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September 11, 2020
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Monica Johnson appointed new leader of diversity education and cross-cultural engagement at IU

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business, The Bloomington Herald-Times.

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Inside Indiana Business

Cate joins State Museum and Historic Sites board

The Indiana State Museum and Historic Sites has named Fred Cate to its board of directors. He serves as vice president for research at Indiana University and is a Distinguished Professor and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law at IU's Maurer School of Law. Cate is also a senior fellow of IU's Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research. Cate is an elected member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the American Law Institute, and he is a fellow of Phi Beta Kappa.

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USA Today

More young people are dying by suicide, and experts aren't sure why

The rate of suicide among those aged 10 to 24 increased nearly 60% between 2007 and 2018, according to a report released Friday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. The rise occurred in most states, with 42 experiencing significant increases. "It's a real trend that has been demanding, for a while, a serious public health and research effort to understand what is happening and why," said Anna Mueller, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University Bloomington who studies suicides in adolescents. "I don't buy that it's just social media, which is one of the explanations that I most consistently see."

Post-Tribune

Communities come together after a mass tragedy, but the sentiment doesn't always remain

Edward Linenthal, a professor of history at Indiana University in Bloomington, who has written about the 1995 bombing of the federal building in Oklahoma City that killed 168, and co-authored a book about the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks, said that while tragedies bring communities together in the immediate aftermath, tensions build when "a number of kind of patriotism" arise."I think togetherness is not as sweeping as we might like to think. Violent acts are coercive," Linenthal said. "One of the challenges is how do you sustain the adhesives that bring the community together." ... Muslim-Americans were attacked and murdered in the aftermath of the attacks, which is why Bush addressed the nation, Linenthal said. "I think it was very important that George Bush ... made it clear that our enemy was not Islam at large. As a president, those words mattered," Linenthal said. Catherine Borshuk, a professor of psychology of Indiana University South Bend, said that "to some degree" there was a coming together of the country after Sept. 11, but "we weren't quite together as we think."

The Indianapolis Star

Officer-training board warns IMPD that some of its police reforms violate legal standards

Natalie Hipple, associate professor of criminal justice at Indiana University, said IMPD can send a powerful message as the state’s largest department by changing its training and setting examples for other local departments to follow. "It seems like it has the possibility to run into kind of a standoff,” Hipple said. “Because I think Chief Taylor and the police department, and the training side of IMPD, believe that it’s the best thing for their officers and the community."

Fox 59

Experts weigh in on how investigators will identify skeletal remains found near White River

Multiple agencies and labs are working together to identify the skeletal remains found in a secluded area along the White River just south of Downtown Wednesday evening. This isn't a basic death investigation there's a process. It will begin with the investigators at the scene, an anthropologist, and a coroner who all play a significant role in the examination, of not only the scene but the bones. "The anthropologist and the coroner are going to take their angles on the case," said IUPUI Associate Professor of Biology Dr. Susan Walsh Ph.D. An anthropologist says after the investigators process the scene the goal of the anthropologist is to build a biological profile to identify the person's sex and age. "One of our primary sites of analysis is the pelvic girdle the pelvis where there happens to be a lot of difference in shape between males and females," said IUPUI Associate Professor of Anthropology Jeremy Wilson.

WFYI

IU Health expert warns school COVID-19 case data is undermined by testing gaps

Indiana has a new school COVID-19 case dashboard in the works, and the public will be able to see the number of cases reported in schools across the state. But Dr. Aaron Carroll, a professor of pediatrics and health expert at Indiana University, said context is critical -- like whether or not a COVID-positive student got infected in the community instead of in school. "That's very different than saying, there are 10 cases, nine of which we can trace to one classroom in the school. That's a problem with the school," he said.

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