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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday May 10, 2020 ( 41 items )  

Assumption College: Citing Innovative Leadership and Growth of Institution, Trustees Grant President Cesareo Five-Year Contract Extension
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, May 5 [TNSgrants] -- Assumption College issued the following news: As Assumption College begins the process of formally transitioning to university status, the institution's Board of Trustees unanimously voted to renew the contract of President Francesco C. Cesareo, Ph.D., citing his innovative leadership during a challenging period for higher education, the expansion of academic programs and facilities, and successful fundraising. This is President Cesareo's third,   more

Boston College: Reducing Homelessness Among Boston Public School Students
CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts, May 9 -- Boston College issued the following news: The Boston College School of Social Work will collaborate with the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley on a project aimed at reducing homelessness among children in the Boston Public Schools system. Supported by a $650,000 institutional challenge grant awarded by the William T. Grant Foundation in cooperation with the Spencer Foundation and the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation, BCSSW and United Wa  more

Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger Urges Congress to Fund Universal Wi-Fi
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 9 -- Bunker Hill Community College issued the following news: Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) President Pam Eddinger appeared on WGBH-TV's (Channel 2, Boston) public affairs program "Basic Black" Friday evening as part of a special segment on the effects of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic on community college students. President Eddinger described how she's seen first-hand the impact of the digital divide on communities of color as the College shifted to remo  more

Bunker Hill Community College to Offer Courses as Part of Amazon's Small Business Academy
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 7 -- Bunker Hill Community College issued the following news: Amazon has selected Bunker Hill Community College (BHCC) as one of the six colleges in the country to offer the Amazon Small Business training opportunity. Amazon Small Business Academy helps entrepreneurs gain digital strategy and brand-building skills to make their ambitions reality, through free seminars, webinars, and well as community college classes across the country. BHCC will offer three affordabl  more

Can a New Tool for Diabetes Patients Solve the Problem of COVID-19 Testing?: Northeastern University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 2 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: When Ming L. Wang developed a new way to test glucose levels in saliva to monitor diabetes, he wasn't thinking of making COVID-19 tests. But after he saw the lack of testing options in the U.S. as COVID-19 cases skyrocketed, Wang decided to turn his testing device into something people could use to track the spread of SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes the illness. "The current tests sometimes take too l  more

Del. Gov. Carney and Six Governors Announce Joint Multi-State Agreement to Develop Regional Supply Chain
DOVER, Delaware, May 5 -- Gov. John C. Carney, D-Delaware, issued the following news release: Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Delaware Governor John Carney, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equi  more

Harvard Business Review Announces First Recipient of Clayton M. Christensen Prize
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 8 -- Harvard University's Business School issued the following news release: Harvard Business Review has announced the establishment of the Clayton M. Christensen Prize, with Harvard Business School professor Gary Pisano named as the first recipient for his article "The Hard Truth about Innovative Cultures." The prize pays tribute to Harvard Business School professor Clayton M. Christensen, who died in January 2020 at age 67, by recognizing influential articles ab  more

Harvard Medical School: Ancient Andes, Analyzed
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 8 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news on May 7: An international research team has conducted the first in-depth, wide-scale study of the genomic history of ancient civilizations in the central Andes mountains and coast before European contact. The findings, published online May 7 in Cell, reveal early genetic distinctions between groups in nearby regions, population mixing within and beyond the Andes, surprising genetic continuity amid cultural upheav  more

Harvard Medical School: Gene Vaccine
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 6 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: Harvard Medical School researchers based at Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital are announcing progress towards the testing and development of an experimental vaccine called AAVCOVID--a novel gene-based vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The AAVCOVID vaccine program is a gene-based vaccine strategy based on an adeno-associated virus (AAV) vector, a harml  more

Harvard Medical School: Nasal Swabs for COVID-19 Enter Clinical Trials
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 2 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: Researchers at Harvard Medical School and the Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering at Harvard University, in collaboration with health care, research and industrial partners, have designed a new, fully injection-molded nasopharyngeal swab that can be manufactured quickly and inexpensively at high volume to help address the nationwide and international shortage of swabs for COVID-19 testing and rese  more

Harvard Medical School: Outpatient COVID-19 Clues
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 8 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: Since the early days of the COVID-19 pandemic, scientific literature and news reports have dedicated much attention to two groups of patients--those who develop critical disease and require intensive care and those who have silent or minimally symptomatic infections. Such accounts have mostly overlooked another large and important category of patients--those with symptoms concerning enough to  more

Harvard Medical School: Scientists@Home
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 2 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news on May 1: In mid-March, the threat of spreading COVID-19 prompted Harvard Medical School leadership to make a difficult call: shutter most on-campus activities and transition to remote work and learning. As crucial as it is to the School's mission, research was no exception. While some scientists received special dispensation to conduct research directly related to COVID-19, most labs in the Blavatnik Institute at  more

Harvard University: Regularly Attending Religious Services Associated With Lower Risk of Deaths of Despair
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 7 [TNSmedicalresearch] -- Harvard University's T.H. Chan School of Public Health issued the following news release: People who attended religious services at least once a week were significantly less likely to die from "deaths of despair," including deaths related to suicide, drug overdose, and alcohol poisoning, according to new research led by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health. The study showed that the association between service attendance and lower risk o  more

Mass. Gov. Baker Tours Participating M-ERT Company, Merrow Manufacturing, in Fall River
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 6 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker toured Merrow Manufacturing in Fall River, an 8th generation family-owned and -operated company participating in the Administration's Manufacturing Emergency Response Team (M-ERT). This initiative assists local manufacturers in transitioning operations to produce personal protective equipment (PPE) and other critical items needed to support the Commonwealth's ongoing re  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration, Mass League of Community Health Centers to Launch Public Awareness Campaign
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 9 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: In partnership with the Mass League of Community Health Centers, the Baker-Polito Administration announced an upcoming new COVID-19 public awareness campaign, "New Tools, New Rules - Same Great Care." Community Health Centers throughout the Commonwealth are open and accepting patients, and this campaign encourages residents to continue to seek care for their medical conditions and reminds in  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration, Partners in Health, Public Health Officials Provide Update on Community Tracing Collaborative
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 8 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration joined Partners in Health and local public health officials to provide an update on contract tracing efforts through the COVID-19 Community Tracing Collaborative (CTC) launched last month. The initiative focuses on tracing the contacts of confirmed positive COVID-19 patients, and supporting individuals in quarantine, building on COVID-19 Response Command Cent  more

Massachusetts General Hospital, Massachusetts Eye & Ear, Advancing Novel Experimental Gene-Based COVID-19 Vaccine, AAVCOVID
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 6 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Massachusetts Eye and Ear and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), members of Mass General Brigham, announced progress towards the testing and development of an experimental vaccine called AAVCOVID, a novel gene-based vaccine candidate against SARS-CoV2, the virus that causes COVID-19. The AAVCOVID vaccine program was developed in the laboratory of Luk H. Vandenberghe, PhD, director of the Grousb  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Researchers Release COVID-19 Symptom Tracker App
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 6 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: A consortium of scientists with expertise in big data research and epidemiology recently developed a COVID Symptom Tracker app aimed at rapidly collecting information to aid in the response to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. As reported in the journal Science, early use of the app by more than 2.5 million people in the U.S. and the U.K has generated valuable data about COVID-19 for physicians, scien  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Study Reveals Most Critically Ill Patients With COVID-19 Survive With Standard Treatment
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 7 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Clinicians from two hospitals in Boston report that the majority of even the sickest patients with COVID-19--those who require ventilators in intensive care units--get better when they receive existing guideline-supported treatment for respiratory failure. The clinicians, who are from Massachusetts General Hospital and Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, published their findings in the American J  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Study Reveals Risk of COVID-19 Infection Among Health Care Workers
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 6 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: In an analysis of information from the U.K. and U.S., frontline health care workers had a nearly 12-times higher risk of testing positive for COVID-19 compared with individuals in the general community, and those workers with inadequate access to personal protective equipment (PPE) had an even higher risk. The study, which was conducted by a team led by researchers at Massachusetts General Hospital  more

MIT: An Innovation Plan to Beat Covid-19
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 9 TNSscientificresearch -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on May 8: For humans, the Covid-19 virus is a novel foe. And to combat a new pathogen, we need innovation: a new vaccine, new drugs, new tests, new clinical knowledge, and new data for epidemiology models. In response to the current crisis, many private companies and some governments have been trying to generate a vaccine and other medical advances in short order. And ye  more

MIT: Q&A - Gregory Rutledge on Initial Testing of KN95 Respirators for Public Health Officials
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 2 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on May 1: Across Massachusetts, public health officials and others are working to secure personal protective equipment (PPE) to ensure the safety of health care providers and others working directly with Covid-19 patients. N95 respirators and face masks, which are regulated by the U.S. government, have been in short supply, leading some entities and states, including the Commonwealth of Massac  more

MIT: Researchers Map Tiny Twists in 'Magic-Angle' Graphene
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 8 [TNSenergyresearch] -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Made of a single layer of carbon atoms linked in a hexagonal honeycomb pattern, graphene's structure is simple and seemingly delicate. Since its discovery in 2004, scientists have found that graphene is in fact exceptionally strong. And although graphene is not a metal, it conducts electricity at ultrahigh speeds, better than most metals. In 2018, MIT scientists led by Pa  more

MIT: Robots Help Some Firms, Even While Workers Across Industries Struggle
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 6 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: This is part 2 of a three-part series examining the effects of robots and automation on employment, based on new research from economist and Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu. Overall, adding robots to manufacturing reduces jobs -- by more than three per robot, in fact. But a new study co-authored by an MIT professor reveals an important pattern: Firms that move quickly to use robots tend   more

MIT: Study - Life Might Survive, and Thrive, in a Hydrogen World
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 5 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: As new and more powerful telescopes blink on in the next few years, astronomers will be able to aim the megascopes at nearby exoplanets, peering into their atmospheres to decipher their composition and to seek signs of extraterrestrial life. But imagine if, in our search, we did encounter alien organisms but failed to recognize them as actual life. That's a prospect that astronomers like Sar  more

MIT: Study Finds Stronger Links Between Automation and Inequality
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 6 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on May 5: This is part 3 of a three-part series examining the effects of robots and automation on employment, based on new research from economist and Institute Professor Daron Acemoglu. Modern technology affects different workers in different ways. In some white-collar jobs -- designer, engineer -- people become more productive with sophisticated software at their side. In other cases, form  more

N.Y. Gov. Cuomo, Colleagues Announce Joint Multi-State Agreement to Develop Regional Supply Chain for Medical Equipment
ALBANY, New York, May 4 -- Gov. Andrew Cuomo, D-New York, issued the following news release: Amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, New York Governor Andrew M. Cuomo, New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy, Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont, Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf, Delaware Governor John Carney, Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo and Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker announced a joint multi-state agreement to develop a regional supply chain for personal protective equipment, other medical equip  more

Northeastern Awards Grants to 6 Universities to Help Increase the Number of Women in Computer Sciences
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 5 [TNSgrants] -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Northeastern University's Center for Inclusive Computing has awarded the first round of grant funding to six higher education institutions, in order to help recruit and retain more women in their computer science programs and boost the representation of women in the field as a whole. The six universities--Columbia University and Barnard College, Colorado State University, the New Jersey Institute of  more

Regis College Extends Pathway to Law School With New Partnerships
WESTON, Massachusetts, May 7 -- Regis College issued the following news release: Regis College is pleased to announce two new additions to its portfolio of advanced education opportunities for undergraduate students who wish to pursue a career in law. Suffolk University and the University of Massachusetts School of Law will join Western New England University School of Law to offer Regis students an opportunity to complete both their undergraduate and legal degree in six years as opposed to the  more

Tufts University: 3D Brain-Like Tissue Model Links Alzheimer's Disease With Herpes
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, May 7 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: Engineers and scientists led by Tufts University used a three-dimensional (3D) human tissue culture model mimicking the components and conditions in the brain to demonstrate a possible causal relationship between sporadic Alzheimer's disease and herpes simplex virus I infection (HSV-1). Reported in Science Advances, the model will allow for further studies into the causes and possible treatments of this deva  more

Tufts University: More Berries, Apples and Tea May Have Protective Benefits Against Alzheimer's
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, May 6 [TNSsociologyresearch] -- Tufts University issued the following news release on May 5: Older adults who consumed small amounts of flavonoid-rich foods, such as berries, apples and tea, were two to four times more likely to develop Alzheimer's disease and related dementias over 20 years compared with people whose intake was higher, according to a new study led by scientists at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging (USDA HNRCA) at Tufts Univ  more

Tufts University: New Report - Massachusetts Elections in the Shadow of COVID-19
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, May 7 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: To bolster participation and keep voters safe in 2020, Massachusetts needs to quickly redesign its voting system, according to a new policy report from the Center for State Policy Analysis (cSPA) at Tufts University's Jonathan M. Tisch College of Civic Life. The report, titled "Preparing for elections in the shadow of COVID-19," details the essential decisions and difficult choices facing the Commonwealth as  more

UMass Amherst Chemists Mobilize Quickly to Find Simple, 'Smart Swab' Detector for COVID By-Products
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 5 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Three researchers in the chemistry department at the University of Massachusetts Amherst have teamed up to investigate whether they can develop a simple, color-changing test swab for COVID-19 in the next year that would alert users if their body carries a viral product left after infection. To support the work, Sankaran "Thai" Thayumanavan, Jeanne Hardy and Trisha L. Andrew received a one  more

UMass Amherst: Are 'Smart' Cities Living Up to the Hype?
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 2 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Over the last 20 years, cities around the world have looked to embrace "smartness" - the ability to incorporate data, technology, innovation and automation into planning and operations. But have they succeeded in achieving the goals that city planners and managers, as well as tech industry leaders, have promised? A recent article co-authored by Burcu Baykurt, assistant professor of commun  more

UMass Amherst: Balancing Impacts of Range-Shifting Species - Invasive Disruption vs. Biodiversity Benefits
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 2 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: For many years, the conservation community has embraced the idea that improving connectivity, that is, creating corridors so species can follow their preferred climate, will benefit biodiversity, says Toni Lyn Morelli at the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Climate Adaptation Science Center. But, she adds, "I also work with invasive species experts and conservationists who know that   more

UMass Amherst: Survey of Essential Workers by UMass Labor Center During COVID-19 Pandemic Shows Widespread Health and Safety Concerns
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 2 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Researchers at the University of Massachusetts Amherst Labor Center have released a new report providing some of the first data on the safety and security of essential workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Clare Hammonds and Jasmine Kerrissey conducted an online survey of over 1,600 essential workers in Western Massachusetts who were at work between April 17-24. As of late April, Massachu  more

University of Massachusetts Lowell: Researcher Developing Cutting-Edge Solution for Wind Energy
LOWELL, Massachusetts, May 2 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: A UMass Lowell researcher investigating how to identify damage in wind turbines before they fail has received $1.4 million to develop a solution. Murat Inalpolat, assistant professor of mechanical engineering, has devised a way to assess the integrity of wind turbine blades by using sound. The new grant from the U.S. Department of Energy will support these efforts. Wind power is p  more

University of Massachusetts Poll: COVID-19 Dominates Views on Politics, Daily Life
LOWELL, Massachusetts, May 8 -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell campus issued the following news release: The COVID-19 pandemic dominates views of government, politics and virtually all aspects of daily life, according to a new poll of Massachusetts voters released today. The poll by the UMass Lowell Center for Public Opinion of 1,000 Massachusetts registered voters found that a majority like the state's response to the pandemic and dislike how the federal government is handling it. Ei  more

University of Massachusetts: Receives NSF Grant for Face Mask Research
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 6 [TNSgrants] -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: The National Science Foundation has awarded an $85,000 fast-track grant to environmental health scientist Richard Peltier to expand his research into whether face masks can be safely reused by COVID-19 pandemic medical workers after repeated sterilizations. The demand for medical face masks, known as N95 masks, continues to outstrip the supply available to health care organiza  more

University of Wisconsin: Mathematics Research Builds Better Ways to Identify Gerrymandering
MADISON, Wisconsin, May 7 -- The University of Wisconsin Madison campus issued the following news: Gerrymandering, the practice of dividing the legislative districts in a state to give one political party a greater chance of winning seats, traces back to at least 1812 when Massachusetts governor Elbridge Gerry approved a district that looked like a salamander. For a long time, strange district shapes like that were considered the hallmark of gerrymandering. But shape isn't always an indicator   more

Western New England University: Ariel R. Clemmer Named Director of the Center for Social Justice
SPRINGFIELD, Massachusetts, May 5 -- Western New England University issued the following news release: Western New England University School of Law Dean Sudha Setty welcomes Ariel Clemmer as the new Director of the Center for Social Justice. Clemmer has previously taught Law and Social Change as an adjunct faculty member at WNE School of Law. Clemmer serves on both the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services and as Co-Chair of the Massachusetts Access  more