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August 21, 2020
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IUPUI lecturer teaches from the NBA bubble

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IUPUI ready to welcome students with revamped move-in plans for campus housing

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Motorsports engineering degree helping graduates get on the fast track to joining racing industry

To work in the pit of any racing team takes years of training. It also often requires an engineering degree. But for decades, no American university offered one in motorsports. Now one campus does and the industry's hiring these grads fast! Fox 59's Beairshelle Edmé shows us why young people across the nation and the world are racing to Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI). 10 years ago, a student like Jon Turcios, interested in motorsports, couldn't find a motorsports lab like IUPUI's. It was unheard of. "I mean, I graduated school with a mechanical engineering degree and I learned the hard way," described Andy Borme, the motorsports engineering program director.


IU rock 'n' roll professor sharing vast musical knowledge in free virtual Q&A event

How does it sound to graduate with a college certificate in rock 'n' roll? Indiana University's famous rock 'n' roll professor can make that a reality. "In order to reward these kids who've taken the entire series, we've now created a certificate in 'History of Rock 'n' Roll,'" said Andy Hollinden, aka "the rock 'n' roll professor." "So you can graduate with your degree, and in addition, earn a certificate in rock 'n' roll history. It's got coolness written all over it." Hollinden has been teaching rock history at IU for more than 30 years and is sharing his vast musical knowledge virtually Thursday night. It's even available to those who aren't IU students.

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Epic vs. Apple: Why economists think the Fortnite creator is winning

The fight between Epic Games and Apple, a public feud and lawsuit about App Store policies, is flush with symbolism. The conflict is mainly about cash, of course: Epic is protesting the 30 percent fee Apple takes on digital transactions made via its iOS platform, including those made within its incredibly popular game Fortnite. For Edward Castronova, a Professor of Media at Indiana University Bloomington who specializes in virtual economies, that this fight is happening at all shows that there are major changes coming to the state of gaming as we know it -- and that Epic has a serious shot at either winning the lawsuit that Apple is practicing monopolistic tendencies or at least the public debate will permanently affect the industry. "I think it’s interesting we’re even putting those two companies together in the same sentence," Castronova tells Inverse. "When I started studying video games, the idea that there could be a game company that would have significant market power over a company like Apple. No one would have believed it. Yet, here we are."


College students make different choices when it comes to campus life in pandemic

Thomas Duszynski is director of epidemiology education at Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis. He said there's a real possibility colleges will be forced to pivot to online-only education -- especially if students and others on campus don't use masks and practice social distancing. "The reality is I am 100% prepared -- I think as most faculty are -- to pull back and say let's just go all virtual," Duszynski said. Duszynski said there isn't really isn't a one-size-fits-all approach for tackling COVID-19 on campuses, but there are a few key things that public health experts have been saying all along: Wear a mask, wash your hands and physically distance. If someone tests positive, isolate that person and trace their contacts. "That's where each campus or each school has to kind of weigh their own ability to do this," Duszynski said.

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