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August 20, 2020
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Post-Tribune

NWI universities talk physical changes to campus amid pandemic

Students returning to college campuses in Northwest Indiana this fall will have to wear face masks, but that's not all that will change. At Purdue University Northwest and Indiana University Northwest, many things will look different for students, faculty and staff when the fall semester begins Aug. 24, from a lack of water fountains to marks on the ground telling them which direction to walk in. "Students are being instructed now," said Vicki Román-Lagunas, the vice chancellor for academic affairs at IUN. "We’re doing some videos on how to walk into the classroom, how there will be cleaning spray and paper towels and they're responsible for their own areas, how to walk in the hallways."

Indiana Public Media

IU still has 10,000 off-campus students to test by Monday

Indiana University still has 10,000 students to test for COVID-19 before classes start Monday. University officials sent out an email Tuesday night asking some staff to encourage off-campus students to sign-up for a testing slot as soon as possible. ... Professor of Pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine Aaron Carroll says IU has the capability to test thousands of students a day, but not every student needs to be tested. "Because they're not on campus, never planning to come on campus, not being anywhere near campus, not interacting with anyone, or any students, they're sheltering in place, perhaps even in their parents' houses. Such students don't need to be tested and they'll be able to opt out," said Carroll, who also is Director of Surveillance and Mitigation for the COVID-19 Pandemic at IU. ... IU Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel said that testing is going according to expectations.

Inside Higher Ed

Something's got to give

Female academics' research productivity dropped off at the beginning of the COVID-19 outbreak, which many experts have attributed to women's outsize role in caregiving even before the pandemic. Some also blame women's disproportionate service roles and take-up of emotional labor. ... "We are seeing some recent improvements, though I worry that those will drop precipitously as the semester begins," Cassidy Sugimoto, professor of informatics at Indiana University at Bloomington and a co-author of an ongoing study of article submissions to preprint databases, said as her own two daughters did their remote schoolwork in the next room. "Issues such as disproportionate teaching and service obligations, coupled with the move to online schooling for children, are likely to take a toll on women in the upcoming year."

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Wired

A radical new model of the brain illuminates its wiring

Even at the level of single cells, brains show plentiful evidence of their networked character. ... "The brain literally is a network," agrees Olaf Sporns, a professor of psychological and brain sciences at Indiana University. "It's not a metaphor. I'm not comparing apples and oranges. I think this is literally what it is." And if network neuroscience can produce a clearer, more accurate picture of the way that the brain truly works, it may help us answer questions about cognition and health that have bedeviled scientists since Broca's time. "Now we've widened the aperture," says Sporns. "We're looking at the whole system."

Fox 59

Women breaking barriers in racing

This year's Indianapolis 500 will be historic for many reasons, and one includes the women of racing. For the first time in nearly 20 years, no women will be among the 33 drivers competing over the 104th running of the race. ... "No matter what an industry is, no matter what a company is, a woman brings about a different perspective, a different viewpoint," said Terri Talbert-Hatch, a veteran of the industry and co-founder of IUPUI's motorsports engineering degree. For more than 50 years, Talbert-Hatch has watched lap after lap across the yard of bricks. Not once has she seen a woman raise the Borg Warner trophy, but she’s taught the women that helped men become champions, like Lizzie Todd.

U.S. News and World Report

Florida Keys to release modified mosquitoes to fight illness

Sometime next year, genetically modified mosquitoes will be released in the Florida Keys in an effort to combat persistent insect-borne diseases such as Dengue fever and the Zika virus. ... Whether or not the modified mosquitoes can efficiently crash the population of these mosquitoes in Florida remains an open question, some experts say. "The mosquitoes created in a lab have not gone through a natural selection process, in which only the fittest survive and mate. Once they are released in the natural environment, will they be as fit as the naturally occurring males and able to outcompete them for mates?” said Max Moreno, an expert in mosquito-borne diseases at Indiana University (Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI,) who is not involved in the company or the pilot project.

Big News

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

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