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September 18, 2020
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IU awarded $12M, seeking solutions to opioid withdrawal

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have been awarded a $12 million grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse for their work on medications designed to help people recovering from opioid withdrawal syndrome and other addictions. ... "The goal is to help psychiatric patients get breakthrough medications more rapidly than what traditional mechanisms have allowed," said Dr. R. Andrew Chambers, addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist in the IU School of Medicine Department of Psychiatry.

Related stories: News-Medical Net, Indianapolis Business Journal

WISH-TV

IU offering webinar to recruit Latino students

Indiana University representatives say the school is committed to creating a more diverse and inclusive university. The university will be holding a series of virtual programs for students and their parents -- fully in Spanish. ... Indiana University has been around for 200 years. And even after so long, it's reached another milestone: record-breaking minority student enrollment across its campuses. "In the future you can foresee most of the colleges in Indiana will have a huge percentage of Latino students," said Rafael Bahamonde Ph.D, founding dean of the School of Health & Human Sciences at IUPUI. The university is partnering with the Indiana Latino Expo (ILE) to celebrate National Hispanic Heritage Month. ILE is a nonprofit that in-part focuses on economic development, cultural advancement and more in the Indiana Latino community. The aim is to encourage culture and pride in the community. Part of that pride, Bahamonde says, for many comes from getting an education.

The Times of Northwest Indiana

Region communities poised to participate in emissions reduction program

Northwest Indiana communities may have the opportunity to participate, at little cost, in an innovative Indiana University program aimed at identifying and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. On Thursday, the Northwestern Indiana Regional Planning Commission agreed to coordinate a regional application to join next year's cohort at IU's Environmental Resilience Institute. If the Region is accepted, IU interns will help conduct a greenhouse gas inventory in participating communities between April and September 2021, compiling data on the amount of energy consumed, the diversity of energy supplied to the grid, vehicle type and fuel usage distribution, along with other factors.

WNDU

VIDEO: IU South Bend celebrates Constitution Day

Indiana University South Bend is celebrating Constitution Day by giving students grab-and-go gift bags. It all happened on campus from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., led by students with the American Democracy Project. Inside each bag are free snacks, vote-themed buttons, pocket-sized copies of the U.S. Constitution and information about upcoming educational opportunities. It's all of it in effort to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on this very day in 1787.

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WTHR

Domestic terrorism threats on the rise in Indiana and across the country

The threat of domestic terrorism is on the rise. "Across the country the threat is rising, and in Indiana," said FBI Indianapolis Special Agent in Charge Paul Keenan. In Indiana, "there's a dozen (domestic terror threats) per month," said Keenan. ... James Madison is a professor emeritus at Indiana University Bloomington's History Department and author of "The Ku Klux Klan In the Heartland." "There's a real burden being a historian because you see things like the proud boys, and it just sets off sparks of anger and frustration that at this point in our history we still have people" that support the ideology of white supremacy and white nationalism said Madison.

Axios

Coronavirus feeds divide between private and public schools

Parents of at least some means are eyeing private schools more frequently. Why it matters: Christopher Lubienski, an education policy professor at Indiana University, told Axios that parents' growing interest in private schools, pods and tutors will likely "promote privatization" in the U.S. education system and could "undercut the commitment to public education." The big picture: Lubienski said a surge in enrollment at private schools could lead to greater inequality among families who don't have the resources to go beyond the public education system.

Rolling Stone

VIDEO: Never-before-seen video of Lou Reed jamming with John Mellencamp in 1987

On September 17th, 1987, about 100 people went to the Bluebird night club in Bloomington, Indiana, with no idea they were about to witness a truly historic moment in rock history. ... Indiana University rock history professor Glenn Gass was in the crowd that night. He followed (Lou) Reed into an alley after the musician’s set and told him he was teaching his students about the Velvet Underground; Gass wrote his phone number on a matchbox and invited Reed to speak to the students, never thinking it would happen. Reed called Gass the next day and said he wanted to do it. "He was very paranoid about it," Gass told the Indiana Daily Student in 2017. "He said he had never done anything like this before. Just was nervous, visibly shaking all the way to the classroom. He was afraid he was going to walk in and people were just going to stare at him." But Reed wound up enjoying the experience and stuck around for 90 minutes. "It was kind of like a dream come true when you're a rock-history teacher," Gass said, "to have Lou Reed come in and spend an hour and a half."

Related stories: The Indianapolis Star

Indiana Public Media

More than $60 million going to Indiana schools for teacher training, remote learning

More than $61 million in federal funding from the CARES Act is making its way into Indiana schools to support remote learning needs. The money is coming to K-12 schools, as well as colleges and universities, as grant awards made through the Governor's Emergency Education Relief (GEER) fund. It aims to help the state ramp up access to remote learning technology and build up training for current and future educators. A team from Indiana University's School of Education at IUPUI is creating a digital remote learning hub using the funding. Jeremy Price is a professor of technology, innovation and pedagogy, and says his team's digital hub will focus on providing more equitable solutions for students. ... "One of the things we want to help teachers and educators and families understand is that every child -- when they're provided with an appropriate learning environment -- can really show what they understand, know, and can do," he said. In addition to the digital learning hub, teams at IU also plan to create a virtual educator license pilot program, and use grant funding to pay tuition for teachers to pursue certificates in online teaching at IU East.

The Indianapolis Recorder

City leaders, community members disagree on demilitarization

When protesters came face to face with Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department (IMPD) officers downtown May 30, the anger and confusion from the crowd was palpable. ... It isn't just about riot gear and weapons, but the militarization of policing is also about the violent tactics and intimidation used to subdue suspects, experts said. Thomas Stucky, associate professor of criminology at IUPUI, said there is an "inherent contradiction" between the military and policing that makes the militarization of police potentially problematic. "The military is very much a group setting and involves a specific objective they work together to meet," Stucky, a former police officer, said. "Police work is very different. It involves discretion and individual choices on the part of the officer."

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