Graduate Syllabi, Facebook, The Holocaust, More: Monday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 16, 2019


Diverse Education: Research Focuses on Lack of Women Authors on Graduate Syllabi. “In a recent article published in The Journal of Politics, [Dr. Heidi] Hardt’s team reported the findings of their four-year research project. In what the researchers describe as the largest known study of Ph.D.-level assigned reading across a discipline, they analyzed 88,673 readings from 840 syllabi and 65 reading lists used in political science graduate courses….In addition to documenting the gender readings gap, the researchers have also made their Graduate Assignments DataSet (GRADS) publicly available as a free online database for researchers seeking to diversify syllabi or publications.”


AP: Facebook expands new tool aiming to shrink ‘news deserts’. “Facebook is trying to coax “’news deserts’ into bloom with the second major expansion of a tool that exposes people to more local news and information. But the social network confesses that it still has a lot to learn.”

Times of Israel: Yale launches Holocaust survivors podcast. “The series launched this week with the testimony of Martin Schiller, a Jewish man from Poland who described his experiences in the concentration and slave labor camps of Plaszow, Skarzysko-Kamienna, Buchenwald and Theresienstadt.”


CNET: 9 vegan YouTube cooking shows you can’t miss. “Whether you prefer to get your recipes along with a heavy dose of entertainment or just want to keep it simple, there’s a vegan cooking show out there for you — whether you yourself follow a plant-based diet or not.” I am not vegan but I am trying to eat more plants. This looks like a good list but it’s missing my favorite vegan cooking show, Pick Up Limes.

MakeUseOf: 5 Apps to Manage Good Email Newsletters and Unsubscribe Junk. “If you want to deal with cleaning up newsletters, using an app like or Unsubscriber is the easy way to unsubscribe from email newsletters in bulk. But such apps sell the user’s data to marketers, which perhaps defeats the purpose you wanted them for.”

Search Engine Journal: 7 Effective Tactics to Defeat Internet Trolls . “To this day, trolls emerge from the dank recesses of their troll caves to stir up trouble in discussions, on social media, and anywhere they can make people mad. For the rest of us, there are ways to fight back and maintain civility, friendly discourse, and fun in our online communities – not in spite of the trolls, but in direct opposition to everything they stand for.”


BBC: Instagram apologises after censoring London fishmonger. “Instagram says a video of a shop display posted by a London-based fishmonger was accidentally flagged as containing offensive material. Rex Goldsmith said it was the second time in two weeks that one of his posts had been greyed-out, with a warning message placed over the top.”

NiemanLab: Can a science escape room livestreamed on Twitch help bring viewers to public media?. “Twitch. An escape room. YouTube influencers. Outer space. And public media. You never know what concoction of trends will make an experiment successful. And that’s the job of WGBH’s emerging platforms initiative: finding mixes that help the Boston-based public media station reach younger audiences (Gen Z and millennials) through newer platforms (Instagram, Twitch, Twitter, Snapchat Discover, YouTube, subreddits, and TikTok). ”


Sydney Morning Herald: Tech world’s ‘outrageous’ denial of responsibility invites backlash: ACCC boss Rod Sims. “Governments around the world will hit Facebook and Google with increasingly onerous restrictions unless the tech giants drop their ‘outrageous’ insistence they are neutral distributors of information, according to Australia’s competition tsar Rod Sims.”

Times of India: If govt fails to curb social media misuse, we’ll step in: SC . “The Supreme Court on Friday sought to goad the Centre to check misuse of social media platforms for circulating fake news and rumours, saying it could step in to do what is required if there was no action by the executive. ” Good afternoon, Internet…

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