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August 28, 2020
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19th Amendment at 100: IU historians delve into diversity of women's suffrage movement

This story has been covered by: The Indianapolis Star.

COVID-19 hurting vulnerable populations already struggling to pay utilities

This story has been covered by: CNBC, Indiana Public Media, Southern Alliance for Clean Energy, The Washington Post, Axios, The Indianapolis Star, The Conversation, NPR, EarthBeat, Fox 59.

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Inside Indiana Business

Study: Asymptomatic COVID infection possible in kids

A recently-completed study from the Indiana University School of Medicine shows asymptomatic COVID-19 infection is possible in children under the age of 10. The Tracking Asymptomatic COVID-19 Through Indianapolis Communities, or TACTIC, study found that out of more than 500 people who were tested, one child had an active case of COVID-19. "We now know that asymptomatic infection can occur in young children with no known contact to the virus, and they do not necessarily spread it to others," said Dr. Chandy John, one of the study's co-leaders. "Community studies in other countries have not found this." In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, John said while the study involved people of all ages, what set it apart was the inclusion of children under the age of 10.

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In the green room: Center for Ray Bradbury Studies Director Jonathan R. Eller

Jonathan R. Eller is the director of the Center for Ray Bradbury Studies at (IUPUI). Before taking part in a Zócalo event asking "Are We Living in a World Ray Bradbury Tried to Prevent?," Eller spoke in the green room about collecting books and coins, the humble dandelion, and the importance of believing in a better future. Q: What was the first science fiction book you ever read? A: A science fiction novel called Slan. It was by the Canadian science fiction writer A. E. Van Vogt. That copy of Slan was actually my mother's copy. She was in college in the mid-1940s, and she bought it when it came out. I read it in '60 or '61. ... Reading Van Vogt's Slan at that age really set me up very quickly for moving onto Ray Bradbury, who had the same affinities to talking about how we deal with otherness, and how, sometimes, we don't do a very good job with dealing with things that are different from our ourselves. It was a pretty heavy science fiction book to read for a kid, but it got me started.

Inside Indiana Business

$34M expected to grow DiMarchi 'family tree'

A life sciences legacy in Indiana is expected to help write the future for Carmel-based MBX Biosciences. The startup aims to be the next success story for the Hoosier state and one of its most well-respected visionaries, Dr. Richard DiMarchi. A fixture in the life sciences landscape, DiMarchi will guide MBX Biosciences as it marches toward plans that are "even grander" than its predecessors. Boosted by the recent closure of a $34.6 million Series A financing round, the startup says the next chapter in the DiMarchi storyline is well underway. ... DiMarchi is co-founder and chief scientific officer of MBX, the most recent startup based on discoveries made at his laboratory at Indiana University, where he is also the Linda & Jack Gill Chair in Biomolecular Sciences. A pioneer for new treatments in diabetes and other metabolic disorders, his latest iteration focuses on rare endocrine diseases, sparking the creation of MBX in 2019. Hawryluk says MBX is built on "technology and expertise that have been employed successfully across multiple companies."

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USA Today

Experts warn mental health of college athletes, and especially Black athletes, is being overlooked

As colleges grapple with the decision of when to resume athletic competition, the NCAA's chief medical officer suggested mental health issues -- especially among Black athletes -- are getting insufficient attention. "That's often not discussed in this whole return to sport, is how are we addressing mental health issues," said Dr. Brian Hainline, a clinical professor of neurology at Indiana University School of Medicine and New York University School of Medicine and the NCAA's chief medical officer. Hainline emphasized the issue Wednesday during an online symposium focusing in part on COVID-19 and the return to sports. He said an NCAA survey of more than 37,000 athletes showed that Black athletes are disproportionately negatively affected by mental health issues.

Religion Dispatches

Gun-wielding white couple perfect protagonists for Republican convention's 'Great American Story'

Written by Andrew Whitehead, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, and Samuel Perry, an associate professor of sociology and religious studies at the University of Oklahoma. Among the more surprising inclusions at the 2020 Republican National Convention was Patricia and Mark McCloskey, the white couple from St. Louis who brandished guns at Black Lives Matter protestors back in June. What does their inclusion tell us about the RNC's theme, "The Great American Story"? Quite a bit, unfortunately. Let's begin with the theme itself: The Great American Story, which resonates with Trump's campaign slogan from 2016, Make America Great Again. For Trump and Republicans, it's predicated on calling to some earlier ideal period, a nostalgic throwback to the "good old days." It matters not if those days ever actually existed, or if they were indeed good for all or even many Americans. Central to this narrative is the religious history and character of the United States and how it's in constant peril. Americans must defend this Christian nation in order to ensure a bright future. Making America Christian in its public policies, national identity, and sacred symbols is of the utmost importance. We call this ideology Christian nationalism. It's all about privileging Christianity in American society.


Rise of COVID-19 cases among US children concerns some Hoosiers

New data shows positive COVID-19 cases are on the rise among children as many young Hoosiers head back to class. ... The American Academy of Pediatrics and the Children's Hospital Association says the new data shows a 21% increase in positive COVID child cases over a two-week span in August. ... Thomas Duszynski, epidemiology education director with Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, explains some possible reasons for the increase. "Zero to 19-year-olds, these are people that are maybe a little bit more mobile, right? Those that are at least 16 years of age and older, they can drive, move about. Twenty- to 29-year-olds, these are people that are more likely to go to a bar or to a restaurant that have now reopened. So, we've seen that trend kind of occur." Duszynski added, "Then we pile on top of this the reopening of schools, which is challenging in and of itself."

News and Tribune

Unemployment drops, labor force increases in Southern Indiana

Clark County's July 2019 jobless rate was 3.6%, and Floyd County's was 3.3%. "Labor force levels are about equal to pre-shutdown levels," said Uric Dufrene, Sanders Chair in Business at Indiana University Southeast. "While the number of unemployed is still elevated compared to pre-pandemic levels, the region has made considerable progress." Kentucky's low jobless rate in June and July was attributed to a decrease in the labor force instead of a major drop in workers who were unemployed. That's not been the case for the drop in the Southern Indiana unemployment rate. "The recovery in the region's labor force is definitely a V shape," Dufrene said. "Improvement to the region's unemployment rate is from people going back to work, and not a shrinking labor force. It is exactly what we want to see in a recovery."

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