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September 9, 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.

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

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

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The NonProfit Times

Study provides snapshot of early pandemic giving

Single women were more likely than single men and married/partnered couples to decrease their giving as a result of specific elements of the COVID-19 pandemic during the initial months of the crisis. And, giving was more likely to decrease than increase from members of households as a result of conditions present during the early months of the pandemic, such as uncertainty about the spread of the virus and further economic impacts. This is some of the data from the new report "COVID-19, Generosity, and Gender: How Giving Changed During the Early Months of a Global Pandemic," from the Women's Philanthropy Institute at Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.


Report shows home lending disparity in Marion County

Black residents in Indianapolis continue to face inequity and disparity when it comes to home ownership, according to a new analysis from the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. Analysts looked at disparities in lending related to homeownership and found that only a third of Black residents in Marion County own their home, compared to more than 60 percent of white residents. The analysis also found that Black and brown residents are less likely to apply for and are more likely to be denied home loans. IU Public Policy Institute analyst Joti Martin said discriminatory home loan lending practices are one barrier for families trying to secure financial stability. "In order to level up in life and to have all these opportunities open up, such as being able to send their kids to school, to have better jobs," Martin said.

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South Bend Tribune

Indiana program slow in paying out money to those exonerated of crimes

An Indiana program aimed at compensating those who have been wrongly convicted of crimes hasn't yet paid out any money since it was formed last year. State lawmakers approved the program paying $50,000 for each year spent in prison or jail for those later found "actually innocent" of the crime as long as those applying agree not to sue over their wrongful conviction. The state agency running the program has received 15 applications but has not yet awarded any compensation, WTHR-TV of Indianapolis reported. ... A 2019 state legislative report said at least 25 exonerated people were potentially eligible nearly $14 million in compensation for 279 years of incarceration. Indiana University law professor Fran Watson, who works with the law school's wrongful conviction team, said waiting for the state agency can take a toll on those who've faced injustice. "It's a continuation of something they've lived with for too long," Watson said. "This waiting for the lawyers, waiting for the courts."


IUPUI prof says pandemics are linked to decreased intimacy among couples

How do people's sexual behaviors change in the middle of a pandemic? It's a question sociologist Devon Hensel and her team have been studying since the coronavirus pandemic was declared in March. Hensel, an associate professor of sociology at IUPUI, told News 8, "We were curious because we're all living in this in vivo petri dish. But it's certainly interesting to be historically where we are now with everyone on the ground floor and what people are experiencing when it comes to relationships." Previous research shows pandemics including those involving MERS, SARS and Ebola had negative impacts on sexual behaviors, she writes in the paper, by reducing access to sexual and reproductive health services and supplies and increasing sexual violence. But Hensel was more interested in couples' desire to participate in sex and if these activities are different compared to non-pandemic times.

Inside Indiana Business

Challenges to the commercialization of university innovation and technology transfer

Written by Simran Trana, associate vice president, Indiana University Office of Innovation and Commercialization. The coronavirus pandemic has shown all of us how major clinical issues can focus efforts across both business and academia, and how quickly researchers and companies can pivot to find solutions for critical and high value opportunities. While the COVID-19 pandemic is clearly an outlier in this regard, and it is clear that only a small percentage of all the technologies being developed will be successful, the technologies that can make it to market quickly and that are able to meet customer needs in the most efficient and economic manner will likely move forward.

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