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August 24, 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

Mask distribution underway at IU; policies implemented for those who don't comply with mandate

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Indiana Daily Student

Student-made YouTube series to be integrated into IU racism class

The first episode of "What's Black About It," a student-made YouTube channel covering Black history at IU, aired in March. It received powerful positive feedback on its examination of Black history at IU from the viewers. Five months later, the university added it as a part of a class on race. Amaiya Branigan, a senior studying broadcast journalism and creator of "What's Black About It," created the show to make a more welcoming environment for Black students at IU. Branigan did not find many extracurricular opportunities involving Black students while studying broadcast journalism, so, she created "What's Black About It" in an effort to promote inclusion. "The first episode was focusing primarily on Black history pertaining to Indiana University that most people don't care about and things that I uncovered on my own," Branigan said.


IUS prepares for start of school year

Indiana University Southeast is preparing to welcome students back to campus with new safety protocols and testing measures amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Students will be moving into campus housing between Friday and Sunday, and classes for the fall semester begin Monday, Aug. 24. All residents will be required to complete COVID-19 testing upon arrival at IUS before they can check into their residence halls or lodges. IUS is offering a combination of online classes and in-person classes, and many will be a hybrid of in-person and online learning. Classrooms have been set up to allow for social distancing and sanitation, and masks are required on campus.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Bloomington sports-tech startup scores with D.C. schools partnership

Kentucky native Hunter Hawley is set to graduate from Indiana University in December with degrees in entrepreneurship and innovation and technology management. But he won't be searching for a job. That's because he already has one. Hawley, 21, last year launched sports technology startup Blueprint Stats out of the Dimension Mill co-working space in Bloomington and already has dozens of customers. And the business is getting a big assist from a new partnership signed this month.

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NBC News

Online work is reshaping how some Americans are employed during the pandemic

The world of online gig work is expansive. It ranges from sites such as Mechanical Turk, where people can perform menial "microtasks" for pennies, to mystery shopping offers, app testing, transcription services, sites to teach English as a second language and services that pay for participation in academic studies, often for psychologists or other social scientists. No one really knows how many people are doing work on such sites, because companies rarely disclose data and the jobs don't fit into existing categories for labor statistics kept by government economists, said Mary Gray, a senior principal researcher at Microsoft Research and an Indiana University faculty member. "Economists don't have a way of measuring the world that doesn't look like a factory floor," Gray said.


Buttigieg: 'Imagine what we could achieve'

According to Indiana University South Bend Professor Elizabeth Bennion, the bond between (Joe) Biden and (Pete) Buttigieg has grown since Buttigieg stopped his campaign to help Biden. She says loyalty is very important to the former vice president, and Buttigieg has also donated nearly $7 million to Biden's presidential campaign. ... Bennion says former-mayor Buttigieg would fit in well with Joe Biden and Kamala Harris, with campaigns focusing on belonging, family and empathy. She says there's a lot of mutual respect between Biden and Buttigieg, which could make him a great candidate for a cabinet seat. "And he (Joe Biden) has said that it's important for him to have close relationships and trust with the people who he will serve with. And we know that such a relationship is developing between Joe Biden and Pete Buttigieg."


Study for state task force shows economic effects of closing coal plants

The Schahfer, Michigan City, Petersburg and Rockport coal plants will be fully or partially closed by 2028. That'll likely mean less tax revenue for things like schools. Tom Guevara directs Indiana University's Public Policy Institute (at IUPUI). He said, to counteract this, local leaders could try to raise taxes -- but if they're too high, that could deter new businesses from moving in. "These communities are going to have to think more strategically about issues like that and try and figure out what the right balance is," Guevara said.

The Conversation

I prepare aspiring teachers to educate kids of color; here's how I help them root out their biases

Written by Lasana D. Kazembe, assistant professor, IUPUI. I'm a professor who has spent the last 10 years preparing new teachers to enter the workforce. I also study how race, culture and power influence education and childhood development at a time when more than half of the roughly 50 million children who attend U.S. public schools are nonwhite, unlike most of their teachers. About four in five public school teachers are white, according to the latest official data.This underrepresentation is especially acute for Black male teachers. While one in four teachers are men, merely 2% are Black men. Research indicates that students of color benefit from being taught by people who look like them.

The Conversation

Outdoor classes hold promise for in-person learning amid COVID-19

Written by Tracey Birdwell, program director of the Mosaic Initiative at Indiana University, and Tripp Harris, Ph.D. student and research assistant, Indiana University. When it comes to conducting classes this fall, most colleges seem to be stuck between holding in-person or remote classes, or some combination of the two. As a researcher who focuses on the design of educational spaces, I believe there's a fourth option that's not being given its due: outdoor spaces, such as open-air tents. From a learning space design perspective, this could be an effective way of maintaining in-person instruction, even when temperatures drop later in the fall.

The Conversation

How Alexei Navalny revolutionized opposition politics in Russia, before his apparent poisoning

Written by Regina Smyth, professor, Indiana University. The harrowing videos of Alexei Navalny, a blogger who has captured popular frustration in Russia, screaming in agony on Aug. 20, 2020, before being removed unconscious from a plane to a waiting ambulance, demonstrate the Kremlin's increasing reliance on coercion to control dissent. This attack is not the first Navalny has endured. In 2017, he was doused with a green antibiotic that compromised his vision. In 2019, while in jail for organizing protests, he suspected he had been poisoned. ... My book "Elections, Protest, and Authoritarian Regime Stability: Russia 2008-2020," reveals the nature of Navalny's threat to the Kremlin -- one strong enough to make the claims that he has been poisoned credible.

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