IU in the News

A daily digest of media coverage about Indiana University

April 3, 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.

IU Making Headlines

Indiana Public Media

Local labs using 3D printers to help alleviate medical device shortages

Many 3D printing labs and private owners of 3D printers in Bloomington are trying to help fill shortages of medical equipment during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Fibers and Additive Manufacturing Enable Systems Lab -- known as FAMES in Indiana University's Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, is among those trying to help meet needs for medical equipment. Alexander Gumennick is an assistant professor of Intelligent Systems Engineering who heads the FAMES lab. Gumennick says he and his students have produced a working prototype of protective face shields, which they are sending to doctors and nurses at Eskenazi Hospital in Indianapolis. "We are producing medium sized batches, we are capable with our printers to make about 20 a day," Gumennick says.

The Indianapolis Star

'Wow, I wasn't expecting that': IU med student describes life with coronavirus

As David Vega awaited the call telling him where he would spend the next few years of his life as a newly minted doctor, he received news he was definitely not expecting: That he had tested positive for the coronavirus. The Indiana University medical student had been sick, sicker than he had ever felt in his life. ... Vega, 27, never developed a cough, sore throat or shortness of breath. He did, however, have fever, chills and muscle aches all over his body for more than a week. He tried to isolate from his roommates just in case he had the SARS-CoV-2 virus. But Vega thought it was a long shot at best. "I had kind of grabbed on to the fact that maybe it was just another virus causing these flulike symptoms," he said. "When I received news it was positive, I was a little caught off guard. I was like, 'Wow I wasn’t expecting that.'"

IU Voices in the News


The coronavirus is forcing the climate movement to reimagine itself

Successful social movements have historically had three key ingredients: focus, leadership, and resources. Without a clear focus, demands may become too broad to win. Without leadership, a movement might not have someone to help bring in the financial resources to win. Without resources, organizers will struggle to sustain their campaigns. That's not always the case, but social scholars use these factors to predict how well a movement may do, Fabio Rojas, a sociology professor at the Indiana University Bloomington, told Earther. "When it comes to the social world, it's not like a physics laboratory where things happen 100 percent of the time," he said. "The social world is probabilistic, and the thing about the social world is it's often complex."

The Hill

Economists fear slow pace of testing will prolong recession

In a surveillance strategy, the government gathers information on who has the virus and who they might have exposed in order to allow for targeted quarantining and isolation. That lets the rest of the country open back up. ... "Surveillance coupled with contact tracing and isolation, that's how we do this," said Aaron Carroll, a professor at the Indiana University School of Medicine. But Carroll worries that the government isn't laser-focused on laying the groundwork for that second phase. "At no level am I seeing anyone focusing on the long game of where we need to be. Everyone's just picking dates out of the air," he said. "We're focused on the fire that's occurring right now, which we need to be doing, but we also have to focus on building this massive infrastructure."


Domestic violence, child abuse cases likely increase during shutdown

With families spending more time at home during the nation-wide extended shutdown, it is likely there will be an increase in domestic violence and child abuse. ... "The cure for the coronavirus pandemic is going to be the thing that actually increases the risk for victims of domestic violence," said Larry Bennett, Professor at Indiana University School of Social Work, South Bend. That is due to the fact that a lot of the factors that are associated with increased risk and decreased protection in domestic violence cases are the same factors that come as a result of the pandemic, according to Bennett. "It's not that the virus itself has any direct effect on domestic violence, but the things that we're doing to sort of protect ourselves from it are going to increase it," Bennett said.


How patients with cancer, and survivors, can manage stress through COVID-19 uncertainty

"Fear is a natural human emotion. We all have fear during this pandemic, yet the higher risk for health complications from COVID-19 may heighten the stress faced by individuals with cancer. We all need to focus on actions we can take to reduce our risk of contracting the virus, such as social distancing. We can also take practical steps to cope adaptively with chronic stress because the fear is probably not going away anytime soon," Dr. Shelley Johns, a researcher with the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, said in an interview with CURE. ... We spoke with Johns, a board-certified clinical health psychologist, about how people can recognize when they are experiencing anxiety, and what they can do to limit their exposure to stress related to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Kokomo Perspective

SIFT method helps determine news reliability

Choosing reliable news sources is a lot like dieting -- the key is to balance between high-quality and junk outlets. Paul Cook, associate professor of English at Indiana University Kokomo, said it's especially crucial now, as people look for truthful information about the novel coronavirus (COVID-19). "I think balance is what you want to go for," he said. "Like with food, it's OK to have some junk every now and then, but also read good journalism. In addition to finding out the stuff that is clearly wrong, people need to be filling themselves with good nutritional sources."

Indianapolis Business Journal

As Indiana COVID-19 cases rise, testing appears to have slowed

This week, a private physician, Dr. Dorian Kenleigh, began offering nasal swab testing downtown to the public at $100 apiece. He told several news outlets he was working with a national lab that provides the test kits and processing. Some health and biostatics experts, however, say such limited or scattershot testing means that it is unclear just how many Hoosiers have been infected, and that clouds the picture for who has the virus and how it is spreading. "It’s likely to be in the tens of thousands," said George Owen Mohler, professor of computer and information science at IUPUI, who has done modeling on coronavirus statistics. "In terms of what to expect, this really depends on how much impact school closings, working from home, and shelter in place have in reducing the reproduction number of the virus," he said.

IU is making headlines every day

Visit our website for more Indiana University coverage from local, regional and national news media.
See all IU in the News articles
Celebrating 200 years