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August 7, 2020
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$2M federal grant awarded to chemical risk assessment startup founded by IU professor

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

Partnership with Big Ten peers provides free online courses to IU Bloomington students

This story has been covered by: Campus Technology, Inside Indiana Business, The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Bloomington Herald-Times (related story), Inside Higher Ed, Cleveland.com.

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Human vs. machine -- Who's the better stock picker?

FinTech has seen an explosion in tech-driven financial service offering with over $50 billion invested as of 2018. But does it work? Do seasoned investment analysts or algorithms make superior stock picks? Researchers at Indiana University have recently examined this question. The research was conducted by Braiden Coleman, Kenneth Merkley and Joseph Pacelli examining 76,568 robo-analyst reports over the 2003-2018 period. This is what they found. One criticism of human analysts is that they seldom issue sell recommendations on companies. About 1 in 20 ratings by a human analyst is a sell. For robo-analysts that figure is 1 in 4. This is perhaps because human analysts want to maintain a relationship with the company they cover, and to potentially nurture investment banking relationships.

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The New York Times

If public schools are closed, should private schools have to follow?

Facing a resurgence of the coronavirus, public schools in the suburbs of the nation's capital decided in recent weeks that more than a million children would start the school year from home. On Friday, officials in Maryland's most populous county said that private schools, including some of the nation's most elite, had to join them. ... The dispute represents a contentious new front in the discussion over inequality in American society, as some private and parochial schools -- with their smaller class sizes, greater resources and influential supporters -- find ways to move ahead with reopening plans that are outside the grasp of public school systems. "Parents in private schools are just generally more able to get their preferences heard," said Christopher Lubienski, a professor of education policy at Indiana University, adding that allowing private schools to opt out of public health orders provided new evidence of how schools in the United States were "really efficient engines of inequality."


Murder hornets could spread across U.S. and establish permanent presence, experts say

Asian giant hornets have the potential to spread across the United States and establish a permanent presence in the country, experts have told Newsweek. The hornet species -- the world's largest -- is native to eastern and southern portions of Asia, however, the insect was detected in British Columbia, Canada in September 2019, and subsequently, across the border in a single county of Washington state in December of that year. "I suspect if they are not stopped in Washington they will spread across the more temperate regions of the United States -- basically, any place that approximates where they are already established, and, as they are closely related to our paper wasps, probably where those are established too," Marc Lame, clinical associate professor at Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, told Newsweek. "If they do establish and do not encounter indigenous natural enemies they probably will become permanent. Very few invasive insects have ever been successfully eradicated once they have established. Much depends on a successful, coordinated and well funded government surge at this time. Even then, I am pessimistic," he said.

The Christian Science Monitor

Embattled TikTok: Behind the dance duels, a platform for youth activism

This year, millions of people around the world took to social media for entertainment during lockdowns, helping video platform TikTok become one of 2020's most downloaded apps. In months, it has gone from an apolitical teen utopia to an emerging activist platform and possible security threat – with the Trump administration recently threatening to ban the app if its Chinese parent company doesn't divest ownership to an American firm. As its users and owners race to adjust to the White House's threats, social media experts say TikTok's dramatic shift is another example of cyberspace colliding with the real world. "When young people see the organizing that they do online can have an impact on what's happening offline, then they feel more encouraged to vote and get involved in electoral politics," says CedarBough Saeji, a visiting assistant professor of East Asian languages and cultures at Indiana University Bloomington. "This is a crucial moment for them to think about the impact of politics on their lives."

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