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August 13, 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: Optics, TechQuila, Gizmodo, Laboratory Equipment, Chemical and Engineering News, New Atlas, Vice, Cosmos, Tech Explorist, Science Friday.

Kelley offers no-cost assistance to help small Hoosier businesses shift their operations online

This story has been covered by: Greenfield Daily Reporter, Inside Indiana Business, CBS4, Indiana Daily Student.

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Fox 59

VIDEO: Researchers use copper to make face masks safer

A team of researchers at IUPUI are hard at work making reusable masks safer. And they're using copper to do it, because the metal has anti-viral properties. In fact, copper is already used in doorknobs and handles that are frequently touched for the same reason. Professors Mangilal Agarwal and Hamid Dalir with the mechanical and energy engineering department at IUPUI explain how it works.

Pain News Network

Study finds low risk of Rx opioid abuse among young people

The stories are sad, but the widespread belief that adolescents and young adults can quickly become addicted to prescription opioids is not accurate for the vast majority of young people, according to a large new study published in JAMA Pediatrics. Researchers at Indiana University looked at a database of over 77,000 young people in Sweden between the ages of 13 and 29 who were prescribed opioids for the first time. They were compared to a control group that was given non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) for pain relief. Both groups had no previous signs of substance abuse. ... "By using several rigorous research designs, we found that there was not a huge difference -- in fact, the difference was smaller than some previous research has found,” said Patrick Quinn, PhD, an assistant professor at the IU School of Public Health-Bloomington. "But the study still shows that even a first opioid prescription may lead to some risk."

CBS News

COVID-19 could cause your hair to fall out

Hair loss may be a side effect of the coronavirus, according to a recent survey of people who experienced long-term COVID-19 symptoms. Dr. Natalie Lambert from Indiana University School of Medicine conducted the survey along with Survivor Corps, a nonprofit grassroots movement that aims to educate COVID-19 survivors and connect them with resources for recovery. Survivor Corps founder Diana Berrent posted a survey on the group's Facebook page, asking COVID-19 survivors to share which symptoms they experienced. The survey's symptom list was based on initial COVID-19 research conducted by Lambert and Dr. Wendy Chung of Colombia University Irving Medical Center. Lambert collected and analyzed over 1,500 responses. The respondents were people suffering from long-lasting COVID-19 symptoms, colloquially known as "long haulers," Lambert writes in the study. She notes that their report is based on the "reported experiences" of patients and is not a peer-reviewed scientific study. 

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The Indianapolis Star

Keep on truckin': 1970s party documentary leads Hoosier stories at 2020 Indy Film Fest

The 17th annual Indy Film Fest didn’t happen as planned this spring, but the event is bouncing back this month to present a hybrid format of online streaming and outdoor drive-in shows. ... "Sleeze Lake" is one of five "Hoosier Lens Feature" selections in the festival lineup. Check out the Indiana credentials for these films: ... J.D. Schuyler, an IUPUI alum and co-founder of Indianapolis company Skyler Creative, directed this documentary about small-scale fishing operations attempting to survive in a consolidating seafood industry. "Last Man Fishing" was made in Alaska and New England.

IU Voices in the News

Stanford Social Innovation Review

AUDIO: African American philanthropy: A culture of generosity

If nonprofits and financial advisors are serious about working with African American communities, they must commit to diversity and inclusion across their organizations, and dedicate the resources to identify, solicit, and steward Black donors on their own terms. SSIR publisher Michael Voss speaks with Tyrone Freeman at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University and Stasia Washington at First Foundation Advisors.


Experts urge HCWs of color to discuss COVID-19 vaccination with underrepresented groups

African American and Latino health care workers should start discussing COVID-19 vaccines with underrepresented groups to help ensure these groups are vaccinated against SARS-CoV-2 when a vaccine is available, members of a panel at the National Medical Association’s virtual convention said. "Some [people of color] have a systemic distrust of our health care system and may be very hesitant about receiving vaccination," Virginia Caine, MD, MPH, associate professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, said. "The No. 1 motivator to making these populations receptive to getting this vaccination will be African American or Latino primary care providers, nurse practitioners and physician assistants discussing the vaccine."

Tulsa World

Lee Hamilton: The faith we place in our elections

Written by Lee Hamilton, a senior advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government. I've lost track of the times over the years I've heard a politician say, "This is the most important election of my lifetime." In fact, I've said it myself. And I'm sure we all believed it at the time. But in my case, at least, I know I was wrong in the past. Because this year's election is the most important of my lifetime.

San Francisco Chronicle

Activists push tech to address caste discrimination after Cisco lawsuit

A group of scholars and activists sent a letter to 25 large tech companies Wednesday, demanding action to address caste discrimination in the workplace following a lawsuit filed against Cisco. ... During a news conference Wednesday, Kevin Brown, a law professor at Indiana University, said the lawsuit had the potential to affect significant social and political change around the issue of caste in American life. "American society has not generally enacted laws that outlaw caste discrimination" Brown said, noting that advocates for the abolition of slavery in the U.S. had historically referred to that system as relying on caste. "There is in this country no superior or dominant class of citizens," Brown said, noting that if there was a fundamental principle of American law it is that a person cannot be discriminated against because of characteristics they cannot control.

Rolling Stone

VIDEO: Never-before-seen video of Lou Reed jamming with John Mellencamp in 1987

On September 17th, 1987, about 100 people went to the Bluebird night club in Bloomington, Indiana, with no idea they were about to witness a truly historic moment in rock history. ... Indiana University rock history professor Glenn Gass was in the crowd that night. He followed (Lou) Reed into an alley after the musician’s set and told him he was teaching his students about the Velvet Underground; Gass wrote his phone number on a matchbox and invited Reed to speak to the students, never thinking it would happen. Reed called Gass the next day and said he wanted to do it. "He was very paranoid about it," Gass told the Indiana Daily Student in 2017. "He said he had never done anything like this before. Just was nervous, visibly shaking all the way to the classroom. He was afraid he was going to walk in and people were just going to stare at him." But Reed wound up enjoying the experience and stuck around for 90 minutes. "It was kind of like a dream come true when you're a rock-history teacher," Gass said, "to have Lou Reed come in and spend an hour and a half."


The COVID-19 public health and economic crises leave vulnerable populations exposed

Written by Jevay Grooms, Howard University; Alberto Ortega, assistant professor in the O'Neill School of Public and Envoronmental Affairs at Indiana University (Bloomington); and Joaquin Alfredo-Angel Rubalcaba, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has created a new reality worldwide. In the United States it has exposed the fragility of some of the most marginalized groups, particularly the millions of Americans we rely on for some of our most basic necessities. The pandemic has arguably buttressed the racial and ethnic inequities that persist in our society. Black and Hispanic households face additional social and economic disparities which are deeply rooted in structural discrimination and systemic racism -- both of which have tremendous implications for health and well-being.

ADA News

Water fluoridation linked to reduced risk of severe dental caries in children's first set of teeth

A study out of New Zealand suggests that community water fluoridation is a worthwhile intervention associated with reduced severe caries rates among preschool children. The pediatric publication of The Journal of the American Medical Association, JAMA Pediatrics, published the study July 27. In a national study of 275,843 children with a median age of 4.3 years, those living in areas without community water fluoridation had significantly higher odds of severe caries compared with children living in areas with water fluoridation after adjustment for age, sex, ethnicity, area-level deprivation and residual location, the New Zealand researchers found. ... Primary teeth are very important for several reasons, added Dr. E. Angeles Martinez Mier, a professor at the Indiana University School of Dentistry and member of the National Fluoridation Advisory Committee. "Baby teeth play a fundamental role in the development of the stomatognathic system, an anatomic system comprising teeth, jaws and associated soft tissues," she said. "They are essential for an adequate nutrition process (chewing, biting) and proper speech development. Besides, deciduous teeth are key to maintain space and guide the later eruption of the permanent successors. The early loss of a primary tooth can impact negatively the quality of life of children."

Scientific American

Women in science may suffer lasting career damage from COVID-19

Early research shows the pandemic is hitting female scientists especially hard as more people are forced to work from home. And women -- including those with partners and support systems -- perform a disproportionate amount of familial duties, such as caring for children. The research, while unsurprising, raises concerns that COVID-19 could set back women in science significantly. If school and childcare facilities remain closed in the coming months, their careers could be derailed. ... A May analysis of more than 300,000 preprint papers and registered reports (descriptions of planned studies) across all fields of science found a similar pattern of women being left out of recent research: they made up a smaller percentage of first authors in the early months of 2020 than they did during the same months last year. That finding is significant, because first authors are typically early-career scientists -- and those who are women are more likely to be mothers of small children, says Cassidy Sugimoto, a co-author of the analysis and an information scientist at Indiana University Bloomington.


Patient experiences show clearer picture of chronic cough

A new study provides insights on diagnostic testing, management, individual characteristics and quality of life in adults with chronic cough. "We aimed to describe patients' experiences relating to chronic cough, which affects about 10% of adults," Michael Weiner, MD, professor of medicine at Indiana University, said during a prerecorded presentation of an e-poster at the American Thoracic Society Virtual meeting. The researchers’ objective was to describe patients' chronic cough-related experiences via surveys and interviews. Weiner and colleagues analyzed electronic health records from the Indiana Network for Patient Care to identify patients with cough by diagnosis codes, outpatient medication prescriptions for benzonatate or dextromethorphan, or narrative text notes. 

Word & Way

If elected, Harris would be 5th Baptist VP. The 1st was a slaveholder …. with an enslaved wife.

If Joe Biden wins the November election, his running mate announced Tuesday (Aug. 11) will become the fifth Baptist vice president. However, as a Black and Asian American woman, Senator Kamala Harris of California stands in stark contrast to the other Baptist VPs -- especially the first one, a slaveholder who was open about his enslaved common-law wife and their children. ... Richard Mentor Johnson, a Democrat who served as the nation’s ninth VP during the term of President Martin Van Buren (1837-1841). ... When his father died, Johnson inherited a mixed-race enslaved woman, Julia Chinn. Although they couldn’t marry because she was enslaved -- and he didn’t free her -- he was open about their more than two-decades-long relationship, including during his time in Congress. They had two daughters together, who both were given his surname, were not enslaved, and eventually married white men and received property from Johnson. ... His legacy remains as five U.S. states have a Johnson County named after him: Illinois, Iowa, Kentucky, Missouri, and Nebraska. But leaders in the Iowa county started talking earlier this year about perhaps changing the name to not honor a slaveholder. Despite those county names, Johnson largely passed from American memory. Chinn did so even more. In fact, we don't even know where she was buried. "She's literally been erased," said Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, an associate professor of history and gender studies at Indiana University. "We don't even know where she's buried. We've literally lost a vice president's wife, but because she was enslaved, no one cared." Come January, a new Baptist vice president might be sworn in. One who, like Johnson's wife, is descended from both slaveholders and enslaved women.

Cancer Network

Study supports using MRD as a stratification variable for patients with TNBC

A preplanned secondary analysis of the BRE12-158 randomized clinical trial found that the presence of circulating tumor DNA (ctDNA) and circulating tumor cells (CTCs) in patients with early-stage triple negative breast cancer (TNBC) after neoadjuvant chemotherapy are critical indicators for the prediction of disease recurrence and disease-free survival.1 Researchers indicated that this research, published in JAMA Oncology, supports the routine use of this technology for proper risk stratification across clinical trials in the curative setting. "This is an important step forward in the treatment of women with triple negative breast cancer, who have not had much scientific evidence to point to -- until now -- for treatment of their disease," Bryan Schneider, MD, researcher at the Indiana University School of Medicine and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, said in a press release. "We are going to use these findings and continue on until we find a treatment that works for each individual woman. This effort not only involves finding the best way to kill cancer, but to minimize side effects."

Indianapolis Business Journal

INDY BEACONS: Caleb Mills, architect of Indiana's public schools

Written by Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at IUPUI. He is also John A Campbell Professor of Radiology and in 2019-20 also serves as an Indiana University Bicentennial Professor. "Shall we dig canals and build railroads to transport the products of our rich soil to markets, and leave the intellect of the rising generation undeveloped and undisciplined?" So wrote Caleb Mills, the single most important advocate and architect of Indiana’s system of public education, in 1846. At a time when COVID-19 is straining public budgets, Mills' life and words are as timely as ever.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Edge: Colleges' pivot to remote education has some upsides, too

(O)ne thing has become obvious: As colleges have begun adapting to this new paradigm, some of their changes are clearly for the better. Based on my recent conversations with college leaders about "the remote campus," here's what I see that might be advantageous -- or that could change campus culture in ways that are disruptive to some but beneficial to others. ... The college "workplace" has become more casual and flexible. Sure, this is probably true for a lot of organizations beyond higher education. But it takes on a special twist in academe. College leaders are noticing that the shift to remote work has lessened the cultural divide between faculty members, who've always enjoyed a good deal of autonomy in their schedules, and administrative employees, who are getting a bit more of it now. Once health concerns subside, "maybe we come back a little more casual, a little more comfortable," said John Whelan, vice president for human resources at Indiana University.

Fox 59

While you were sleeping: Coronavirus updates for August 13

Parties and gatherings contributing to Indiana spike. State health officials are warning Hoosiers that parties and gatherings may be leading to spikes in coronavirus cases. ... "I'm not surprised by that at all," remarks Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology at Indiana University's Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health (at IUPUI), "Anytime we have a gathering of people that aren't physically distancing, aren't wearing masks, this disease is still out there, and transmission can happen easily."

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