August 23, 2017

Worcester Sun, Aug. 23: Getting the (foot)ball rolling with BC’s Isaac Yiadom and NFL hopeful Tyler Catalina + much more

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Isaac Yiadom, a senior defensive back at Boston College, is on the rise for the Eagles.

The Sun Football Forecast | Part 1

Worcester’s Yiadom primed for big senior season at Boston College |  Ever since BC coach Steve Addazio told ESPN Isaac Yiadom had the potential to be an all-conference player, the Doherty legend’s name has come up a lot more in talks about the powerful Atlantic Coast Conference, and college football in general. But to Yiadom, that’s all just noise. “I don’t really listen to any of that, I just have to keep doing what I always do.”

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Tyler Catalina signs his contract as an undrafted rookie free agent with the Redskins.

Wachusett alum Tyler Catalina hopes to complete journey with NFL roster spot |  “I’ve played in so many systems, on so many teams, that I think I can adjust to anything at this point,” the 325-pounder said of his first few weeks in the NFL. “It just is what it is. I’ve got to keep working and showing the coaches I can handle anything they throw at me.” Those coaches, it seems, have seen something from Catalina, who is in position to vie for a backup role on the Washington Redskins offensive line.

Check back Sunday for more preseason football coverage, including a look at the must-watch former scholastic stars — Melifonwu, Ricard, Gray, Mensah, Rodgers, and many more — from the Worcester area at the college and pro levels.

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From test-tube babies to CRISPR, has technology finally surpassed skepticism?

WPI Prof. Patricia Stapleton: Will CRISPR fears fade with familiarity? |  While still a long way from clinical use, the recent news that scientists in Oregon had successfully edited genes in a human embryo brings us one step closer to changing the DNA that we pass along to our descendants. As the state of the science continues to advance, ethical issues need to be addressed before the next big breakthrough.

From the archives:

Editorial: CRISPR and the future |  Only a lucky few are able to be at the cutting edge of scientific discovery — even here in Worcester, with our many universities and biotechnology companies. But we’re all qualified to contemplate science’s implications. So, what should we think about last week’s report that CRISPR technology has edited out harmful DNA from viable human embryos?

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Coreen Gaffney, left, is challenging District 4 Councilor Sarai Rivera in the upcoming municipal election.

Sun Spots with Hitch [Vol. 191]: Catching Z’s with Worcester School Committee |  It’s a topic school board members say they’ve been studying for years: how to navigate the logistical and financial hurdles between them and getting the city’s many restless high schoolers more precious sleep. Forget parental — or even personal — discipline, the only solution is to start school later. Which of course will cost millions of dollars and likely force elementary school kids to bus home in the dark during the coldest days of winter. Hitch, unsurprisingly, has thoughts.

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Dr. Charles Birbara and Mary Coughlin

Meet Worcester’s clinical trial pioneers |  Dr. Charles A. Birbara and Mary Coughlin, R.N., welcome patients in pain, exploring frontiers of molecular medicine. Their office often serves as a last resort for relief for those without insurance and a ray of hope for others who have exhausted conventional therapies. “If we can relieve pain differently, and get people away from opioids by understanding how other pain pathways can be impeded, that would make a huge difference in people’s lives,” Dr. Birbara said.

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From left, Victoria Watkins, Marketing Administrator at Auburn Mall; Meghan Bowen of Spencer; and Justin Feldhouse, Area Mall Manager at Auburn Mall.

Inbox [Aug. 23]: News and notes from Women’s Initiative, Gallery at Briarwood, Healthy Greater Worcester coalition, Worcester State, Sen. Moore, Primetals, Simon Malls |  Have news you or your group would like to share? Let us know by emailing it to Be sure to include a link to the full release on your site or Facebook page so we can include it and send Sun members your way.

Giselle Rivera-Flores

Sun contributor Giselle Rivera-Flores named one of Worcester Business Journal’s 40 Under Forty for 2017 |  Before she was owner and director of The Learning Hub or named a #wbj40under40 winner, Giselle Rivera-Flores was one of the Sun’s very first contributors — just sayin’. We are so very proud to have joined forces with someone like Giselle, whose passion for positive change in education is matched only by her unrelenting work ethic and desire to help the many communities of Worcester continue to reach for new heights.

Please join the ever-growing Sun community in congratulating Giselle and her Learning Hub and Igworcesterma teams — and don’t forget to check out her WBJ 40 Under Forty profile (for the record, we never asked her age!).

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