IU in the News

A daily digest of media coverage about Indiana University

July 15, 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

Tee time: New Pfau Course opens for golfers

This story has been covered by: The Ledger, Golf Course Architecture, WDRB, The Indianapolis Star, Sports Illustrated, Indiana Daily Student.

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VIDEO: 'We Stand Together': Wayne James, Indiana University Police Department

Discussions about systemic racism and policing often happen in the same breath. How to best police is a key topic. The Indiana University Police Department recently announced a 17-year police veteran will head it’s diversity and community engagement efforts. In this ‘We Stand Together’ report, Katiera Winfrey speaks to Wayne James. The path to becoming Indiana University Police Department’s first chief diversity officer for Wayne James. He started In Gary, Indiana. Working with local police forces before transitioning to Indiana University Northwest. He stayed there for 11 years. Now, he calls Bloomington home as he takes up his duties as the assistant VP and deputy superintendent for law enforcement operations across every IU campus. It’s his job to expand inclusion and diversity in recruitment and he takes it very seriously.

Inside Indiana Business

IU School of Medicine awarded $4M for addiction research

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded the Indiana University School of Medicine a $4 million grant to bolster its work in addiction psychiatry and patient care. The money is earmarked for the school’s Department of Psychiatry and its Addiction Psychiatry Expansion Project. The university says the grant will help the school train more fellows through its addiction psychiatry fellowship, hire more faculty and implement a new model of patient care developed and designed by Dr. R. A. Chambers, associate professor of psychiatry.

EHR Intelligence

Using health information exchange to automate disease reporting

or most healthcare organizations, reporting and finding all the necessary information about a new case of a reportable disease can be a burdensome process that could take up to two weeks to fully process, and sometimes it can get lost in the shuffle. ... With more cases piling up over the course of a week or two, the health department could be forced to close the case and move on if they did not receive the detailed report from the clinic. Because of this manual process, Brian Dixon, PhD, director of public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, and his team of experts knew they needed to automate disease tracking and surveillance in the state of Indiana. ... "Could we automate this process better?" Dixon posited. "We've done it for labs. Let's try to do it for clinics, but in a way that's going to minimize provider burden." Regenstrief had been in this space before, doing a lot of work to automate laboratory-based reporting from labs to the public health department for public health reporting purposes.

Pharmacy Times

Researchers find new standard for blood-based biomarkers in the prediction of cancer recurrence

The presence of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in the plasma of the blood of women who have undergone chemotherapy prior to surgery for the treatment of stage 1, 2, or 3 triple-negative breast cancer (TNBC) are critical indicators in the prediction of disease recurrence and disease-free survival, according to a recent study published in JAMA Oncology. Additionally, these findings will allow researchers around the world to more appropriately stratify patients for testing during clinical trials. "These findings from the Vera Bradley Foundation Center for Breast Cancer Research, located at (Indiana University [IU]) School of Medicine, enable a scientific basis for predicting relapse and disease-free survival, which are both important questions for women who live in constant fear of their disease returning," said Jay Hess, MD, PhD, MHSA, dean of IU School of Medicine, in a press release.

Yahoo! Finance

Five meritorious business officers and one university honored

In recognition of their outstanding contributions to higher education, five business and finance leaders and one university have received 2020 NACUBO Awards from the National Association of College and University Business Officers. ... 2020 Excellence in Sustainability Award: Indiana University has received the 2020 Excellence in Sustainability Award for its Indiana Sustainability Development Program (ISDP), which aims to prepare undergraduate and graduate students for sustainability jobs within the state. With a multi-prong approach, ISDP trains future sustainability workers with the hope that they ultimately find employment within Indiana's corporate, nonprofit, government, and higher education sectors.

Inside Indiana Business

Pandemic impacts research at Kinsey Institute

The new executive director of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University says the COVID-19 pandemic has affected the ability to conduct global scientific research on human sexuality. Justin Garcia, who took the reins of the institute July 1, says the healthcare crisis also impacted what the researchers study. "As the COVID-19 crisis developed, we were able to launch a series of studies examining sex, intimate relationships and mental health during the pandemic," Garcia said. "I think it's fair to say that Kinsey Institute data, research and faculty expertise have been leading scientific voices for how COVID-19 has impacted our romantic and sexual lives."

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The Indianapolis Star

Indiana sees coronavirus numbers take turn in wrong direction

Northwest Indiana, especially Lake County, was never immune but in the past week has seen its caseload pick up. Two days ago more than 200 cases cases were reported in one day, said Micah Pollak, an associate professor of economics at Indiana University Northwest, whose Twitter account includes regular analysis of the coronavirus in northwest Indiana. ... "The biggest message I have is this isn't over by any stretch," said Thomas Dusznski, director of epidemiology education at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Fairbanks School of Public Health. "I get a little worried when I see numbers going up and we're coming into midsummer."


AUDIO: How will higher ed institutions adjust?

We talk to leaders from community colleges and four-year institutions about the plans they’ve developed so that students, both domestic and international, do not have to choose between their health and their education. ... Guests: Sue Ellspermann, President, Ivy Tech Community College of Indiana, Sarah Smith-Robbins, Director of Learning Technologies, Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Robert Manuel, President, University of Indianapolis, Hannah Buxbaum, Vice President for International Affairs, Indiana University.

The Indianapolis Star

1920s KKK membership records from HamCo open to public at the Indiana Historical Society

When the Ku Klux Klan re-emerged in the 1920s more notorious and stronger than it had been after the Civil War, Indiana was its epicenter. The new leader, David Curtis Stephenson, set up headquarters in Evansville and at its peak, 250,000 Hoosiers were card-carrying members. ... Now, the Indiana Historical Society will make available to the public 1,160 of those membership cards and receipts from 1923 to 1926. The documents had been housed at the Hamilton County Historical Society since 1995 but inspection was generally limited to scholars or descendants of the Klan members. ... Allen Safianow, Emeritus Professor of History at Indiana University Kokomo, said despite claims by some Klan members they thought the organization was benign, their views were widely known. "That's just implausible," said Safianow, who has studied the Indiana Klan for decades and interviewed people from that era. "They were quite public and made their positions known in newspapers and elsewhere. They even had their own publication, 'The Fiery Cross.'

Stanford Social Innovation Review

The current and potential impact of COVID-19 on nonprofits

The COVID-19 pandemic has increased the demand for nonprofits' services while damaging their finances and staffs. What can history tell us about surviving this crisis, and how can philanthropy help? SSIR publisher Michael Voss speaks to Amir Pasic of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and Mary Jovanovich of Schwab Charitable.


The pandemic is turning Americans against the gym. That could be a good thing

Jack Raglin, a kinesiology professor at the Indiana University Bloomington School of Public Health, has been a weightlifter for 45 years. But he stopped going to the gym during the COVID-19 pandemic, and now has "no interest in going back to the university weight room." ... He probably won't be the only one ditching the weight room. Only 20% of Americans said they'd feel comfortable going to a gym as of July 13, according to a Morning Consult poll. Another survey, by market-research firm OnePoll, found that 25% of Americans never plan to go back. (Some people may not even have a gym to return to. Chains 24 Hour Fitness and Gold’s Gym filed for bankruptcy due to pandemic-related closures, and an April report from investment bank Piper Sandler said many of the country's 40,000 independently owned fitness studios "may not survive" shutdowns.)

The New York Times

Who helps out in a crisis?

To say that women are the more nurturing and caring of the sexes is a deep-seated stereotype, but (Northwestern's Alice) Eagly said that makes it no less real. "Stereotypes do have the power to create the realities they call for," she said, "but they are also based on observation, and what we see is women doing a lot of the caring in our everyday lives." Debra Mesch, a professor of philanthropic studies at Indiana University, concurs: Men help too, of course, but it is women who are more likely to satisfy the needs of communities in more informal ways. In the Covid-19 era, that looks like making masks, grocery shopping for neighbors, tutoring on Zoom and checking in with lonely older neighbors. "These are not things you could write off as a charitable deduction," Mesch said, "but this is really where women are stepping up."

The Wall Street Journal

Coronavirus pandemic led to surge in Alzheimer's deaths

At least 15,000 more Americans have died in recent months from Alzheimer’s disease and dementia than otherwise would have, health officials believe, pointing to how the coronavirus pandemic has exacted a higher fatality toll than official numbers have shown. ... "It's one fall, and it sets everything off. It's one day of no fluids and they become dehydrated and it sets off a chain of events," said Nicole Fowler, associate director at Indiana University's Center for Aging Research. "It's amazing how little it actually takes to upset their environment."

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Caste bias isn't illegal in the United States. But this university is trying to fight it

There are about 2.5 million people of Indian descent living in America. ... Invariably, caste arises, said Rajkumar Kamble, a chemical engineer in Houston, who worked with Ambedkar International, a Dalit human rights organization. He recounted the story of a student who was initially accepted into a Ph.D. science program at the University of Alabama and then allegedly rejected by the lab’s director because of his caste. ... But even if the doctoral student had gone to a court of law, there are no legal precedents for such a lawsuit succeeding, said Kevin Brown, a professor at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law and an expert on caste. "The United States doesn't recognize the concept of caste, so it's not included in any of our laws that prohibit discrimination," Brown said. "We in the U.S. just haven't had as much experience with problems within the Indian communities that moved to the United States. So our legal system hasn't caught up to that. Unfortunately then, there are very little protections for Dalits in the United States for the discrimination that they encounter here with caste Hindus."

Kokomo Perspective

The questions about qualified immunity

As the Supreme Court put it, "As a matter of public policy, qualified immunity proves ample protection to all but the plainly incompetent or those who knowingly violate the law." According to Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Professor Gerard Magliocca, this creates very broad protection for officers. Essentially, a precedent for a civil suit against a police officer must be established for the suit to proceed. In practical terms, Magliocca said that new civil suits must basically mirror a previous case in order to go beyond qualified immunity. "Some courts are a little more forgiving when they are applying immunity than others, but if you take it to its sort of logical conclusion, it can require an almost identical situation to have occurred before, which is very hard to find. Life is complicated. There are a lot of different facts that can occur in cases," said Magliocca.

Colorado Springs Indy

Workplace discrimination still puts many at a disadvantage

Despite the advent of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Colorado's Civil Rights Commission, which dates to the 1950s, and the adoption of Affirmative Action policies designed to give people of color a fair shake in hiring and promotions, racism still emerges in subtle and not-so-subtle ways in the workplace. ... "People with different backgrounds and experiences often see the same problem in different ways and come up with different solutions, increasing the odds that one of those solutions will be a hit," the BCG website says, calling for diversity to be "baked into" every aspect of a company. That's a contested claim, says Kevin Brown, the Richard S. Melvin Professor at Indiana University Maurer School of Law. "The issue is the workforce is changing," he says. "The racial makeup of our workforce is becoming increasingly minority. From a business standpoint, you won't be able to get around not hiring minorities, and if they [people of color] have choices of where to work, they’re not going to work for your company if it has a reputation [for racial discrimination]." Brown, who teaches courses on race, American society and the law, asserts that current anti-discrimination laws serve merely as a check on the most egregious behavior, but not much beyond that. Frequently, he says, employers make a cost-benefit analysis and simply pay $20,000 or $30,000 to settle a claim without admitting culpability rather than face huge attorney bills in battling a lawsuit.

Life Site

Is violent porn one reason skyrocketing number of girls are seeking to change gender?

Violent porn not only terrifies young girls about men and the prospect of sex with them, it is changing the expectations and behavior of boys. Sex researcher at Indiana University School of Public Health Debby Herbenick found that nearly a quarter of adult women say they have felt scared during sex and "13 percent of sexually active girls ages 14 to 17 have already been choked." If you have trouble seeing the appeal of transgender life, consider that the typical dating life available to young women today doesn't look as great as it used to be…this culture make[s] it hard to imagine why anyone would want to be a girl.

Journal Gazette

Hoosiers waiting longer for COVID-19 test results

If you are waiting for results – and have checked your spam filter – you can call the state call center at 877-826-0011 or your local health department, which also receives results. "The delays in tests are extremely worrisome," said Brian Dixon, a professor at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI in Indianapolis. "I am worried that the slow down in processing of tests will hamper the state’s ability to mitigate the spread of COVID in Indiana. If it takes an additional 2-5 days to confirm someone has COVID, it means the individual could potentially spread the virus to others before getting their lab result. If we ask these individuals to stay home until their lab result comes back, people will be forced to be off work for a longer period of time while they wait for their results." Dixon also said the federal government just this week redirected testing supplies from Indiana to other parts of the country.


VIDEO: Unchaining the voices of the incarcerated: Zoom interview with Debra Des Vignes

On Dec. 14, I talked with Debra Des Vignes, founder of the Indiana Prison Writers Workshop (IPWW) about their recent activities, including their publication of Stories Unchained, Soulful Prison Prose. ... Des Vignes, who is a community scholar with the IUPUI English Department Writing Program, is also part of the Prison Education program, one of the incubator projects being developed through the IUPUI Arts & Humanities Institute.

Indiana Public Media

EPA doesn't plan to tighten standards for smog

The Environmental Protection Agency plans to pass on another opportunity to tighten air pollution standards. In April, the agency proposed not changing the standards for particle pollution. It announced on Monday it also doesn’t plan to tighten the standards for ozone -- commonly known as smog. ... Janet McCabe directs Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute and helped develop the current ozone standards during her time at the EPA. She says when the EPA sets these standards, it takes input from an independent advisory committee. In 2018, several members of that committee were replaced by former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. "A number of people are concerned -- and you will see that, you will hear that in the comments that come in -- that the external peer review of this process has been -- is compromised," she said.


Fitness Index: Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are two of America's least fit cities

Indianapolis and Fort Wayne are two of America's "least fit" cities, according to the annual American Fitness Index. Out of America's 100 largest cities, Indianapolis ranks 94th and Fort Wayne ranks 92nd. Each city was evaluated using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases, and community infrastructure indicators. NiCole Keith is the President of the American College of Sports Medicine (ASCM). She is also the Associate Dean of Faculty Affairs and a Professor at the Indiana University School of Health and Human Services at IUPUI. Keith says the low score for Indianapolis is not surprising. "Indianapolis is always ranked quite low on this index score. We're doing better, though, when you look at the percent of people who have exercised in the last 30 days in Indianapolis, which is great," says Keith.

Chesterton Tribune

1 of 4 C19 patients in Porter County visits ER; 1 of 7 hospitalized; local patients healthier

Thanks to the Regenstrief Institute of Indianapolis, we know a great deal more about the local COVID-19 pandemic than the Health Department's dashboard--as excellent as it is--has told us. The Regenstrief Institute is affiliated with the IU School of Medicine, the IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, Purdue University, and IUPUI. Its mission statement, according to its website: "to connect and innovate for better health" and to "envision a world where better information empowers people to end disease and realize true health." To that end, Regenstrief has compiled COVID-19 hospitalization data--among other things--from all 92 Indiana counties, and what the data tend to show is that Porter County is mirroring closely the statewide data on unique hospitalizations, unique ER visits, and ICU admissions.

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