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March 30, 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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Ken Iwama named new chancellor of IU Northwest

This story has been covered by: The Times of Northwest Indiana, Inside Indiana Business, Staten Island Advance, The Bloomington Herald-Times.

Pages of student-run fashion magazine reflect diversity of Bloomington campus

This story has been covered by: Indiana Daily Student.

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Inside Indiana Business

Boosted by 23AndMe, IU skin cancer research largest yet

An Indiana University scientist says his team's recent study "pushed the envelope" in squamous cell skin cancer research. The work resulted in the discovery of eight new genomic regions that increase a person's risk for skin cancer, resulting in the most comprehensive list yet of genes that are related to the disease. Also groundbreaking is the study's sample size, more than one-third of which came from ancestry and genetic service company 23andMe -- representing an emerging trend in scientific research. ... "(23andMe) is a great resource for researchers that you couldn't have even dreamed about 20 years ago," says Dr. Jiali Han, the study's co-leader and Rachel Cecile Efroymson professor in cancer research at the IU School of Medicine. "(The genetic testing companies) are a wonderful resource and provide a great research database for us to study."


Shonda Nicole Gladden, the Soul of Black Folx, and the Anthropocene Household Project

Her colleagues at the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) call Shonda Nicole Gladden by her first name. But off-campus, things are different. "Most people call me Reverend Gladden," she says. Shonda Gladden’s PhD research on Black Trans lives will inform the online symposium titled "The Soul of Black Folx" that will take place March 31, the International Transgender Day of Visibility. ... Rev. Gladden is working under the auspices of the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute (IAHI) to make inroads into Indianapolis communities through its interdisciplinary research program -- called the Anthropocene Household Project -- led by IAHI director Jason Kelly. It's part of the Prepared for Environmental Change Grand Challenges Initiative at Indiana University.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU changes admission acceptance deadline

Indiana University has extended the time admitted students have to decide whether they plan to enroll or not. It's just one of several changes to this year's admissions process taking place at IU and other universities because of the COVID-19 pandemic. March and April are typically some of the busiest months for campus visits, said Sacha Thieme, assistant vice provost and executive director of admissions. But those visits, as well as all recruitment events, have been canceled through May 9. "This is a really unfortunate experience for everyone, but it's certainly unfortunate that we're unable to invite students to our beautiful campus, which presents so well in the spring months," Thieme said.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU officials encourage social distancing after hearing of party

Indiana University officials are reminding students to practice social distancing after learning of a recent party that took place off campus. Chuck Carney, IU spokesman, said police broke up a party Wednesday night with about 30 people in attendance, some of whom were IU students. "You've got to use common sense and work for the common good in this circumstance," he said. ... Much about the disease is still unknown, but it's a lot more infectious than the flu, said Shandy Dearth, lecturer and director of undergraduate epidemiology education at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. What's worse is that a person can be infected for up to two weeks before showing symptoms. And some people might not show symptoms at all. "Everyone should assume everyone has it and stay away," Dearth said.

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The timeline of lifting social distancing depends on ramping up testing

Public health experts say we do not have enough data yet to determine when social distancing recommendations can be lifted. ... NPR's Allison Aubrey ... spoke to Aaron Carroll about this. He's a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. AARON CARROLL: To know that a place is low risk, you would have to have a pretty good sense that there's no infection in the community, and therefore we can start to ease the restrictions on people coming together. We're not gathering data in the community, almost anywhere. We're not doing that. Given that, it's hard to imagine that we could start rating the risk of any community in the near future.

The Indianapolis Star

Briggs: Hoarding groceries is rational. But you're a jerk if you do it.

If you've gone shopping during the past couple weeks, you've probably found an in-demand item and wondered whether you should buy more than you need. After all, you might already have 12 rolls of toilet paper at home, but who's to say whether it might take another two months to find them again? From an economics standpoint, there is no dilemma as to whether you should buy more. "To an economist, the answer is yes," said Kyle Anderson, an economist in the Indiana University-Purdue University Kelley School of Business. "What's it hurt me to buy five extra packages of toilet paper? Worst-case scenario, I don't use them and I don't have to buy toilet paper for a while, and that's fine."

South Bend Tribune

Contact tracing: South Bend area public health nurses turn into coronavirus detectives

(Contact tracing is) a "very labor-intensive" form of epidemiological detective work that's been taken on by four St. Joseph County Health Department nurses, said Dr. Mark Fox, St. Joseph County's deputy health officer. ... To help the health department nurses as they grow busier keeping up with the virus' spread, Fox, who is dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine in South Bend, plans to soon start training his students and IUSB nursing students on contact tracing. "It's a valuable learning experience for them, it helps meet a need for the community, and it gives them exposure to how do we respond to pandemics and what does this process of contact tracing look like," Fox said.


Coronavirus: Self-care important, IU East counselor says

Jennifer Claypoole of Indiana University East has some tips for improved mental health while adhering to social distancing restrictions. The director of behavioral health for the Center of Health Promotion at IU East, Claypoole recommends paying attention to the phrase "your anxiety is lying to you," according to an IU East news release. She recommends only viewing trusted news sources to educate yourself on COVID-19 risk factors, while avoiding stories about victims and symptoms that increase negative thoughts, induce panic and exacerbate anxiety and worry. To avoid anxiety, worry, sadness, despair and boredom while ordered to stay at home, Claypoole suggests using the telephone and social media to connect with other people.

The Indianapolis Star

Here's how the $2 trillion federal stimulus will help Hoosiers

Indiana could receive billions of dollars in federal aid from a stimulus package designed to cushion Americans, states, local governments and businesses from the economic fallout of the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Taxpayers would not receive any payment if their taxable income was $99,000 or higher, according to Robert Mulligan, a business and economics professor at Indiana University East, who reviewed portions of the legislation for IndyStar. A couple filing jointly with no dependents, Mulligan said, would receive a $2,400 payment reduced by 5% of any taxable income over $150,000. They would receive no payment if their joint taxable income was $198,000 or higher. ... The federal measure extends unemployment to 39 weeks. "Hopefully the crisis will be over by then," Mulligan said. "But if not, it would be necessary to extend this provision."


How the coronavirus has impacted crime in Indy

Through the first two months of 2020, Indianapolis had 40 homicides. In March, there have been six. As you probably guessed, the coronavirus has played a large role. "People's daily routines have been significantly disrupted," says Jeremy Carter, a criminal justice professor at IUPUI. "So it's not that surprising that the number of criminal events has decreased in certain categories." Some of those categories include shootings, robberies, and burglaries. "Most people are home, so the number of available targets that offenders could potentially burgle is down," Carter said.

Detroit Free Press

Baby Boomers, Millennials and Gen Z: The fight for empathy during coronavirus pandemic

There is evidence Americans in older age groups, compared to those in younger segments of the population, are taking greater precautions and following government-issued guidelines aimed at preventing the proliferation of the disease. That conclusion, based on preliminary results, was reached by Sara Konrath, a professor at Indianapolis' IUPUI, who conducted a data analysis of a Danish study that attempted to determine a correlation between the motivation to protect the most vulnerable and greater physical-distancing in society. ... Konrath's data comes as cross-generational tension has surfaced on social media and television. After the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention reported that 80% of the U.S. deaths associated with COVID-19 were people over 65, Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick suggested earlier this week on Fox News that older Americans are willing to risk their lives to preserve the health of the economy. As Patrick's remark went viral, the pandemic was being referred to as a "Boomer Remover" in some corners of the internet, where the catchphrase was given the hashtag treatment. "That's horrible," Konrath said. "It's horrible because all of us know people and love people who are in a variety of age ranges."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Career OB/GYN thrust into spotlight as state battles COVID-19 pandemic

She spent three decades delivering babies and counseling parents how to raise healthy infants. Now, as Indiana state health commissioner, Dr. Kristina Box finds herself in the spotlight as the highest-ranking public health official in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic, which threatens to overwhelm hospitals. ... Unlike her predecessor and counterparts in many other states, Box, 62, doesn't have a master's degree in public health, a specialized field that studies epidemiology, community health and other topics. But she has worked to compensate for that, said Paul Halverson, dean of the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI and former state health director in Arkansas. "Dr. Box recognized early on she didn't have the formal public health training," he said. "But where she recognized those gaps, she surrounded herself with people who could help provide that expertise and advice. She's built a very strong team."

The Chronicle of Higher Education

As Covid-19 erases line between work, home, professors learn to teach remotely while watching kids

Jessica Calarco, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University at Bloomington, ... has also thought about the inequities families experience at home. Her own situation is chaotic. Calarco's husband is chief of staff for the university's vice president for information technology, meaning he's involved in nearly every IT decision related to its response to the pandemic. They also have two small children, the older one a kindergartener who is supposed to be completing schoolwork at home. Calarco has a Ph.D., but there's already been one worksheet with instructions that took her a while to decipher, and printing out the school worksheets broke the family printer. "My big takeaway here," Calarco says, "is that if families like mine that are incredibly privileged" -- healthy, employed and getting paid, well resourced -- are finding this hard, "I can only imagine how much harder it must be for other families that have much more limited resources, especially when it comes to providing at-home learning support for kids."

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Indianapolis Business Journal

Banks say they'll give commercial borrowers extra time

Banks have an incentive to avoid playing hardball with their borrowers. "There’s nothing to gain by pushing somebody into bankruptcy," said Todd Roberson, a senior lecturer in finance at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. In regular times, if a borrower can’t repay a loan, the bank will take control of the collateral and sell it to recoup some of its money. Banks don’t like to do this if they can avoid it, Roberson said. "Even in good times, that’s not an optimal solution for anyone."

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