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November 10, 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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Kelley Direct Online MBA program ranked No. 1 by Poets and Quants

This story has been covered by: Forbes.

Amid an uncertain future, IU Kelley forecast expects U.S. economy restart will continue into 2021

This story has been covered by: Indiana Public Media, Inside Indiana Business.

Ostrom Workshop tackles space debris using namesake's Nobel-winning work

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times.

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Indiana Public Media

IU president says it's time to 'move forward' after election

Indiana University President Michael McRobbie added his congratulations to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in a statement Monday afternoon. McRobbie said the results became clear on Saturday and that with them came the historic election of Harris as the first woman, first Black woman, first woman of South Asian descent and first daughter of immigrants elected to such a high national office. While also congratulating Gov. Eric Holcomb and other congressional, legislative, state, and local officials, he said he understands not everyone in IU's broad and diverse community will always agree on policies of any administration at any governmental level. He said IU is committed to protecting free speech but that disagreements must be done in a civil, respectful, and reasoned way.

The Hollywood Reporter

Top 20 music schools for composing for film and TV in 2020, ranked

With help from a survey sent to the roughly 1,700 members of the Society of Composers and Lyricists, the Alliance for Women Film Composers and the Composers Diversity Collective, here are the 20 music schools still thriving despite a year of sour notes. ... Indiana University Jacobs School of Music: Jacobs' Music Scoring for Visual Media program, run by director Larry Groupé, includes a master's degree, undergraduate and doctoral minors, and two certificate degrees. The program's Synthestration class instructs students in the creation of professional quality MIDI demos (mock-ups of acoustic or orchestral music created on computer); other courses include Orchestration for the Screen, Licensing, Contract Legal Practices and Performing Rights. Groupé says the school is handling the pandemic well with in-person classes and social distancing.

The Times of Northwest Indiana

IUN chancellor receives prestigious committee appointment

Indiana University Northwest Chancellor Ken Iwama was recently named to the executive committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), the longest-running and largest organization committed to serving and connecting the world's urban and metropolitan universities and their partners. ... "I am delighted to have been nominated and elected to serve as a member of the CUMU executive committee," Iwama said. "At IU Northwest, we take immense pride in our role as an anchor institution for the Region. We are inextricably linked to our local communities, and uniquely positioned to play an active role in supporting the long-term, well-being of Northwest Indiana."

Inside Indiana Business

Osili named chair in philanthropy at IUPUI

Philanthropy scholar and IUPUI Associate Dean for Research and International Programs Una Osili has been appointed Efroymson Chair in Philanthropy at the IU Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. Osili is also professor of economics and philanthropic studies. "Our school and the field at large are fortunate to have Professor Osili’s exceptional talent focused on fundamental research to define and describe the shape of philanthropy in the United States and beyond. It is hard to overestimate the value of her scholarly insights, her collegial leadership, and her engagement with a diverse range of audiences. She also serves as a wonderful example for so many, which is why we are pleased that this distinguished chair will help to amplify her voice," said Amir Pasic, Ph.D., the Eugene R. Tempel Dean of the school.

IU Voices in the News


Here's what's ahead for President-elect Biden's tax plan

The IRS appropriation and number of employees fell by more than 20% between fiscal years 2010 and 2019, according to the Taxpayer Advocate Service, an agency watchdog. As the agency's workload becomes heavier -- consider that the IRS distributed millions of stimulus payments via mail and electronically during the crisis -- it continues to suffer from a lack of resources. "It was a tremendous amount of work for the IRS to send the checks to everyone who is entitled and all of this outreach to non-filers who are eligible for payment," said Leandra Lederman, director of the tax program at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. "There seems to be a bipartisan understanding that the IRS really needs more funding and more resources to be able to enforce the laws on the books and provide service to taxpayers who need help," she said.


Lawsuits pile up as Trump campaign alleges voter fraud in at least 5 states

Even if the Trump campaign can prove some voting irregularities, experts say they will not likely to close Biden's substantial lead in several states. "When you have election contests in very close races, usually you're talking about a couple hundred votes or maybe a thousand dividing the candidates. But not tens of thousands," said Gerard Magliocca, a constitutional law professor at Indiana University's McKinney School of Law. "There's just no precedent for a contest like that succeeding."

The Conversation

Russia's rigged elections look nothing like US election -- they have immediate, unquestioned results

Written by Regina Smyth, professor of political science, Indiana University; and Sarah Oates, professor and senior scholar, Philip Merrill College of Journalism, University of Maryland. The 2020 election, in which Joe Biden is the projected winner, is not what a rigged election looks like. Rigged elections are organized. Vote counts certainly don't play out in front of the country on television screens. When it's a decentralized, sprawling affair that is broadcast for many days and nights, you can be pretty sure it's democracy. If you want to know what stolen elections look like, look at Russia, where we have studied elections and the media for decades.

The Conversation

Has Donald Trump had his Joe McCarthy moment?

Written by Chris Lamb, professor of journalism, IUPUI. When CBS, NBC and ABC cut away from President Donald Trump's news conference at the White House on the evening of Nov. 5, they took pains to explain why they were shutting off the nation's commander-in-chief. It was a moment that for me, as a journalism historian, carried echoes of the 1954 takedown of another flamboyant populist demagogue, Sen. Joe McCarthy.


Home DNA test uncovers secret: Fertility doctor accused of using his own sperm on patient

Indiana University Bloomington law professor Jody Madeira says these doctors, in the deepest sense, breach the first (tenet) of the Hippocratic oath -- "do no harm." "That's grossly unethical conduct that we're talking about here," Madeira said in a Zoom call. Last year, Madeira helped Indiana pass a law against fertility fraud, making it a felony to "misrepresent human reproductive material."


'Jeopardy!' host Trebek remembered by local contestant

Millions of nightly "Jeopardy!" viewers will be watching the quiz show with heavy hearts this week as they mourn the death of Alex Trebek. The longtime host of "Jeopardy!" died over the weekend at age 80 after more than an 18-month battle with stage four pancreatic cancer. 2020 Indiana University graduate Tyler Combs won $50,000 and appeared in four episodes in April, finishing second in the "Jeopardy!" College Championship. Combs grew up dreaming of being a contestant on the game show hosted by Trebek.  ... "So much of the show has been built around the persona of Alex Trebek, but in this interesting way where it's not about him,” Combs said. “It's about his interaction with the contestants."

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