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August 25, 2020
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ABC 57

Indiana University starts its fall semester with precautions in place

Indiana University opened for its fall semester on Monday but was a very different sight than is typical due to the coronavirus pandemic. Students wearing masks when on campus is required and there are signs posted all over that promote social distancing and good hygiene. There are even guides showing people how to get around the grounds while avoiding large crowds. Students we spoke to seem to be split on whether all the guidelines will be followed or not. "I don't think no one wants to get kicked off of campus, so therefore they're gonna follow them, so I don’t think there’ll be big parties," said Sophomore Brikea Sherrod. "There's always gonna be someone who's gonna rebel a little and there's definitely gonna be some sort of person trying to ruin it for everyone, so yeah I think someone's gonna do something," said Freshman Esther Ricardo. Nearly half of the classes at the South Bend campus are virtual, though the university plans to have all classes move that direction by the middle of November.

The Indianapolis Recorder

Marion County schools superintendents virtual education forum, 'United Against Racism'

As protests against racial injustice have grown this year, there has also emerged a dual push to establish anti-racism policies and practices within institutional systems that have perpetuated racial injustices and inequities throughout American history. In response to this movement, the eleven Marion County school superintendents, representing about 135,000 students, have issued joint support for a United Against Racism statement. The Indianapolis Recorder and the Greater Indianapolis Branch of the NAACP have extended invitations to these local superintendents to participate in a two-part virtual education forum to discuss their recently announced pledges to help eradicate systemic racism. ... The moderators for both forums are Dr. Khaula Murtadha, associate vice chancellor for the Office of Community Engagement at IUPUI, and Dr Joseph Tucker Edmonds, assistant professor of Religious Studies and Africana Studies at IUPUI. Each forum will spotlight the efforts of designated districts within the city. "United Against Racism" forum part 1 will occur 6-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 27.

Inside Indiana Business

Women's Philanthropy Institute receives grant

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has awarded a grant to the Women's Philanthropy Institute at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. The $1.9 million in funding will be used for research on women's domestic and global giving. ... "Change is happening rapidly all around us: in philanthropy, technology, women's wealth, and diversity and inclusion. Our research must facilitate understanding of these changes and meet the needs of today's donors and practitioners. The support from the Gates Foundation will help WPI uncover relevant trends and insights about gender and giving that can ultimately fuel the growth of women’s philanthropy around the world," said Debra Mesch, Ph.D., Professor of Philanthropic Studies at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

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The Indianapolis Star

Town hall on racial justice in Indianapolis to air on Fox59, CBS4

A live town hall meeting airing Wednesday will focus on issues of race relations and social justice in Indianapolis and Central Indiana. "IN Focus: A Conversation on Race" will air at 7 p.m. on Indianapolis affiliate stations Fox59 and CBS4, according to a press release. Both channels will also livestream the event. CJ Hoyt, Fox59 and CBS4 news director, said the town hall will be commercial-free, and the livestreams will feature up to 30 additional minutes of discussion after the broadcast ends. "This isn't about 10-second soundbites," Hoyt said. "This is about honest conversation."  ... Guests include Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Chief Randal Taylor; City-County Councilor Maggie Lewis; Indiana Black Expo's Tanya McKinzie; Malachi Walker, with the Great Commission Church & Young Men, Inc.; the Urban League's Tony Mason; Black Women in Charge's Nia-Hyatt Eldosougi; Rick Snyder with the Fraternal Order of Police; and Wayne James with the Indiana University Police Department.

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The Journal Gazette

State shifts positive calculations

Indiana's COVID-19 dashboard Monday began calculating the state's positivity rate for the novel coronavirus in a different -- and lower -- way. The seven-day rolling average for positive tests among unique individuals is 7%. This is the way the state has computed the rate for months. But as of Monday, the state added another statistic -- the seven-day rolling average for positive results among all tests. That number is 5.6%. ... Dr. Gabriel Bosslet, associate professor of clinical medicine in the Department of Pulmonary, Critical Care, Sleep and Occupational Medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine, said he thinks the change is necessary at this point in the pandemic. "There's no perfect way to do this," he said. Bosslet is also the fellowship director for pulmonary and critical care medicine and runs a Facebook page called Hoosier COVID-19 Update with analysis. Bosslet said it doesn't seem fair if a person tested negative in April but has symptoms in August that the test result would not be counted because only one test per person was being allowed under the previous calculation.

The Indianapolis Star

How Fishers' new health department is handling a rise of COVID-19 in young people

When Fishers formed its own health department in April to fight the quickly spreading coronavirus pandemic, officials knew they would face a historic public health challenge. Nearly five months later, they are finding out just how daunting. ... In the past month, the testing company Fishers uses -- Mid-America Clinical Laboratories, recently purchased by Quest Diagnostics -- has been hit with backlogs, creating delays as long as two weeks. ... Delays in test results make it incumbent on the person tested to be careful while the results are pending, said Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Fairbanks School of Public Health. "We all should be careful anyway," Duszynski said. "If you know you are going to be tested you should try to self-isolate as much as possible, wear a mask and be cautious."

Yahoo Finance

Column: Billboards that follow you? It's not sci-fi. They're already here

Clear Channel Outdoor, one of the world's largest billboard companies, will in coming days roll out technology across Europe capable of letting advertisers know where people go and what they do after seeing a particular billboard. Sounds creepy, no? Well, brace yourself. Clear Channel has been quietly using this technology in the United States for the last four years, including in Los Angeles. ... Kyle M.L. Jones, an Indiana University assistant professor (at IUPUI) who focuses on data mining, said that for a company to target you with advertising, it has to know who you are and have an idea about your personal tastes. Even if you're identified only by a number affiliated with your phone, rather than by your name, it's not difficult to extrapolate from there if a more robust marketing profile is desired. "Enough of a mixture of geographic, behavioral and demographic data will almost inevitably open up opportunities for re-identification," Jones said. "It's hard to know what their privacy-protecting practices are, but their practices have risk."

The Washington Post Magazine

How to embrace the slower pace of a pandemic relationship

This is what it's like to date amid the spread of a deadly virus: Singles are spending several weeks to months getting to know someone over the phone, video chat or socially distant dates before the masks come off. Taking that step often involves detailed discussions about whom you're seeing regularly — be it family, friends, roommates or other dates — to help determine the right time to share a hug or first kiss. And there are no clear rules on when it's safe to progress. Everyone is making it up as they go along. ... Human beings have an inherent need for novelty and excitement, says Justin Lehmiller, a researcher at Indiana University's Kinsey Institute and author of "Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life." "So the couples who are pushing themselves to try new things together right now are probably more likely to succeed ... because they're fulfilling that need for novelty at the same time as their need for belongingness and connection." ... Lehmiller and other dating experts brought up the 36 questions that lead to love, a social science experiment popularized in a New York Times "Modern Love" column, as an exercise to try right now. 


Utility shut-offs, summer heat, and COVID-19: A dangerous trifecta in the southeast

Sadly unsurprisingly, those most vulnerable to high bills are also being disproportionately impacted by the ongoing economic impacts from the COVID crisis, and are also those most likely to suffer health and quality of life impacts from the climate crisis. A recent study by Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs showed that 22% of respondents to the survey had to reduce or forgo basic household needs, like medicine or food, to pay an energy bill, and the people most at risk of losing power are Blacks, Latinos, and racial minorities, who are also suffering the highest proportions of job losses as well as deaths from COVID-19. ... "This isn't just an issue of not being able to afford energy," says Sanya Carley, an associate professor of public and environmental affairs at the O'Neill School and co-author of "Survey of Household Energy Insecurity in the Time of COVID-19."

The Free Press Journal

BSG Peace Symposium: The world needs a shared vision to tackle natural disasters

In the throes of the century's worst-ever pandemic that has left a deep scar on humanity, India's intellectual elite urged a new direction for the world at a symposium on Buddhist philosopher and peace activist, Daisaku Ikeda's annual peace proposal to the United Nations. Drawing from a repository of ancient wisdom and compassion that originated in India, Ikeda's latest peace proposal that is titled "Towards Our Shared Future: Constructing an Era of Human Solidarity," urges nations to recognize their common heritage to confront issues like natural disasters and climate change. Ikeda, President of Soka Gakkai International (SGI), submits a peace proposal to the UN every year, outlining pragmatic solutions to vexing global issues such as the impact of global warming and trade frictions. ... Echoing these thoughts, Rajendra Abhyankar, former ambassador and Professor, Indiana University, Bloomington said, "Only a shared sense of crisis will create conditions for nations and people to work together."

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