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February 27, 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

IU Ph.D. student qualifies for Olympic trials in marathon

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Indiana University named top producer for Fulbright U.S. Student Program

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New initiative will create pipeline of specially trained therapists to help fight opioid epidemic

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IU Making Headlines


NASA's planetary protection officer aims to defend us from alien life

Move over, Men in Black. There's a new intergalactic sheriff in town. Her name is Dr. Lisa Pratt, NASA's planetary protection officer, and she's responsible for keeping alien life from contaminating Earth and astronauts from contaminating other planets. "I've got the best job title on Earth, or perhaps in the entire solar system," said Pratt, who assumed the job in 2018. "But the things that keep me awake at night are the unknown unknowns. It's a monumental task to plan for a return sample from Mars or any other planet, as well as preventing contamination of the planets we visit." Pratt has spent decades as a professor at Indiana University studying extremophiles, organisms that thrive in physically or geochemically extreme conditions -- such as the hydrothermal vents near the Galapagos rift or the Atacama desert, where organisms have been found in extremely dry soils that contain peroxide minerals, like those found in Martian soil. Pratt believes that by studying life in extreme environments, NASA will be better prepared to find life on other planets and prevent cross-contamination.

IU Voices in the News


Jussie Smollett scandal: The worst salary negotiation ever?

How far should you stretch things to get a raise? Some people inflate their performance record. Some people invent a fake job offer from a competitor. Then, allegedly, there's the "Empire" actor Jussie Smollett. Smollett has been at the center of a firestorm since he was allegedly attacked in Chicago last month by two men shouting homophobic and racist insults. Last week, Chicago police charged Smollett with a felony for filing a false police report, and say he paid two men to fake the attack in order to help him in salary negotiations. ... Carolyn Goerner, who teaches negotiation at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, says those seeking a raise should focus instead on two keys to success: Evidence that they're worth the extra money, and a backup plan. "They should go in seeking to prove their value, and they should have an alternative," says Goerner. Your employer doesn't care why you want more money, she notes. They just care why they should pay it. And you are in a much stronger position if you have a good alternative, she adds. In management circles, she says, the backup is known as a BATNA: Your Best Alternative To the Negotiated Agreement. "The better your alternative, the more you have power," says Goerner.

The Wall Street Journal

'Georg Forster' review: In search of earthly paradise

Written by Christoph Irmscher, director of the Wells Scholars Program at Indiana University Bloomington. In August 1772, a little more than a month into Capt. Cook's second voyage around the world, Cook's men noticed that a small bird was following them: Hirundo rustica, commonly known as the barn swallow. In the confused swallow's mind, HMS Resolution had become land, and the bird could not be persuaded otherwise. At night, it would roost in one of the gun ports or the woodwork of the stern; during the day, unfazed by the incessant rain, it resumed its aimless travel. Georg Forster, the 17-year-old son of the expedition's official naturalist, took pity on the soggy animal. He dried it and let it loose in the steerage, where it feasted on flies. Soon the swallow came and went as it pleased. But then, as suddenly as it had shown up, it was gone. Someone must have killed his little bird, Forster lamented, and fed it to one of the ship's cats. Though it wasn't evident yet, that compassionate youth would become one of the most original thinkers of the Enlightenment, amply deserving of Jürgen Goldstein's marvelous biography, "Georg Forster: Voyager, Naturalist, Revolutionary." Born near Danzig (now Gdańsk, Poland) and raised in England, Johann Georg Adam Forster (1754-94) was the ultimate cosmopolitan. His account of his travels, "A Voyage Round the World," published in English in 1777 and then translated by the author into his native German, vividly records both the deprivations and the glories of Cook's expedition. Few had written about the sea the way Forster did: thick, impenetrable fogs; giant waves, whipped into spirals by punishing winds; fields of ice suffused with purple as darkness fell; columns of white light illuminating the sky at night. And amid it all, crowded into the small space of a converted coal freighter, 100-odd shuddering men, their stomachs devastated by moldy food, holding on to frozen ropes with their bare hands. A human life was worth less here than the life of a wet bird.

The Hill

EPA knows this pesticide is dangerous, so why did it reverse the ban?

Written by Marc L. Lame, an entomologist and clinical professor at Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. The Environmental Protection Agency is trying to overturn a court-ordered deadline to ban chlorpyrifos, abdicating its mission to protect human health and the environment. In 2016, with over 30 years of data, the Obama administration ordered a ban on chlorpyrifos. But under the Trump administration, former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt reversed that decision. Last August, a court ordered the EPA to finalize a ban by early October. Prior to that deadline, the EPA filed its appeal allowing the continued use of a pesticide its own scientists said was too dangerous for children and endangered species to be exposed to. Simultaneously, the head of the Office of Children's Health Protection whose office published a report on the adverse effects of chlorpyrifos was put on leave, the chief of EPA's research office was replaced with a Koch industry engineer, and plans to eliminate the Office of the Science Advisor were announced -- an apparent "scorched earth" approach to silence internal efforts to conduct and report sound science. As an entomologist who for two decades implemented EPA programs protecting children from pests and pesticides and officially advised EPA's Office of Pesticide Programs from 2010 to 2017, I was alarmed when Pruitt decided to keep chlorpyrifos on the market. 

Indianapolis Business Journal

Una Osili: Misperceptions about inequality hamper debate

Written by Una Osili, professor of economics and associate dean for research and international programs at Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Last month, our Indianapolis community and the world celebrated the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. His untimely death fueled endless days of violent protests in cities across America. Indianapolis was heralded as a major American city that did not erupt into widespread riots and social unrest. King visited Indiana several times. Since our family lives steps away from King-Kennedy Park, I often reflect on his struggle against racial intolerance and injustice. I wonder how much has been accomplished in the decades that followed. In my search for King's footprints throughout Indiana, I learned that his last speech on a college campus took place at Manchester College (now Manchester University). His lecture -- "The Future of Integration" -- still reverberates with meaning more than 50 years later. "We've come a long, long way, but, we must honestly face the fact that all over America we still have a long, long way to go before the problem of racial injustice is solved ..." Economic inequality is a defining issue of our time that is at odds with our national narrative regarding progress toward King's fight against racial injustice. Indiana ranks in the top 10 among states where income inequality has expanded most rapidly.

Muncie Star Press

ICHE member calls BSU multicultural center 'segregation'

One of the members of the Indiana Commission for Higher Education is opposed to Ball State University's construction of a $4 million multicultural center because he thinks it fosters segregation. It's a mistaken belief that has persisted since the civil rights movement -- that black and other culture centers on college campuses promote separatism, says Lori Patton Davis, a professor of urban education at IUPUI. "It's a very common question," she told The Star Press. "I get it all the time, typically from white people." ICHE member John Popp, the president and CEO of Fort Wayne-based Aunt Millie's Bakeries, recently voted against BSU's plans to build a new multicultural center in the heart of campus, saying: "I am concerned, or, well I don't feel we need a multicultural center."  ... The segregation argument reveals a misunderstanding that people have about that issue, says Patton Davis, a well-known researcher/scholar of college culture centers. Segregation stems from "white fear, mistrust, and disregard for black people and its enforcement through the law," she wrote in a 2017 article published in The Journal of College and University Housing. "The concept of black self re-segregation … erroneously blames black people for segregation and ignores the racist legal forces that required and enforced segregation." In addition, Brown vs. Board of Education, the 1954 Supreme Court ruling that racial segregation of children in public schools was unconstitutional, "has been critiqued for falling short of true integration and equality," Patton Davis wrote.

The Wrap

Wanna win best actor? Be in a biopic

The Best Actor category has come to be dominated by biopics. ... Dennis Bingham, a film professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and the author of the book "Whose Lives Are They Anyway?," identifies an important development in fostering the Academy's love affair with biopics: the rise of actors striving for realistic, authentic portrayals of the real people they play. This was first on display at the 1980 Oscars, when Robert De Niro won for playing Jake La Motta in "Raging Bull," and Sissy Spacek won for playing Loretta Lynn in "Coal Miner's Daughter." But it was cemented later in the decade by the emergence of two actors whose careers are defined by acclaimed biopic performances: Daniel Day-Lewis and Meryl Streep. "The acting is so visible," Bingham said. "What they did was, especially Day-Lewis with 'My Left Foot' in 1989 and Streep in just about all of her films, is a highly embodied form of acting in that it would no longer do to have George C. Scott play Patton in his own voice."

The Bloomington Herald-Times (subscription)

Business schools face changing MBA landscape

Eliminating the full-time MBA programs at some schools was a rational decision. But when people get emotional, they don't always think logically. ... Leaders at Wake Forest, Virginia Tech and University of Iowa decided to discontinue their full-time MBA programs. Wisconsin was considering it, until plans leaked. Alumni balked, a dean stepped down and the industry took notice. "Other schools looked at that and everything stopped," said Idalene "Idie" Kesner, dean of Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. This has left too much capacity in the MBA market, increasing competition. Schools that want the top students must ante up with more and more scholarship money. With the exception of highly ranked schools, such as Harvard and Wharton, many full-time MBA programs are merely breaking even, Kesner said. There are no plans to end the full-time MBA program at Kelley. The school is safely among the top 50 business schools in the U.S. Still, the school has not been immune to changes in the market. Kesner led Kelley's full-time MBA program in the early 2000s, when it was reduced from four cohorts to three. "We're not chasing numbers," she said, "we're staying with quality."

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