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August 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.

Big News

Extended schedule, drive-thru check-in will keep students, staff safe during IU Bloomington move-in

This story has been covered by: Fox 59.

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Indiana Environmental Reporter

Survey analysis finds race plays role in perception, vulnerabilities to climate change in Indiana

More Hoosiers of color believe climate change is happening than white Hoosiers and are twice as likely to believe climate change will harm them a great deal. Hoosiers of color are also 25% more likely to agree that climate change is harming people in the U.S. right now. The findings are part of an analysis of the Hoosier Life Survey, a comprehensive survey conducted by Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute that sought out Hoosiers' attitudes on environmental change and risk, personal values and trust in news media. Matthew Houser, co-lead author of the Hoosier Life Survey and ERI assistant research scientist said the data mirrors available research on racial inequality related to climate change and the experiences of people of color living throughout the country. "The topic needs to be addressed and should be addressed. Racial inequality is related to climate change, and this is a hell of a time to address it," said Houser. "Racial inequalities affect people in lots of different ways. This isn't something that's just happening somewhere else. It's happening here in Indiana."

Sports Illustrated

IU Athletics' Excellence Academy offers monthly programming to encourage student-athletes to vote

The Big Ten's Voter Registration Initiative, which was launched by Commissioner Kevin Warren, is designed to encourage student-athletes to register to vote and inform them on local and national issues. Indiana Athletics’ Excellence Academy will be doing its part this fall as they will be offering monthly programming to its students in regards to the Voter Registration Initiative.

IU Voices in the News


No, the president can't postpone the election

President Trump renewed his assault on mail-in voting in a Thursday morning tweet, but for the first time floated the idea of delaying the election until people can vote safely. Even the president included three question marks, and IUPUI McKinney School of Law Professor Gerard Magliocca says he couldn't delay it if he wanted to. Several states, including Indiana, delayed their primaries because of the coronavirus pandemic. But the Constitution doesn't say anything about primaries. It does talk about the general election, and says Congress determines Election Day. If the White House were to try to change the date by executive order, Magliocca says, state election administrators would presumably challenge the move in court ... And Magliocca notes Trump's first term expires January 20 whether there's an election or not.


What do the U.S. GDP numbers mean for Indiana?

The U.S. economy showed its largest decline in more than 70 years last quarter. The broad measure of economic activity also points to areas where Indiana is struggling. The gross domestic product or GDP calculates the value of goods and services. And it showed consumers holding back from spending in light of shutdowns due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The April, May and June numbers show an almost 10 percent quarterly drop. Indiana University Kelley School of Business economics professor Kyle Anderson said the national report does bring some concern for Indiana. "One is a significant drop in exports," Anderson said. "Indiana is relying on a lot of manufacturing and a lot of exports relative to other states. So that's gonna hit Indiana a little bit harder. And also services, and specifically health care, were hit relatively hard. And I think that might be surprising to some folks, but again, especially in central Indiana, a lot of our economy is driven on health care."

The Washington Post

Nick Nurse, who coached the Toronto Raptors to last year's NBA title, loves Memojis

Emoji users like (Nick) Nurse tend to be agreeable, sociable and emotionally intelligent, displaying the ability to understand their own emotions and express them appropriately while also understanding other people and how they respond, according to Amanda Gesselman, associate director for research at the Kinsey Institute. In 2019, Gesselman and a team of researchers published a study on emoji and human connection, particularly as it relates to courtship. Since texting limits sensory information, communicators use emoji to express affect -- anyone who watches Nurse’s facial expressions on the sidelines knows just how colorful he can be. Furthermore, Gesselman discovered underlying traits in all people who frequently send emoji, whether it is a Romeo looking for love on a dating app or an NBA head coach who simply wants to connect with his players or team management. "People who are using emojis more often do understand emotions better, they do understand how to connect with people better," Gesselman said. "Consciously or otherwise, they’re using them in sort of strategic way."

The Indianapolis Star

Ozone levels do not plummet this summer despite lower vehicle traffic

Janet McCabe, director of the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University, said the traffic decrease is "not insignificant," but she echoed (Indiana Department of Environmental Management public information officer Barry) Sneed that ozone levels are also dependent on weather. She said that when there is hot, sunny and stagnant weather in late June -- the peak time for ozone formation -- there will likely be high ozone levels. Indiana saw three ozone action days in the second half of June this year -- on June 18, 19 and 20. ... Gabe Filippelli, director of the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI, said the decrease in vehicle traffic is a "pretty significant reduction." However, he said the decrease is harder to see when "weather might be working against you," like by concentrating the pollution. Currently, meteorological conditions are the "biggest factors" influencing ozone levels, Filippelli said.


MacKenzie Scott donates $1.7bn since Amazon boss divorce

MacKenzie Scott, Amazon boss Jeff Bezos's ex-wife, says that she has given $1.7bn (£1.3bn) to charity to date. She has made donations to historically black US colleges, climate change groups and health organisations. ... The list of recipients suggests Ms Scott is trying to address root causes of inequality and racial injustice -- priorities that are "more typical" of female than male donors, said Una Osili, a professor of economics and philanthropic studies at Indiana University's Lily School of Philanthropy. The effort to promote a diverse group of organisations -- both big and small, led by people of colour and women, also stands out, she said.

The Conversation

Why a Canadian hockey team's name recalls US Civil War destruction

Written by Christopher J. Young, assistant vice chancellor for academic affairs, director of the Center for Innovation and Scholarship in Teaching and Learning, and professor of history, Indiana University Northwest. In September 1864, having conquered the city of Atlanta, U.S. Maj. Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman proposed marching his army to the coastal city of Savannah, Georgia, destroying railroads, factories, farms and other major sources of Confederate power along the way. ... In 2017, I was in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, for a conference, when I took an opportunity to see a hockey game between the Calgary Flames and the Ottawa Senators. There, as I sat high up in the seats with a beer and a burger, the word "Flames" was in the air, and a light show depicted flames on the ice and around the arena's perimeter. I wondered if I, an early American historian, was the only person in the place thinking about how a 21st-century hockey team connected with Gen. Sherman's 1864 Atlanta campaign and the destructive journey to Savannah.

The Conversation

Poor, minority students at dilapidated schools face added risks amid talk of reopening classrooms

Written by Hardy Murphy, professor of education, IUPUI. Local, state and federal officials wrangle over how to make schools safe, with concern over how to sufficiently disinfect and ventilate schools. But for low-income students, their teachers and families, returning to school is a more risky proposition due to the age and condition of the buildings to which they would return. In a 2018 report to Congress, the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights found that "low income students and students of color are often relegated to low-quality school facilities" that lack "physical maintenance." This can "negatively impact a student's health," the commission concluded. I have seen this firsthand. As a former school superintendent and now as a university professor working with K-12 schools, I see the inequities experienced by some of the U.S.‘s most vulnerable students as a stark reminder of the opportunity gap holding many back. By requiring them to attend schools in desperate need of maintenance, I fear that the schools and classrooms attended by low-income students of color could become epicenters of a second wave of pandemic.

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