UCB Demonstrates Commitment to Science and Discovery Across Its Epilepsy Portfolio at the American Epilepsy Society’s Virtual Event AES2020

ATLANTA, Dec. 4, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — UCB today announced that 15 scientific posters will be presented at the upcoming American Epilepsy Society’s all new virtual event, AES2020, December 4-8, 2020. The scientific program features the latest research on VIMPAT in primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures (PGTCS). VIMPAT was just recently approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as adjunctive therapy in the treatment of primary generalized tonic-clonic seizures in patients 4 years of age and older.1

Key poster presentations also include data on the long-term efficacy and tolerability of adjunctive BRIVIACT in adults with partial-onset seizures, the efficacy and patient satisfaction of NAYZILAM among people living with seizure clusters, and Phase 2 study results for Staccato® Alprazolam, an investigational drug-device combination designed to be used as a single-use epileptic seizure rescue therapy that combines the Staccato® delivery technology with alprazolam. Staccato® Alprazolam is not yet approved by the FDA.

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DOJ Sues Facebook, Alleging Discrimination Against American Workers | National News

The Trump administration is suing Facebook, alleging that the social media giant discriminated against American workers in the way it hired foreigners for high-paying positions.

A lawsuit filed Thursday by the Justice Department accuses Facebook of refusing to recruit or consider U.S workers for some 2,600 positions from January 2018 to September 2019, instead reserving those jobs for H-1B temporary work visa holders that the company sponsored for permanent residency, often known as a green card.

Federal law requires companies to demonstrate that there are no qualified U.S. workers for a position before it offers the job to a foreign worker on a temporary visa who the company can then sponsor for an employment-based green card.

DOJ alleges in its lawsuit that Facebook reserved those thousands of jobs for foreign workers it sponsored for green cards through a federal immigration process dubbed PERM. Facebook did not advertise the positions on

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The Zacks Analyst Blog Highlights: Facebook, Netflix, AbbVie, American Airlines and Micron Technology

For Immediate Release

Chicago, IL – December 3, 2020 – Zacks.com announces the list of stocks featured in the Analyst Blog. Every day the Zacks Equity Research analysts discuss the latest news and events impacting stocks and the financial markets. Stocks recently featured in the blog include: Facebook, Inc. FB, Netflix, Inc. NFLX, AbbVie Inc. ABBV, American Airlines Group Inc. AAL and Micron Technology, Inc. MU

Here are highlights from Wednesday’s Analyst Blog:

Top Stock Reports for Facebook, Netflix and AbbVie

The Zacks Research Daily presents the best research output of our analyst team. Today’s Research Daily features new research reports on 16 major stocks, including Facebook, Netflix and AbbVie. These research reports have been hand-picked from the roughly 70 reports published by our analyst team today.

You can see all of today’s research reports here >>>

Facebook shares have outperformed the Zacks Internet – Services industry in the year-to-date

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Technion Harvey prize in science awarded to Israeli, American professors

Technion’s Harvey prize in Chemical Engineering and Medical Sciences for 2019-2020, one of its most prestigious awards, went to Professor Joseph DeSimone of Stanford University and Professor Raphael Mechoulam of the Hebrew University, according to a Wednesday press release from the university.

DeSimone won the award after making significant contributions in materials science, chemistry, polymer science, nanomedicine and 3D printing. The professor also made important breakthroughs in the use of supercritical carbon dioxide to produce fluoropolymers, which has many medical applications. DeSimone has published more than 350 articles in scientific journals, and has over 200 patents to his name. Likewise, DeSimone is credited with creating important innovations in the field of precision medicine, such as the particle replication in non-wetting templates and in medical technology, including the continuous liquid interface production. 

In 2016, DeSimone was recognized by US President Barack Obama for his achievements and leadership in innovative technology. 


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In the Ancient American Southwest, Turkeys Were Friends, Not Food | Smart News

A blanket made by early 13th-century Indigenous peoples in what is now the southwestern United States featured more than 11,000 turkey feathers woven into almost 200 yards of yucca fiber, new research shows. The findings—published in the Journal of Archaeological Science: Reports—shed light on farming practices among the ancestral Puebloans, forebears of modern Hopi, Zuni and Rio Grande Pueblo nations, reports Jennifer Ouellette for Ars Technica.

The researchers say the region’s people began to switch from blankets made of rabbit skin strips to turkey-feather designs during the first two centuries A.D.

“As ancestral Pueblo farming populations flourished, many thousands of feather blankets would likely have been in circulation at any one time,” says co-author Shannon Tushingham, an anthropologist at Washington State University (WSU), in a statement. “It is likely that every member of an ancestral Pueblo community, from infants to adults, possessed one.”

Though the region’s early inhabitants

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UVD Robots Receives Prestigious Emerging Technology Award from American Society for Mechanical Engineers – Press Release

ODENSE, Denmark–(Business Wire)–Today, UVD Robots, an autonomous disinfecting robot equipped with UV-C light, announced it has been selected to receive the prestigious Emerging Technology Award from the American Society for Mechanical Engineers (ASME) in the field of robotics. While traditionally the award honors ascending technologies that are poised to transform their fields and the innovators behind them, according to ASME, the 2020 awards recognize innovations that are not only changing industries but also supporting society during COVID-19. Winners were celebrated in an ASME video announcement.

This press release features multimedia. View the full release here: https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20201201005575/en/

Founded originally in 2014 to solve the problem of hospital-acquired infections (HAI), UVD Robots’ mobile, fully autonomous robot has played an important role in the fight against COVID-19. (Photo: Business Wire)

According to Carlos M. González, Special Projects Manager, Media & Content with ASME, “COVID-19 has shown us how important clean and sterile

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Battelle and NEON to Highlight Research Infrastructure and Partnerships at the 2020 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting

COLUMBUS, Ohio–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Nov 30, 2020–

The 2020 American Geophysical Union Fall Meeting will include a feature presentation from Battelle Chief Scientist Mike Kuhlman, National Ecological Observatory Network ( NEON ) Chief Scientist and Observatory Director Paula Mabee, Battelle Senior Project Manager Tom Hutchings, and Systems Integration Specialist Nicolas Romano.

Their presentation will review several Battelle research infrastructure projects and partnerships. The main focus is on case studies involving collecting Arctic data; launching a stratospheric research balloon; and how NEON data is driving novel research in the areas of earth science and STEM education, and highlighting what Battelle now makes possible. The presentation will air Dec. 10 from 10:30- 11:15 AM PST, with a live Q&A session. Learn more about Battelle’s presence at AGU here.

NEON, a continental-scale ecological observation facility fully funded by the National Science Foundation and operated by Battelle, collects and provides open data and samples from field

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U.S. To Add Chinese Oil Driller To List Of Firms Barred From Receiving American Investments: Report

The Trump administration is set to add major Chinese offshore oil and gas producer CNOOC, plus three other large Chinese firms, to a list of companies barred from receiving American investments because of their alleged ties to China’s military, according to a report by Reuters that cited documents and three officials. 

CNOOC — short for China National Offshore Oil Corporation — is China’s third-largest oil and gas company and its main offshore explorer, having brought in more than $30 billion in revenue in 2019. 

Its inclusion on the blacklist caused its Hong Kong-listed shares to tumble 14% on Monday. Not only are US investors responsible for a large chunk of the company’s more than $360 billion in value on the Hong

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The COVID Science Wars – Scientific American

When Max von Pettenkofer shot himself to death in 1901, he left behind a storied career as a hygienist and bitter opponent of Robert Koch, the German physician and microbiologist who discovered the cholera bacillus, Vibrio cholerae. Von Pettenkofer, the founder of the Institute of Hygiene in Munich, disputed Koch’s germ theory of disease, which held that a germ is both necessary and sufficient to cause illness. Von Pettenkofer asserted that germs could only cause disease in the presence of a “local” or environmental factor.

The battle between the two men exploded into a bitter divide over the question of the infectivity of cholera. Koch and his fellow contagionists maintained that the bacterium was spread through the water. Von Pettenkofer and his localists believed that cholera was inhaled as a miasma, which arose from earth contaminated by sewage. Anxious to prove his theory that germs alone don’t account for

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Inside American Express’s virtual mentorship program that’s helping low-income teens get into and pay for college

a close up of a person wearing glasses and smiling at the camera: Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, said the program has helped him navigate not only the college process, but the process of coming out as transgender. Alexander-Joseph Silva

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Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, said the program has helped him navigate not only the college process, but the process of coming out as transgender. Alexander-Joseph Silva

  • American Express and a nonprofit called Strive for College have helped more than 4,000 students navigate the complicated college admissions and financial aid process through their program UStrive. 
  • The program pairs students from marginalized backgrounds with American Express employees and cardholders who volunteer as mentors. 
  • With the help of his mentor, Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, was able to apply to college, secure financial aid, and navigate the process of coming out as transgender. 
  • American Express global president Doug Buckminster says mentorship programs are a key part of addressing inequality. 
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Alexander-Joseph Silva, 18, is a freshman studying computer science at the Rochester Institute of Technology in New York. His freshman year has been great so far. He’s

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