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October 12, 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.

Big News

Tee time: New Pfau Course opens for golfers

This story has been covered by: Golf Course Industry, Golfweek, The Ledger, Golf Course Architecture, WDRB, The Indianapolis Star, Sports Illustrated, Indiana Daily Student.

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Metz Bicentennial Grand Carillon, Indiana University

Not only will you not find "carillon" in any edition of architectural graphic standards, it's pretty hard to find an architect who's designed one; there are just over 600 in the world, and most aren't very new. So when New York–based architect Susan Rodriguez, FAIA, received a call from Indiana University's president saying, "I have a great opportunity for your new studio," she didn't necessarily know what to expect when he told her the project was for a carillon to commemorate IU's bicentennial in 2020. Rodriguez had worked with the university for nearly 15 years when she was a partner at Ennead, first on the Global and International Studies Building, and then on the renovation of I.M. Pei's Eskenazi Museum of Art. Both buildings face the campus arboretum -- a leafy landscaped preserve that replaced the school's old stadium in 1980, and that now has a new centerpiece with the Rodriguez-designed bell tower.

Inside Indiana Business

IU research focused on ag issues

The vice president of research for Indiana University says while the pandemic has raged for more than six months, research at IU has remained active and has embraced the challenges associated with COVID-19. "We have actually submitted more grants, and we've received more grants,” said Fred Cate, vice president of research at IU. "We've got more work going on as folks rather than being set back by this pandemic really see as an opportunity to get that research out there that helps us fight COVID and helps us advance the state." One way to help the advancement is by putting more research attention and resources towards Indiana's vast agricultural industry. "In the way of the agbioscience, food, agriculture, ag tech at IU, there's a lot being done in that area," said Cate in this week’s Ag+Bio+Science podcast presented by AgriNovus Indiana. 

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU avoids dire enrollment predictions, faces uncertain future

The COVID-19 pandemic was expected to result in significant enrollment declines for higher education, but Indiana University was able to avoid a substantial drop for the fall semester. Total enrollment for the university, as well as its flagship Bloomington campus, fell by less than 1% from last fall. It was welcome news for an institution that began trimming its budget in the spring to prepare for potential financial fallout. Although IU is a public institution, the majority of its revenue comes from tuition and fees. IU administrators can breathe a sigh of relief for now, but it's hard to say what lasting effects the pandemic will have on the higher education landscape. "I think we're all waiting to see," said John Applegate, executive vice president for university academic affairs. "One of the points I made to the trustees is that we don't really know at this point whether the people who've delayed are going to then come back in subsequent years and do what they originally planned to do."

News and Tribune

Chancellor Wallace says IUS year 'outstanding' despite pandemic

Officials at Indiana University Southeast say they are encouraged by how the campus is progressing under challenging circumstances. IUS's annual State of the Campus address took place virtually this year as Chancellor Ray Wallace, vice chancellors and other school officials provided updates on the campus's enrollment, budget and other matters in Friday morning video uploaded to the IUS website. The campus's response to the COVID-19 pandemic was one of the main topics discussed in the address. "We have had a truly outstanding year despite the setbacks caused by COVID-19," Wallace said. "I am proud of the entire IU Southeast community for coming together and acting quickly and efficiently during this crisis. As we continue to navigate through this pandemic, we will likely face other challenges, but I am confident that if we continue to work together and treat each other with respect, we will prevail."

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The Washington Post

Two students and a teacher at school attended by Barrett children test positive for coronavirus

Mark Fox, a physician and local health official in South Bend who also is associate dean of the Indiana University School of Medicine, said that people who attended the event should, in most cases, go into quarantine if they had close extended contact with an infected individual. If they had no close contact or recently had the disease, they could resume activities. Fox acknowledged that the standard is to trace back 48 hours from a confirmed test and identify who had close contact with the infected person. But, he added, "it seems likely to me that someone at that event was infectious and transmitting the virus," so further investigation may be warranted. Fox reviewed published photos of the Barrett children near President Trump at the White House event, and said it appeared that some may have been in close contact. Unless they were known to be immune from the disease, he said it might be advisable for them to quarantine.


'HIPAA does not give you a get-out-of-jail-free card'

(HIPAA's) rules "essentially provide for the privacy and security of personal health information held by traditional health-care providers -- so doctors, hospitals, pharmacies," said Nicolas Terry, the executive director of the Hall Center for Law and Health at (IUPUI). "It restricts the sharing of personal health information that's identifiable to persons involved in the care of the patient, and in some cases some sort of billing and quality-control issues." HIPAA has exceptions, Terry added. The subject of the medical record, for example, can authorize a health-care provider to share the information more broadly if they choose. And the law has provisions by which information can be shared with public-health authorities, the legal system and some other entities, he said. 


Drought once shut down Old Faithful -- and might again

Old Faithful, it turns out, wasn't always so faithful. The geyser, in Wyoming's Yellowstone National Park, is famous because it blasts hot water tens of meters into the air at regular intervals -- every 90 to 94 minutes, on average. Now, geologists examining petrified wood from the park have found evidence that 800 years ago, Old Faithful stopped erupting entirely for several decades, in response to a severe drought. With climate change making drought more common across the western United States, the researchers say a similar shutdown might happen again. ... Jamie Farrell, a geophysicist at the University of Utah who studies Yellowstone and who wasn't involved in the study, says the analysis makes sense. "If you have prolonged drought and there isn't enough water to feed these systems, then features like Old Faithful might sometimes stop erupting," he says. Broxton Bird, a geologist at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, who specializes in climate change, agrees. He says the Medieval Climate Anomaly was severe enough to make it happen. "Water tables would be getting lower and lower, and right at the end of that Old Faithful shuts down," he says. The droughts would have made farming in the western U.S. difficult, he adds.

Daily Democrat

Coronavirus: With online learning improved, should kids return to class?

While there's little argument kids learn better in classrooms than online, are parents giving distance learning 2.0 a passing grade? A recent survey sponsored by nonprofit EdSource found nearly four out of five say it's hard to keep their children interested and motivated with distance learning and more than two out of three fearing their education will suffer if it continues through the school year. ... Curt Bonk, an education professor at Indiana University who has studied online learning for 30 years, says he's seen tremendous collaboration, as well as creativity in the classroom. "There's an amazing momentum today toward finding out what works," Bonk said. But experts like Bonk acknowledge that "there are problems -- serious ones -- in terms of engaging students."

U.S. News and World Report

New moms behind bars get help from someone who's been there

Nine years ago, Nina Porter gave birth in a hospital bed with one of her ankles chained to the frame. Corrections officers stood watch as Porter held her daughter, Gianna, to her chest for the first time. Back at a nursery inside Indiana Women's Prison, Gianna slept in a crib in her mother's cell, about 2 feet from her pillow. The prison program allowed Porter to keep her baby with her -- including when she went out into the yard -- until her discharge nearly a year later. ... This month, a program Porter developed called Mothers on the Rise ... to help formerly incarcerated mothers maneuver a post-prison world that can often be unwelcoming. Research shows that recently incarcerated moms are likely to have a variety of mental and physical health problems and lack access to stable housing, employment, education and social services. "They're released with maybe no place to stay and go to. And if they do have a place, it may be transient. They don't have money, might not have a cellphone — and they have to take care of a baby," said Jack Turman, an Indiana University (Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI) professor who is advising Porter on her project. "How does one navigate all of that?"

The Indianapolis Star

This 25-year-old had coronavirus in April. Four months later, she almost died.

The last thing that Ramya Yeleti remembers thinking before she passed out in the emergency room that August day was that she might never wake up again. The 25-year-old medical student knew something was very wrong with her heart, a suspicion the doctors' reaction confirmed. ... Six days later Yeleti woke up in IU Health Methodist Hospital and slowly started to learn what she had been through over the past week: days on a heart-lung life support machine, having her name added to the heart transplant list, open heart surgery, and a recovery that doctors found nothing short of miraculous. And, her doctors believe, the whole saga started months earlier when the Carmel resident fell ill with the coronavirus. ... "This is a very rare event, but it is happening," said Dr. Cole Beeler, (assistant professor of clinical medicine at the IU School of Medicine and) medical director of infection prevention at Indiana University Health University Hospital, who did not treat Yeleti himself. "We see this with other viral infections, too, where the initial viral infection sets off an issue with the immune system that leads to an attack of various organs. … With COVID, we're still learning a lot about it. It may be that we even discover a broader set of immune processes and diseases that develop after the infection."


Indiana a holdout for no-excuse absentee voting

No empirical evidence of significant mail-in voting fraud exists, experts say, countering President Donald Trump's attacks claiming the longstanding method is fraudulent. But in an election that could be decided by just thousands of votes in select states during a time when millions of Americans have been infected or impacted by COVID-19, mail-in ballots will likely play a pivotal role in choosing the next president. Elizabeth Bennion, a professor of American politics at Indiana University South Bend, said that political parties take cues from leaders of the ticket. Republican voters, she said, might be less inclined to trust mail-in ballots because of Trump's skepticism. "Similarly, at the state level, Gov. (Eric) Holcomb has been very clear about the fact that he enjoys voting in person," Bennion said.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Virtual road races aren't attracting many runners -- or much revenue -- this year

Next month's CNO Financial Group Indianapolis Monumental Marathon ... like most others nationwide, has moved to a virtual format because of the pandemic. Rather than crossing the finish line amid a cheering crowd, participants will be on their own as they run or walk the 26.2 miles on a November date and route of their choosing. The shift has led to steep drops in participation, which in turn means that both race organizers and the cities that host the events are losing out on much of the revenue those events ordinarily generate. ... "Just like all these other events that aren't coming to Indianapolis (because of the pandemic), this is just another one," said David Pierce, associate professor of sports management at IUPUI's Department of Tourism, Event and Sport Management. Pierce, who has been involved with academic research projects and consulting for the Monumental Marathon, said the event typically generates an economic impact of $6 million to $8 million. That includes hotel stays, restaurant meals, shopping, entertainment and other spending by the 25% to 33% of race participants who travel here in a typical year.

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