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August 18, 2020
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IUPD officers equipped with body-worn cameras on 3 campuses

This story has been covered by: Fox 59.

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

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times, Inside Indiana Business.

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Amazon's widespread fire damage 'invisible to our eyes'

Paulo Massoca, a Brazilian researcher and doctoral candidate at Indiana University Bloomington studying rainforest regrowth, said recurrent fires act as a sort of "filter," gradually eliminating plants that are not adapted to frequent fires and selecting the most resistant species, leaving "a fraction of the whole pool of plants in the region." "After repeated burnings, soils get impoverished, plants grow slower, and vines/lianas and other non-woody plants, in addition to trees, settle in the area," he told DW, adding that this wide-ranging change in the ecosystem "slows and hinders the capacity of secondary forests damaged by repeated fire events to grow back and accumulate carbon."

The Indianapolis Star

Mask acne and foggy glasses: How to solve 5 pandemic annoyances while staying safe

When wearing glasses, the humidity from the mask gets pushed up onto the lenses, which is what causes the fog, said Christopher Clark, a lecturer at the Indiana University School of Optometry. But the problem might lie in what kind of mask you're using. "It depends on the type of mask you have and the seal you have on your mask," Clark said. "Masks with wire holders at the top, like a surgical mask, are better because you can get a tighter seal at the top to keep that humidity from going up." ... If you've noticed pimples popping up on your chin or cheeks for the first time in years, it could be from your face mask. When a mask rubs against the skin and causes friction, it can lead to acne in those areas, said Lawrence Mark, an associate professor of dermatology at Indiana University. This irritation, or acne mechanica, can lead to the disruption of the hair follicle where your oil glands are and cause "maskne." One way to prevent the hair follicle from getting plugged is to use a good face wash, Mark said. "Chemical peelers can help keep the follicle or the hair opening stay open. Like over-the-counter salicylic acid acne washes or benzoyl peroxide washes," Mark said.

The Indianapolis Star

Indiana hospitals braced for COVID-19's financial impact. A new study sheds light on it.

The longer hospitals have to remain in a heightened state of readiness, the more precarious some of their financial positions will become, experts say. And it's not clear what the answer is to ensure that hospitals stay financially solvent but also poised to address the next surge of coronavirus, experts say. "We know that when we prepare well, we overprepare. We don't want to be caught underprepared," said Kosali Simon, Herman B Wells professor at the O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Bloomington. "This leaves us still with this question of how do we stay prepared for the next time." Recently, Simon co-authored an article published online by the National Bureau of Economic Research that showed health care visits declined about 40% in the first six weeks of the pandemic. Using data from electronic health records of more than 35 million people in the country, Simon's study found that mental health outpatient visits did not decline as much as those for heart disease, diabetes and cancers, perhaps because that specialty adapted more readily to telehealth.

The Statehouse File

COVID-19 pandemic conspiracy theories stem from historical trends

Robin Blom, media professor at Ball State University, and Stephen Andrews, history professor at Indiana University Bloomington, say there are no more conspiracies than there have been in the past. Both argue that conspiracy theories and hoaxes have been around since the dawn of time, and the pandemic didn't cause any entirely new ones. ... Andrews was originally a religious historian, which evolved into studying conspiracy theory culture in America. He prefers to focus on the historical understanding of conspiracy theories rather than keeping an up-to-date record of all theories. Andrews has given many lectures on the subject. Andrews said many conspiracy theories are formed as a coping mechanism to help deal with large issues, like how to solve a global pandemic and why it happened in the first place. "Thinking that it is happening because of someone's actions, even if those actions are cruel, intentional, violent, is often more empowering than to think about it as if it is just chaos, (that) it can't be stopped," Andrews said about people who believe the virus was engineered. "If someone has done this, then someone else can undo it."

The Indianapolis Star

113,000 more properties may be at risk of flooding in Indiana than previously thought, report says

Communities of color are also working against decades of marginalization in cities that compound their susceptibility to environmental events like flooding, said Elizabeth Browning, an environmental historian at Indiana University. "When it comes to flooding, many communities of color do not have access to functioning sanitation infrastructure," Browning said.  "In cities like Indianapolis, local government officials and public health departments have not historically devoted sufficient resources to shore up decaying sanitation systems, with excess rainfall and river overflows leading to significant public health problems." 

The Indianapolis Star

Here's why observers say Simon Property Group is bailing out bankrupt retail chains

According to market speculation and other reports, Simon Property Group and rival mall owner Brookfield Property Partners could partner to buy J.C. Penney, which also has filed Chapter 11 bankruptcy. This isn't a new strategy. Before the largest owner and manager of U.S. malls was facing the global pandemic, it was contending with the so-called retail apocalypse. "I think they finally figured out that they know the difference and maybe they should start getting in the game of helping innovative, good retailers to succeed through capital and expertise," said John S. Talbott, director of the Center for Education and Research in Retailing at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business.

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