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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday March 29, 2020 ( 30 items )  

Harvard Law School: More Than 1,000 Empirical Studies Apply Entrenchment Index of Professors Bebchuk, Cohen, Ferrell
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 27 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: A study by the Harvard Law School Program on Corporate Governance, "What Matters in Corporate Governance?," has had substantial influence on subsequent research work. The study, by professors Lucian Bebchuk LL.M. '80 S.J.D. '84, Alma Cohen, and Allen Ferrell '95, put forward a corporate governance index--the Entrenchment Index (E Index)--for assessing the quality of corporate governance in public companies. The  more

Harvard Medical School: Learning From Those Recovered from COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 25 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: * * * - Samples from those who had COVID-19 could illuminate true infection rate, lethality, vaccines * * * Researchers in the Blavatnik Institute at Harvard Medical School and at Brigham and Women's Hospital are adapting an antibody-detection tool to study the aftermath of infections by the novel coronavirus that is causing the current global pandemic. The tool, called VirScan, detects antibodies in people  more

Harvard Medical School: Seek, Test, Treat
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 25 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: * * * - In nations with limited lab capacity, physicians turn to new point-of-care rapid COVID-19 tests * * * Since he was a student at Harvard Medical School three decades ago, Paul Farmer, the Kolokotrones University Professor and head of the Department of Global Health and Social Medicine in the Blavatnik Institute at HMS, has worked with his colleagues to confront epidemics, including AIDS, Ebola, choler  more

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Expands Support for Schools, Educators and Students Navigating COVID-19 Challenges With Multi-Tiered Response Effort
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 27 -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt issued the following news release: Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt detailed the comprehensive support efforts now in place for educators, students and school districts navigating the challenges of closures due to the COVID-19 pandemic. To enable continued access to high-quality materials, keep educators and students connected, and support the community at large with meaningful, engaging free educational resources, HMH has  more

Mass. Gov. Baker Orders All Non-Essential Businesses to Cease in Person Operation, Directs Department of Public Health to Issue Stay at Home Advisory
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 24 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Updates Assembly Order to Limit Gatherings to 10 people * * * Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all businesses and organizations that do not provide "COVID-19 Essential Services" to close their physical workplaces and facilities to workers, customers and the public as of Tuesday, March 24th at noon until Tuesday, April 7th at noon. These businesses are e  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Response Command Center Advisory Board of Medical Experts, Infectious Disease Specialists
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 26 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Advisory Board to contribute to state strategic decision making body tasked with leading COVID-19 pandemic response * * * The Baker-Polito Administration announced the COVID-19 Advisory Board, a group of medical experts that will support the Response Command Center as the Commonwealth continues to respond to COVID-19. The Response Command Center, under the leadership of Secreta  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Federal Disaster Request and Other COVID-19 Response Efforts
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 27 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on March 26: The Baker-Polito Administration announced a new request to the federal government for a Major Disaster Declaration, in addition to other actions to sustain the Commonwealth's response to COVID-19. Major Disaster Declaration Request: Governor Baker today submitted a request to the federal government for a Major Disaster Declaration for Massachusetts. If approved, this declarati  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Files Legislation to Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities, School Districts During COVID-19 Outbreak
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 25 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration filed An Act to Further Address Challenges Faced by Municipalities and School Districts Resulting from COVID-19,which would provide administrative relief to state and local government entities impacted by the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, including modifying local permitting processes, enabling municipalities to extend tax and finance deadlines, and extending d  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito: Massachusetts Dedicates Former Hospital for Shelter, Treatment of Homeless Individuals
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 27 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Newton Pavilion building to be used for care of homeless residents * * * To ensure the care and safety of the Boston area's homeless population during the COVID-19 epidemic, the Baker-Polito Administration announced that a former Boston Medical Center hospital building will be temporarily reopened and used to meet COVID-19 related medical needs of area homeless residents. The   more

MIT Joins White House Supercomputing Effort to Speed Up Search for COVID-19 Solutions
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 24 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Consortium includes industry, government, and academic institutions. * * * The White House has announced the launch of the Covid-19 High Performance Computing Consortium, a collaboration among various industry, government, and academic institutions which will aim to make their supercomputing resources available to the wider research community, in an effort to speed up the search  more

MIT: Energy-Harvesting Design Aims to Turn Wi-Fi Signals Into Usable Power
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 28 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 27: * * * - Device for harnessing terahertz radiation might enable self-powering implants, cellphones, other portable electronics. * * * Any device that sends out a Wi-Fi signal also emits terahertz waves --electromagnetic waves with a frequency somewhere between microwaves and infrared light. These high-frequency radiation waves, known as "T-rays," are a  more

MIT: Growth of Organism Rides on Pattern of Waves
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 24 [TNSbiologyresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 23: * * * - Study shows ripples across a newly fertilized egg are similar to other systems, from ocean and atmospheric circulations to quantum fluids. * * * When an egg cell of almost any sexually reproducing species is fertilized, it sets off a series of waves that ripple across the egg's surface. These waves are produced by billions of activated proteins t  more

MIT: Message From Astronauts - Accept Mission, Find Your Motivators
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 24 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - To help us navigate this time of social distancing, three MIT astronauts share lessons of isolated living aboard the International Space Station. * * * Keeping our distance from each other for an extended period of time is the most effective way to reduce Covid-19's reach. But the prospect of prolonged social isolation is uncharted territory for many. To get some perspective on  more

MIT: Stopgap Measure to Treat Respiratory Distress
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 25 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Repurposing a drug used for blood clots may help Covid-19 patients in danger of respiratory failure, researchers suggest. * * * Researchers at MIT and the University of Colorado at Denver have proposed a stopgap measure that they believe could help Covid-19 patients who are in acute respiratory distress. By repurposing a drug that is now used to treat blood   more

MIT: System Trains Driverless Cars in Simulation Before They Hit Road
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 24 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Using a photorealistic simulation engine, vehicles learn to drive in the real world and recover from near-crash scenarios. * * * A simulation system invented at MIT to train driverless cars creates a photorealistic world with infinite steering possibilities, helping the cars learn to navigate a host of worse-case scenarios before cruising down real street  more

Northeastern University: 'Why Am I Having Such Hard Time When I'm Not Sick With Virus?'
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 27 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Social isolation and loneliness. Drastic changes to lifestyles. Uncertainty for the future. Financial pressures. Complicated relationships. How can parents help their kids? The COVID-19 pandemic has unleashed all of these concerns. In many cases, people have felt as though they've been left to deal with the consequences entirely on their own. Except ... "We have to remember that we're not alone," says Alis  more

Northeastern University: Immigrant Detainees Are at High Risk for Covid-19. Should They Be Released?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 25 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Migrants who are being held in detention should be given the same consideration as vulnerable groups amid the COVID-19 pandemic, says Northeastern law professor Hemanth Gundavaram. The facilities that house the more than 37,000 detained immigrants across the country, with their close communal living quarters, can be a breeding ground for spreading disease, Gundavaram says. On Thursday, U.S. Immigration and Cu  more

Northeastern University: Is It Time for President Trump to Invoke Defense Production Act?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 24 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: President Donald J. Trump should immediately invoke the Defense Production Act to help prevent the U.S. healthcare system from being overwhelmed by the COVID-19 pandemic, Stephen Flynn, founding director of the Global Resilience Institute at Northeastern, said Monday. The Defense Production Act, enacted in 1950 at the start of the Korean War, enables the president to require companies to produce goods necess  more

Northeastern University: Is Recession Necessary to Fight COVID-19?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 27 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Last week, 3.3 million people in the United States filed for unemployment, the highest number ever recorded by the U.S. Department of Labor, as businesses shuttered and employees were asked to stay home to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. It's an unprecedented number of people, but this isn't a normal recession, says William Dickens, University Distinguished Professor of economics and social policy.   more

Northeastern University: When It Comes to Global Plant Production, New Study Suggests Phosphorus Matters Everywhere
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 27 [TNSbiologyresearch] -- Northeastern University issued the following news: New research from Northern Arizona University researchers challenges long-held assumptions that phosphorus limits aboveground plant growth mainly in tropical regions but not others. The paper, published this week in Nature Communications, suggests that this important nutrient actually helps govern plant production in temperate regions, too, and on every continent except Antarctica. Author  more

Northeastern University: Working From Home? Here Are Some Tips, Look at Long-Term Effects of Permanent Telecommuting
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 24 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Kimberly A. Eddleston has a lot of insight on working from home--as a professor of entrepreneurship and innovation, she's been studying remote workers for years. And even she says that these are "unprecedented times." Almost overnight, millions of people who usually commute to an office found themselves working from home for the foreseeable future, in an effort to mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Schools and  more

Nutter Represents Wandering Bear, Inc. in $1 Million Credit Facility
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 24 -- Nutter McClennen and Fish, a law firm, issued the following news release: Nutter served as legal counsel to Wandering Bear, Inc., a cold brew coffee maker, in connection with a $1 million revolving line of credit facility from Assembled Brands Capital Funding, LLC. The legal team was led by Will Bernat, co-lead of Nutter's Food and Beverage group. Founded in 2014, Wandering Bear offers delicious, highly-caffeinated coffee delivered at home and at work. Based   more

PTC Offers Free Online Solution to Enable Remote STEM Learning
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 25 -- 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 on March 24: PTC (NASDAQ: PTC) is offering its Onshape(R) product development software free of charge to high school and college students around the world amid school closures caused by the COVID-19 crisis. Many teachers and parents today are turning to remot  more

Ropes & Gray: Mark Barnes to Keynote Conference on Legal Barriers to Genomic Research & Precision Medicine
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 21 -- Ropes and Gray, a law firm, issued the following news, dated March 27: Health care partner Mark Barnes (Boston) will present a keynote address on "Overcoming Legal Obstacles and Improving the Law of Genomics" at the LawSeq: Facing the Legal Barriers to Genomic Research & Precision Medicine conference hosted at the Ropes & Gray Boston office on March 27. The conference will include panels addressing pressing legal and policy issues confronting genomic research  more

Tufts University: National Study Finds Diets Remain Poor for Most American Children
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 25 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Tufts University issued the following news release on March 24.: * * * - Researchers find only modest improvements, including less sugar, more whole grains * * * Despite consuming fewer sugar-sweetened beverages and more whole grains, most American children and adolescents still eat poorly - and sociodemographic disparities persist, according to an 18-year national study between 1999 and 2016 of U.S. children's dietary trends. Led by J  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst Names Barbara Krauthamer as Dean of College of Humanities and Fine Arts
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 27 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Barbara Krauthamer, professor of history, dean of the graduate school and senior vice provost for interdisciplinary programs and innovation at UMass Amherst, has been appointed as dean of the College of Humanities and Fine Arts by John McCarthy, provost and senior vice chancellor for academic affairs. "In the view of all groups of stakeholders, Barbara Krauthamer emerged as the top can  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: At Base of Food Chain, Small Fish Should Command Greater Notice, Researchers Say
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 24 [TNSbiologyresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - UMass Amherst, more than 20 scientists urge greater effort to gather sand lance data * * * A slender little fish called the sand lance plays a big role as "a quintessential forage fish" for puffins, terns and other seabirds, humpback whales and other marine mammals, and even bigger fish such as Atlantic sturgeon, cod and bluefin tuna in the Gulf of Maine   more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Pablo Escobar's Hippos May Help Counteract Legacy of Extinctions
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 24 [TNSbiologyresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - Study from international team of researchers including UMass Amherst biologist John Rowan shows introduced species can restore a lost world * * * When cocaine kingpin Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, the four hippos he brought to his private zoo in Colombia were left behind in a pond on his ranch. Since then, their numbers have grown to an estimated 8  more

University of Massachusetts Boston: Engineering Professor Has Developed Procedure That Could Help With COVID-19 Diagnostics
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 25 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: * * * - Kim Hamad-Schifferli Says Key to Coronavirus Diagnostic Test Could Be Off-the-Shelf Antibodies * * * Testing for COVID-19, more commonly known as the coronavirus, is critical given the current global pandemic. UMass Boston Associate Professor of Engineering Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli specializes in paper-based tests that use biomarkers to test for emerging d  more

University of Pennsylvania: Casey Brown Appointed Women's Soccer Coach
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - The Natick, Massachusetts, native comes to Penn from Holy Cross, where she led the team to its best season in nearly two decades. * * * Casey Brown, the 2019 Patriot League Coach of the Year who led Holy Cross to new heights, has been named the Douglas N. Brush Head Coach of Women's Soccer. "I am thrilled to welcome Casey to Penn to continue the upward trajectory of our women's soccer p  more