Wisconsin History, Mentoring Best Practices, Twitter, More: Monday ResearchBuzz, May 29, 2023


Wisconsin State Journal: Wisconsin to celebrate 175th birthday Monday. “The Wisconsin Historical Society has launched a new website celebrating a list of Wisconsin ‘visionaries, changemakers and storytellers.'”

American Council on Education: New Ace Brief, Search Tool Outline Effective Mentoring Programs And Practices For Graduate Education. “For students of color and other historically minoritized students, mentoring has been shown to be especially promising in encouraging their pursuit of graduate education, according to a new brief published by ACE….ACE’s new search tool offers examples of institutions that employ these various practices. Practices are organized into four stages of students’ academic journeys along the pathway into and through graduate education.”


PressGazette: Twitter’s shrinking role as traffic source for news publishers revealed. “Twitter’s role as a traffic referral source to publishers’ sites has been shrinking. Data from publisher analytics firm Chartbeat shows that Twitter referral traffic, 1.9% of all traffic in April 2018 to 1,350 publisher sites included in the analysis, had fallen to 1.2% five years later in April this year.”


Slashgear: This Chrome Extension Helps Students Prove AI Didn’t Write Their Essays . “Draftback is a Google Chrome browser extension available as a free download from the Chrome Web Store. When installed, Draftback adds a special button to the top of a Google Doc interface that retraces the entire revision history of the document.”

MakeUseOf: 5 Free Interactive Presentation Tools You Can Try Online. “Giving a presentation that’s engaging can be difficult, especially if the material happens to be particularly dry. One of the best ways to keep audiences engaged is by making your presentation interactive. Luckily, there are plenty of online tools that aim to make creating interactive presentations as easy as possible. Here are five of the best for your consideration.”


Library of Congress: Library of Congress Launches COVID-19 American History Project. “The Library of Congress has announced the congressionally-funded COVID-19 American History Project, a multiyear effort to collect, preserve and make available to the public the oral histories of frontline healthcare workers, survivors of loved ones who died, and others impacted by the pandemic.”

Progress-Index: Former tennis stars donate money to preserve historic Black student records housed at VSU. “Former women’s tennis stars Billie Jean King and Ilana Kloss have donated money to Virginia State University to help preserve the history of Black athletes in the Jim Crow era. … The money will be used to digitize and preserve records of the Virginia Interscholastic Association currently housed at VSU. The records contain information about the achievements of Virginia-based Black athletes who were assisted by the work of the VIA.”

Canada’s National Observer: Wildfire conspiracy theories spread faster than flames. “Emergency responders and some politicians are exasperated and say this kind of disinformation hinders efforts to keep people safe during extreme weather events like the fires and to deal with climate change, which climate researchers say has fuelled the fires.”

BBC: French Open 2023: Grand Slam using AI to protect players from online abuse. “The Bodyguard technology aims to filter out abusive comments on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, Youtube, Tiktok and Discord. Players can scan a QR code to connect their social media accounts to its system, with the company stating it analyses every real-time comment in under 200 milliseconds and blocks abusive remarks.”


CBS: Nearly every state and D.C. sue telecom company over billions of robocalls. “Attorneys general from almost every state in the U.S. filed a lawsuit Tuesday against Avid Telecom, a company accused of making more than 7.5 billion robocalls to people on the National Do Not Call Registry. Attorneys general from the District of Columbia and every state except Alaska and South Dakota are acting as plaintiffs.”

Reuters: Judge Throws Out Shareholder Lawsuit Against Elon Musk Over Twitter Buyout. “A judge dismissed a proposed class-action lawsuit against Elon Musk that claimed he cheated Twitter shareholders several times last year in the course of buying the social media company for $44 billion.”


New York Times: A Hospital Visit Reveals Medieval Secrets Hidden in Books. “Even in medieval times, recycling was in vogue: Bits of parchment salvaged from older handwritten manuscripts were often used to reinforce other books. Using CT scanning, a team of researchers has now shown that those medieval leftovers hidden beneath some books’ covers can be seen.” Good morning, Internet…

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