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March 24, 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 postpones all spring commencement ceremonies

This story has been covered by: Fox 59, South Bend Tribune, The Bloomington Herald-Times, ABC57, WANE.

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Indiana Daily Student

WIUX named Best College Radio Station

Indiana University's WIUX radio was named the best college radio station among schools with over 10,000 students at the Intercollegiate Broadcasting System Awards on March 7 in New York City. The station was up against five other colleges for the award. Students Coady Raab, Mitchell Banks and Joanie Dugan also won Best Comedy Program for a WIUX show.

PBS NewsHour

Student scientists, athletes and artists miss opportunities when learning moves online

Moving his education online because of the coronavirus presents a much bigger problem for Cameron Pelton than it does for many of his Indiana University classmates. Pelton is studying ballet and choreography, subjects that don't convert easily to virtual instruction. Meanwhile, auditions have been canceled and seniors who were hoping to land jobs with ballet companies have had those aspirations delayed. "You spend your whole life being a control freak with your body, with your time. You try to control as much as you can, and then you get into a situation where you can't really plan at all," he said. "It's all really difficult."

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The Conversation

What happens to charitable giving when the economy falters?

As the new coronavirus pandemic sends the economy into a tailspin, Patrick Rooney, an economist at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, and Jon Bergdoll, a philanthropy statistician, explain what usually happens to giving during recessions. Do Americans give more to charity when more people are in need? No. Overall, for the last 64 years total giving has grown at an average annual rate of 3.3% adjusted for inflation. But the picture changes if you compare what's happened when the economy has grown versus when it has contracted. During years with economic growth, average giving has increased by 4.7%. During the years marked by economic downturns, average giving has actually decreased by 0.5%.

The New York Times

As coronavirus looms, mask shortage gives rise to promising approach

Late Thursday night, the (CDC) issued new guidance, saying that "as a last resort, it may be necessary" for hospitals to use masks that were not approved by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health. That change would seem to mean it is now acceptable for hospitals to decontaminate and reuse masks during the coronavirus pandemic, said Shawn Gibbs, a professor of environmental health at Indiana University. If that were not the case, he added, then many hospitals would find themselves in a tightening bind as gear shortages spread: "What is preferred -- not using respirator protection equipment, or using a decontaminated respirator whose certification is voided?"

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The coronavirus has pushed courses online. Professors are trying hard to keep up.

Before in-person classes were suspended, Indiana University at Bloomington ran workshops for faculty members "every hour on the hour," as well as live and recorded webinars, says Anastasia Morrone, associate vice provost for learning technologies. The training covered the basics of their learning-management system, Canvas, as well as key tools that will be especially helpful, like discussion forums. There's also an overview of Zoom and Kaltura, for live and recorded meetings and lectures. "This is very targeted," she says. "What do you need to know in order to do this?" The university is also making itself into a hub for learning, while respecting health experts' social-distancing guidelines. It's developing drive-up internet, says Daniel Calarco, Indiana's chief of staff for the chief information officer, in which campus spaces redirect their Wi-Fi outward, broadcasting it into parking lots so that people can sit in their cars and work on laptops.

The Washington Post

The new coronavirus economy: A gigantic experiment reshaping how we work and live

Arts groups also are turning to online platforms, opening the possibility that habits of arts consumption will be profoundly changed. From giant opera companies to individual artists using cellphone cameras in their living rooms, there has been a flood of live-streamed performances since the crisis intensified last week. Most of these performances aren't earning revenue. But they could presage a major shift in how audiences expect to access content. "I think there is a big and fascinating issue about the stickiness of some of these changes," said Doug Noonan, a professor of public and environmental affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis.


AUDIO: The Friday Pitch-In: coronavirus pandemic

This week's Friday Pitch-In kicks off with a recap of the latest news around the coronavirus pandemic, and how it's impacting Indiana. ... we talk to one of the people behind a major observatory and STEM education project planned for Westfield, Indiana. Guests include IUPUC astronmer John Shepherd, director of science engagement, Link Observatory Space Science Institute.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU expert: Don't change investment strategies because of COVID-19

Despite last week being the worst for U.S. markets in decades, a personal finance expert at Indiana University is advising against making drastic changes to your investments. Even if you're close to retirement. "If you, say you're 64 and all this is going on, I don't really think there's anything you can do," said Todd Roberson, senior lecturer of finance at the IU Kelley School of Business. Concerns over the spread of COVID-19, and measures taken to curb its spread, have caused stocks to plummet. For instance, the Dow Jones Industrial Average fell nearly 3,000 points Monday, its biggest drop in a single day. This has left some people wondering what they should do. Roberson's advice: probably nothing. "Continue with your retirement plan as established," he said.

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