Law School Scholarships, Santa Fe Trail, CLAGSNews Digital Archive, More: Wednesday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, March 17, 2021


ABA Journal: Afternoon Briefs: Lawyer gives frank reply to Justice Barrett; new site has law school scholarship information. “A database of law school scholarships, with search filters for things like award amounts, essay requirements and locations, was announced today by AccessLex, a nonprofit that focuses on increasing access to legal education. The Law School Scholarship Databank lists almost 800 offerings, according to its website.”

KNSS: Historic maps digitized for the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail. “A collection of historic trail maps has been digitized and is available online in time for the 200th anniversary of the Santa Fe Trail…. The historic Santa Fe Trail marked its beginnings when William Becknell’s trading expedition left Boonville, Missouri, on September 1, 1821, for Santa Fe, Mexico. The expedition followed days after Mexico separated from Spain’s 300-year rule. The Santa Fe Trail became the primary trade route between the new nation of Mexico and the United States.”


City University of New York: From Newsletter to Scholarly Record: Unveiling the CLAGSNews Digital Archive . “Join members of CLAGS: The Center for LGBTQ Studies and the Mina Rees Library for an unveiling of 35 years of scholarship now publicly accessible, downloadable, and shareable across the world, in the CUNY Academic Works repository. The digital CLAGS Archive illustrates the impact of queer scholarship from the oldest LGBTQ Research Center in the United States, as well as its ongoing alliance with a university library.”


Mashable: Google and Headspace collaborate on new mindfulness resources for kids. “Headspace and Google have teamed up to launch a new resource for families and educators interested in practicing mindfulness with their young children. Headspace Breathers, a weekly video series led by children’s mindfulness expert Samantha Snowden, will lead viewers through ‘practical and creative exercises and tips’ for teaching children and parents how to recognize, communicate, and manage emotions, according to a Tuesday press release. The videos hope to address the added stress of digital learning, social distancing, and increased screen time at home.”

CBS News: After years of trying to curb QAnon messaging, Twitter has now suspended more than 150,000 accounts. “While Twitter monitored, collected data and tried to suppress the reach of QAnon accounts, it had stopped short of outright banning them. That changed after the Capitol riot. On January 12, six days after the insurrection, Twitter publicly disclosed it had suspended 70,000 accounts. A Twitter spokesperson now tells CBS News the number has more than doubled — with more than 150,000 accounts suspended for engaging in ‘sharing harmful QAnon-associated content at scale.'”


CNET: China appears to be blocking Signal messaging app, report says. “Popular encrypted social media app Signal has become ‘unusable’ for some in China, The Wall Street Journal reported on Tuesday, suggesting that the app may have been blocked in the world’s most populous country.”


Reuters: More U.S. states join Texas-led antitrust lawsuit against Google. “Four more states have joined a lawsuit filed by Texas and others against Alphabet Inc’s Google that accuses it of breaking antitrust laws to boost its already dominant advertising business, the Texas attorney general said on Tuesday.”

CBC: Facebook phishing scams target Indigenous artists’ business pages. “In addition to [Tara] Kiwenzie, CBC News found dozens of other Indigenous artists and businesses across the United States and Canada had been affected by the same scam in recent weeks. The fake accounts were reported to Facebook, but Kiwenzie and others said they were initially told the accounts did not violate the social media platform’s community standards.”


Fierce Biotech: Clinical trial firms tap social media ‘influencers’ for virtual trial recruitment drive. “As the hype around so-called siteless trials continues unabated, two trial tech firms are joining forces to tap social media influencers to help push more patients into studies. The pair: decentralized clinical research company Thread and trial recruitment firm CureClick. They say their new pact will allow sponsors and contract research organizations to ‘access the power of patient activist-driven crowdsourcing to improve recruitment’ in virtual trials.”

University of California: UC secures landmark open access deal with world’s largest scientific publisher. “The University of California today (March 16) announced a pioneering open access agreement with the world’s largest scientific publisher, Elsevier, making significantly more of the University’s research available to people worldwide — immediately and at no cost…. Under the four-year deal, all research with a UC lead author published in Elsevier’s extensive portfolio of hybrid and open access journals will be open access by default.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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