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September 25, 2020
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President McRobbie to recommend removal of Jordan namings on IU Bloomington campus

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times, WISH-TV, U.S. News and World Report.

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IU's decreasing positivity rate coincides with Monroe County trends

Indiana University updated its COVID-19 dashboard Wednesday with numbers that reflect Monroe County's recent decreasing positivity rate. IU reported administering 9,736 mitigation tests between Sept. 13 and Sept. 19 with a positivity rate of 2.2% -- less than half that of the previous week's 4.61%. Symptomatic testing also saw a decreased positivity rate, according to IU data. Of the 263 symptomatic tests administered between Sept. 13 and Sept. 19, 28.14% came back positive compared to the previous week's 41.41% positivity rate. ... IU numbers indicate off-campus students also saw a slight decrease in positivity rates from 2.9% between Sept. 6 and Sept. 12 to 1.8% between Sept. 13 and Sept. 19. Trends at IU mirror Monroe County trends as countywide seven-day positivity rates have been dropping from 10.6% since Sept. 6. Monroe County currently has a seven-day positivity rate of 4.6%, according to the Indiana State Department of Health.

Related stories: The Bloomington Herald-Times

Indiana Public Media

Staff at IU's Biddle Hotel adhering to strict guidelines amid pandemic

Housekeeping staff at the university's Biddle Hotel used to encounter people from all over the world. But since the pandemic began, the university is only allowing people affiliated with IU to stay overnight -- meaning all its guests are screened for COVID-19, at least indirectly. And most aren't arriving from out of town. Michael Campbell is associate director for operations at the IMU. He said housekeeping already had a pretty robust system for cleaning rooms before students moved in. "Now we're doing student resident housing for the fall semester," he said. "And again for the spring. The order in which we clean some things has changed, which I think is interesting. And in looking at it, we want to make sure that we're going in and disinfecting first."


IU School Of Medicine awarded grant for opioid withdrawal drug development

The Indiana University School of Medicine received a grant of up to $12.3 million aimed at developing a new drug that could potentially help treat opioid withdrawal syndrome. The funding will kick off a five-year project, from research and initial trials on patients to production of the drug. Dr. Andrew Chambers is an addiction psychiatrist and neuroscientist at IU School of Medicine's Department of Psychiatry and one of the project leads, alongside Christopher Toombs, co-founder of the Seattle-based drug company Proniras. Chambers said developing tezampanel as a drug aimed at helping treat opioid withdrawal syndrome can help develop it into a drug that could also help treat other disorders. He says there's an easy way to think of how tezampanel works in that role. "If you think of opiate withdrawal as being a highway where too many of the drivers are speeding and are getting involved in wrecks," he said, "When we put the drug tezampanel on there, we're gonna kind of disrupt that hyperactivity of neurotransmission on this super highway, we're going to calm it down."

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Cuts to police funding amid rising crime in some cities spur controversy

According to Natalie Kroovand Hipple, a professor of criminal justice at Indiana University-Bloomington, hesitation to cut policing or reallocate resources might also be a response to rising violence in many major cities over the summer. Addressing social crises like mental illness, racism, and poverty is a longterm undertaking, but officials and the public could be conflicted over how best to prevent crime in the short run. "It’s going to take a long time to undo some of this stuff, to deal with cumulative disadvantage and poverty and lack of education While you’re waiting for the medicine to work, is cutting back police budgets the right thing when crime is rising?" she said.


AUDIO: Bring It On: Race in Monroe County and beyond

Today's show centers on Bring It On!'s perpetual conversation on the state of race relations across the country, starting with Monroe County. Hosts Clarence Boone and William Hosea spend the hour peeling back the layers of racial understanding, conflict, and harmony with a number of notable change agents from the Bloomington area: Bill Vance, president of the Monroe County Branch of the N.A.A.C.P.; Maqube Reese, MSW and a Social Justice Advocate and Assistant Director of the Kelley Office of Diversity Initiatives; Jada “Bee”, a social activist and core council member of the local Black Lives Matter Bloomington; and Martin Law, an associate instructor at Indiana University, a local musician and another core council member of Back Lives Matter Bloomington.

The Indianapolis Star

Bar owners are suing over COVID restrictions. Here's why ruling in their favor is unlikely

A group of Indianapolis bar owners want a judge to declare Marion County public health orders unconstitutional in hopes of improving their business prospects during the coronavirus pandemic.. ... A ruling in favor of the bars is unlikely, according to one Indiana University law professor. "I think it comes down to the question of whether you have legal authority to close them, and the absolute answer is 'yes,'" said Jody Madeira, a member of Maurer School of Law faculty since 2007. "You can't regulate in arbitrary ways, but you can, if there's good evidence a certain type of business is causing COVID spread, close this type of establishment to protect the public's health, safety and welfare."

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