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March 16, 2020
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Indiana University transitioning to virtual learning remainder of spring semester

Indiana University is transitioning to virtual learning for the remainder of the spring semester, the institution announced on Sunday. In order to smoothly transition to online instruction only, IU reported that spring break will be extended to March 14 through March 29. Remote classes will begin on Monday, March 30. IU Bloomington will close most of its on-campus housing on March 20, and all students living in dormitories will need to vacate the campus.

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IUPUI students told not to return to residence housing due to COVID-19 outbreak

As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, students at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis have been told to not return to campus housing if they left the city or campus for spring break. ... Students who need essential items, such as medical equipment, academic books and computers, should send an email to reslife@iupui.edu, the university said.

The Hoosier Network

'We'll be back': Indiana athletes react to Big Ten and NCAA cancellations

From basketball to water polo to tennis to golf, Indiana athletes took to social media to express themselves. This is a sampling of the response from the Indiana Athletics community.

The Bloomingtonian

2020 Little 500 canceled due to COVID-19

In an e-mail to sponsors the Indiana University Student Foundation announced that the 2020 Little 500 has been canceled. The statement reads, "Due to the rapidly evolving conditions around COVID-19, the 2020 Little 500 and its associated events have been cancelled. The decision was made in an abundance of caution and care for the health and safety of everyone involved.  We want to thank all of the student riders and volunteers, alumni, sponsors, partners, and fans for their support of this great Indiana University tradition." According to the statement, "sponsor agreements will transfer to the 2021 races -- April 23-24, 2021."


IUPUI made its first-ever NCAA Tournament -- then, the season abruptly ended

Austin Parkinson was in the middle of a live radio interview Thursday when he got the news. The text the IUPUI women's basketball head coach received was ambiguous -- something was canceled -- so he continued the interview. When he was done, he had several texts from his players confirming the sports world's latest bombshell. After winning their first Horizon League championship on Tuesday, the Lady Jags wouldn’t be making their first-ever NCAA Tournament appearance after all. The tournament had been canceled due to concerns about the spread of coronavirus. "We kind of anticipated the way things were going with the NBA and some of the other stuff that it might happen," Parkinson said. "But when it actually happened, it was very unexpected. It felt like a sudden death. You know, out of nowhere."

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As the pandemic spreads, will there be enough ventilators?

As the coronavirus that causes COVID-19 spreads across the United States, there are continuing concerns among hospitals, public health experts and government leaders that hospital intensive care units would be hard-pressed to handle a surge in seriously ill patients. A key limiting factor to being able to provide good care, they say, is the number of ventilation machines -- ventilators -- a hospital has on hand to help the most seriously ill patients breathe. "The coronavirus, like many respiratory viruses, can cause inflammation in the lungs," explains Dr. William Graham Carlos a pulmonary critical care specialist at Indiana University School of Medicine. "And when the lungs become inflamed, the membranes that transfer oxygen from the air into the blood become blocked." When patients develop this type of viral pneumonia, they often require bedside ventilators which, Carlos says "can supply higher levels of oxygen and also help push air into the lungs to open them up, and afford more opportunity to get oxygen into the patient."

Times of Northwest Indiana

Region's retail sector adapting to age of e-commerce

More and more Northwest Indiana residents have gone online to shop at e-commerce websites like Amazon, Warby Parker, Wayfair, Zappos, eBay, Etsy, Bonobos, Jet and Wish. Online retail has gone on to capture more than 11% of the overall market, according to the U.S. Census Bureau. ... The challenges for physical retailers in Northwest Indiana are only likely to escalate over the next 20 years or so, Indiana University Northwest Assistant Professor of Economics Micah Pollak said. "In the retail industry, there are powerful competing forces at work. On one side there is the intense pressure on traditional brick-and-mortar retail firms from online retail giants like Amazon. The 'retailpocalypse' in recent years is clear evidence of this, as firms shift to and struggle to compete online," Pollak said.


Could staying at home during coronavirus spark a baby boom? Experts weigh in

With more people spending time at home around loved ones, some experts believe the U.S. could end up with a baby boom. ... Dr. Helen L. Bernie, who serves as director of Sexual and Reproductive Medicine and assistant professor of urology at Indiana University, believes a baby boom is possible following disasters. Bernie said that this is a very challenging time for our country and the world, but noted that it does give couples and families more quality time. "You are more likely to see baby booms in areas where activity and movement are limited," Bernie told WUSA 9. "Thus with the coronavirus pandemic, having more people working from home, participating in social distancing and quarantines they are now spending more time together and it's likely that we will see a baby boom 9 months from now."

The Indianapolis Star

Everyone counts: Why Indianapolis is urging residents to respond to the 2020 census

This year marks the first time the census will be conducted online, a feat that poses some degree of risk with cyber-security. Residents should start seeing invitations in the mail to respond online, but they can also respond over the phone or by mail. Scott Shackleford, chair of the cybersecurity program at Indiana University-Bloomington, compared the change in census-taking to the change in voting. "Kind of like what we're seeing in the election context as well, whenever you introduce new technologies, those come with risks," he said. "Especially when you do them pretty close to the time when they're going to be deployed." A report last month from the federal Government Accountability Office concluded that the U.S. Census Bureau still faced "considerable challenges" in protecting its IT systems and data. In a statement, the bureau said it is confident that its systems are "secure and resilient" to cyber threats.

Times of Northwest Indiana

The Region is at an economic crossroads

Written by Micah Pollak, associate professor of economics, Indiana University Northwest. Northwest Indiana has always been a geographic and figurative crossroads of America. Today, we are also at an economic crossroads. We face one path, continuing to minimize our losses from a less labor-intensive manufacturing sector and declining population, or a second path, embracing and harness a changing national and global economy.


National emergency declaration allows MLB to suspend all contracts

The coronavirus pandemic has led to the suspension or cancelation of nearly every major professional sports league around the country and even worldwide. Major League Baseball was swift to respond to the NBA’s decision to suspend the league. Commissioner Rob Manfred elected to suspend spring training and delay Opening Day by at least two weeks. But there is also a chance Manfred could suspend all contracts during the stoppage. Nathaniel Grow -- Professor of Business Law and Ethics at Indiana University -- cited a provision in all player contracts that would allow the Commissioner to "suspend the operation of this contract during any national emergency during which Major League Baseball is not played:"

The Indianapolis Star

'March is going to be horrible': Indianapolis restaurants, hotels brace for economic loss

Businesses are bracing for the economic fallout of what the World Health Organization has deemed a pandemic.One economic expert told IndyStar the pain will be gut-wrenching yet likely short-lived,with businesses experiencing about three more months of paralysis before normalcy slowly returns. ... "In communities all over the United States, there's going to be this very painful contraction in entertainment and tourism and hospitality," said Phil Powell, clinical associate professor and associate dean at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. "The depth of the pain is going to be unprecedented."

Times of Northwest Indiana

Long a rock in the Region, heavy industry faces challenges, technological change

It took many strong backs to unload iron ore boats, shovel pellets into blazing blast furnaces, raise high skyscrapers with steel beams and other laborious tasks. But the steel industry's footprint along the lakeshore also has been shrinking amid sluggish demand in recent years, including with the idling of East Chicago Tin, ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor Long Carbon and several blast furnaces. And the work has become increasingly automated as the headcounts at Region steel mills and factories have shrunk, to the point where Region kids are now far more likely to go off to college than to consider the "golden handcuffs" of steelworker jobs that often pay over six figures a year with overtime. That trend is only likely to continue over the next 20 years, according to experts. "As technology continues to advance, heavy industry in Northwest Indiana, and the United States in general, is likely to continue becoming more automated," Indiana University Northwest Assistant Professor of Economics Micah Pollak said. "Firms that modernize with the changing technology will see their productivity grow, those that do not may be unable to compete."


Coronavirus school closures reveal a stark digital divide

When Jess Calarco, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University, learned her classes were going online, she used this past week to try out a hybrid online class where students watched via livestream or could download the video to watch later. She's concerned about the economic disparities of her students, many of whom are now leaving a campus that feels like home and provides structured academic, social, and emotional support. "A lot of my students don't have access to their own functioning laptops," says Calarco. "Even if they have a cellphone or smartphone, they might worry about running out of cellphone minutes or the cost that will go with having to use large amounts of data to access class materials." In response to these concerns, Calarco is considering how to create offline accommodations and flexible requirements for students who don't feel they'll be able to participate online when they're not physically on campus.


You asked: Can I boost my immunity to coronavirus?

Side Effects has received many questions seeking medical information about the new coronavirus and the disease it causes: COVID-19. For answers, we turned to 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. (This is the second set of questions from the March 11 All IN show from Indiana Public Broadcasting.)

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