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Summer of COVID, The 2nd Wave, BLM, the Economy, and Politics: Newswise Live Event for June 25, 2PM EDT

Topics:  It’s the summer of COVID and experts will discuss four major news stories converging together during the global pandemic. First, what’s the latest on infection rates and the likelihood of a ‘2nd wave’? Then, how is the pandemic affecting the economy, Black Lives Matter protests, and the looming 2020 election?

When: June 25, 2020, 2PM - 3PM EDT

Where: Newswise Live event space on Zoom


  • Anne Bailey Ph.D - Professor -  Binghamton University. 
  • Eli Rosenberg Ph.D - Associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Biostatistics - University at Albany.
  • More to be announced

Registration for media, as well as colleagues from participating Newswise member institutions

This live event will also be recorded and transcribed for use by media and communicators after it is concluded.

Medical News

Online program significantly improves insomnia in adolescent and young adult cancer survivors, study finds

In a study published today by Pediatric Blood and Cancer, researchers at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute show that an online program developed specifically for AYA cancer survivors can significantly alleviate insomnia and improve overall quality of life...

– Dana-Farber Cancer Institute

Pediatric Blood and Cancer

Embargo expired on 22-Jun-2020 at 08:30 ET

Nuclear Softening Allows Cells to Move Into Dense Tissue, Encouraging Injury Repair

Using an enzyme inhibitor in meniscus cells, a Penn team was able to soften their nucleus and promote access to previously impassible areas

– Perelman School of Medicine at the University of Pennsylvania

Science Advances, June 2020; R01 AR056624; I01 RX000174; CMMI-1548571

New Article Clarifies Details of COVID-19 Respiratory Transmission

In a new article, scientists provide an exhaustive, evidence-based review of how COVID-19 droplets from infected patients spread through the air and describe how health care professionals can protect themselves. This Pulmonary Perspective is publishe...

– American Thoracic Society (ATS)

Study Finds Enhanced Milestone-Based Rehabilitation After ACL Surgery Offers Cost Benefits for Insurers

Patients who undergo more focused, enhanced milestone-based rehabilitation after anterior cruciate ligament (ACL) surgery experience better outcomes in the long run at a lower cost to the healthcare system, researchers at Hospital for Special Surgery...

– Hospital for Special Surgery

AAOS 2020 Virtual Education Experience

Better Measure of ‘Good Cholesterol’ Can Gauge Heart Attack And Stroke Risk in Some Populations

DALLAS – June 22, 2020 – For decades, high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol has been dubbed “good cholesterol” because of its role in moving fats and other cholesterol molecules out of artery walls. People with higher HDL cholesterol lev...

– UT Southwestern Medical Center

Circulation; 17UNPG33840006, R01HL136724, K24HL146838, UL1TR001105

Babies with COVID-19 Tend to Have Mild Illness, Mostly with Fever

A report from Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago shows that infants under 90 days of age who tested positive for COVID-19 tend to be well, with little or no respiratory involvement. Fever was often found to be the primary or only ...

– Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago

The Journal of Pediatrics, June 2020

First known case of a potentially deadly heart rhythm disturbance induced by chloroquine therapy for COVID-19 reported

A patient who met many of the published safety guidelines for chloroquine therapy against COVID-19 was observed to have a very abnormal ECG pattern after treatment began, leading to multiple episodes of torsade de pointes (TdP), a life-threatening ar...

– Elsevier


New research shows tiny, decoy 'sponges' attract coronavirus away from lung cells

Imagine if scientists could stop the coronavirus infection in its tracks simply by diverting its attention away from living lung cells?

– Boston University

ACS Nano Letters

Depression and anxiety rise among new moms amidst the COVID-19 pandemic

Pregnant and postpartum women are already at a high risk of depression and anxiety - one in seven women struggle with symptoms in the perinatal period.

– Frontiers

Frontiers in Global Women's Health

MMR vaccine could protect against the worst symptoms of COVID-19

Administering the MMR (measles, mumps, rubella) vaccine could serve as a preventive measure to dampen septic inflammation associated with COVID-19 infection, say a team of experts in this week's mBio, a journal of the American Society for Microbiolog...

– American Society for Microbiology (ASM)


Coronavirus: a wake-up call to strengthen the global food system

A new commentary in the journal One Earth highlights not only climate-related risks to the global food system, such as drought and floods, but also exposes the coronavirus pandemic as a shock to the system that has led to food crises in many parts o...

– International Institute for Applied Systems Analysis

One Earth

Researcher’s work a step toward “playlist” for testing neurological disorders

Psychologists and medical researchers for years have used familiar tunes to study brain disorders such as Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, but they’ve never had a common set of songs to draw from. A new study by a neuroscientist at Missouri S&T ...

– Missouri University of Science and Technology

Behavioral Research Methods (2020) Belfi, A.M., Kacirek, K. The famous melodies stimulus set.

July’s SLAS Discovery Special Issue Now Available

The July special issue of SLAS Discovery, “Functional Genomics for Target Identification,” features ten articles focused on three strategic pillars that form the foundation of the functional genomics discipline.


SLAS Discovery

Newswise Expert Panels on COVID-19 Pandemic: Notable excerpts, quotes and videos available

Newswise is hosting a series of Expert Panels discussion unique aspects of the COVID-19 Outbreak. This tip sheet includes some notable quotes from the panelists.

– Newswise

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Exploring a Potential Link between Tissue Match Genes and COVID-19

A new study led by Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey and the Gift of Life Marrow Registry seeks to determine how different versions of immune-vital genes screened for transplant matching may shape who develops or resists COVID-19.

– Rutgers Cancer Institute of New Jersey

DHS S&T Develops DIY Method to Decontaminate Masks with a Multicooker

Researchers with the DHS S&T developed a do-it-yourself solution to decontaminate personal protective equipment (PPE) using a programmable multicooker.

– Homeland Security's Science And Technology Directorate

The Future of Emergency Response Is Here

In the early 2000s, Dino Rumoro, DO, MPH, had a vision for what an emergency department could be, and needed to be.

– Rush University Medical Center

Communication should be a vital sign, researchers argue

During the COVID-19 outbreak, delirium rates have doubled and tripled, which researchers attribute, in part, to intubated patients not being able to communicate and because of increasing sedation. In an editorial published in Critical Care Medicine,...

– University of Washington School of Medicine

Critical Care Medicine

FSU researchers find resilience, not loneliness, in nationwide study of pandemic response

Social distancing during the COVID-19 pandemic has not led to an overall increase in loneliness among Americans. That’s the takeaway from a comprehensive, nationwide study by Florida State University College of Medicine researchers who surveyed...

– Florida State University

American Psychologist

Embargo expired on 22-Jun-2020 at 09:00 ET

Science News

Pilot assistance system LNAS reduces noise in the approach path

During more than 90 approaches to Zurich Airport conducted under the leadership of the Swiss SkyLab Foundation, researchers from Empa and the German Aerospace Center (DLR) tested an assistance system that supports pilots via a display during quiet an...

– Empa, Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology

LNAS Project website; Empa Media release

Are planets with oceans common in the galaxy? It's likely, NASA scientists find

Several years ago, planetary scientist Lynnae Quick began to wonder whether any of the more than 4,000 known exoplanets, or planets beyond our solar system, might resemble some of the watery moons around Jupiter and Saturn.

– NASA Goddard Space Flight Center

Publications of the Astronomical Society of the Pacific

Overconsumption and growth economy key drivers of environmental crises

A group of researchers, led by a UNSW sustainability scientist, have reviewed existing academic discussions on the link between wealth, economy and associated impacts, reaching a clear conclusion: technology will only get us so far when working towar...

– University of New South Wales

Nature Communications

Measuring a Tiny Quasiparticle Is a Major Step Forward for Semiconductor Technology

A team of researchers led by Sufei Shi, an assistant professor of chemical and biological engineering at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, has uncovered new information about the mass of individual components that make up a promising quasiparticle, k...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Nature Communications

Study Finds Only 2.5 Percent of the World’s Coral Reefs Are Currently Being Actively Protected

A new global study has found that only 2.5 percent of tropical reefs are formally protected and conserved through laws and regulations. These numbers are significantly lower than previous estimates, and highlight an urgent need for governments, commu...

– Wildlife Conservation Society

Marine Policy

Why do we need to know harvest yield during crop growth?

Using technology is essential for predicting tuber crop yields in drought-heavy regions

– American Society of Agronomy (ASA), Crop Science Society of America (CSSA), Soil Science Society of America (SSSA)

Sustainable Secure Food Blog

Know the risks of investing in forests

Some governments are counting on planted forests as offsets for greenhouse gas emissions—a sort of climate investment. But as with any investment, it’s important to understand the risks. If a forest goes bust, researchers say, much of that stored...

– University of Utah


Embargo expired on 19-Jun-2020 at 14:00 ET

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Lifestyle & Social Sciences

Smokers good at math are more likely to want to quit

For smokers who are better at math, the decision to quit just adds up, a new study suggests. Researchers found that smokers who scored higher on a test of math ability were more likely than others to say they intended to quit smoking.

– Ohio State University

Health Psychology

New poverty measure confirms coronavirus-driven federal stimulus measures were effective

Notre Dame research finds that the poverty rate fell by 2.3 percentage points from 10.9 percent in the months leading up to the COVID-19 pandemic (January and February) to 8.6 percent in the two most recent months (April and May).

– University of Notre Dame

Brookings Papers on Economic Activity conference

New research says displaying fake reviews increases consumer trust in platforms by 80%

Many people are using COVID-19 quarantine to get projects done at home, meaning plenty of online shopping for tools and supplies.

– Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMS)

Information Systems Research

Religion may offer protective role for black adolescent boys who experience police abuse

In the wake of the deaths of George Floyd, Rayshard Brooks and many more, a new study from the Brown School at Washington University in St. Louis finds that religion may offer a protective role for black adolescent boys who experience police abuse.

– Washington University in St. Louis

International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health

The relationship between looking/listening and human emotions

A research team from the Department of Computer Science and Engineering and the Electronics-Inspired Interdisciplinary Research Institute at Toyohashi University of Technology has indicated that the relationship between attentional states in response...

– Toyohashi University of Technology


From COVID-19 to Lead Poisoning, Health Crises Expose Racist Policies and Practices

The manner in which the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has laid bare racist and systemic inequalities in the United States has parallels in other environmental health threats, such as lead exposure, according to an essay written for the online magazine To...

– Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI)

Business News

ORNL launches rapid access licensing program to speed up COVID-19 solutions

The Department of Energy’s Oak Ridge National Laboratory has launched a program designed to accelerate deployment of innovations that may help fight the COVID-19 pandemic. The COVID-19 Rapid Access Licensing Program will allow companies to license ...

– Oak Ridge National Laboratory


Chicago healthcare organizations band together to take action on systemic racism in healthcare

Calling systemic racism a public health crisis, three dozen Chicago healthcare organizations are pledging to do more to overcome health disparities in minority communities and ensure greater health equity across the city.

– University of Chicago Medical Center

Embargo expired on 19-Jun-2020 at 16:30 ET

Quest, PPPL’s annual research magazine, reports breakthroughs and discoveries during the past year

News release announcing online publication of the research magazine Quest.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory

American College of Radiology Announces COVID-19 Imaging Research Registry

The American College of Radiology® (ACR®) Center for Research and Innovation™ (CRI) is pleased to announce the development of the COVID-19 Imaging Research Registry (CIRR), an effort by the ACR CRI and the ACR Data Science Institute® in collabor...

– American College of Radiology (ACR)

New Rutgers Program Helps Minority and Women-Owned Businesses

The Rutgers NJ/NY Center for Employee Ownership (NJ/NYCEO), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, today announced a new program designed to preserve minority and women-owned businesses, save jobs, build employee wealth, and strengthen local ...

– Rutgers School of Management and Labor Relations (SMLR)

ISPOR-FDA Summit 2020 on Patient-Preference Information in Medical Devices Is Now Virtual

ISPOR—the professional society for health economics and outcomes research, announced that its joint ISPOR-FDA Summit 2020 has been redesigned as a completely virtual event that will be held September 29, 2020.

– ISPOR—The Professional Society for Health Economics and Outcomes Research

ISPOR-FDA Summit, Sep-2020

NREF Announces 2020 Grant Recipients

Listing of NREF grant awardees

– Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF)

NREF 2020 Summer Research Fellows

List of Medical Student Summer Researchers Announced

– Neurosurgery Research & Education Foundation (NREF)

Cancer Docs Join Fight Against COVID: Live Event for June 25, 3PM EDT

Cancer researchers are turning their talents to the fight against COVID, using strategies that have lead to breakthroughs in cancer therapies for years, such as precision medicine, immunotherapy, biomarkers, and more.

– Newswise

VIDEO AND TRANSCRIPT AVAILABLE: Re-Opening Pro Sports and Economies After COVID: Newswise Live Event for June 18, 2PM EDT

Re-Opening Pro Sports and Economies After COVID: Newswise Live Event for June 18, 2PM EDT

– Newswise

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ADHA Announces New Leadership for 2020-21

The American Dental Hygienists' Association announces its newly installed leadership for 2020-21.

– American Dental Hygienists' Association

Matthew Kunz, Princeton and PPPL astrophysicist, receives prestigious NSF dual-purpose award

Profile of recipient of five-year NSF award to study the evolution of astrophysical magnetic fields and establish a summer school to attract women and underrepresented minorities to plasma physics.

– Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory





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