Lyndon B. Johnson Phone Calls, Compendium of U.S. Jails, Jack Stout, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, May 24, 2021


LBJ Presidential Library: LBJ Presidential Library celebrates its 50th anniversary with LBJ’s recorded telephone conversations. “Designed and built by the Miller Center’s web team, the website, ‘Inside the Presidency of Lyndon Baines Johnson,’ will focus on more than 100 pivotal telephone conversations spanning key areas of the Johnson presidency. While listening to a conversation, users will be able to read the scrolling transcript and each telephone recording webpage includes supporting historical materials such as photographs, documents, biographies, and oral histories from the LBJ Library and Miller Center collections.”

Health & Justice Journal: The Compendium of U.S. jails: creating and conducting research with the first comprehensive contact database of U.S. jails. “Millions of people pass through U.S. jails annually. Conducting research about these public institutions is critical to understanding on-the-ground policies and practices, especially health care services, affecting millions of people. However, there is no existing database of the number, location, or contact information of jails. We created the National Jails Compendium to address this gap. In this paper, we detail our comprehensive methodology for identifying jail locations and contact information. We then describe the first research project to use the Compendium, a survey assessing jails’ treatment practices for incarcerated pregnant people with opioid use disorder.”

EMS1: National EMS Museum publishes online archive of writings by late EMS visionary Jack Stout. “The National EMS Museum has published an online archive of the writings of late EMS visionary Jack Stout through a partnership between FirstWatch and the Academy of International Mobile Healthcare Integration (AIMHI). The Jack Stout Archive is an open-access collection of more than 100 of Stout’s articles and essays, digitized through funding from FirstWatch and AIMHI, according to a press release.”

AP: Old records shed new light on smallpox outbreaks in 1700s. “A highly contagious disease originating far from America’s shores triggers deadly outbreaks that spread rapidly, infecting the masses. Shots are available, but a divided public agonizes over getting jabbed. Sound familiar? Newly digitized records — including a minister’s diary scanned and posted online by Boston’s Congregational Library and Archives — are shedding fresh light on devastating outbreaks of smallpox that hit the city in the 1700s.”

Vice: The Website Amplifying the Search for Missing Black People. “Across the UK, Black people have been going missing in disproportionate numbers. Despite making up only 3.3 percent of the population of England and Wales, National Crime Agency statistics indicate that Black people made up 14 percent of missing persons cases in 2019 and 2020 – over four times their relative population. In London, 36 percent of missing persons in the city were Black, almost three times their city population of 13.3 percent. Dominic Norton, a self-taught software developer, is hoping to step up the search for missing Black people in the UK. ”


Dot LA: Snap Unveils Its New AR Glasses and Innovation Lab. “Snap unveiled its latest AR glasses, pushing deeper into the technology it considers its big bet. Chief executive Evan Spiegel demonstrated the latest version of ‘Spectacles’ that overlay computer graphics atop the wearer’s field of vision during the company’s annual partner summit on Thursday.”

Publishers Weekly: Amazon Publishing, DPLA Ink Deal to Lend E-books in Libraries. “The Digital Public Library of America (DPLA) today announced that it has signed a much-anticipated agreement with Amazon Publishing to make all of the roughly 10,000 Amazon Publishing e-books and digital audiobooks available to libraries, the first time that digital content from Amazon Publishing will be made available to libraries.”


Mashable: QAnon believers go undercover to spread conspiracies online…and it’s working. “The reason you may not be seeing so much QAnon online isn’t because they’re not there. It’s because they’ve gone undercover. QAnon content is still spreading on mainstream social media platforms thanks to a number of tactics its believers are using to get around the bans.”

CNN: Google to open its first retail store to sell devices. “Almost exactly 20 years to the day after Apple opened its first retail store, Google is finally following suit. The company announced Thursday that it is opening its first physical retail store, called Google Store, this summer in New York City. The store will be located under its offices in the Chelsea neighborhood, where it employs many of its more than 11,000 employees in the city.”


Monash University: New study finds ancient Australian Aboriginal memory tool superior to “memory palace” learning among medical students. “The researchers found that the students who used the Aboriginal technique for remembering – ie a narrative plus locations from around the campus – were almost three times more likely to correctly remember the entire list than they were prior to training (odds ratio – 2.8). The students using the memory palace technique were about twice as likely to get a perfect score after training (2.1), while the control group improved by about 50% (1.5) over their pre-training performance.”

EurekAlert: Warnings on the dangers of screen time are ill founded — New study. “University researchers have carried out the largest systematic review and meta-analysis to date of how people’s perceptions of their screen time compare with what they do in practice, finding estimates of usage were only accurate in about five per cent of studies.”

Loyola Marymount University: Snapchat, Instagram Linked to Alcohol Abuse Among College Students. “Exposure to alcohol-related content on social media is associated with increased drinking among college students, according to several new studies from researchers at Loyola Marymount University. The effect stems from perceptions of drinking norms — the idea that everyone else is drinking, or drinking a lot, which in turn drives how much or how often college students really do consume alcohol, said Joe LaBrie, LMU psychology professor and lead author of the studies.” Good morning, Internet…

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