Educator Misconduct, Shelter Dogs, Slack, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, July 25, 2019


UTSA Today: New grant-funded educator misconduct database to aid in research and prevention . “David Thompson, a professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Studies in the UTSA College of Education and Human Development, and Catherine Robert ’17, Ed.D, an assistant professor of educational leadership and policy studies at the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA), are developing a database with information about Texas certified educators who have engaged in sexual misconduct during the last two decades (1999-2019) to provide empirical data on educator sexual misconduct (ESM) that can inform education policymakers at the national and state levels.”

Tampa Bay Times: We gave a shelter dog a Doggy Day Out. You can too.. “Doggy Day Out aims to help by giving dogs some fresh air, sunshine and, most importantly, some stimulation…. It’s a low-commitment way to get involved, especially for people who want to be around dogs, but can’t have one at home. There’s now an online database of shelters across the U.S. that have Doggy Day Out programs.”


Neowin: Slack announces a faster and more efficient desktop app. “The team behind Slack has announced a new update to its desktop apps today, and it’s a pretty significant one. The latest version of the communications app promises to be a lot faster and more efficient than its predecessors.”

Tom’s Guide: Google Launches Gallery Go for Photos: What You Need to Know. “Gallery Go is a new program launched today by Google designed to help those with a shaky internet connection to collect, manage, and edit their photos within a 10MB app.”


Reuters UK: Explainer: What Google, Facebook could face in U.S. antitrust probe. “While the Justice Department did not name any targets in announcing the probe on Tuesday, sources have indicated Alphabet Inc’s Google, social media giant Facebook Inc, online retailer Inc and possibly Apple Inc will likely be reviewed. Here’s what regulators could focus on at the big technology companies.”

BBC: Renters may get access to rogue landlord database. “A database of rogue landlords would be opened up to prospective tenants under government plans. The Rogue Landlords Database was launched in 2018 and only has ten names on it so far.”

NITV: New Twitter bot reminds users to capitalise Indigenous. “Frustrated with seeing many newsrooms failing to capitalise ‘Indigenous’, a Northern Territory software developer launches a new bot to assist journalists to lift their game.”


BetaNews: Banking malware grows as cryptominers decline. “The latest mid-year Cyber Attack Trends Report from Check Point shows mobile banking malware attacks are up 50 percent compared to the first half of 2018, while the number of organizations hit by cryptominers is down to 26 percent, from 41 percent last year.”

Curbed New York: City to create database to track scourge of retail vacancies. “The ‘Storefront Tracker’ bill, which was backed by 16 councilmembers, requires the Department of Finance gather an array of data on storefronts that will be bundled into a digital tool intended as a crucial resource to better understand the woes of the small business sector.”


The Globe and Mail: When art becomes a hashtag, do museums lose their meaning?. “The experience that insta-museums offer is perhaps actually not such a new idea; not unlike a prop-filled turn-of-the-century portrait studio, they provide imaginative and surreal backdrops for staged photographs. Instead of wearing formal attire and pretending to board a steamer to cross the Atlantic, people today stick their heads through a giant pizza-slice cutout that stands in a landscape of toppings and mozzarella. These attractions are also there to make money – a number of pop-up experiences are themed according to a sponsoring brand’s identity and are heavily badged with company logos and hashtags. Theirs is an act of consumptive reification rather than one of enquiry – of entertainment and not art.”

The Jerusalem Post: Israeli researchers develop algorithm to predict infectious diseases. “The algorithm was first tested in blood samples taken from healthy people from the Netherlands. Some samples were infected with Salmonella bacteria and the immune response recorded. While existing genomic analysis methods did not uncover differences between groups, the algorithm revealed significant differences that were tied to subsequent variations in bacteria-killing abilities.”

Phys .org: Russian website reportedly selling science article authorships. “Several websites are reporting that a Russian website is selling authorships for research papers being published in several journals. Sites making such claims include and Science Chronicle—they are further claiming that the Web of Science group Clarivate Analytics has been investigating the Russian-based website—called—and has found evidence that the group behind the site is selling authorships on research papers that are set for publication in scientific journals.” Good morning, Internet…

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