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Public Policy Tipoffs Involving New Jersey Newsletter for Sunday December 22, 2019 ( 43 items )  

$1 Million Schmidt Futures Grant Awarded to Accelerate Computer Modeling of the Cosmos at Institute for Advanced Study
PRINCETON, New Jersey, Dec. 16 -- The Institute for Advanced Study issued the following news release: * * * - James M. Stone, Prof. of Computational Astrophysics at the Institute for Advanced Study, Heads IAS Project on the Dynamics of Neutron Star Mergers, Star & Planet Formation, and the Interstellar Medium * * * Schmidt Futures has awarded $1 million to the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS) to leverage advances in high-performance computing to understand challenging astrophysical problem  more

Acta Paediatrica Journal Issues Research Articles in December 2019 Edition
HOBOKEN, New Jersey, Dec. 19 -- Acta Paediatrica, a peer-reviewed journal that says it covers neonatal, developmental, child health, environment and psychosomatic pediatrics from the Foundation Acta Paediatrica, published research articles, including the following topics, in its December 2019 edition: * Assessment of mineral and bone biomarkers highlights a high frequency of hypercalciuria in asymptomatic healthy teenagers * Back pain is more frequent in girls and in children with scoliosis in  more

Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology Journal Issues Research Articles in December 2019 Edition
MOUNT LAUREL, New Jersey, Dec. 17 -- The Annals of Clinical and Translational Neurology Journal, a peer-reviewed journal that says it features neurology from the American Neurological Association, published research articles, including the following topics, in its December 2019 edition: * Antecedent infections in Guillain-Barre syndrome: a single-center, prospective study * APP-derived peptides reflect neurodegeneration in frontotemporal dementia * Data mining approach for classification of o  more

Center for American Progress Issues Statement on Passage of Criminal Justice Reform Bills
WASHINGTON, Dec. 21 -- The Center for American Progress issued the following statement: Earlier this week, as part of a package of criminal justice reform bills, New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy (D) signed into law legislation that expands eligibility for expungement and establishes a task force to design a clean slate automated record-clearing system for the state next year. Following the legislation's signing, Rebecca Vallas, a senior fellow at the Center for American Progress and one of the or  more

Center for American Women & Politics: State Rankings and Final Results From the 2019 Election
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, Dec. 20 -- The Center for American Women & Politics issued the following news release: With results finalized for the 2019 elections in Louisiana, Mississippi, New Jersey, and Virginia, the Center for American Women and Politics has updated its rankings of the 50 states based on women's representation in state legislatures. As a result of the 2019 elections, Mississippi will move up 4 spots in our state rankings, from 49th to 45th, and Louisiana will move up from 47th  more

CentraState Receives Merit Award From Monmouth County Planning Board
FREEHOLD, New Jersey, Dec. 17 -- CentraState Healthcare System issued the following news: The Monmouth County Planning Board recently presented CentraState Healthcare System with the 2019 Planning Merit Award in recognition of its Solar Energy Initiative which has given CentraState the distinct honor of being the largest hospital producer of solar energy in the State of New Jersey. The Board's Merit Award Program recognizes those plans, projects, programs, individuals, municipalities, business  more

Ceres: Regional Pact to Tackle Transportation Emissions Presents a Bold Vision for a Clean Transportation Future
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Dec. 18 -- Ceres, a non-profit organization that is mobilizing many of the world's largest companies and investors to take stronger action on climate change, water scarcity and other global sustainability challenges, issued the following news release: Influential companies from across the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic are praising governors for advancing plans to modernize the region's transportation system while reducing pollution from cars and trucks. Twelve states (Conne  more

Commission for Case Manager Certification Releases New Resources to Support Absence and Leave Management Specialists
MOUNT LAUREL, New Jersey, Dec. 19 -- The Commission for Case Manager Certification issued the following news release: The Commission for Case Manager Certification(R) (the Commission), has released an updated code of professional conduct as part of a suite of valuable resources to support absence and leave management professionals in their work to get workers back to work, to their families and to optimal health. "Those who work in disability management find the CDMS credential to be a powerfu  more

Council on American-Islamic Relations-New Jersey Welcomes New Driver's Licenses for All Legislation
SOUTH PLAINFIELD, New Jersey, Dec. 20 -- The Council on American-Islamic Relations issued the following news release: The New Jersey chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-NJ), welcomed Governor Phil Murphy's signing of legislation that expands access to driver's licenses for undocumented state residents. This week, the state Democrat-led Assembly and Senate passed the measure after lawmakers delayed considering the bill until after last month's election. Governor Murphy si  more

Drug Policy Alliance Issues Statement on New Jersey Legislature Kicks Marijuana Legalization Back to Voters
NEW YORK, Dec. 16 -- The Drug Policy Alliance issued the following statement by Executive Director Maria McFarland Sanchez-Moreno in response to the New Jersey legislature's passage of a measure to put marijuana legalization on the 2020 ballot, as well as a bill to expunge records for low-level drug offenses: "Given the legislature's inability to pass marijuana regulation on its own, referring the question to the ballot is at least a way for legislators to begin responding to their constituents  more

Englewood Health Celebrates Achievements in Patient Safety and Medical Excellence
ENGLEWOOD, New Jersey, Dec. 21 -- Englewood Hospital and Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - Healthgrades and CareChex Recognize Safety and Quality Across Service Lines * * * As 2019 comes to a close, Englewood Health has once again been nationally recognized as a leader in providing exceptional and safe patient care by The Leapfrog Group, Healthgrades, and Quantros, Inc. as well as by the College of Healthcare Information Management Executives. At this year's Celebrat  more

Englewood Hospital Earns 2019 Leapfrog Top Hospital Award
ENGLEWOOD, New Jersey, Dec. 18 -- Englewood Hospital and Medical Center issued the following news release: * * * - National Recognition Distinguishes Hospital for Achievements in Quality and Safety * * * Highlighting its nationally recognized achievements in patient safety and quality, Englewood Hospital was named a Top Hospital nationally by The Leapfrog Group, a national watchdog organization of employers and other purchasers focused on health care safety, quality, and transparency. Announ  more

Experimental Dermatology Journal Issues Research Articles in November 2019 Edition
HOBOKEN, New Jersey, Dec. 20 -- Experimental Dermatology Journal published research articles, including the following topics, in its November 2019 edition: * ALA-PDT alleviates the psoriasis by inhibiting JAK signalling pathway * Development and accuracy of an artificial intelligence algorithm for acne grading from smartphone photographs * In situ antioxidant activity of a dermo-cosmetic product: A randomized controlled clinical study * The non-homogenous distribution and aggregation of caro  more

Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association Condemns Dangerous 'Green Light Laws' in New York, New Jersey
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- The Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association issued the following news release: Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), issued the following statement in response to New York's Green Light law and similar laws passed in New Jersey. "We agree with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and several New York State County Clerk's assessment that New York's Green Light laws do nothing more than protect narcotics and   more

Franciscan Action Network Sickened by Vandalism at Nessah Synagogue
WASHINGTON, Dec. 20 -- Franciscan Action Network issued the following news release, dated Dec. 17: The Franciscan Action Network was sickened to hear of the vandalism that happened this past weekend at the Nessah Synagogue in Beverly Hills, California. Police are classifying it as a hate crime and calling it "cowardly." However, after the targeted attack on an Orthodox Jewish community in Jersey City, New Jersey last weekend, we can't help but feel both instances are symptoms of the hatred and  more

Geisinger's MyCode Enrolls More Than 250,000 Participants
DANVILLE, Pennsylvania, Dec. 20 -- Geisinger Health issued the following news release: * * * - Groundbreaking study provides medically actionable results to nearly 1,500 people * * * Geisinger's groundbreaking precision medicine project, MyCode, has enrolled more than 250,000 participants in Pennsylvania and New Jersey, reaching a major landmark in the project. With DNA sequence and health data currently available on 145,000 of these participants, MyCode is the largest study of its kind in t  more

Global Change Biology Bioenergy Journal Issues Research Articles in January 2020 Edition
HOBOKEN, New Jersey, Dec. 17 -- Global Change Biology Bioenergy, a journal that says it promotes understanding of the interface between biological and environmental sciences and the production of fuels directly from plants, algae and waste, published research articles on the following topics in its January 2020 edition: * Consequential life cycle assessment of miscanthus livestock bedding, diverting straw to bioelectricity generation * Environmental hotspots of lactic acid production systems   more

IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems Issues Research Articles in December 2019 Edition
PISCATAWAY, New Jersey, Dec. 16 -- IEEE Transactions on Neural Networks and Learning Systems, a journal that says it deals with the theory, design and applications of neural networks and learning systems from the IEEE Computational Intelligence Society, published research articles, including the following topics, in its December 2019 edition: * Adaptive Discrete-Time Flight Control Using Disturbance Observer and Neural Networks * Adaptive Neural Control of a Kinematically Redundant Exoskeleton  more

Institute for Justice: New Jersey Assembly Passes Transparency Bill for Police Seizures
ARLINGTON, Virginia, Dec. 17 -- The Institute for Justice issued the following news release: The New Jersey Assembly unanimously passed a bill late Monday that would shine a light on "civil forfeiture," which lets law enforcement seize property without ever charging the owner with a crime. In New Jersey, once property is forfeited, the government can then keep up to 100% of the proceeds, creating a perverse incentive to confiscate cash, cars and other valuables. Under the bill (S1963), county   more

International Journal of MS Care Issues Research Articles in November/December 2019 Edition
HACKENSACK, New Jersey, Dec. 20 -- The International Journal of MS Care, a peer-reviewed journal from the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centers that says it feature sclerosis health-care topics, published research articles on the following topics in its November/December 2019 edition: * Functional Electrical Stimulation Cycling Exercise in People with Multiple Sclerosis * Muscle Dysfunction and Walking Impairment in Women with Multiple Sclerosis * Research-to-Practice Gaps in Multiple Scle  more

Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association Opens 2020 Innovation Awards With Focus on Innovation and Trends
MOUNT LAUREL, New Jersey, Dec. 19 -- The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association issued the following news release: * * * - Winners to be announced at The JPMA Show: Best in Baby April 1-2 2020 * * * The Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association (JPMA) is pleased to announce that the 2020 JPMA Innovation Awards, sponsored by What to Expect, are officially open for entrants. This year, JPMA is updating its esteemed awards program to include additional categories and to honor products th  more

Marijuana Policy Project: New Jersey Voters Will Decide on Cannabis Legalization in 2020
TRENTON, New Jersey, Dec. 16 -- The Marijuana Policy Project issued the following news release: On Monday, New Jersey lawmakers approved a resolution that will allow voters to decide whether to legalize cannabis for adults' use in November 2020. In early November 2019, Senate President Steve Sweeney proposed a voter referral after finding there was not enough support in the Senate for the legislature to directly legalize cannabis. The voter referral resolution passed in both legislative chambe  more

National Conference of Insurance Legislators Concludes Successful 2019 Annual Meeting in Austin
MANASQUAN, New Jersey, Dec. 20 -- The National Conference of Insurance Legislators issued the following news release: * * * - Celebrates NCOIL's 50th Year, Passes 3 New Model Laws, Lehman Assumes Presidency * * * The National Council of Insurance Legislators (NCOIL) concluded a successful 2019 Annual Meeting in Austin, Texas from December 10th - 13th at the JW Marriott Austin. There were 353 participants consisting of 57 legislators and participants from 33 states, 16 first-time legislators,  more

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: New Jersey - Governor Signs Marijuana Expungement Bill Into Law
TRENTON, New Jersey, Dec. 20 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: Democratic Gov. Phil Murphy signed legislation (A. 5981/S. 4154) into law on Wednesday facilitating the expungement of low-level marijuana crimes and other offenses. The measure establishes an expedited process for expunging the criminal records associated with minor marijuana-related violations, among other changes. An analysis of nationwide arrest data published last   more

National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws: New Jersey - Lawmakers Place Legalization Ballot Question Before Voters
TRENTON, New Jersey, Dec. 20 -- The National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws issued the following news release: Super-majorities of the New Jersey Assembly and Senate decided on Monday to place a marijuana legalization ballot question before voters in 2020. Commenting on the legislative action, Garden State NORML Executive Director Charlana McKeithen said: "We support any move beyond prohibition. Now marijuana consumers and anyone who supports reform can cast a vote for freedom."  more

National Sorghum Producers Announces 2019 Yield Contest Winners
LUBBOCK, Texas, Dec. 17 -- The National Sorghum Producers issued the following news release: National Sorghum Producers is proud to announce the winners of the 2019 NSP Yield Contest. Producer yields are highlighted in five different categories from the eastern and western regions of the U.S. This year's top yield and Bin Buster winner is Santino Santini of New Jersey with 212.5 bushels per acre. "Our growers rallied through some of the most strenuous conditions to complete a harvest this seas  more

Natural Products Association: New Jersey Senate Urges Congress to Set Safe Level for CBD Consumption
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- The Natural Products Association issued the following news release: * * * - Natural Products Association Works with New Jersey Lawmakers to Pass Resolution * * * The New Jersey Senate Monday passed a resolution calling on "Congress and the President of the United States to establish a safe daily level of consumption of cannabidiol through legislation." The Natural Products Association (NPA) worked with lawmakers in New Jersey to pass the resolution. The U.S. Congress   more

NCAA: 2020 Theodore Roosevelt Award - Bob Delaney
WASHINGTON, Dec. 17 -- The National Collegiate Athletic Association issued the following news: Bob Delaney stood in front of an attentive crowd at the Jersey City Police Academy, offering a presentation he'd given many times before. Everyone wanted to hear the story of the trooper who was a key player in Project Alpha, a three-year investigation that sent him deep undercover with the pseudonym Bobby Covert to cozy up to Mafia families and learn firsthand how organized crime infiltrated legitima  more

New Jersey School Boards Association: Proposed Cap Adjustment = Needed Relief
TRENTON, New Jersey, Dec. 16 -- The New Jersey School Boards Association issued the following news release: Cap relief legislation proposed by Senate President Steve Sweeney would offer an important option for a subset of school districts that cannot provide adequate resources for education as a result of state aid cuts, according to a statement issued by the New Jersey School Boards Association. At the same time, the Association urged Governor Murphy to reconsider his opposition to the plan,   more

NJ Gov. Murphy Signs Restoration of Voting Rights to People on Probation and Parole
NEW YORK, Dec. 19 -- 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: * * * - New Jersey gets closer to the ideals of a representative democracy by restoring the franchise, and can go further by restoring rights of incarcerated people * * * With the stroke of Gov. Phil Murphy's pen, and after sustained advocacy for decades, New   more

Pediatric Pulmonology Journal Issues Research Articles in January 2020 Edition
HOBOKEN, New Jersey, Dec. 21 -- Pediatric Pulmonology, a journal that says it features research on pathological anatomy, developmental issues and pathophysiology to infectious disease, asthma, cystic fibrosis and airborne toxins, published research articles, including the following topics, in its January 2020 edition: * Airway disease on chest computed tomography of preschool children with cystic fibrosis is associated with school-age bronchiectasis * Association between maternal psychological  more

PETA: Feds Cite Roadside Zoo for Endangering Newborn Cougar Cub
SUSSEX, New Jersey, Dec. 16 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - PETA Complaint Spurs Investigation Into Space Farms Zoo's Exploitation of Baby Animal * * * After PETA urged the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to investigate the notorious Space Farms Zoo & Museum for allegedly transporting an infant cougar cub named Juniper--who had been prematurely separated from her mother--in a cardboard box in the front seat of a car, the agency   more

PIRG Issues Statement on States Program to Reduce Global Warming Emissions From Transportation
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Dec. 20 -- The U.S. Public Interest Research Group issued the following statement: Twelve states plus Washington, D.C. released new details about a program to reduce global warming emissions from transportation. The Transportation and Climate Initiative will create an enforceable and mandatory limit on transportation pollution, and will generate funding that could be invested in cleaner alternatives. Participating states are Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massa  more

Private Shareholder, PETA Take Animal-Testing Issue to Bristol-Myers Squibb Boardroom
LAWRENCE TOWNSHIP, New Jersey, Dec. 19 -- People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals issued the following news release: * * * - Animal Rights Group and Other Shareholder File Resolution Calling On Company to Assess and Report on Cruel, Debunked Near-Drowning Test * * * Together with a private shareholder, PETA has submitted a joint shareholder resolution calling on pharma giant Bristol-Myers Squibb to assess and report on the effectiveness of the "forced swim test," in which mice, rats, gui  more

Reservoir's Golnar Khosrowshahi Confirmed as NY:LON Connect 2020 Publishing Track Keynote
MARLTON, New Jersey, Dec. 20 -- The Music Business Association (formerly the National Association of Recording Merchandisers) issued the following news release: * * * - Music Biz and Music Ally also confirm slate of speakers for 2020 Startup Showcase & Award Program * * * The Music Business Association (Music Biz) and Music Ally announce that Reservoir Founder and CEO Golnar Khosrowshahi will keynote the Publishing & Rights program track at the fourth annual NY:LON Connect Global Music Busin  more

Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset to Sanitize Mobile Devices to Prevent Infections
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, Dec. 19 -- RWJBarnabas Health issued the following news: Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset, an RWJBarnabas Health facility, is the first hospital in New Jersey to install ElectroClaves(TM), which use UV-C LEDs to sanitize mobile devices, such as phones and iPads, to prevent the transmission of harmful bacteria and viruses to patients. The ElectroClaves, which are manufactured by Seal Shield, are located in the hospital's Physician Lounge, Operating Room  more

RWJBarnabas Health: A New Avenue of Support for Ostomy Patients
NEW BRUNSWICK, New Jersey, Dec. 21 -- RWJBarnabas Health issued the following news: * * * - Living with an ostomy isn't always easy, but with the help of specialized nurses and support of fellow ostomates, a successful recovery is possible. * * * For many, the creation of an ostomy is a life-saving surgery. When surgeons treat certain diseases of the digestive or urinary systems, the surgery may affect or change their elimination or urination. In those cases, the surgeon will create an ostom  more

RWJBarnabas Health: New Chief Operating Officer Named at Clara Maass Medical Center
BELLEVILLE, New Jersey, Dec. 17 -- RWJBarnabas Health issued the following news: Jeffrey J. Holt, MPA, Chief Operating Officer at Clara Maass Medical CenterJeffrey J. Holt, MPA has been appointed to the position of Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Clara Maass Medical Center (CMMC). As COO, Jeff will provide executive operational leadership, direction and vision to specific areas of the hospital with system-wide strategic initiatives. "Jeff is a seasoned, results-driven executive who is well qu  more

Sonya Girard Selected to Join NAFA's Board of Directors
PRINCETON, New Jersey, Dec. 17 -- The NAFA Fleet Management Association issued the following news release: NAFA's Nominating Committee has completed its work and selected a candidate to fill the expiring term of a current member of the Board of Directors. The committee selected Sonya Girard, Fleet Manager and Project Specialist for IDEXX located in Westbrook, Maine; a leader in pet healthcare innovation. Girard has been with IDEXX since 1995. Girard has been a NAFA Member since 2014 and is a m  more

Teamsters Call on U.S. and Mexico to Act Now to Address Labor Law Violations
TUCSON, Arizona, Dec. 16 -- The International Brotherhood of Teamsters issued the following news release: Teamsters and their allies in Arizona, Georgia, Illinois, Minnesota, New Jersey, New York, and Florida rallied at Grupo Mexico's CMX Theaters to demand that U.S. and Mexico step in to stop violations of labor law. For more than ten weeks, nearly 2,000 mine workers in Arizona and Texas, represented by the Teamsters, USW, IBEW, IAM, UA, IUOE, and the Boilermakers, have been on strike to dema  more

Transforming Transportation in Mid-Atlantic & Northeast Gets Underway
NEW YORK, Dec. 17 -- The Natural Resources Defense Council issued the following news release: Twelve eastern states and the District of Columbia announced a major advance in creating a regional clean transportation policy that will improve public transportation, reduce pollution and improve the quality of life of tens of millions of Americans. The states of Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virgin  more

Verisk Partners With IAFC to Identify Communities Actively Participating in Recognized Wildfire Mitigation
JERSEY CITY, New Jersey, Dec. 17 -- The International Association of Fire Chiefs issued the following news release: Verisk (Nasdaq:VRSK), a leading data analytics provider, is partnering with the International Association of Fire Chiefs (IAFC) to help insurers identify properties that are located in communities taking action to mitigate wildfire risk. Verisk can now provide insurers with greater insight into mitigation efforts by indicating if a property is part of a community participating in  more

World Politics Journal Issues Research Articles in January 2020 Edition
PRINCETON, New Jersey, Dec. 21 -- World Politics, a journal that features international relations and comparative politics from the Princeton Institute for International and Regional Studies, published research articles on the following topics in its January 2020 edition: * Democratization, De Facto Power, and Taxation: Evidence from Military Occupation during Reconstruction * Electoral Discrimination: The Relationship between Skin Color and Vote Buying in Latin America * Human Rights Half Me  more