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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.

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The Times of Northwest Indiana

IUN to waive SAT and ACT test scores for fall 2020 admission

Indiana University Northwest will not require students applying for admission this fall to include an SAT or ACT score.
IU's Gary campus is waiving the test score requirement for fall 2020 admission cycle in light of test date cancellations this spring prompted by the novel coronavirus outbreak. The College Board, which administers the SAT, canceled its May 2 national test date, and the ACT has postponed its April 4 national test date to June 13 as students and educators across the country practice social isolation. "Students at every level, and especially our high school seniors, are reeling from the changes that the coronavirus pandemic has force upon us," IUN Associate Professor of Economics Micah Pollak said in a university news release. "Waiving the standardized testing requirement for the upcoming academic year is one thing we can do to eliminate an obstacle for our prospective students."

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The Indianapolis Star

New Indiana policy to relax pollution enforcement during pandemic could put public at risk

Indiana's environmental agency is relaxing environmental enforcement for industries across the state, citing the difficulties caused by the coronavirus pandemic. But critics of this policy change -- and a similar one at the federal level -- fear it has the potential to do more harm than good: They worry industry could take advantage of the relaxed rules and potentially further endanger those who are already susceptible to the spreading disease by exacerbating respiratory illnesses. "We are talking about a respiratory illness here. I don't want that to go unsaid," said (director of Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute) Janet McCabe, a former air quality official at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency under Barack Obama and at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management before that. "More air pollution," she said, "will make it harder for people with the virus to recover." ... "I understand why industries are essential -- we need the power on or these products are used to make ventilators and other things that we need," said Gabe Filippelli, the director of IUPUI's Center for Urban Health. "But I simply didn't see where there is a greater public health risk of maintaining regulations and enforcement as they are." 

Research Minutes

AUDIO: Teaching and learning at home: Lessons from research on homeschooling

Can homeschooling research provide some guidance for the millions of American families impacted by school closures during the COVID-19 pandemic? We talk with Robert Kunzman, Martha Lee and Bill Armstrong Chair for Teacher Education at Indiana University Bloomington and managing director of the International Center for Home Education Research. Kunzman shares insights from more than 15 years of research into homeschooling practice and policy, and offers some evidence-based strategies for families hoping to maintain a quality educational experience at home.

The Conversation

China's big donors are pitching in to deal with the new coronavirus -- not just in their own country

Written by Charles Sellen, Global Philanthropy Fellow, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, and Fabrice Jaumont Researcher, Author, International Educator, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l'Homme (FMSH) – USPC. Less than a month after China confirmed the emergence of what soon became the new coronavirus pandemic, the Chinese e-commerce giant Alibaba pledged US$144 million in medical supplies for Hubei province and its capital city Wuhan. Soon after that Jan. 29 announcement, Chinese billionaire Jack Ma, Alibaba's founder, said he was giving away $14 million through his own foundation to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. These gifts from Ma, a former high school teacher, and the company roughly equaled everything else given by that point to fight coronavirus. ... This wave of Chinese giving goes beyond Ma's own checkbook.

Indiana Public Media

Is the stay-at-home order enough to avoid the spread of coronavirus?

Graham McKeen is the assistant director of public and environmental health at Indiana University. He says on the whole, social distancing measures are working, and the data shows it. McKeen says while it will take time, the measures put in place will reduce the spread of the virus and the number of serious illnesses and deaths it causes. He also thinks we may need to extend some of the measures. "Really, simply, just essentially trying to eliminate any non-essential travel and think about our behaviors and how we can impact others through our negligence," McKeen says.


The coronavirus pandemic could have lasting effects on the film industry

The coronavirus pandemic could have lasting effects on the film industry as we know it. With movie theaters closed all across the country, people are turning to streaming services. Service like Netflix and Disney Plus are releasing more big-name movies on their platforms which gives us a little insight into the future of the industry. Elaine Roth, a film studies professor at Indiana University South Bend, says the film industry is going into uncharted territory. "It remains to be seen how things are going to play out," Roth said. "This dramatic change, this moment we’re all living through, where we are not going to the movies and where movies are being streamed instead might lead to movies being released on multiple platforms at the same time."


'Paycheck Protection Program' launches Friday, but banks are balking

U.S. workers won't interact directly with the so-called Paycheck Protection Program that launches Friday, but if it works as intended, it could have a big impact on their lives. Whether it can work as intended emerged as a major question Thursday as some banks said they wouldn't be ready to take applications on Friday. ... William Winecoff, a political science professor at Indiana University Bloomington, said the program hasn't gotten enough attention. He compared it favorably to European wage subsidies enacted in response to the coronavirus pandemic. Denmark, for instance, is paying up to 90% of workers' salaries. "This is actually more generous than that," Winecoff said. "It's full payroll support and that includes benefits, as well, for up to two months."

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