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October 6, 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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With online election manipulation threatening democracy, IU offers tools to combat disinformation

This story has been covered by: Ms. Magazine.

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

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

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USA Today

How has the pandemic altered dating? Survey says more roommates are hooking up

Adults under 23, or Gen Z, were the most open to this with 46% of them sleeping with non-romantic housemates compared to 33% of Millennials (age 23 to 39). Scientists say this type of behavior shift can happen due to unusual environmental factors. "If you have non-romantic roommates, you're probably spending more time together now than you had been in the past," said Justin Garcia of The Kinsey Institute at Indiana University and a scientific advisor at Match. "People are relying more on their social relationships and their connections more than before because that's a source of feeling comfort and safety."

The Indianapolis Star

Voter fraud is rare. 2 Indiana cases demonstrate how unusual it is.

All three experts who spoke to IndyStar said voter fraud is rare. Marjorie Hershey, a political science professor at Indiana University Bloomington and author of political textbooks, said voter fraud has been studied for 80 years, with little evidence of widespread problems. "So these are really partisan complaints, not real complaints," Hershey said. Hershey noted a number of security measures, including ID requirements for in-person voting and steps like signature matching for mail-in ballots. In Indiana, bi-partisan teams review signatures, and ballots are held unopened in a secure room until Election Day.  ... Hershey and Gerald Wright, chair of Indiana University's Department of Political Science, both referenced the days when corrupt politicians would stuff the ballot box and, as Wright said, "count the graveyards." "That’s much harder these days," Wright said. "Citizens won't put up with it and it's pretty hard to hide." 


Cyber attacks surging; Hoosiers need to be extra vigilant

Law enforcement officials around the world report cyber criminals have stepped up their game since COVID-19, taking advantage of so many people working and learning from home.vAccording to the FBI, the number of complaints about cyberattacks were up to as many as four thousand a day earlier this year. That's a 400 percent increase from what they were seeing before the pandemic. "This is a really target-rich environment for scammers," said Scott Shackelford, a professor and chairman of the Cybersecurity Program at Indiana University. Shackelford said it has become a main source of income for organized crime. "And when you look at overall cybercrime … identity theft, intellectual property theft … that skyrockets pretty quickly to maybe north of a trillion (dollars) worldwide," Shackelford said. "I've seen estimates pushing six trillion. If that's true, that dwarfs the market in illegal drugs."

Indiana Public Media

IU expert doesn't expect major delays on election night

President Donald Trump's attacks on the integrity of mail-in voting and on the election itself have raised questions about whether the president will accept the results. Indiana University professor Leslie Lenkowsky is an expert on civic engagement and has been hosting a series of campaign discussions. He spoke Friday with Perry Metz on Indiana Newsdesk. Perry Metz: Professor Lenkowsky, how will the diagnosis that the president has just received -- that he has the coronavirus -- affect the election? Leslie Lenkowsky: Well, I think the president would probably have liked to focus on other issues besides his handling of coronavirus. Most polls indicate the majority of Americans don't think he's doing very well on that. Now that he, himself, and his wife have the virus, it's going to be very difficult for him to avoid this issue to the extent he'd like to. It may even restrict his ability to go out campaigning, which is another part of his strategy. 

Indiana Public Media

ArcelorMittal acquisition means more consolidation, friendlier bargaining, and uncertainty

The deal is a game-changer for the Region, Indiana University Northwest Professor Micah Pollak said. "I don't think it's possible to overstate how huge an impact this will have on Northwest Indiana," Pollak said. "While the steel industry is not as dominant in Northwest Indiana as it once was, the economy here still very much revolves around steel, and to have the largest mills in the Region change hands is relatively earth-shattering. In Lake County in the first quarter of 2020, 5.8% of all jobs and 12.1% of all wages were directly in primary metal manufacturing with many more jobs and additional wages relying indirectly on the industry." The outlook is unclear at this point, Pollak said. "This change brings a huge amount of uncertainty as well as reasons to be both optimistic and concerned. Until now Cleveland-Cliffs has been primarily in the mining industry and this year was the first time it began producing steel," he said. "It is now the single largest producer of steel in the United States. There is certainly concern about how ownership of the mills in Northwest Indiana transitioning from a company with long experience producing steel to one very new at it."

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