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September 17, 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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IU School of Medicine selected as site for COVID-19 vaccine clinical trial

This story has been covered by: The Indianapolis Recorder, CBS Chicago, Indiana Daily Student, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Business Journal, Inside Indiana Business, Fox 59, WTHR, WRTV, WISH-TV, U.S. News and World Report, WIBC, WFYI.

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Ivy Tech, IU East participating In National College Application Week

Sixteen Indiana colleges and universities will participate in National College Application Week. During the week of September 21-25, the sixteen participating colleges and universities will waive college application fees, according to the Indiana Commission for Higher Education. Another 24 colleges have reported free applications year-round. Locally, Ivy Tech Community College will have free applications year-round. Indiana University East is among the 16 colleges and university participating in College Application Week.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU plans virtual commencement for December, in-person for May

Indiana University has announced plans for winter and spring commencement. The university is planning for a virtual ceremony at 5 p.m. Dec. 19. All December graduates are invited to attend an in-person commencement in May 2021.

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The Indianapolis Star

Op-ed: Indiana exports $300M a year to India. Here's how the election may affect that.

By Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor and Rabindranath Tagore Professor of Political Science, IU Bloomington. As the U.S. enters the final stretch of the presidential election campaign, it may be an apt moment to consider which of the two presidential candidates is likely to enhance Indiana's economic prospects with one of the world’s largest economies, India. While India's economy is currently in the doldrums thanks to the whiplash from the COVID-19 pandemic, there is every reason to believe that it will recover soon. More to the point, Indiana-based firms ranging from Cummins, Cook Medical, Eli Lilly and others, have longstanding ties to India. In recent years, companies from India, specifically internet technology giants Wipro and Infosys, have also made significant new investments in the state. The Hoosier State exports close to $300 million to India annually, and India is one of Indiana's top 20 sources of imports.

News-Medical Net

Prosocial norms in open science movement encourage greater diversity and inclusion

The culture of science is changing. Researchers are examining the methods and practices that have long been the basis for scientific research and publication with the goal of improving it. This "moment of change," the authors of a new paper write, presents an opportunity to address science's "historic lack of diversity and noninclusive culture." For the paper, the authors examined the two paths that scientists are following: the movement for reproducibility and the movement for open science. ... The international research team, led by Indiana University (IU), finds the two movements do more than diverge. They have very distinct cultures, with two distinct literatures produced by two groups of researchers with little crossover. ... With respect to gender, the team found that: "women publish more often in high-status authorship positions in open science, and that participation in high-status authorship positions has been increasing over time in open science, while in reproducibility women's participation in high-status authorship positions is decreasing over time." -- Mary Murphy, study lead author and professor, Indiana University.

Modern Healthcare

Lack of antigen test reporting leaves country ‘blind to the pandemic'

Indiana University undertook a massive antigen testing operation for students living on campus in August, administering 14,870 antigen tests across four campuses through drive-thrus, according to Graham McKeen, an assistant university director for public health. The test results were delivered while students waited in cars for about 30 minutes, with 159 coming back positive. Each night, a university staff member would manually download the spreadsheet off each of the test machines and securely email it to the state health department. But Indiana began reporting antigen testing only on Aug. 24, adding over 16,000 antigen tests into its public dashboard that day and saying in a news release that it plans to retroactively add in earlier antigen testing figures. McKeen said that, even though the state is now reporting some antigen data, tests are still missed under the cumbersome reporting system. The state said some of the data is being sent by fax. "It doesn't give the community a good handle on the infection in the community," McKeen said.

Global University Venturing

AUDIO: Leadership Series: Tony Armstrong

In this week’s episode of the Global Venturing Review Leadership Series, we talk to Tony Armstrong, president and chief executive of IU Ventures, about how the organisation supports Indiana University spinouts and startups.


'It's going to take a long, long time.': A Bollywood lyric about Beyoncé and colorism in India

The upcoming Bollywood rom-com Khaali Peeli, starring actors Ishaan Khatter and Ananya Panday, isn’t set to be released until Oct. 2, but one of the musical’s songs is already famous -- for all the wrong reasons. ... In recent months, instances such as Bollywood stars promoting skin-whitening creams while championing Black Lives Matter and the casual colorist statements in the reality dating show Indian Matchmaking have resulted in a heated discourse surrounding the topic, which, at times, has spurred change. Radhika Parameswaran, a professor in the Media School at Indiana University, Bloomington, spoke to TIME about that context.

Paoli News-Republican

Orange County ACEs data to help rural communities nationwide

A peer-reviewed publication using data from Springs Valley and Orleans schools will be helping the nation deal with adverse childhood experiences (ACEs). The article, titled "Two Schools, One Rural County: Exploring Adverse Childhood Experiences Among School-Aged Youth," is a collaboration between Dr. John M. Keesler of Indiana University and Thrive Orange County to describe what is known about ACEs and to tell the story from Orange County at the national level. Co-authoring the article were Brandy Terrell of Southern Indiana Community Health Care, Megan Tucker and Kacie Shipman of Youth First and Ramona Osborne, formerly of SICHC and former chair of Thrive Orange County.

The San Diego Union-Tribune

Professor admits to lying about being Black; scholars discuss how racism helped enable her deception

A professor of African and Latin American studies at George Washington University recently resigned after revealing that she'd spent years posing as a light-skinned Black woman when she's actually White. Jessica Krug engaged in a strikingly similar deception as Rachel Dolezal, the White woman who’d previously been found to be posing as a light-skinned Black woman who also worked as a college professor and chapter president of an NAACP chapter in Spokane, Wash. ... "What Krug did was minstrelsy," said Michelle Moyd, an associate professor of history at Indiana University in Bloomington, Ind., and associate director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society. "She is part of a long tradition of minstrelsy in this country, and as such, she is a thief."


AUDIO: How do we make remote learning better?

The school year is in full swing for teachers, students, and families across the state, and the pandemic has brought with it a host of new challenges for everyone involved in education. Teaching students over the internet isn’t easy, and factors like technology, subject matter, and the student’s age make things even more complicated. Last week the state awarded Indiana University nearly $3 million to fund projects that could help. Today we find out how that money's going to be used with three people leading the effort. We also talk about how remote learning is being done in schools across Indiana, how researchers say it should be done, and what impact the pandemic has had on the learning process. Guests: Mike Beam, senior assistant vice provost for undergraduate education and assistant vice president for school partnerships, Indiana University; Jerry Wilde, dean, Indiana University East School of Education; Jeremy Price, assistant professor of technology, innovation, and pedagogy in urban education, Indiana University School of Education-Indianapolis at IUPUI.

The Indianapolis Recorder

Police have a legitimacy problem to address first

Lauryn Smith sat on the sidewalk during a sit-in on Indiana Avenue earlier in September and thought about whether it's actually possible for police to have a good, trusting relationship with the community. It is possible, she decided, but not likely. "How do you want to form a relationship if we can't trust you? That makes no sense," she said. ... Smith, who said police can’t hope to build a relationship without trust, is a 20-year-old college student at IUPUI. Her generation seems more likely to outright reject these attempts by police to make inroads with the community.


AUDIO: Sundown Towns in Indiana:How Legacy of 'Whites-Only' Towns Rose and Continues to Affect Today

When the State of Indiana was founded, the original 1851 state constitution barred people of color from settling in the state, a move that was overturned or repealed by the Supreme Court during Reconstruction following the Civil War. After slavery was abolished and African Americans began to move from the places they’d been forced to live in, white communities began to revolt. They ran Black people out of their cities or counties, under threat of violence or death, and enacted laws to keep them out. These communities, known as Sundown Towns, arose in the early to mid 1900s, and their effects continue in many towns today. ... Jakobi Williams is a professor of African American and African Diaspora studies at Indiana University and specializes in social justice, politics and civil rights. He explains the relationship policing had to Sundown Towns during their heyday, and how it relates to the distrust of policing we’re seeing today. "So, for example, if a person -- these are anecdotal, but these are real lived experiences – a person of color is in a particular location that's classified as a Sundown Town, and the people of that community attack that person, the police will not arrest them. In fact, they may arrest the person who was attacked."


Burosumab effects persist long-term for children with rare form of rickets

Treatment with the monoclonal antibody burosumab led to normalized serum phosphorus levels and improvements in rickets severity and lower-limb deformity among young children with X-linked hypophosphatemia, according to a speaker. "X-linked hypophosphatemia is a rare disease in which elevated circulating fibroblast growth factor 23 leads to lifelong hypophosphatemia and causes rickets, skeletal deformities such as bowed legs and short stature in children," Erik Imel, MD, associate professor of medicine and pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, told Healio. "Burosumab is a monoclonal antibody treatment that targets the excess fibroblast growth factor 23. Burosumab is the only FDA-approved therapy for X-linked hypophosphatemia."

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