Hyde Park Herald: Museum of Science and Industry wins grant to digitize 7,000 artifacts

Hyde Park Herald: Museum of Science and Industry wins grant to digitize 7,000 artifacts. “The Museum of Science and Industry (MSI), 5700 S. Lake Shore Drive, has received a grant $225,782 to digitize a major part of its collection of more than 35,000 artifacts. The funds will pay for the MSI to create a website that will give free public access to 7,000 artifacts for the first time.”

Cornell Chronicle: Fugitive slave ad database receives grant from Mellon

Cornell Chronicle: Fugitive slave ad database receives grant from Mellon. “Cornell-based Freedom on the Move (FOTM), a database documenting the lives of fugitives from American slavery through newspaper ads placed by slave owners in the 18th and 19th centuries, has received a $150,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.”

What’s New in Civic Tech: California Creates Grants Portal (Government Technology)

Government Technology: What’s New in Civic Tech: California Creates Grants Portal. “The California State Library has built and launched a new grants portal that gives users a centralized location to find state grant and loan opportunities. Dubbed the California Grants Portal, the platform currently features more than 100 grants that total more than $17 billion in potential funding. The platform for the new portal is also an intuitive one that allows users to search by applicant type, grant category and timeframe for application deadlines.”

University of Connecticut: UConn Library, School of Engineering to Expand Handwritten Text Recognition

University of Connecticut: UConn Library, School of Engineering to Expand Handwritten Text Recognition. “The UConn Library and the School of Engineering are working to develop new technology that applies machine learning to handwriting text recognition that will allow researchers to have improved access to handwritten historic documents. Handwritten documents are essential for researchers, but are often inaccessible because they are unable to be searched even after they are digitized. The Connecticut Digital Archive, a project of the UConn Library, is working to change that with a $24,277 grant awarded through the Catalyst Fund of LYRASIS, a nonprofit organization that supports access to academic, scientific, and cultural heritage.”

Michigan State University: Social Scientists Awarded National Parks Service Grant

Michigan State University: Social Scientists Awarded National Parks Service Grant. “This grant will be used to develop The Internment Archaeology Digital Archive, an open digital archive that will host, preserve and provide broad public access to digitized collections of archaeological materials, archival documents, oral histories and ephemera that speak to the experiences of Japanese Americans incarcerated during World War II in the United States.”

Ithaca Voice: Grant to fund creation of digital archive for local poetry press

Ithaca Voice: Grant to fund creation of digital archive for local poetry press. “Ithaca has its roots in poetry — named after the Greek island in ‘Odyssey,’ Homer’s epic poem, it is no surprise Ithaca has historically had a lively literary scene. Now, some of the history of Ithaca’s literary community will become more accessible via the creation of a digital archive for Ithaca House Press.”

WSET: Virginia Humanities announces $235,800 to support museums, historical societies

WSET: Virginia Humanities announces $235,800 to support museums, historical societies. “Virginia Humanities announced $235,800 in recent grants to nonprofit organizations in support of public humanities programs for audiences throughout the state. Virginia Humanities has awarded grants to museums, historical societies, and other cultural non-profits across the state since 1974.”

Native News Online: Native News Online Gets Knight Foundation Grant For New Website, Digital Platform

Native News Online: Native News Online Gets Knight Foundation Grant For New Website, Digital Platform . “One of the most-read news sites covering Indian Country, Native News Online will use the grant to overhaul its website with an updated design and numerous other technical changes to make it more reader-friendly and more useful for marketers.”

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Mellon Foundation Invests $1.5 Million in Federal COVID-19 Research Project to Support Libraries, Museums Reopening

Institute of Museum and Library Services: Mellon Foundation Invests $1.5 Million in Federal COVID-19 Research Project to Support Libraries, Museums Reopening. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced the receipt of a $1,500,000 grant from The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation to support materials research for collections care and the reopening of libraries and museums during the COVID-19 pandemic. As libraries and museums around the country begin to resume operations and reopen to the public, the need for clear information to support the handling of core museum, library, and archival materials has become increasingly urgent.”

UNC University Libraries: Half-Million Dollar Grant Will Extend Operations of North Carolina Digital Heritage Center

UNC University Libraries: Half-Million Dollar Grant Will Extend Operations of North Carolina Digital Heritage Center. “The North Carolina Digital Heritage Center (NCDHC) at the University Libraries has received a $525,573 grant to extend its operations. The award is from the State Library of North Carolina with funds from the Institute of Museum and Library Services…. The grant will allow the center to continue to support its existing partners and to reach out to new partners to share their collections online.”

Florida Atlantic University: Covid-19 Knowledge Base And Risk Assessment Tool Is Powered By AI

Florida Atlantic University: Covid-19 Knowledge Base And Risk Assessment Tool Is Powered By AI. “Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Engineering and Computer Science, in collaboration with FAU’s Schmidt College of Medicine, have received a one-year, $90,000 National Science Foundation (NSF) RAPID project grant to conduct research using social networks and machine learning, facilitated by molecular genetics and viral infection, for COVID-19 modeling and risk evaluation. The project will create a web-based COVID-19 knowledge base, as well as a risk evaluation tool for individuals to assess their infection risk in a dynamic environment.”

The Harvard Crimson: Graduate School of Education Begins Black Teacher Archives Project

The Harvard Crimson: Graduate School of Education Begins Black Teacher Archives Project. “The Black Teacher Archives, a research project archiving content about the history of African American education, was recently launched at the Graduate School of Education. Funded by a $610,000 grant from the Andrew W. Mellon foundation, the Black Teacher Archives seeks to ‘lay the groundwork for a dynamic digital archive to rejuvenate academic scholarship in the field of African American educational history,’ according to its grant proposal.”

EurekAlert: Lehigh University awarded state grant to develop coronavirus-killing functional material

EurekAlert: Lehigh University awarded state grant to develop coronavirus-killing functional material. “Lehigh’s project will address the transmission of SARS CoV viruses, including COVID-19, through contact with common surfaces, such as in healthcare settings and in public spaces. The team seeks to ‘chemically functionalize’ these surfaces with a novel polymer coating that will incapacitate the virus and prevent further transmission. The coating, which will disable the outermost ‘lipid or fatty envelope’ of the virus, will have long-lasting effects compared with typical disinfectants and cleaning products that primarily destroy the existing virus but become ineffective after a short time.”

State of Maine: Maine State Archives offers grants for preservation of archival collections

State of Maine: Maine State Archives offers grants for preservation of archival collections. “Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap and the Maine State Archives today launched the New Century Community Grant Program for the preservation of archival collections. This grant program will provide resources for collecting institutions throughout Maine to care for and improve access to their archival collections. Funding for the grant program comes from the Maine State Cultural Affairs Council and the Maine State Archives.”

Getty Iris: 400 Artists and 80 Arts Organizations Receive $2.7 Million in COVID-19 Relief Grants

Getty Iris: 400 Artists and 80 Arts Organizations Receive $2.7 Million in COVID-19 Relief Grants. “Four hundred artists and 80 arts organizations received $2.7 million in total grants as part of a broad-based COVID-19 relief effort for the visual arts in the Los Angeles region. The emergency support was designed to reach individual artists throughout all areas of LA County and arts organizations that serve the region’s culturally diverse communities.”