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September 14, 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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Science Daily

Gene could decrease likelihood of developing alcoholic cirrhosis

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine are learning more about how a person's genes play a role in the possibility they'll suffer from alcoholic cirrhosis with the discovery of a gene that could make the disease less likely. Alcoholic cirrhosis can happen after years of drinking too much alcohol. According to the researchers, discovering more about this illness couldn't come at a more important time. "Based on U.S. data, alcohol-associated liver disease is on the rise in terms of the prevalence and incidents and it is happening more often in younger patients," said Suthat Liangpunsakul, MD, professor of medicine, dean's scholar in medical research for the Department of Medicine Division of Gastroenterology and Hepatology, and one of the principal investigators of the study. "There's a real public health problem involving the consumption of alcohol and people starting to drink at a younger age."

Poets and Quants

Meet Indiana Kelley's MBA Class of 2022

Changing functions and industries requires reinvention. To do that, professionals need opportunity, training, and support. That's what differentiates Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. You see, the MBA program was designed for career changers. The school maintains a career center specifically for business students, one that ranks among the world's best. For two years, MBAs enjoy one-on-one counseling from certified career coaches. Of course, the program kicks off with the legendary Me, Inc. -- a two-week look into students' leadership and communication styles.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU reports show feelings on climate change in Indiana's metro areas

A new report from Indiana University affirmed that belief in climate change is more common in Bloomington than the state as a whole. But the report also showed slightly less than half of area residents surveyed think humans are the primary cause. "Potentially one surprise is that Bloomington is not entirely a community of tree huggers," said Eric Sandweiss, a professor of history at IU. Sandweiss and Matthew Houser, an IU sociologist, led the Hoosier Life Survey on environmental attitudes. Results from that survey were used to produce seven recently released reports focused on Indiana metropolitan areas.

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Deseret News

Generous people are hotter. Science says so

Generosity might make you seem more attractive, according to a new study published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly. The study, co-authored by Indiana University associate professor Sara Konrath and University of Pennsylvania professor Femida Handy, confirms some common notions of beauty while refuting others. Over three large studies that focused on different ages, Konrath and Handy asked two major questions: Are people who practice more giving behaviors rated as more physically attractive? And are more physically attractive people more likely to practice these giving behaviors? The study noted "the halo effect wherein more physically attractive people are perceived to be good, and the reverse halo that good is seen as beautiful. Yet research has rarely examined the evidence linking the beautiful with the good, or the reverse, without the halo effect."

Related stories: Christian Science Monitor, Consumer Affairs

The Post-Tribune

Potential 'superspreader' events like Sturgis Motorcycle Rally best to avoid, expert says

One of the largest events since the COVID-19 pandemic hit the U.S., last month's Sturgis Motorcycle Rally in South Dakota was a 14-hour ride from Northwest Indiana. ... The average age is around 54, while attendees typically pack popular outdoor concert venues, campgrounds, tattoo joints and bars. With a culture of living freely on the road, many, according to media reports, were not wearing masks. "I think this is one of those challenging events," Indiana University epidemiology professor Thomas Duszynski said. "They come from all over the country. They get infected and they go back to their home." For public health, that presents a challenge.


Sex gets complicated during the pandemic

Many people are reporting challenges in their sex lives and relationships, according to early findings from the ongoing Sex and Relationships in the Time of Covid-19 study undertaken by Indiana University's Kinsey Institute, which researches issues related to gender, sexuality and reproduction. The results are a mixed bag so far, said Justin Lehmiller, a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute and the author of "Tell Me What You Want," a book about the science of sexual desire. "Some people reported their sex lives and romantic lives had improved and were reporting their relationships were better and stronger than ever," he said. "But a larger number (of respondents) reported challenges in their sex lives and relationships."

Clinical Oncology News

As oral chemo agents surge, pharmacists help care teams respond

Cancer treatment programs are increasingly using oncology pharmacists to provide quality assurance and safety initiatives ranging from clinical verification of chemotherapy orders to patient adherence monitoring to drug interaction checks. ... At the Indiana University Melvin and Bren Simon Comprehensive Cancer Center, in Indianapolis, oncology pharmacists provide "quite a few touchpoints for education," said Julianne O. Darling, PharmD, a clinical pharmacy specialist in outpatient oncology at the center. The initial encounter with a pharmacist, she explained, often takes place in conjunction with an oncologist's clinical session, or one-on-one with the pharmacist soon afterward. "If we don't [try] to catch them then," Dr. Darling added, "we'll ask them to come back to the clinic" for an education session or conduct one at home by telephone.

The Indianapolis Business Journal

Pandemic puts retailers in college towns to stiff test

The challenges are especially daunting in Bloomington, according to a recent survey by the personal finance technology company SmartAsset. The survey of 95 college towns with populations over 50,000 found Bloomington was most vulnerable of all to pandemic-related economic disruption. The reasons, according to the survey, are numerous. ... Many of the small businesses, including the iconic Bloomington watering hole Nick's English Hut, turned to federal Paycheck Protection Program loans last spring. The loans are forgivable if recipients spend the money on payroll, rent or lease payments, or mortgage interest. But the money is intended to carry businesses only through 24 weeks. The pandemic is dragging on much longer, with no end in sight. "PPP loans helped many, but they still need the money that students bring to our local economy to continue to survive," said John Talbott, director for the Center for Education and Research in Retail at Indiana University’s Kelley School of Business. "The worst-case scenario is that our country and, to a lesser degree, our state government" keep behaving as if the virus will simply go away, Talbott said. "Or, a vaccine takes longer than we expected, and we continue to see ebbs and flows that cause periodic shutdowns for the next 18 months."

University World News

The future of student affairs and services in higher education

Written by Roger B Ludeman; George Kuh, chancellor's professor emeritus of higher education at Indiana University in the United States; Hans de Wit; Daniel Fusch; and Caleb Tegtmeier. Higher education appears set for major changes over the next 25 years including in the field of student affairs and services. By being active participants in planning for change, we position ourselves not only as forecasters but also architects of our futures. It is hoped that student affairs practitioners and scholars will spend time looking into the future, and thus help make it happen.

The Indianapolis Star

'A lot of twists and turns': Why contact tracing is difficult -- and what is being learned

Over the summer, Indiana University announced it had received $10.5 million from the city of Indianapolis to hire 300 contact tracers, both remote and in the field, to assist the Marion County Health Department. ... Still, some experts believe that represents just a fraction of what is needed. ... There's one matter about which public health officials do not quibble, however: the critical role that contact tracers play in viral control. "In some ways it is the last line of defense," said Dr. Adrian Gardner, director of contact tracing for Indiana University's COVID response, who has extensive contact tracing with HIV and tuberculosis in Kenya. "It's trying to take fires -- cases -- and prevent them from becoming forest fires or outbreaks."

The Wall Street Journal

How old is the Greenland Shark? The answer is slippery

If you've noticed a widely circulated photograph of a shark that, according to the caption, is nearly 400 years old, hang on. That number could soon change. The radiocarbon dates scientists used to estimate the shark’s age were recalibrated this year, and the researchers aren't yet sure how the revision will affect their calculations. ... "To figure out the age of the animal, you need a sample of something that has carbon in it that reflects the level when it was born," said Peter Bushnell, a retired professor of physiology at Indiana University who participated in the study. "It turns out that the eye lens is one of the first tissues to be laid down in utero, and it's one of the few tissues that’s not altered over time."

The Indianapolis Star

Indy says expanding convention center amid pandemic is worth the risk. Others are unsure.

Indianapolis is embarking on a $155 million endeavor to expand the Indiana Convention Center amid a global pandemic. To city officials, the decision is a prudent one that will position Indianapolis for more lucrative tourism opportunities once the world has recovered from the coronavirus. Indianapolis successfully expanded the convention center andhelped pay for the construction of the J.W. Marriott hotel around the time of the Great Recession, they note, and the city will return to its bustling self again. But to other observers, including downtown hoteliers who will face competition from the future hotel rooms, the endeavor comes as the city, reeling from the economic effects of the pandemic, faces an unknown future. ... "We haven't really fully come out of it is what the data shows," said Tom Guevara, director of the Indiana University Public Policy Institute. "Based on the value of things we're producing ... we have yet to achieve, in inflation-adjusted terms, the same levels that we had in 2008."

ABC News

College students struggle with uncertain job market after graduation

Brigette Banser graduated with her master's degree in environmental sustainability with a concentration in municipal sustainability from Indiana University. She completed a yearlong internship at Fine Tune, a business management consultancy, in hopes of getting hired after her internship was over. "Because of COVID, they don't have the funding for it right now," Banser explained, "I have been actively applying to jobs both inside and even outside my field." ... "I've begun to broaden my horizons rather than looking in a specific city ... I'm starting to feel better about the idea of being somewhere that is not my top choice and moving forward to a better geographic location for myself," Banser said.

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