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March 20, 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.

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Sports Illustrated

New Indiana AD Dolson: 'I was 8 years old ... and I was hooked for life'

Scott Dolson might be the athletic director at Indiana University now, the biggest of the big bosses, but first and foremost, he's a fan, too, and has been for as long as he can remember. Growing up in Michigan City, Ind., Dolson loved the Hoosiers, even as a little boy. "I was 8 years old when the undefeated 1975 IU men's basketball team lost to Kentucky in the Elite 8. I remember being absolutely crushed after that loss,'' Dolson said Thursday in his first news conference as the IU athletic department's new leader. "The following year, of course, IU had the perfect season, going undefeated and winning the 1976 national championship. I was hooked for life. I wanted to be the next Quinn Buckner or Scott May.''

Related stories: WDRB, The Daily Hoosier, 24/7 Sports, The Indianapolis Star

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The Washington Post

The arts will recover from the coronavirus. But they might look at lot different.

With field trips mostly canceled for the rest of the year and many Americans working from home with a house full of children, museums are working to provide educational materials online. Performing artists are giving concerts online, too, from cellist Yo-Yo Ma playing Bach on Twitter to the Metropolitan Opera streaming archived performances free. But can this become a significant source of revenue? Doug Noonan, a professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, is monitoring such things as social networking and fundraising platforms to see whether that happens. He says that large organizations with deep archives are the best situated to develop new income but that other organizations will likely flood in. "I think there will be a couple of waves," he says. "Organizations that could have been doing it will see now it is as a priority, and others will realize we need to get in this game or we vanish for six months."

NBC News

Small business owners go into survival mode as lawmakers debate economic relief

Smaller businesses don't have the cash runways of big companies such as Amazon or Starbucks to help them weather the storm, said Karen Harned, executive director of the National Federation of Independent Business. ... David Audretsch, an economist and professor at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, said: "In general, they don't have reserves to make it for days or weeks or months. They're all living on borrowed time, pretty much." ... The country's roughly 32 million small businesses employed about 47 percent of the private workforce. They also contribute to innovation in the business sector because they are less bureaucratic and established than multinational businesses, Audretsch said.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU expert to small businesses: Hibernate through economic winter

COVID-19 is causing an unexpected economic winter, especially for small businesses in college towns like Bloomington. But that winter will end, according to one expert. "So if I'm a business person, how do you survive so you can be back in business when the thaw comes?" asked Phil Powell, associate clinical professor of business economics at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Gov. Eric Holcomb on Monday directed restaurants, bars and nightclubs to suspend dine-in services to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. They can provide take-out and delivery services through the end of the month. But restaurants, bars and nightclubs in Bloomington were already dealing with another decision that will negatively impact sales. IU suspended in-person classes for the rest of the semester and has asked students not to return to campus. "Bloomington is going to feel a huge, disproportional pain from this," Powell said.

Lakeshore Public Radio

Kids get stressed out too. Here's how you can talk them through it

Child psychologist and Indiana University professor Beth Trammell says it's best for parents to to talk with their children about major stress-inducing events -- a school closing pandemic, for example -- since they'll likely hear about what's going on anyway and might pick up misinformation. "It's easier to talk about it on the front end, rather than your kid comes to you in a panic and now you're kind of having to backpedal," she says. Trammell uses a handy acronym, PRESS, as a guide: First, prepare the conversation and reflect on what kids need to know. Then explore what questions they have -- Trammell says they might not be scared, just curious. After that, share what you know, and reassure them.

Related stories: The Times of Northwest Indiana

The Indianapolis Star

Gas prices are plummeting. Here's where to find the cheapest pumps around Indianapolis.

Dr. Nikos Zirogiannis, assistant scientist at Indiana University's Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, said it's hard to know how much of the price drop is due to the oil price war versus the pandemic, but the reasons behind the coronavirus effect are clear. State and local level restrictions on travel mean less demand for gasoline, and work-from-home mandates mean fewer commutes. "Many people have also lost their jobs due to business shutdowns," Zirogiannis said in an email. "All this has led to a decline in the demand for gasoline and a substantial drop in gas prices." ... Zirogiannis said one other upside is that the change in people's work situations could be good news on the climate change front. "It shows that many people can indeed work from home without having to commute to work. That is of course not the case for many professions..." he said. "However, it has become clear that a certain part of the economy can still function while working remotely. Post-COVID-19, this lesson might help reshape our expectations about teleworking/commuting and subsequent gasoline consumption."

The Indianapolis Star

'Just the beginning': Teachers, parents reflect on eLearning as schools remain closed

The changes and shifts to adapt to eLearning will likely change teaching going forward, experts told IndyStar. Converting face-to-face lessons to online is a lot of work, said Daniel Hickey, professor at the School of Education at Indiana University. "We're currently much more prepared than we were 10 years ago," Hickey said. "There are more online resources, and multimedia textbooks that aren't bad." However, he added that the outcomes will vary by district, grade level and subject. "There are some outstanding instructors out there," he said. "This will be a chance for them to show off."

The Conversation

The battle against disinformation is global

Written by Scott Shackelford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics; Director, Ostrom Workshop Program on Cybersecurity and Internet Governance; Cybersecurity Program Chair, IU-Bloomington, Indiana University. Disinformation-spewing online bots and trolls from halfway around the world are continuing to shape local and national debates by spreading lies online on a massive scale. In 2019, Russia used Facebook to intervene in the internal politics of eight African nations. Russia has a long history of using disinformation campaigns to undermine opponents -- even hoodwinking CBS News anchor Dan Rather back in 1987 into saying that U.S. biological warfare experiments sparked the AIDS epidemic.

The Conversation

When restaurants close, Americans lose much more than a meal

Written by Rebecca L. Spang, Professor of History and Director, Liberal Arts and Management Program (LAMP), Indiana University. As a public health measure, mayors of New York, Seattle, Denver and many other cities and states have ordered restaurants to switch to delivery and pickup service only. Celebrity chefs David Chang and José Andrés were fast to close up shop. Starbucks no longer allows access to seating. In my book, "The Invention of the Restaurant," I showed that modern restaurants first appeared in 1760s Paris. For the past 200 years, they have offered a crucial public space for the practice of peaceful coexistence. Now, they are threatened. How long can the hospitality industry -- restaurants, cafes, bars, diners, all the places that welcome people -- survive in isolation? And how long can the ideal of the United States as a welcoming country survive without them?

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