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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday February 16, 2020 ( 76 items )  

5G Could Boost IT Spending in 2020, But Slowing PC Sales, Coronavirus Disruption Will Inhibit Overall Growth, According to IDC Black Books
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- International Data Corp., a provider of market intelligence and advisory services, issued the following news release: Worldwide IT spending is set to increase by 5% in constant currency this year as software and services investment remains stable while smartphone sales recover on the back of a 5G-driven upgrade cycle in the second half of the year. However, risks remain weighted to the downside as businesses keep a tight rein on short-term investments in th  more

Aberdeen Group: Takeaways From Cisco Contact Center Analyst Summit
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 15 -- The Aberdeen Group issued the following information: Last week, I attended Cisco's Contact Center Analyst Deep Dive at company headquarters in San Jose, CA. The event provided an opportunity for a deep-dive into the company's strategic focus and product roadmap, discussion of recent acquisitions, and conversations with company executives. Cisco x CloudCherry Cisco completed the acquisition of CloudCherry (a digital CX solution provider) on October 11, 2019. F  more

Akamai Technologies Issues Financials for Q4 of 2019
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- Akamai Technologies, a provider of content delivery network services, issued the following news release on Feb. 11: Akamai Technologies, Inc. (NASDAQ: AKAM), the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, reported financial results for the fourth quarter and full-year ended December 31, 2019. "We were very pleased with our 2019 performance. Both revenue and earnings exceeded our expectations due to the rapid growth of our clo  more

Boston Public Schools and Bunker Hill Community College Receive Funding for Data Tracking of At-Risk Students
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- Boston Public Schools issued the following news: The Boston Opportunity Youth Collaborative (OYC) has been awarded a grant from the Aspen Institute Forum for Community Solutions to reduce the number of students, particularly young men of color, who get disconnected from high school or community college. Most of the funding will go to the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) in order to increase their capacity to monitor the statu  more

Boston University Law Students Aid MIT Researchers in Releasing Report on Vulnerabilities in 2020 Election Voting App
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 15 -- Boston University School of Law issued the following news: * * * - The BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic advised on the legal and ethical considerations of the research and worked with the researchers to disclose their findings. * * * With support from the BU/MIT Technology Law Clinic at Boston University School of Law, two MIT graduate students and an MIT Principal Research Scientist published new research documenting cybersecurity vulnerabilities found in a mob  more

Brandeis University: Between Bondage, Freedom - Life in Civil War Refugee Camps
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, Feb. 15 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- Brandeis University issued the following news: * * * - Research by historian Abigail Cooper shows how newly emancipated people forged a new path * * * Research by assistant professor of history Abigail Cooper into the refugee camps set up for African Americans during the Civil War has revealed stories of courage and bravery and a new understanding of how blacks built a new future for themselves born from the ashes of slavery. Cooper   more

Calif. A.G. Becerra Supports Orders Removing Barriers to Battery and Other Electric Storage Resources' Participation in Wholesale Electricity Markets
SACRAMENTO, California, Feb. 11 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey led a coalition of five attorneys general and the California Air Resources Board in filing an amicus brief in the Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit in support of Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) orders directing power grid operators to remove barriers to the participation of elec  more

Chambers Global 2020 Recognizes 25 Goodwin Partners, 17 Practice Areas
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- Goodwin Procter, a law firm, issued the following news release: Chambers Global has recognized twenty-four Goodwin lawyers and seventeen practice areas for excellence in its recently released 2020 edition. The results demonstrate the breadth and strength of Goodwin's practice areas, as well as the firm's unique ability to work collaboratively in order to meet the needs of clients across industries and geographies. The annual guide is the product of in-depth re  more

CIL Realty of Massachusetts Uses $20 Million MassDevelopment Bond to Renovate and Build 29 Residences for Individuals With Disabilities
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 -- MassDevelopment issued the following news release: MassDevelopment has issued a $20 million tax-exempt bond on behalf of CIL Realty of Massachusetts, Inc. (CILRM), a nonprofit real estate developer. CILRM will use bond proceeds to buy, construct, and/or renovate 28 community residences for developmentally disabled individuals in Agawam, Charlton, Chicopee, Dracut, Easton, Framingham, Grafton, Greenfield, Holyoke, Hopkinton, Lakeville, Longmeadow, Maynard, North  more

Clark University: Taner Akcam Honored With Medal of Courage From Armenian Organizations in France
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- Clark University issued the following news: * * * - French President Macron lauds professor's work documenting 1915 genocide * * * Professor Taner Akcam has been presented with the Medal of Courage by the Confederation of Armenian Organizations in honor of his work uncovering the truth behind the 1915 Armenian Genocide. The award coincided with the launch of the French translation of "Killing Orders," his groundbreaking book documenting the Ottoman govern  more

Companies Should Prepare for a Recession While Also Investing for the Future, BCG Investor Survey Finds
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- Boston Consulting Group, a management consulting firm, issued the following news release: After an impressive equity market rebound in 2019 (the MSCI World Index rose by 24%, for example), investors are cautious and have low expectations for total shareholder return (TSR) over the next three years, according to Boston Consulting Group's eleventh annual survey of investor sentiment. Record-high valuation levels and persistent macroeconomic uncertainty have led m  more

Conn. Gov. Lamont Elected Chair of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors
HARTFORD, Connecticut, Feb. 15 -- Gov. Ned Lamont, D-Connecticut, issued the following news release on Feb. 14: * * * - Connecticut to Host Conference of New England Governors and Eastern Canadian Premiers in September * * * Governor Ned Lamont has been unanimously elected to serve as chairman of the Coalition of Northeastern Governors (CONEG), a nonpartisan association of the seven governors of the northeastern states, including Connecticut, Maine, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Rh  more

Democrats Using Police Chief's Association Whose Members Answer to Democrats as Shield Against Criticism
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 15 -- The Massachusetts Republican Party issued the following news: * * * - Granting driver's licenses to illegal immigrants has nothing to do with safety * * * Beacon Hill Democrats, including Methuen state Sen. Diana DiZoglio, have resorted to shielding their leftist agenda behind a Massachusetts police chief's law enforcement association whose members are appointed by the same radical local Democrats responsible for creating so-called "sanctuary cities." "This  more

Denison University Professor Explores Cultural Influences on Emily Dickinson
GRANVILLE, Ohio, Feb. 4 -- Denison University issued the following news release: Denison University Associate Professor of English Sandra Runzo has published a new book, "'Theatricals of Day': Emily Dickinson and Nineteenth-Century American Popular Culture," in which she examines the relationship of 19th-century poet Emily Dickinson to the popular entertainments of her own time. Published by the University of Massachusetts Press, "Theatricals of Day" explores how popular culture and entertainm  more

Djoos Named CCM/American Hockey League Player of the Week
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- The American Hockey League issued the following news: The American Hockey League announced that Hershey Bears defenseman Christian Djoos has been selected as the CCM/AHL Player of the Week for the period ending February 9, 2020. Djoos registered seven points in three games for Hershey last week, including a game-winning goal to go along with six assists, as the Bears moved into first place in the AHL's Atlantic Division. On Friday night at Wilkes-Barre/S  more

Draper Prize for Engineering Rewards Photoresist Pioneers
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- Draper, a not-for-profit research and development organization, issued the following news on Feb. 11: Small, light and portable describes more than just the latest cell phone, laptop and smart home appliance. The chips and electronics inside today's high-tech products are shrinking, too. The pioneers behind the tiny tech trend that's revolutionized electronics just earned one of the highest honors in their field. The 2020 Charles Stark Draper Prize for Engi  more

EBSCO Information Services and Universal Knowledge Software Partner to Support Libraries Looking to Adopt FOLIO
IPSWICH, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- EBSCO Industries, a provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries, issued the following news release: EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) and Universal Knowledge Software (UKS) have partnered to support libraries adopting the FOLIO Library Services Platform (LSP). EBSCO and UKS will work together to provide reliable hosting and support services locally. By supporting FOLIO libraries, UKS will hel  more

Foley Hoag Counsel Christina Hioureas to Speak at Annual Joint Symposium of Arbitrators
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- Foley Hoag, a law firm, issued the following news: Foley Hoag LLP counsel and United Nations practice chair Christina Hioureas will be a featured speaker at the 35th annual Joint Symposium of Arbitrators program, taking place in London on February 24, 2020. This year's theme is "States and State Entities in International Arbitration." Hioureas will join the "Representing States and State Entities" panel. The roundtable discussion will discuss procurement and s  more

For the 21st Consecutive Year, Four Seasons Hotel Boston Earns Five Stars in Forbes Travel Guide's 2020 Star Awards
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 -- Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts issued the following news release: With the unveiling of the 2020 Forbes Travel Guide's annual Star Rating list, Four Seasons Hotel Boston celebrates 21 consecutive years as a Five Star hotel, the gold standard in the hospitality industry. Described as "an exquisite Boston classic" by Forbes Travel Guide, the Hotel is the longest-running Five Star property in the city. As New England's most quintessential luxury hotel, Four Seas  more

GT Adds Litigation Associate to the Boston Office
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Greenberg Traurig, LLP has added Alison T. Holdway to its Boston office as an associate in the firm's Litigation Practice. Holdway represents clients in virtually all phases of litigation, from early-stage investigations through appeals. She has experience litigating False Claims Act, medical device products liability, patent infringement, breach of contract, unfair or deceptive business practic  more

Harvard Law School Library Announces Initial Release of Antonin Scalia Papers
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: * * * - Papers from the life and work of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia '60 now available at HLS * * * The Harvard Law School Library has announced the public release of the first batch of papers and other items from the Antonin Scalia Collection. One of the most influential jurists in American history, the late Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States Antonin Scalia '60 changed   more

Harvard Medical School: Inner Workings
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: * * * - Harvard Cryo-EM Center helps researchers transform biomedical research, one structure at a time * * * Throughout history, observations of structure, from Robert Hooke's cells to the beaks of Charles Darwin's finches, have been fundamental to our ability to understand how life works. This is particularly true in structural biology, a discipline dedicated to visualizing the molecular machines and compo  more

Harvard Medical School: Mind the Gaps
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: * * * - Wearable tech can provide better data for Parkinson's * * * Wearable technology and other mobile data-gathering devices should replace self-reporting diaries to track symptoms in people with Parkinson's disease, a new study from a large industry and academic collaboration argues. The study was published January 17 in Nature Partners Journal Digital Medicine. "For clinicians to e  more

Harvard Medical School: Retro Style
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: * * * - 'Backward' neural growth, shared connection provide new clues to development, disease * * * The lab of Harvard Medical School geneticist Max Heiman studies these neurons to illuminate nervous system development and uncover clues about how things go awry in humans, leading to neurodevelopmental disorders and neurodegeneration. In its latest finding, reported online in Development   more

Harvard Medical School: Slow It Down
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 15 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: * * * - Breast cancer cells alter protein production machinery to hasten metastasis * * * Hormone receptor-positive breast cancer can spread throughout the body via the bloodstream as circulating tumor cells, or CTCs, which eventually reach remote body sites to form metastatic tumors. The potential for these cells to form metastases rises with increased production of ribosomes, the prote  more

Howson Elected American Hockey League President and CEO
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, Feb. 15 -- The American Hockey League issued the following news: The American Hockey League's Board of Governors has unanimously elected Scott Howson as President and Chief Executive Officer, effective July 1, 2020. Howson will become the tenth President since the league's formation in 1936 and will succeed the retiring David Andrews, who will continue as Chairman of the Board of Governors after his 26-year tenure as President and CEO concludes on June 30. A Toront  more

IDC Spending Guide Forecasts $124 Billion Will Be Spent on Smart Cities Initiatives in 2020
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- International Data Corp., a provider of market intelligence and advisory services, issued the following news release: A new forecast from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Smart Cities Spending Guide shows global spending on smart cities initiatives will total nearly $124 billion this year, an increase of 18.9% over 2019. The top 100 cities investing in smart initiatives in 2019 represented around 29% of global spending, and while growth wi  more

IDC, CIO Executive Council Launches Women in IT Leadership Coaching Program
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- International Data Corp., a provider of market intelligence and advisory services, issued the following news release: * * * - Designed to address gaps in high quality coaching for women, new customized coaching program to develop next generation of female leaders * * * International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier global provider of market intelligence and advisory services, and the CIO Executive Council, serving the evolving, challenging, and demand  more

Jones Lang LaSalle Arranges $43.18M Financing for Suburban Office Portfolio
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- Jones Lang LaSalle issued the following news release: * * * - Proceeds will be used to purchase and update 2 office buildings near Boston * * * JLL Capital Markets announced that is has arranged $43.18 million in acquisition financing for a two-property office portfolio totaling 292,014 square feet in the Boston-area community of Framingham, Massachusetts. JLL worked on behalf of the borrower, a partnership between Campanelli and TriGate Capital, to place   more

Katherine Newman Appointed UMass System Chancellor of Academic Programs
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: * * * - Expanded Role Formally Connects the 75,000-student University's Teaching and Research Enterprise to Job creation and Workforce Development * * * University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan announced that he has appointed Katherine Newman to be the inaugural System Chancellor of Academic Programs, a position she will transition to as her term as Interim Chancellor at UMass  more

Maine State Rep. Berry Issues Statement on Central Maine Power Study Regarding Energy Market Impacts
AUGUSTA, Maine, Feb. 12 -- The Maine House Democrats issued the following statement: Rep. Seth Berry, D-Bowdoinham, House chair of the Legislature's Energy, Utilities and Technology Committee, issued the following statement in response to yesterdays release by Central Maine Power of a study regarding the energy market impacts of the New England Energy Connect corridor project: "The study is predictably self-serving. First, it looks only at New England - conveniently ignoring the larger regiona  more

Marcelo Suarez-Orozco Named Chancellor of UMass Boston
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news on Feb. 10: UCLA Dean Marcelo Suarez-Orozco, as a teenager sent to the U.S. by parents seeking to save him from Argentina's gathering Dirty War, today was unanimously selected to become chancellor of the University of Massachusetts Boston. "This moment can be viewed as the completion of a journey that began when two parents, in what must have been a wrenching decision, gave their 17-year-o  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Sues JUUL for Creating Youth Vaping Epidemic, Reveals New Facts About Campaign Targeting Young People
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release on Feb. 12: * * * - AG's Lawsuit Demands JUUL Pay for Cost of Public Health Crisis in Massachusetts * * * Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office has sued JUUL Labs Inc. for creating a youth vaping epidemic by intentionally marketing and selling its e-cigarettes to young people. Based on multiple depositions and hundreds of thousands of pages of company documents, A  more

Mass. A.G. Healey Urges Federal Court to Uphold Orders That Support States' Investments in Clean Energy
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey issued the following news release: * * * - FERC's Orders Require Important Changes in the Energy Market that Will Help States' Transition to a Cleaner Power System and Benefit Consumers * * * Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey and California Attorney General Xavier Becerra co-led a coalition of five attorneys general and the California Air Resources Board in filing an amicus brief urging a federal appeals   more

Mass. Gov. Baker Appoints Bill McNamara as Comptroller
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker announced the appointment, effective February 21, 2020, of Bill McNamara as Comptroller of the Commonwealth, an independent overseer of the Commonwealth's financial transactions, accountability and service delivery across all branches of state government. McNamara most recently served as Assistant Secretary for the Executive Office for Administration and Finance and h  more

Massachusetts General Hospital Researchers Identify New Universal Target for Antiviral Treatment
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release on Feb. 11: As the coronavirus outbreak shows, viruses are a constant threat to humanity. Vaccines are regularly developed and deployed against specific viruses, but that process takes a lot of time, doesn't help everyone who needs protection, and still leaves people exposed to new outbreaks and new viruses. Now, researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) have uncovered a novel potential  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Study Provides Insights on How Early Life Trauma Can Contribute to Functional Neurological Disorder
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: In individuals with functional neurological disorder (FND), the brain generally appears structurally normal on clinical MRI scans but functions incorrectly (akin to a computer software crashing), resulting in patients experiencing symptoms including limb weakness, tremor, gait abnormalities and non-epileptic seizures. In some cases, childhood maltreatment may have been a contributing factor, yet   more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology Researchers Identify Security Vulnerabilities in Voting App
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on Feb. 13: * * * - Mobile voting application could allow hackers to alter individual votes and may pose privacy issues for users. * * * In recent years, there has been a growing interest in using internet and mobile technology to increase access to the voting process. At the same time, computer security experts caution that paper ballots are the only secure means of voting. Now, MIT res  more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Alfred Ironside Named Vice President for Communications
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 15 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on Feb. 14: * * * - Former VP of global communications at the Ford Foundation brings 20 years of experience advancing the missions of international organizations. * * * Alfred Ironside, a communications expert with broad experience at global organizations working for social change, has been named vice president for communications, effective Feb. 24. The appointment was announced today in  more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Automated System Can Rewrite Outdated Sentences in Wikipedia Articles
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Text-generating tool pinpoints and replaces specific information in sentences while retaining humanlike grammar and style. * * * A system created by MIT researchers could be used to automatically update factual inconsistencies in Wikipedia articles, reducing time and effort spent by human editors who now do the task manually. Wikipedia comprises millions   more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Half of U.S. Deaths Related to Air Pollution Are Linked to Out-Of-State Emissions
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 [TNSenvironmentresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on Feb. 12: * * * - Study tracks pollution from state to state in the 48 contiguous United States. * * * More than half of all air-quality-related early deaths in the United States are a result of emissions originating outside of the state in which those deaths occur, MIT researchers report in the journal Nature. The study focuses on the years between 2005 and 20  more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: John Dozier Named Institute Community, Equity Officer
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on Feb. 12: * * * - Experienced higher-education leader will develop and implement diversity and inclusion strategies for the Institute. * * * After a nationwide search, MIT has named John H. Dozier, an experienced higher-education leader with significant expertise in the areas of diversity and inclusion, as its new Institute Community and Equity Officer (ICEO). Dozier joins MIT from the  more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Low-Cost 'Smart' Diaper Can Notify Caregiver When It's Wet
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on Feb. 13: * * * - Design combines a common diaper material with RFID technology. * * * For some infants, a wet diaper is cause for an instant, vociferous demand to be changed, while other babies may be unfazed and happy to haul around the damp cargo for lengthy periods without complaint. But if worn too long, a wet diaper can cause painful rashes, and miserable b  more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Maintaining Equipment That Powers Our World
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - By organizing performance data and predicting problems, Tagup helps energy companies keep their equipment running. * * * Most people only think about the systems that power their cities when something goes wrong. Unfortunately, many people in the San Francisco Bay Area had a lot to think about recently when their utility company began scheduled power outages in an attempt to prev  more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Sensorized Skin Helps Soft Robots Find Their Bearings
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Flexible sensors and an artificial intelligence model tell deformable robots how their bodies are positioned in a 3D environment. * * * For the first time, MIT researchers have enabled a soft robotic arm to understand its configuration in 3D space, by leveraging only motion and position data from its own "sensorized" skin. Soft robots constructed from hig  more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Study Reveals Details of Golf Ball Asteroid
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on Feb. 10: * * * - A tilted orbit may explain the asteroid Pallas' highly cratered surface. * * * Asteroids come in all shapes and sizes, and now astronomers at MIT and elsewhere have observed an asteroid so heavily cratered that they are dubbing it the "golf ball asteroid." The asteroid is named Pallas, after the Greek goddess of wisdom, and was originally disco  more

Massachusetts North Middlesex Regional School District Launches Partnership With Discovery Education Supporting Inquiry Approach to Social Studies
SILVER SPRING, Maryland, Feb. 11 -- Discovery Education, a division of Discovery Communications, issued the following news release: * * * - District Teachers and Students in Grades 6-8 to Receive Access to New Digital Curriculum Providing Rigorous, Relevant, and Engaging Social Studies Resources * * * Massachusetts' North Middlesex Regional School District announced the launch of a new partnership with Discovery Education - the global leader in standards-aligned digital curriculum resources  more

Massachusetts Republican Party: Beacon Hill Democrats Saying One Thing Publicly, Doing the Other Privately
WOBURN, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- The Massachusetts Republican Party issued the following news: Beacon Hill Democrats who say one thing publicly yet do the opposite behind closed doors will be called out, Massachusetts Republican Party Chairman Jim Lyons promised on Tuesday. Lyons's announcement came a day after a State House News Service report revealed Democratic state Sen. Diana DiZoglio of Methuen was one of 14 Democratic members of the Senate Transportation who voted to advance S. 2061, l  more

Mintz Member Tyrone Thomas Named to 2020 Lawyers of Color Power List
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, a law firm, issued the following news release: Mintz Member Tyrone Thomas has been named to the Lawyers of Color 2020 Power List, which recognizes the most influential minority attorneys and allies in the nation. Lawyers of Color is a nonprofit devoted to promoting diversity in the legal profession, and advancing democracy and equality in marginalized communities. Supported by the Diverse Partners Network, the Pow  more

Nixon Peabody Names New Pro Bono Partner to Lead Firmwide Initiative
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- Nixon Peabody, a law firm, issued the following news release: Nixon Peabody has appointed Matthew A. Richards as the firm's new pro bono partner, leading this central initiative across all 16 offices. A veteran litigator based in San Francisco, Matt is a partner in the firm's Complex Commercial Disputes practice. His practice includes complex disputes of all types, with a particular focus on representing public entities, private owners, and general contractors  more

Northeastern University Researchers Team Up With Paypal to Tackle Illegal Firearm Transactions
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: PayPal is funding an initiative that will bring together a team of researchers from Northeastern to examine how firearms are illegally trafficked on the company's platforms, using information from PayPal's databases about firearm sales and types of payments. The company is giving the research team, led by Northeastern professor Anthony Braga, access to its databases, with the goal of determining how firearms a  more

Northeastern University: Facial Recognition Technology - In Our Rush to Deploy It, Are We Ignoring Risks?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 -- Northeastern University issued the following news on Feb. 12: Taylor Swift uses it to identify stalkers. Retail stores are using it to provide a no-checkout, cashierless experience. Even churches are getting in on it to keep track of their congregants. Increasingly, facial recognition software--technology that readily identifies people based on their faces--has found its way into the most intimate corners of our lives. The benefits, we're told, are myriad. L  more

Northeastern University: Global Population, Climate, And Technology Are Changing Human Health. Here's What We Can Do About It.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- Northeastern University issued the following news on Feb. 10: We live in a more connected world than ever before. The availability of rapid intercontinental travel means that a disease in one region can easily become a global concern, as the novel coronavirus outbreak has demonstrated in recent weeks. We live in a world where the global effects of climate change, including changes in weather patterns, rising seas, and increased temperatures, have displaced pe  more

Northeastern University: Young People Are Talking Politics on Tiktok. Is This Good Thing?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: A meme has been making the rounds on the internet recently, purporting that the U.S. Constitution allows an impeached president to run for office an additional two terms so long as there is no conviction by the Senate. The fact-checking website Snopes set the record straight in October, rating the claim as false, but the meme appeared to have been revived last week by users of Facebook and the video-sharing ap  more

Nutter McClennen & Fish: Pat Concannon Named the Exclusive Trademarks Category Winner in Massachusetts by the 2020 Client Choice Awards
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- Nutter McClennen and Fish, a law firm, issued the following news release: Pat Concannon, a partner in Nutter's Intellectual Property and Corporate and Transactions Departments, was selected as the exclusive winner in the "Intellectual Property: Trademarks" category for Massachusetts. Pat has over 25 years of experience devoted to helping businesses establish and protect their brands, including more than 20 years as a practicing trademark attorney. He focuses hi  more

Nutter Represents PollyDot, Inc. in Sale of Franchises
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 -- Nutter McClennen and Fish, a law firm, issued the following news release: Nutter advised PollyDot, Inc., a large Planet Fitness franchisee in Massachusetts, in connection with the sale of all of its clubs. The legal team was led by Michael Kushnir in the Corporate and Transactions Department, and included Portia Keady, Ellie Myers, and A.J. Santaniello on corporate matters and Michael Mooney and Laura Marsell on tax matters. Founded in 1992 in Dover, NH, Plane  more

Pega Cloud ACV Grows 54% in 2019
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 -- Pegasystems, a developer of strategic applications for marketing, sales, customer service and operations, issued the following news release: Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world's leading enterprises, released its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year 2019. "We delivered a very strong Q4, capping off a solid year, and we're excited about our prospects in this new decade," said   more

PTC Named the Technology Leader in Global PLM Market for Second Consecutive Year
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- PTC, a software company that delivers a technology platform and solutions to help companies design, manufacture, operate and service things for a smart, connected world, issued the following news release: PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) announced it has been named the leader in the global product lifecycle management (PLM) market, by Quadrant Knowledge Solutions in its Market Outlook: Product Lifecycle Management (PLM), 2019-2024, Worldwide report. In the report's SPARK Matr  more

Senator Warren Honors Wick Sloane's Legacy at Bunker Hill Community College
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 5 -- Bunker Hill Community College issued the following news: On January 8, 2020, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren recognized Wick Sloane's accomplishments at Bunker Hill Community College with a letter she submitted to the Library of Congress. Senator Warren opened her statement with "It is my deep honor and privilege to celebrate the career and legacy of Massachusetts resident, Wick Sloane of Bunker Hill Community College, who retired in 2019." Sloane is al  more

Student-Centered BPS Budget Proposal Redefines Funding to Support High Quality Learning
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- Boston Public Schools issued the following news: * * * - $80 Million Increase from Current Year Provides Strategic, Intensive Support to Students, Educators * * * Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Brenda Cassellius tonight presented a transformative district budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2021 (FY21) that strengthens the way BPS serves students, families and schools. Designed to improve academic outcomes, promote deeper levels of student engagement  more

TechTarget Issues Financials for Q4 of 2019
NEWTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 13 -- TechTarget, a provider of data-driven marketing services to business-to-business technology vendors, issued the following news release on Feb. 12: Purchase intent-driven marketing and sales services company TechTarget, Inc. (Nasdaq: TTGT) announced financial results for the three (3) and twelve (12) months ended December 31, 2019 by posting them to its website. Please visit the Investor Relations section of our website at https://investor.techtarget.com to view  more

Tracy Lovvorn Pledges to Support Term Limits on Congress
WASHINGTON, Feb. 12 -- U.S. Term Limits issued the following news release: U.S. Term Limits (USTL), the leader in the non-partisan national movement to limit terms for elected officials, praises 2020 U.S. house candidate for Massachusetts (district 2), Tracy Lovvorn, for signing the pledge for an amendment to term limit Congress. The MA CD-02 election is scheduled for September 1, 2020. U.S. Term Limits has the support of nearly 70 pledge signers in Congress. USTL President Philip Blumel comme  more

Troy University: Award-Winning Educator Kevin M. Levin to DELIVEr McPherson-Mitchell Lecture
TROY, Alabama, Feb. 15 -- Troy University issued the following news: Award-winning educator and historian Kevin M. Levin will deliver the annual McPherson-Mitchell Lecture in Southern History on Wednesday, Feb. 19 at 5 p.m. in Claudia Crosby Theatre at Troy University's Troy Campus. Levin is the author of "Searching for Black Confederates: The Civil War's Most Persistent Myth," a book exploring the claims that black Americans fought willingly as soldiers in the Confederate army. Levin is an a  more

Tufts University's Tisch College Launches Center for State Policy Analysis
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life announced the creation of a new, non-partisan Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) to ensure that lawmakers and residents in Massachusetts have access to the best information on effective public policy. cSPA will conduct detailed, independent analyses of current legislative issues and ballot questions in Massachusetts and will widely share this  more

UMass Amherst and Town of Amherst Agree on Education Funding
AMHERST, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 [TNSgrants] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - Key Part of Pending Strategic Partnership Resolved * * * Officials from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and the Town of Amherst have reached an agreement that addresses the cost of educating K-12 students who live in tax-exempt housing in Amherst. The agreement is one aspect of a broad, multi-year Strategic Partnership Agreement, which is still being negoti  more

UMass Amherst Researcher Rebecca Spencer Featured in Netflix Series and PBS NOVA Program
AMHERST, Massachusetts, Feb. 12 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: A University of Massachusetts neuroscientist will be featured in two television programs in February that will highlight her research on sleep. Spencer, a professor in psychological and brain sciences, is featured in a new Netflix series called "Babies," which debuts on Friday, Feb. 21 on the streaming service. On Wednesday, Feb. 26, Spencer also appears in a PBS NOVA program called "My  more

UMass Dartmouth Announces $4.57M Grant From U.S. Navy for Marine Technology Research
DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 [TNSgrants] -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus issued the following news release: * * * - The largest grant in university history will fund innovative projects between university faculty and regional partners * * * On Monday, February 10, 2020, UMass Dartmouth announced a $4,576,764 million grant from the United States Navy to fund research projects with the Naval Undersea Warfare Center (NUWC) and institutions of higher education. This fund  more

UMass Lowell, City of Lowell Announce Partnership to Accelerate Sustainability Leadership
LOWELL, Massachusetts, Feb. 3 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: * * * - Chancellor Jacquie Moloney, City Manager Eileen Donoghue, Philanthropist Nancy Donahue Lead Green Commission * * * Long at the forefront of efforts to implement and grow sustainable operations and practices in the Merrimack Valley, UMass Lowell and the City of Lowell today announced the Green Community Partnership. An alliance to provide leadership, resources and experti  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: La Follette Elected President of Archaeological Institute of America
AMHERST, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Laetitia La Follette, associate professor and chair of the department of history of art and architecture, was elected to a three-year term as President of the Archaeological Institute of America (AIA) in January. Founded in 1879 and chartered by Congress in 1906, the AIA is North America's oldest and largest organization devoted to the world of archaeology, with some 200,000 members in   more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Study on Fruit Flies Could Lead to New Pesticide Approaches
AMHERST, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: A group of researchers in Mexico report observing sexual differences in some body parts of the Mexican fruit fly that may play a role in regurgitation in a recent study the authors believe is the first of its kind. The research team led by Martin Aluja and including entomologist John Stoffolano of the Stockbridge School of Agriculture say regurgitation is a behavior that may help adult f  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Walker Featured on Podcast on Nursing and Environmental Issues
AMHERST, Massachusetts, Feb. 15 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Rachel Walker, assistant professor of nursing and director of the nursing Ph.D. program, is featured in a podcast series, Nurses for Healthy Environments. In the 50-minute episode, "Changing the World with Rachel Walker," host Elizabeth Schenk, a nurse scientist dedicated to sustainability, calls Walker a "visionary leader." They discussed nursing, innovation, invention and climate chang  more

University of Massachusetts Boston: NSF Grant-Funded Microscope to Aid Students in Researching Tiny Materials
BOSTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 14 [TNSgrants] -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: * * * - Electron Microscope to Enhance Research, Collaborations, and Educational Needs in New England * * * Assistant Professor of Chemistry Niya Sa's expertise is in designing rechargeable battery materials, which is beyond the current lithium ion technology. Sa is the lead principal investigator of a $426,000 National Science Foundation-Major Research Instrumentation Progr  more

University of Massachusetts: New Poll - N.H. Democratic Primary is Too Close to Call
LOWELL, Massachusetts, Feb. 3 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: * * * - Sanders, Biden, Warren in tight race among likely voters * * * With only eight days to go, the New Hampshire Democratic primary is wide open, with a close race for the lead and a large share of likely voters who say they could still change their mind, according to a new poll released today. U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders is at the head of the field with likely Democratic prim  more

University of Massachusetts: Researcher to Take on Challenge of Home Care Safety for Workers, Patients
LOWELL, Massachusetts, Feb. 5 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: * * * - $2.84 Million Grant to Help Reduce Risks in Rapidly Changing Field * * * A UMass Lowell researcher has been awarded a $2.48 million grant to develop advances in safety for home care aides and clients that will keep pace with an aging population, advances in technology and other factors that are rapidly changing the field. The field of home care includes the delivery of   more

University of Massachusetts: Startup Incubator Aims to Spur Life-Saving Innovations
LOWELL, Massachusetts, Feb. 9 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: A business incubator working to improve the lives of patients with heart, lung, blood and sleep disorders is expanding its reach to the next generation of pioneering biotech and medical-device entrepreneurs. Heart, lung and blood diseases account for 41 percent of deaths in the United States and lead to more than $400 billion in health-care expenses and lost income to patients and   more

Wartsila, DNV GL Agree to Collaborate in Promoting & Accelerating Marine Sector's Digital Transformation
BURLINGTON, Massachusetts, Feb. 11 -- DNV GL, a provider of classification, technical assurance, software and independent expert advisory services, issued the following news release: The technology group Wartsila and classification society DNV GL have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in which they agree to work together to contribute to the marine industry's ongoing digital transformation. In particular, the two companies wish to further explore the potential use of digital technologi  more