Cannabis Research, DeeBeeGee’s Virtual Black Doll Museum, Indiana Floodplains, More: Tuesday ResearchBuzz, January 11, 2022


Oregon Health & Science University: Cannabis resource for health care providers, researchers launches Jan. 10. “In light of the widespread availability of legal cannabis, Oregon Health & Science University today launched a new web-based tool designed to help clinicians and researchers evaluate the latest evidence around the health effects of cannabis.”

WTOP: Woman creates virtual Black doll museum. “The museum features antique dolls, dolls 80 years or older. [Debbie Behan-Garrett]’s oldest dolls date back to the 1880s. They are a pair of cloth dolls that are handmade by the grandchild of an abolitionist. She features vintage dolls from 1941 through 1960 and modern dolls from 1961 to the present. She also features one-of-a-kind dolls, dolls that can’t be found anywhere else.”

WBIW: New Indiana Floodplain Information Portal now available. “A new Indiana Floodplain Information Portal (INFIP) is available that will save users valuable time. INFIP is designed to show flood risk associated with Indiana water bodies and provide information specifically for local and state floodplain permitting. The information is based on the regulatory floodplain limits, as floods exceeding the regulatory floodplain can and do occur.”

Florida Polytechnic University: New online tool helps bolster STEM careers from Florida Poly. “MyFloridaFuture, which was announced today by the State University System of Florida and the Board of Governors, is an interactive tool designed to help students and their families make informed decisions about higher education options within the system…. Among the wealth of data found in the college and career planning tool is information to allow students to compare earnings over time, educational options beyond a bachelor’s degree, average loan amounts, and more. Information is available at both the institution and system level.”


CDC: Worker Health Charts: A data visualization tool for worker health information. “Worker Health Charts is a valuable tool for analyzing and presenting worker health information and data. Recently, the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) updated Worker Health Charts with new features to make it more user-friendly.”

CNET: Signal CEO Moxie Marlinspike steps down. “Signal, the encrypted-messaging app, is on the lookout for a new CEO after Moxie Marlinspike said Monday he’s stepping down. After leading the company for almost a decade, Marlinspike says now is a good time to find a replacement.”


CNN: In VR, there are no rules, so parents are making up their own. “[Allen] Roach is one of a growing number of parents navigating a new frontier in technology, and learning as they go. More kids have access to VR headsets than ever before — and with it, access to a still-niche but expanding virtual world of games, avatar-driven hangouts, and many more activities. And the number of kids who use it is only likely to increase after the most recent holiday season.”

New York Times: National Endowment for the Humanities Announces $24.7 Million in New Grants. “The awards will support projects including Cherokee language translation, a digital map of jazz and hip-hop in Queens, and a study of the secret language of French butchers.”


Search Engine Journal: WordPress Core Vulnerabilities Hits Millions of Sites. “WordPress announced it has patched four vulnerabilities that are rated as high as 8 on a scale of 1 to 10. The vulnerabilities are in the WordPress core itself and are due to flaws introduced by the WordPress development team itself.”

New York Times: Google must turn over more documents in a labor case, a judge rules.. “Google wrongly claimed attorney-client privilege to protect documents subpoenaed in a National Labor Relations Board case filed by former employees who say the company fired them because of their unionization efforts, a labor judge has ruled.”


UVA Today: Americans Are Less Likely To Answer Emails Sent By African Americans, Study Finds. “African Americans are less likely to receive responses to the emails they send, according to new research from a team that included John Holbein, a professor of public policy, politics and education at the University of Virginia’s Frank Batten School of Leadership and Public Policy.”

The Verge: Google launches Ripple, an open standard that could bring tiny radars to Ford cars and more. “Google has been publicly building tiny radar chips since 2015. They can tell you how well you sleep, control a smartwatch, count sheets of paper, and let you play the world’s tiniest violin. But the company’s Soli radar hasn’t necessarily had commercial success, most prominently featuring in an ill-fated Pixel phone. Now, Google has launched an open-source API standard called Ripple that could theoretically bring the tech to additional devices outside Google — perhaps even a car, as Ford is one of the participants in the new standard.” Good morning, Internet…

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