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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday February 16, 2020 ( 81 items )  

Acclaimed Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Speak at Penn's 264th Commencement
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will deliver the address at the 2020 University of Pennsylvania Commencement on Monday, May 18. The announcement was made by Vice President and University Secretary Medha Narvekar. "We are honored to bestow our highest degree on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and have her address our graduates at Penn's 264th Commencement," said President Amy Gutmann. "Her co  more

Air Products Appoints Simon Moore, Vice President, Investor Relations and Corporate Relations, to Also Lead Company's Global Sustainability Efforts
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- Air Products and Chemicals issued the following news release: To drive the necessary consistent, transparent and centralized approach to communicating with the investment community and other key stakeholders focused on sustainability around the world, Air Products (NYSE:APD) announced that Simon Moore, vice president, Investor Relations and Corporate Relations, will also lead the company's global sustainability efforts. "The world is focused on sustainab  more

Air Products' Sustainability Success Earns Spot in the S&P Global Sustainability Yearbook 2020
LEHIGH VALLEY, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- Air Products and Chemicals issued the following news release: Air Products' (NYSE:APD) successful sustainability efforts and initiatives have resulted in the company's inclusion in the 2020 Sustainability Yearbook for the eighth time. The Sustainability Yearbook 2020, published by S&P Global is one of the world's most comprehensive publications providing in-depth analysis on corporate responsibility. The annual ranking showcases the sustainability perfor  more

California University: Foundation Awards Presented
CALIFORNIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 3 -- California University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Four receive the honor from the Foundation for California University of Pennsylvania. The Foundation for California University has presented its annual awards to four individuals. Job Johnson Award Armand Balsano '74 received this honor, named for one of the founders of what is now California University of Pennsylvania. The award recognizes alumni who have received recognition outside the Un  more

Clark Hill Attorney Molly DiBianca Presents at Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism
BIRMINGHAM, Michigan, Feb. 13 -- Clark Hill, a law firm, issued the following news: Molly DiBianca, member of the Labor & Employment group of Clark Hill's Wilmington office, spoke at the Rubenstein-Walsh Seminar on Ethics and Professionalism 2020, sponsored by the Delaware Bar Association on Friday, February 7th. DiBianca presented on Social Media in the Practice of Law. Her talk highlighted topics such as preserving social media evidence, internet advertising, and ex parte communications with  more

College Celebrates Expanded Welding Lab, Industry Partners
WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania, Feb. 9 -- The Pennsylvania College of Technology issued the following news on Feb. 7: An expanded and enhanced welding lab - at 55,000-plus square feet, believed to be the largest such facility in higher education nationwide - was dedicated on Feb. 6 at Pennsylvania College of Technology. The Welding Expansion Project, funded in part by a $2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration, added 35,000 square feet of instruct  more

Dechert Advised Alcentra Capital on Shareholder Activism Matters, Strategic Alternatives Process, Subsequent Merger With Crescent Capital BDC
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- Dechert, a law firm, issued the following news: Dechert advised Alcentra Capital Corporation on shareholder activism matters and in connection with its strategic alternatives process and subsequent merger with Crescent Capital BDC, Inc. The combined company has a portfolio in excess of $900 million and trades on the NASDAQ under the ticker symbol "CCAP". Under the terms of the merger agreement, in exchange for approximately 12.9 million shares of Alcentra  more

Dechert Advises on Series B Investments in Stilla Technologies
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- Dechert, a law firm, issued the following news: Dechert advised Tuspark Capital Management, Illumina Ventures, Kurma Partners, Idinvest, LBO France, BNP Paribas Developpement and Paris Saclay Seed Fund in connection with their Series B investment in Stilla Technologies, a company that develops, manufactures and sells equipment for the analysis of nucleic acids by digital PCR, for a total amount of Euros 20 million. The Dechert team advising Stilla Technol  more

Dechert Advises StoneCastle in Transaction With ArrowMark Partners
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- Dechert, a law firm, issued the following news: Dechert LLP advised StoneCastle Asset Management and its parent StoneCastle Partners, LLC, in ArrowMark Partners' acquisition of StoneCastle Asset Management's Bank Investment Platform, Stockholder Approval of New Management Agreement and Election of Directors. The transaction was announced in December 2019 and closed on February 12, 2020. In addition to the required stockholder approvals, the transaction wa  more

Dechert Client's Reduced Jury Verdict Award, Denial of Attorneys' Fees Confirmed
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- Dechert, a law firm, issued the following news: Dechert is representing Spain-based ULMA Forja, S.Coop. (Ulma Piping) in a suit filed by Boltex Manufacturing Co. LP and Weldbend Corp. All three companies are manufacturers of flanges, which are carbon steel parts that connect pipes, valves, pumps and various other equipment involved in the oil and gas industry. Boltex and Weldbend filed a suit against Ulma Piping alleging false advertising and unfair compet  more

Dechert Welcomes Private Fund Formation Partner Tricia Lee
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- Dechert, a law firm, issued the following news: Dechert LLP announced that Tricia Lee has joined the firm's global private funds practice as a partner based in Texas. She will work closely alongside the firm's global private equity practice to advise clients throughout the fundraising cycle. Ms. Lee focuses her practice on the formation, structuring, and operation of private funds, and has represented private equity, real estate, credit, distressed and ot  more

Department of Health Encourages Pennsylvanians to Make Oral Health a Priority
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the following news release: Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine and Chief Dental Officer Dr. Mana Mozaffarian are encouraging all Pennsylvanians to make their oral health a priority, highlighting the department's goals to prevent oral disease to improve the overall health of residents. "Good oral health is an integral part of ensuring that we have a healthy Pennsylvania for all," Dr. Levine said. "Untreated dental  more

Department of Health, Sen. Iovino Host 'Reach Out PA' Roundtable to Discuss Maternal Mental Health
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the following news release on Jan. 10: In coordination with Governor Tom Wolf's "Reach Out PA: Your Mental Health Matters" initiative announced earlier this year, Pennsylvania Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine joined Sen. Pam Iovino at Robert Morris University to lead a roundtable discussion on the topic of maternal mental health. The Reach Out PA initiative is a multi-agency effort and anti-stigma  more

DeSales to Offer New Special Education Major With PreK-12 Certification
CENTER VALLEY, Pennsylvania, Feb. 4 -- DeSales University issued the following news: DeSales University is bringing back one of its most popular education majors. DeSales is one of the first colleges and universities in Pennsylvania to be approved by the state to offer an undergraduate major in special education with a PreK-12 certification. The University phased out the major about 10 years ago, after the state changed certification requirements. Since then, it has offered a four-year earl  more

Dinsmore Among Top State, National Counsel in Bond Buyer Rankings
CINCINNATI, Ohio, Feb. 14 -- Dinsmore and Shohl, a law firm, issued the following news release: Dinsmore & Shohl LLP earned high marks in The Bond Buyer 2019 rankings, including being ranked second overall in Kentucky and Ohio and first in Pennsylvania for the number of transactions. Dinsmore earned a top-15 spot nationally for bond counsel. Thomson Reuters compiles transaction data for bond counsel services for The Bond Buyer. Nationally, Dinsmore served as bond counsel on 229 deals totaling   more

Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President Solution Design and Research and Development, Elected to National Academy of Engineering
READING, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- Fortna, a provider of supply chain services, issued the following news release: Fortna(R), The Distribution Experts(R), a leading global automation, engineering and software company, announces Dr. Russell D. Meller, Fortna, Vice President, Solution Design and Research and Development, has been elected a member of The National Academy of Engineering (NAE). Dr. Meller was chosen in recognition of his distinguished contributions to engineering, specifically his l  more

Duquesne University: For First Time, Brothers Robert Wideman, Author John Edgar Wideman to Publicly Discuss Controversial Homicide Case
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- Duquesne University issued the following news release: Robert "Faruq" Wideman and his brother, award-winning author John Edgar Wideman, will discuss Robert's more than 40-year legal battle for freedom for the first time publicly at a special event at Duquesne University on Feb. 14. Along with the man who pulled the trigger, Robert Wideman was convicted of second-degree murder and sentenced to life without parole in the 1975 shooting of Nicola Morena, who l  more

East Stroudsburg University: Provost's Colloquium Series Presents a Talk on Toxic Leadership - Its Impact on Individuals, Organizations, Even Nations
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- East Stroudsburg University issued the following news release: East Stroudsburg University's Provost's Colloquium Series, an intellectual experience that promotes dialogue among ESU faculty, staff, students, and community, continues with a presentation by Jamie Kizer, manager of the entrepreneurial leadership center. The presentation "Toxic Leadership: Its Impact on Individuals, Organizations, and Even Nations" will take place on Wednesday, February 26  more

Fox Chase Cancer Center: Cukierman Named Fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- The Fox Chase Cancer Center issued the following news release: Edna Cukierman, PhD, co-director of the Marvin & Concetta Greenberg Pancreatic Cancer Institute at Fox Chase Cancer Center, has been named a fellow of the American Gastroenterological Association (AGA). "It is very satisfying to be recognized as a clinically relevant scientist. When I started my training I never foresaw this," said Cukierman, who is also an associate professor in the Cancer Bi  more

Fox Chase Cancer Center: Gene May Play Bigger Role in Kidney Cancer Than Previously Thought
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- The Fox Chase Cancer Center issued the following news release: Its involvement in causing over 50 percent of all cancers makes p53 one of the most well-known cancer genes. When the p53 gene mutates, it unleashes many processes that lead to the uncontrolled cell growth that is a hallmark of cancer. But there are some malignancies, like kidney cancer, that rarely have p53 mutations. In order to understand whether the inactivation of the p53 pathway might co  more

Fox Chase Featured as Cancer Center of Excellence in One of Journal of Oncology Practice's Most-Read 2019 Articles
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- The Fox Chase Cancer Center issued the following news release: A research article published in the Journal of Oncology Practice (JOP) last year featured Fox Chase Cancer Center as one of eight cancer centers of excellence in the United States. This paper was recently awarded the 2019 JOP Editor's Pick Award for being one of the top five most-read articles published in the journal in 2019. Evelyn Gonzalez, senior director of the Office of Community Outreac  more

Fox Rothschild: Dan Wu Named Fellow of Leadership Council on Legal Diversity
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- Fox Rothschild, a law firm, issued the following news release: Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Dan Wu, Co-Chair of the firm's Diversity Committee, has been selected to the 2020 Class of Fellows for the Leadership Council on Legal Diversity (LCLD). The Fellows Program offers participants a year-long, in-depth program devoted to relationship-building, in-person training, peer group projects as well as contact with LCLD's top leadershi  more

Franklin and Marshall College: Professor's Book Examines Long-Running Dispute in Modern Islam
LANCASTER, Pennsylvania, Feb. 9 -- Franklin and Marshall College issued the following news: For his first book, SherAli Tareen is pleased with the strong interest that "Defending Muhammad in Modernity" is generating among fellow scholars of religion and history. "The book details the content, history, and contemporary significance of crucial intra-Muslim debates about Islamic law, theology, and ritual practice that erupted almost two centuries ago," said the Franklin & Marshall College associ  more

Geisinger Optimizes Hospital Efficiency and Safety With Continued Investment in Omnicell XT Series Automated Dispensing Systems
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California, Feb. 11 -- Omnicell, a provider of medication and supply management solutions, issued the following news release: Omnicell, Inc. (NASDAQ:OMCL), a leading provider of medication management solutions and adherence tools for health systems and pharmacies, announced that Geisinger, one of the leading health systems serving Pennsylvania and New Jersey, has partnered with Omnicell to help drive clinical and operational efficiency, increase medication safety and reduce costs  more

Greenberg Traurig Proves Lanham Act False Advertising Claims are Meritless in PA District Court Case
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- Greenberg Traurig, a law firm, issued the following news release: Greenberg Traurig, LLP earned a victory for a client when a jury, deliberating less than an hour, determined that the company did not violate the Lanham Act and unfairly compete with an alleged competitor. The case was tried in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. The plaintiff claimed that the defendant made false and misleading statements to the marke  more

Grove City College Lauds by Princeton Review as Exceptional Return On Educational Investment
GROVE CITY, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- The Grove City College issued the following news release: Grove City College provides an "exceptional" return on investment for students, according to The Princeton Review. The respected educational services company, which many prospective parents and students depend upon for making informed college choices, identified the College as an affordable and academically outstanding college with a record of success at guiding students to rewarding careers in the l  more

KU Approves First Fully-Online Undergraduate Degree Program in Sociology
KUTZTOWN, Pennsylvania, Feb. 5 -- Kutztown University of Pennsylvania issued the following news release: Kutztown University is set to launch its first 100% online undergraduate degree program. The online Bachelor of Arts in sociology program at Kutztown University is the university's first fully-online undergraduate degree program and will start in the Fall 2020 semester. KU is one of two Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education institutions to offer an online sociology program along wit  more

Kutztown University: Geography Department Debuts Geospatial Information Technology Certificate
KUTZTOWN, Pennsylvania, Feb. 5 -- Kutztown University of Pennsylvania issued the following news release: Kutztown University's Department of Geography is proud to introduce a new sub-baccalaureate certificate in Geospatial Information Technology. New this spring semester, the 12-credit program aims to develop the skills necessary to advance in a variety of rewarding careers in growing fields. Geospatial Information Technology refers to the forms of technology used to collect, analyze and displ  more

Marywood University: Sr. Angela Kim Receives Fulbright Specialist Awards
SCRANTON, Pennsylvania, Feb. 4 -- Marywood University issued the following news release: Sister Angela Kim, IHM, associate professor of social work at Marywood University, received her second Fulbright Specialist Award to Poland from the William J. Fulbright Foreign Scholarship Board. Rzeszow University of Technology in Poland will be her host University, and she will be collaborating on projects with them in June-July 2020. Sister Angela's first Fulbright award was to Romania, where she spent  more

Mount Aloysius College President Dr. John W. Mills Announces Retirement
CRESSON, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- Mount Aloysius College issued the following news: Mount Aloysius College President Dr. John Mills has announced his intent to retire in June 2020 after three years of service to the institution. Anticipating Dr. Mill's retirement, the Mount Aloysius College board of trustees has launched a nationwide presidential search. "We are extremely appreciative of John's dedication to the College, and the board wishes him all the best in his retirement," said Richard Ro  more

N.Y. PSC Issues Letter on NGA 911
ALBANY, New York, Feb. 12 -- The New York State Public Service Commission issued the text of the following letter: To: Brett Ferenchak, Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP, Counsel for NGA 911, L.L.C., 111 Pennsylvania Ave., N.W. Washington, DC 20004-2541 Re: Case 20-C-0042 - Petition of NGA 911, L.L.C. for an Original Certificate of Public Convenience and Necessity to Operate as a Facilities-Based Provider and Reseller of Interstate Telecommunications Services. Dear Mr. Ferenchak: We have received   more

Pa. A.G. Shapiro Launches Pennsylvania's First Statewide Conviction Integrity Unit
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following news release: * * * - Lisa Lazzari-Strasiser Brought In To Lead Unit Following 18 Years As Public Defender, District Attorney * * * AG Shapiro launched Pennsylvania's first statewide Conviction Integrity Unit a new division under the Pennsylvania Office of Attorney General. CIU's mission is to review and reevaluate past convictions to ensure justice, working in partnership with the Commonweal  more

Pa. A.G. Shapiro Sues JUUL for Targeting PA Youth, Deceiving Consumers About Safety of E-Cigarettes
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following news release: Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced his office is filing a lawsuit against JUUL Labs for violating Pennsylvania's Unfair Trade Practices and Consumer Protection law and jeopardizing the health of Pennsylvanians, in particular the young people JUUL targeted with their products. Attorney General Shapiro's lawsuit calls for JUUL to cease sales in Pennsylvania of their products. S  more

Pa. A.G. Shapiro Suing Delta Auto Protect to Get Money Back for Consumers in Repair Scam
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- Pennsylvania Attorney General Josh Shapiro issued the following news release: Attorney General Josh Shapiro announced that his Office has filed a civil lawsuit against extended automobile warranty company Delta Auto Protect to get money back for consumers and repair shops which fell victim to its car repair scam. Delta is operated by Omega Vehicle Services LLC and its managing member Charles Seruya. The lawsuit alleges the company advertises and sells vehic  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces $1.7 Million for Safer Water in Schools and Child Care Centers
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on Feb. 13: Governor Tom Wolf announced that another component of his Lead-Free Pennsylvania plan to address lead across the commonwealth was secured with a $1.74 million federal grant for testing lead in drinking water at schools and child care programs. The grant comes through the EPA's Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act, specifically Section 1459B of the Safe Drinki  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces More Support for Victims of Sexual Assault
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that the Office of Victims' Services in the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD) is now accepting sexual assault counseling claims for victims of sexual abuse. This claim process, which was enacted as part of Act 87 of 2019, covers the costs of therapy and counseling for victims of childhood and adult sexual abuse in the commonwealth. "With this   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces Multi-Generational Manufacturing Apprenticeship Opportunities in Susquehanna County
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced the approval of $147,616 in new funding for Susquehanna County Career and Technology Center's (SCCTC) Welding Manufacturing Workforce Training program. The funding will build on the governor's commitment to expanding job training opportunities in Pennsylvania. "This funding will ensure that there are opportunities for both younger students and the adult community t  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces New Funding to Repair 10 Hazardous Dams
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced the release of $23.8 million in funding for a comprehensive, multi-year $43.5 million plan to repair 10 hazardous dams managed by the Pennsylvania Fish and Boat Commission (PFBC). "The lakes formed by these dams not only offer recreational opportunities in communities, they provide tremendous economic benefits through tourism," Gov. Wolf said. "Proactively replacin  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Launches Tour to Make College More Affordable
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf visited Lock Haven University to launch a tour of the 14 state-owned universities and discuss his proposal to help thousands of low- and middle-class students afford their dream of a college education. The governor is proposing the Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, a historic $204 million need-based scholarship that will close the gap after a student's Pell Grant and other sta  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Vetoes Bill That Would Halt State Center Closures
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf vetoed Senate Bill 906, which would have put a moratorium on the closing of any state center and was introduced after the Department of Human Services (DHS) announced the closing of two of the remaining four state centers - Polk, in Venango County, and White Haven, in Luzerne County. DHS's Office of Developmental Programs operates the four intermediate care residential facili  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Child Advocate Joins Office of Advocacy and Reform
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced that Nicole Yancy has joined the newly created Office of Advocacy and Reform as Child Advocate, a position recommended by the governor-appointed Council on Reform as part of his executive order to protect Pennsylvania's vulnerable populations. "Pennsylvania can now focus more effort on the specific needs and support of some of its most vulnerable - its children - t  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Nellie Bly Scholarship Program Will Benefit West Chester University Students
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf visited West Chester University to discuss how his innovative Nellie Bly Scholarship Program, a historic $204 million need-based scholarship, would help students in the state's university system achieve their dream of earning a college degree while graduating with less debt and building lives in Pennsylvania. "The Nellie Bly Scholarship Program fills the gap after other aid   more

Pa. State Sen. Brewster Salutes McKeesport's Swin Cash's Selection to the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame
MCKEESPORT, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats issued the following news release on behalf of Pennsylvania State Sen. Jim Brewster, D-Allegheny/Westmoreland: State Sen. Jim Brewster (D-Allegheny/Westmoreland) said he is thrilled with McKeesport's Swin Cash's selection to the 2020 Class of the Women's Basketball Hall of Fame. Cash, who starred at McKeesport High, was an integral member of the University of Connecticut women's basketball teams that dominated the sport. Th  more

Pa. State Sen. Costa Wishes Sen. Dinniman Best in Retirement, Thanks Him for Years of Dedicated Service
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Feb. 10 -- The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats issued the following news release on behalf of Pennsylvania State Sen. Jay Costa Jr.: Senate Democratic Leader Jay Costa, Jr. wishes Senator Andy Dinniman the best in his retirement and thanks him for years of dedicated service to his constituents. "It has been an honor to serve with Senator Dinniman since he was elected in 2006," said Senator Costa. "He's been a passionate leader in the realms of education, animal rights a  more

Pa. State Sen. Dinniman Issues Statement Regarding Announcement of Retirement
WEST CHESTER, Pennsylvania, Feb. 10 -- The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats issued the following statement by Pennsylvania State Sen. Andy Dinniman: "For nearly 30 years, as your Chester County Commissioner and State Senator, I have had the privilege of building a close relationship with the people of Chester County. Now, I have a responsibility to explain why I will not be seeking reelection. This was a very tough decision, especially knowing just how many of you have faithfully and tirelessly s  more

Pa. State Sen. Hughes Announces $250,000 Grant for the Defender Association of Philadelphia to Fund Technology Upgrades
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats issued the following news release on behalf of Pennsylvania State Sen. Vincent Hughes, D-Philadelphia/Montgomery: State Senator Vincent Hughes (D-Philadelphia/Montgomery) joined Chief Defender Keir Bradford-Grey to announce the Defender Association of Philadelphia was the recipient of a $250,000 grant award. The Defender Association of Philadelphia represents approximately 70 percent of all people arrested in Philadelphia  more

Pa. State Sen. Santarsiero: Official's Warnings of Health Risks From Asbestos Justify Permanent Closure of Rockhill Quarry
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats issued the following news release on behalf of Pennsylvania State Sen. Steve Santarsiero: State Senator Steve Santarsiero (D-10) said a state official's warning of health risks from asbestos at Rockhill Quarry has prompted him to call for the permanent closure of the quarry and a meeting of state health and environmental officials as soon as possible in order to protect East Rockhill residents. In a letter this week, Sen. S  more

Pa. State Sens. Kearney, Williams: State Senate Committee Holds Delaware County Hearing on State's Opioid Epidemic
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats issued the following news release on behalf of Pennsylvania State Sens. Tim Kearney, D-Chester/Delaware; and Anthony H. Williams, D-Delaware/Philadelphia: At the request of state Senators Tim Kearney (D- Chester/Delaware) and Anthony H. Williams (D - Delaware/Philadelphia), the Senate Democratic Policy Committee held a hearing on combating the opioid addiction epidemic in Pennsylvania. "The opioid epidemic has hit our commu  more

Pa. State Sens. Santarsiero, Collett Respond to Wage History Ruling
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- The Pennsylvania Senate Democrats issued the following news release on behalf of Pennsylvania State Sen. Steve Santarsiero: On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld a Philadelphia law prohibiting employers from asking about wage history. The ruling partially reversed a lower court's 2018 decision that said the city could not ban employers from asking about salary history but could ban them from using it to determine wages. "The recent Third Circuit decis  more

Pa. Treasurer Torsella Issues Statement Opposing FDIC Rule
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- Pennsylvania Treasurer Joe Torsella issued the following statement: * * * - Urges FDIC not to allow payday lenders to bypass state laws through "rent-a-bank" schemes * * * A bipartisan coalition of 16 state treasurers, submitted a letter in opposition to a pending Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation (FDIC) proposal. The FDIC proposal would directly harm consumers by renewing payday, car title and other high-cost lenders' ability to bypass state laws th  more

Pa.Environmental Protection Department Authorizes Work to Extinguish Lackawanna County Mine Fire and Begin Reclamation Project
WILKES-BARRE, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection issued the following news release: * * * - Project will reclaim 75 acres of abandoned mine lands, extinguish underground mine fire * * * The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced that work to extinguish the 14-year old Dolph Mine Fire in Olyphant, Lackawanna County will begin this spring. The project will eliminate a public health hazard that contributes to air polluti  more

Penn Medicine Researchers Illuminate Racial Disparity in U.S. Acne Treatment
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: * * * - Study finds black patients are less likely than white peers to receive systemic treatments, acne medication overall * * * A variety of medications exist to treat acne, from very potent oral drugs to topical medications. But according to a new study from Penn Medicine, patients who are black are far less likely to receive prescript  more

Penn State No. 1 U.S. Producer Of Faculty Fulbright Scholars for 2019-20
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: * * * - University also comes in among top-producing institutions for student awardees * * * Penn State has been recognized as the top U.S. producer of faculty Fulbright Scholars by the U.S. Department of State's Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs. Thirteen Penn State faculty received Fulbright Program awards for 2019-20, according to The Chronicle of Higher Education, who published the  more

Pennsylvania College of Technology: Gilmour Named to NCAA Division III Presidents Council
WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania, Feb. 4 -- The Pennsylvania College of Technology issued the following news: Pennsylvania College of Technology President Davie Jane Gilmour was appointed recently to serve on the NCAA Division III Presidents Council, the highest governing body for Division III athletics. Gilmour, who has served on the NCAA Division III Chancellors/Presidents Advisory Group, began serving her four-year term in January. Presidents Council establishes and directs the general policy of  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party Announce 'Back to Blue' Tour
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: * * * - Rallies and canvasses across Pennsylvania coincide with earlier-than-ever surge of state party organizing staff * * * The Pennsylvania Democratic Party announced the BACK TO BLUE TOUR, the initial organizing push of the 2020 election. Notable Pennsylvania Democrats and elected officials will rally with local voters and volunteers to share our plan for victory in 2020, unify around our f  more

Pennsylvania Democratic Party: Trump Budget Slashes Funding For Essential Air Service
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: This week, Donald Trump released his annual budget which would extend massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and large corporations while slashing funding for the Essential Air Service (EAS) program -- a tool that helps provide life-saving air service and economic development opportunities to rural communities across Pennsylvania. "Donald Trump's cuts to the Essential Air Service program ar  more

Pennsylvania Democrats Blast Broken Promises in Trump's FY21 Budget
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- The Pennsylvania Democratic Party issued the following news: Donald Trump released his FY21 budget which would extend massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans and large corporations while slashing vital earned benefits like Medicare and Medicaid that help our children, families, and seniors. "Trump's budget makes clear that he's beholden to wealthy special interests who care more about the needs of massive corporations than those of working Pennsylvani  more

Pennsylvania Department of Health Encourages Testing to Lower Risk of Sexually Transmitted Diseases
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the following news release: As the number of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs) in Pennsylvania continues to increase, Department of Health Secretary Dr. Rachel Levine encouraged all residents to get tested to stay healthy and prevent the spread of STDs. "Sexually transmitted diseases are serious diseases that impact many Pennsylvanians each year," Dr. Levine said. "It is essential that all residents are aware   more

Pennsylvania Department of Health Highlights January 2020 Nursing Home Inspection and Sanction Information
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Health issued the following news release: In the January 2020 report, Pennsylvania Department of Health nursing home surveyors conducted 512 inspections of 332 nursing homes, including 285 complaint investigations. In addition, 11 sanctions were finalized against nursing care facilities, which included the issuance of three provisional one licenses, and civil penalties totaling $116,000. "We are committed to protecting the hea  more

Pennsylvania Department of Human Services: Wolf Administration and York County Leaders Discuss Strengthening Pennsylvania's Child Welfare System
YORK, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services issued the following news: Pennsylvania Department of Human Services Secretary Teresa Miller, Office of Advocacy and Reform Director Dan Jurman, Child Advocate Nicole Yancy and other officials leading efforts to strengthen Pennsylvania's child welfare system met with York County elected officials, leaders and community advocates for a conversation about work being done to protect children, prevent abuse and support Pen  more

Pennsylvania State Rep. Gaydos Issues Statement on Legislation to Reduce Size of State Legislature
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- The Pennsylvania House Republicans issued the following statement by State Rep. Valerie Gaydos, R-Allegheny: Rep. Valerie Gaydos (R-Allegheny) recently introduced legislation that would amend the Pennsylvania Constitution, reducing the number of legislative districts in Pennsylvania from 203 to 151. "Pennsylvania has the second-largest state legislature in the country. "Reducing the number of seats in the House of Representatives will not only provide a si  more

Pennsylvania State Reps. Thomas, Kenyatta Host Bipartisan Hearing on Solutions to Teen Suicides
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- The Pennsylvania House Republicans issued the following news release on behalf of Pennsylvania State Reps. Wendi Thomas, R-Bucks, and Malcolm Kenyatta, D-Philadelphia: The House Mental Health Caucus hosted a bipartisan panel of legislators from Philadelphia and the suburbs headed by Reps. Wendi Thomas (R-Bucks) and Malcolm Kenyatta (D-Philadelphia) to find solutions to the crisis of suicide among school students. "Mental health is an issue that does not dis  more

Pennsylvania State University Brandywine Mock Convention Predicts Presidential Nominee
MEDIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 9 -- Pennsylvania State University's Brandywine Campus issued the following news: Former Vice President Joe Biden is likely to be the Democratic nominee for president, according to a simulated nominating convention held at Penn State Brandywine. The prediction resulted from several months of research by students, faculty and staff, each of whom was part of a state delegation. The delegations researched the issues important to the state they represented to determine ho  more

Pennsylvania State University: New Research Center Will Focus on Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: Penn State will be well positioned to recognize and interpret the social implications of artificial intelligence (AI), thanks to a new, multi-unit research center launched this spring. The Penn State Center for Socially Responsible Artificial Intelligence promotes the thoughtful development and application of AI and studies its impact on all areas of human endeavor. In addition to supporting res  more

Perelman School of Medicine: CRISPR 'Minigene' Approach Stops Genetic Liver Disease in Mice
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: * * * - Penn Study Suggests Gene-editing Tool Could Treat a Wide Range of Genetic Liver Diseases * * * A new CRISPR gene-editing technique prevented a genetic liver disease known to be driven by hundreds of different mutations and improved clinical symptoms in mice, Penn Medicine researchers reported in new proof-of-concept study publishe  more

Perelman School of Medicine: DNA Misfolding in White Blood Cells Increases Risk for Type 1 Diabetes
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release on Feb. 13: * * * - New Penn Medicine study shows, in mice, that changes in DNA sequence may cause chromosomes to misfold in a way that elevates the risk for autoimmune diseases * * * It's known that genetics, or an inherited genome, is a major determinant of one's risk for autoimmune diseases, like Type 1 diabetes. In human cells, a perso  more

Perelman School of Medicine: Fewer Steroids No Plasma Exchange Change in Treatment for Vasculitis
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release on Feb. 12: * * * - The insights from the PEXIVAS Trial, a 10-year study, shows treatment for ANCA-associated vasculitis can become much more patient-friendly * * * A decade-spanning trial found that for patients with antineutrophil cytoplasmic antibody (ANCA)-associated vasculitis, two common methods of treatment actually do not have an i  more

Telefonica Deutschland Selects Unisys to Deliver Secure, Next-Generation Voicemail Solutions, Services to Support Millions of Customers in Germany
BLUE BELL, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- Unisys issued the following news release: * * * - Unisys to provide enhanced features, including visual voicemail, to improve user experience * * * Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) announced that Telefonica, one of the world's largest telephone operators and mobile network providers, has expanded its successful partnership with Unisys in Europe to provide secure, next generation voicemail services to millions of Telefonica Deutschland customers in Germany. U  more

University of Pennsylvania: Answers to Microbiome Mysteries in Gills of Rainbow Trout
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 [TNSbiologyresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine issued the following news release: While many immunologists use mouse models to conduct their research, J. Oriol Sunyer of Penn's School of Veterinary Medicine has made transformational scientific insights using a very different creature: rainbow trout. In a paper featured on the cover of the journal Science Immunology (https://doi.org/10.1126/sciimmunol.aay3254), Sunyer and  more

University of Pennsylvania: Future Collaborators and Scientific Pioneers at Women in STEM Symposium
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - Graduate students and faculty across Penn met to share their work and discuss solutions for issues faced by women in STEM. * * * To celebrate the International Day of Women and Girls in Science, the Women in Chemistry group hosted the "Women in STEM at Penn" symposium. In partnership with Advancing Women in Engineering, the Diversity and Inclusion in Physics group, the Penn Graduate Women  more

University of Pennsylvania: Research, Teaching, Service
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news on Feb. 11: * * * - The Provost's Graduate Academic Engagement fellowship supports scholarship and civic engagement in West Philadelphia. * * * "What does it mean to produce knowledge today?" Paul Wolff Mitchell asks this question with intensity, as if this is the question he's going to be asking for the rest of his life. This ethos drives Mitchell, an anthropology doctoral student, and Michael Va  more

University of Pennsylvania: Semester in D.C. Offers Capital Connections
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - Students participating in the Penn in Washington program gain a true sense of day-to-day working life in the nation's capital. * * * From the impeachment hearings to listening to constituents' concerns to standing in line behind Bernie Sanders in the Senate cafeteria, students participating in the Penn in Washington semester program have gotten a true sense of day-to-day working life in t  more

University of Pennsylvania: Treatment in a FLASH
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 11 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - A clinical trial in dogs with cancer, co-led by the Perelman School of Medicine and the School of Veterinary Medicine, is testing the feasibility, safety, and effectiveness of delivering a full dose of radiation therapy in a split second. * * * Radiation therapy to treat cancer can be grueling, requiring consecutive days of therapy over days or weeks. "When you talk to patients about com  more

University of Pennsylvania: Weijie Su, Wharton Assistant Professor of Statistics, Named Among 2020 Sloan Research Fellows
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School issued the following news release on Feb. 12: The Alfred P. Sloan Foundation is pleased to announce the selection of 126 extraordinary early career researchers as recipients of the 2020 Sloan Research Fellowships. Awarded annually since 1955, the fellowships honor scholars in the U.S. and Canada whose creativity, leadership, and independent research achievements make them some of the most promising researcher  more

University of Pennsylvania: What is Your Risk From Smoking? Your Network Knows!
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 12 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Annenberg School for Communication issued the following news on Feb. 6: How many people will die from tobacco use in developed countries in 2030? A new study from researchers at the Annenberg School for Communication found that most people -- smokers and non-smokers alike -- were nowhere near accurate in their answers to this and other questions about the health effects of smoking. But critic  more

Villanova University's Office of Disability Services Presents 2020 Father Bill Atkinson Humanitarian Award to Father Dennis Weber
VILLANOVA, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- Villanova University issued the following news release: Villanova University's Office of Disability Services has awarded the eighth annual Father Bill Atkinson, OSA, Humanitarian Award to Father Dennis Weber, Director of Ministry for Development Programs of Catholic Social Services for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Fr. Weber has been a tireless advocate for the rights and treatment of persons with living disabilities. The award, which was presented to Fr.   more

Vishay Intertechnology 2 A and 3 A FRED Pt Ultrafast Rectifiers in SlimSMAW Package Increase Reliability and Improve AOI
MALVERN, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- Vishay Intertechnology issued the following news release on Feb. 12: Vishay Intertechnology, Inc. (NYSE: VSH) expanded its offering of Fred Pt(R) Ultrafast recovery rectifiers with eight new 100 V and 200 V devices in the eSMP(R) series SlimSMAW (DO-221AD) package with a low 0.9 mm profile. Footprint-compatible with the common SOD-128, the Vishay Semiconductors diodes feature larger lead widths than devices in the SlimSMA for increased reliability. The 2 A and  more

Wabtec Board Members, Emilio Fernandez and Philippe Alfroid, Announce Retirement
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- Wabtec, a provider of technology-based products and services for rail and industrial markets, issued the following news release on Feb. 13: The Wabtec Corporation (NYSE: WAB) Board of Directors announced the retirement of Vice Chairman Emilio Fernandez, and Director Philippe Alfroid, effective May 15, 2020. The two members' current terms are expiring, and they will not be seeking re-election. "The Board is tremendously grateful for Emilio and Philippe's ser  more

West Penn Power Earns Top Customer Engagement Honors
GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 14 -- West Penn Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy, issued the following news release on Feb. 13: * * * - Nationwide Utility Study Places West Penn Power in Top 40 * * * West Penn Power, a subsidiary of FirstEnergy Corp. (NYSE: FE), has been recognized by leading utility research firm Escalent as a Utility Residential Customer Champion for its top-tier success engaging with residential customers. West Penn Power scored among the top electric and natural gas ut  more

Wolf Administration Hosts Roundtable Discussion on Federal SNAP Cuts Negative Effects on People, Food Banks, Economy
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 15 -- The Pennsylvania Department of Human Services issued the following news on Feb. 14: Department of Human Services (DHS) Secretary Teresa Miller joined representatives from anti-hunger organizations, employment and training programs, local grocery retailers, and state and local officials at the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to discuss the effects from the Trump Administration's numerous attacks on the Supplemental Nutrition Access Program (SNAP). Cuts  more

Wolf Vetoes Bill to Protect Polk Residents From Closure, Pennsylvania State Rep. James Said
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, Feb. 13 -- The Pennsylvania House Republicans issued the following news release on behalf of Pennsylvania State Rep. Lee James, R-Venango/Butler: Rep. Lee James (R-Venango/Butler) announced that Gov. Tom Wolf vetoed legislation that would have protected Polk and White Haven residents from eviction before an appropriate plan for closure has been created. Despite the strong support from thousands of Pennsylvanians, the governor refused to support legislation that would   more