IU in the News

A daily digest of media coverage about Indiana University

March 18, 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

IU names Scott Dolson as new director of intercollegiate athletics

This story has been covered by: Sports Illustrated, CBS Sports, The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Indianapolis Star, RTV6, ESPN, The Athletic, Saturday Tradition.

O'Neill School at IU Bloomington tops U.S. News rankings -- again

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business, The Bloomington Herald-Times.

IU extends spring break and moves to remote teaching for the remainder of the spring 2020 semester

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Times of Northwest Indiana, CBS Chicago, RTV6.

IU Making Headlines

Inside Higher Ed

Keep calm and keep teaching

As colleges and universities across the nation scramble to respond to the COVID-19 outbreak, outstanding materials are circulating widely concerned with technological solutions to moving away from in-person teaching. Instructional continuity websites, many using the "keep teaching" nomenclature pioneered at Indiana University at Bloomington, are proliferating hourly -- indeed, IU has posted generous and clear guidelines for how to reuse their materials, rendering a perfect example of the open-source world of instructional support, design and development that was, until sometime last week, pretty much invisible to many people in higher education.

IU Voices in the News

The Indianapolis Star

Anxiety over coronavirus is normal. Here's how to manage it.

From the cancellation of the NCAA tournaments to the ban on dining out, Hoosiers' lives suddenly look a lot different. Coupled with the uncertainty of how long this new reality will last or how far the impact will reach is a recipe for stress and anxiety, said Edward Hirt, Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Indiana University. "I think that the biggest thing that makes this particular problem unique is just the lack of knowledge," he said. "We don’t have any ability to predict the duration of it. We don’t even have a super good sense of the magnitude of it." Dr. Jacek Kolacz, an assistant research scientist for the Kinsey Institute's Traumatic Stress Research Consortium at Indiana University, said the stress people are feeling is a natural response. "Uncontrollable or unpredictable situations causes these changes in our brain and body, which cause hypervigilance," he said. "Which is a normal way to prepare for perceived threats."

Runner's World

How to find credible information in a pandemic

We're all making daily decisions about everything from running to self-isolation to how much toilet paper to buy. In order to best protect ourselves and our society, we need to know not only the latest facts, but also what actions to take, says Esi Thompson, Ph.D., an assistant professor of communication at Indiana University who's studied crisis communications around the ebola outbreak, among other diseases. ... With the situation changing by the minute, news organizations and social media are churning out information non-stop. "Twitter is really good and important for breaking news and updates," Thompson says. "But we always need to think about, am I checking this with other sources?" After all, even journalists sometimes get information wrong, and otherwise educated people may retweet hastily.

The New York Times

Is closing the schools a good idea?

Written by Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute. Even as we take significant steps to distance ourselves from one another to "flatten the curve" of the coronavirus pandemic, one of the hardest decisions has been whether to close schools. There are strong arguments on both sides.


VIDEO: When could the coronavirus curve flatten in the U.S.?

Dr. Aaron Carroll (of the IU School of Medicine) discusses when the coronavirus curve could flatten in the United States.

Related stories: WNYC, Vice


Emergency coronavirus measures could last over 18 months and kill 1.2 million in U.S.

Commenting on the paper from Imperial, Thomas J. Duszynski, Director of Epidemiology Education at Indiana University, said that with COVID-19, Pandora's Box had been opened. "The question becomes, how to close it," he told Newsweek. "Social isolation (3-6 feet of separation between people), good handwashing, not touching your face, and staying isolated if you are sick are the best methods to slow the disease spread in the population at this time and reduce the mortality rate in the susceptible population," he said. "The U.S. in an attempt to be proactive has put in preventative measures, such as closing sporting events, limiting the number of people in the room, loosening the laws around school attendance, and working with community partners to ensure the population has what they need to socially isolate." ... However, he said how long this may last for is unclear: "Most people want to know when this will be over and can resume some sense of normalcy and I answer this is the new normal." He said some epidemics burn through a population then disappear, while others think it will become like the flu virus, which appears every year.

The Indianapolis Star

Can I eat out? Go to the gym? What to know as you live your life during a pandemic

IndyStar talked to Shandy Dearth, director of undergraduate epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, to help answer what many of us are wondering: should I go ... to the gym? How about the park? In general, Dearth said people should try to avoid crowded areas that make it hard to practice social distancing, defined as being six feet apart. ... As far as food handling, Dearth said restaurants and fast food places are held to food safety guidelines set by the state. As long as workers are healthy, wash their hands and wear gloves, there's no need to worry about coronavirus contamination. If a food worker is carrying the virus but not symptomatic, hand washing and gloves will reduce the chance of contamination. If they are symptomatic, for example coughing, they should stay home, though Dearth acknowledged the lack of sick pay for food industry workers. "That’s a huge gap in that we don’t have guaranteed paid time off for all the employees in the country," she said. "It's just a weakness in public health in general."

Indiana Public Media

Just buy what you need: Expert warns against hoarding products during COVID-19 pandemic

Jon Quinn lectures at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business on consumer marketing. He says black markets forming to sell items needed to help protect from possible infection will put people with lower incomes at greater risk. "If we allow that to happen, then only the higher levels of socio-economic people are going to be able to afford these items and we’re going to see a disproportionate infection rate for the lower socio-economic," says Quinn.

Related stories: Tribune Star

Inside Sources

Developers know how to dodge environmental reviews; they might have help from federal government

Written by Cynthia Giles, a guest fellow at the Harvard Environmental and Energy Law Program, and Janet McCabe, director of the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University. The Trump administration is making good on its threat to weaken the country’s environmental laws by proposing sweeping changes to the National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA). This 50-year-old law forms the bedrock of federal environmental protection; it requires that federal agencies take a hard look at potential effects to air, water and other shared resources before a project -- be it a highway or a gas pipeline -- is approved. We led the offices at EPA in charge of NEPA reviews and air pollution for eight years. In our experience, developers and other project proponents routinely try to dodge the scrutiny NEPA requires. But now, the Trump administration's proposed rule would embrace these common avoidance strategies and enshrine them in federal regulations.

U.S. News and World Report

Medical groups say heart meds don't worsen COVID-19 symptoms

Two types of heart medications do not make coronavirus infection worse, three major U.S. medical groups say in a new joint statement meant to dispel misinformation about the use of the medications in people with COVID-19. The American Heart Association (AHA), the Heart Failure Society of America and the American College of Cardiology (ACC) recommend continuation of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitors or angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) medications for all patients already prescribed those drugs for heart failure, high blood pressure or heart disease. ... According to Dr. Richard Kovacs, president of the ACC, "The continued highest standard of care for cardiovascular disease patients diagnosed with COVID-19 is our top priority, but there are no experimental or clinical data demonstrating beneficial or adverse outcomes among COVID-19 patients using ACE [inhibitors] or ARB medications." Kovacs is professor of cardiology at Indiana University School of Medicine. "We urge urgent, additional research that can guide us to optimal care for the millions of people worldwide with cardiovascular disease and who may contract COVID-19. These recommendations will be adjusted as needed to correspond with the latest research," Kovacs explained in the statement.

Related stories: Cardiovascular Business

South China Morning Post

Coronavirus: Testing in US accelerates as companies step in where government failed

The federal government's new sense of urgency follows weeks of denials by Trump that the virus was a significant threat, tied to concern it would hurt his re-election chances in November, which impeded an early public health response. "We, like most states I'm aware of in the country, have a limited supply of tests so we have to be very judicious as already mentioned with who we're going to test," said Dr. W. Graham Carlos, a medical school professor at Indiana University. "We hear help is on the way."

Related stories: Five Thirty-Eight

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