Kindergarten Readiness, Natural History Museums, Book Bans, More: Friday ResearchBuzz, March 24, 2023

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University of Illinois Chicago: New UIC early learning website focuses on kindergarten readiness. “The focus of The Ready Child is on pre-K families and teachers and is broken down into three sections, including The Ready Child, where people can learn about the five areas of kindergarten readiness; The Ready Family, where family members can find resources needed to help their child succeed; and the Ready School, where teachers and child care providers can build on the strengths children bring to the classroom.”

Smithsonian: Global Natural History Initiative Builds Groundbreaking Database To Address 21st-Century Challenges. “A group of natural history museums, organized by the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., the American Museum of Natural History Museum in New York City and the Natural History Museum in London, has mapped the total collections from 73 of the world’s largest natural history museums in 28 countries.”


Associated Press: Book ban attempts hit record high in 2022, library org says. “Attempted book bans and restrictions at school and public libraries continue to surge, setting a record in 2022, according to a new report from the American Library Association released Thursday.”

TechCrunch: Twitter will kill ‘legacy’ blue checks on April 1. “Twitter has picked April Fool’s Day, otherwise known as April 1, to start removing legacy blue checkmarks from the platform.”


Washington Post Engineering: Here’s how The Washington Post verified its journalists on Mastodon. “A small cross-disciplinary team of engineers worked together to add a feature so journalists at The Washington Post could link their Mastodon profiles from The Post’s website and verify themselves on the social network.”

Classical Music: The Lark Ascending: brand new skylark recordings project . “[The Ralph Vaughan Williams Society] has joined forces with the Wildlife Sound Recording Society (WSRS) and the British Library’s Wildlife and Environmental Sounds collection to gather examples of the song of the skylark – the bird whose exuberant, melodious singing inspired the composer’s much-loved piece The Lark Ascending.”

The Jefferson Monticello: Monticello Awarded $3.5 Million Mellon Foundation Grant for Getting Word African American Oral History Project Expansion, Digital Archive. “The Mellon Foundation, the nation’s largest supporter of the arts and humanities, recently awarded $3.5 million to Thomas Jefferson’s Monticello to expand the UNESCO World Heritage Site’s pioneering Getting Word African American Oral History Project. Established in 1993, Getting Word is a decades-long initiative to collect and share the stories of Monticello’s enslaved community and their descendants.”


New York Times: The Younger Brother Caught in the Middle of the FTX Investigation. “The money flowed freely at a pandemic-prevention organization run by the younger brother of Sam Bankman-Fried, the disgraced cryptocurrency mogul. Just over $375,000 financed a failed campaign in Colorado to increase taxes on cannabis sales in order to support pandemic research. Another $1 million was spent on consulting and advertising expenses in a single year. And $3.3 million went toward the purchase of a luxurious townhouse a few blocks from the U.S. Capitol.”

Governor of Hawaii: Attorney General Warns Of Fake Fbi Bitcoin Phone Scam Involving “Spoofed” Department Of The Attorney General Phone Number. “Scammers are calling Hawaiʻi residents pretending to be Federal Bureau of Investigations (‘FBI’) agents. The callers are lying and telling potential victims that they owe unpaid fines and are going to be arrested unless they immediately make a payment in Bitcoin or other cryptocurrency, or using other methods.”


Cornell Chronicle: Lawmakers struggle to differentiate AI and human emails. “A field experiment investigating how the natural language model GPT-3, the predecessor to the most recently released model, might be used to generate constituent email messages showed that legislators were only slightly less likely to respond to AI-generated messages (15.4%) than human-generated (17.3%).”

Georgetown University: Georgetown and UNHCR Collaborate on Big Data and Forced Displacement Project. “Georgetown and the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) have formed a new partnership to blend traditional and new forms of data to better understand and predict mass movements of forcibly displaced populations.”

North Carolina State University: Leafing Through History: Mining DNA Clues From Centuries-Old Manuscripts. “Since early 2021, an intercollege, interdisciplinary team of NC State researchers has been using modern scientific techniques to mine genetic clues from old manuscripts. In doing so, they are uncovering traces of the past hidden in the books and shaping future scholarship.” Good morning, Internet…

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