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July 28, 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

COVID-19 hurting vulnerable populations already struggling to pay utilities

This story has been covered by: NPR, EarthBeat, Fox 59.

Racial and LGBT bias persists in ridesharing platforms despite mitigation efforts, IU research finds

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IUPUI researchers develop reusable mask

Researchers at IUPUI have developed reusable face masks that can trap and kill the coronavirus. The Integrated Nanosystems Development Institute originally created the technology last year for a completely different industry: making race cars and airplanes lighter and stronger. When COVID-19 hit, they adjusted their research to a different need. They are combining nano technology and copper oxide, which is known to have anti-microbial and anti-viral properties. After essentially spraying a thin layer of copper on fabric, regular masks become as effective as N95 masks. ... "We wanted to know, 'Can we coat a fabric that not only captures the virus at nano scale, but also when it captures it, can kill?'" said Integrated Nanosystems Institute Director and Engineering Professor Mangilal Agarwal. "So we put a layer of nano structure on the fabric using an electro-spinning technique, and then simultaneously we also put a layer of copper. The layer of nano structure nylon captures the virus and the copper particles then on contact will kill the virus."

Related stories: Inside Indiana Business, NanoWerk

Fox 59

Indiana University dining halls will be carryout or delivery only this fall

Students returning to Indiana University's Bloomington campus for the fall semester will be able to get meals from campus dining halls, but they won't be allowed to eat them there. The new restriction is part of the University's safety plan aimed at slowing the spread of COVID-19 and will be noticed immediately by the estimated 8,500 students who sign up for meal plans. "There will be no dining spaces where they'll be able to sit and eat," said IU spokesperson Chuck Carney. "Those will not be open. It'll all be grab and go, so there'll be meals that they can order or meals that are already ready that they can pick up and eat elsewhere." Students will be encouraged to eat in places where they can socially distance from other students, such as dorm rooms or outdoor tables and benches.

Related stories: The Bloomington Herald-Times

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The Washington Post

The Goya boycott could impact the brand, experts say -- just not the way you think

Suneal Bedi, an assistant professor at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, says that whether they hit companies' bottom lines or not, boycotts are an important way for people to counter corporations' outsize influence. "In the marketplace of ideas, it feels like the scales are tipped to these big companies," Bedi says. "A boycott is a way the consumer can tip the scales or at least even them out."

Poets and Quants

10 best pieces of advice for online MBAs

If you want to go fast, go alone. If you want to go far, go together. Allie Pearson learned the value of this proverb as an online MBA student at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. An Assistant Brand Manager at Procter & Gamble, Pearson was accustomed to working in teams to market products like Luvs and Herbal Essences. At Kelley, Pearson found a true community ... and reaped unexpected benefits. "In an online program, your classmates live all around the world and participate in a variety of industries," she writes. "Their anecdotes, perspective, and knowledge are incredibly helpful to getting a broader view of the business world and a taste of what it's like to work on projects far different than the ones on your own work plan." Shared expertise is just one benefit to the online MBA's team-driven approach. In Pearson's experience, the support of her classmates was equally valuable. That's why she counsels MBA applicants to appreciate the peers learning along with them. In the end, these classmates will play a big part in their success.

The Indianapolis Star

KKK rumors have persisted about Martinsville for decades. But where do they come from?

People in Martinsville have heard the rumors for years. So much so they have taken on something akin to urban legend status. I heard the KKK was founded in Martinsville. Did you know Martinsville is the KKK headquarters? The rumors aren't true. But their persistence  -- coupled with some high-profile incidents of racism -- have dogged Martinsville for decades and created a perception that people of color are unwelcome and could even be in danger there. ... Rasul Mowatt, an American Studies professor at Indiana University Bloomington who teaches about the history of the KKK, said he has never found any strong connection between Martinsville and the klan. "There is no evidence specifically of Martinsville and direct klan involvement," Mowatt said.


Why a mask mandate in Indiana is legal

Gov. Eric Holcomb's mask mandate went into effect for Indiana on July 27. While the governor and local law enforcement said that it was not directly enforceable, it is legal. During a public health emergency, the executive branch has wide latitude in deciding the best ways to protect health. It is the same power that allowed for the closure of schools, businesses, and travel restrictions back in March. ... "It's gonna be hard, even though there are people talking about suing ... those cases in other states have not been successful," said Seema Mohapatra, associate professor and Dean's Fellow at Indiana University. She said that because of the urgency of a public health emergency, a governor can move more quickly and with more freedom in actions to protect the people. ... Mohapatra said what helps with the mask mandate, is that more and more studies point to the effectiveness of masks in slowing or stopping the spread of COVID-19. However, the initial mixed messaging led to confusion and mistrust. "You need to have a positive message about why someone will want to wear a mask," Mohapatra said.

City and State New York

Coronavirus pandemic drives a new wave of hate crimes

New York's law enforcement does have some advantages in its strategy for investigating hate crimes however. "They have the best approach for dealing with hate crimes that I found," said Jeannine Bell, an expert on policing and hate crimes with the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. "Specialized detective units work best," she said. "Anyone who knows about hate crimes will tell you that." These specialized units have more experience with hate crimes, know what evidence to collect for successful prosecution and are given the authority to investigate.


OCRA announces partnership with Indiana University to help manage COVID-19 in two counties

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs announced a collaboration with the IU Center for Rural Engagement and the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington to leverage community networks in Decatur County to effectively manage health crises, like COVID-19. Based on local health assessment data, community health improvement plans (CHIP) help communities set SMART goals to meet a range of health objectives, from addressing gaps in services to preventing and treating chronic conditions. ... "Every rural community is different, and each brings its own strengths and challenges," said Dr. Priscilla Barnes, associate professor in the IU School of Public Health and lead researcher on the project. "Rural health partnerships and coalitions have been quick to adapt to the daily changing landscape of public health. Response to unexpected crises is the invisible thread that connects with the existing health priorities, and these plans and their implementation will address both emergent needs and long-term priorities."

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Commentary: COVID gives reason to look at common good

Written by James G. Hart, professor emeritus of religious studies at Indiana University. We hear today the typically unheard of: What is good for me is good for you, your well-being is necessary for my well-being, in caring for myself I care for you, and in caring for you I care for me. Such sentiments recall the disfigured and/or repressed ancient concept of "the common good." We are acquainted with this belief outside the pandemic in, e.g., a jazz quartet, or a team, as in performing a heart operation, "double-play" or "fast-break": the "players" involved can say to each other: I want what you want as you want it -- knowing full well the teammates simultaneously mean and can say the same thing. Here we have the common good in the form of the common goal and common will.

Jacksonville Journal-Courier

Commentary: The story of what our system's about

Written by Lee Hamilton, a senior adviser for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government. I've spent a long time in politics, and over those years one thing has remained constant: There are a lot more Americans who criticize government than there are who serve and do something about it. I'll admit, there have been times when I've felt a bit resentful. It's hard to enter the fray, be expected to 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 far more than annoyance, what I've felt is amazement at the immense but often un-grasped opportunity our system offers.

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