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September 22, 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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New IUN chancellor begins position amid pandemic, talks plans for coming months

Ken Iwama said when he saw the opportunity to be Indiana University Northwest's chancellor, he knew it was a perfect fit for him. Iwama, who started in the position Aug. 1, said everything he saw about the job and community made him want to work with the university. "Everything pointed that this was the place that I should try and call home," Iwama said. "Everything that I thought this place would be, everything I thought the Northwest Region would be, everything I thought Indiana University would be, has all happily and thankfully, come to pass." ... He said IUN caught his eye for a number of reasons, among them the diverse student demographic and academic energy. "It always starts with the students and core academic strengths of a university," Iwama said. "Once you have that, you can really create incredible engagements with external communities that help all boats rise."

Kokomo Perspective

HAWK system increases student safety in crosswalk

A newly-installed signal on Washington Street now makes it safer for students to walk to and from campus. Indiana University Kokomo partnered with the city of Kokomo to install the High-Intensity Activated crossWalK (H.A.W.K.) beacon, which includes signal poles on either side of Washington Street, a push-button for pedestrians to activate the lights, and signs. ... John Sarber, director of physical facilities, said the campus wanted a signal there to increase safety for students, knowing that cars sometimes speed in the stretch of Washington Street between the privately-owned complex and campus. He and his team worked with city officials to find the right solution to improve safety for students, while not creating traffic hazards for drivers. "The city did not want to put up another stoplight," he said. "The H.A.W.K. beacon does not stop traffic except when someone needs to cross. They can make it be a stoplight on their own, just when needed. The rest of the time, traffic can continue through as normal."

IU Voices in the News

The New York Times

For young people's sexual health, the pandemic changes the game

Dr. Tracey Wilkinson, an assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine, was the lead author on a commentary which ran last May in the journal JAMA Pediatrics, arguing that providing contraception for adolescents during the pandemic constituted essential health care, whether for birth control or other reasons. She and her colleagues offered an algorithm for contraceptive methods that can be safely started or refilled remotely, with appropriate follow up. ... "Patients that start a new method, I either touch base or have them come back," Dr. Wilkinson said, but she prescribes a 12-month supply. The long-acting methods will require a clinic visit, but patients can be offered a "bridge" method to get them through till then. "It's important to remember that what we find important in medicine is not necessarily what our patients find important," Dr. Wilkinson said. Often, doctors focus only on the efficacy of a particular method, rather than how acceptable it is to a particular patient. When she talks to adolescents, "I ask them, does it matter to you to have your period every month," she said, and "whether your partner can see the method or is aware that you're on birth control."

The Atlantic

The rise of the 3-parent family

It's unclear how common third-parent adoption -- in any of its incarnations -- could become. Still, the increasing visibility and legalization of three-parent arrangements "is one of the signs that our definition of family is opening up," (Philip N.) Cohen, from the University of Maryland, told me. ... "All of our research points to the fact that it's the quality of the relationships that matters, and the handling of communication and conflict, and the number of people in the household is not really the key," says Pamela Braboy Jackson, an Indiana University sociologist and a co-author of "How Families Matter: Simply Complicated Intersections of Race, Gender, and Work."  "Just because family structure is different doesn't mean that family operates any differently." All families have rituals and stories about what makes their family theirs.


The road ahead: Charting the coronavirus pandemic over the next 12 months -- and beyond

There had been hopes that the economy would bounce back from the depths of the spring in a V-shaped recession. Jobs returned as states allowed more business activity heading into the summer, but only to an extent, and hiring has since cooled. A bad or stagnant jobs report, then, could drive Trump to demand that states lift the remaining restrictions meant to keep a lid on Covid-19. But the central reason for the sputtering economy, economists say, is the uncontrolled epidemic. Government restrictions certainly dampened activity, but much of the persistent drag is because people do not feel safe traveling or hitting the town or spending money in their usual ways. "People look around and say, 'the risks are too high, I'm not going to go about my activities,'" said economist Kosali Simon of Indiana University.


How 9 music schools are adapting as they reopen this fall

The dichotomy between online and hybrid fall semesters isn't just limited to New York City. Across the country, schools made similarly difficult decisions. While the Thornton School of Music at USC and Peabody Conservatory at Johns Hopkins University chose to have a fully remote semester, the San Francisco Conservatory of Music, Yale School of Music, Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University, and New England Conservatory opted instead for different iterations of the hybrid solution. ... Jacobs, for example, benefits from Indiana University's rigorous testing system and other resources. As Dean Jeremy Allen explained, “We feel lucky to be part of a bigger institution, both for resources but also for square footage. We have a lot of square footage to work with here, and we recognize that that's an incredible benefit that we don't want to take for granted. And that is enabling us to keep some activities going.”

The Indianapolis Star

As IMPD begins wearing body cameras, the benefits may not be what you expect

Jeremy Carter, the director of criminal justice and public safety at IUPUI's Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, remembered something (Cynthia) Lum said when she spoke about body cameras in Indianapolis a couple of years ago. "She made the point ... that both the community and the police are in favor of an expensive technology because both parties don't trust one another," Carter said. "So it speaks to what's the core issue, and the core issue is not, 'do we have these cameras or not.' "But it's 'what's eroding the trust? What's going on that leads to these things? And those things are not easily solved by just strapping a piece of hardware to an officer's chest."

Indianapolis Business Journal

How to give feedback that leads to success

Written by Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow, a clinical assistant professor of business law and management at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. Providing feedback is one of a manager's most dreaded tasks. In a 2017 Harvard Business Review article, leadership consultants Jack Zenger and Joseph Folkman discussed surveys they conducted with more than 7,500 managers. Of those, 44% told them it was stressful or difficult to give negative feedback. But even knowing that, 37% of those managers said they never gave positive reinforcement to employees. ... Giving constructive feedback that focuses on employees' goals and helps them do better work -- and be better people -- is imperative, especially during this pandemic, and allows each employee to thrive.

News and Tribune

New Albany company plans to add jobs; Indiana sees drop in unemployment rate

After several months of bad news on the economic front, some encouraging signs surfaced this week. The New Albany City Council unanimously approved Thursday two tax abatements for W.M. Kelley Company, Inc. One abatement is for property expansion and the other for equipment, as the New Albany business plans to invest in new manufacturing space, office space and equipment.  ... In other employment news, a labor report released Friday showed that Indiana's jobless mark is lower than the national average. The state's unemployment rate fell to 6.4%in August, down from 7.9% in July. The national mark for August was 8.4%. "More people are coming back to work, with another increase in the labor force of 42,000," said Uric Dufrene, Sanders Chair in Business at Indiana University Southeast. "Indiana saw another labor force increase and unemployment decline, the best possible combination."

Verywell Health

1 in 3 Americans say they may not get a COVID-19 vaccine

The near elimination of certain viruses through vaccination might be what's fueling vaccine hesitancy today -- including a reluctance to get a COVID-19 vaccine. John Patton, PhD, professor of biology and Blatt Chair of Virology at Indiana University, says that people don't remember -- or aren't aware of -- the severity and prevalence of certain illnesses prior to widespread vaccination programs. "To some extent, we're dealing with the issues of our own success," he tells Verywell. "There were so many successful vaccines developed in the 50s and 60s and 70s, and even today, that we really don't see that much disease that we might have seen before." 

Indianapolis Business Journal

IMS Museum selling dozens of vehicles to help upgrade collection

Heather Calloway, executive director of university collections at Indiana University, said selling unneeded pieces in a collection has extensive benefits, but there are often limits to how those funds can be used. Oftentimes, museum pieces are deeded in a way that permits them to be sold if they no longer match the museum's mission. "As an entity, you have to be really transparent with your donors from the get-go," she said. "And in order to continue to preserve the artifacts you have, sometimes you have to make some tough choices, So, being really transparent with them when they make a gift is key."

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