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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday May 03, 2020 ( 22 items )  

Assumption College: Study Reveals Benefits of Advocates for Children With Disabilities
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, April 28 -- Assumption College issued the following news: Assistant Professor of Education Samantha Goldman, Ph.D., co-authored a paper with colleagues at Vanderbilt University and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign that details how children with disabilities and their families benefit from working with an educational advocate. The article, "Families Requesting Advocates for Children with Disabilities: The Who, What, When, Where, Why and How of Special Educ  more

Attorneys General Becerra, Healey Urge HHS Not to Finalize Rule That Would Permit Healthcare Discrimination During COVID-19 Pandemic
SACRAMENTO, California, May 2 -- California Attorney General Xavier Becerra issued the following news release: California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey co-led a multistate coalition in sending a letter to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) urging it not to finalize its proposed regulation, "Nondiscrimination in Health and Health Education Programs or Activities" (Section 1557 Rule). Section 1557 is an anti-discrimination prov  more

Brandeis University: Remote Learning in the Age of COVID-19
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, April 27 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: With most of higher education taking place online, professors all across the country are asking: How do you teach via Zoom? It may involve leading a discussion with dozens of students, each in their own, separate video box with the likelihood they will end up talking over one another. Or conducting a science laboratory without a lab, or teaching musical performance with all the musicians at home. And how do you  more

Directors of UMass Amherst Public Engagement Project Explain How Scholars Can Better Share Research With Non-Academic Audiences
AMHERST, Massachusetts, April 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: With the United States and the world facing an unprecedented health and financial crisis due to the global COVID-19 pandemic, and with universities scrambling with budget shortfalls, the past and present directors of the University of Massachusetts Amherst Public Engagement Project say that there has never been a more pressing moment for researchers to demonstrate their tangible value t  more

How Artificial Intelligence is Helping Scientists Find Coronavirus Treatment: Brandeis University
WALTHAM, Massachusetts, April 29 -- Brandeis University issued the following news: More than 50,000 academic articles have been written about COVID-19 since the virus appeared in November. The volume of new information isn't necessarily a good thing. Not all of the recent coronavirus literature has been peer reviewed, while the sheer number of articles makes it challenging for accurate and promising research to stand out or be further studied. Computer science and linguistics professor James  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Announces Further Support, Resources, Accountability Measures for Nursing Facilities, Funding for Congregate Care Facilities During COVID-19
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 28 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration announced a second round of funding up to $130 million for nursing facilities to support COVID-19 response efforts over the next two months, as well as increased funding of $44 million for residential congregate care service providers. This funding will support staffing costs, infection control and personal protective equipment (PPE). In addition to increase  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Extends Non-Essential Business Closures to May 18th, Announces Reopening Advisory Board
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 29 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on April 28: The Baker-Polito Administration extended the essential services emergency order to May 18th and launched a Reopening Advisory Board that will produce a plan to the Governor by May 18th. The Administration also announced that the Department of Public Health's Stay At Home Advisory remains in effect and gatherings of 10 or more people remain prohibited until May 18th. Essential  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Orders Use of Mask or Face Covering in Public
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 2 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on May 1: The Baker-Polito Administration issued an order requiring the use of masks or face coverings in public places where they cannot socially distance from others. The Administration also announced expanded community health center COVID-19 testing capacity at centers throughout the Commonwealth. Mask and Face Covering Order: The Baker-Polito Administration has ordered all residents over   more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Dirty Carbon Reveals a Sophisticated Side
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 28 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Tar, the everyday material that seals seams in our roofs and driveways, has an unexpected and unappreciated complexity, according to an MIT research team: It might someday be useful as a raw material for a variety of high-tech devices including energy storage systems, thermally active coatings, and electronic sensors. And it's not just tar. Professor Jeffrey Grossman has a very different   more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: New Model of the GI Tract Could Speed Drug Development
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 28 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 27: MIT engineers have devised a way to speed up the development of new drugs by rapidly testing how well they are absorbed in the small intestine. This approach could also be used to find new ways to improve the absorption of existing drugs so that they can be taken orally. Developing drugs that can be easily absorbed in the gastrointestinal tract is a particular challenge for tr  more

Massachusetts Institute of Technology: Study Analyzes Contamination in Drug Manufacturing Plants
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 28 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on April 27: Over the past few decades, there have been a handful of incidents in which manufacturing processes for making protein drugs became contaminated with viruses at manufacturing plants. These were all discovered before the drugs reached patients, but many of the incidents led to costly cleanups and in one instance a drug shortage. A new study from an MIT-led consortium has analyze  more

Middlesex Community College Teams Up With Community Partner for Remote Course
LOWELL, Massachusetts, April 29 -- Middlesex Community College issued the following news release: Middlesex Community College's Corporate Education & Training (CET) has partnered with Community Teamwork of Lowell (CTI) for several years to offer employees professional development opportunities. When COVID-19 struck, the two organizations teamed up to transition the planned Crucial Conversations course to remote learning. MCC has been a leader of online learning for over two decades. When it ca  more

MIT: Engineers Develop Precision Injection System for Plants
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 27 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: While the human world is reeling from one pandemic, there are several ongoing epidemics that affect crops and put global food production at risk. Oranges, olives, and bananas are already under threat in many areas due to diseases that affect plants' circulatory systems and that cannot be treated by applying pesticides. A new method developed by engineers at MIT may offer a starting point   more

MIT: How Growth of the Scientific Enterprise Influenced a Century of Quantum Physics
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 29 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Austrian quantum theorist Erwin Schrodinger first used the term "entanglement," in 1935, to describe the mind-bending phenomenon in which the actions of two distant particles are bound up with each other. Entanglement was the kind of thing that could keep Schrodinger awake at night; like his friend Albert Einstein, he thought it cast doubt on quantum mechanics as a viable description of th  more

MIT: Studying the Brain and Supporting the Mind
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 29 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: "I've always been interested in science from a very young age, and my grandmother was actually a really big influence in that regard," says Tarun Kamath, when asked about his academic inspirations. "She was a big believer in being very passionate and very good at what you might want to do." Kamath is a senior majoring in brain and cognitive sciences as well as a master's student in biolog  more

MIT: Understanding How Fluids Heat or Cool Surfaces
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, April 29 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Whether it's water flowing across a condenser plate in an industrial plant, or air whooshing through heating and cooling ducts, the flow of fluid across flat surfaces is a phenomenon at the heart of many of the processes of modern life. Yet, aspects of this process have been poorly understood, and some have been taught incorrectly to generations of engineering students, a new analysis show  more

Sussman Will Match Donations Up to $1M in Support of Massachusetts General Hospital's Emergency Response Fund
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 28 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: To inspire support for Massachusetts General Hospital's Emergency Response Fund, S. Donald Sussman-- founder and chief investment officer of Paloma Partners, a Connecticut-based hedge fund announced a $1 million challenge, pledging to match donations dollar-for-dollar to provide much-needed resources for the hospital's frontline efforts to combat COVID-19. The Emergency Response Fund was origina  more

UMass Amherst: Computational Techniques Developed to Explore 'The Dark Side of Amyloid Aggregation in the Brain'
AMHERST, Massachusetts, April 29 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: As physicians and families know too well, though Alzheimer's disease has been intensely studied for decades, too much is still not known about molecular processes in the brain that cause it. Now researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst say new insights from analytic theory and molecular simulation techniques offer a better understanding of amyloid fibril growth and brain p  more

UMass Amherst: How Catastrophic Outburst Floods May Have Carved Greenland's 'Grand Canyon'
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 1 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: For years, geologists have debated how and when a network of canyons under the Greenland Ice Sheet formed, especially one that is so deep and long it's called 'Greenland's Grand Canyon.' Its shape suggests it was carved by running water followed by glaciation, but until now, "the genesis of this canyon, and similar features in northern Greenland, remain(ed) unknown," authors of a new paper  more

UMass Amherst: Whole Strawberries Studied for Their Anti-Inflammatory Benefits
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 1 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: University of Massachusetts Amherst food scientist Hang Xiao has received a new federal grant to expand his research into the health benefits of certain fruits and vegetables; in this case, strawberries. With a three-year, $500,000 grant from the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Xiao and colleagues will aim to identify the mechanism by which whole strawberries affect the gut in  more

UMass Boston's Women Beacons of Business Program Launches Virtual Book Club
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 30 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: Earlier this April, UMass Boston alumnae, College of Management students, and Boston executives took part in the first event of the Women Beacons of Business Program: a virtual book club featuring Sheryl Sandberg's Lean In for Graduates. A featured benefit of the program, the book club allows participants to share thoughts and experiences, and give students the chance to ask questions and  more

UMass-Boston: New Health Sciences Professor to Investigate Using Brain Stimulation to Help Alzheimer's, Diabetes Patients
BOSTON, Massachusetts, April 28 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: Aging, especially in Alzheimer's or type 2 diabetes patients, alters brain function and affects how you walk and stand. The College of Nursing and Health Sciences's newest exercise and health sciences professor completed a two-year mentored phase (K099) on a National Institute on Aging-funded Pathway to Independence Career Development Award at the VA Boston Healthcare System and Harvard M  more