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July 27, 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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AUDIO: Measuring the prevalence of SARS-CoV-2

Random testing for SARS-CoV-2 in Indiana has found that more than 2.8% of the state was infected with the virus by May, and the chances of dying because it are 6 times greater than the flu. Guests: Professor Nir Manachemi, chair of the Health Policy and Management, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI).

Inside Indiana Business

IU, Lilly partner on autoimmune research

The Indiana University School of Medicine has forged a $5 million agreement with Indianapolis-based Eli Lilly and Co. to collaborate on research of a variety of diseases, including inflammatory bowel disease and psoriasis. The five-year agreement aims to gain an understanding of molecular and cellular changes occurring in patients who use some of Lilly's current medications to treat autoimmune diseases. IU says Lilly will provide de-identified patient sample data from autoimmune clinical studies.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Roiled by pandemic, not-for-profits cut back, shift missions

When Gov. Eric Holcomb forced businesses to close their doors in March, not-for-profits providing services to those in need were permitted to remain open. But being allowed to operate and being able to do so are two different things. ... 70% of not-for-profits in Indiana have reduced programs or limited capacity since the coronavirus pandemic hit the state, according to a recent report from the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and Indiana United Ways. ... Kirsten Gronbjerg, professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and an author of the IU report, said not-for-profits' future depends on how the pandemic plays out. If the size of gatherings is restricted again, even more programs might be cut. "We are cautiously opening back up," Gronbjerg said. "But given what's happening in other states, I don't know if that's going to continue to be our track."

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The New York Times

The star of this $70 million sci-fi film is a robot

The Japanese roboticist Masahiro Mori proposed a theory in 1970 known as the "uncanny valley," which says that the more humanlike a robot appears, the more positively humans will react to it -- but only to a point. If the resemblance is too strong, the robot can trigger a sense of revulsion or eeriness. It's still unclear exactly what triggers the uncanny valley, said Karl MacDorman, an associate professor of human-computer interaction at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis: factors might include facial and body proportions, the pace and naturalness of speech, and the fluidity or jerkiness of movement. He said that lack of sympathy in the face of adversity can be a plus for uncanny computer-animated or robotic villains like Gollum from "Lord of the Rings," using viewers' unsettledness to their advantage. "You're not supposed to relate to or feel empathy for Gollum -- though sometimes, we do," he said. "But when we can't relate to a protagonist we're supposed to want to succeed, that's where the uncanny valley can become disruptive."

Business Insider

'Pod'-style learning benefits affluent kids and exacerbates education inequality

Written by Jessica Calarco, associate professor of sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. With the pandemic still raging, many schools across the country are opting not to reopen full-time. Some are switching to full-time online instruction, and others are opting for hybrid models where students attend school a few days a week and spend the rest learning at home. Those plans are creating problems for employed parents, who once again have to figure out how to do their work while their kids are learning from home. Reflecting back on their less-than-optimal experiences with online learning last spring, many of those working parents, and stay-at-home parents, too, are also concerned about whether their kids will get enough academic support and social interaction if they're not physically going to school.

Related stories: The Philadelphia Inquirer, The New York Times


AUDIO: Being a working mom is hard. The pandemic made it even harder.

We know that mothers are often disproportionately responsible for housework and childcare. And that's even more challenging if you’re working. Now, the pandemic has made parents working from home and children attending online classes the new norm. So how has it affected the lives working moms? Guests include Jessica Calarco, associate professor of sociology at Indiana University. Her research examines inequalities in education and family life.


North Carolina city turns to reparations to heal 'a community breakdown'

Asheville was one of the cities that acquired properties for the purpose of building a highway system during urban renewal. But ultimately, the objective was to create space for urban development, and according to scholars, remove Black people from sections of the city so that development could occur. "Moving Black people away from the core was one of the central goals of urban displacement here," said Paul R. Mullins, a professor in the Department of Anthropology at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis. "Part of the goal really was to create space for development even though the city didn't know what would be developed. This is federal policy. This is the law of the land from the 1930s onwards. This was created by the federal government intentionally, consciously and it was reproduced all around the country for a half century," Mullins added.

Indianapolis Business Journal

How companies can 'walk the walk' on social issues

Written by Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, a clinical assistant professor of business law and management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. There's no better time than now to remember that many of your customers want to do business with your company if it stands for a purpose that reflects their own views and principles -- and they will avoid purchasing products and service from your business if it does not. In January, a public relations firm called 5W4 released its 2020 Consumer Culture Report. It found 83% of millennials believe "it's important for the companies they buy from to align with their beliefs and values." Not only that, but the report found two in three of those millennials have boycotted companies because of that company's stance on an issue.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Downtown restaurants, conventions could be stuck in downward spiral

Several downtown restaurants have already shuttered in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic, and experts say many more could be on the chopping block without the sustained convention and event activity they are used to. ... as that list continues to grow, it furthers the possibility that events that sign on for Indianapolis could see a much different city than what's been built up over the past several decades. "It's definitely a domino effect," said Michael Sprinkle, a lecturer in IUPUI's tourism, event and sport management program. "We pride ourselves [on] being a great convention city. When we don't have people coming into the city … some of these restaurants are going to board up their windows and they're going to close."

The Philadelphia Inquirer

Pa. chief justice complained about a Black justice and her 'minority agenda," former judge says

A former justice on the Pennsylvania Supreme Court (Cynthia Baldwin) has made public an affidavit contending that the court's chief justice, Thomas G. Saylor, plotted against her in retaliation for what he called "her minority agenda." Saylor denied the charge, calling it "false and offensive." ... Two law professors who are experts on judicial ethics said the allegations were troubling. Charles G. Geyh of the Indiana University law school said Saylor might have violated Pennsylvania's ethics rules for judges. Geyh said the justice may have improperly "engaged in ex parte communication with another judge" because the conversation took place behind Baldwin's back. Geyh added: "Having a judge approach a judge who is overseeing this grand jury process smacks of an abuse of power."

The Indianapolis Star

Seeking summer real estate, endangered Indiana bats are running out of places to live

"In Central Indiana, we have a huge problem with bush honeysuckle invading our forests," said Joy O’Keefe, director for the Indiana State University Center for Bat Research, Outreach, and Conservation. She has been working with the Center for Earth and Environmental Science at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis coordinating students to help in the removal of invasive species through their service-learning program during spring and fall. "The negative impacts of the honeysuckle will just mean it's going to take that much longer before a hickory would get to be of sufficient size that would really be an adequate roost (for the bats)," said Victoria Schmalhofer, assistant director of CEES, who works out the logistics with students.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Area ad agency adding 145 jobs, moving its HQ to downtown Indy even as industry shrinks overall

Kim Saxton, a clinical professor of marketing at IUPUI's Kelley School of Business, said marketing budgets are one of the first cuts when companies are confronted with economic uncertainty. "Marketing often is treated as a cost and not an investment, and the people who can afford that cost the least are the small businesses," Saxton said. "A lot of smaller brands cut back their media spend immediately so they can retrench."

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