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September 4, 2020
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IUPUI youth IT program receives $100K

The Indiana University School of Informatics and Computing at IUPUI has received another $100,000 grant from New York-based investment banking firm JPMorgan Chase to expand IT education for high school students in underserved populations. The students take part in IUPUI’s Informatics Diversity-Enhanced Workforce, an initiative that offers educational and career support to students-in-need and prepare them for the information technology jobs of the future. IUPUI said this latest installment builds on the firm’s previous support, which is nearing $500,000. "JPMorgan Chase has been a strong supporter of the iDEW program since the very beginning, for the past five years," said Mathew Palakal, senior executive associate dean at the School of Informatics and Computing.

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EPA applauds Indiana counties, cities that now meet air quality standards

Janet McCabe directs Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute and used to work in the EPA's Office of Air Quality. She says as the Trump administration advocates for more economic development, it likely prefers to have more areas that meet the standards. Those areas have fewer restrictions for businesses moving in. Former EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt tried to delay designating counties that didn't meet air quality standards -- but was challenged in court. "So I think we've seen, with this administration, a tendency to err on the side of not naming things as not meeting the standard, if given the opportunity," McCabe said.

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What have we learned about COVID-19 so far? A discussion with Bloomington experts

As COVID-19 continues making its way through the United States, the virus' case fatality rate seems to be flattening, and dropped to 3.0 percent Sept. 1. Reporter Mitch Legan got together with a group of local experts including Indiana University epidemiologist Ana Bento, IU Health infectious disease Dr. Tom Hrisomalos and Graham McKeen, IU's assistant director of public and environmental health, for a Zoom call to discuss what that means, why that is and what we've learned about the coronavirus.

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Labor Day celebrates earning a living, but remember what work really means

Written by Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts and Philanthropy, IUPUI. The impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on U.S. employment is dire. Economists estimate that 1 in 5 workers have lost their jobs. As a result, many people are finding it difficult to keep a roof overhead and put food on the table. Yet there can be more to work, and Labor Day provides an opportunity to see how through the writings of a woman who thought especially deeply about it, Simone Weil. Weil looked at work as more than an exchange of money for labor. She argued that people need to work not only for income but also for the experience of labor itself. From her perspective, money does not solve the core problems of joblessness. Instead, work provides vital opportunities to live more fully by helping others.

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