University of Texas at Austin: New Tool to Guide Decisions on Social Distancing Uses Hospital Data and Emphasizes Protecting the Vulnerable

University of Texas at Austin: New Tool to Guide Decisions on Social Distancing Uses Hospital Data and Emphasizes Protecting the Vulnerable. “With communities throughout the United States combating surges in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, researchers at The University of Texas at Austin and Northwestern University have created a framework that helps policymakers determine which data to track and when to take action to protect their communities. The model specifies a series of trigger points to help local entities know when to tighten social distancing measures to prevent hospitals from being overrun by virus patients. The method also aims to minimize the economic impact to communities by suggesting the earliest times for safely relaxing restrictions.”

University of Texas at Austin: Dry powder inhalation could be a potent tool in COVID-19 antiviral treatment

University of Texas at Austin: Dry powder inhalation could be a potent tool in COVID-19 antiviral treatment. “The only antiviral drug currently used to treat SARS-CoV-2, the coronavirus that causes COVID-19, is remdesivir, but administering it is invasive and challenging. Scientists at The University of Texas at Austin are hoping to change that by using their novel thin-film-freezing technology to deliver remdesivir through dry powder inhalation, potentially making treatment more potent, easier to administer and more broadly available.”

University of Texas at Austin: Humanity and Google Sheets

University of Texas at Austin: Humanity and Google Sheets. “When one of Professor Julie Hardwick’s students recently got an internship at a local tech company, she was asked to compare the company’s benefits package with those of 60 competitors. Initially overwhelmed, she then thought, ‘I’m going to get my Google Sheet, get my evidence, look for patterns, get my data visualization, and then present an interpretation.’ This spreadsheet-based approach might seem like the plan of a good business student, but in fact, she was harkening to a different class. “

University of Texas at Austin: Libraries Launch Access Tool for Digital Collections

University of Texas at Austin: Libraries Launch Access Tool for Digital Collections. “At launch, the portal highlights two of the Libraries’ most notable collections: the Nettie Lee Benson Latin American Collection and the Alexander Architectural Archives. The portal contains various materials like scanned photographs, manuscripts, books, broadsides, architectural drawings and maps. Further content is constantly being added, including digitized maps from the Perry-Castañeda Library Map Collection and material for scholarly research from the Libraries’ Global Studies Collections. All content in the portal is being indexed by search engines, significantly improving searchability and discoverability.”

University of Texas at Austin: Consumers Need to be More Aware of What They Are Giving Facebook

University of Texas at Austin: Consumers Need to be More Aware of What They Are Giving Facebook. “Facebook is the largest social networking platform in the world, with 2.41 billion people actively using the platform. It also offers the largest advertising audience of all the platforms including Google. More of us should be taking more ownership in understanding how platforms such as Facebook and Google use consumer data for advertising and how it contributes to the shifting dynamic in advertising because the stakes are high for our privacy.”

University of Texas at Austin: ‘Fake News’ Isn’t Easy to Spot on Facebook, According to New Study

University of Texas at Austin: ‘Fake News’ Isn’t Easy to Spot on Facebook, According to New Study. “With the presidential election season moving into high gear, campaign messaging will soon begin increasing dramatically. But for those of us who get our news from social media, a new study from the McCombs School of Business at The University of Texas at Austin offers a strong warning: You can’t trust yourself to discern what’s true and what’s not when you’re on Facebook.”

University of Texas at Austin: New Digital Resources Launch Online for Study of Human Rights

University of Texas at Austin: New Digital Resources Launch Online for Study of Human Rights. “Thousands of digitized records reflecting major historical events of the 20th century related to PEN International, a global writers’ organization, are available online beginning this month. A project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and completed by the Harry Ransom Center at The University of Texas at Austin has resulted in a new online finding aid for researchers, as well as access to teaching guides and nearly 5,000 digitized records.”

University of Hawaii: $1M to UH and collaborators to develop web-based research tool

University of Hawaii: $1M to UH and collaborators to develop web-based research tool. “The National Science Foundation has awarded the University of Hawaiʻi’s Hawaiʻi Data Science Institute (HI-DSI) $1 million for the development of a web-based programming interface called Tapis, in partnership with the Texas Advanced Computing Center (TACC) and the University of Texas at Austin. The development of Tapis will provide scientists with important tools to gather data and conduct computationally intensive research. The framework, which will serve a diverse group of users, can help automate and streamline large workflows or pipelines of software applications and allow scientists easier, user-friendly access to computational resources.”

University of Texas at Austin: Students create tool to help journalists enhance 360-degree videos

University of Texas at Austin: Students create tool to help journalists enhance 360-degree videos. “At every step, from early design to final build, the team worked to make it as easy as possible for journalists using ImmerJ to import finished 360-degree videos and enhance them with headlines, sub-headlines, captions in body type, graphics, 3D objects, and even conventional framed video clips. Journalists can do all without having to tinker with any of the computer programming that’s below the surface.”

U of Texas at Austin: Researcher to build Latin American corruption database sourced from newspaper coverage

University of Texas at Austin: Researcher to build Latin American corruption database sourced from newspaper coverage. “Corruption, a common concern among citizens and journalists from several Latin American countries, will be the theme of an exclusive index for the region that plans to launch next month. Daily Corruption: News Feed & Database will provide quantitative and qualitative data on a range of relative variables for ongoing cases in 29 Latin American and Caribbean nations. The source of the cataloged information is selected from newspapers of each country, focusing on cases of medium- and high-level corruption, as well as anti-corruption initiatives.”

U of Texas at Austin: Track Tremors Across Texas With New Website

University of Texas at Austin: Track Tremors Across Texas With New Website. “The University of Texas at Austin Bureau of Economic Geology has finished installing the state’s earthquake monitoring network, TexNet, and thanks to a new interactive website, the public can follow and sort seismic activity in Texas in real time. TexNet, the most advanced state-run seismic monitoring system in the country, was authorized by Texas Gov. Greg Abbott and the Legislature in June 2015 with $4.47 million in state funding. Like many areas in the south-central United States, Texas has experienced an increase in the number of earthquakes during the past decade, especially in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, the Permian Basin region and south-central Texas.”

U of Texas at Austin: Welcome to the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA)

The University of Texas at Austin: Welcome to the Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America (AILLA). “Indigenous Peoples’ Day, October 9, 2017, marks the public launch of the newly migrated and updated Archive of the Indigenous Languages of Latin America. AILLA is a digital language archive of recordings, texts, and other multimedia materials in and about the indigenous languages of Latin America. AILLA’s mission is to preserve these materials and make them available to Indigenous Peoples, researchers, and other friends of these languages now and for generations to come. The look and feel of this new site has been updated, and some user functionality has been added, including the ability to perform a keyword search across all collections, as well as the ability to stream and view some media files without having to download them first. Access to AILLA and its resources is always free of charge.”

U of Texas at Austin: NSF Backs Research into Role of Social Media “Calls” for Help during Hurricane Harvey

University of Texas at Austin: NSF Backs Research into Role of Social Media “Calls” for Help during Hurricane Harvey. “During Hurricane Harvey, victims unable to connect with overloaded 911 call systems turned to social media to plead for assistance. In turn, volunteer groups including the ‘Cajun Navy’ used social media to identify those in need of help and to coordinate rescue efforts. To study the role of social media in aiding Hurricane Harvey victims, researchers from The University of Texas at Austin’s Moody College of Communication have received a grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to study how individuals in need of emergency help use social media. Researchers will also look at how first-responders use social media alongside traditional 911 calls when dispatching help.”

Tugging at the heartstrings? : examining discrete emotion in nonprofit Twitter messages and its effect on pass along behavior (U Texas Austin)

A Doctor of Philosophy dissertation from the University of Texas at Austin: Tugging at the heartstrings? : examining discrete emotion in nonprofit Twitter messages and its effect on pass along behavior. “The inclusion of emotional content is important in message virality, however, only very limited research exists on the types of emotional content that is included in nonprofit Twitter messages. Therefore, relevant data and descriptive frameworks are essential to helping us understand how nonprofit organizations are using microblogging sites to engage with their target audiences. This research takes a first step in this regard to investigate the effect that emotion can have on pass along behavior. Using Social Sharing of Emotion (Rime Finkenauer, Luminet, Zech, and Philippot, 1998, Rime 2009) as the theoretical foundation, this dissertation specifically examines nonprofit usage of discrete emotion and its effect on pass along behavior.” In this case I admit I did not read the entire dissertation (it’s 150 pages) but I read enough that I wanted to share.

U Texas at Austin: 80 years of Texas Business Review Available Online with Help from Texas ScholarWorks

University of Texas at Austin: 80 years of Texas Business Review Available Online with Help from Texas ScholarWorks. “In connection with the celebration of the 90th anniversary of the founding of the Bureau of Business Research (BBR) at The University of Texas at Austin, the Bureau is pleased to announce new digital access to the entire print run of articles published in Texas Business Review (TBR), one of the oldest and most influential business journals in the state.”