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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday March 22, 2020 ( 49 items )  

Akamai Technologies Elects Marianne Brown to Board of Directors
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 19 -- Akamai Technologies, a provider of content delivery network services, issued the following news release: Akamai (NASDAQ: AKAM), the intelligent edge platform for securing and delivering digital experiences, announced the appointment of Marianne Brown to the Akamai Board of Directors effective March 13, 2020. "Marianne is an experienced CEO, COO and board member, and we are fortunate to add her to our board of directors," said Dr. Tom Leighton, chief execut  more

Assumption College: Message to Assumption Community From President Francesco C. Cesareo
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Assumption College issued the following statement on March 20 by President Francesco C. Cesareo on coronavirus: * * * - Remote Learning Extended to End of Spring Semester; Commencement Rescheduled to August * * * I wish to take a few moments to thank our students and families for their patience during this period of transition; to thank our faculty for their remarkable work to quickly transition to online learning and College staff for their tireless eff  more

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Emergency Actions to Address COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 16 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Governor announces emergency on three week school closures, prohibiting gatherings of 25 of more * * * The Baker-Polito Administration announced a three-week suspension of school operations for educational purposes at all public and private elementary and secondary (K-12) schools in the Commonwealth beginning Tuesday, March 17, and a series of new guidance and legislation in res  more

Baker-Polito Administration Launches COVID-19 Response Command Center
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 16 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - New Cross-Agency Structure To Focus On Responding To Disease, Supporting Communities & Residents * * * The Baker-Polito Administration announced the creation of a new COVID-19 Response Command Center. Governor Charlie Baker has asked Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders to lead this cross-secretariat response to the outbreak of COVID-19 to complement the work that  more

Berkshire Bank to Provide Support and Financial Flexibility to Customers Impacted by the COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 17 -- Berkshire Bank issued the following news release: Berkshire Bank announced programs to provide additional financial flexibility to customers who may face financial hardship due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 virus. Effective Wednesday, March 18th for an initial 30-day period, Berkshire Bank is offering the following enhancements to all of its customers: * Increased daily debit card spending limits * Waived penalties for early CD withdrawals up to $20  more

Chambers Europe 2020 Recognizes 14 Goodwin Partners, 7 Practice Areas
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 20 -- Goodwin Procter, a law firm, issued the following news release: Chambers Europe has recognized fourteen Goodwin lawyers and seven practice areas for excellence in its recently released 2020 rankings. The firm added three lawyers and two practice areas to its rankings this year, as Goodwin received recognition in Banking & Finance, Real Estate Investment Funds and Financial Restructuring while building on its strengths in Private Equity, Private Investment Fund  more

Foley Hoag Helps Dominican Republic, State-Owned Entity CDEEE Reach Agreement in ICC Mediation Concerning Central Termoelectrica Punta Catalina Project
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Foley Hoag, a law firm, issued the following news: The Dominican Republic and its State-owned electricity company, Corporacion de Empresas Electricas Estatales (CDEEE), have settled a longstanding dispute with the Odebrecht-Tecnimont-Estrella Consortium regarding the construction of a 752 megawatt thermoelectric generation plant at Punta Catalina on the country's southern coast. The dispute was settled by a formal mediation process in New York, under the ausp  more

Foley Hoag Represents Zumper in $60 Million Series D Financing
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Foley Hoag, a law firm, issued the following news: Foley Hoag LLP represented Zumper, the largest privately-held rental marketplace in the U.S., in its $60 million Series D round led by e.ventures. Zumper will use the funds to grow its sales and engineering teams and invest in scaling its transactional tools. Zumper was founded in 2012 to build the first online booking experience for long-term apartment rentals. Since then, the company has developed an end-to  more

Goodwin Named Number One Adviser for Venture, Private Equity Rounds in 2019
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 18 -- Goodwin Procter, a law firm, issued the following news release: Refinitiv has named Goodwin the number one adviser for venture and private equity rounds in its 2019 Global Venture Capital and Private Equity Legal Advisory League Tables. Goodwin led all law firms by advising firms and companies in 1,238 total rounds representing a range of private equity and venture capital investments worldwide, as the rankings continue to reflect Goodwin's unsurpassed team o  more

Harvard Law School's Q&A Response to Coronavirus
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 17 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: * * * - HLS Dean for Administration Matt Gruber discusses the "unprecedented move to deal with unprecedented circumstances" * * * Harvard University and Harvard Law School will shift to remote teaching and learning beginning Monday, March 23 as part of efforts to limit the spread of the coronavirus in the community while continuing to educate its students. We sat down with Matt Gruber, Harvard Law School dean  more

Harvard Law School: Overcoming Obstacles to Experiments in Legal Practice
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 20 [TNSgeneralresearch] -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: * * * - In Science Magazine, Professors Jim Greiner and Glenn Cohen co-author paper on the value of randomized trials in legal research * * * Since its founding in 2017, Harvard Law School's Access to Justice (A2J) Lab has been engaged in cutting-edge legal research, applying scientific methods to legal issues. This includes carrying out randomized control trials to determine what does an  more

Harvard Medical School: Mobilizing Moment
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 [TNSgrants] -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: * * * - To combat COVID-19, Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness announces Requests for Proposals * * * In early March, Harvard Medical School hosted a historic workshop on COVID-19 where attendees--from clinicians, epidemiologists and virologists to biopharmaceutical and government representatives--laid out a framework for a coordinated and collaborative response to the pandemic curren  more

Harvard Medical School: Social Distance Learning
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news on March 19: * * * - Global health experts share tips on how to stay mentally healthy during this pandemic * * * Giuseppe Raviola wants to make sure that people following recommended guidelines to limit the spread of the novel coronavirus don't also sacrifice their mental health and well-being. Raviola, director of the Harvard Medical School Program in Global Mental Health and Social Change and director of m  more

Holland & Knight Honored With LGBT Corporate Ally Award From Boston Business Journal
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 19 -- Holland and Knight, a law firm, issued the following news release: Holland & Knight has been named one of the Boston Business Journal's LGBT Corporate Ally Award honorees as part of the publication's annual Business of Pride program. The award recognizes a Massachusetts company that has demonstrated commitment and innovation to promote greater awareness of and solidarity with the LGBT community. In choosing Holland & Knight, the publication noted that the fir  more

Industry-Leader in Election Technology Offers Solution to COVID-19's Disruption of 2020 Elections
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Clear Ballot Group, a developer of election software and hardware products, issued the following news release: * * * - Clear Ballot's Latest Technology for Mail-In Ballots Can Mitigate Virus' Threat to Democracy * * * The threat of contracting COVID-19 isn't only disrupting transportation, education, and security, it's also disrupting elections all across the United States. States have already been forced to postpone primaries or change voting methods, as v  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Activates Massachusetts National Guard to Support COVID-19 Response
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 20 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker activated the Massachusetts National Guard to support the Commonwealth's response to the COVID-19 outbreak, representing a significant addition of supply chain resources available to the Commonwealth and its residents. Governor Baker's order authorizes activation of up to 2,000 National Guard members across the Commonwealth, who will be tasked with supporting reque  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Changes to Expedite Health Care Licensing, Increase Support for Local Boards of Health, Small Businesses
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 18 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on March 17: The Baker-Polito Administration announced further actions to support residents, health care providers, and small businesses during the COVID-19 outbreak. The Administration announced several emergency orders expediting the onboarding process of more licensed health care professionals. The Administration is also distributing an initial $5 million in emergency funding to local bo  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces New Health Care Resources, Small Business Relief, Other Efforts to Support COVID-19 Response
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on March 20: The Baker-Polito Administration announced new actions to support the ongoing COVID-19 response, including new financial support for health care providers, expanded relief for small businesses, and a new federal waiver request to give the state expanded flexibility to respond to the public health emergency. The Administration also joined life sciences leaders to highlight a new   more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Issues New Guidance for Executive Branch Employees
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 18 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration issued new guidelines to Executive Branch employees to ensure core state government functions are able to continue and key services are able to be provided to residents during the COVID-19 outbreak, while protecting the health and safety of the Executive Branch workforce and the public. Effective Wednesday, March 18, 2020, the following protocols shall appl  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Makes New Announcements on Childcare, Small Business Tax Relief, Unemployment Insurance Legislation Related to COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 19 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on March 18: Governor Charlie Baker announced a series of new measures to adapt childcare operations, enhance the Commonwealth's healthcare system's capacity, assist small businesses, and support unemployment benefits during the COVID-19 outbreak. Childcare Operations: Governor Baker issued an Executive Order requiring all early education centers and family childcare providers to close, st  more

Mintz Member Kenneth Jenkins Named to Daily Journal 2020 Top IP Lawyers List
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, a law firm, issued the following news release: Mintz is pleased to share that Member Kenneth E. Jenkins, PhD, has been named to the Daily Journal's 2020 Top IP Lawyers list, which honors leading California intellectual property lawyers who specialize in litigation, transactions, and counseling. As part of this recognition, he was featured in a special report published on March 18. Mr. Jenkins is a highly regarded  more

Mintz Ranked Among Top 16 'CyberSavvy' Law Firms by BTI Consulting
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 20 -- Mintz, Levin, Cohn, Ferris, Glovsky and Popeo, a law firm, issued the following news release: Mintz has been selected to BTI Consulting (BTI)'s 2020 "CyberSavvy 16 Law Firms" list, which identified the top firms for cybersecurity and data privacy law, based on extensive feedback from clients. Featured in BTI's Cybersecurity & Data Privacy 2020 report, the CyberSavvy 16 list was compiled through independent research including more than 250 in-depth interviews   more

MIT: Bacterial Enzyme Could Become New Target for Antibiotics
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 18 [TNSbiologyresearch -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 17: * * * - Scientists discover the structure of an enzyme, found in the human gut, that breaks down a component of collagen. * * * MIT and Harvard University chemists have discovered the structure of an unusual bacterial enzyme that can break down an amino acid found in collagen, which is the most abundant protein in the human body. The enzyme, known as hyd  more

MIT: Deep Learning for Mechanical Property Evaluation
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 17 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 16: * * * - New technique allows for more precise measurements of deformation characteristics using nanoindentation tools. * * * A standard method for testing some of the mechanical properties of materials is to poke them with a sharp point. This "indentation technique" can provide detailed measurements of how the material responds to the point's force, a  more

MIT: Emissions of Several Ozone-Depleting Chemicals Are Larger Than Expected
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 18 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 17: * * * - Recovering and safely destroying the sources of these chemicals could speed ozone recovery and reduce climate change. * * * In 2016, scientists at MIT and elsewhere observed the first signs of healing in the Antarctic ozone layer. This environmental milestone was the result of decades of concerted effort by nearly every country in the world, w  more

MIT: How to Get Conductive Gels to Stick When Wet
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 21 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 20: * * * - A new way of making polymers adhere to surfaces may enable better biomedical sensors and implants. * * * Polymers that are good conductors of electricity could be useful in biomedical devices, to help with sensing or electrostimulation, for example. But there has been a sticking point preventing their widespread use: their inability to adhere   more

MIT: New Sensor Could Help Prevent Food Waste
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 19 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 18: * * * - Monitoring the plant hormone ethylene could reveal when fruits and vegetables are about to spoil. * * * As flowers bloom and fruits ripen, they emit a colorless, sweet-smelling gas called ethylene. MIT chemists have now created a tiny sensor that can detect this gas in concentrations as low as 15 parts per billion, which they believe could be   more

MIT: Scientists Quantify How Wave Power Drives Coastal Erosion
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 17 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 16: * * * - The average power of waves hitting a coastline can predict how fast that coast will erode. * * * Over millions of years, Hawaiian volcanoes have formed a chain of volcanic islands stretching across the Northern Pacific, where ocean waves from every direction, stirred up by distant storms or carried in on tradewinds, have battered and shaped th  more

MIT: Using Organs-on-a-Chip to Model Complicated Diseases
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 19 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 18: * * * - A new approach reveals how different tissues contribute to inflammatory diseases such as ulcerative colitis. * * * MIT biological engineers have created a multitissue model that lets them study the relationships between different organs and the immune system, on a specialized microfluidic platform seeded with human cells. Using this type of mode  more

National Grid: Keeping Gas and Electricity Flowing Throughout the Coronavirus Crisis
WESTBOROUGH, Massachusetts, March 18 -- National Grid, an electricity and natural gas delivery company, issued the following news release: As the world tackles Coronavirus, National Grid employees are working hard to make sure the lights stay on and the gas keeps flowing. Here Nicola Shaw, Executive Director, UK, explains how we're protecting our staff and why no one should be concerned about their energy supply as more of us stay at home. Millions of people rely on us every day to keep the li  more

New Global O'Reilly Report Finds 85% of Organizations Are Evaluating or Using Artificial Intelligence in Production
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 19 -- O'Reilly Media issued the following news release: * * * - AI Adoption in the Enterprise 2020 report finds growth in mature AI adoption; weak investment in data governance * * * O'Reilly, the premier source for insight-driven learning on technology and business, announced the results of its 2020 artificial intelligence (AI) survey, "AI Adoption in the Enterprise 2020." The benchmark report uncovers trends in the evaluation, implementation, and outcomes of AI  more

Northeastern University: Around World, People Stopped Going to Restaurants - Before Governments Told Them to Stay Home
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 18 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: As the Northeastern community has been engaging in social distancing, so have restaurants been mirroring those behaviors by limiting sales to delivery or take-out--especially in places where executive orders have forced the closure of sit-down services. But reservation data from OpenTable, the popular restaurant reservation app, shows that the public was practicing self-isolation in advance of the changes in   more

Northeastern University: Global Supply Chain Is Not Immune to Coronavirus
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 17 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Not all the side effects of COVID-19 are biological. But that doesn't mean they won't affect your health anyway. As global supply chains bow under the weight of the disease because of factory closures in major manufacturing countries like China, the feedback loop is coming full circle--the effects of supply chain disruptions caused by the disease could now also be enabling its spread. Take masks, for examp  more

Northeastern University: Here's Why Washing Your Hands With Soap for 20 Seconds Protects You From COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Scientists say that even with the best and most expensive research available, a vaccine against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is at least a year away. Scientists also say that the worst enemy of the virus is that cheap soap by your sink. That's because of simple chemistry. In soap lather, a combination of molecules assemble into bubble-like structures called micelles that trap viral matter and o  more

Northeastern University: How Is European Union Dealing With COVID-19 Pandemic, Financial Meltdown?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: As cases of COVID-19 multiply across the European continent, European Union officials have taken drastic steps to slow the spread of the disease and stem the financial havoc it will wreak. Still, leaders in Brussels have a few more mechanisms at their disposal that could serve to unify EU member states and ease the flow of goods and services, says political science professor Mai'a Cross. This week, the EU clo  more

Northeastern University: Scientists Are Baffled By This Magnet. Shooting It With Lasers Might Help.
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 18 [TNSscientificresearch] -- Northeastern University issued the following news on March 17: Three atoms of iron for every four of oxygen. That's what it takes to make magnetite, one of the oldest minerals known to humankind, and a material that has been used for ages to learn about magnetism. Today, magnetite is still schooling modern physicists--Northeastern researchers included--as they look for clues to a long-standing enigma hidden deep within its atomic struc  more

Northeastern University: What About People Who Aren't Self-Isolating?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 19 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Over the weekend, people in Chicago, New York, New Orleans, Boston, and elsewhere in the United States headed to restaurants and bars--flouting instructions to stay at home and avoid large groups in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19--to celebrate the St. Patrick's Day holiday. Federal recommendations from the Trump administration on Monday to avoid such establishments and groups of more than 10 people ha  more

Nutter Represents Gravyty in $21 Million Investment From K1 Investment Management
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Nutter McClennen and Fish, a law firm, issued the following news release: Nutter served as legal counsel to Gravyty, a market-defining provider of fundraiser enablement solutions powered by artificial intelligence (AI), in connection with a $21 million investment from K1 Investment Management (K1), a leading investment firm focusing on high-growth enterprise software companies. The legal team was led by Josh Gray in the Corporate and Transactions Department an  more

Pegasystems Launches Free App to Help Clients Track COVID-19 Employee Exposure and Mitigate Risks
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Pegasystems, a software company empowering digital transformation, issued the following news release on March 20: Pegasystems Inc. (NASDAQ: PEGA), the software company empowering digital transformation at the world's leading enterprises, announced the launch of a free app to help its clients track the spread of COVID-19 among employees and maintain business continuity in the face of the global pandemic. Built in just days with the low-code Pega Platform(TM  more

Pegasystems: Top Independent Analyst Firm Names Pega a Leader in Healthcare CRM
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 17 -- 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, announced it has been named a Leader in the Forrester Research report, The Forrester WaveTM : Healthcare CRM Providers, Q1 2020./1 Pega received the highest score in the current offering category  more

Professor Wendy Grolnick Shares Tips on Parenting During Pandemic
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, March 19 -- Clark University issued the following news: * * * - Clark psychologist: Structure is crucial for children's well-being * * * Across the country -- and around the world -- leaders are making the difficult decision to close schools and child care centers in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. And across the globe, parents are wondering: Now what? Wendy Grolnick, professor of psychology at Clark, has information relevant to that question. An expert o  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst Biostatistician Lends Expertise to White House Coronavirus Task Force
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 19 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - Leading infectious disease modeling researcher is among global experts to help inform public health response to COVID-19 * * * A University of Massachusetts Amherst biostatistician who directs the UMass-based Flu Forecasting Center of Excellence was invited by the White House Coronavirus Task Force to participate Wednesday morning in a coronavirus modeling webinar. The four-  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst Engineers Receive NSF Grant to Find Ways to Prevent Bacterial Infections From Common Medical Devices
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 21 [TNSgrants] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - New materials and coatings could prevent frequent sources of infections * * * In an effort to combat a major source of serious bacterial infections, chemical engineers Jessica Schiffman and Lauren B. Andrews at the University of Massachusetts Amherst are studying how bacteria attach themselves to polymer materials used in biomedical devices such as catheters, impl  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst Transitioning All Classes to Remote Learning
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 20 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: As efforts across the state, the nation and the world to contain COVID-19 continue to intensify, UMass Amherst has suspended all in-person classes, including laboratory, studio, capstone and graduate courses, until the end of the semester. This expansion of our previously announced transition to remote learning means that all classes, without exception, will be transitioned to remote le  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Actions for Research Community in Response to Coronavirus
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 20 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news release: Faculty, postdocs, graduate students, deans, directors, department chairs and business managers were emailed by Mike Malone, vice chancellor for research and engagement, earlier this week with guidelines on conducting research while practicing social distancing. That message is as follows: I am writing to communicate actions for researchers to take in the interests of communit  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Campus Community Coming Together in Response to Public Health Crisis
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 20 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: UMass Amherst faculty and staff are coming together in support of students, each other and the university's educational mission as the campus community works to combat the spread of the coronavirus. Operational plans are being adopted that significantly limit the number of employees needed on campus while allowing core operations to continue. The university is fully transitioning to re  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Details Revealed on How Plants Maintain Healthy Sperm-Egg Ratio
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 19 [TNSbiologyresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - UMass Amherst biologists show mechanism for avoiding polyspermy in plants * * * Current molecular biochemistry, microscopy and genetic techniques have become so powerful that scientists can now make mechanistic discoveries - supported by multiple lines of evidence - about intimate processes in plant reproduction that once were very difficult to examine, s  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Portable AI Device Turns Coughing Sounds Into Health Data for Flu Forecasting
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 20 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - UMass Amherst Computer Scientists Tested 'FluSense' in Campus Clinic Waiting Rooms * * * University of Massachusetts Amherst researchers have invented a portable surveillance device powered by machine learning - called FluSense - which can detect coughing and crowd size in real time, then analyze the data to directly monitor flu-like illnesses and infl  more

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth: March 16th Message From Chancellor Johnson on COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus)
DARTMOUTH, Massachusetts, March 17 -- The University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus issued the following statement by Chancellor Robert E. Johnson on March 16: Dear campus community, Changes to our lives and how our University functions are rapidly evolving. Each day brings new challenges. It is an unsettling time, so I am enacting policy changes that will set our course for the remainder of the semester. This is not how anyone envisioned our academic year ending, but we must remain committ  more