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September 15, 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 Bloomington is 31st in new US News rankings; IUPUI ranks among top 50 for teaching

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business, The Indianapolis Star.

Bioengineer awarded $2.3 million to improve autoimmune disease diagnosis, treatment

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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The Times of Northwest Indiana

IU Northwest's new chancellor talks reopening, pandemic planning in first weeks on campus

Indiana University Northwest Chancellor Ken Iwama has been on campus just over a month, but already he says he feels a growing connection with the Region. Iwama, who comes to Northwest Indiana from the City University of New York's College of Staten Island, was named successor to IUN's former Chancellor William Lowe in an April IU Board of Trustees meeting. His first official day as chancellor was Aug. 1, just weeks away from the university's fall semester reopening. ... "I think we're uniquely suited for this challenge, because when you make this transition, you need something like IU, Indiana University, behind you -- that macro, global support to support you," Iwama said. "But at the same time, we have this unique characteristic about our campus, and that's a connection with students and faculty and staff that are critical for students to succeed in this type of transition."  

Chabad Lubavitch Headquarters

New shluchim to Indiana University

Rabbi Levi and Sheina Cunin are set to join the team at Chabad of Indiana University in Bloomington. Both Cunins' parents serve as Chabad on Campus Shluchim. Levi's parents, Rabbi Mendy and Rivkah Cunin serve students at Southwestern & Loyola Law schools in California, while Sheina's parents, Rabbi Yehoshua and Zlata Chincholker direct Chabad at Indiana University. With a background in serving the needs of Jewish student communities, the couple is primed to expand and further Jewish programming at Indiana University. There are estimated to be more than 4,000 Jewish students at the university, among a total enrollment of 43,000.

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."

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The Statehouse File

Indiana joins petition asking FCC to review how social media sites regulate political speech

Indiana joined forces with several states last week to urge the Federal Communications Commission to look at how political speech is moderated on popular social media websites. ... But the concerns raised by the attorneys general miss an important point, said Joseph Tomain, a lecturer at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law who researches the intersections between cybersecurity, personal privacy and communications. A person upset with Twitter's fact-checking policies, for example, is free to join an alternative social media platform or even create their own. One example is the newly created Parler, what some conservative users have pinned as a "free speech" alternative to Twitter. And what makes that kind of competition possible -- the real "marketplace of ideas," Tomain explained -- is a concept the attorneys general aren’t discussing: Net neutrality. 

Indiana Public Media

Solar projects in Southern Indiana to boost economies, double solar capacity

Three large solar farms proposed for southern Indiana are expected to double the state’s solar capacity. Capital Dynamics and Tenaska hope to build projects in Pike, Gibson, and Knox counties adding 500 megawatts of solar. ... Indiana University professor Ken Richards helped produce economic impact reports for the projects. He said, because these counties neighbor each other, the projects could have a larger, regional economic impact. "The cumulative effect of doing all of them near each other, if that happens, is even greater -- because one county has positive effects spilling over to the next county," Richards said.

Craft Brewing Business

Q&A: Irrational decisions, helpful heuristics and the psychology of premium branding

Traditional marketing strategy would have you believe that customers (*beep boop* target consumers*) can be organized into tidy demographic boxes. ... The problem with this is that people aren’t really rational. We make make emotionally-charged, irrational decisions every day, down to the most mundane tasks and purchases -- what car you drive, what coffee shop you frequent, what beer you bring to the party. ... Signaling, in the human context (as opposed to animals and explicit sexual selection), is how we externally communicate our status to each other and internally to ourselves. ... I reached out to Krista (Li, assistant professor of marketing and the Weimer Faculty Fellow at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington), and she was gracious enough to give us some expert insight into how behavioral economics can help to build more compelling food and beverage brands.

The Courier Journal

Opinion: Immigrants like my family have Louisville's back. Don't turn your back on us

Written by Byishimo Rugazura, a refugee and a student at Indiana University Southeast. During the coronavirus pandemic, Americans have taken to online shopping like never before. People bought 76% more online in June 2020 than they did a year earlier. And it's families like mine who get those extra packages to your door. I'm a supervisor at Amazon’s distribution facility here in Louisville. My dad, my brother and two of my sisters also work in Amazon's warehouses; my mom works at Packaging Unlimited, helping to make the boxes and foam used for shipping. We are among the 2,500 immigrants who work in Louisville's warehousing and distribution centers. According to a new report by New American Economy, we are 7% of the industry here, despite being only about 5% of the local population. In short, we are vital to helping give at-risk Americans, stressed-out parents and millions of others in quarantine the goods they need without hassle or fear. ... Invest in us, and we will invest in America.

Texas Observer

Conception deception

An East Texas doctor (Kim McMorries) who allegedly used his own sperm to impregnate patients remains in practice. Why has the Texas Medical Board let him keep his license? ... Jody Madeira is an Indiana University law professor who has become an expert in what she calls "fertility fraud," a phenomenon that has only recently started to be revealed through the boom in consumer DNA tests. In recent years, Madeira has tracked 20 cases in the United States involving hundreds of children conceived by doctors who surreptitiously used their own sperm to impregnate patients. ... Few doctors publicly accused of fertility fraud have been criminally prosecuted, Madeira found. ... But Madeira said that McMorries is the only doctor she's publicly tracked who is still practicing medicine. "It really bothered me that McMorries was still out there," she said. She says there are plenty of ethical and regulatory reasons that "his medical license should be taken away." In June of 2019, Madeira filed her own complaint against McMorries with the Texas Medical Board. Four months later, she received a letter with a preliminary finding that McMorries did not "fall below the accepted standard of care" partly because state law generally prevents the board from taking action in cases involving treatment delivered so long ago. But Madeira’s complaint remains under review.

Club Industry

Q&A: Hear our voices: Actions white people can take to dismantle racism in the fitness industry

Altruism is a trait and practice that many people would agree is abundant among those working in the health and wellness industry. ... That means being of service to everyone who walks through the doors, treating each well and equally. ... Systemic racism is not a problem created by people of color, but fairly or unfairly, people of color often are asked to offer insights on how to dismantle this system. The Black fitness professionals below share how their white peers and people in power in the fitness industry can take action to ensure the industry moves toward more diversity, equity and inclusion. Q: What can white people in the industry do as allies to dismantle systemic racism within the fitness industry? A: (by Dr. Antonio Williams, Associate Professor and Associate Department Chair, Indiana University School of Public Health) The first step is to understand that systemic racism impacts all involved and does not lend itself to a victim/ally relationship. The next step is to dismantle policies, cultures and ideologies that leave out certain groups. It is important to be inclusive when making these changes. I would encourage leaders in the industry to advocate for having more racial minorities in positions of influence when these decisions are being made.


VIDEO: ASGE campaign highlights 'The Value of Colonoscopy'

In this exclusive video, Jennifer Christie, MD, from the Emory School of Medicine, and Douglas K. Rex, MD, from Indiana University School of Medicine, discuss "The Value of Colonoscopy," a new campaign from the American Society for Gastrointestinal Endoscopy. ... The death of actor Chadwick Boseman from colorectal cancer also put a focus on how the medical community needs to address CRC in a younger population, particularly in the Black community. Despite a growing rise in incidence among younger patients, Rex said regular screening even in patients with a family history of CRC still is not cost-effective. However, patients and physicians need to be vigilant, particularly if symptoms arise. "We really have to go by symptoms," Rex said. "We have to take symptoms seriously, especially bleeding symptoms."

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