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August 11, 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

Brightest-known fluorescent materials have academic, commercial potential

This story has been covered by: Gizmodo, Laboratory Equipment, Chemical and Engineering News, New Atlas, Vice, Cosmos, Tech Explorist, Science Friday.

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

This story has been covered by: RTV6, WTHR, The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Bloomington Herald-Times, WISH-TV, Indiana Public Media, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Fox 59.

IU Voices in the News


VIDEO: Private learning pods have potential to increase inequalities in school: Sociology professor

Lindsey Burke, Heritage Foundation Center for Education Policy director, and Jessica Calarco, Indiana University associate professor of sociology, join "The Exchange" to discuss the short-term and long-term implications of private learning pods and whether it could increase the achievement gap between the underprivileged and privileged.

Related stories: MarketWatch, Chalkbeat


The Giving Pledge turns 10

Critics like the Institute for Policy Studies argue that many Giving Pledge signers make their donations to their own private family foundations or to donor-advised funds (DAFs), which means they get a tax break, but that the money may not trickle down quickly to on-the-ground charities. ... Another criticism that's been leveled against Giving Pledgers is that their gifts have gone to "more traditional causes" like education and health, said Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "But if you dig a little deeper, you'll see that that may be too simplistic," Osili told MarketWatch.


AUDIO: Sean Hannity changes book cover featuring Latin motto error

SCOTT SIMON, HOST: How's your Latin? Satis, satis? Well, Spencer Alexander McDaniel's Latin is really, really good. SPENCER ALEXANDER MCDANIEL: I'm a straight-A student, so I think it's pretty good. There are people who are better at Latin than I am, but I'm OK at it, I guess. SIMON: He's being modest. Mr. McDaniel is a junior at Indiana University. He's majoring in history and classical studies. MCDANIEL: People always ask me what is classical studies. A lot of people think it's classical music. So I have to explain it's the study of ancient Greece and Rome, and that includes the languages. So I'm studying Greek and Latin. SIMON: And helping to educate others, whether they like it or not. Mr. McDaniel noticed a Latin phrase that followed the subtitle of Sean Hannity's new book called "Live Free Or Die: America (And The World) On The Brink." MCDANIEL: Before the book was released, they released an image of the front cover of the book. And emblazoned across the front cover at the bottom was the phrase, vivamus vel libero perit Americae, which supposedly means live free or America dies in Latin. And I say supposedly because that's not really what it means. The first word is intelligible. The rest is just gobbledygook.

Related stories: Business Insider

Indianapolis Business Journal

Direct foreign investment in Indiana now a key economic driver

In the decades following the Subaru deal, Indiana's (foreign direct investment) efforts have grown in both scope and sophistication. They had to. "There are a lot more players in the market," said Phil Powell, clinical associate professor of business economics at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business, and a scholar of international economics. "Where there's an opportunity, you'll see a lot of suitors. That's good for competition and the global economy." Gone are the days when states pursued literally any opportunity that came down the pike. The new strategy, Powell said, is to parlay an area's strengths by attracting companies that fit into its economic "ecosystem." For instance, if a community already has an automotive parts supplier, why not attract several more?

The Indianapolis Star

Here's everything you need to know to vote by mail in Indiana

Elizabeth Bennion teaches American politics at Indiana University South Bend's Department of Political Science and is the founding director of IUSB's American Democracy Project. Bennion called the idea of widespread voter fraud perpetuated by Trump a myth. "This is something that has been studied dozens of times by separate academics... in a variety of states with mail-in voting," she said. "and they really find no evidence of widespread voter fraud." As for delays in election results, Bennion said it's a "real possibility," noting there have been delays in results in previous elections that had nothing to do with mail-in voting. "It does take longer," she said. "But is it more important to have this done quickly or to have it done right?"

Indiana Public Media

VIDEO: Does governor have authority to enforce mask mandate? Legal experts weigh in

It wasn't until late July that Indiana's governor issued a statewide mask mandate. Hours later, the state's attorney general issued a nonbinding opinion saying Gov. Eric Holcomb had no authority to issue the mandate or to create laws and enforce punishments for breaking them. "According to Attorney General (Curtis) Hill, the express delegation of authority that the General Assembly gave the governor ... would have to specifically mention masks. And that's silly, point blank," says Jody Madeira, a professor of Law and Medicine at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. ... Hill's opinion also focused on penalties -- he questions if the governor can unilaterally create penalties and send police to enforce them. "There's some broad, vague wording in the emergency statute that if push came to shove, maybe the governor would try to say this could be shoehorned under this provision. But I think the better legal argument is that the governor actually does not have the power to do this," says Steve Sanders, who teaches Constitutional Law at the IU law school.

The Indianapolis Star

Indiana coronavirus cases: What the health department says about consecutive record days

More than 12,700 new tests were reported Friday, bringing the total to 817,104. It's the third-highest daily testing total, according to the ISDH dashboard. The highest daily total was 12,921 on July 17. Brian Dixon, an associate professor of epidemiology at the Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health, also noted the increase in tests, but said Friday's daily total of positive cases made him say, "wow." Dixon is also the director of public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute. "(I) was not expecting it to be that high, but I think we will probably see a couple more days like that in the coming weeks," he said. The state was already seeing an upward trajectory, Dixon said. That could be compounded by increased tests related to college students returning to campus.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Elanco's big job: Making the Bayer deal work

Some observers say Elanco management will have a huge job on its hands, trying to mesh two large companies based on different continents, with thousands of workers, sales in 90 countries and operations from Brazil to China. "It goes without saying that integrating deals of this magnitude are always difficult," said Idie Kesner, professor of management and dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University in Bloomington. "And when you're facing an uncertain environment, whether it's COVID-related or other things, then that adds a layer of complexity to acquisitions." She added: "What we're going through right now is a challenging environment, and tremendous uncertainty. And that's not just economic uncertainty, but it's also political uncertainty and health-related uncertainty."

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