Important Press Releases

University community invited to public conversation on 'Transforming Education'

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UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. — The University community is invited to join in a conversation about the “Transforming Education” theme of the 2016-2020 University Strategic Plan, to be held from 9 to 11 a.m.

Healthy Stark Citizens Commission Launched to Help Guide Future of Health Care in Western Stark County

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The Healthy Stark Citizen’s Commission was launched this week by nurses, patients, union workers, and community leaders to guide and participate in shaping the future of healthcare in Western Stark County in the wake of the Affinity Medical Center closure in Massillon.

Groups Hail Appeals Court Victory In IAAB v. Trump Case Striking Down Muslim Ban

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The 4th U.S. Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., today upheld a lower federal court’s order blocking implementation of the Muslim Ban in three consolidated cases, Iranian Alliances Across Borders v. Trump, IRAP v Trump, and Zakzok v Trump. This ruling is a significant victory for the many individuals and families whose lives are still hanging in the balance.

FERC Opens Wholesale Markets to Energy Storage

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The Federal Energy Regulatory Commission (FERC) today issued an order requiring that grid operators allow energy storage to participate in wholesale markets, where electricity is bought and sold. The order, however, did not provide a similar pathway to participation for distributed energy resources. FERC will instead hold a technical conference on the subject in early April.

Small animal hospital at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University receives referral accreditation for 15 specialties

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The Henry and Lois Foster Hospital for Small Animals at Cummings Veterinary Medical Center at Tufts University has received referral accreditation from the American Animal Hospital Association in 15 veterinary specialties.

CBP Arrests Alien Felon Attempting to Fly from San Juan to New York

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SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico –U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers found and arrested Tuesday a previously deported alien from the Dominican Republic attempting to fly to from the Luis Munoz Marin International Airport to New York.

UMass Amherst Physicists Speed Up Droplet-wrapping Process

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A drop of water (top) falls onto an ultrathin polymer sheet (dark layer) and is instantly wrapped in the sheet, then falls through to a water layer (bottom image) in a new technique developed by experimental physicists at UMass Amherst. The method relies on the velocity of the drop and the size of the sheet to offer a process that once took tens of minutes but can now be done in a fraction of a second. AMHERST, Mass. – Experimental physicists at the University of Massachusetts Amherst today report that they have developed a fast, dynamic new process for wrapping liquid droplets in ultrathin polymer sheets, so what once was a painstaking process taking tens of minutes can now be done in a fraction of a second.

Tufts University to host U.S. Senator Susan Collins

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Sen. Susan Collins (R-Maine) will visit Tufts University on Feb.

Study: Harris Countys large uninsured population limits TMC spending on community health

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The large uninsured population in Harris County may be limiting the ability of Texas Medical Center (TMC) institutions to spend funds on community health improvement or subsidized health services, according to a new issue brief by experts at Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy.

Fujitsu to Showcase Latest Advances in Quantum-Inspired Computing at Mobile World Congress 2018

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At Mobile World Congress 2018, Fujitsu will showcase how it is at the forefront of the next wave of computing technology. With its pioneering work to accelerate the application of Quantum Computing concepts, visitors will be able to see how Fujitsu addresses real-world business challenges across different industry sectors such as finance, chemistry, energy, and distribution.

CBP Releases Use of Force Recommendations

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WASHINGTON— U.S. Customs and Border Protection released today the Use of Force Recommendations from the CBP National Use of Force Review Board (NUFRB) on cases of use of force that are posted on These recommendations relate to improvements and updates in policy, training, tactics, and equipment, and are being shared as part of CBP’s continued efforts toward transparency.

Caltrans Highlights Ramp Metering and Benefits of Senate Bill 1

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STOCKTON – Every single day, motorists traverse heavily used roadways across California, and Caltrans is doing everything in its power to make those trips safer, smoother and more efficient.

Two Russian Nationals Sentenced to Prison for Massive Data Breach Conspiracy

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Two Russian nationals were sentenced yesterday to federal prison terms for their respective roles in a worldwide hacking and data breach scheme that targeted major corporate networks, compromised 160 million credit card numbers and resulted in hundreds of millions of dollars in losses –  one of the largest such schemes ever prosecuted in the United States.

New Online Tool Will Decrease Time to Degree

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AUSTIN, Texas — With a $500,000 grant from Greater Texas Foundation, The University of Texas at Austin will develop a new online tool allowing students across Texas and the nation to better understand how to transfer college credits between institutions. The tool will help solve a frustrating challenge currently faced by many students, families and educators, allowing faster times to degree completion and saving money on tuition.

Doctor Who extra is shaving off the beard that won him the part for dementia research

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Darren Whiting started growing his beard four years ago in the hope of getting more gigs, following the advice of his acting agency.

Trump Budget Puts Elephants, Red Wolves, Whooping Cranes on Path to Extinction

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WASHINGTON— African elephants, red wolves, salmon and whooping cranes are among the 10 endangered species that would most likely be driven closer to extinction under President Trump’s proposed budget for 2019, according to a new Center for Biological Diversity analysis.

Leading-edge technologies ready for licensing highlighted at Purdue Technology Showcase

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University and NSWC Crane researchers will exhibit their innovative advancements in the areas of pharmaceuticals, materials, medical, agriculture and other fields during the Purdue Technology Showcase on Wednesday (Feb.

ATF, Rock County Sheriff host educational seminar in response to FFL burglary uptick

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JANESVILLE, Wis. — The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, along with the Rock County Sheriff’s Office, hosted an educational seminar for federal firearms licensees yesterday, Feb.

Smalley-Curl Institute rewards top science presenters

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Winners at this year’s SCI Transdisciplinary Symposium, from left: Priscilla Dias da Silva, Gladys Anahi Lopez Silva, Seyed Sajadi, Ian Kinstlinger, Melia Bonomo, Mai Tran and Daniel Gonzales. Not pictured are Kyle Smith, Yiyuan Yin and Yu Zheng.

CBP and Procter & Gamble Partner to Prevent Counterfeit P&G Products from Entering US

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WASHINGTON—U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) announced today a new formal partnership arrangement with Procter & Gamble (P&G), as part of the Donations Acceptance Program, to prevent counterfeit P&G products from entering the United States. As part of the partnership, P&G will donate testing devices to verify the authenticity of various P&G products. The devices will help CBP officers and trade specialists quickly determine the legitimacy of the product, reducing the possibility of counterfeit goods from entering the U.S. stream of commerce.

Purdue professor named 2018 Sloan Research Fellow

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue University chemical engineering professor Rajamani Gounder has been named a 2018 Sloan Research Fellow in chemistry as one of the next generation of scientific leaders.

FTC Returns Money to Consumers Harmed in Alleged Payday Loan Scheme

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The Federal Trade Commission is mailing 72,836 checks totaling more than $2.9 million to people who lost money to an alleged scheme that trapped them into payday loans they never authorized or whose terms were deceptive.

Autophagy research collaboration on tuberculosis using human stem cells with International Centre for Genetic Engineering and Biotechnology in New Delhi

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The 3-year grant will be funded by the British Council to Dr Sarkar in UK and by the Government of India Department of Science and Technology (DST) to Dr Kumar in India. The project entitled “Investigating the regulation and manipulation of autophagy, mitophagy and xenophagy upon Mycobacterium tuberculosis infection in human embryonic stem cell-derived macrophages” will be undertaken jointly at UoB and ICGEB. Part of the research will be in collaboration with Dr Eva Frickel at the Francis Crick Institute in London, UK. Key research team members in the Sarkar and Kumar labs include the PhD students Ms Elena Seranova (UoB, UK) and Ms Surbhi Verma (ICGEB, India).

Delta determining exact timing of CS100 aircraft deliveries after full ITC written decision

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The ITC written decision makes clear that imports of the innovative CS100 will not harm Boeing because Boeing has no aircraft to offer in this size range.  Delta still intends to take as many deliveries as possible from the new Airbus/Bombardier facility in Mobile, Alabama, as soon as that facility is up and running.

St. Petersburg Man Convicted of Federal Firearms Offense

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Tampa, Florida – United States Attorney Maria Chapa Lopez announces that a federal jury has found Devin Fabian Collins (25, St. Petersburg) guilty of possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. He faces a minimum mandatory penalty of 15 years, up to life, in federal prison.

Mike and Sue Jandernoa give $4.3 million to U-M; bulk of gift supports education partnership in Grand Rapids schools

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Mike and Sue Jandernoa.ANN ARBOR—Grand Rapids business and community leaders Mike and Sue Jandernoa are intensifying their efforts to improve the mathematics proficiency of Michigan schoolchildren through a partnership with the University of Michigan.

Delta again named one of Fortunes Best Companies to Work For

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Delta has been named one of the 2018 Fortune "100 Best Companies to Work For®", according to global research and consulting firm Great Place to Work® and Fortune magazine. This is the second straight year the company has earned this honor.

Ethnic Diversity in Cancer Genomics Workshop

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It is well documented in the scientific literature that there are significant differences in the biology of the cancers in women of different ethnicities. As most currently available data comes from studies in Caucasian women, we have little information to help us manage women from diverse ethnic backgrounds in relation to differences in their inherited risks of cancer and in the ways that their cancers develop.

Hurricanes Irma and Maria temporarily altered choruses of land and sea animals

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Hurricane Maria near peak intensity, moving north towards Puerto Rico, on September 19, 2017. New research shows Hurricanes Maria and Irma caused a major disruption in the acoustic activity of snapping shrimp and a reduction in insect and bird sounds in southwestern Puerto Rico.

College of Education offers 3-year special education degree program

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — A new accelerated degree program in Purdue University’s College of Education is intended to help reverse a statewide shortage of special education teachers.

CAIR Wins Another Legal Challenge to Trumps Muslim Ban 3.0

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NOTE: CAIR and the Brennan Center for Justice filed the lawsuit in October 2017.

State Board of Education Releases Second Annual Teacher Preparation Report Card

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On Thursday, the Tennessee State Board of Education released the 2017 Teacher Preparation Report Card, a tool that Tennesseans can use to learn more about the effectiveness of teachers who graduate from all approved Tennessee educator preparation programs.

El Salvador: Release of woman jailed for stillbirth must signal end of total abortion ban

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The release of a woman forced to spend a decade behind bars in El Salvador after having pregnancy-related complications resulting in stillbirth must open the door for an end to the country’s extreme anti-abortion law, said Amnesty International.

Six young faculty members named Sloan Research Fellows

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New Sloan Research Fellows, clockwise from upper left, Markita Landry, Norman Yao, Anca Dragan, Raluca Popa, Supreet Kaur and Danny Yagan.

Accelerating Enterprise Cloud Adoption

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In September 2017, the Department of Defense (DoD) established the Cloud Executive Steering Group (CESG) to develop and execute a strategy to accelerate the adoption of cloud architectures and cloud services with a focus on commercial solutions.

Thailand: immediately stop criminal defamation complaint against torture victim

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Thailand should immediately cease misusing criminal and civil defamation laws to legally harass victims, human rights defenders and journalists who raise allegations of torture or other ill-treatment, the ICJ said today.

Oregon Man Pleads Guilty to Forced Labor and Related Crimes in Connection with Scheme to Coerce Thai Nationals to Work

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Paul Jumroon, also known as Veraphon Phatanakitjumroon, 54, of Depoe Bay, Oregon, and a naturalized citizen originally from Thailand, pleaded guilty yesterday in a U.S. District Court in Portland, Oregon, to forced labor, visa fraud conspiracy, and filing a false federal income tax return, announced Acting Assistant Attorney General John Gore of the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division, U.S. Attorney Billy J. Williams of the District of Oregon, Special Agent in Charge Renn Cannon of the FBI in Oregon, and Special Agent in Charge Darrell Waldon of IRS Criminal Investigation’s Seattle Field Office.  Jumroon waived indictment by a federal grand jury and pleaded guilty to an information filed by the United States Attorney’s Office and the Civil Rights Division.

UCLA scientists receive $7.7 million grant to study HIV recurrence

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The virus that causes AIDS is known to hide in certain rare cells. When people with HIV stop taking their medications, the virus can re-emerge and multiply, or “rebound,” from those hiding places. To better combat HIV, scientists have been working to understand how and why the virus re-emerges.

Psychology junior nominated for national scholarship

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Michigan State University has nominated Grant Burton, an Honors College junior majoring in psychology in the College of Social Science, for the nationally competitive Beinecke Scholarship.