IU in the News

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March 13, 2020
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

Indiana University to suspend classroom teaching for two weeks after spring break

This story has been covered by: U.S. News and World Report, Northwest Indiana Times, WLWT, The Indianapolis Star, Journal and Courier, WLKY, WSBT, The Bloomington Herald-Times, WISH-TV, WAVE, WGN, WLFI.

Indiana cities to develop climate action plans in partnership with IU

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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24/7 Sports

IU shuts down all athletics for rest of 2019-20 school year

Indiana University has shut down all athletics for the rest of the 2019-20 school year due to the coronavirus pandemic, it announced today. ... IU also halted recruiting on and off campus for "the foreseeable future."

Sports Illustrated

Indiana players, coaches go to social media to say thanks

And just like that, the basketball season was over. That was incredibly painful at Indiana, where the excitement over an NCAA tournament bid seemed to be right around the corner. But when the NCAA canceled the event entirely,  that meant seasons ended for everyone and the playing careers of Devonte Green and De'Ron Davis finished, too. Here's what Indiana coach Archie Miller said in a tweet: "The health and safety of our players and the public must always be our top priority. The guidance provided by experts on a situation like this should never be ignored for any reason, regardless of our individual interests. Our focus and only concern is that this situation is eradicated and everyone can return to their normal day-to-day routines."

Related stories: The Indianapolis Star, The Daily Hoosier

The Chronicle of Higher Education

Preparing for emergency online teaching

Many colleges have produced, or are updating, emergency guidelines for teaching online. Here are a few that are particularly thorough. ... Indiana University has developed a "Keep Teaching" guide that walks instructors through different scenarios, including complex ones, such as how to replicate lab activities online.

Inside Indiana Business

Study shows room for improvement at Indy council

A new study from the Indiana University Public Policy Institute has identified several ways to improve the effectiveness of the Indianapolis-Marion County City-County Council. Researchers from the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IU conducted the five-month study at the request of Council President Vop Osili. Amanda Rutherford, an assistant professor at the O'Neill School in Bloomington, says the report will "help the council to consider strategic changes" to boost its effectiveness.

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Wall Street Journal

The coronavirus and your job: What the boss can -- and can't -- make you do

The new coronavirus's spread is taking the relationship between employers and their workers into new territory—one in which both sides are trying to sort out their rights and responsibilities in containing the outbreak. ... Here are answers to some of the most common questions from employees: Can my employer cancel my vacation time and make me work instead? In most workplaces, yes. Vacation time isn't guaranteed under federal law, and most employers are within their rights to cancel a vacation and require workers to return to the job, says Kenneth G. Dau-Schmidt, a professor of labor and employment law at Indiana University Bloomington. The exception is if an employee is covered by a union contract or specific employment agreement that includes certain time-off protections, he says. Still, most bosses know that pulling a vacation is bound to be an unpopular move, a reason many are loath to do it unless an emergency requires it. "People can get upset if vacations are canceled," Prof. Dau-Schmidt says. "That would be the major limit on it."

Inside Indiana Business

Prof calls fan ban, canceled tourneys a potential legal mess

As the NCAA and multiple collegiate sports conferences cancel their championship tournaments in response to COVID-19, the economic implications are vast. But beyond the revenue losses associated with fans canceling hotel rooms or watching games at sports bars, there are also potential legal implications. One business law expert from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business says it’s mind-boggling. "Legally speaking, it's a mess," said Nathaniel Grow, associate professor of business law and ethics. He's a nationally recognized expert in the field of sports law. Grow said the NCAA had little choice in banning fans, which later included the complete shutdown of NCAA winter and spring championships for all sports.

The Conversation

Online learning will be hard for kids whose schools close, and digital divide will make it harder

Written by Jessica Calarco, assistant professor of sociology, Indiana University. With little or no time to prepare for this disruption, families from Seattle to the New York City suburbs are suddenly having to figure out how to help their kids learn at home. This is an unprecedented effort that so far involves at least 7 million children. The total is rising fast with closures in entire states like Ohio, Michigan, Maryland, Oregon, New Mexico and Kentucky. ... My concern with these disruptions, however, isn't for professors and parents like me -- it's for elementary, middle and high school students from low-income families. They rely on schools for food and health services while their parents are at work. Those students also face significant barriers to academic success, and their families can’t easily set up a school-like environment -- with computers, quiet spaces to work and hands-on support -- to keep them learning while they're stuck for weeks at home.

The Conversation

The new coronavirus is hitting colleges and universities hard, but donors can help

Written by William Plater, Chancellor's Professor Emeritus of public affairs, philanthropy, and English and executive vice chancellor and dean of the faculties emeritus, IUPUI; Gene Tempel, professor of philanthropic studies and founding dean emeritus, Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy and president emeritus, Indiana University Foundation; and Genevieve Shaker, associate professor of philanthropic studies, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI. Amid concerns about the deadly coronavirus pandemic, a rapidly growing number of colleges and universities are closing their classroom doors, forcing faculty to teach students online instead of in person. ... We are scholars of philanthropy who have examined the responsibilities of people in charge of overseeing colleges and universities. At this point, we are growing increasingly concerned about the hundreds of colleges and universities that were already on financially shaky ground before COVID-19 began to spread. We fear that some may never recover whenever things finally get back to normal.


Moral distress common in physicians treating patients with surrogate decision-makers

Many physicians treating older patients who require surrogate decision-makers experience moral distress, according to research recently published in the Journal of General Internal Medicine. Two of the study authors, Alexia Torke, MD, MS, a research scientist at the Regenstrief Institute and an associate professor and the Indiana University School of Medicine, and Lucia D. Wocial, PhD, RN, FAAN, a nurse ethicist at Fairbanks Center for Medical Ethics at Indiana University Health and an adjunct assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing, told Healio Primary Care more about the study and the implications of moral distress on the lives of both patients and physicians.

Terre Haute Tribune Star

Terre Haute sees some signs of fear-based buying

Some of the coronavirus-prompted panic buying seen elsewhere in the country has made its way to Terre Haute. ... Why do people panic buy, hoard or stockpile in inordinate quantities? "I think a lot of what's happening here is consumers are feeling a certain lack of control," said Jon Quinn, a marketing executive and faculty member at the Indiana University's Kelley School of Business who studies consumer behavior. "The pandemic and the constant reporting of it is creating a significant threat and disruption to consumers’ perceived control over their daily lives [similar to a hurricane]," Quinn said in a follow-up email after an interview.

The Hill

Hospitals brace for coronavirus onslaught

Hospitals are bracing for an onslaught of patients as the coronavirus spreads in the United States, with experts warning that a spike in cases could overwhelm the health care system. ... "If we don't get a handle on this soon, it may grow beyond our control to manage -- not because it's so 'deadly,' but because it will overwhelm the system's capacity to care for those most affected," tweeted Dr. Aaron Carroll, a health researcher at Indiana University. "That's the danger here. I wish politicians seemed to understand that."

Smithsonian magazine

When illness strikes, vampire bat moms will still socialize with their kids

Infections don't just wreak havoc on the body: They put a serious damper on social lives, too. But for every casual coffee date or game night lost to the misery of malady, there's usually a close friend or family member who's willing to stick by their loved ones through even the worst illnesses -- germs and all. ... But intimacy can also breed strife when an infection strikes -- and the resilience of these relationships may inform how a disease spreads in real time. Among people, outbreaks often start when pathogens hop from family member to family member; the same might be true in bats and other social species who keep close to sick relatives. ... These results underscore the strength of the bonds that exist between moms and their young, Stockmaier says. While a sick female bat might be less inclined to fuss over an acquaintance in need, she’s more likely to tough it out when her children are at stake -- a sentiment many human moms can sympathize with. Through that lens, vampire bats' relentless congregating might seem maladaptive. But perhaps the benefits of maintaining their relationships simply outweigh the potential costs of acquiring an infection, says Daniel Becker, an infectious disease ecologist at Indiana University who wasn't involved in the study. In this species, meal sharing is vital: Vampire bats can die after going just two or three days without food. "From an evolutionary standpoint, it makes sense," Becker says. Even when one partner isn’t in tip-top shape, "if the choice is between 'you're sick' versus ‘'you starve to death,' you're going to choose to share blood."

Side Effects Public Media

You asked: What can I tell my child about coronavirus?

As some schools close, workers are told to telecommute and the Indianapolis-based NCAA shuts down tournaments, coronavirus is having a broader impact on our lives. To answer your questions about the changes, we got some help from Tom Duszynski, an epidemiologist with the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, and Ram Yeleti, Chief Physician Executive with Community Health Network. They joined Indiana Public Broadcasting’s All IN on March 11.

The Herald Bulletin

Indy area businesses to take $40 million hit losing Big Ten tourney, NCAA Regional

David Pierce, the director of the Sports Innovation Institute at IUPUI, estimates the economic impact of canceling both the Big Ten tournament and NCAA Midwest Regional in Indianapolis at close to $40 million. "Fairly significant," Pierce said. "Not as large as the Final Four obviously would be for next year but still major events in the sports landscape for visitor spending." ... Pierce said the first level of economic impact is the out-of-town spending, visitors to bars, restaurants, hotels, cultural and tourism attractions. A second layer of impact, with the indefinite NBA suspension which impacts the Indiana Pacers, is those in sports management that work in an industry driven by ticket sales. ... Another potential impact is the state-wide gambling industry. Sports gambling was legalized in Indiana in September 2019. Pierce said IUPUI did a study that 10 percent of the population within the state engaged in sports wagering. That number was expected to increase for the NCAA Tournament, a major sports betting event.

The Conversation

This isn't the first time sports teams have played in eerily empty arenas

Written by Chris Lamb, professor of journalism at IUPUI. Until now, few athletes have known what it's like to play before thousands of raucous fans one game and then play in an empty stadium the next. ... The Chicago White Sox played the Baltimore Orioles without a crowd during the 2015 season due to racial unrest in Baltimore after Freddie Gray died in police custody. It was the first game in MLB history that was played without spectators. It was so quiet that players in one dugout could hear players talking in the opposing dugout.

The Upshot

Here's the biggest thing to worry about with coronavirus

Written by Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute. We don't have enough ventilators and I.C.U. beds if there's a significant surge of new cases. As with Italy, the health system could become overwhelmed. ... It's estimated that we have about 45,000 intensive care unit beds in the United States. In a moderate outbreak, about 200,000 Americans would need one.


10 people now diagnosed with COVID-19, experts expect more to come

IUPUI epidemiologist Thomas Duszynski says the number of cases will continue to rise as more people are aware of the coronavirus and get tested. He says that's in part because there are healthy people who may not know they have the disease and have not yet been tested. Those people may pass the virus to someone else.  "We have community spread going on, we know that. We can expect more cases -- to say is it going to double, triple, quadruple, that's really hard to predict," he says. He says of the problem is we haven't been exposed to this coronavirus before."The challenge is that since this is new, nobody has any immunity to it," Duszynski says. "So then it's easily transferable from person to person and it's highly infectious at this point."

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