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April 1, 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

New, real-time COVID-19 diagnostic tests in development by IU research collaboration

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

The clue: This senior will compete in 'Jeopardy!' College Championship. Answer: Who is Tyler Combs?

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana Daily Student, Daily Reporter.

IU Voices in the News

Ed Tech

3 ways artificial intelligence can improve campus cybersecurity

AI is a necessary tool for higher education institutions because of the sheer size of their networks, and the speed at which bad actors can launch AI-based cyberattacks, says Von Welch, executive director for cybersecurity innovation at Indiana University and director of IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. "It's critical to have faster and faster responses, in the middle of the night, on holidays and in general," he says. Higher education CISOs, he continues, need ways to "take care of the background noise of these threats as quickly and at scale as possible."

The Indianapolis Star

Here's what financial planners say you can do now to deal with coronavirus fallout

Timothy Slaper, co-director of the Indiana Business Research Center at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business ... notes that a recession is defined as two or more consecutive quarters of negative economic growth. While March is expected to show negative growth, it could be offset by January and February. Slaper doesn't expect overall negative growth for the second and third quarters, when hopefully consumer spending starts to bounce back. ... Slaper, of IU, said that if the restrictions on business and activity last a total of six weeks, it could be similar to a seasonal dip that places like France experience in the summer during extended vacations. But after six weeks, "things would probably get pretty ugly" in terms of consumer confidence.

Consumer Reports

Your questions on coronavirus, answered

Q. I heard that you can check yourself for coronavirus by holding your breath for 10 seconds and seeing if you feel discomfort or cough. Is this true? No. Though an email chain was circulating that advised people to do this, "we don't have any evidence that this is true," says W. Graham Carlos, M.D., associate professor of clinical medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine.

Science Magazine

Lead pollution in ancient ice cores may track the rise and fall of medieval kings

To find the source of the medieval spikes, the team modeled how pollution travels on wind currents through Europe. The model showed that during the summer months, lead-laced winds blew to the glacier from the northwest -- from Great Britain. Summer -- between spring and fall harvests -- was also when Peak District farmers mined the most lead. "You have women and children breaking the rocks and smelting the ore in Castleton, and the lead is getting picked up and transported over the western Alps," says historian Ann Carmichael of Indiana University, Bloomington.

Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel

Wisconsin voter purge lawsuit major issue in Supreme Court race between Daniel Kelly, Jill Karofsky

Charlie Geyh, a professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law who has written extensively about judicial disqualification, said it's uncommon for judges to change course after initially stepping away from a case. "It is unusual, it is probably best avoided, but the state of the law is uncertain enough that I cannot say it is improper,”"he said by email.

Undark

The long-term effects of Covid-19 on field science

Matthew Smart could finish his degree without completing his field research, "though it would be a tremendous disappointment," he said. A Ph.D. candidate in geochemistry at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Smart planned to complete his dissertation using data from a trip to eastern Greenland scheduled for this summer. His research uses samples from a particularly well-preserved outcrop of rocks there to learn about what happened when Earth's ancient plants developed roots and began to make soil. But that trip is only possible during a short window from August to September when the study site is not blocked by ice. Smart is still holding out hope, but he said it's becoming increasingly likely the work will be canceled. ... "There's a significant health element to this crisis that trumps science, frankly," Smart said. "We have to make sacrifices in order to ‘flatten the curve,'" he added  -- in other words, keep the rate of infection low enough to avoid overburdening health systems.

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