BOSTON – Today, the National Science Foundation (NSF) announced a new ‘Future of Manufacturing’ grant of $499,955 awarded to a collaboration of Massachusetts organizations, which will help the region’s manufacturers pivot their operations to address emerging crises. The project, called ‘Rapid Execution for Scaling Production Of Needed Designs’ or RESPOND, will create a diverse network of transdisciplinary stakeholders across academia and state government that will support and sustain critical ‘super nodes’ that will boost communication between organizations, help accelerate product development, and drive increased manufacturing capacity to address crises like the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
Announced on National Manufacturing Day, the grant will be led by UMass Lowell in collaboration with Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI), the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative (MassTech), a public economic development agency, to develop a crisis-resilient manufacturing network. The grant will help the Commonwealth of Massachusetts build on the success of
A paper just published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society found that adherence to infection control processes, especially proper wearing of personal protective equipment (PPE) and cohorting strategies, such as grouping residents based on their risk of infection or whether they tested positive for COVID-19, was significantly associated with declines in weekly infection and mortality rates.
Lewis A. Lipsitz, M.D., Director of the Hinda and Arthur Marcus Institute for Aging Research and Chief Academic Officer at Hebrew SeniorLife, was the lead author on the report, which analyzed the process and outcome of Massachusetts’ novel state-wide COVID-19 infection control program developed to stem the rate of infection among vulnerable nursing home populations.
In April 2020, Massachusetts nursing homes became a hotspot for COVID-19 infections and associated deaths. In response, Governor Charles Baker allocated $130 million in additional nursing home funding for two months. Funding was contingent on compliance with
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