Hurricane Harvey, Gene Roddenberry, Monkeypox Guidance, More: Saturday ResearchBuzz, August 27, 2022


Fox 26 Houston: University of Houston highlighting city’s resilience during Hurricane Harvey. “Entitled Resilient Houston: Documenting Hurricane Harvey, viewers may access an online archive of oral history interviews from residents across the city, learn how different communities were affected, and how people stepped up to assist their neighbors.”

Deadline: The Roddenberry Estate & Otoy Unveil First Immersive Roddenberry Archive Experiences, Multi-Year Roadmap To Preserve History Of The ‘Star Trek’ Universe. “The Roddenberry Archive immersive experience and behind-the-scenes video logs are available for the public to view online at this link. These materials will be augmented with additional archive features throughout 2022.”

CBS 17: CDC launches new website to help colleges deal with monkeypox spread. “The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have launched a new landing page full of monkeypox resources for people in higher education. It offers tips for students on how teens and young adults can prevent the spread of the disease and other things they need to know.”


NARA: National Archives Public Programs in September . “In September, the National Archives celebrates Constitution Day (September 17), opens its new All American: The Power of Sports exhibit on September 16 at its DC Museum, and continues offering free public programs at the National Archives Museum in Washington, DC, at Presidential Libraries nationwide, and virtually on the National Archives YouTube Channel.” Interesting census program on September 8!


Reuters: Elon Musk’s ‘absurdly broad’ Twitter data requests mostly rejected by judge. “Elon Musk’s demands for Twitter Inc (TWTR.N) user details were rejected as ‘absurdly broad’ by a judge on Thursday, although the billionaire will get some data as he pursues his bid to end his $44 billion acquisition of the company.”


The Mainichi: Ordinary Japanese ‘salarymen’ reach TikTok stardom. “Daikyo Security Co.’s account, which gathers goofy dances, gobbled instant noodles and other everyday fare, is the brainchild of the company president. Despite his unpretentious demeanor, Daisuke Sakurai is dead serious about not only enhancing brand power but also recruiting young people to his company, a challenge he sees as a matter of survival.”

Reader’s Digest: How TikTok is changing book cover designs. “We’ve all heard the saying ‘don’t judge a book by its cover’, but it’s pretty evident that the look of the novel in question has to grab our attention. With a new digital trend that sees readers sharing their beloved purchases on social media apps like Instagram and TikTok, there’s more of a drive than ever to ensure that those covers match their desired target audience.”


The Conversation: Social media ads are about to change – how new rules on content marketing will affect what you see and share. “We’ve all scrolled through social media and come across a witty post shared by a friend. Perhaps it references a favourite TV show, or speaks to your current mood. If you were intrigued enough to click on it, you may have been surprised to discover it’s actually an ad for fast food, fashion or even gambling. Such ads, with no apparent connection to the product and which are not overtly trying to sell you something, are called content marketing.”

USA Today: Scribbled notes, classified materials and golf carts: Here’s how the millions of White House documents and artifacts should be archived. “Until the Watergate scandal during the Nixon administration, former presidents owned their records, although some worked with the National Archives to create presidential libraries. But when Richard Nixon, after resigning, wanted to destroy the White House tapes that incriminated him in the cover-up of the Watergate complex burglary, Congress passed a law giving control over presidential records to the National Archives at the end of an administration.”


PBS: Not all scientists wear lab coats. Volunteers are fueling research nationwide. “There’s a term for people who contribute to this knowledge purely out of love of the game: citizen scientists. And opportunities to get involved with federally run or sponsored initiatives — from mapping mosquito habitats with smartphones to tallying up plastic pellets spotted on the beach — have only expanded over time.”

Stanford University: New App VideoSticker Uses AI To Help Students Take Rich Notes from Video Lessons. “At present, note-taking of video means manually taking screenshots, clipping and cropping visual objects, reviewing transcripts and manually taking notes, all the while bouncing back and forth between video player and a note-taking app, [Hari] Subramonyam says. But VideoSticker combines video, audio, transcripts, and a powerful visual and a textual note-taking application. Better yet, using AI, VideoSticker can automatically identify and trim objects out of the video and place them in the note-taking area.”

Science Daily: What makes us share posts on social media?. “A new study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: Generalled by University of Pennsylvania researchers Danielle Cosme and Emily Falk analyzed the behavior of more than 3,000 individuals to explore the psychology behind sharing information online. It turns out that the answer is quite straightforward: People share information that they feel is meaningful to themselves or to the people they know.” Yup. Good morning, Internet…

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