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State Tipoffs Involving Massachusetts Newsletter for Sunday May 24, 2020 ( 39 items )  

Ameresco Again Secures Position as Prequalified Supplier on Scottish Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency Framework
FRAMINGHAM, Massachusetts, May 21 -- Ameresco, a provider of energy efficiency solutions, issued the following news release: Ameresco, Inc., (NYSE: AMRC), a leading energy efficiency and renewable energy company, announced that for the second consecutive version of the framework, it has been named a prequalified supplier under Scotland's Non-Domestic Energy Efficiency (NDEE) framework. Ameresco will build on its successful work delivered under the previous version of the framework, which includ  more

Assumption College: Prof. Pica-Smith Publishes Book on Intercultural Education
WORCESTER, Massachusetts, May 19 -- Assumption College issued the following news: Cinzia Pica-Smith, Ed.D., associate professor of Human Services & Rehabilitation Studies and coordinator of the Working with Children & Adolescents in Community Settings Concentration, had her second book published in April. The book, Intercultural Education: Critical Perspectives, Pedagogical Challenges and Promising Practices (Nova Science Publishers), was co-edited by Prof. Pica-Smith and two colleagues. Prof  more

Baker-Polito Administration, WGBH and Special Guests to Celebrate Massachusetts High School Class of 2020 With Virtual Commencement Ceremony
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 23 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: In partnership with WGBH, Governor Charlie Baker will deliver a commencement address to the Class of 2020 as part of a celebration for graduating seniors from 668 public and private schools across the Commonwealth, to be aired in a special broadcast at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 9. Massachusetts Commencement 2020 will feature congratulatory remarks from Jason and Devin McCourty of the New   more

Boston College: In Sickness and in Filth
CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts, May 19 -- Boston College issued the following news: The biases individuals harbor against people they see as physically dirty emerge in children as young as five years old and persist into adulthood, according to a new study by researchers from Boston College and Franklin & Marshall College, who found these prejudices extend to the sick and may hold implications for people diagnosed with COVID-19. In three experiments involving approximately 260 respondents, the r  more

Despite Virus, University of Massachusetts-Amherst Student Farms Continue to Produce Organic Local Food
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 21 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Farmers, well known for keeping an eye to the sky and adapting to whatever nature brings, are adjusting to new realities with COVID-19, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst's Student Farming Enterprise at the Agricultural Learning Center (ALC) is no exception, says director and senior lecturer Amanda Brown. The Stockbridge School of Agriculture's student farming program manages 26  more

Findings of UMass Boston's Center for Survey Research Suggests Pandemic Wearing on Boston Residents
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 19 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: New research from UMass Boston's Center for Survey Research suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is having a negative impact on the physical and mental health of Boston residents. Three years ago, the Center for Survey Research received $30,000 from the UMass President's Office to create a survey about social issues and concerns that would give Bostonians a vehicle to voice their concerns,   more

Harvard Medical School: Dissecting a Disease
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 19 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: In late December of 2019, patients with an unusual pneumonia began presenting at emergency rooms in central China, representing the first documented cases of the COVID-19 pandemic, a public health crisis that has transformed lives and communities across the globe. In response to the crisis, Harvard Medical School convened the Massachusetts Consortium on Pathogen Readiness (MassCPR), a broad multi-institutional i  more

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Releases Research-Based Guide to Support Educators in Mitigating COVID-19 Learning Loss
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 23 -- Houghton Mifflin Harcourt issued the following news release on May 20: Learning company Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (HMH) announced a new and important resource for K-12 districts: The Connected Learning Era: Mitigating the COVID-19 Learning Loss, a research-based guide created to empower educators and school leaders as they navigate the learning loss brought on by recent school closures, and plan for the 2020-2021 school year and beyond. Written by HMH's Learnin  more

IDG Communications: Latest Research Shares How IT and Security Leaders Are Addressing the Current Social & Economic Landscape
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 23 -- IDG Communications, a technology media, data and marketing services company, issued the following news release on May 19: IDG's CIO - the executive-level IT media brand providing insight into business technology leadership - and sister brand CSO - the premier security media brand providing insight into business risk leadership - each recently released research demonstrating how IT and security leaders, and their organizations, are responding to the COVID-19 pand  more

Mass. Gov. Baker, Lt. Gov. Polito Highlight Workplace Implementation of New COVID-19 Safety Standards at Symmons Industries in Braintree
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 21 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito toured Symmons Industries, an 80-year-old Massachusetts manufacturer that has implemented the new Mandatory Workplace Safety Standards as manufacturing operations scale back up. Symmons Industries manufactures precision plumbing fixtures for both commercial and residential use, and has been producing critical personal protective equipment  more

Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Implements Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 22 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release: The Baker-Polito Administration announced that Massachusetts residents who are eligible for the federal CARES Act and qualify for having exhausted their regular unemployment compensation may now receive the new Pandemic Emergency Unemployment Compensation (PEUC). The launch of this program marks the third and final benefit available for the Commonwealth through the CARES Act. PEUC provides   more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Electronic Consults Between Clinicians, Specialists Have Increased During the COVID-19 Pandemic
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 22 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: New research from Massachusetts General Hospital points to the usefulness of electronic consultations, or e-consults, during the COVID-19 pandemic. Such technology allows clinicians to ask specific questions of specialists, who then provide recommendations after reviewing a patient's electronic health record with no direct specialist-to-patient contact involved. An important part of telemedicine,  more

Massachusetts General Hospital: Insights on Allergies May Improve Diagnosis, Treatment
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 21 -- Massachusetts General Hospital issued the following news release: Results from a study led by investigators at Massachusetts General Hospital may help to improve the diagnosis and treatment of allergies, pointing to a potential marker of these conditions and a new therapeutic strategy. The research is published in Nature. Nearly one third of the world's population suffers from allergies. These conditions are caused by certain antibodies--called IgE antibodies--  more

MIT Engineers Propose a Safer Method for Sharing Ventilators
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 19 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on May 18: As more Covid-19 patients experience acute respiratory distress, there has been much debate over the idea of sharing ventilators, which involves splitting air tubes into multiple branches so that two or more patients can be connected to the same machine. Several physicians' associations have issued a joint statement discouraging this practice. It poses risk to patients, they say,   more

MIT: Fireflies Helps Companies Get More Out of Meetings
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 22 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Many decisions are made and details sorted out in a productive business meeting. But in order for that meeting to translate into results, participants have to remember all those details, understand their assignments, and follow through on commitments. The startup Fireflies.ai is helping people get the most out of their meetings with a note-taking, information-organizing virtual assistant na  more

MIT: Inside the New World of Online Dissertation Defenses
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 23 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: Call it another MIT innovation. When PhD student Jesse Tordoff passed her dissertation defense this month, she learned about the outcome in a new way: Her professors sent a thumbs-up emoji on the Zoom screen they were all sharing. Welcome to the new world of the online dissertation defense, one of many changes academia is making during the Covid-19 pandemic. For generations, dissertation de  more

MIT: Machine-Learning Tool Could Help Develop Tougher Materials
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 21 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: For engineers developing new materials or protective coatings, there are billions of different possibilities to sort through. Lab tests or even detailed computer simulations to determine their exact properties, such as toughness, can take hours, days, or more for each variation. Now, a new artificial intelligence-based approach developed at MIT could reduce that to a matter of milliseconds,   more

MIT: Making an Impact Through Chemical Engineering
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 19 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: As a chemical engineer, Hadley Sikes loves studying complex systems such as networks of chemical reactions. But in her work designing practical devices for diagnostics and other applications, she embraces simplicity. Sikes, an associate professor who recently earned tenure in MIT's Department of Chemical Engineering, devotes much of her lab's effort to devising inexpensive, highly sensitive  more

MIT: Scientists Find a New Way to Reverse Symptoms of Fragile X
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 21 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: MIT scientists have identified a potential new strategy for treating Fragile X syndrome, a disorder that is the leading heritable cause of intellectual disability and autism. In a study of mice, the researchers showed that inhibiting an enzyme called GSK3 alpha reversed many of the behavioral and cellular features of Fragile X. The small-molecule compound has been licensed for further devel  more

MIT: Solar Energy Farms Could Offer Second Life for Electric Vehicle Batteries
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 22 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: As electric vehicles rapidly grow in popularity worldwide, there will soon be a wave of used batteries whose performance is no longer sufficient for vehicles that need reliable acceleration and range. But a new study shows that these batteries could still have a useful and profitable second life as backup storage for grid-scale solar photovoltaic installations, where they could perform for m  more

MIT: Study Finds That Aging Neurons Accumulate DNA Damage
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 19 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news on May 18: MIT neuroscientists have discovered that an enzyme called HDAC1 is critical for repairing age-related DNA damage to genes involved in memory and other cognitive functions. This enzyme is often diminished in both Alzheimer's patients and normally aging adults. In a study of mice, the researchers showed that when HDAC1 is lost, a specific type of DNA damage builds up as the mice age  more

MIT: Study Unveils Details of How a Widely Used Catalyst Splits Water
CAMBRIDGE, Massachusetts, May 22 -- The Massachusetts Institute of Technology issued the following news: A crystalline compound called ruthenium dioxide is widely used in industrial processes, where it's particularly important for catalyzing a chemical reaction that splits molecules of water and releases oxygen. But the exact mechanism that takes place on this material's surface, and how that reaction is affected by the orientation of the crystal surfaces, had never been determined in detail. N  more

Northeastern University: Engineering Students Had a Bright Idea - A New Kind of Surgical Lamp for Doctors in Ethiopia
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 22 -- Northeastern University issued the following news on May 19: Surrounded by the hustle and bustle of the Merkato, the largest market in sub-Saharan Africa, Joe Iskander was searching for a few specific screws. He was essentially looking for a needle in a giant haystack. The Merkato spans several square miles across the heart of Ethiopia's capital, Addis Ababa. Iskander says the vendors at the Merkato sell "anything and everything you could think of." It was the  more

Northeastern University: The 'Murder Hornet' is Out to Get Bees, Not Humans. So Why are People Still Freaking Out About It?
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 23 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: The wasp is huge, twice as large as other species. It's got a long stinger, packs a venom that can be lethal to humans, and--let's be honest--looks like a villain from a science fiction flick. And it recently showed up in the Pacific Northwest. In recent weeks, the term "murder hornet" has generated temerous tweets and made for sensationalist headlines. But unless you're a bee, the Asian giant hornet, which i  more

Northeastern University: The Bacteria in the Clam That Sank a Thousand Ships
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 22 -- Northeastern University issued the following news on May 19: They stranded Christopher Columbus in Jamaica. They brought down the Spanish Armada. They sent San Francisco's piers crumbling into the sea. For as long as humanity has been putting wooden structures into the ocean, shipworms have been laying waste to them. "There are reports going back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, complaining about shipworms destroying their docks and their boats," says Dan D  more

Northeastern University: The Next Wave of Varsity Athletes Will Be Video Gamers
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 23 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: In a move that is well-suited to the realities of COVID-19, Northeastern will be elevating its esports teams to varsity status in the fall. Competitive video-gaming seems to be built for the "new normal" environment of physical distancing and online networking. But Northeastern's intention to become the first Division 1 university in New England to compete in varsity esports was being pursued long before the p  more

Northeastern University: Unemployed in the Pandemic? Here's How to Start Your Own Business
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 22 -- Northeastern University issued the following news on May 19: A new online course is now available to teach people who have lost their jobs amid the COVID-19 pandemic how to turn an idea for a business--or a passion or hobby--into a profitable startup. The free, two-week-long course is self-paced and open to anyone who is entrepreneurial-minded, but facing financial uncertainty. Within the first few weeks of its release in early May, more than 300 people had alr  more

Pine Manor College, Boston College Announce Institutional Agreement
CHESTNUT HILL, Massachusetts, May 19 -- Boston College issued the following news: Pine Manor College and Boston College have signed a Memorandum of Understanding that will integrate the two institutions in a common mission to serve underrepresented, first-generation, low-income students. Under the agreement, Brookline-based Pine Manor College, renowned for serving underrepresented populations, will join forces with Boston College, a Jesuit, Catholic university with longstanding success in educ  more

Protect and Defend: Harvard Medical School
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 22 -- Harvard Medical School issued the following news: With the global number of confirmed cases at nearly 5 million and more than 300,000 deaths from COVID-19, much remains unknown about SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes the disease. Two critical questions are whether vaccines will prevent COVID-19 and whether individuals who have recovered from COVID-19 are protected when they encounter the virus again. Get more HMS news here https://hms.harvard.edu/news-events/si  more

Reopening Massachusetts: Mass. Gov. Baker-Polito Administration Initiates Transition to First Phase of Four-Phase Approach
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 19 -- Gov. Charlie Baker, R-Massachusetts, issued the following news release on May 18: The Baker-Polito Administration released Reopening Massachusetts, the Reopening Advisory Board's report, which details a four-phased strategy to responsibly reopen businesses and activities while continuing to fight COVID-19. The Administration also released a new "Safer At Home" Advisory, which instructs residents to stay at home unless engaging with newly opened activities, as a   more

Survey Shows Growing Partisan Divide in Support for Reopening U.S.: Northeastern University
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 23 -- Northeastern University issued the following news: Even as states begin to reopen, a majority of U.S. residents oppose immediate measures--though such opposition is beginning to slide, and a crack along partisan lines is beginning to widen, according to new results of a national survey led by researchers from Northeastern, Harvard, Rutgers, and Northwestern universities. The report, published Friday, represents the second set of results from a survey that bega  more

Tufts University: Cervical Precancer Identified With Fluorescence, in a Step Toward Bedside Detection
SOMERVILLE, Massachusetts, May 21 -- Tufts University issued the following news release: A team of researchers at Tufts University's School of Engineering and its School of Medicine, and physicians at Tufts Medical Center have developed a method using fluorescence to detect pre-cancerous metabolic and physical changes in epithelial cells lining the cervix. According to the researchers, the new imaging method opens the door to a non-invasive, early-stage bedside diagnostic. As described today in  more

UCLA Machine-Learning Model Is Helping CDC Predict Spread of COVID-19
LOS ANGELES, California, May 19 -- The University of California issued the following news release: A machine-learning model developed at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict the spread of COVID-19. The model was created by a team led by Quanquan Gu, a UCLA assistant professor of computer science, and it is now one of 13 models that feed into a COVID-19 Forecast Hub at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Data from that hub  more

UCLA Machine-Learning Model is Helping CDC Predict Spread of COVID-19
LOS ANGELES, California, May 19 -- The University of California's Los Angeles Campus Samueli School of Engineering issued the following news: A machine-learning model developed at the UCLA Samueli School of Engineering is helping the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention predict the spread of COVID-19. The model was created by a team led by Quanquan Gu, a UCLA assistant professor of computer science, and it is now one of 13 models that feed into a COVID-19 Forecast Hub at the University o  more

UMass Amherst Economist M.V. Lee Badgett Makes 'The Economic Case for LGBT Equality' in New Book
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 20 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: Finding that homophobia and transphobia cost 1% or more of a country's GDP, University of Massachusetts Amherst economist M.V. Lee Badgett argues in a new book that in addition to moral and human rights reasons, we can now also make a financial argument for LGBT equality. In "The Economic Case for LGBT Equality: Why Fair and Equal Treatment Benefits Us All," published today by Beacon Pre  more

UMass Amherst Expert Finds Disinformation Production Has Become Diversified and 'Democratized'
AMHERST, Massachusetts, May 22 -- The University of Massachusetts Amherst campus issued the following news: A new report on disinformation in Southeast Asian elections co-authored by Jonathan Corpus Ong, associate professor of global digital media in the department of communication at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, has found key trends in election-related disinformation and offers insight and comparison for other countries as a possible preview of forthcoming global trends. The repor  more

University of Massachusetts-Boston: Environmental Innovation Clinic Leads to Protection for the Sand Lance
BOSTON, Massachusetts, May 20 -- The University of Massachusetts Boston campus issued the following news: Working with other members of the School for the Environment, Alan Abend, the assistant dean and a graduate student in the Introduction to Environmental Innovation Clinic class, has won protection in Massachusetts for the sand lance, a previously unregulated fish. Because of its slender shape, several species of sand lances are referred to as "sand eels," even though they are not related to  more

University of Wisconsin-School of Medicine & Public Health: Francisco Pelegri Named Chair of Medical Genetics
MADISON, Wisconsin, May 21 -- The University of Wisconsin's School of Medicine and Public Health issued the following news: Professor Francisco Pelegri, PhD, has been named chair of the University of Wisconsin-Madison Laboratory of Genetics, effective July 1, 2020. Pelegri obtained his PhD in cellular and developmental biology from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology after studying genetics as an undergraduate at the University of California, Berkeley. He completed a postdoctoral fellows  more

Williams College Implements Health and Safety Plan to Restart Construction on Campus
WILLIAMSTOWN, Massachusetts, May 23 -- Williams College issued the following news release: In an effort to minimize the risks of COVID-19 and assist in stopping the spread of the virus, Williams College, working closely with the Williamstown Town administration and in conjunction with the Williamstown Board of Health, has implemented a new health and safety plan for active construction projects on its campus. Williams' new plan, which will go into effect May 26, entails a number of site-specifi  more