Common App Assistance, Ohio Career Development, City Development, More: Thursday ResearchBuzz, October 27, 2022


PRWeb: The AXS Companion to Common App, a New Tool Developed by IECA and Oregon State University, Helping Thousands of Students Apply to College (PRESS RELEASE). “Developed by the Independent Educational Consultants Association (IECA) in partnership with Oregon State University’s Ecampus, the AXS Companion includes 50-plus explanatory videos for each Common App section as well as helpful tips, a glossary of terms, and links to additional resources. It is designed to be used side-by-side with Common App as students complete their applications.” (The resource is free.)

Business Journal: Ohio’s New Career Resource Navigator Aims to Help Job Seekers Overcome Barriers. “An individual, career counselor, workforce professional or others looking for support need only to answer a few questions and a list is created of programs and resources tailored to assist them or someone they are helping, said [Matt] Damschroder. Assistance is available in a variety of areas such as managing a disability, obtaining education or skills and locating support such as childcare or transportation.”

Brookings Institution: Introducing the Smart Growth Cities tool. “Every region faces unique challenges while benefiting from unique advantages, which is part of what makes successful economic and workforce development planning so difficult, as there is no one-size-fits-all approach. The Smart Growth Cities tool recognizes this and provides a powerful, location-specific guide that applies research insights and detailed data sources to help planners along this difficult road to achieving economic and workforce outcomes that align with local priorities.”

KUNR: Catholic Church ‘dumped’ abusive priests onto tribal communities, database shows. “Over the past 70 years, 96 priests of the Jesuits West Province of the Society of Jesus have been credibly accused of sexual abuse. Nearly half of them – 47 priests – spent time on tribal lands. That’s according to a database called ‘Desolate Country: Mapping Catholic Sex Abuse in Native America,’ which a pair of researchers built from the Catholic Church’s own list of “credible claims of sexual abuse of a minor or vulnerable adult” by priests and brothers across much of the West dating back to 1950.”

USDA: USDA Launches Loan Assistance Tool to Enhance Equity and Customer Service. “The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched a new online tool to help farmers and ranchers better navigate the farm loan application process.”


USC Shoah Foundation: Public Launch of the New Visual History Archive. “Join us on campus or on Zoom for the public launch of USC Shoah Foundation’s new Visual History Archive (VHA) platform. With advanced new search functions and robust project management tools, the new VHA enables scholars, researchers and educators to connect with the 55,000 testimonies of Holocaust and genocide survivors and witnesses in a way that has never been possible until now.” November 9th, virtual and in-person. Admission is free but you have to register.


Matt Mullenweg: Open Source Podcasting Client. “Automattic acquired Pocket Casts last July, and since we’ve been tapping away trying to make the best podcast client for people who love listening to podcasts. And! The team has been working really hard to make those clients totally open source and available to the world, and it’s now happened.”


New York Times: Twitch’s Relationship With Its Streamers Shows Its Cracks. “…Twitch has mostly maintained the good will of the streamers who are its lifeblood. But that has been changing, and streamers say they are increasingly worried that they’re being forgotten by the platform in the name of profits. More than a dozen star Twitch streamers have switched to YouTube in recent years, and the service risks losing more to other livestreaming platforms.”


Stanford University: A New Law Designed for Children’s Internet Safety Will Change the Web for Adults, Too. “While directed toward children’s safety and well-being, the impact of the law could be much broader, says Stanford HAI Privacy and Data Policy Fellow Jennifer King…. ‘What we’re seeing is a shift toward a world where you get more choices over what and how you want things given to you that isn’t simply the company’s version of personalization.’ In this conversation, she explains the implications of the new law, how it will impact AI developers, and what happens next in the U.S. privacy and AI regulatory landscape.”

Ars Technica: Company that makes rent-setting software for landlords sued for collusion. “Renters filed a lawsuit this week alleging that a company that makes price-setting software for apartments and nine of the nation’s biggest property managers formed a cartel to artificially inflate rents in violation of federal law. The lawsuit was filed days after ProPublica published an investigation raising concerns that the software, sold by Texas-based RealPage, is potentially pushing rent prices above competitive levels, facilitating price-fixing, or both.”


News@Northeastern: Northeastern Researcher Pledges To Unlock Power Of Cellphone-generated Mobility Data To Benefit Neighborhoods. “In a joint effort funded by the National Science Foundation, scientists from Northeastern University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology plan to build a public mobility data platform for the Boston area that will help neighborhoods and communities use cellphone-generated data to address issues of social equity, racial and socioeconomic segregation, economic development and climate resilience.”

WIRED: How Google Alerted Californians to an Earthquake Before It Hit. “ANDROID PHONES AROUND San Francisco’s Bay Area buzzed with an alert on Tuesday morning: A 4.8 magnitude earthquake was about to hit. ‘You may have felt shaking,’ some of the messages read. More than a million Android users saw the alert. And for some, it arrived seconds before the ground even started moving.” Good morning, Internet…

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