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August 25, 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

$2.25 million NSF award will fund CyberCorps student scholarship program at IU Bloomington

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

Extended schedule, drive-thru check-in will keep students, staff safe during IU Bloomington move-in

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times, Yahoo, RTV6, WTHR, The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Bloomington Herald-Times, WISH-TV, Indiana Public Media, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Fox 59.

Wells Library open for limited access this fall; some reservations required

This story has been covered by: Indiana Daily Student.

COVID-19 safety signs will be installed across IU campuses

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times.

IU Voices in the News

The New York Times

Born to the internet, grew up fast in a pandemic

Working through college is nothing new for college students. About 70 percent have some type of job, a Georgetown University analysis found. When the pandemic hit in the spring semester, about a third of students lost their jobs, according to Temple University's Hope Center for College, Community and Justice. Many of them have had to get creative, taking advantage of a digital economy that grew up around them while college was still a far-off dream. ... Sara Cochran, a professor in the department of management and entrepreneurship at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, said the ingenuity students are showing during the pandemic demonstrates why "this generation has been called the most entrepreneurial generation yet." She said tough times in history had often benefited those with a mind-set to see opportunities "where are others are seeing the chaos and the confusion."

The Washington Post

Yes, some people are still having one-night stands

For all the noise about dating apps encouraging promiscuity among young people, in pre-covid-19 days the country was in the middle of a "sex recession," with record numbers of young people reporting that they hadn't had sex in the past year. And though people are still getting it on in 2020, these are anxious, unsexy times. A survey conducted this spring by Indiana University's Kinsey Institute found that, on average, sexual activity has declined during the pandemic. That's "in part because you've got these elevated feeling of loneliness and elevated stress," says Justin Lehmiller, a researcher who worked on the study, adding that the decline applies to people in existing relationships as well as those who are single and dating. 

USA Today

Don't be fooled: Social Security earnings test misconceptions that can lower your benefits

Beneficiaries don't appreciate the fact that benefits lost today are not gone forever, says Daniel Sacks, an assistant professor at Indiana University and co-author of "Misperceptions of the Social Security Earnings Test and the Actuarial Adjustment: Implications for LFP and Earnings." Sacks gave this example: For each dollar your earnings exceed a threshold -- the "exempt amount" -- your monthly benefits get reduced by 50 cents. So, if you earn $19,240 in 2020, $1,000 over the exempt amount, you'll lose $500 of benefits. But beneficiaries fail to realize this: "For every dollar you lose, you get back in the form of higher future Social Security benefits," says Sacks. "If you lose $500 in benefits this year, then when you reach full retirement age, you'll get a bigger benefit every month, and the difference basically keeps you whole."


Remote college creates fertile ground for internet mischief

More and more colleges and universities are going 100% online as the fall semester starts and COVID-19 cases remain high. ... Thing is, more virtual communications means more potential hacking. And university IT managers are going all out to warn students and faculty about the biggest vulnerability right now: email phishing scams. ... With so many students off campus, it's harder to verify suspicious activity in person. And often, students log on from outside protected campus IT networks. "When email is going out to folks at home, we just don't have control over all of those home networks," said Andrew Korty, chief information security officer at Indiana University.

Indianapolis Business Journal

The politics of discussing Hoosier climate change

Written by Matthew Houser, a fellow at the Environmental Resilience Institute and an adjunct assistant research scientist in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University, and Eric Sandweiss, who teaches history at IU. When Hoosiers run out of meaningful things to say, they resort to the weather. The familiar cliches at least give us something that -- unlike politics -- we can all agree on. Except when we can't. A recent climate survey sent to 10,000 Hoosier households by Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute revealed political divisions so entrenched that Indiana residents with differing party affiliations no longer even appear to agree about the weather.

The Week

Seeking a better test for Alzheimer's

Biomarker tests have clarified how the disease progresses, and some are now widely used in Alzheimer's clinical trials, though not yet commonplace in clinical practice. "There's evidence that biomarkers start to show changes 20 years before onset of dementia," says Andrew Saykin, director of the Alzheimer's Disease Research Center at the Indiana University School of Medicine. That presents a huge window for early intervention. "It's very tough to reverse neurodegeneration once it's happened, but if we could prevent it from happening there's really an opportunity to have a major impact on the disease," Saykin says.

Chalkbeat Indiana

Indiana teachers union will sit out governor's race despite key education issues at play

At a time when Indiana's governor will exert greater control over education and school reopening remains a key political issue, Indiana's largest teachers union said it won't be taking sides in this fall's gubernatorial race. (Gov. Eric) Holcomb holds a heavy advantage in the race, maintaining a consistent lead in the polls and far outraising his competitor. ... "If I were going to read the tea leaves, the move was a strategic one," said Aaron Dusso, an associate professor of political science at IUPUI and chair of the department. It signals that the union wants to build bridges with Holcomb, he said, rather than antagonize him by endorsing his opponent, in order to have more of a say in education policies. But, Dusso added, it's a move that also "certainly would be demoralizing to state Democrats."

The Hill

Responding to COVID-19 failures

Written by Nicolas P. Terry, a Hall Render professor of law and the executive director of the William S. and Christine S. Hall Center for Law at Health Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. By now, most people have their list of the failures associated with COVID-19; political, financial, social, equity, and public health failures appear on most lists. In a new report, I joined 50 top experts from a wide variety of policy areas to diagnose and treat another facet of the COVID-19 crisis: legal failure. In Assessing Legal Responses to COVID-19, our contributors surveyed numerous federal, state, and local laws, assessing their performance during COVID-19 and made hundreds of actionable recommendations for reform across the domains we assessed.

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