Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT/NTID wins coveted prize to create accessible books as part of global reading initiative

Rochester Institute of Technology: RIT/NTID wins coveted prize to create accessible books as part of global reading initiative . “Rochester Institute of Technology’s National Technical Institute for the Deaf is one of four international innovators selected to create cost-effective packages of high-quality accessible children’s books in languages children use and understand. The initiative, from All Children Reading: A Grand Challenge for Development and the Global Book Alliance’s Begin With Books, enables the prize winners to collectively create thousands of leveled books in seven underserved spoken languages and nine sign languages, serving regions of the world where children have few or no books for preschool or kindergarten.”

University of Kansas: $2.5m Grant Will Support Online Tool That Helps Students Grasp Science Concepts

University of Kansas: $2.5m Grant Will Support Online Tool That Helps Students Grasp Science Concepts. “Researchers at the University of Kansas and CAST, a nonprofit and founders of the universal design for learning framework, have won a grant to improve a tool that has proven effective at helping students, especially those with disabilities, grasp science concepts by making it more teacher-friendly and sustainable to use in classrooms.”

Getty Iris: Getty Creates $10 Million LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund for Museums and Visual Arts Organizations

Getty Iris: Getty Creates $10 Million LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund for Museums and Visual Arts Organizations. “The fund, to be administered by the California Community Foundation, will provide emergency operating support and recovery grants to small and mid-size organizations located in Los Angeles County. The efforts will focus on museums and arts non-profits that contribute significantly to the region’s artistic diversity and are facing great difficulty during the coronavirus crisis. Getty invites other organizations and individuals to contribute to the LA Arts COVID-19 Relief Fund.”

Neowin: Google announces more than $800 million in financial grants amid COVID-19 fallout

Neowin: Google announces more than $800 million in financial grants amid COVID-19 fallout. “Google announced today more than $800 million in total funding to help businesses, health organizations, and governments weather through the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. CEO Sundar Pichai says the new financial grants will aid in providing small and medium-sized businesses with capital as well as offer free ad slots to health authorities in order to help disseminate information on the virus.”

Natural History Museum (UK): Natural History Museum allocated £180 million in Budget to create state-of-the art research centre at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus

Natural History Museum (UK): Natural History Museum allocated £180 million in Budget to create state-of-the art research centre at Harwell Science and Innovation Campus. “The collection of 80 million specimens, spanning 4.5 billion years from the formation of the solar system to the present day, is globally unique and scientifically invaluable. It plays a key role in the UK’s international reputation as a scientific leader. The development of new world-class accommodation will allow the Museum to move collections currently at risk of deterioration and irreparable damage from being housed in functionally and physically obsolete 20th century buildings to facilities which meet international collection standards.”

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mattress Factory receives grant to digitize Greer Lankton archive

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette: Mattress Factory receives grant to digitize Greer Lankton archive. “Born a boy, Lankton had sexual reassignment surgery at the age of 21. The artist worked in New York City’s East Village in the 1980s, creating lifelike, sewn dolls posed in elaborate, theatrical settings. The dolls, modeled on friends or celebrities, could be glamorous and grotesque. Lankton was 38 when she died in 1996.”

Institute of Cancer Research: World’s largest sarcoma research database aims to revolutionise sarcoma treatment after multi-million pound investment

Institute of Cancer Research: World’s largest sarcoma research database aims to revolutionise sarcoma treatment after multi-million pound investment. “Researchers at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust, working alongside collaborators from around the globe, are set to begin work on the world’s largest digital hub of sarcoma clinical and research data after receiving a £2.5m grant.”

University of Maryland: College Park Community Of Lakeland To Get New Digital Archive

University of Maryland: College Park Community Of Lakeland To Get New Digital Archive. “A National Endowment for the Humanities grant will enhance the ability of Lakeland residents to manage their cultural heritage. In the late 19th century, a small African American community named Lakeland took root just beyond the grounds of what was then called the Maryland Agricultural College, now the University of Maryland. Lakeland thrived for decades, even in the face of historical forces like segregation, suburbanization, school desegregation and urban renewal, which plagued African American towns and cities across the nation throughout the 20th century.”

Florida International University News: FIU, UF scholars awarded grant to increase accessibility to Caribbean primary research data

Florida International University News: FIU, UF scholars awarded grant to increase accessibility to Caribbean primary research data. “FIU Libraries, in partnership with the Digital Library of the Caribbean and the University of Florida George A. Smathers Libraries, has received $50,000 to support dLOC (Digital Library of the Caribbean) as Data: A Thematic Approach to Caribbean Newspapers….From analyzing topical trends in newspaper coverage to visualizing photojournalism across time and space, the project will provide scholars with insights into Caribbean culture and society, enabling them to delineate a more complete story.”

The Daily Item: Bucknell awarded $1 million Mellon Foundation grant for liberal arts-based digital publishing cooperative

The Daily Item: Bucknell awarded $1 million Mellon Foundation grant for liberal arts-based digital publishing cooperative. ” Bucknell University will use a $1 million grant to develop a liberal arts-based digital publishing cooperative. The grant — from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, in partnership with the National Historical Publications and Records Commission — will allow Bucknell to partner with the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory and Newcastle University, U.K.”

New York Daily News: Nearly half a million U.S. naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens to become available online

New York Daily News: Nearly half a million U.S. naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens to become available online. “More than 400,000 naturalization records from the Bronx and Queens will become available online as part of a new project funded by the feds. The three-year, $872,000 grant from the U.S. National Archives and Records Administration will pay for the Bronx and Queens County Clerks offices to upload thousand of records online and then promote them.”

Institute of Museum and Library Services: IMLS Invests in School Readiness, Building National Network of Museums and Libraries

Institute of Museum and Library Services: IMLS Invests in School Readiness, Building National Network of Museums and Libraries. “The Institute of Museum and Library Services today announced a new initiative to better equip museum and library professionals to serve young children and families. Building a National Network of Museums and Libraries for School Readiness, a cooperative agreement with the Boston Children’s Museum funded through a National Leadership Grant for Museums, aims to addresses persistent gaps and opportunities in early childhood education by forming coalitions of museums and libraries. The goal of the initiative is to ensure every child, regardless of socio-economic or linguistic background, has the skills needed to enter school prepared for success.”

Indiana University Bloomington: Grant aids project by IU, other institutions to digitize medieval manuscripts

Indiana University Bloomington: Grant aids project by IU, other institutions to digitize medieval manuscripts. “Indiana University Bloomington and a consortium of higher-learning institutions have received a three-year grant for The Peripheral Manuscripts Project: Digitizing Medieval Manuscript Collections in the Midwest, which will create a digital repository and catalog of medieval manuscripts across Midwestern collections.”