Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis, Bailiffgate Museum, United States Colored Troops, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, February 3, 2019


PR Newswire: MTPA Launches National Online Directory Of ALS Specialists And Neurologists At Multidisciplinary Centers (PRESS RELEASE). “Mitsubishi Tanabe Pharma America, Inc. (MTPA) today announced the launch of a national online database of healthcare providers (HCPs) who treat amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS). The ALS Care Locator is designed to provide a convenient, searchable resource to help patients and caregivers identify ALS specialists and multidisciplinary centers in their local areas.”

Northumberland Gazette: New websites and a TV channel for museum. “After months of painstaking hardwork, Bailiffgate Museum volunteers have launched two new websites and the Bailiffgate TV YouTube channel. Residents will see familiar faces and uncover new stories about their community, and researchers from across the world will have access to the new, searchable, digital archives.”


Maryland State Archives Facebook: Today marks the first day of Black History Month 2019. . “In honor of this annual celebration, we have updated our Legacy of Slavery in Maryland database to include the names and regiments of over 1,000 United States Colored Troops, who are interred at the Loudon Park National Cemetery.”

Techdirt: Gaming Like It’s 1923: The Entries Are In. “At the beginning of the year, we launched our public domain game jam, Gaming Like It’s 1923, with a one-month time limit — and now the entries are in! We figured we’d get a dozen entries, maybe two, but we’re with a bunch of last minute entries slipping in under the deadline, we’re thrilled to say we’ve got 35 games based on works that entered the public domain this year. We’ve begun the judging process, with our huge panel of great judges. They need a little time with the games, but until we announce the winners in you can try out all the entries for yourself. ”


The Verge: Comedians are coming for one of Instagram’s biggest joke aggregators. “Comedians have started a campaign to take down Fuckjerry, one of Instagram’s biggest joke aggregators. The Instagram account, run primarily by Elliot Tebele with contribution from others at Jerry Media, posts jokes and memes from around the internet — while profiting off sponsored posts sent to the 14.3 million followers those jokes have attracted.”

CBS News: Social media platforms “used for evil and need to get fixed,” leading journalist says . “Maria Ressa, one of four figures Time magazine cited when it recognized journalists as its 2018 ‘Person of the Year,’ said that for a time, information operations on Facebook ‘demolished’ her reputation and peace of mind. Ressa told CBSN’s Reena Ninan on Friday her story should serve as a cautionary tale for the United States. Ressa is the CEO and executive editor of Rappler, a Philippine news site that has reported on President Rodrigo Duterte’s increasingly authoritarian government and his bloody war on drugs.”

Gizmodo: Harassment, Transphobia, and Racism: A Look Inside Blind’s Anonymous Chatting Forum for Google Employees. “In early January, Google systems reliability engineer Liz Fong-Jones announced she was leaving the company after 11 years, leaving behind, by her account, a half million dollars in stock, to work at the startup An outspoken advocate for inclusion and diversity, Fong-Jones quit citing dissatisfaction with leadership around ethics of products and working conditions…. On the anonymous discussion app Blind, some of Fong-Jones’ coworkers celebrated her departure in the private channel for Google employees.”


Appalachian State University: Drs. Russell and Thames use Facebook to Understand the Opioid Epidemic. “Using Facebook pages administered by Ohio newspapers, [Dr. David] Russell, [Dr. Naomi] Spence, and [Dr. Kelly] Thames critically evaluated news coverage and narratives discussing the opioid epidemic. They were also able to assess public reactions to the various newspaper posts on Facebook to shed light on the ranges of public understanding and attitudes towards this issue.”

Kellogg Insight: Who Gets Blamed When a Group Project Goes Wrong?. “New research into that question calls to mind the curious case of one much-maligned researcher. It began in 1986, when six researchers published a major paper in the journal Cell. Among the authors were a little-known assistant professor named Thereza Imanishi-Kari, who had devised the paper’s central experiment, and Nobel Prize winner David Baltimore. But soon after the paper was published, Imanishi-Kari was accused of falsifying her data.”

Slashgear: DeepSolar Project uses machine learning, satellite imagery to calculate US solar panels. “As the use of renewable energy, in this case solar power, continues to rise in the US, there’s also a growing need to better understand not just how much of the country’s energy comes from solar, but also how many solar panels are in use and where they are installed. While the government and utilities can offer estimates on commercial installations, the lack of data on individual residential installations makes these inaccurate. That’s where Stanford University’s DeepSolar Project aims to help.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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