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September 8, 2020
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IU launches COVID-19 testing dashboard

This story has been covered by: The Times of Northwest Indiana, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana Public Media.

EPA awards $1.6M for IU research on synthetic chemical exposure in rural drinking water

This story has been covered by: WFYI, Water Quality Products, Bloomberg Law, Bladen Journal, WaterWorld, Feedstuffs.

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Fox 59

VIDEO: Study on COVID-19's impact on jails

The coronavirus has hit jails especially hard. It's difficult to social distance due to crowded living conditions and in most cases inmates aren't allowed to leave the facility. Researchers at the IU Public Policy Institute's Center for Health and Justice Research wanted to know more, so they got a grant from IUPUI to study the impact of covid-19 on jail populations right here in Indiana. Kevin Martyn is a senior associate at the IU Public Policy Institute. He explains the research.

Courier and Press

Survey: Evansville residents among most skeptical in the state on climate change

Residents of Evansville are less likely to believe the climate is changing, and if it is, that humans are the cause, when compared to most of the rest of the state, according to an Indiana University survey. The survey was conducted by IU's Environmental Resilience Institute between August and December 2019. It includes many of Indiana's most populated metropolitan areas, including Evansville. Although 75 percent of Hoosiers across the state responded that they believed climate change is occurring, just 68 percent of Evansville residents surveyed said they believed climate change is happening, while 22 percent of Evansville residents thought human activities were the cause. That compares to 34 percent statewide. ... Matt Houser, an IU sociologist and research fellow who co-led the survey, said he was encouraged by the interest Evansville's residents -- and all Hoosiers -- showed in individual solutions. ... "If you offer a policy, they will put solar panels on top of their house. That's what our survey results indicated. The need for a policy and the public support for it were significant," Houser said. "Even when participants were skeptical about climate change, if you asked them about solutions there was interest."

Inside Indiana Business

IUSM researcher awarded $5M for chemotherapy research

A researcher at the Indiana University School of Medicine is looking for ways to reduce the side effects of cancer patients who are undergoing chemotherapy. Dr. Lois Travis' work at the IU Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center has earned her a five-year, $5.7 million grant from the National Cancer Institute. The funding will help Travis to continue her evaluation of long-term health outcomes for patients who undergo platinum-based chemotherapies. The school said the treatment may lead to hearing loss, ringing in the ears, numbness in hands and feet and other side effects. "We have shown with audiometric examination that 80% of the patients had hearing loss with one in five classified as severe to profound, levels at which hearing aids are recommended," said Travis.

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The Washington Post

Welcome to college. Now get tested for the coronavirus -- again and again.

Indiana University is running about 10,000 tests a week across its campuses after an all-out testing blitz when the school year began. It plans to pick up the pace with a shift to the Illinois saliva test method, according to IU President Michael McRobbie, another example of fast-changing responses nationwide to the pandemic. "There are a lot of different strategies out there," McRobbie said. "We're going to know in the next few weeks which ones are working and which ones aren't. Hopefully we'll get it right."

The New York Times

It's not easy to get a coronavirus test for a child

Early in the pandemic, public health officials were not focused on children as an at-risk population, given how few ended up hospitalized for the virus. Some scientists even thought that children might be safe from coronavirus infection altogether. But now, with schools underway, and with evidence of childhood infection more established, the testing infrastructure for children in many communities has major holes. Nir Menachemi, a professor of health policy and management at Indiana University, called it a blind spot that was interfering with school reopening plans and with efforts to understand how the virus was spreading. "Having a blind spot makes you not able to respond from a public health perspective, either with the correct messaging or with the right policies to put into place to protect the people who are vulnerable," he said.

The Indianapolis Star

Indiana has passed 100,000 cases of the coronavirus. Here's what that means.

Plenty of other states have crossed this dubious six-figure threshold, from much more populous states such as California and Texas to less populous ones such as Louisiana and Alabama. So just what is the significance of surpassing 100,000? "Largely, it is just a number," said Brian Dixon, an associate professor of epidemiology at Indiana University's Fairbanks School of Public Health and director of public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, an Indianapolis-based scientific research organization. That said, Dixon and other experts agree it's a number that affirms the need to keep practicing all those public health measures such as wearing your mask, watching your social distance and washing your hands, particularly when cold weather arrives and people spend less time outdoors. ... Less than a month ago the country crossed the 5 million mark, said Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Fairbanks School of Public Health. "That tells me we're still growing very quickly in terms of the number of cases," he said. "We know we can slow this down by doing those three things, and that's what really we need people to do."

Post-Tribune

COVID-19 response largely has fallen to state and local officials

With limited federal action, state and local governments have had to step up to issue executive orders in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Officials have been put in "unique" positions to regulate a public health crisis, said Peter Federman, assistant professor at the O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "State governments have taken a significant leading role here," Federman said. "It has fallen to governors and also to municipal leaders to do quite a bit more in the United States than has been the case in a lot of other countries."

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Commentary: Two films tell about voter suppression issues ahead of November elections

Written by James Allison, professor emeritus at Indiana University. At first nearly all U.S. voters were white, propertied adult males. Since then, the right to vote has extended sporadically to former slaves, women and 18-year-olds. Gone are the poll tax and those old test questions about the number of jelly beans in a jar. Yet, we hear plausible stories about voter suppression in Indiana: Thanks to a new Indiana voter I.D. law, nuns were turned away from their longtime polling place for the lack of a driver's license; there have been hours-long waits on Election Day for too few voting machines; names have been purged mistakenly from the registration rolls. So we all need to get very clear: What must one do to exercise one's right to vote in Indiana?

Texas Standard

As K-pop fandom grows, so does artists' authenticity, activism

Fans of K-pop music likely aren't surprised by its success in the United States. And it became a sensation here without artists having to compromise and accommodate an English-speaking audience. CedarBough Saeji, known on Twitter as the @TheKpopProf, told Texas Standard that K-pop artists succeeded after years of trying to break into the U.S. market with music that is "not made with the Western audience in mind." Saeji is visiting assistant professor in East Asian languages and cultures at Indiana University Bloomington. The band BTS, for example, sings most of its songs in Korean. Its latest single, "Dynamite," was its first attempt at an all-English song. "Primarily, they have stayed with Korean as the language of their music," Seiji said. "And they've actually said, We are a Korean group and so we make music in Korean, and I love that."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Commentary: Two films tell about voter suppression issues ahead of November elections

Written by Sheila Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. Back in 2011, when Indianapolis entered into a 50-year agreement with ParkIndy to upgrade and manage the city's parking meters, I was among those strenuously arguing against that agreement. (We lost.)Decisions about where to place meters, how to price them, what lengths of time to allow and so on have an enormous impact on local businesses and residential neighborhoods. These are decisions requiring flexibility in the face of changing circumstances; they are most definitely not decisions that should be held hostage to contracting provisions aimed at protecting a vendor's profits. ... No one could have foreseen a pandemic, of course. But that's the point. When you contract away your flexibility and your authority to make decisions that are responsive to unforeseen events, you can end up owing a lot of money to the private vendor.

Indianapolis Business Journal

City government workers not as diverse as residents they serve

Leslie Ashburn-Nardo, an associate professor of psychology at IUPUI whose research focuses on workplace bias, diversity and more, told IBJ that representation in organizations matters. "When people see others on an organization website who look like them, they'll feel a greater sense of trust and comfort in an organization," she said. ... But Ashburn-Nardo said it's not enough to just post a job and hope it attracts a diverse candidate pool. "Organizations can do a much better job using their networks to build a diverse pool," she said. Developing internship programs, building pipelines and tapping resources within a community to find diverse candidates will have huge payoffs, Ashburn-Nardo said. "As more and more people see interns getting opportunities and moving up in an organization, that by itself is going to attract more diverse applicants because people are going to think, 'Oh, I can have an opportunity there, too,'" she said.

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