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Calling all Scholars!

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Attention MOSES members, now accepting applications for the 2014 Scholarships.  Please click here to download the form.

Deadline for submission:  2:00 p.m. (EST), Monday, September 8, 2014.

One $1,000 scholarship in the name of our former President, Charles P. Wilson will be awarded. In addition, twenty $500 scholarships in memory of late members of the MOSES Board of Directors will be awarded.

Eligibility Requirements: Scholarships are limited to MOSES members (including Active Retirees), their spouses or children, as well as the spouses and dependent children of late MOSES members under the following condition: That the member or immediate family member plans to attend and has been accepted at an accredited higher education facility for the fall 2014 semester.

Restrictions: In the event that a winner’s educational expenses are less than the award, and/or the winner has received reimbursement from another source, the scholarship will be decreased to the amount appropriate.  Awards are not transferable.

The MOSES Goodwill Committee, Chairman, John Bardzik, administers the scholarship program and will conduct the drawing at the September 9, 2014 Membership meeting.

MOSES Members Volunteer Time & Expertise

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Participating in the Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair is an experience that lasts a lifetime...for students and judges. Upwards of 400 students representing 102 Massachusetts high schools presented 300 different science projects.

May 2nd's 65th Annual MSSEF competition was held at MIT and featured all high school level entrants. During the day, each student project is reviewed by five highly qualified judges from the corporate, educational and professional sectors. This year, 30 MOSES members volunteered their time for the event. 

MOSES President Joe Dorant, a 10-year judging veteran observes, "The innovation exhibited by every participating student is impressive, to say the least. I’m also impressed and thankful for the dedication and generous spirit of our participating members.”

MOSES Members serving as judges included: DCAMM’s Liam Slein; DCR’s Linda Hutchins; DOR’s Andrew O’Rourke; MassDOT’s Lokman Arran, Alolade Campbell, Alex Kasprak, Adetoyin Olaoye and Julia Whiteneck; DPH’s Kerri Barton, Michael Ferris, Lynda Glenn, Swati Joshi, Gabirela Kernan, Anthony Osinski and Brandon Sabina; Labor & Workforce Development’s Donald Delikat and Susan Shepherd; DEP’s Ida Babroudi, Paul Blain, Bruce Bouck, Timothy Dame, Maryann DiPinto, Seth Federspiel, Albelee Haque, Gregory Root, Elizabeth Sabounjian and Reuy-Jing Tang; Energy & Environmental Affair's Todd Callaghan; FWE’s Neil Churchill; Military Division's Robert Blair; MWRA’s Joseph Araujo and Stone Chen; and State Police’s Daniela Frasca.

EO511: Report Released; Legislation Moving Ahead

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They are environmental scientists and engineers that respond to releases of hazardous chemicals.

They are highway engineers working a hair’s breadth away from high-speed traffic.

They are foresters suspended hundreds of feet above the ground trying to eradicate invasive species from our trees.

And none enjoy the same workplace safety standards as private employees.

MOSES first filed legislation relating to employee safety more than 10 years ago. We didn’t ask for much; just the same protections that private employees experience through the federal Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA).

“This is an accomplishment that has been a long time coming,” MOSES President Joe Dorant, also a member of the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Employee Health & Safety, stated. “State employees work every day to keep the Commonwealth’s air, water, environment, health and infrastructure safe. And yet, these same dedicated professionals have not had the equivalent on-the-job safety protections as private workers. EO511 is a critical first step to closing that grievous gap.”

Executive Order 511 (EO511) is a report recently released by the Governor’s Advisory Committee on Employee Health & Safety. The Committee studied workplace risks and dangers across the Commonwealth’s Executive Branch employees, making key recommendations to reduce injury, illness and deaths among state workers.

Judges Needed!

IB ImageTo register as a judge, visit: http://massscifair.com/sefos/judge/register; Access code: mssef@mit

If you are selected to be a judge, please confirm with Janet in the MOSES office at 

617.367.2727 or jvitiello@moses-ma.org. 

Can’t make May 2nd @ MIT? Please consider volunteering for one of these fairs:

• Middle School - Worcester Regionals:  Monday, May 5, 2014 @ WPI, Worcester, Mass.

For more information: http://www.wrsef.org/judges/Default.aspx 

• Middle School - State Finals: Saturday, June 14, 2014 @ Worcester Technical High School, Worcester, Mass.

For more information: http://www.massscifair.com/info/judges/become-a-judge

All judges must have a degree from a four year college/university and work in an area of science and or technology. This event is eligible for the Commonwealth's State Employee Responding as Volunteer (SERV), earning participants up to one paid day per month with supervisory approval. Please follow the instructions on the website to get approval (www.mass.gov/serv).

Shakespeare Needs a Kidney

MOSES Member and MassDEP Scientist David Shakespeare has an incurable, genetic kidney disease (Polycystic Kidney Disease (PKD)) and needs your help. His health continues to deteriorate as the disease progresses and dialysis looms closer and closer.  He needs to find a living donor.

David explains, "My dream is to resume the active life I once shared with my wife and others and to continue my work on behalf of the environment and PKD."

Can you help?

Please visit his website (www.ShakespeareNeedsAKidney.com) to learn how to get involved by spreading the word or by becoming a donor.  --Joe

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MOSES & EWB 2014

MOSES members making a difference around the world. Each year, MOSES scientists and engineers donate their time to Engineers without Borders. Here is just a small sampling of the good and important work they do.

DCR Foresters Fight the Good Fight

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MOSES represents 73 foresters throughout the Commonwealth...here are just two examples of the important work they do each day to protect our environment.  To read the entire story on Ken Gooch, click here:  http://www.newburyportnews.com/local/x1262669678/On-the-lookout-for-tree-killing-beetles
 

MOSES Member Linda Dube Plays Important Role in Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention

Making homes safe for children means finding and eliminating the lead hazards.  Linda Dube, an environmental health inspector with the Mass Department of Public Health, Childhood Lead Poisoning Prevention Program (CLPPP) explains, “Even though the incidence of the illness has been significantly reduced, many young children are poisoned by lead paint in Massachusetts each year.”

Most of the childhood  lead poisoning comes from lead paint dust in older homes. When old paint peels and cracks or older windows are opened and closed, it creates lead paint chips and lead dust. Lead gets into children’s bodies when they put their hands and toys into their mouths. Children can also breathe in lead dust as a result of home renovations.

Lead poisoning, even at low levels, can cause serious and sometimes permanent damage to a child's brain, kidneys and nervous system. It can also result in serious learning and behavior problems. 

In 2012, more than 214,000 children under the age of 65 had their blood tested for lead content. Of those, 907 were considered lead poisoned according to the Centers for Disease Control. Ms. Dube shares, “This means their blood levels were elevated and they had a significant chance of serious behavioral, cognitive and health ramifications.”

The Massachusetts Lead Law requires the removal or covering of lead paint hazards in homes built before 1978 (Lead was banned from paint for residential use in 1971) where a child under the age of six lives, be it single-family homes, condominiums or rental properties.

The first step in the deleading process is having the home inspected. Only people who are trained and authorized can do deleading work. Deleading includes things like replacing windows and woodwork, scraping or cover old paint and encapsulation. Ms. Dube notes, “There are many methods of deleading. We work with property owners to educate them about their deleading options, who can do what work and resources available to help pay for the deleading.”

Linda and her fellow CLPPP inspectors Wayne Bowen, Errol Campbell, Andrea Demuth and Warren Laskey are all MOSES members who inspect, issue orders and work to get homes deleaded for lead poisoned children. Linda also conducts two-day classroom training and coordinates the field training for the CLPPP Code Enforcement Lead Determination Inspector program. Once trained and licensed, the local health agents test paint and get houses deleaded before children get poisoned.  Linda adds, “The lead determination program is true primary prevention and an excellent example of a collaborative effort between local and state public health agents.”  

Lorraine Simbliaris, director of field operations for DPH/CLPPP, observes, “Linda and her team are some of our behind-the-scene scientists diligently working to eliminate lead poisoning for the children living in the Commonwealth.”

STOP H59! Lobby Day

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Read Joe Dorant's testimony.

Read Sara Cohen's testimony.

Read Mike Epstein's testimony.

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