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September 16, 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 is largest educator of Hoosiers, leads in diversity and meeting state's health, business needs

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

Survey: Majority of Hoosiers say climate change is happening, support efforts to address it

This story has been covered by: The Post-Tribune.

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Fox 59

IU prepares to add on-campus lab testing for COVID-19

As Indiana University (IU) continues to battle the pandemic, the university is gearing up with additional on-campus testing labs. "It's my hope at that point that we can test students one to two times a week if we need to, and at that point, I hope they can catch more cases," details Aaron Carroll IU's Director of Mitigation Testing. The school hopes to have the labs ready to go by mid-October. Two of the three spots would be located in Indy (at IUPUI), with the third in Bloomington.

Inside Indiana Business

IU School of Medicine Alzheimer's program awarded $1M

The Indiana University School of Medicine has received $1.3 million from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to launch a statewide Alzheimer’s Disease Programs Initiative. The three-year program intends to enhance, strengthen and support people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias. ... "We have proven that collaborative dementia care reduces caregiver stress and improves the quality of life for people with dementia and their caregivers," said Dr. Steven Counsell, ADPI project director. "The opportunity to work with community and state partners to expand these innovative services to reach more vulnerable Hoosiers and their families is a dream come true."

Related stories: WISH-TV

The Times of Northwest Indiana

New Lubeznik exhibit features hand-made signs, tributes to Breonna Taylor and George Floyd

Indiana University Northwest's School of Arts brought the new "Words of Encouragement + Paper Signs of the Times" to the Lubeznik Center for the Arts. The exhibit, on display in the NIPSCO Art Education Studios at the art center at 101 W. 2nd St. in downtown Michigan City, features hand-painted signs, large-scale prints of Breonna Taylor and George Floyd, and a community wall that invites conversation. ... Indiana University Northwest's Lauren M. Pacheco, Chicago-based Heart & Bone Signs, Kelly Knaga, and Cathy Freeman curated the exhibit with funding through the IUN School of the Arts Innovation Series.

Kokomo Tribune

IUK continues growth

Indiana University Kokomo continues to grow its student body with record-breaking numbers this fall semester, after shifting to virtual orientations and enrollment due to the COVID-19 pandemic. ... "Given the circumstances, what we were able to pull off was pretty remarkable, considering that we had to change everything we did," Angela Siders, director of admissions, said in a release. "We had to pivot on a dime, to figure out how we could meet with all of these students virtually."


Free IU tutoring service to expand as more students at home seek help

A free tutoring service offered by Indiana University is growing to fit the growing need from students forced to learn from home. ... The program is now called the IU Student Success Corps, formerly the IU Indiana Kids Program. IUPUI is the virtual hub for the entire state. It's completely virtual for now. With more Hoosier kids learning from home not the classroom, it’s a number that continues to grow. "We're getting calls every single day from families who are like, 'Hey, I really need some support," said program manager Kayla Nunnally. "I think there is a bigger need because of the technology." The hourlong sessions are done on Zoom, which means computer screens can be shared to make it a little easier. Tutors like Gill even have digitizers, basically writing pads so students at home can see the virtual chalkboard if needed.

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The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Edge: Let's give a kiss goodbye to these 10 pandemic-endangered practices

Goodbye to traditional class lectures, in-person faculty office hours, and the college visit. Likewise, how about a fond farewell to inflexible academic calendars, the face-to-face faculty meetings filled with pontification, and the place-based conferences -- with all their exclusionary trappings. ... In the pandemic era, the grip of an academic calendar defined by semesters or trimesters is loosening. That's welcome news to folks like Brad Wheeler, who just returned to the Indiana University's business-school faculty after years as vice president for information technology and vice president for communications and marketing. "It enables faculty to choose shorter and longer periods for courses and blended modalities within what had been our fall and even through the New Year holidays," he wrote.


Americans are more generous in their charitable giving during Covid-19, but how they donate changed

As Covid-19 descended on the U.S. and began closing businesses, schools and community centers, 56% of U.S. households engaged in charitable giving to help their neighbors through the crisis, according to a new report from Indiana University's Women’s Philanthropy Institute (WPI). ... With people forced to stay in their "bubbles," there was a big shift to indirect aid, Jeannie Sager, WPI's director, tells CNBC Make It. People became more aware of the needs of their community members, and they wanted to help their neighbors and local businesses through the downturn. Some people, for example, bought groceries for the elderly or performed other types of labor for their most vulnerable neighbors, she says. Social distancing "made a really big difference in how we engaged in generosity," Sager says. "You couldn't volunteer anymore."

Penn State News

VIDEO: Big Ten education deans unite against systemic racism

This summer, the deans of Colleges of Education at Big Ten Universities came together in solidarity to work toward ending the systemic racism that plagues our nation. Together, they created a video, talking about the changes that are needed, and how to make those changes happen. ... "We stand strongly in alignment with our Big Ten peers to fight racial injustice through our outreach activities, our research and our teaching," said Stacy Morrone, dean of the School of Education at Indiana University.

The Indianapolis Star

Indianapolis Indians name change will be costly but necessary, marketing experts say

The Indianapolis minor league baseball team announced 47 days ago it would form a committee to reassess the "appropriateness" of its team name. Though the team has not commented on the progress of its discussion surrounding its team name since, brand management experts at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business say the team should already be preparing for the inevitability of a change. ... IU professor Neil Morgan said the team might incur steep financial costs for little upside if it makes a change to its team name and logo. But the trajectory of the dialogue points to an increasing belief the team name is inappropriate. "This is going to be a problem that's going to continue into the future," Morgan said. "It's also partly generational, so you also have to be looking at what's the franchise going to be worth in 10 years time, 20 years time."

The Conversation

To be a great innovator, learn to embrace and thrive in uncertainty

By Todd Saxton, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship, IUPUI. Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove, was America's first female self-made millionaire. She pioneered a line of hair care and beauty products for people of color early in the 20th century, and the recent Netflix series "Self Made" details the story of this talented innovator and the challenges she overcame on the way to her success. ... It is tempting to think that innovators are a breed apart or perhaps lucky to be in the right place and time. But research shows this is not the case. So what characteristics do innovators like Madam Walker have that lead them to the seemingly serendipitous moment? What makes for a successful innovator or entrepreneur?

CBS Austin

K-12 schools increasingly the target of ransomware attacks during pandemic

Earlier this spring, the FBI warned schools about the increasing risk of ransomware attacks during the pandemic. The agency warned that cyber actors would likely increase targeting of K-12 schools as an "opportunistic target" as more institutions shift from in-person learning to online classes and teachers and staff rely on remote access connections. ... The shift to entirely remote learning or hybrid models during COVID-19 has made those vulnerabilities even easier to exploit. A single ransomware attack can lock out teachers and administrators and essentially cancel classes for days or longer. "That is, I think, why school districts are perceived as being especially ripe targets right now," said Scott Shackelford, the cybersecurity program chair at Indiana University, Bloomington. "There's a lot to be concerned about these days," Shackelford noted. "Frankly a ransomware attack is the last thing a school needs right now on top of the pandemic and everything they have to deal with."

The New York Times

Stop Expecting Life to Go Back to Normal Next Year

By Dr. Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, and director of surveillance and mitigation for IU's COVID-19 pandemic response team. Dr. Anthony Fauci warned us last week that Covid-19 is likely to be hanging over our lives well into 2021. He's right, of course. We need to accept this reality and take steps to meet it rather than deny his message. Many Americans are resistant to this possibility. They're hoping to restart postponed sports seasons, attend schools more easily, enjoy rescheduled vacations and participate in delayed parties and gatherings. It is completely understandable that many are tiring of restrictions due to Covid-19. Unfortunately, their resolve is weakening right when we need it to harden. This could cost us dearly.

Related stories: HuffPost

South Bend Tribune

University Park Mall will not open on Thanksgiving Day

Simon Property Group, the nation's largest owner and operator of shopping malls, will not open its properties Thanksgiving Day, including University Park Mall in Mishawaka. ... Simon's pivot appears to be follow a retail trend emerging during the pandemic, said John S. Talbott, director of the Center for Education and Research in Retailing at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. ... "I'm sure the emphasis for all major retailers is going to be to emphasize their digital channels even during Black Friday," he said.

Related stories: The Indianapolis Star

UGA Today

Migration shapes patterns of disease transmission

Long-distance animal migrations can trigger relapse of dormant infections, influencing when and where infection risk peaks, according to a new paper in Proceedings of the Royal Society B. ... To better understand this phenomenon, known as migratory relapse, Richard Hall and colleagues Daniel Becker and Ellen Ketterson of Indiana University developed a mathematical model to explore patterns of relapsing infections in migratory animals, and the implications for where and when infectious disease risk is highest. ... Their study is among the first to investigate how relapsing infections influence the seasonal timing of infection risk in migrants. "Most other mathematical models describing infection dynamics in migrants do not include that phenomenon of relapse," said lead author Daniel Becker, a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Crowd-limit disparity for Colts, Eleven home games raises questions

The Indianapolis Colts will be limited to 4% capacity at Sunday’s home football opener at Lucas Oil Stadium even though crowds for Indy Eleven soccer games at the venue have regularly doubled that figure since early July. ... Indy Eleven games have averaged nearly 5,500 fans per contest through seven games. In fact, for Eleven games, there is no specific capacity limit.  ... The disparity between the health department’s approach to capacity for the two professional sports teams during the pandemic has raised eyebrows among fans and industry observers. ... David Pierce, an associate professor of sports management in the IUPUI Department of Tourism, Event and Sport Management, said he finds the incongruity "odd." "Most stadiums have no fans right now, so I feel like [2,500 people] is kind of a middle ground," he said. "But given the other events going on in the venue, it does seem like an arbitrary number."

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