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August 17, 2020
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President McRobbie to retire in 2021 after 14 years at the helm; presidential search to begin

This story has been covered by: Inside Higher Ed, Campus Technology, U.S. News and World Report, Indianapolis Business Journal, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Inside Indiana Business, WTHR, Indiana Public Media, WFYI, WISH-TV, CBS4, South Bend Tribune, Sports Illustrated, Indiana Daily Student, Inside the Hall.

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

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

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The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU trustees back sanctions for COVID directive noncompliance

The Indiana University Board of Trustees made it clear that even tenured faculty can be dismissed for not complying with COVID-19 health and safety directives. The board's academic affairs and university policy committee unanimously approved a measure Thursday clarifying that noncompliance with the directives will be considered serious personal or professional misconduct. Passing the measure was necessary from a procedural standpoint, but it was not intended to single out faculty. "I was very, very serious about just feeling badly that this was -- it was the policy on faculty that the trustees have to focus on, as if we view them as some kind of problem children," said John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs. "Not at all. The technical reason is that it's a trustee policy."

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USA Today

Why self-made millionaire Madam CJ Walker, Kamala Harris are missing from Women of the Century lists

Born Sarah Breedlove, (Madam CJ) Walker was determined to create opportunities for other Black women who had been pushed to the sidelines. The former laundress built her fortune by developing a line of hair care products that she marketed to Black women. But she didn't do this solely to make a profit. She invited women who looked like her to join her and helped them create income. She recognized her power, and urged other Black women to recognize theirs, too. Tyrone Freeman, an assistant professor of philanthropic studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis whose book on Walker publishes this fall, said that when talking about Walker, one must understand the historical context. "This is the height of Jim Crow America: Racism and sexism are at full blast, and there's severe limitations on Black life," he said. "It's not just about segregated neighborhoods -- it's a deprivation of resources, with limited economies and limited opportunities for Black people. She comes in and flips that dynamic on its head, and opens up opportunity in communities that are deliberately being discriminated against. That's a big deal. It was a mark of pride to work for her."


Civil rights activists, advocates and trailblazers among influential Indiana Women of the Century

Those included here come from various generations and across the spectrum of categories But all are champions of the same pioneering spirit that has long motivated women in Indiana. ... A researcher at the Indiana University of School of Nursing, Dr. Janet Carpenter has led groundbreaking studies on the symptoms and management of menopause to improve the lives of midlife women. She"s considered a pioneer on hot flashes and how to mitigate or eliminate them, and she uses her research to test methods other than hormones to treat menopausal symptoms specifically to prevent breast cancer. Carpenter received postdoctoral training at the University of Kentucky and was on the faculty at Vanderbilt University before joining the IU nursing faculty in Indianapolis in 2003. Her "daily interference" scale has been used by researchers worldwide and translated into 12 languages. With an interactive exhibit titled "Hot Flashes? Cool!" she has used art to spur discussion, dispel myths and provide culturally accurate Information.


AUDIO: Conspiracies and misinformation surrounding COVID-19

Conspiracy theories and misinformation around the COVID-19 pandemic have muddied conversations about the virus, and changed the way some people are reacting to it. The internet has made it easier than ever for unreliable sources to give the illusion of authority, and the culture wars have left some with an intense distrust of science. Today we dive into some of the conspiracies and false claims that continue to have an impact, in Indiana and across the country. Guests include Tom Duszynski, director of epidemiology education, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI.

USA Today

The pandemic is taking a toll on Americans' mental health

The survey shows more people are reporting symptoms of anxiety and depression, but the prevalence of anxiety and depressive disorders is unclear. More people may be thinking about suicide, but no one knows if suicidal ideation is leading to more suicidal acts because there's no national data on how the pandemic is impacting the suicide rate. The data's greatest value, experts say, is the spotlight it shines on vulnerable populations. "It is showing that this breakdown in our society, the breakdown of the safety net, the breakdown of economic security is taking a massive toll," said Anna Mueller, a suicide researcher and professor of sociology at the Indiana University Bloomington. "These breakdowns really show how crucial economic stability and economic security are to an individual's well being. Because the people who are more vulnerable in terms of their socioeconomic status, people who are being put in harm's way, those are the people who are suffering the most."

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