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September 29, 2020
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Big News

IUPUI scientists determine death rate for COVID-19 among general population

This story has been covered by: Forbes.

Students of color who choose their roommate perceive a more positive campus environment

This story has been covered by: The Conversation.

Student innovation, entrepreneurial activity remain strong despite pandemic

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

President McRobbie to recommend removal of Jordan namings on IU Bloomington campus

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

Study: Twitter bots played disproportionate role spreading misinformation during 2016 election

This story has been covered by: Salon, Market Business News, Axios, TNW, Quartz, Poynter, The Verge, Ars Technica, NBC News, Science News, Indiana Public Media, NDTV, The Week.

IU Voices in the News

Inside Higher Ed

A Supreme Court shift to the right

An originalist view of racial preference would look to how the 14th Amendment, granting formerly enslaved people citizenship and equal protection under the law, would have been viewed when it was ratified in 1868, (William E. Thro, general counsel at the University of Kentucky and an education law scholar,) said. There was a recognition then that "it was necessary to give a preference to the newly freed slaves for a period of time, such as the never-kept promise to give freed families ‘forty acres and a mule,'" Thro said. However, those ratifying the amendment did not mean to extend its use to promoting diversity, as it is being used to justify college admissions policies that factor in race, Thro said. "Obviously, it's not good" for those policies, said Kevin D. Brown, an Indiana University at Bloomington law professor who has written extensively on the intersection of race, law and education. "This will be in many ways the end of an era," Brown said. "It's tragic especially in light of students demanding racial justice."

The Conversation

Election violence in November? Here’s what the research says

Written by Ore Koren, assistant professor, Indiana University Bloomington, and International Security Fellow, Indiana University. After Kenya's 2007 election, as incumbent President Mwai Kibaki declared victory, the opposition alleged the election had been rigged. A wave of protests, riots and ethnic violence followed. As many as 1,500 citizens were killed and another 600,000 forcibly displaced. As the U.S. presidential election draws near, many have expressed concern that a similar scenario may unfold here. Some envision President Donald Trump's supporters using misinformation to mobilize vigilante militias to clash with leftist protesters. Others envision that groups on the left will refuse to accept the results and mobilize, leading to violence and deaths across the country. ... With the barrage of 24/7 media coverage of the upcoming U.S. election, it can be hard to tell what's real and what's not -- and that can be frightening. It's important to step back and ask: What does the research say about the likelihood of election-related violence in November?

South Bend Tribune

Supreme Court nomination puts Notre Dame Law School front and center nationally

Neil Morgan, a marketing professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business, said he would be shocked if Barrett's appointment to the Supreme Court -- a position whose prestige is almost unrivaled in American culture -- did not have an immediate impact on Notre Dame's image. "There are not many positions that are as publicly well known as the pinnacle of their profession," Morgan said, putting the visibility of the Supreme Court well beyond the people running Fortune 500 companies. "Most people who are serious investors couldn't pick those CEOs out of a lineup, whereas the same is not true for Supreme Court justices. There is a level of awareness that is hard to compare."

Live Science

What makes something fireproof?

On Dec. 30, 1903, a spark from a stage light set Chicago's Iroquois Theatre ablaze. "The stage and the curtain and the rest caught fire," said Bill Carroll, grandson of the theatre's co-owner and adjunct professor of chemistry at Indiana University Bloomington. "There were insufficient exits, and it was terrible." Over 600 people died in the disaster -- the deadliest single-building fire in U.S. history. Nowadays, this probably wouldn't happen, because many modern materials are less combustible than they used to be. But what makes certain materials fireproof? The term "fireproof" is actually a misnomer, because almost anything containing carbon, if hot enough, can combust and catch fire. "Fire resistant" and "flame retardant" are more accurate terms, Carroll told Live Science. When used properly, these fire protective measures can interrupt the burning process.

American Medical Association

Ways to tackle challenges facing women physicians in pandemic

"We recognize that the COVID-19 pandemic has changed the way that we do things, but perhaps then it can change it in a not so bad way," said AMA member Theresa M. Rohr-Kirchgraber, MD, professor of clinical internal medicine and pediatrics at Indiana University (IU) in Indianapolis. One recommendation is to consider a faculty developer "who is your mentor and is your sponsor," said Dr. Rohr-Kirchgraber, a past president of the AMWA and executive director of the IU National Center of Excellence in Women's Health. "It could be a variety of different people, but the idea is we can't just keep doing things the way that we've been doing. We have to look across departmental lines, division lines, even within different schools to develop, perhaps, new projects," she added.

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