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July 16, 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

Grubhub, carryout and more plans for safer campus dining options

This story has been covered by: Food Management.

Stereo recordings believed to be the world's oldest preserved at IU

This story has been covered by: Atlas Obscura.

Chatbots can ease medical providers' burden, offer trusted guidance to those with COVID-19 symptoms

This story has been covered by: Pharmacy Times, Healthcare Finance, Becker's Health IT.

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Indiana Public Media

How polluted is my home or neighborhood? Here's how to find out

We compiled a list of resources so you can find out more about pollution in your home and in your community. ... IUPUI Earth sciences professor Gabe Filippelli and his team do free soil tests. They can also test the dust inside your home. Learn more about how to collect samples and then send them to: Center for Urban Health, IUPUI 723 W. Michigan St. Indianapolis, IN 46202.

IU Voices in the News


Life within COVID-19: two points of view from Indiana University Bloomington students

Before COVID-19 shut down Indiana University Kelley School of Business Honors Program student Emma Taylor was in Seville, Spain for a semester abroad. Madeleine Easley was at home in Indianapolis for spring break, looking forward to returning to Bloomington to complete her senior year and graduate with a Bachelor of Science in Public Affairs with a focus on Law and Public Policy in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs (SPEA), along with a political and civic engagement certificate in the College of Arts and Sciences. I asked both if they would share their thoughts and experiences, by email, about the abrupt change that took place in their lives in mid-March. Easley had to switch gears to what to her "felt like the longest Spring Break ever" plus online classes, Taylor's immediate challenge was trying to get home from Spain.


During the pandemic, students do field and lab work without leaving home

As the pandemic gained momentum, emails flew among the leaders of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers. Many U.S. geology majors must take a “capstone” field course to graduate. The cancellation of more than three-quarters of these courses jeopardized graduation for many majors. So the association invited instructors to develop learning objectives that did not depend on students doing fieldwork. It also compiled online exercises to help the 29 field courses that have moved online this summer. ... geoscientist Jim Handschy wanted to give remote students “as close to the real experience as possible.” He runs Indiana University’s Judson Mead Geologic Field Station in Montana, which had enrolled 60 students before classes were canceled in March. He and a few instructors visited each outcrop in their course plan, filmed the rocks and landscape, and captured magnified views of samples. Each week, the class delves deeper into the rock layers and their history. For their final project, students digitally map a 3100-hectare landscape.

Herald Mail Media

Listening to recorded classical music improves quality of life in patients with heart failure

Listening to recorded classical music is a non-invasive method to improve quality of life for a person living with heart failure, according to a recent study published in the Journal of Cardiac Failure, and accompanied by editorials from internationally acclaimed soprano Renée Fleming, Artistic Advisor at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts; Sheri L. Robb, PhD, MT-BC, Professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing; and Jerome L. Fleg, MD, a cardiologist at the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH). ... In an accompanying editorial Can Music Touch the Heart? Ms. Fleming and co-author Dr. Robb provide commentary on the increasing use of music listening in medicine and medical research. Ms. Fleming and Dr. Robb discuss the efficacy of classical music listening on physical outcomes in patients, such as longer, fuller breathing and altered stress levels. They also address community-based music programs as a way to encourage social interaction and support, which may result in a reduction in loneliness and an increased interest in life. ... Ms. Fleming and Dr. Robb, along with Dr. Fleg in his editorial, raise a number of questions left unanswered in the study that represent opportunities for future investigation.

Related stories: Journal of Cardiac Failure

SF Gate

The ultimate guide to washing your face mask, according to science

Depending on how many mask-wearers you have in your household, you might be tempted to machine-wash your masks. And while hand-washing preserves masks longer, sometimes it's our own sanity that needs preserving. If that’s the case, here are a few things to keep in mind to give your masks the best possible chance of surviving the laundry machine."Think about washing and drying anything that’s like a mask," says Bill Carroll, adjunct professor of chemistry at Indiana University. "Generally, cloth masks will be cotton or cotton-polyester, and the things that go over your ears will be elastic or of the same material as the mask. So the care of such a mask should be analogous to a cotton article with an elastic waistband -- like underwear. If you would put underwear in the dryer, it should be OK for the mask as well."

Wilson County News

It's time to learn what our system's about from the inside

Written by Lee Hamilton, a Senior Advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice at the IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. I've spent a long time in politics, and over those years one thing has remained constant: a lot more Americans criticize government than serve and do something about it. There have been times when I've felt a bit resentful. It's hard to enter the fray, listen patiently to criticism from all comers, and then look around to find that many of them are nowhere to be found when it comes to the hard work of improving our communities and our system. But mostly what I've felt is amazement at the immense but often un-grasped opportunity our system offers. This is especially acute these days, as millions of Americans take to the streets and to social media with passionate intensity and the sense that it's time to weigh in. That's what our system asks of us as citizens, but I'd argue that it asks us to do it from the inside, not just from the outside. We desperately need citizens to enter the public arena -- people who are not afraid to plunge in and try to improve our democratic institutions. This requires people with the power to change to them roll up their sleeves and set about doing so.


How public health experts feel about being wrong

Health advice is often subject to change, or can even vary depending on which expert you ask, as anyone who has waded through nutrition advice or inspected the claims on wellness products knows. Experts are well-informed humans who are ultimately making judgment calls. "If you think in health care that everyone you speak to is assured of what they’re saying with 100 percent certainty, you’re going to be disappointed," Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, told me. Back at the beginning of April, he was featured on Slate’s podcast What Next making a case against masks to host Mary Harris. "We're making our best guesses," Carroll says now. Even in the face of new information, it can take time and discussion to update those guesses, as an incredibly detailed account of the mechanics behind the flip by Megan Molteni and Adam Rogers in Wired shows.


Washington Township Schools won't offer in-person instruction in a reversal

School board member Wanda Thruston, who teaches at the Indiana University School of Nursing, said that Black residents are already at greater risk of infection with COVID-19, and reopening schools could exacerbate that problem. "As an African American, I'm concerned about the disparities. ... I'm concerned about our families, our vulnerable families who would probably be at school, and then those students taking the infection back to their home and increasing the health disparities that already exist in our community," said Thruston, who had COVID-19 earlier this year.

Indiana Public Media

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students after suit backed by IU, Purdue

Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic. ... Last week, Indiana University President Michael McRobbie called the ICE policy "cruel and ill-judged." "Forcing international students whose universities have opted for online-only instruction this fall to transfer to another institution or leave the country is simply wrong, misguided and indefensible," he said at the time.

Orissa Post

Are exercise and sleep your best bet to boost immunity against COVID-19? Find out how much

So what can you do to protect yourself against the new coronavirus and other germs? ... Practicing the health-promoting behaviors that keep your own immune system functioning at top capacity ... The connection between exercise and stress is better understood. "Although we don't know the exact mechanisms behind it, we know that exercise helps reduce stress, says Jack Raglin, PhD, professor of kinesiology at Indiana University in Bloomington.

Chalkbeat Indiana

5 ways to make teaching more inclusive of Black students: Indiana education experts

When Indiana schools reopen, teachers need to address the overlapping crises of the coronavirus pandemic and police brutality, which exacerbate inequities Black students face, said Lasana Kazembe, an assistant professor at IUPUI. "White supremacy is the No. 1 organizing principle in this country...Our experience with education is no different," Kazembe said. As educators plan to resume instruction, Kazembe and other education experts offered advice on how to confront racism in the classroom and make teaching more inclusive of students of color. They spoke Wednesday morning during an annual education conference organized by the nonprofit Indiana Black Expo. Nearly 5,000 people registered for the virtual conference.

The New York Times

What is Betsy DeVos thinking?

Written by Jessica Calarco, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University, Bloomington. As the coronavirus continues to wreak havoc across the United States, some public K-12 schools may be able to reopen safely, but doing so will not be cheap. A recent report from the Council of Chief State School Officers estimated that public K-12 schools will need as much as $245 billion in additional funding to open with the recommended protocols in place from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Yet with local and state budgets strapped, many schools are likely to fall short unless they receive considerable federal support. The Department of Education, however, has not stepped up to fill that need. Funding for K-12 schools through the Cares Act is $13.5 billion -- well below $245 billion. Instead, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos is pressuring schools to open and threatening to cut off funds to public schools that don't fully open in the fall. She has suggested that those federal funds could be diverted to families to help pay for private or religious education. She has already put in place "micro-grants" for families that want to home-school their children this fall. In other words, Ms. DeVos is not only failing to provide public schools the federal money they need to reopen safely; she is also potentially destabilizing the budgets of already struggling schools.

Foreign Policy

To fight China, India needs to forget Russia

Written by Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington. The best way for New Delhi to modernize its military and protect itself from Beijing’s aggression is to forget its old relationship with Moscow and build closer ties to Washington. ... What explains India's continued reliance on Russian weaponry at a time when it has no dearth of other suppliers, including the United States? The answer to this question is complex. However, one of the principal reasons for India's fondness for Russians arms stems from what institutional economists refer to as path dependence. Put simply, path dependence means that in any given arena policymakers are constrained by decisions made in the past. Even though India has sought to diversify its sources of supply, as much as 60 percent of its military arsenal is either of Soviet or Russian origin. Not surprisingly, India remains reliant on Russia for spare parts and upgrades for a disproportionate segment of its armory.

Inside Climate News

Trump proposes speedier environmental reviews for highways, pipelines, drilling and mining

Just 110 days before he faces the nation's voters for the second time, President Donald Trump continued his three-and-a-half-year attack on the nation's environmental laws on Wednesday by seeking to reign in one of the most important -- the statute that requires federal agencies to assess the environmental consequences of their actions. The new rule Trump put forth would shorten review times under the National Environmental Policy Act, establishing a two-year limit for full environmental reviews and a one-year deadline for less detailed assessments of projects ranging from pipelines and freeways to drilling on federal lands. ... "This move is really going after one of the bedrock environmental laws and it's not undoing an action as much as systematically shifting how things have been done for a long time," said David Konisky, a political scientist and professor at the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs. What makes NEPA distinct from other environmental laws is that it is primarily a procedural process, rather than a regulation focused on a particular industry, and it informs what the government needs to consider in implementing infrastructure projects, he said.

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