University of Kansas: Study: With Twitter, Race Of The Messenger Matters. “When NFL player Colin Kaepernick took a knee during the national anthem to protest police brutality and racial injustice, the ensuing debate took traditional and social media by storm. University of Kansas researchers have found that tweets both in support of and opposed to the protests can influence how young people think about the issue and, like in many aspects of life, the messenger’s race matters.”
Journal of Blacks in Higher Education: Thomas Edison State University Launches the Journal of Women and Minorities in Technology . “The new publication will be an open access journal that provides quality peer-reviewed articles written by academics and professionals in the fields of aviation, nuclear technology, cybersecurity, and information technology. The articles will provide technical and soft-skills information needed to excel in the field of technology, with an emphasis on women, African Americans, and other professionals from underrepresented groups.”
SBS News: Database connects kids with culturally diverse children’s books. “A new database designed by the National Centre for Australian Children’s Literacy (NCACL) hopes to make it easier for teachers, parents, and readers to find books which celebrate diversity. Users can search for key concepts in the database, including cultural identity, traditions, migration, and language.” The database will launch later in 2019.
Elle: Meet the Cozy Girls of Instagram. “A few years ago, back when Nashville was the filter of choice, cozy season Instagram looked something like this: a bird’s-eye view photo of a woman dressed in the comfiest of knits, relaxing on a bed with a steaming cup of coffee in hand and a laptop resting in front of her with a low-light filter edited on top. These photos may have met the dictionary definition of cozy—’enjoying or affording warmth and ease,’ according to Merriam-Webster—but they didn’t do it for me.”
Georgia Straight (this is a Canadian publication, why it is called Georgia Straight I do not know): B.C. government seeks public input about potential Chinese Canadian museum. “The province and the City of Vancouver are seeking to have Vancouver’s Chinatown designated as a United Nations Education, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) World Heritage site, and are also planning to develop a Chinese Canadian museum.” An online museum would be part of the initiative.
London’s Black Cultural Archives get £200,000 stopgap funding for survival. “The UK’s only national heritage centre dedicated to the history of black people in Britain is to receive stopgap funding of £200,000 from the government to ensure its survival in the immediate future, but a long-term solution is still needed.”
Chemistry World: Database seeking to help to diversify chemistry gathers pace. “At three months old, Diversify Chemistry contains the names of more than 230 chemists who have self-reported as belonging to an underrepresented minority group. The website has had almost 3400 unique visitors and 11,000 page views, with the top location being the US, followed by the UK and then Canada. The database is searchable by sub-speciality, area of research interest and other parameters. It is open to chemists anywhere in the world but is US-centric at the moment.”