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February 26, 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.

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IU research finds believing in yourself can backfire when investing in equity crowdfunded ventures

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Program works to ensure students are dressed for success

No dress suit, tie, or dress shoes can be a serious barrier to making that first impression for a job or scholarship interview. Andrew Velez wants to be an engineer and Bryce Thomas-Cook a neurosurgeon. The high school juniors are on track to go to college and are looking for an edge in the reaching their goals. "You don't want to go out to an interview dressed in your laid back chill type of clothes," Thomas-Cook said. "From this experience right here, you can learn how to dress and show yourself out," Velez said while looking for a suit jacket. Both students are enrolled in Upward Bound through IUPUI. The program works with promising high school students throughout the year especially providing guidance to earn a diploma and enroll in college. Participants also receive one-on-one mentoring, volunteer in the community, and explore career opportunities. "While we want our students to be academically ready, they need to be ready on this as well," Esther Gamble, who led the Upward Bound program, said. Upward Bound connects with Success Wear — a program run by St. Vincent Hospital.

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NBC News

Annual stool test may be as effective as colonoscopy, study finds

When it comes to colon cancer screening, an annual stool test may be as effective as colonoscopy for people who don't have risk factors for the disease, a new study suggests. Researchers analyzed data from 31 studies that included more than 120,000 average risk patients who had a stool test and then a colonoscopy. They determined that the fecal immunochemical test -- or FIT -- is sufficient to screen for colon cancer, according to the report published Monday in the Annals of Internal Medicine. ... "This non-invasive test for colon cancer screening is available for average risk people," said the study's lead author, gastroenterologist Dr. Thomas Imperiale, an investigator at the Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. "They should discuss with their providers whether it is appropriate for them." ... Currently, 35 percent of people who should receive colonoscopies don't, the researchers noted. ... Recent studies have shown that colon cancer is striking younger and younger people and in response, the American Cancer Society has suggested lowering the age for a first colonoscopy to 45.

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The Hill

Economic challenges creating odd, effective bedfellows in the Midwest

Written by Ryan Brewer, associate professor of finance at IUPUC. The Midwest finds itself in the seemingly enviable position of low unemployment rates combined with higher-than-average rates of labor force participation. Indeed, this combination bolsters economic output, increasing consumer spending, which makes business owners happy while also providing material for elected leaders to broadcast as we race toward July. If we make it to July without experiencing a recession -- and nearly all signals suggest we are much more likely to make it to July unscathed than not -- we will have experienced the longest economic expansion on record in America during the post-WWII era. While the output is nice, and the numbers look strong, the flipside for businesses operating in the Midwest is that labor markets there are tight. Workers -- particularly skilled workers -- are challenging to find and keep. Furthermore, states like Iowa, Wisconsin, Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan and Ohio are not only wrestling with unusually tight labor markets, but many of their relevant labor pools are marginalized by the national opioid epidemic, which has hit harder than average across many Midwestern communities, exacerbating tight labor markets. ... Given the labor shortages, many stakeholders across the U.S. would benefit tremendously if we could improve the process and speed of granting work visas to the good people who strive to come to America and make it their home. ... The last three years have seen declines in new international students matriculating into American universities, with reasons for the declines attributed to an unwelcoming U.S. social and political climate, as well as challenges with the student visa process. Ultimately, large losses of bright, capable students from abroad will catalyze additional intellectual competition from foreign nations, further threatening the economic and structural stability of the U.S. ... We must welcome them in, educate them and encourage them stay in America. Here, they can work and live, adding to our economic strength and robust depth of multicultural understanding.

Times of Northwest Indiana

Region's industrial workers getting raises is 'shot in the arm' for local economy, professor says

The Region's industrial workers are getting raises for the first time in years. Steelworkers, oil refinery workers and auto workers will see boosts in pay for years to come, and it's expected to benefit the overall economy in Northwest Indiana. "While the steel industry employs only 6 percent of all workers in Northwest Indiana, it generates 12 percent of all earnings for all workers," Indiana University Northwest assistant professor of economics Micah Pollak said. "Steel, and other goods-producing industries like those at BP, Lear and Ford, are very much the backbone of jobs in the Region. These raises, and the new hiring, will certainly provide a shot in the arm for the local economy."

NBC News

Racism, not a lack of assimilation, is the real problem facing Latinos in America

Julián Castro, a Mexican-American, is running for president. Latin music is more popular than country music, and one of the most recognizable political faces in the United States is Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., whose family comes from Puerto Rico. And yet, Latinos -- even those whose roots in this land stretch back to before the nation's origins -- still face overt and subtle racism and discrimination. Hate crimes against them are rising, and they are underrepresented in film, in high-tech jobs and in the federal government workforce. And when they advocate for equal treatment and representation -- or even when they just speak Spanish in public — they hear over and over that they need to assimilate. ... Such thinking has continued in America over the past two centuries. It's part of what Indiana University political science professor Bernard Fraga describes as a "push and pull" for Latinos who are told that to get more rights they have to assimilate. "Assimilate is the excuse we use when opportunity is denied," said Fraga, author of "The Turnout Gap: Race, Ethnicity and Political Inequality in a Diversifying America."

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