Aretha Franklin, Hawaii Poly-Forestry, New Jersey Law Enforcement, More: Friday Afternoon ResearchBuzz, September 9, 2022


The Guardian: FBI tracked Aretha Franklin’s civil rights activism, declassified file shows. “The FBI has declassified its file on Aretha Franklin, the late ‘Queen of Soul’ who died in 2018 at age 76. The 270-page document, which includes reports from over a dozen states, shows the bureau extensively tracked the singer’s civil rights activism and her friendships with Martin Luther King Jr and Angela Davis.”

University of Hawaii: Valuable data tool designed for Hawaiʻi Island farmers. “A new climate dashboard will display weather, climate predictions and environmental conditions relevant to Hawaiʻi Island farmers. The pilot project will co-produce a poly-forestry climate dashboard in partnership with the Keaukaha Panaʻewa Farmers Association on Hawaiʻi Island.”

New Jersey Attorney General: Acting AG Platkin Launches New Dashboard Detailing Information on Police Internal Affairs Investigations Statewide. “Acting Attorney General Matthew J. Platkin today made a wealth of information about police agencies’ internal affairs investigations available online, in a searchable dashboard capable of filtering data by law enforcement agency, the types of allegations involved, and what, if any, disciplinary action was taken. It is believed to be the most comprehensive compilation of statewide internal affairs information to be made accessible to the public by any state in the U.S.”

PR Newswire: Near Space Labs Launches Imagery Grant Program to Unlock Free Access to its Ultra-High Resolution Imagery for Nonprofits, Researchers and Universities (PRESS RELEASE). “Near Space Labs, the cutting-edge geospatial data and Earth imagery company, today announced the launch of its Community Resilience & Innovation Earth Imagery Grant program that will make its 10 cm ultra-high resolution imagery available for free to nonprofits, researchers, and universities, among others.”


Argonne National Laboratory: Mapping Tools to Identify Underserved Communities. “For those planning projects with an energy and environmental justice (EEJ) component, identifying disadvantaged communities and working with them on the intended project’s outcomes is critical. With so many mapping tools available, deciding which to use for what purpose can be confusing. Some mapping tools simply identify which areas are disadvantaged according to certain datasets, while others have more features, such as the ability to identify underserved communities with particular characteristics or run project suitability analyses.”


Veteran’s Administration: Got a VA question? Use the new virtual chatbot 24/7. “Got a question about your VA benefits, health care, eligibility? You might want to check VA’s website, where you can access a new interactive chatbot to ask questions—24 hours a day, seven days a week. Veterans, caregivers and families can still browse the website or search it for information, but in addition you can now ask specific questions to the chatbot.”


ProPublica: The Navy Is Withholding Court Records in a High-Profile Ship Fire Case. “Despite a 2016 law requiring more transparency of court-martials, the U.S. Navy is refusing to release nearly all court documents in a high-profile case in which a sailor faces life in prison. Seaman Recruit Ryan Mays, 21, has been charged with aggravated arson and hazarding a vessel in the 2020 fire that destroyed the USS Bonhomme Richard. Mays has maintained his innocence.”

Hartford Courant: Legislation to force Big Tech to pay publisher for online news ‘blown up’ by censorship amendment . “Proposed legislation that would force Big Tech to pay publishers for aggregating news content online stalled in the Judiciary Committee Thursday after an amendment introduced by Sen. Ted Cruz to prohibit censorship ‘collusion’ narrowly passed, sharply dividing the bipartisan sponsors of the bill.”


Duke Health: Duke Awarded $12M Research Grant to Use Artificial Intelligence to Detect Autism. “The Duke Center for Autism and Brain Development has been awarded a $12 million federal grant to develop artificial intelligence tools for detecting autism during infancy and identifying brain-based biomarkers of autism.”

Rensselaer: Rensselaer Researcher To Follow the Trail of Misinformation. “Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute’s Boleslaw Szymanski, Claire and Roland Schmitt Distinguished Professor of Computer Science, is part of an interdisciplinary team of researchers examining the flow of (mis)information in social media…. The team will answer several questions by examining vast amounts of newly accessible data. How is content, whether true or false, disseminated? How does it gain popularity? How is it ultimately accepted as truth by large numbers of people?” Good afternoon, Internet…

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