Long Island University, Arkansas Capital Scan, North Carolina Early Literacy, More: Sunday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, November 14, 2021


Patch: LIU Unveils Digital Collection of Historical Documents. “Long Island University’s Palmer School of Library and Information Science announced the publication of ‘Digitizing Local History Sources,’ a groundbreaking five-year project and website offering the public access to more than 65,000 pages of historical materials from 45 participating historical societies across Long Island. The endeavor was funded by a $1.5 million grant from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.”

University of Arkansas: Walton College Releases Inaugural Arkansas Capital Scan. “Modeled after a similar report published each year by the University of Oregon, the Oregon Capital Scan, the 2020 Arkansas Capital Scan covers the flow of capital to early-stage companies located in the state of Arkansas during a single calendar year. The report overviews angel and venture capital investments, crowdfunding, grants from governmental and philanthropic bodies, and loans from banks and credit unions. It also provides an analysis of other activities influencing the development of the entrepreneurial sector in the state, such as the proliferation of Entrepreneurship Support Organizations (ESOs) and patent filing trends.”

North Carolina Department of Public Instruction: DPI Launches Free Online Literacy Resource for Parents, Teachers. “North Carolina Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI) Office of Early Learning has developed and released a new virtual resource, Literacy at Home, to help support North Carolina’s youngest readers. Literacy at Home provides activities specific to each grade level from pre-kindergarten through fifth grade. This online resource provides background knowledge on evidence-based literacy practices, as well as instructional activities for families and caregivers.”

Staten Island News: Staten Island Museum celebrates its 140th Anniversary with 140 Objects online exhibition . “…the Staten Island Museum is celebrating its 140th anniversary of its founding on November 12, 1881 by a group of young naturalists who came together with the idea to preserve the natural history of Staten Island. To celebrate this day, the Museum has multiple initiatives, including a 140 Object virtual exhibition. The exhibition includes historical maps, periodical cicada specimen, sculptures, modern art, and historical artifacts chosen by the Staten Island Museum’s collections staff. It is also the first installment of the museums new online collections database.”


Drexel Now: Drexel and Brandywine Workshop and Archives Partner To Expand Free Database of Diverse Art and Artists. “Drexel University and the Brandywine Workshop and Archives (BWA) have partnered to extend and improve Brandywine’s, the nation’s first free online database of contemporary diverse art and artists. A recent $500,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation will fund the project that will be managed by Drexel’s Lenfest Center for Cultural Partnerships with participation from the School of Education and the Arts Administration & Museum Leadership graduate program in the Westphal College of Media Arts & Design.”

MIT News: MIT Press announces Grant Program for Diverse Voices. “The MIT Press welcomes applications from new or returning authors from diverse backgrounds. Candidates who have significant personal experience or engagement with communities that are underrepresented in scholarly publishing are strongly encouraged to apply. Grants may support a variety of needs, including research travel, copyright permission fees, parental/family care, developmental editing, and any other costs associated with the research and writing process. Grantees agree to give MITP the right of first refusal on book projects.”


Search Engine Journal: WordPress Template Plugin Vulnerability Hits +1 Million Sites. “Starter Templates — Elementor, Gutenberg & Beaver Builder Templates plugin by the publishers of the Astra WordPress theme contains a vulnerability affecting over a million websites. The exploit allows an attacker to upload malicious scripts, stage a total site takeover and attack visitors to the vulnerable website.”

Ars Technica: Researchers wait 12 months to report vulnerability with 9.8 out of 10 severity rating. “About 10,000 enterprise servers running Palo Alto Networks’ GlobalProtect VPN are vulnerable to a just-patched buffer overflow bug with a severity rating of 9.8 out of a possible 10. Security firm Randori said on Wednesday that it discovered the vulnerability 12 months ago and for most of the time since has been privately using it in its red team products, which help customers test their network defenses against real-world threats. The norm among security professionals is for researchers to privately report high-severity vulnerabilities to vendors as soon as possible rather than hoarding them in secret.”


The Verge: Twitter shouldn’t be hiding basic app improvements behind its Blue paywall. “It doesn’t take much time using Twitter to realize that the ability to quickly fix a typo would be a nice thing to have. Or that the company should do something to fix threaded conversations, which have become such a mess that there’s actually enough demand for a third-party service, Thread Reader, specifically to try and wrangle the chaos. But instead of just fixing the obvious problems with its product, Twitter Blue takes features like the undo button for tweets, the reader mode for threads, or the ability to edit the navigation bar — basic improvements that would improve Twitter’s usability for everyone — and limits them only to those willing to pay for them.”

Philadelphia Inquirer: Who was the man with the uneven gait? Mystery medical photos come to life with discovery of long-lost Penn archives.. “He swayed slightly from side to side, his bare feet slapping the ground with each step. Identified only as Rogers, the lanky young man was one of nine neurological patients in a series of sepia-toned ‘electro-photographs,’ captured with novel stop-motion technology in Philadelphia in the summer of 1885. The photographer was Eadweard Muybridge, better known for using his technique to record the movements of galloping horses. His famous images settled a vigorous debate of the Victorian era: whether the animals, at any point in their stride, lift all four hooves off the ground. (They do.) Yet Rogers and the other medical patients in the photos have long been a mystery.” Good afternoon, Internet…

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