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March 26, 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

Physicist John DiTusa named dean of School of Science at IUPUI

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

Indiana University provides free Wi-Fi access in response to COVID-19 crisis

This story has been covered by: Indiana Public Media, The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Times of Northwest Indiana.

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Indiana Daily Student

IU Archives asks for personal accounts of pandemic from IU community, locals

Years from now, historians will rely on newspaper clippings, institutional announcements and personal records such as diaries to study the effects of the coronavirus on society. These kinds of documentation form part of the historical record, said Sarah Knott, an associate professor in IU's history department. Stories of everyday life are especially hard to collect if they're not recorded in some way, Knott said. To address this, Knott and Carrie Schwier, outreach and public services archivist at the Herman B Wells Library, are calling for the IU community and people in surrounding areas to record their experiences as the COVID-19 pandemic develops for the University Archives. "We wanted to respond immediately to that future historical absence by inviting faculty, students, alumni, staff and neighbors of the university to document this crisis as it unfolds," Knott said.

Dance Magazine

Bringing ballet technique home: Adapting classes for students without a studio

Written by Sarah Wroth, co-chair of the Department of Ballet at the IU Jacobs School of Music. The effects of COVID-19 on college dancers might have been devastating. Performances were canceled, seniors trying to savor every last moment together were left without a graduation ceremony, students were encouraged to go home, and at each moment, a question has sounded: How can a student learn how to become a better performer when they are not allowed to perform? Here at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music, the ballet department rallied quickly and adapted its programming, choosing to see this hiatus as an opportunity to encourage reflection and self-improvement.

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Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Loeffler stock trades help renew calls to revise insider trading laws

There are those who say members of Congress should be barred from purchasing shares of individual companies that are affected by federal legislation, which could put a stop to controversies such as the one (U.S. Sen. Kelly) Loeffler now faces. Donna Nagy, a law professor at Indiana University-Bloomington and an expert on insider trading, has testified before Congress in favor of changing the law in this manner. "In times of crisis like this current one, the public should not have to wonder whether lawmakers are using their access to material, nonpublic government information, to make gains or avoid losses in their stock portfolios," she said. Nagy notes that similar restrictions on stock ownership are already in place for federal judges and leaders of federal agencies; she and other securities law experts have advocated for the rules to be extended to members of Congress.

The Indianapolis Star

A bar, car rentals and Moose Lodge: Officials didn't warn those who met coronavirus victim

While privacy laws make sense in most everyday cases, like hospitalization for drug overdoses or suicide attempts, some experts say an entirely different balance is needed during a public health emergency,when sharing information is a vital weapon against spreading disease. "When we have something like a hurricane, or a pandemic such as this, you just need to recalibrate that balance slightly," said Nicolas Terry, a professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. "And you take away just a few of the patient's rights and give a little bit of flexibility to the providers."

Indianapolis Recorder

Pathway to the ballot

Anita Morgan, professor of history at IUPUI, wrote about the suffrage movement extensively in her upcoming book, "We Must Be Fearless." "The (most notable African American suffragist in Indiana) is Carrie Barnes," Morgan said. "She did the bulk of her work right here in the state … and became the president of what is believed to be the first African American suffrage meeting in Indiana." ... According to Morgan, many African American women who were teachers in Indianapolis Public Schools were active in the suffrage movement. Throughout the state, there were several African American suffrage groups, and several integrated groups. ... "African American suffragists were working women in addition to everything else," Morgan said. "They wanted the vote, but were aware of the fact that the vote took a lot of guts, because there was still harassment of some African American male voters in Indianapolis."

Indianapolis Recorder

Don't just assume COVID-19 pandemic will lead to increase in crime

Tom Stucky, executive associate dean at the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI, said it's never a good idea to make sweeping statements about what will happen in the future with crime, but it's especially difficult during a national crisis when there are so many unknowns.  What kind of aid will people get from the government? Will the aid be recurring? Will people be able to return to their jobs when it's safe? "I'm not willing to sit here and say there will be no impact," Stucky said. "It's too soon to tell. If the social safety net is not adjusted, I would not be optimistic."

Indianapolis Recorder

2020 census: Uncounted children leads to fewer resources

The Polis Center, a research unit at IUPUI, relies on data from the American Community Survey, which is conducted annually by the U.S. Census Bureau and includes estimates based off of the 10-year census. The Polis Center uses that data to understand things such as how gentrification changes neighborhoods and what economic opportunity looks like. "We're only able to do that when the count we have is accurate," said Matt Nowlin, who does data analysis for the Polis Center. Nowlin said the organization recently made a web application for politicians and other decision makers to help determine where schools should be located.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU expert: Toilet paper plentiful, hospital beds are not

Americans shouldn't be worried about the availability of toilet paper during the COVID-19 pandemic, according to one expert. Instead, they should be focused on the number of beds in hospitals. "There isn't a lot of extra or spare capacity to take on ill people," said Mohan Tatikonda, professor of operations management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Tatikonda has studied supply chain management and health care delivery. He has been somewhat perplexed by people's reactions to the recent pandemic. In particular, the hoarding of toilet paper. "The vast majority of people do not need more toilet paper per day in the coming weeks than in the past," he said.

The Indianapolis Star

Why a county ban on church gatherings got pushback from Attorney General Curtis Hill

An Indiana county health commissioner's attempt to ban church gatherings to prevent the spread of the coronavirus was met with pushback from Attorney General Curtis Hill over what he described as "unconstitutional religious discrimination." Hill sent a letter Tuesday to Allen County Health Commissioner Dr. Deborah McMahan that urged her to reconsider a March 21 order that prohibited church gatherings in Allen County, including gatherings held in nonchurch venues. ... "Absent scientific evidence that COVID-19 spreads more quickly in religious gatherings than others, your order amounts to unconstitutional religious discrimination," Hill said. If this was indeed what McMahan was doing, Hill would be right to challenge the constitutionality of her decision, according to Gerard Magliocca, an Indiana University law professor and expert in constitutional law. "If you have an order saying there shall be no gatherings of more than five people until further notice because we have an epidemic, that is constitutional," Magliocca said, "because there's a long tradition of state and local governments issuing orders like that during epidemics." What's different, Magliocca said, is if an order was issued banning religious gatherings and not applying the same order to other meetings.

The Indianapolis Star

Here's what enforcement of coronavirus 'stay at home' order will look like in Indiana

Lea Shaver, a law professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law, said enforcing the "stay at home" order will be a tricky thing. She said the best practice will be to have state and local officials, community leaders and faith leaders encourage people to comply. "Where you have seen things work," she said, "like in South Korea and Japan, they are having good results because citizens have voluntarily complied with the orders, not because they have been draconian with penalties." 

The Indianapolis Star

The fight against RFRA isn't over. Meet its conservative opponent.

Indiana attorney James Bopp is many things. A seasoned litigator. A staunch conservative. A devout Catholic. And one of the most influential lawyers in the country. ... Bopp is unwilling to cede defeat against a state law he once supported. Indiana's Religious Freedom and Restoration Act, also known as RFRA, aims to prevent state or local governments from substantially burdening a person's ability to exercise their religion. ... His argument centers on "pre-enforcement" -- in this case the claim that the ordinances violate the constitution and don't need to be enforced to become a problem. "The issue of pre-enforcement standing and ripeness turns largely upon whether, indeed, the cities' ordinances are 'applicable' to the challengers and their proposed activities," David Conkle, professor of law emeritus at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law, told IndyStar. Conkle notes the irony: The groups are insisting that they do exclude people, while the cities insist that they don't and would not get in trouble.

The Wall Street Journal

Sleeping in self-driving cars? It's no pipe dream.

Have you seen the video of the guy sound asleep at the wheel of his auto-piloted Tesla Model S? Mile after mile, with his head back, mouth open like he's having his teeth cleaned. I envy him. I've never been able to sleep in a moving motor vehicle -- far as I can tell, no one really does. "It depends on your definition of sleep," wrote Dr. Robert Pascuzzi, Chair of Neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine. "Not all sleep is the same and if you can't get slow-wave sleep then it's basically sleep deprivation."

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