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September 21, 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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Poets and Quants

Eyes on a changing world, Indiana Kelley strives for greater diversity

It's not about doing more. It's also about doing more, more successfully. That's what Idie Kesner, dean of the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, says of the school's recent efforts to increase diversity in its student and faculty ranks. They are pronounced efforts -- but despite having launched more than 100 initiatives in recent years aimed at broadening the school's appeal to under-represented minorities and women, Kesner and Kelley aren't done. ... "It's not always about doing more," Kesner tells Poets&Quants, "but it's about figuring out what's working for us and committing additional resources to those things, and being more successful in the things we do deliver. We have this huge inventory of DEI activities that we have, so it's not necessarily adding to the inventory of activities we already do. It's also about finding ways to go deeper and really do things more effectively."

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Creativity key to IU voting effort during pandemic

Voter participation efforts at Indiana University normally include tables with lots of pens, clipboards and registration forms. But that setup isn"t exactly aligned with COVID-19 safety guidelines. "Those are no-nos now," said Lisa-Marie Napoli, director of the Political and Civic Engagement program at IU. "That's where we had to make the biggest shift." ... Voter turnout among college students, particularly undergraduates, is typically lower than among older voters. Despite that, Napoli is optimistic that IU students will make a strong showing in this year's general election. "Honestly, what we're facing this year forced us to be more creative, to rethink and to re-imagine everything we do," she said "It brought up a lot more opportunities than setbacks, quite frankly." One of those was simply utilizing other means of reaching people, said Mark Fraley, associate director of the Political and Civic Engagement program.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Colleges could help students form COVID prevention habits

At IU and higher education institutions across the country, students who have returned to campus are continually bombarded with reminders to practice disease prevention guidelines. Experts say this consistent and repetitive messaging can lead to greater compliance than if those students remained in their home communities. ... "I think so much of it, for things like this, is based on what we see other people doing," said Edward Hirt, professor in the department of psychological and brain sciences at IU. ... Some of the things higher education institutions have done can be found elsewhere, such as grocery stores and restaurants. In all of those settings, notifications of mask requirements are posted in entryways and stickers mark appropriate distancing for people waiting in lines. One of the key differences, though, is how much time people spend on college campuses, said Katharine Head, associate professor in the department of communication studies at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. ... "From a community health intervention perspective, when you see college campuses do message reinforcement, if that repetition is more consistent, it's more likely to be at the forefront of our minds," Head said.

Indiana Public Media

Indiana's Marching Hundred still practicing, ready for halftime shows on big screen

The Big Ten postponed football to October due to the pandemic, but a big part of Indiana University's game day isn't sitting on the sidelines. Indiana's marching band hasn't stopped, but is adapting to the new normal. The IU Marching Hundred is still practicing in its usual outdoor lot providing a little relief to this year’s somber reality. IU Senior Drum Major Jacob Kessler says being around other band members is a big motivator. He said many haven’t been able to play their instruments with other people since March. "It's completely different to be surrounded by your best friends or, or new people, the freshmen, the rookies that you've never been able to talk to before and just socialize and do something you love," Kessler said.

The Times of Northwest Indiana

IUN's Mobile Arts + Action Community Lab to start popping up across Region

Indiana University Northwest School of the Arts' new Arts + Action Community Lab pop-up will bring exhibits, workshops and games across the Region. The traveling modular pop-up exhibit brings the art directly to the people, hitting the road in the Calumet Region this fall. ... "Perhaps most importantly, the project is coming to fruition at the perfect time," said Lauren Pacheco, director of Arts Programming and Engagement at IUN's School for the Arts. "It will help us support the creative sector globally impacted by COVID-19 by presenting their artworks, objects, and ideas with the public. It also will provide supplemental resources that stimulate discovery and curiosity for community members, K-12 educators and students; as well as recognize the power of diverse creative practices and civic discourse to transform communities and create meaningful projects."

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The Indianapolis Star

Indy's college basketball bubble would need to mimic NBA's, IUPUI epidemiologist says

Indianapolis' proposed basketball bubble can work, as long as the college players behave like the pros. That is the assessment of Tom Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. Indiana Sports Corp. has sent a 16-page memo to colleges, conferences and tournament organizers for a single-site bubble in which games may be played on courts set up in the Indiana Convention Center. The safety plan was approved by the Marion County Health Department, according to the document. Players, coaches and others in the traveling party are to be tested daily. Masks will be required when traveling to and from the convention center and also inside the complex. "The biggest challenge that I see is what do we do with these players when they're not on the court," Duszynski said. "Are the players expected to say in their hotel rooms? That would be my only worry. There's going to be other people in that hotel."

Orlando Sentinel

COVID changes how UCF medical students get hands-on experience

Indiana University, which has one of the largest anatomy departments in the country, is also doing a mix of virtual lectures and in-person labs at its medical school. The school has also reduced the number of students per anatomy class and has shortened the duration of the lab from 16 weeks to nine weeks in case there is another wave of COVID-19 in the fall, said Dr. Jason Organ, associate professor of anatomy and cell biology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. ... "I'm not so concerned about their lack of anatomy knowledge … but it's the stuff that doesn't get covered in the curriculum per se, and that is team building, teamwork, the ability to develop skills with surgical instruments," Organ said. "Because we have to get them through their labs much quicker than they normally do, they don't have a chance to discover things on their own quite as much."

The Grio

Yet another white person pretends to be Black, this time an Indiana activist

Indiana activist Jennifer Benton, popularly known as Satchuel Cole, is the latest white person exposed to be masquerading as a Black woman. Cole, who worked with various social justice organizations, including Indy10 Black Lives Matter and Indy SURJ, admitted to lying about her identity in a social media post and later apologized. ... "Race and racial identities are complex issues, but they need not be fraught; the situation here and situations like it are fraught and harmful because of the ways in which people construct false identifies and pasts to make inroads and gains within and at the expense of Black communities," said Dina Okamoto, director of the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society at Indiana University.

The Indianapolis Star

New poll shows Hoosiers prioritize the environment over the economy, even among Republicans

Environmental and climate change issues regularly find themselves caught up in politics. It wasn't always that way, however, according to Nathaniel Geiger, an assistant professor at Indiana University's Media School who studies the psychology of climate change and the environment. "Twenty, 30, 40 years ago, back then it was much less polarized," he said. "And it's actually data from the early '70s that suggest that at some point Republicans were more concerned about environmental issues than Democrats were."

Inside Indiana Business

New chief wants to grow IBRI's global reputation

The new chief executive officer of the Indiana Biosciences Research Institute in Indianapolis says he wants to see the institute emerge as a global leader of innovative science focusing on human health. Dr. Alan Palkowitz, who also serves as a senior research professor of medicine at the Indiana University School of Medicine, was named to his new role earlier this month. He says he wants the IBRI to serve as a key partner for the broader life sciences community. In an interview with Business of Health Reporter Kylie Veleta, Palkowitz said this is a very interesting time for Indiana's life sciences sector. "When I look at the scientific landscape and starting, for example, here at IBRI, there has already been some tremendous work that has been initiated focused on translational medicine and trying to advance disease understanding and I look at that as just part of a larger concentration of talent and capabilities that are part of our Midwest community," said Palkowitz.

The Indianapolis Star

FBI joins probe of Carmel website hack

Ransonware attacks on municipalities and private institutions have become big business for criminal organizations and some foreign governments, said Scott Shackelford, chairman of Indiana University’s Cybersecurity Program. "The amount of money is dwarfing that from illegal drugs," Shackelford said. Increasingly the hackers are targeting municipal governments, including school districts, he said. Shackelford said there were 170 such attacks in 2019 and many cities have paid the ransom, which average about $80,000, though the FBI advises against paying the ransoms. He said the attacks disrupt city services and shut down websites, on average, about 10 days. The hackers are also breaking into large hospital systems and demanding greater amounts of money, Shackelford said.

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The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU experts recall Ginsburg's influence, criticize rush to replace

When Steve Sanders got the notification on his iPhone that Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had died, he gasped. "It was not completely unexpected given her age and health condition," said the Indiana University Maurer School of Law professor. "But a lot of people somehow imagined she was made of iron and would persevere through almost anything." Ginsburg, who died Friday at the age of 87, was the second woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. ... As a Supreme Court Justice in 1996, she wrote the landmark decision declaring the Virginia Military Institute could no longer remain an all-male institution. She wrote that while most men and women could not meet the rigorous demands of institute, the state could not exclude women who could. "Justice Ginsburg was a giant on the Supreme Court," said Marjorie Hershey, professor emeritus of political science at IU, in an email. "Her brilliance and her bravery were (and remain) unmatched."

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