IU in the News

A daily digest of media coverage about Indiana University

September 4, 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

IU School of Medicine selected as site for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

This story has been covered by: The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Business Journal, Inside Indiana Business, Fox 59, WTHR, WRTV, WISH-TV, U.S. News and World Report, WIBC, WFYI.

IU is largest educator of Hoosiers, leads in diversity and meeting state's health, business needs

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

Mealworm shows promise as a good, sustainable food source, study finds

This story has been covered by: BGR, International Business Times, Fox News, New Food, Food Ingredients.

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Indianapolis Business Journal

IU cancer center researchers land $5.7M grant to study chemo-induced side effects

Thanks to revolutionary therapies developed by Dr. Lawrence Einhorn at the Indiana University School of Medicine in the 1970s, testicular cancer is no longer a death sentence. Einhorn’s regimen of platinum-based cisplatin and two other drugs helped reverse what had been a 95% mortality rate for the disease to a 95% survival rate. Despite that success, platinum-based chemotherapies do come with potential side effects that can affect millions of testicular and other cancer patients each year -- a problem that IU School of Medicine researchers are hoping to solve. Their effort just received a major boost in the form of a five-year, $5.7 million National Cancer Institute grant to the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center that will be used to fund an ongoing study to evaluate long-term health outcomes for cancer patients who receive platinum-based chemotherapies.

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The New York Times

Backed by federal funds, new virus tests are hitting the market

The National Basketball Association allowed Yale University scientists access to its players for its research identifying the coronavirus in saliva samples. The Food and Drug Administration last month granted emergency use authorization for Yale's testing method, which aimed to keep the cost to less than $10 per test. ... Among those interested is Indiana University, which is putting in place a testing program for its 120,000 students, faculty and staff. Arriving students were greeted last month with rapid-result, nasal swab tests before they could move into their dorms. Those who tested positive were either sent home or housed in an isolation dorm. Students living off campus submitted their own saliva samples, which were then shipped to laboratories. The university is continuing to test on a targeted basis, aiming for broader screening soon, using its own laboratories. The cost is $10 million and counting. "We figured this out ourselves," said Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, an associate dean at the university's medical school, who helped devise the program. Federal guidelines were of little use, he said.

Deseret News

Generous people are hotter. Science says so

Generosity might make you seem more attractive, according to a new study published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. The study, co-authored by Indiana University associate professor Sara Konrath and University of Pennsylvania professor Femida Handy, confirms some common notions of beauty while refuting others. Over three large studies that focused on different ages, Konrath and Handy asked two major questions: Are people who practice more giving behaviors rated as more physically attractive? And are more physically attractive people more likely to practice these giving behaviors? The study noted "the halo effect wherein more physically attractive people are perceived to be good, and the reverse halo that good is seen as beautiful. Yet research has rarely examined the evidence linking the beautiful with the good, or the reverse, without the halo effect."

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Undocumented and uninsured: The cultural implications among Latinos at hospitals during COVID-19

Vanessa Cruz Nichols, a political science professor at Indiana University, studies political factors that impact immigrants' relationship with health care. She agrees that if hospitals hired more health care workers that reflect the communities they serve, there’d be less inequity among immigrants and other marginalized groups. "They have to be reassured that their information is going to be secure and that of their family members, especially if they're undocumented," she said. "Latinos (may) then feel comfortable seeking help from health care providers and establishing a good relationship there." But Cruz Nichols also says the underlying cause is the United States’ history of aggressive immigration policies and policing. "The way in which police interact with people in the community is going to spill over into other ways in which people interact with other forms of authority in their county and their state," she said. "They're very much intertwined."

The Conversation

Indian Americans can be an influential voting bloc -- despite their small numbers

Written by Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations, Indiana University. Senator Kamala Harris being picked by Joe Biden as his running mate has put a spotlight on the Indian American community in the United States. The interest, in part, stems from her origins: Her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was a biologist from the Indian city of Chennai. Her father, Donald Harris, an economist, was from Jamaica. After her parents divorced, her mother raised Kamala Harris and her sister as members of the Black Church. But her mother also took Harris to Hindu temples. In her memoir Harris writes about her Indian origins. I am a political scientist of Indian origin who has followed the rising trajectory of Indian Americans in American politics. Though Indian Americans constitute a mere 1.5% of the population their impact on American politics can be disproportionate. Indian Americans are among the wealthiest and most educated of all immigrant groups in the U.S. The question is: How exactly do they vote?


Renewable energy experts weigh in on solar farms ahead

Renewable energy experts acknowledged that there are misconceptions around solar farms, but said that the farms offer more benefits than people realize. Peter Schubert, the director of the Richard G. Lugar Center for Renewable Energy for the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said "there is no form of energy that doesn't have some negative consequences," which is why renewable energy experts tend to compare energy sources when determining the pros and cons. "We need power and energy to run out society, and to live our lives,” Schubert said. "In Indiana, the bulk of the power that we consume is based on coal, natural gas is next in line and (in) the northern part of the state there's also more nuclear."


BTS: South Korea's history-making K-pop septet

Trailblazing South Korean boy band BTS have shot to the top of the US charts with their first all-English song, and the socially conscious septet's latest triumph could herald a historic cultural shift. The group, who in seven years have become one of the biggest acts in the world, cemented their prominence in the biggest music market on Monday, becoming the first South Korean act to top the US singles chart, with "Dynamite" entering the Billboard Hot 100 at number one. ... the entirely English lyrics of "Dynamite" make it radio-friendly in Anglophone countries -- bypassing a hurdle faced by another recent South Korean cultural phenomenon, the subtitled Oscar-winning movie "Parasite." Even so, the group's Billboard feat means the era of the West "dominating the world popular music is truly coming to an end", CedarBough Saeji, a visiting professor at Indiana University-Bloomington, told AFP. "This will embolden a generation of creatives to consider the world and not just their local markets."

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