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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday April 05, 2020 ( 42 items )  

Baker-Polito Administration Announces Actions to Expand Health Care Workforce to Support Business During COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 31 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on March 30: The Baker-Polito Administration announced new actions that will support efforts to expand the Commonwealth's health care workforce by expediting licensing for certain health care workers and onboarding for health care volunteers who have signed up through the Administration's new online volunteer portal. The Administration also outlined a Department of Public Health order that   more

Boston University School of Law: A Knack for Narcotics Work
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 4 -- Boston University School of Law issued the following news: * * * - Andrea Goldbarg ('01) has made a name for herself prosecuting the leaders of some of the world's most notorious drug trafficking organizations. * * * Early in her career as a federal prosecutor, while taking a bathroom break in some prison or another during an interview with a witness in some international narcotics case or another, Andrea Goldbarg ('01) realized: she had never imagined that   more

Brandeis University: Not So Random Acts of Kindness and Expressions of Thanks
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, April 3 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: The Brandeis community, like many campuses nationwide, had to spring into action quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a matter of weeks, courses moved online, more than 2,400 students moved off campus, and most faculty and staff began teaching and working remotely. Making these enormous changes quickly required logistical collaboration and effort from all quarters of the community. These sudden adjus  more

Brandeis University: Not So Random Acts of Kindness and Expressions of Thanks
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, April 3 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: The Brandeis community, like many campuses nationwide, had to spring into action quickly in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. In a matter of weeks, courses moved online, more than 2,400 students moved off campus, and most faculty and staff began teaching and working remotely. Making these enormous changes quickly required logistical collaboration and effort from all quarters of the community. These sudden adjus  more

COVID-19 Healthcare Information Portal Now Available From EBSCO Information Services
IPSWICH, Massachusetts, April 1 -- EBSCO Industries, a provider of research databases, e-journals, magazine subscriptions, e-books and discovery service to libraries, issued the following news release: A team of healthcare professionals and evidence-based medical experts at EBSCO Information Services (EBSCO) has launched a COVID-19 portal which aggregates real-time information updates from authoritative sources to provide information on all aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. The portal was crea  more

Discovery by University of Massachusetts Lowell-Led Team Challenges Nuclear Theory
LOWELL, Massachusetts, April 3 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: A discovery by a team of researchers led by UMass Lowell nuclear physicists could change how atoms are understood by scientists and help explain extreme phenomena in outer space. The breakthrough by the researchers revealed that a symmetry that exists within the core of atoms is not as fundamental as scientists have believed. The discovery sheds light on t  more

Hampshire College: Christoph Cox Named Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of Faculty
AMHERST, Massachusetts, April 4 -- Hampshire College issued the following news: * * * - Dr. Cox will serve as chief academic officer, responsible for Hampshire's academic mission, budget, and governance for academic affairs * * * Hampshire College has announced that its new vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty will be Professor of Philosophy Christoph Cox, a 22-year veteran of the Hampshire faculty and a popular interdisciplinary teacher and researcher in philosophy, criti  more

Harvard Law School: Remote Learning - Week One
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 3 -- Harvard Law School issued the following news: * * * - HLS students reflect on their first week of online classes * * * On March 10, Harvard University announced that it would shift to remote teaching and learning, immediately following Spring Break, as part of its ongoing effort to limit the spread of COVID-19. In accordance with this decision, Harvard Law School's 338 scheduled Spring courses--with 12,568 enrolled students--officially went online beginni  more

Harvard Medical School: Clue to Infection
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 3 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: This article is part of Harvard Medical School's continuing coverage of medicine, biomedical research, medical education and policy related to the SARS-CoV-2 pandemic and the disease COVID-19. Emerging reports suggest a loss of the sense of smell may signal infection with the new coronavirus, SARS-CoV-2, and those who develop it may warrant testing for the infection. According to numerous   more

Mass. Gov. Baker, Lt. Governor Polito Tour Field Medical Station Site at DCU Center
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 2 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito joined MEMA Director Samantha Phillips and Maj. Gen. Gary Keefe, Adjunct General of the Massachusetts National Guard, to tour the ongoing work to set up a new Field Medical Station at the DCU Center in Worcester. The field station, which can be configured to a maximum of 250 beds, is being set-up via three tractor trailers. The Baker-Pol  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Additional Steps to Encourage Social Distancing at State Parks and Beaches
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 3 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Coastal State Beach Parking Areas Will Temporarily Close; Select Seasonal State Parks to Open Early * * * Governor Charlie Baker issued an emergency order requiring all coastal beach reservation parking areas managed by the Department of Conservation and Recreation (DCR) to close effective 12:00 PM on Friday, April 3, 2020 to reduce large concentrations of people at beaches durin  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative to Further Mitigate the Spread of Virus
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 4 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: * * * - Collaborative will deploy nearly 1,000 individuals to trace contacts of confirmed COVID-19 cases * * * The Baker-Polito Administration announced the creation of the COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) to mitigate the spread of COVID-19 in Massachusetts. This initiative is a collaboration between the administration and Partners In Health, and is the first of its kind in  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Federal Disaster Declaration for COVID-19 Response
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 30 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: In response to Governor Charlie Baker's request for federal disaster assistance, the White House and FEMA announced that the President has issued a Major Disaster Declaration that will make federal disaster assistance available beyond what was included in the Emergency Declaration declared by President Trump on March 13, 2020. Public Assistance Program - Under FEMA's Public Assistance Pr  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures and Executive Branch Employee Guidance
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 1 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on March 31: * * * - Administration Updates Non-Essential Business Categories * * * The Baker-Polito Administration announced several updates related to the COVID-19 outbreak including extending the non-essential business emergency order and guidance for Executive Branch employees until May 4. The Department of Public Health's Stay-At-Home Advisory remains in effect. The Administration al  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Launches Online Portal for Personal Protective Equipment, Volunteers to Support COVID-19 Outbreak
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 30 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on March 29: The Baker-Polito Administration announced an online portal where individuals and companies can easily donate or sell personal protective equipment (PPE) and volunteer to support the COVID-19 outbreak in Massachusetts. This effort will ensure that front line responders get the protective equipment they need to stay and push for more trained volunteers to join the response. "Ma  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Outlines COVID-19 Surge Modeling, Response Efforts to Boost Hospital Capacity
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 3 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration's COVID-19 Response Command Center outlined projections related to the anticipated surge of COVID-19 cases in the Commonwealth. The projections are the result of the Command Center's work with medical experts to complete modeling of the outbreak in Massachusetts. The Administration also detailed its efforts to respond to this surge, including a significant in  more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: How Dopamine Drives Brain Activity
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 3 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 1: Using a specialized magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) sensor, MIT neuroscientists have discovered how dopamine released deep within the brain influences both nearby and distant brain regions. Dopamine plays many roles in the brain, most notably related to movement, motivation, and reinforcement of behavior. However, until now it has been difficult to study pr  more

Matter Launches Integrated Internal Communications Offering
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 1 -- Matter Communications, a public relation and social media firm, issued the following news release: Matter Communications -- a Brand Elevation Agency specializing in PR, creative services and digital marketing -- announced the launch of a new internal communications offering. In immediate response to client requests, Matter's integrated marketing professionals have established a line of offerings to support effective communications within organizations, leveragi  more

MIT: 'Living Drug Factories' Might Treat Diabetes, Other Diseases
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 31 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 30: * * * - Chemical engineers have developed a way to protect transplanted drug-producing cells from immune system rejection. * * * One promising way to treat diabetes is with transplanted islet cells that produce insulin when blood sugar levels get too low. However, patients who receive such transplants must take drugs to prevent their immune systems from   more

MIT: 3 Questions - Jonathan Parker on Building Economic Recovery
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 31 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 30: * * * - MIT professor evaluates the effect of government stimulus on the crisis-hit U.S. economy. * * * The Covid-19 pandemic is a public health crisis with enormous economic implications: As much of the U.S. reduces daily activity in spring 2020, unemployment is already surging and experts are forecasting major drops in GDP during the second quarter of the year. U.S. Congre  more

MIT: Data Speak - Stronger Pandemic Response Yields Better Economic Recovery
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 1 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 31: * * * - Study of 1918 flu pandemic shows U.S. cities that responded more aggressively in health terms also had better economic rebounds. - The research described in this article has been published as a working paper but has not yet been peer-reviewed by experts in the field. * * * With much of the U.S. in shutdown mode to limit the spread of the Covid-19 disease, a debate ha  more

MIT: Engineers 3D Print Soft, Rubbery Brain Implants
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 31 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on March 30: * * * - Technique may enable speedy, on-demand design of softer, safer neural devices. * * * The brain is one of our most vulnerable organs, as soft as the softest tofu. Brain implants, on the other hand, are typically made from metal and other rigid materials that over time can cause inflammation and the buildup of scar tissue. MIT engineers are workin  more

MIT: Mesoamerican Copper Smelting Technology Aided Colonial Weaponry
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, March 31 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Spanish conquerors depended on indigenous expertise to keep up their munitions supplies, archaeologists have found. * * * When Spanish invaders arrived in the Americas, they were generally able to subjugate the local peoples thanks, in part, to their superior weaponry and technology. But archeological evidence indicates that, in at least one crucial respec  more

MIT: Mesoamerican Copper Smelting Technology Aided Colonial Weaponry
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 1 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: * * * - Spanish conquerors depended on indigenous expertise to keep up their munitions supplies, archaeologists have found. * * * When Spanish invaders arrived in the Americas, they were generally able to subjugate the local peoples thanks, in part, to their superior weaponry and technology. But archeological evidence indicates that, in at least one crucial respect  more

Nexstar Media Group and Charter Communications Launch WWLP-TV Local News to Communities in Berkshire County, MA
IRVING, Texas, April 1 -- Nexstar Media Group, a television broadcasting company, issued the following news release on March 31: Nexstar Media Group, Inc. (Nasdaq: NXST) and Charter Communications, Inc. (Nasdaq: CHTR) launched a special feed of local news provided by WWLP-TV (NBC), the Nexstar-owned television station in Springfield, MA to Charter subscribers in the communities of Berkshire County in Western Massachusetts. The special feed can be found on Channel 14/1204 (Pittsfield, North Adam  more

Northeastern University Models Are Helping Shape Us COVID-19 Policy
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 2 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Northeastern researchers are part of the network of teams creating models to advise the Trump administration on the COVID-19 outbreak in the United States, White House officials said Tuesday. They said data from the models formed the basis of President Donald J. Trump's decision to extend the "social distancing" guidelines he set two weeks ago, through the end of April. Deborah Birx, the White House coronavir  more

Northeastern University: 3D-Printed Brain Could Make It Easier to Find Cancer Treatments
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 2 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Glioblastoma is the deadliest form of brain tumor--less than 10 percent of people who are diagnosed with it will survive more than five years. A group of researchers has devised a new way to study this rapidly spreading cancer, using a three-dimensional structure made of an agglomeration of human brain cells and biomaterials. Their work, published in Science Advances (https://advances.scie  more

Northeastern University: COVID-19 Pandemic Has Drastically Changed What People Are Buying
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 2 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: It's highly unlikely that any economist or trend expert could have predicted the hottest products of 2020: powdered milk products, medical supplies, and rubbing alcohol. The COVID-19 pandemic has dramatically changed the items on everyone's grocery lists, as people adjust to isolation and worry about shortages on seemingly random items (see: toilet paper). Data from Nielsen Global Connect shows how consumer b  more

Northeastern University: Here's How to Combat Fear Caused by Barrage of COVID-19 News
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 2 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: By now, much of the world is under some form of isolation in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19--a worthwhile effort, but one that can create some emotional distress, as well. The constant inundation of emotionally fraught images and information about the disease can drive a dramatic increase in our sense of fear, giving our minds the impression that we're under constant threat, says David DeSteno, a ps  more

Northeastern University: Network Scientists Identify 40 New Drugs to Test Against COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 3 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Northeastern researchers have identified 40 new potential drugs that could treat COVID-19. The findings (https://covid.barabasilab.com/2020/04/network-based-embedding-of-all-human.html), reported via Northeastern's Center for Complex Network Science Research on Wednesday, come from a modeling tool for infection dynamics based on network science--complex math, physics, and computing. The   more

Northeastern University: What About the Sick Who Don't Have COVID-19?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, March 31 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: How long would it take for you to get in to see your primary care physician? Do you even have one? The COVID-19 pandemic has put governments and hospitals across the world in crisis mode. As international healthcare systems grapple with the pandemic--be it because of a lack of medical supplies, facilities, or personnel--one important group of patients to care for is those who do not have the coronavirus disea  more

Tufts University: COVID-19 Crisis Estimated to Impact Massachusetts State Finances
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, April 1 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: * * * - Center for State Policy Analysis at Tufts University's Tisch College projects declining state revenue due to epidemic crisis * * * When the US economy flounders, so do state tax revenues. And given the dramatic economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, tax revenues are poised to plummet. In a new policy brief titled "Estimating the shortfall in Massachusetts tax revenues," the Center for State Poli  more

Tufts University: COVID-19 Crisis Estimated to Impact Massachusetts State Finances
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, April 3 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: When the U.S. economy flounders, so do state tax revenues. And given the dramatic economic slowdown caused by COVID-19, tax revenues are poised to plummet. In a new policy brief titled "Estimating the shortfall in Massachusetts tax revenues," the Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life provides detailed, non-partisan estimates of the potential   more

Tufts University: Heart Attack on a Chip - Scientists Model Conditions of Ischemia on a Microfluidic Device
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, March 31 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Tufts University issued the following news release: * * * - The chip is capable of precisely controlling oxygen and nutrient levels, and allowing observation of cell behavior in real time * * * Researchers led by biomedical engineers at Tufts University invented a microfluidic chip containing cardiac cells that is capable of mimicking hypoxic conditions following a heart attack - specifically when an artery is blocked in the heart a  more

UMass Amherst Engineers, Nurses Design Fast-Track, Low-Cost Face Shield to Provide PPE Devices for Health Care
AMHERST, Massachusetts, April 4 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: In just under two weeks, researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, with engineers, nurses and other health care professionals, have developed a design informed by clinical feedback for protective plastic face shields as the nation combats the spread of the coronavirus. It will be made available to manufacturers to mass-produce personal protective equipm  more

UMass-Boston: A Joint Statement From Public Asian American Native American and Pacific Islander Serving Institutions Institutions
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 3 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following statement: In the wake of the COVID-19 virus outbreak, Asian communities in the Greater Boston area and across the United States have experienced heightened xenophobic reactions. People perceived to be of Chinese or Asian descent have been targeted with discriminatory acts or endured general harassment. Misinformation and politicization of this illness have caused anxiety and lasting economic h  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Do ER Caregivers' On-the-Job Emotions Affect Patient Care?
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 28 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - UMass Amherst researcher tackles traditionally taboo subject in high-stress medical field * * * Doctors and nurses in emergency departments at four academic centers and four community hospitals in the Northeast reported a wide range of emotions triggered by patients, hospital resources and societal factors, according to a qualitative study led by a Univ  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Tool for Controlling Reactions in Microrobots and Microreactors
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 31 [TNSscientificresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - UMass Amherst, international team use simple capillary forces to direct aqueous solutions * * * In a new paper, Thomas Russell and postdoctoral fellow Ganhua Xie, at the University of Massachusetts Amherst and Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, report that they have used capillary forces to develop a simple method for producing self-assembling hang  more

University of Massachusetts Amherst: Urgent Research Shows Face Masks Can Be Safely Reused by Pandemic Medical Workers
AMHERST, Massachusetts, March 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: * * * - Findings from UMass Amherst scientist may ease critical equipment shortage * * * Medical face masks, which have fallen into short supply during the COVID-19 pandemic, endangering both frontline health care workers and their patients, may be safely reused after sterilization, according to initial results from urgent research conducted this week by a University of Massachusetts  more

University of Massachusetts Boston Study Confirms Benefits of Unions
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 1 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: A recent research report titled "The Union Effect in Massachusetts," part of a new series called Massachusetts Labor Matters, has been published by the Labor Resource Center (LRC) and the Department of Economics at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The series, sponsored by the Future of Work Initiative, explores labor and working-class life in the state of Mass  more

University of Massachusetts Lowell: Business Incubator 'Laser-Focused' on COVID-19
LOWELL, Massachusetts, April 4 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: As COVID-19 threatens millions of lives, the research and development at the Massachusetts Medical Device Development Center (M2D2) has taken on increased urgency and focus. A business incubator for biotechnology and medical device companies, M2D2 is a partnership between UMass Lowell and UMass Medical School. Research by two startups at the center hold promis  more

University of Massachusetts Lowell: Expert - For Children, Connection is More Important in Time of Social Distancing
LOWELL, Massachusetts, April 1 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: * * * - Psychology Prof, Child Development Expert Available for interviews * * * Schoolchildren who have seen their education disrupted as a result of the coronavirus pandemic not only need to keep pace in their lessons, but also stay connected to friends and extended family, according to a UMass Lowell childhood development expert. An estimated 55 million K-12 students have r  more