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September 11, 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 Presidential Arts and Humanities Program awards 19 grants

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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Psychology Today

Impact of COVID-19 on relationship conflict and sexuality

How has COVID-19 impacted relationship intimacy and sexuality in the United States? To initially explore this question, Maya Luetke, Devon Hensel, Debby Herbenick and Molly Rosenberg from the Indiana University School of Public Health and Indiana University School of Medicine (2020) conducted a survey in mid-April of a nationally-representative sample of US residents. ... Rates of depression and loneliness were significantly higher among those reporting COVID conflict, older participants were less likely to report conflict, and there was no significant difference between relationship conflict for men and women. There was a trend toward greater negative impact on sex and intimacy for men, however.

IU Voices in the News


AUDIO: Bring It On: Chadwick Boseman and colorectal cancer

Today's edition of Bring It On! focuses on the tragic death of Chadwick Boseman from colorectal cancer and how this cancer is affecting the Black Community. In the first half of the show, hosts Clarence Boone and Cornelius Wright examine the legacy and impact of Boseman's too-brief career with Dr. Terri Francis, Associate Professor of Cinema and Media Studies and Director of The Black Film Center/Archive in The Media School at Indiana University. In the second half of the program, Clarence Boone and Roberta Radovich speak with Dr. Karen Reid-Renner, a family medicine specialist at Southern Indiana Family Practice Center and Rejuv Aesthetics.

The Wall Street Journal

Health data after COVID-19: More laws, less privacy

Public sentiment could also shape health privacy laws. The U.S. legal system has long viewed health care as a domain requiring exceptional privacy protections, says Nicolas Terry, executive director of the Hall Center for Law and Health at (IUPUI). The Covid-19 crisis could help give rise to a "solidarity-based health care" that puts less emphasis on individual privacy rights and more on public health. Personal health information would become less proprietary and treated more like "society’s data," gathered for the wellbeing of the whole herd, Prof. Terry says. Such a shift could loosen privacy regulations around medical research and give scientists freer access to personal health information.

Campus Technology

IU-led ResearchSOC to help secure data for geoscience research

The Research Security Operations Center (ResearchSOC), a collaborative security response center led by Indiana University, is providing its data security and threat detection services to the Geodetic Facility for the Advancement of Geoscience (GAGE). GAGE is a national facility dedicated to the study of the Earth's shape, gravity field and rotation, operated by UNAVCO, a nonprofit, university-governed consortium. ... "The goal of ResearchSOC is to secure the integrity and reproducibility of highly valuable science research data," said Von Welch, project director for ResearchSOC and director of CACR. "In today's threat environment, researchers need to be confident that we are doing everything we can to ensure the integrity of their work."

Club Industry

Open the doors: In fitness, I'm often the only black person in the room

Written by Antonio Williams, an associate professor and associate department chair in the Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington. My love of fitness and Black culture may also seem like warring ideals to many. We've all seen disparaging numbers of Blacks with obesity and chronic diseases. However, this could not be further from my personal truth. Despite growing up in small, rural Swansea, South Carolina, my father and grandmother stressed the importance of daily physical activity and a well-rounded diet. I often ask myself how they could have done so while living in a food desert with little to no infrastructure for organized sport and recreation. Later, I realized that it had been passed down from generation to generation because, to my ancestors, a strong, healthy body was the only way a Black person could make an honest living in America. As I got older, however, I saw a shift in these values.

The Conversation

Angry Americans: How political rage helps campaigns but hurts democracy

Written by Steven Webster, assistant professor of political science, Indiana University. As the 2020 presidential election draws near, one thing is clear: America is an angry nation. From protests over persistent racial injustice to white nationalist-linked counterprotests, anger is on display across the country. The national ire relates to inequality, the government's coronavirus response, economic concerns, race and policing. It's also due, in large part, to deliberate and strategic choices made by American politicians to stoke voter anger for their own electoral advantage. ... While inciting voter anger helps candidates win elections, research from my book, "American Rage: How Anger Shapes Our Politics," shows that the effects of anger outlast elections. And that can have serious consequences for American democracy's long-term health.

The Conversation

Coronavirus is hundreds of times more deadly for people over 60 than people under 40

Written by Nir Menachemi, professor of health policy and management, IUPUI. How deadly is SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19? And what are the risks of death for people of different ages and demographics? These have been hard numbers to calculate during this pandemic. To calculate the true death rate -- more accurately called the infection–fatality ratio (IFR) -- you would simply divide the total number of coronavirus deaths by the total number of infections. The problem is that with so many asymptomatic cases and limited testing for much of the pandemic, finding the true number of infections has been very difficult.

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