IU in the News

A daily digest of media coverage about Indiana University

November 13, 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

Statue honoring Nobel Prize winner Elinor Ostrom to be dedicated on Bloomington campus

This story has been covered by: Indiana Public Media, The Bloomington Herald-Times.

4 years, 12 students, 20+ filmmakers: 'IU 2020' documentary will have world premiere with IU Cinema

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

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

This story has been covered by: Palladium-Item, WIBC, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana Public Media, Inside Indiana Business.

IU Voices in the News

The New York Times

How can my college student come home safely for Thanksgiving?

Many colleges are offering coronavirus tests to students before they leave campus. At Indiana University, for instance, all students can receive a free test the week before they leave for the holiday break. "We're hoping that testing before people leave campus will give them that extra confidence in their viral status," said Dr. Erika Cheng, deputy director for mitigation testing and an assistant professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine. "We certainly don’t want anyone unsure about their health status to hop on a plane to go visit their grandmother."

The New York Times

Nobel Peace Prize: A growing list of questionable choices

Some scholars of Nobel history said that even with flawed choices, the peace prize retains an inherent value. "I would say that the Nobel Peace Prize has been awarded to individuals and organizations that did not always live up to its ideals," said Richard B. Gunderman, a professor at (IUPUI) who has written about it, "but the prize itself still highlights peace as an overarching aspiration in international relations."


More people unable to pay utility bills, with colder months coming

The protections against shut-offs are lifting and disconnections have already begun. Tens of thousands across the country have lost their power, which is disproportionately affecting people of color. "As compared to white households, Hispanic households were 15 times more likely to have their household disconnected for the first time, since the beginning of the pandemic," said Michelle Graff, who teaches energy policy at Indiana University. "And Black households were 6 times more likely."

USA Today

Donald Trump lost the 2020 election, but misinformation will continue to win

While Trump, who has refused to denounce QAnon, will no longer be president, Congress now has at least one member who has been described as a supporter of the radicalized theory: Marjorie Taylor Greene, who won her race in Georgia. QAnon will draw oxygen from that momentum, experts said. "It will evolve, it will mutate and it will be weaponized and exploited," said Fil Menczer, director of the Observatory on Social Media at Indiana University Bloomington and an expert on the spread of misinformation. ...Menczer said misinformation will continue to capitalize on social media's capacity for echo chambers. And it will only get worse if people begin to choose their social media services based on their political identity, he said. "The risk, if that happens, is further segregation into homogeneous echo chambers where alternative facts are unchallenged, conspiracies can fester, exposure to corrections is suppressed and a common reality becomes more elusive," Menczer said.

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