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A daily digest of media coverage about Indiana University

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: The Bloomington Herald-Times, Fox 59.

COVID-19 hurting vulnerable populations already struggling to pay utilities

This story has been covered by: The Indianapolis Star, The Conversation, NPR, EarthBeat, Fox 59.

Infosys partners with IU Online for employee education

This story has been covered by: Poets and Quants, Inside Indiana Business.

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

This story has been covered by: The Hill, The Journal of Blacks in Higher Education, Advocate, WIBC.

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Indiana Public Media

Pandemic forces nonprofits to close, cut back on programs

More than half of Indiana's nonprofit groups that provide services to those in need have cut back on programs or reduced their capacity in recent months due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic, a report has found. Between revenue declines and fundraiser cancellations, about 60% of not-for-profit groups have suspended or ended programs such as summer camps, after-school programs, mentorships and volunteer programs, according to the report from the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University and Indiana United Way. ... Kirsten Gronbjerg, professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs and an author of the IU report, said the future of not-for-profits depends on how the pandemic plays out. If the size of gatherings is restricted again, even more programs might need to 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."

IU Voices in the News


You asked, we answered: How contact tracing works

Experts say contact tracing is key to understanding and managing the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, and many community members have questions about the process. Side Effects received dozens of those questions through our partnership with Indiana Public Broadcasting. To answer them, community engagement specialist Brittani Howell spoke with Ross Silverman, a health policy and law professor at Indiana University; Madison Weintraut, case investigation team lead with the Marion County Health Department; and Elizabeth Gray, research scientist and lecturer at George Washington University. ... The phone call with a contact tracer can also be an opportunity, Silverman said. "It's an opportunity to do education about what COVID looks like, as well as about the kinds of services that might also be available to help you through the quarantine or the isolation process. And so it can be an opportunity to connect you up with additional services," Silverman said.

Digital Engineering

3D printing ushers in wave of new cybersecurity risks

At Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI), Jing Zhang is leading a research effort to explore a framework for accessing cybersecurity threats in the AM process as well as a proposed solution to the problem that zeros in on safeguarding CAD data to prevent both IP theft and any malicious and undetected modifications. In addition to proposing improved encryption on CAD data, Zhang is promoting the use of 2D images to represent 3D models as way to safeguard design data. ... The 2D image of the CAD model should be a match to the key 2D image sent along with it to establish key-based security, says Zhang, associate professor in the Department of Mechanical and Energy Engineering at IUPUI. ... "There is no one solution to prevent the attack on the 3D printing process," Zhang says. "It has to be a layered solution that will solve the problem from different perspectives."

Chalkbeat Indiana

Online school in Indiana: From dining room lessons to 'pandemic pods,' learning will look different

The vast variation of what school will look like for students outside of classroom walls will further widen the gaps in educational equity, experts say, allowing some to speed along in their learning while others fall behind. "To navigate this environment requires a lot of intensity in time resources that maybe lower-income parents don't have," said Breanca Merritt, the founding director of Indiana University's Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy. "I think the assumption is that a parent will understand everything rolling up, and then be able to choose what's best, but ... you might not have any other options and you're stuck."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Bringing employees back to the office? Have a plan.

Written by Liz Malatestinic, a senior lecturer in human resource management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. If you are a small employer and have ever wondered whether you needed to hire a human resource professional, this is a good time to make that move. And if you already have an HR department, you will want to be sure to tap into its expertise in the coming months. The business environment is still rife with uncertainty because of the pandemic, and employers need to be cautious as they contemplate bringing employees back into the workplace. There are a number of areas of concern.


The Indianapolis Art Center faces questions about diversity and equity

Hiring people from within organizations, without an external search process, isn't unusual, according to Breanca Merritt, director of the Center for Research on Inclusion and Social Policy at IUPUI. "I think your instinct is; who do I already have, at the table who can quickly be promoted to this position, or targeted in that way," she said. "While it might not be the most equitable hiring practice, I think that experience isn't uncommon." The ability for an employer to hire from within and still be inclusive, however, depends on the people already at the table, according to Merritt. "If you already don't have a very diverse group of folks working in your organization, that makes it difficult to find somebody who can do that," she said.


TikTok creators preparing for what could be the end of popular app

Sameer Patil, a cybersecurity expert and assistant professor at Indiana University, said the concern with TikTok is the same concern with privacy on other apps. "What’s different here, is the parent company of TikTok is a Chinese-owned company," Patil said. "The reason why that is important is because when that data leaves the United States, it goes to another country whose laws and jurisdictions apply there." 

The Hill

Congress must open a second front in our economic war on COVID-19

Written by Yadav Gopalan, an assistant professor at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University; Thomas Lys, a professor emeritus at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University; and Daniel Taylor, an associate professor at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. The United States is at war. We face an enemy, COVID-19, that has already killed 45 percent more Americans than the Vietnam, Korean, Iraq and Afghanistan wars combined. This enemy has created countless personal tragedies, divided the nation, and is attacking the engine of our economic growth and prosperity -- the private sector and the middle class. So far, by most metrics, we are losing. It is time to reassess our strategy for fighting the economic war. 

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