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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday March 29, 2020 ( 36 items )  

* FROM COLLEGE RESEARCH - Baldwin Wallace University Survey Shows Midwest Voters With High Anxiety About Pandemic, High Approval for Governors Handling Crisis
BEREA, Ohio, March 26 -- Baldwin Wallace University issued the following news on March 25: Results from a new Baldwin Wallace University Great Lakes Poll offer a snapshot of public opinion in four key Midwest states caught in the midst of the fear and uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic. Spearheaded by BW's Community Research Institute (CRI), in partnership with Oakland University and Ohio Northern University, the poll questioned self-identified registered voters in Ohio, Michigan,   more

Ballard Spahr Launches COVID-19 State and Federal Legislation Trackers
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- Ballard Spahr, a law firm, issued the following news release: To help clients track breaking developments during the coronavirus pandemic, the Client Value and Innovation Team at Ballard Spahr has created two online legislative tracking tools--one for state legislation and one for federal. The tools provide comprehensive, up-to-date information on all proposed and enacted legislation and executive orders related to coronavirus. They include data on the t  more

Butler County Community College Donates Personal Protective Equipment to Healthcare Providers
BUTLER, Pennsylvania, March 26 -- Butler County Community College issued the following news: Butler County Community College on Monday donated to Concordia Lutheran Ministries and to Butler Health System personal protective equipment from its Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health, and from biology and chemistry labs, to augment supplies for the healthcare providers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Patty Annear, dean of BC3's Shaffer School of Nursing and Allied Health, and Dr. Belinda R  more

Butler County Community College Informed That Student Tests Positive for COVID-19
BUTLER, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- Butler County Community College issued the following news on March 23: Butler County Community College was notified by a student that the student who attends BC3's main campus in Butler Township has tested positive for COVID-19. The student was last on BC3's main campus March 9. The college today alerted students who attended classes with the student and faculty who taught the courses. It also notified other students, faculty and staff. The notifications advi  more

Drexel University: 'But You Don't Look Sick?' How Broad Categories Like Autoimmune Impact Patient Experience
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 25 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Drexel University issued the following news release: When your disease is hard to name and doesn't have visible symptoms, it can be hard for others to understand that you are sick. And, when people don't know much about your disease, it can be hard to explain it to family and friends. This sentiment is particularly true for the some 50 million people in the United States living with autoimmune diseases, like lupus or multiple scleros  more

Fox Adds Patent Pro Bradley Gould in New York
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 26 -- Fox Rothschild, a law firm, issued the following news release: Fox Rothschild LLP is pleased to welcome E. Bradley Gould in New York City as a partner in the Intellectual Property Department. "Brad is an excellent addition to our team. He brings more than two decades of experience advising businesses and inventors on patent issues and overall IP strategy," said Janet M. MacLeod, Ph.D., Fox's New York office managing partner. "We are excited to welcome hi  more

Grove City College Demonstrates Historic Resilience, Benefits From Technology
GROVE CITY, Pennsylvania, March 27 -- The Grove City College issued the following news release: Grove City College's mission to provide an excellent and affordable Christ-centered education continues as the nationwide effort to slow the spread of coronavirus has essentially closed college campuses nationwide. Adapting to the unprecedented crisis is challenging its students, faculty and staff to transform the traditional ways they learn and work in a time of extreme social distancing and nation  more

Independence Blue Cross Launches Dedicated COVID-19 Website for Members
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- Independence Blue Cross, a subsidiary of Independence Health Group, issued the following news release: Since January, Independence Blue Cross has been providing information and education to members about the COVID-19 (coronavirus) outbreak via its Newsroom. Now, Independence announces a new, comprehensive website dedicated to COVID-19 information and resources at ibx.com/covid-19. Independence members can visit ibx.com/covid-19 for information related to  more

Independence Expands Telemedicine Coverage During COVID-19 Outbreak
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 23 -- Independence Blue Cross, a subsidiary of Independence Health Group, issued the following news release on March 21: Independence Blue Cross (Independence) announced that it is expanding its coverage of telemedicine services. The change is one of many efforts to encourage social distancing and increase access to care. Independence announced on March 6 that it would waive copays for telemedicine services for eligible members through June 4, 2020. Today, Ind  more

Joshua A. Edwards Joins Fox's Entertainment and Sports Law Department in Los Angeles
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- Fox Rothschild, a law firm, issued the following news release: Fox Rothschild LLP welcomes Joshua A. Edwards in Los Angeles as counsel in the Entertainment & Sports Law Department. "Joshua is skilled at providing guidance on film, TV and production agreements for talent, independent producers and production companies alike," said Emily J. Yukich, Fox's Los Angeles office managing partner. "He is an excellent addition to our West Coast entertainment team.  more

Mission Continuity Plans Help Keep University of Pennsylvania Operating
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 27 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - Blueprints developed over twelve years are in use across Campus during the pandemic. * * * Twelve years ago, Penn's executive vice president and provost asked all the schools and centers to create plans to guide their business actions in event of a crisis. The Mission Continuity Program is meant to ensure the University is prepared to continue operations as efficiently as possible in the  more

Pa. Gov. First Lady Wolf: Pennsylvania's Food Supply is Reliable, Accessible, and Life-Sustaining
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 23 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Wolf Administration Provides Information to Prevent Food Insecurity * * * Governor Tom Wolf and First Lady Frances Wolf reminded Pennsylvanians that grocery stores, food processors, and food banks remain open during the COVID-19 pandemic and the administration is working to expand resources for those who are food insecure. Pennsylvanians should feel confident in the food supply and  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Administration Launches Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Critical Medical Supplies Procurement Portal
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 27 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf announced the creation of a new web portal that will expedite the procurement of critical medical supplies for Pennsylvania's health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic. "The commonwealth, and the nation, is facing an unprecedented and uncertain time, and as we work to flatten the curve we must also ramp up efforts to provide Pennsylvania's health care system with the   more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces $50 Million to Fight COVID-19
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 27 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on March 26: Governor Tom Wolf announced that he will spend up to $50 million in transferred state funding to purchase medical equipment and supplies for hospitals, nursing homes, and emergency workers to help fight the COVID-19 pandemic in Pennsylvania. "We need more beds, more ventilators, more personal protective equipment, and so much more and we need it as soon as possible because the vi  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Announces Financial Assistance Available to Small Businesses
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 26 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on March 25: Governor Tom Wolf announced that new funding is available to help small businesses impacted by the novel coronavirus, COVID-19, through a new program under the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority's (PIDA) Small Business First Fund, the COVID-19 Working Capital Access Program (CWCA). The Commonwealth Financing Authority (CFA) recently authorized the transfer of $40 milli  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Urges USDA to Waive Food Assistance Eligibility Requirements
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 27 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Wolf: USDA limiting interpretations, refusing to cut bureaucratic red tape during crisis 'inhumane' * * * Governor Tom Wolf sent a letter to U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue asking that USDA waive eligibility requirements for the Emergency Food Assistance Program; reconsider Pennsylvania's request for temporary waivers to allow more food to be distributed at sc  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf, Health Secretary Issue 'Stay at Home' Orders to 7 Counties to Mitigate Spread of Coronavirus
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, March 25 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf and Secretary of Health Dr. Rachel Levine issued "Stay at Home" orders to Allegheny, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Monroe, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties, as the state seeks relief to save lives and stop the spread of COVID-19. This order takes effect at 8:00 PM on Monday, March 23, 2020, and will continue until April 6, 2020. All schools statewide will also remain clos  more

Penn Vet: Critical Enzyme for Sperm Formation Could Be Target for Treating Male Infertility
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 27 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania School of Veterinary Medicine issued the following news release: While some of our body's cells divide in a matter of hours, the process of making sperm, meiosis, alone takes about 14 days from start to finish. And fully six of those days are spent in the stage known as the pachytene, when pairs of chromosomes from an individual's mother and father align and connect. "This stage is really important, b  more

Pennsylvania State University: Campus Tutoring, Writing Centers Go Virtual
DUNMORE, Pennsylvania, March 27 -- Pennsylvania State University's Scranton Campus issued the following news: The ongoing pandemic of COVID-19 has created a multitude of challenges for everyone, but especially for Penn State students, who learned before returning from spring break that the University, including Penn State Scranton, had decided to move to remote delivery of all classes. As the first week of classes went on, students learned that in addition to classes, all services were also mo  more

Pennsylvania State University: New Kensington Launches Virtual Offerings, Resources for Prospective Students
NEW KENSINGTON, Pa., March 24 -- Pennsylvania State University's New Kensington Campus issued the following news: * * * - Events, office hours and more available remotely * * * The Penn State New Kensington Office of Admissions and Student Aid is offering a variety of virtual appointments, meetings and events for prospective students and families to ensure recommended social distancing guidelines during the coronavirus outbreak. A listing of resources and virtual events can be found at newke  more

Pennsylvania State University: Optional Alternative Grading Scale Implemented For Spring 2020 Semester
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pennsylvania, March 26 -- Pennsylvania State University issued the following news: * * * - Students can keep their grades if they choose; alternative grades include Satisfactory, V and Z, and will not impact a student's GPA * * * Penn State is implementing a new opt-in grading system for the spring 2020 semester that will give students flexibility, help preserve GPAs and minimize impacts to students' transcripts during the academic challenges presented by the novel coronavir  more

Perelman School of Medicine Announces Appointment of Daniel Yoshor, MD, as Chair of the Department of Neurosurgery
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: * * * - Yoshor Will Also Serve as Vice President of Clinical Integration and Innovation for the Health System * * * Daniel Yoshor, MD, a nationally recognized neurosurgeon and neuroscientist, has been named chair of the department of Neurosurgery in the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania and vice president of Clinical Integration a  more

Perelman School of Medicine: CAR Macrophages Go Beyond T Cells to Fight Solid Tumors
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: * * * - Penn researchers publish proof-of-concept to use alternative immune cells to target cancer * * * Chimeric antigen receptor (CAR) T cell therapy has been a game-changer for blood cancers but has faced challenges in targeting solid tumors. Now researchers from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania may ha  more

Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center Resources Available for Urgent COVID-19 Research
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, March 26 -- The Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center, a provider of a high-performance computing, communications and data storage available to scientists and engineers, issued the following news release: With the nation--and the world--disrupted by the COVID-19 pandemic, we at the Pittsburgh Supercomputing Center (PSC) would like to offer our wishes for safety and health for all. To do our part in protecting the country's wellbeing, we have been working with a national all  more

Real Estate Attorney Catherine Hildreth Joins Fox in Denver
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 26 -- Fox Rothschild, a law firm, issued the following news release: Fox Rothschild LLP welcomes Catherine A. Hildreth, who joined the firm in Denver as a partner in the Real Estate Department. "Catherine has an extensive background in Colorado real estate. She's particularly well-versed in the development of complex projects, from commercial and large scale solar projects to multifamily and resort," said Patrick J. Casey, Fox's Denver office managing partner.  more

University of Pennsylvania Human Resources Gives Advice for Working From Home During Coronavirus Crisis
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - Without the ability to have organic conversations in the break room or at each other's cubicles, it takes a more concentrated effort for remote workers to be engaged. * * * In the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, many organizations are implementing work from home policies. This can be challenging in many different ways for a lot of employees including individuals working from home for the  more

University of Pennsylvania: All Hands on Deck to Ensure Effective Rollout of Virtual Classes
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: On Monday, March 23, after an extended week of Spring Break, Penn will resume its thousands of classes remotely only, due to COVID-19. Faculty members and instructors, and the staff that supports them, have been preparing around the clock. A few years ago, Anne Duchene started recording her Econ 001 lectures at Penn using Panopto. With such a big class--she teaches nearly 900 freshmen each year--a  more

University of Pennsylvania: As Many Labs Go Quiet, Research to Find Coronavirus Therapy Ramps Up
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - Virologists Susan Weiss, Sara Cherry, and others at the Perelman School of Medicine are collaborating to inform the search for therapies against SARS-CoV-2. * * * The coronavirus that launched a worldwide pandemic is new to science, but that doesn't mean scientists are starting from scratch to study it. Expertise from years--in some cases, decades--of work is being leveraged to address t  more

University of Pennsylvania: At Drive-Through Testing Sites, Penn Providers on Front Lines of Pandemic
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Despite--or perhaps in response to--the uncertain and unprecedented circumstances that brought them there, morale is high among Penn Medicine health workers at the West Philadelphia parking lot that has transformed into a COVID-19 screening site. The open-space clinic, located in a parking lot at the corner of 41st and Market Streets, is one of two Penn Medicine drive- and walk-through sites--the   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

University of Pennsylvania: Critical Enzyme for Sperm Formation Could Be Target for Treating Male Infertility
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 26 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - The protein, SKP1, drives a key transition step in male meiosis, the type of cell division process that results in sperm, School of Veterinary Medicine researchers found. * * * While some of our body's cells divide in a matter of hours, the process of making sperm, meiosis, alone takes about 14 days from start to finish. And fully six of those days are spent in the  more

University of Pennsylvania: Greener Economy 'Not Science Fiction Anymore'
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 24 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - A new book from Penn sociologist Daniel Aldana Cohen and colleagues describes four key facets of the Green New Deal and why they could become a reality in the not-too-distant future. * * * Penn sociologist Daniel Aldana Cohen thinks the U.S. needs a radical Green New Deal, so much so that he and three colleagues wrote a book about it. "The age of climate gradualism is over, and in the 2  more

University of Pennsylvania: Health Equity in Time of Global Crisis
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news on March 25: * * * - Jennifer Prah Ruger discusses global health equity in a time of global crisis, why it matters for everyone, where U.S. policy is succeeding and failing, and what we need to do going forward. * * * We've all seen the graphs. Italy and Iran's numbers are peaking; Taiwan's is relatively flat. In the United States, a number of states and municipalities are urging people to stay h  more

University of Pennsylvania: New Report - Impact of COVID-19 on Homelessness
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 27 -- The University of Pennsylvania School of School of Social Policy & Practice issued the following news: The coronavirus pandemic is likely to kill more than 3,400 people experiencing homelessness across the United States, according to new estimates from researchers at Boston University, the University of Pennsylvania and UCLA. Further, the virus could hospitalize some 21,295 people who don't have housing, or about 4.3% of the nationwide homeless populatio  more

University of Pennsylvania: Providing Care From Distance
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: * * * - Telemedicine is a critical tool in the COVID-19 epidemic. Clinicians at the medical, dental, and veterinary schools are making use of virtual encounters to keep providing patients with safe, timely, quality care. * * * Health care providers are stepping up to confront the coronavirus pandemic. That means not only preparing for an influx of COVID-19 patients, but also finding ways to ensu  more

University of Pennsylvania: Risk Coronavirus Poses to Our Tenuous, Complex Supply Chain
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, March 26 -- The University of Pennsylvania issued the following news on March 24: * * * - A disruption to any single link, from factories overseas to the truck driver delivering goods the final mile, could have a ripple effect, according to researcher Steve Viscelli. * * * The process to get products to consumers--delivered to their door or to the store--can be long and meandering, sometimes starting 6,000 miles away. A disruption to any leg of that journey can af  more