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November 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.

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Recent gifts to Maurer School of Law total $8.9 million

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Student-led project helps community make and distribute free masks

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Indiana Public Media

IU law professor Dawn Johnsen named to Biden transition team

Indiana University Maurer School of Law Professor Dawn Johnsen has been named to one of President-elect Joe Biden's agency review teams as part of his transition to the White House. Johnsen will serve on the Department of Justice team. According to a document prepared by the Biden-Harris Transition, members of the agency review teams are responsible for understanding the operations of the agency they are reviewing to ensure a smooth transfer of power and to allow President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to be ready to govern when they take office.

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CBS News

VIDEO: Colleges pushing students to get coronavirus tests before holiday break

Governors in at least seven states are urging their constituents to stay home as much as possible, while colleges are pushing students to get tested ahead of Thanksgiving break. Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie is interviewed.

The Conversation

On environmental protection, Biden's election will mean a 180-degree turn from Trump policies

Written by Janet McCabe, professor of practice at the Indiana University McKinney School of Law at IUPUI and director of IU's Environmental Resilience Institute. The Trump administration has waged what I and many other legal experts view as an all-out assault on the nation's environmental laws for the past four years. Decisions at the Environmental Protection Agency, the Interior Department and other agencies have weakened the guardrails that protect our nation's air, water and public lands, and have sided with industry rather than advocating for public health and the environment. Senior officials such as EPA Administrator Andrew Wheeler assert that the Trump administration has balanced environmental regulation with economic growth and made the regulatory process less bureaucratic. But former EPA leaders from both Democratic and Republican administrations have called this administration's actions disastrous for the environment.

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The Wall Street Journal

New U.S. COVID-19 deaths hit highest level since August

The rising death toll comes as the nation reports record levels of new cases and hospitalizations that have crowded intensive-care units in hard-hit states. Coronavirus-related hospitalizations and deaths are lagging indicators of the spread of the highly infectious virus. "We have a severe growth in cases, and when that occurs, inevitably, you're going to have an increase of hospitalizations, which then leads to increased ICU and ventilator use, then an increased mortality. And that's exactly what we're seeing," said Thomas J. Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "It's troubling." Mr. Duszynski said treatment has improved since the pandemic began in the U.S. in the spring. But staffing shortages among respiratory therapists, doctors, nurses and housekeeping staff could affect care--and patient outcomes--as hospitalizations increase. "The concern is now in staffing shortages," he said. "Our provider-to-patient ratio is going to go up."


AUDIO: The Electoral College

Debates about the Electoral College almost always pop up after an election in the United States, and this year was no different. Today we talk with two political science experts about the arguments for and against the Electoral College, and how its impact on elections has changed in recent years. We also find out what reform some want for the system, and what it would take to change or get rid of the Electoral College completely. Guests: Leslie Lenkowsky, Professor Emeritus in Public Affairs and Philanthropy, Indiana University; Marjorie Hershey, Professor Emeritus of Political Science, Indiana University.

The Indianapolis Star

Indiana unemployment is higher than it seems, economists say, and it's going to get worse.

Phil Powell is (usually an optimist), too. The clinical associate professor of business economics and public policy at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business said he's been criticized for being too optimistic. But neither can find a silver lining in the current pandemic economy. Powell said retail gas prices, typically cheaper in the winter, are expected to fall lower than they would as Europe becomes more restrictive due to rising coronavirus cases. He said bigger expected contractions in European demand means even lower prices for U.S. consumers. "That's not a good sign," said Powell. "The economy is slowing down a bit."

The Indianapolis Star

'We're not fine': Many arts groups still performing but relief desperately needed

Even if no capacity restrictions were in place, the national benchmark market potential for attendance is at 23.3% of 2019 levels, according to Know Your Own Bone, a blog that shares results from IMPACTS Experience's analytics of cultural audiences. Their data projects that the benchmark will rise to 64.9% next year and then to 89.3% in 2022. "Performing arts organizations have high fixed costs. Those costs are mostly the tremendous performers who work with them," said Karen Gahl-Mills, director of arts administration programs at Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Gahl-Mills said not being able to earn revenues in traditional ways has eliminated 30 to 70 percent of arts groups' revenue streams. "(Cash) is always an issue with those organizations," she said. "And as much as organizations are being creative and doubling down on their fundraising and doing all the things that we see these organizations doing, that's a really big hit."

The Chronicle of Philanthropy

How donors may respond to the Biden-Harris win

Will there be a "Biden bump" with a surge of gifts to causes aligned with the GOP? It's a complicated question, says Leslie Lenkowsky, an expert on philanthropy and public affairs at Indiana University and a regular contributor to the Chronicle. "The big issue is we just don't know what the Biden administration is going to look like, especially the degree to which he will move toward the left end of his party," he says.

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