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State Tipoffs Involving Pennsylvania Newsletter for Sunday April 12, 2020 ( 16 items )  

Allegheny College Partners With Regional Manufacturers to Produce Protective Face Shields for Healthcare Facilities
MEADVILLE, Pennsylvania, April 6 -- Allegheny College issued the following news: Allegheny College is partnering with regional manufacturers to produce protective face shields to help meet the needs of healthcare facilities responding to COVID-19, including Meadville Medical Center. Byron Rich is an assistant professor of art and director of the Allegheny Lab for Innovation & Creativity. At the suggestion of Allegheny biology professor Catharina Coenen, Rich produced a prototype of a plastic   more

Board of Governors Selects Kenneth Long as East Stroudsburg University's Interim President
EAST STROUDSBURG, Pennsylvania, April 11 -- East Stroudsburg University issued the following news release on April 10: The Board of Governors for Pennsylvania's State System of Higher Education today selected Kenneth Long, M.B.A., to serve as interim president of East Stroudsburg University of Pennsylvania, starting July 31, 2020. Long currently serves as vice president of administration and finance for East Stroudsburg, a position he's held for nearly seven years. Before coming to East Stroud  more

Calif. A.G. Becerra, Mass. A.G. Healey Lead Multistate Amicus Brief Defending Affordable Care Act Birth Control Coverage Mandate in Supreme Court
SACRAMENTO, California, April 10 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey co-led a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting Pennsylvania in its case defending contraceptive coverage and counseling mandated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the brief filed in Donald Trump et al. v. Pennsylvania, t  more

California University of Pennsylvania: Courses Help Teachers Master Online Education
CALIFORNIA, Pennsylvania, April 7 -- California University of Pennsylvania issued the following news: Cal U is offering two courses that will help current students and K-12 teachers excel at online instruction. Education students at Cal U or from any college or university may enroll in an undergraduate course, "EDU 335: Teaching in an Online Environment." Current classroom teachers may enroll in a graduate-level course, "MSE 750: Strategies in Teaching Online," even if they are not seeking a   more

Community Leaders Join Pa. Gov. Wolf to Call for End to COVID-Related Discrimination
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 8 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on April 7: Governor Tom Wolf's advisory commissions are calling for the public to remain vigilant against hate after the Pennsylvania State Police reported it remains committed to preventing and investigating hate/bias crimes in Pennsylvania. The FBI is warning of an uptick of incidents targeting members of the Asian American community due to misinformation regarding the COVID-19 pandemic. "I  more

Ethics of Developing Treatments, Vaccination: Carnegie Mellon University
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, April 8 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: Researchers and doctors around the world are in a race to save lives, not only through caring for patients sick with COVID-19, but in the hunt to discover an effective treatment or vaccine. In the rush to do science quickly, Carnegie Mellon University ethicist Alex John London says it is easy to make mistakes. "The point of research is to reduce uncertainty -- to sort out dead ends from fruitful treatme  more

Facebook and Carnegie Mellon Team Up to Gather COVID-19 Symptom Data
PITTSBURGH, Pennsylvania, April 8 -- Carnegie Mellon University issued the following news: * * * - Researchers seek county-level statistics to forecast pandemic in the U.S. * * * Beginning, Facebook is assisting Carnegie Mellon University in gathering data about U.S. residents who are experiencing symptoms consistent with COVID-19 -- information that is available from no other source and could help researchers in forecasting the spread of the pandemic. Some Facebook users will now see a lin  more

Maryland A.G. Frosh Defends ACA Birth Control Coverage Mandate in Supreme Court
BALTIMORE, Maryland, April 9 -- Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh issued the following news release: Maryland Attorney General Brian E. Frosh joined a coalition of 21 attorneys general in filing an amicus brief in the United States Supreme Court supporting Pennsylvania in its case defending contraceptive coverage and counseling mandated under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). In the brief filed in Donald Trump et al. v. Pennsylvania, the attorneys general explain that states have an interes  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Signs Order to Provide Targeted Distribution of COVID-19 PPE and Supplies to Hospitals
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 9 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on April 8: Among myriad actions to support Pennsylvania's health care system during the COVID-19 pandemic, Governor Tom Wolf signed an order to provide critical aid to hospitals with targeted PPE and supplies distribution. "Combatting a pandemic means we all have to work together and that means we need to make the best use of our medical assets to ensure the places that need them most have th  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf Urges Manufacturing Sector to Report Critical COVID-19-Related Supply Capabilities, Needs
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 7 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: Governor Tom Wolf urged Pennsylvania manufacturers that currently are producing or can pivot to producing COVID-19-related supplies to submit their information to the newly developed Pennsylvania Manufacturing Call to Action Portal. "We're asking everyone to do their part to mitigate the spread of COVID-19, including ensuring that our health care system is prepared to care for patients and th  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf, Religious Leaders Encourage Alternate Forms of Religious Gatherings
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 6 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release: * * * - Stay-at-home order updated to reflect need to limit in-person religious gatherings * * * Amid the COVID-19 pandemic and as significant religious holidays approach in the coming weeks, Governor Tom Wolf and religious leaders from across the commonwealth are encouraging alternative forms of faith gatherings. Gov. Wolf and Department of Health Sec. Dr. Rachel Levine updated the stay-a  more

Pa. Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Begins Implementing New Federal Unemployment Benefits, Eligible Claimants Get Extra $600 Starting Next Week
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 11 -- Gov. Tom Wolf, D-Pennsylvania, issued the following news release on April 10: Governor Tom Wolf announced the Pennsylvania Department of Labor & Industry (L&I) is implementing new federal unemployment compensation benefits provided by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act. The COVID-19 relief package temporarily provides an additional $600 per week, makes self-employed, independent contractors and gig workers eligible for benefits a  more

Perelman School of Medicine: Advance in Understanding Actin Sheds Light on Cell Function
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, April 10 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: * * * - Atomic level insight into proteins furthers fundamental understanding of human life * * * A tiny chemical modification on one of the most abundant and important proteins in cells, actin, has long been somewhat mysterious, its function not fully understood, but scientists from the Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania have n  more

Philadelphia Eagles Owner Jeffrey Lurie Gives $1 Million to Penn Medicine Research to Fight COVID-19
UNIVERSITY CITY, Pennsylvania, April 8 -- The University of Pennsylvania's Perelman School of Medicine issued the following news release: * * * - Gift will propel critical immunology research by world leaders pivoting to novel coronavirus research * * * Philadelphia Eagles owner Jeffrey Lurie announced a $1 million contribution to Penn Medicine to establish the COVID-19 Immunology Defense Fund, laying the foundation for the world's foremost experts to fight the novel coronavirus pandemic. T  more

PUC Urges Consumers to Know Their Options, Seek Out Needed Resources to Keep Utility Bills Affordable During COVID-19 Pandemic
HARRISBURG, Pennsylvania, April 9 -- The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission issued the following news release: The Pennsylvania Public Utility Commission (PUC) is urging consumers to understand the resources and options available to help keep utility service affordable during the COVID-19 Pandemic, and to contact their utilities for assistance before bills become past-due. "A major focus right now is to help consumers understand that there are many resources available to keep their utility  more

Thomas Jefferson University: Compound in Fruit Peels Halts Damage and Spurs Neuronal Repair in Multiple Sclerosis
PHILADELPHIA, Pennsylvania, April 8 -- Thomas Jefferson University issued the following news: Multiple sclerosis (MS), characterized by increasing muscle weakness and paralysis, has a number of treatments that help stall progression of the disease when used early on in the disease. But the current treatments can hardly reverse damage that has already occurred in brain cells called neurons. New research suggests that a compound found in the peels of fruits such as apples and prunes, and some her  more