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February 22, 2019
IU in the News is a daily review of the important news stories relating to Indiana University. It is not intended to be an all-inclusive gathering of news, and no editorial revisions are made to the content, which is presented as it was initially published or broadcast.

Big News

IUPUI researcher co-authors Indiana Climate Change Impacts Assessment energy report

This story has been covered by the following publications: Energy Wire.

ECHO Center at IUPUI launches first HIV program to improve access to treatment

This story has been covered by the following publications: Inside Indiana Business.

The Quarry has launched to provide resources for IU faculty, staff entrepreneurs

This story has been covered by the following publications: Indianapolis Business Journal, Inside Indiana Business.

Study finds STEM achievement gaps shrink by nearly half when faculty view intelligence as malleable

This story has been covered by the following publications: Campus Technology, Diverse: Issues in Higher Education, Chemistry World, Pacific Standard, Inside Higher Ed, Ars Technica, The Scientist, Science News.

IU Voices in the News

The Indianapolis Star

Blackface scandals keep happening. Indiana students are rarely taught its racist history.

In 2014 the Southern Poverty Law Center examined civil rights literacy in the U.S. in its Teaching Tolerance project, including what individual states expected teachers to teach and students to learn in terms of the civil rights movement. Indiana got an F. Since then, in 2017, the state passed a law that requires all high schools to offer an optional ethnic and racial studies course every year. Indiana Department of Education spokesman Adam Baker said the teachers are expected to address how races have been oppressed by others. ... Generally, Baker said, Indiana's education standards call for students to study civil rights movements, people and organizations. Students start "exploring diversity" in school as early as first grade. "If you teach them when they are 6, 7, 8 years old, they will not do these things when they are 28," said Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, associate professor of history and gender studies at Indiana University. "Children don’t know these things are right or wrong, and we must teach them from the time they are little.” ... Blackface in the U.S. is rooted in minstrel shows in the 1820s and 1830s pre-Civil War North, when white performers painted their faces with burnt cork and later shoe polish. Jim Crow was the first blackface character, based off a physically disabled African slave. "It was done in a really derogatory way," said Myers, the IU associate professor of history and gender studies. "White people portrayed what they thought was black culture, and it was not done in a way that was affirming and uplifting. It was always mocking, rude and hurtful."


CVS looks to make its drugstores a destination for health care

Another question ... is whether CVS can communicate well with patients' primary care doctors. Some research shows that people with a regular primary care doctor have better health in general, and some shows that people with diabetes get higher quality care from a regular primary care physician than when receiving episodic care from other doctors or nurse practitioners. "I can see concerns that people might have that this might make that connection with the primary care home lower," says Kosali Simon, a health economist at Indiana University in Bloomington. "I now might say, 'Maybe I don't need to have a primary care physician that's connected to a hospital.'" In fact, a survey by J.D. Power showed that 45 percent of people said they would consider getting their primary medical care at a CVS clinic. Older people were more hesitant to try a MinuteClinic, the survey shows. Only 36 percent of people 65 and over said they would go to CVS for primary care. But Simon says, and the survey confirms, that the added convenience is likely to draw people in.


Fact-checking the myth that the word picnic is racist

A south Florida politician said that the word picnic shouldn’t be used to describe an annual gathering of city employees. Fort Lauderdale City Commissioner Robert McKinzie said the word has racist origins, referring to hangings of African Americans. ... We wanted to know if McKinzie's point was accurate, so we interviewed professors of language and African-American history. They said it does not refer to lynchings. Instead, picnic has French roots and refers to a social gathering where people eat. (Snopes long ago debunked a similar claim.) ... Kevin Rottet, an associate professor of French linguistics at Indiana University, told us that the first appearance of the word picnic in English was in 1748. "From a linguistic point of view, the accusation of racial insensitivity does not at all accord with the facts in the history of this word," Rottet said. "I would categorically reject the claim of racist connotations here."

Indiana Public Media

Report: Number of hate groups down in Indiana

An annual report from the Southern Poverty Law Center says while hate groups nationwide increased by about 7 percent last year, the number went down in Indiana. The data says Indiana had 24 hate groups last year, down from 30 hate groups in 2017. That ties the state with Missouri for 14th in the nation. But Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor Jeannine Bell says there are likely more hate groups in the state than the report claims. "Hate groups are small organizations and they may or may not be publicizing their activities," Bell says. ... The SPLC's report comes the same week lawmakers changed a hate crimes proposal by removing a list of victim characteristics and instead saying a judge can consider bias during sentencing. Bell says the amended bill isn't adequate. "One state, Georgia, had a hate crime law that had this sort of blank lack of characteristics and a court found it void for vagueness," she says. 

The American Lawyer

Beyond a payout: What to make of Axiom's plans to go public

If Axiom Global Inc. completes its plan to become a publicly traded company, it would mean one thing for certain: The legal staffing company's longtime investors will finally get a payout. Beyond that, industry experts said competition among alternative legal services providers would remain largely unchanged by adding a publicly traded peer. ... (The Axiom staffing business) is what Axiom is best known for in the legal market, and the company now has more than 2,000 employees and made $300 million in revenue last year. The company has been led by CEO Elena Donio since 2016. Axiom "has done a good job of building a brand that signals specialized, well-credentialed, well-vetted talent," said Bill Henderson, professor of law at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. "Reliably finding the right people with very low variability in quality is a very good operating business."

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