign for Smart Justice a few years back, we knew that a cornerstone of the work to reduce incarceration by half and to challenge racism in the criminal legal system would be a vast reduction of the use of cash bail and pretrial detention. "Pretrial detention -- the practice of incarcerating a person before they   more

ACP Issues Guidance for Colorectal Cancer Screening of Average-Risk Adults Who Do Not Have Symptoms
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 5 -- The American College of Physicians issued the following news release: Physicians should screen for colorectal cancer in average-risk adults who do not have symptoms between the ages of 50 and 75, the American College of Physicians (ACP) states in a new evidence-based guidance statement published today in Annals of Internal Medicine. The frequency of screening depends upon the screening approach selected. ACP suggests any one of the following screening stra  more

American Institute of Chemical Engineers Names New Officers, Board for 2020
NEW YORK, Nov. 7 -- The American Institute of Chemical Engineers issued the following news release, dated Nov. 11: The American Institute of Chemical Engineers (AIChE) announced today that Monty M. Alger, Professor of Chemical Engineering and Director of the Institute for Natural Gas Research at Pennsylvania State University, will become President of AIChE in 2020. Alger succeeds 2019 President Kimberly Ogden, Interim Vice President for Research and Professor of Chemical and Environmental Engin  more

Annals of Internal Medicine Journal Issues 13 Research Articles in Nov.5, 2019 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 5 -- Annals of Internal Medicine, a journal from the American College of Physicians, published 13 research articles, including the following topics, in its Nov.5, 2019 edition: * Comparative Efficacy of Interventions for Aggressive and Agitated Behaviors in Dementia: A Systematic Review and Network Meta-analysis * Extreme Risk Protection Orders Intended to Prevent Mass Shootings: A Case Series * High-Intensity Versus Low-Intensity Surveillance for Patients Wit  more

Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund 2019 Asian American Exit Poll in Virginia, Texas, and Pennsylvania
NEW YORK, Nov. 6 -- The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund issued the following news release: The Asian American Legal Defense and Education Fund (AALDEF) today released preliminary results of its nonpartisan exit poll of more than 500 Asian American voters in the Nov. 5, 2019 elections in Virginia, Texas, and Pennsylvania. Asian Americans strongly favored Democratic candidates in close races in Virginia and supported stricter gun control laws in all three states. AALDEF will also   more

ASTM International Environmental Assessment Committee Seeks Help Revising Key Standards
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- 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 environmental assessment, risk management, and corrective action committee (E50) is looking to add participants to help revise two standards. The standards focus on conducting environmental baseline surveys (D6008) and classifying the   more

ASTM International: Tim Brooke Chosen to Lead the Safety Equipment Institute
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- ASTM International, an international organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for materials, products, systems and services, issued the following news release: The ASTM International board of directors unanimously voted to name Tim Brooke, ASTM International's vice president of laboratory service and certification, as the new president and chief operating officer of the Safety Equipment Institute (SEI), an ASTM I  more

BAYADA Home Health Care Team Participates in Casino Night for Hospice Patient
MOORESTOWN, New Jersey, Nov. 7 -- BAYADA Home Health Care issued the following news: The Pennsylvania Media Hospice team had the pleasure of contributing to and participating in a casino night for our patient Ann B. Thanks to the amazing planning of the staff at Kelsch Associates, the local social service agency who coordinated this event, BAYADA was able to help give Ann and her housemates, Jill and Joyce, a joyous night of games, prizes, and smiles. Our team was eager to help make this nigh  more

Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute: SATURN Conference on Software Architecture Opens Call for Submissions
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute issued the following news release: The SEI Architecture Technology User Network (SATURN) 2020 conference has opened its call for technical program submissions. Proposals are due by January 10 at the conference's PaperCall online system. SATURN 2020 will be held May 11-14 in Orlando, Florida. The 16th annual SATURN conference brings together an international audience of practicing software architects, industr  more

Celebrate Veterans Day at the National Constitution Center on Monday, November 11, 2019
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- The National Constitution Center issued the following news release: * * * - Admission is free for veterans on Veterans Day * * * On Veterans Day, Monday, November 11, the National Constitution Center will recognize the dedication and sacrifices of the brave people who have answered the Constitution's call to "provide for the common defense." Special events include a wreath laying ceremony, patriotic concerts, visitor chats with veterans, and engaging civ  more

Chronic Pain Patients Report Health Improvements Following Enactment of Medical Cannabis Access Laws
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: Those suffering from chronic pain report significant improvements in health following the passage of medical cannabis access laws, according to data published in the journal Forum for Health Economics & Policy. Researchers affiliated with the University of Pennsylvania and the Perelman School of Medicine assessed the impact of medical cannabis legalization laws on  more

ECRI Institute Opposes Proposed Ban of Ethylene Oxide Sterilization Operations
PLYMOUTH MEETING, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The ECRI Institute issued the following news release: * * * - Statewide bans of commercial EtO sterilization could result in widespread shortages of critical medical devices and supplies, significant harm to patients * * * ECRI Institute, the nation's leading independent, non-profit patient safety organization, opposes a total ban of commercial ethylene oxide (EtO) sterilization because it could result in widespread shortages of sterile medical devic  more

Fannie Mae's Enterprise Project Management Office Named the 2019 PMO of the Year
PHILADLEPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- The Project Management Institute issued the following news release: Today, Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading association for the project, program and portfolio management profession, announced that the Fannie Mae's Enterprise Project Management Office (EPMO) has been awarded the 2019 PMO of the Year Award. A mere eight years young, the EPMO started at Fannie Mae by bringing responsible standards, cutting-edge methodologies, and best-p  more

Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery Journal Issues 10 Research Articles in November/December 2019 Edition
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- Female Pelvic Medicine and Reconstructive Surgery, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features prevention, diagnosis and treatment of female pelvic floor disorders from the American Urogynecologic Society, published 10 research articles on the following topics in its November/December 2019 edition: * Association of Anticholinergic Risk Score With Functional Status in Patients Preparing for Pelvic Reconstructive Surgery * Current Role of Urethrolysis and   more

First Three Years of LVHN Leadership Benefits Health Care in Schuylkill County
POTTSVILLE, Pennsylvania, Nov. 5 -- Lehigh Valley Health Network issued the following news release: What started with a handshake, a celebration, and a plan three years ago at Lehigh Valley Hospital (LVH)-Schuylkill, has resulted in upgraded facilities, new services and improved access to health care for the residents of Schuylkill County. LVH-Schuylkill marked the milestone of the historic merger of the former Schuylkill Health into Lehigh Valley Health Network (LVHN) by broadcasting an LVHN-  more

Geisinger Introduces Debt-Free Medical School Through Primary Care Scholars Program
DANVILLE, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- Geisinger Health issued the following news release: * * * - Program to provide debt-free medical school and living assistance to medical students who commit to work within primary care at the health system after graduating * * * Geisinger and Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine today announced the Geisinger Primary Care Scholars Program to provide debt-free medical school and living assistance to medical students who commit to work within primary care   more

Geisinger Researchers Discover Breakthrough Results Related to Cardiac Function and Heart Failure
DANVILLE, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- Geisinger Health issued the following news release: A team of Geisinger researchers has discovered that the link between the pumping efficiency of the heart, known as the left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF), and the resulting risk of death may not be as simple as previously thought. The team's findings were recently published in European Heart Journal. Traditionally, doctors have known that a low LVEF is most often due to heart failure and suggests a poo  more

Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC: 2019 Catalyst Awards | Business Diversity Champion Award Winner - Todd Snovel
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- The c issued the following news: Todd Snovel serves as the Executive Director for the Pennsylvania Commission on LGBTQ Affairs. Prior to this appointment, Todd served as assistant dean for Engagement and Inclusion at Lebanon Valley College where he led the team working with students in the co-curricular experience and initiated campus-wide efforts in equity, diversity, and inclusion. Todd also teaches college-level courses on the studies of genders, sexualit  more

Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC: 2019 Catalyst Awards | Small Business of the Year Award
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- The Harrisburg Regional Chamber and CREDC issued the following news: Triscari Video | Web | Marketing got it's start in communication media 40 years ago as Triscari Enterprises. With a steady growth made possible through quality service and work, Triscari grew to expand and bought the property it exists upon today in 1993. At this point, Triscari Enterprises was rechristened Triscari Productions Incorporated to better reflect its reputation of producing high-  more

Hepatitis B Foundation Plans Externally-Led Patient-Focused Drug Development Meeting for Chronic Hepatitis B in June 2020
DOYLESTOWN, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The Hepatitis B Foundation issued the following news release: The Hepatitis B Foundation is pleased to have been approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to host an externally-led Patient-Focused Drug Development (PFDD) meeting on June 9, 2020 that will focus on chronic hepatitis B infection (CHB). This will be a one-day meeting held in Rockville, MD, where patients and key stakeholders will be invited to gather for highly interactive discussio  more

Human Service Workers at Persad Center File for United Steelworkers Representation
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The United Steelworkers issued the following news release: Workers at Persad Center, a human service organization that serves the LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS communities of the Pittsburgh area, have launched their organizing effort with the United Steelworkers (USW) union. The unit of 23 workers, ranging from therapists and program coordinators to case managers and administrative staff, announced their union campaign as the Persad Staff Union last night at Spirit Ha  more

In the Wake of Glen Mills, Juvenile Law Center Releases Report Outlining Strategies for Reforming Pennsylvania's Juvenile Justice System
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 5 -- The Juvenile Law Center issued the following news release, dated Nov. 1: * * * - The report, with implications for decarceration efforts nationwide, coincides with Council for Reform's report to Governor Wolf * * * Attorneys from Juvenile Law Center published Transforming Justice: Bringing Pennsylvania's Young People Safely Home from Juvenile Justice Placements, a new report offering findings and recommendations in the wake of the abusive and sometimes t  more

National Center For Defense Manufacturing Congratulates Berkebile on Being Named as Chief Financial Officer of Year
BLAIRSVILLE, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The National Center For Defense Manufacturing and Machining issued the following news release: The National Center for Defense Manufacturing and Machining (NCDMM) proudly announces that NCDMM Vice President and CFO Gene Berkebile was one of 15 Pittsburgh-area Chief Financial Officers honored by the Pittsburgh Business Times (PBT) in its annual CFO of the Year recognition program. The PBT hosted a reception yesterday evening at the Omni William Penn Hotel to   more

NCAA: Division II Announces Fundraising Totals for Make-A-Wish
WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association issued the following news: During the 2018-19 academic year, Division II schools raised $398,000 for Make-A-Wish as part of their ongoing partnership. Division II schools have raised more than $6.2 million and granted more than 740 wishes since 2003. Schools in all 24 Division II conferences participated in fundraising, including every school in both the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference and the Pennsylvania State Athleti  more

Northrop Grumman's Harvey Hack Honored With ASTM International 2019 Cavanaugh Award
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- ASTM International, an international organization that develops and publishes voluntary consensus technical standards for materials, products, systems and services, issued the following news release: Harvey P. Hack, Ph.D., senior advisory engineer with Northrop Grumman's Undersea Systems received ASTM International's prestigious William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award earlier today during the organization's November standards development meetings in Housto  more

Penn State Children's Hospital Brings Halloween Spirit to Pediatric Patients
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- Penn State Health issued the following news: It's tough to be a kid stuck in a hospital. But when you're not able to go trick-or-treating or attend your school Halloween party, it can make the hospital stay even more difficult. Pediatric patients at Penn State Health Children's Hospital were able to experience the fun of the season with a costume parade and party organized by Child Life staff on Oct. 31. Wearing costumes donated by specialty retailer Spirit of   more

Penn State Health: Hershey Medical Center Again Earns Top Safety Marks From Leapfrog
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- Penn State Health issued the following news: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center has once again earned the highest grade on The Leapfrog Group's latest safety ranking report card. The Medical Center achieved an A on the Fall 2019 Leapfrog Hospital Safety Grade. This represents the seventh consecutive A grade for Hershey Medical Center. Leapfrog assigns grades of A, B, C, D or F to hospitals across the nation based on their performance in prevent  more

Penn State Health: Highmark Blue Shield Grant to Provide Eye Glasses for Students in Underserved Schools
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- Penn State Health issued the following news: Highmark Blue Shield has granted $10,000 to Penn State Health in support of a community health initiative to cover standard vision assessments and the cost of eye glasses for students in need in the Lebanon and Steelton-Highspire school districts. In 2018, Penn State Health partnered with the Lebanon County Career and Technology Center to provide required health assessments for height, weight, vision, hearing and sco  more

Penn State Health: The Medical Minute - Eustachian Tube Dilation Offers Safer Relief From Dysfunction
HERSHEY, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- Penn State Health issued the following news: When the Eustachian tube connecting the back of the nose and middle ear becomes inflamed, infected or blocked, people can experience pain, discomfort and possible hearing loss. The Eustachian tube, which ventilates and drains secretions from the middle ear, also balances pressure in the ear. Allergies and upper respiratory or sinus infections are common ailments that can cause dysfunction of the Eustachian tube. Tumo  more

Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts Marley Named as 2020 Fellow of Center for Curatorial Leadership
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 8 -- The Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts issued the following news release: Dr. Anna O. Marley, PAFA's Curator of Historical American Art and Director of the Center for the Study of the American Artist, has been named a Center for Curatorial Leadership Fellow for 2020. Dr. Marley will join eleven other curator-participants from institutions across the United States and Canada in this prestigious fellowship, which provides curators with a custom-developed   more

Pennsylvania Moms Demand Action Announces Partnership With Cinemark in Pittsburgh to Run Gun Safety PSA
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, a campaign of Everytown for Gun Safety, issued the following news: * * * - The PSA Elevates Moms Demand Action's Secure Gun Storage Program, "Be SMART"; This Marks the First Time That a Be SMART Message has Been Shown in Theaters * * * On Saturday, two Pittsburgh Cinemark theaters began airing a 30-second Public Service Announcement before the start of every movie. The PSA elevates Moms Demand Action for Gun Se  more

Pennsylvania Supreme Court to Decide Whether Patients on Probation Can Use Medical Marijuana
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: Justices on the state Supreme Court have halted a county-wide policy barring the use of medical cannabis to patients who are on probation until it decides the issue next year. Members of the American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania had filed a class action suit (Gass v. 52nd Judicial District) challenging the local ban, calling the policy "Needlessly cruel and  more

Project Management Institute Announces 2019 Project Management Office of the Year Award Finalists
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 5 -- The Project Management Institute issued the following news release: Today, Project Management Institute (PMI), the world's leading association for the project management profession, announced the finalists of the 2019 Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year Award. The PMO of the Year Award(R) honors a PMO that has added value to its organization through its support of successful strategic initiatives and demonstrated superior organizational project mana  more

Proposed Weighted Blanket Standard Underway Through ASTM International
WEST CONSHOHOCKEN, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- 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 consumer products committee (F15) is seeking participation to develop a proposed standard for weighted blankets. According to ASTM International member Carol Pollack-Nelson, the subcommittee that will develop the proposed standard (F1  more

SAE International Survey Shows Public Enthusiasm About Self-Driving Cars
WARRENDALE, Pennsylvania, Nov. 5 -- SAE International issued the following news: SAE International today released the results of the SAE Demo Days Survey that found overwhelming public enthusiasm about self-driving cars. Based on data from nearly 1,400 participants at four SAE Demo Days events, 82 percent were initially enthusiastic for self-driving cars, with nearly 10 percent of participants reporting higher enthusiasm post-ride. The SAE Demo Days Survey offers a unique perspective as it pol  more

SAE International: Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium Adds Honda as Latest Member of Growing Consortium
WARRENDALE, Pennsylvania, Nov. 7 -- SAE International issued the following news: * * * - Honda Joins SAE International, Ford, General Motors, Toyota, Uber ATG, Daimler and Lyft to Develop Safety Framework for Broad Deployment of Autonomous Technology * * * The Automated Vehicle Safety Consortium(TM) (AVSC) today expanded its international reach with the addition of Honda to the consortium. The AVSC, which launched in April 2019, convenes leading OEM and technology member organizations to col  more

Saint Barnabas Medical Center 1 of Only 36 Hospitals in U.S. Recognized for Consecutive 'A's' in Patient Safety From Leapfrog Group
LIVINGSTON, New Jersey, Nov. 7 -- Saint Barnabas Medical Center, a hospital operated by RWJBarnabas Health, issued the following news: For the 16th consecutive time, Saint Barnabas Medical Center was awarded an 'A' grade from The Leapfrog Group's Fall 2019 Hospital Safety Grade, released today. Saint Barnabas is the only hospital in a seven-state area, including New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Rhode Island and Maryland, to have achieved straight As since the survey be  more

Sierra Club: With Rollback, Trump Allows Coal Plants to Dump Toxins Into Drinking Water
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- The Sierra Club issued the following news release: Former coal lobbyist for Murray Energy and current EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced another rollback of a key water safeguards today -- a move that will allow the vast majority of coal plants across the country to dump their toxic industrial sludge into the drinking water of millions of Americans. EPA's own data shows that coal plants are the top source of industrial toxic water pollution in the c  more

Software Engineering Institute Technical Staff Members Win 2019 ISLA Award
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- The Carnegie Mellon Software Engineering Institute issued the following news release: A team of SEI technical staff members has received the 2019 Information Security Leadership Award (ISLA(R)) Government, in the category of Most Valuable Industry Partner (Team). The team includes * Timothy Chick, systems team technical manager, CERT Division * William Nichols, senior member of the technical staff, Software Solutions Division * Kenneth Nidiffer, principal   more

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Acquires 390 More Acres in Erie County and Expands Its West Branch French Creek Conservation Area
VENANGO TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania, Nov. 4 -- The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy issued the following news: The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy announced today the permanent protection of 390 acres in Erie County that have been added to the Conservancy's West Branch French Creek Conservation Area, expanding the natural area to nearly 1,000 acres. These newly protected acres are located within the 1,250-square mile French Creek watershed on two properties in Venango Township, Pa. French Creek fl  more

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy Protects 265 Acres Near Bald Eagle State Forest
HAINES TOWNSHIP, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy issued the following news: The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy today announced the protection of 265 acres of forests and steep mountain ridgeline in Haines Township, Centre County. The property was immediately transferred to the PA Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (DCNR) Bureau of Forestry to become an addition to the 193,000-acre Bald Eagle State Forest. Located an hour northeast of State College n  more

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy, Dominion Energy Seek Proposals From Local Watershed Groups for 2020 Watershed Mini Grants
INDIANA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 8 -- The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy issued the following news: The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy and Dominion Energy are now accepting proposals for the 2019-2020 Dominion Energy Watershed Mini Grant Program, which provides financial assistance to watershed groups and organizations across the region. The watershed grants can be used to cover expenses in three areas: water quality monitoring, watershed restoration, and organizational promotion and outreach.   more

Western Pennsylvania Conservancy: Monmade Producers Invite Public to Experience Fallingwater-Inspired Creations
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Nov. 6 -- The Western Pennsylvania Conservancy issued the following news: Local craftspeople, designers and artists will display their distinctive products inspired by their time experiencing Fallingwater and learning about Frank Lloyd Wright and his architecture at an opening reception Fri., Nov. 15 from 6:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. at the Brew House Association in Pittsburgh. The group of creatives is part of Monmade, a project of Pittsburgh's Craft Business Accelerator at B  more

Wistar Institute: Synthetic DNA Technology Applied as a Novel Strategy for Delivery of Anti-HIV Antibodies
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Nov. 8 -- The Wistar Institute issued the following news release: Scientists at The Wistar Institute applied synthetic DNA-based technology to drive in vivo production of broadly neutralizing anti-HIV antibodies in small and large-animal models, providing proof of concept for a simple and effective next generation approach to HIV prevention and therapy. These results were published online in the Journal of Clinical Investigation. Despite exceptional advances in ant  more