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August 17, 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

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.

IU School of Medicine project among 5 approved as part of 2021-23 legislative capital request

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: Indiana Daily Student, Campus Technology, Inside Indiana Business, The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Bloomington Herald-Times (related story), Inside Higher Ed, Cleveland.com.

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

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

IU Voices in the News


To keep campuses safe, some colleges to test students for coronavirus twice a week

The CDC guidance says that entry tests have not been systematically studied. "A lack of evidence is not the same thing as evidence of a lack of effectiveness," says physician Aaron Carroll, a professor at Indiana University School of Medicine. "From a public health perspective, every case we identify and isolate is better than not." He argues entry testing, especially for on-campus students,"combined with a robust program of ongoing, regular testing of as many people as possible, seems like a good idea."


Voting by mail in Indiana is a point of contention. Political experts clarify some misconceptions.

Before the pandemic began, five states have conducted elections completely by mail, meaning all registered voters receive their ballots in the mail: Colorado, Hawaii, Oregon, Washington and Utah. "There are no polling places. People just get their ballot in the mail and they send it back by the mail," said Marjorie Hershey, a professor emerita of political science at Indiana University Bloomington. "One of those states is Republican led, Utah, so this isn't entirely a partisan matter." ... Research has shown that the more steps a voter has to take to vote by mail the less likely a voter is to vote by mail, Hershey said. Because voting doesn't offer a reward other than feeling accomplished for completing a civic duty, the more a voter has to do to vote the less likely they are to vote, she said. "Every single thing, just about, that you can do to make it less onerous to vote increases the vote, sometimes by a lot sometimes by a little," said Gerald Wright, political science professor at Indiana University Bloomington. ... While it is true there have been a few reports of fraudulent mail-in ballots, studies have proven those are the exception, not the rule, said Elizabeth Bennion, political science professor at Indiana University South Bend.


Will Indian-American voters turn out for Kamala Harris?

Overall, given America's changing racial demographics, it could be useful for the Biden-Harris campaign to harness Harris' duel racial identity and her parents' immigrant stories, said Sumit Ganguly, a political science professor at Indiana University. Those personal stories are even more compelling when juxtaposed with the Trump administration's anti-immigrant policies, Ganguly told HuffPost. “Her ascent exemplifies how the country is changing and becoming genuinely representative," he said. “It also explains why Trump is playing fast and loose with xenophobia, appealing to that dwindling section of the country's population that is clinging on to benighted notions of racial privilege."

Indianapolis Business Journal

You can fix some of remote work's drawbacks

Written by Todd Saxton, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, and M. Kim Saxton, clinical professor of marketing, at the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. No commute, no parking, lower gas bills. ... It sounds great, doesn't it? In April, we were all extolling the virtues of remote work and sharing how we were adapting to the "new normal" of working at home. ... Fast forward to summer, and an increasing number of companies are seeing the negative aspects of remote work. We are beginning to see patterns in the emerging and evolving challenges of working from home. Zoom fatigue and virtual interactions do not have the same richness that lead to serendipitous exchanges and innovative ideas. ... The question then becomes: How do we manage remote work so that employees are productive and engaged but also address some of its challenges?

Chalkbeat Indiana

Indianapolis students accused teachers of racism. Will the district's investigation lead to change?

One expert said the students' complaints warrant attention because they're describing a problematic school culture. "It has a lot to do with the school climate, and who allows teachers to get away with that type of language," IUPUI education Professor Monica Medina said. ... Perry Township is a district of 17,000 students on the south side of Indianapolis. The area is home to a large population of Burmese refugees, making the student body more racially diverse than many other Indiana districts. Students of color make up a slim majority of the district. About 30% of students are Asian, 15% are Hispanic, 8% are Black, and nearly 5% are multi-racial. Almost a third of the student body are English language learners. Medina, the IUPUI professor, said that when teachers bully students learning English, those students' parents might not understand the school system and won't take action. "That's why teachers do this -- because they know they can get away with it," she said. "It's called white privilege."

Science News

Newly discovered cells in mice can sense four of the five tastes

When neurophysiologist Debarghya Dutta Banik and colleagues turned off the sensing abilities of more specific taste cells in mice, the researchers were startled to find other cells responding to flavors. Pulling those cells out of the rodents' taste buds and giving them a taste of several compounds revealed a group of cells that can sense multiple chemicals across different taste classes, the team reports August 13 in PLOS Genetics. "We never expected that any population of (taste) cells would respond to so many different compounds," says Dutta Banik, of the Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis.

The Indianapolis Star

Why 1,000 new cases of coronavirus a day may not be a red flag

Having watched the positivity rate climb in recent days, Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Fairbanks School of Public Health, said he was not too surprised to see the elevated case counts last week. "It is a shocking number without question, but it is the direction we are heading," he said. "This is getting way too high. It didn't surprise me too much, but it's definitely a wake-up call to action." ... One factor that could be driving both the numbers of people getting tests and the number of positive results could be students getting tested before they head back to college or K-12 schools, said Brian Dixon, director of public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, an Indianapolis-based research organization. ... "Part of what is driving the overall number of tests to go up is the restart of universities," said Dixon, also an associate professor at the Fairbanks School of Public Health. "Any Hoosier who's going to a university either in state or out of the state is probably getting tested last week or this week."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Bipartisan bill would help farmers and our climate

Written by Janet McCabe, director of the Environmental Resilience Institute and a professor at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, and Stephen J. Jay, professor emeritus at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and IU School of Medicine. Our bitterly divided federal government has produced little bipartisan legislation recently, so it's encouraging to see the "Growing Climate Solutions Act" by a bipartisan group of senators, including Indiana Sen. Mike Braun. A bipartisan House version (five Republicans and five Democrats) was recently introduced. These are very important steps in America's response to the public health and economic threats of our changing climate.

The Times of Northwest Indiana

Region's heavy industry collectively lost more than $20 billion in brutal second quarter

Ford and Lear temporarily closed their plants in Hegewisch, Chicago Heights and Hammond. ArcelorMittal and U.S. Steel temporarily laid off hundreds of workers in Northwest Indiana as demand dried up overnight, and BP is now proposing job cuts at the BP Whiting Refinery on the Lake Michigan lakefront. The impact is likely to last, Indiana University Northwest Assistant Professor of Economics Micah Pollak said. "While heavy industry in Northwest Indiana has been affected directly by the coronavirus, with some outbreaks and shutdowns occurring in facilities, most of the economic effects are due to market conditions and will likely be longer lasting," he said. "As the U.S., along with much of the rest of the world, enters a recession due to the pandemic, most heavy industry will likely have to scale back production, reduce employment and find other ways to cut costs in the face of declining demand until we begin to experience an economic recovery."


VIDEO: How Trump's orders targeting TikTok, WeChat could face legal scrutiny

TikTok employees are preparing to take President Trump to court, claiming he is violating their constitutionally guaranteed rights. "It is quite rare, frankly, for the U.S. government to be interjecting itself into this basic conversation between users and the Internet," said Scott Shackleford, Associate Professor of Business Law and Ethics, and Chair of the Indiana University's Cybersecurity Program.


The royal family failed Meghan and Harry

Written by Goldburn P. Maynard Jr., a professor of business law and ethics at the IU Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. For the past four years I have paid close attention to the media coverage of Harry and Meghan, the Duke and Duchess of Sussex. Since that time, I have read thousands of articles about them, and for about 18 months, I have joined others in challenging biased reporting in the media coverage of the Sussexes. This group, called the Sussex Squad, was formed organically by women (and some men) who were tired of the biased coverage of the couple, which has been marred by a mix of racism, misogyny, classism, and xenophobia. This abuse led to the Sussexes decision to strike out on their own. How did we get here?

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