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October 1, 2020
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The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU reports third week of declining COVID positivity rates

Indiana University has reported a decline in the rate of positive COVID-19 tests for the third consecutive week. The update, posted to the university's online COVID-19 testing dashboard Wednesday, showed positivity rates for tests from the week of Sept. 20-26 were less than those from the week of Sept. 13-19 and the week before that. This was true for both mitigation and symptomatic testing on the Bloomington campus, as well as across all IU campuses. Mitigation testing positivity rates for specific populations on the Bloomington campus, such as students living in sorority and fraternity houses, were also down. Utilization of quarantine and isolation housing on the Bloomington campus declined from last week, but increased at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, IU Southeast and IU South Bend.

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300 million delta dwellers vulnerable to cyclones, flooding

More than 300 million people in low-lying river deltas, mostly in poorer nations, are exposed to flooding from tropical storms made more deadly and destructive by global warming, researchers said Tuesday. One in ten live on floodplains hit by once-a-century cyclones that can generate 350-kilometre (200-mile) per hour winds and up to a metre (40 inches) of rain per day, they reported in Nature Communications. ... As the reality of climate change sinks in, policymakers must figure out not only how to slow rising temperatures but also prepare for inevitable climate impacts already in the pipeline. But up to now, the population of the world's cyclone-exposed river deltas was not precisely known, making it difficult to plan ahead. "The big question we are trying to answer is how may people live on river deltas and what is their vulnerability to coast flooding," lead author Douglas Edmonds, a geomorphologist at Indiana University, told AFP.

Big News

Many Americans believe false election narratives, IU survey shows

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Al Arabiya

Pompeo's threat to close embassy, withdraw troops would push Iraq toward Iran

After glamorous images appeared of the reception of Prime Minister al-Kadhimi in Washington DC in August and bilateral relations seemed to warm, US-Iraq relations have hit a snag due to continued attacks by pro-Iran militias on US and foreign diplomatic missions. This demonstrates the fragility of Iraq-US relations in the face of insecurity, despite earlier commitments. Professor Feisal Amin Rasoul al-Istrabadi, director of the Center for the Study of the Middle East at Indiana University Bloomington said: "Of course, from an international legal perspective, the US has a point: The host state is obligated to secure all diplomatic missions within its territory. On the other hand, the inherent weakness of the Baghdad government can hardly be a surprise in Washington."


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Kaiser Health News

Trump's executive order on preexisting conditions lacks teeth, experts say

Protecting people with preexisting medical conditions is an issue that has followed President Donald Trump his entire first term. Now, Trump has signed an executive order that he says locks in coverage regardless of anyone's health history. ... Health law and health policy experts say Trump has put nothing to rest. ... Indiana University health law professor David Gamage said the executive order is no stopgap should the White House win that argument. "Were the court to hold the Affordable Care Act unconstitutional, the executive order would still do nothing, because it has no enforcement power," Gamage said.

Science News

This year's SN 10 scientists aim to solve some of science's biggest challenges

Many (scientists) are chasing answers to the myriad challenges that people face every day, and revealing the rewards in the pursuit of knowledge itself. It's in that spirit that we present this year's SN 10: Scientists to Watch. Anna Mueller, 40, Sociologist, Indiana University: Between 2000 and 2015, at a high school of about 2,000 students in the town of Poplar Grove (a pseudonym), 16 former and current students died by suicide; three other similar-aged individuals in the community, mostly at private schools, also took their own lives. A clinician who had grown up in the town reached out to Anna Mueller for help breaking the cruel cycle. Before that e-mail in fall 2013, Mueller was using big data to understand why teen and young adult suicide rates in the United States were spiking. ... Scholars theorized that suicidal people attracted other suicidal people. But Mueller's work undercut that idea. In 2015 in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, for instance, she reported that merely having a suicidal friend did not increase a teen's suicide risk. A teen's risk only went up with awareness that a teenage friend had made a suicide attempt. "Knowledge of the attempt matters to transforming … risk," Mueller says.


Blue Ash car dealer denies using PPP loan as an excuse to cut pay

A luxury car dealership in Blue Ash is accused of using its Paycheck Protection Program loan as an excuse to cut employee compensation in a federal lawsuit filed by a former salesman. In the Sept. 21 complaint, Jeffrey Mattox alleges he was fired for objecting to "potentially fraudulent activity" at Jaguar and Land Rover of Cincinnati. The lawsuit alleges the dismissal violates Ohio law and the federal False Claims act, which protects whistleblowers from retaliation. ... The complaint also comes at a time of increased whistleblower activity caused by COVID-19, said Jennifer Pacella, an assistant professor of business law at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. "Many entities are going through really hard times financially and it's leading to maybe more rationalization than usual, desperation for funding," she said. "And that's an area that's really ripe for unlawful behavior."

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