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November 16, 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

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

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

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

This story has been covered by: U.S. News and World Report, Indiana Public Media, The Bloomington Herald-Times.

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Indianapolis Business Journal

Presidential preferences: Finding an IU leader to please all constituencies will be challenging

Indiana University is searching for a new president for the first time in 13 years and finding a candidate that meets the expectations of all stakeholders could be challenging for the board of trustees. President Michael McRobbie announced in August he plans to retire from IU in June, creating an opening for president at the state’s largest university system, which has 111,000 students across its core campuses in Bloomington and Indianapolis, online and at seven regional sites. Now, a search committee is looking for McRobbie's replacement and has formed an advisory sub-committee to receive input from stakeholders across the state that will guide its selection. ... IBJ surveyed a variety of people connected to IU about what the board of trustees should be looking for in candidates and what challenges the university faces that its next president will need to be prepared to face head on.


Indiana University programs focus on training, treatment and stigmas of substance use disorders

Several programs at Indiana University are training students on substance use disorders. This includes addressing the addictions crisis, treatment, prevention, and breaking the stigma. The need for these types of programs, treatments, and training, are becoming increasingly important in the ongoing drug epidemic as the number of substance use-related emergencies increase during the COVID-19 pandemic. ... Ellen Vaughan, an associate professor in the department of counseling and education in psychology in the IU School of Education in Bloomington, says she's always been interested in studying substance use disorders, both prevention, and treatment. ... now, she is helping the university launch a master's track in addictions training. "We want to reduce stigma, we want to talk about this problem, we want to bring it out in the open so we can figure out the best ways not just to prevent substance use disorders but also treat substance use disorders," Vaughan said.

The Indianapolis Star

IUPUI study highlights Black arts groups' innovation and inequities COVID-19 has widened

(O)ften, the impact of widespread crises on Black arts organizations and the solutions they come up with aren't measured in a data-driven manner that's tailored to them. They differ from mainstream white organizations in how they culturally enrich their communities, many times with scant reserves and fewer donor resources. Now, two scholars at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis are addressing that by spearheading a study of Black arts groups around the city. Through a survey and analysis tool, they are assessing the pandemic's impact, learning how groups have pivoted to serve their audiences and -- importantly for recovery -- helping them find funding on a playing field that favors white-led organizations. The results of their project will become public in early 2021 through a to-be-announced digital platform that also will help Black arts organizations share resources and tell their stories of resilience. "This is really focused on the contemporary moment," said Joseph Lennis Tucker Edmonds, an assistant professor of Africana studies and religious studies at IUPUI.

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Indianapolis Business Journal

Ag firm creates big buzz with bee hive tech

Ellie Symes, the co-founder and CEO of The Bee Corp., has been called a rising tech star, agriculture industry pioneer and role model for women in business. ... The agricultural technology company she co-founded with Wyatt Wells while she was an Indiana University student is creating quite a buzz, with a growth and diversification plan and a recent haul of capital to fuel its ambitious expansion plans. ... The Bee Corp. now offers a third-party appraisal tool, using infrared cameras to monitor the hive and the bees inside it and an internet of things platform to help growers stay apprised of hive conditions. "It's much more complex (than the company's previous method), but it gives a more accurate count," Symes said. ... "The Bee Corp has a compelling story. The company has a great management team, and Ellie is a dynamic leader," said Tony Armstrong, CEO of IU Ventures.

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How hate for Trump may have triumphed over love for Biden -- and Trump

Steven Webster, an assistant political science professor at Indiana University, said voters weren't uniformly casting a ballot against Trump. Some voters did, in fact, like Biden and cast an "affirmative" vote for him, said Webster, author of the book "American Rage: How Anger Shapes Our Politics." Still, early indications suggested that a significant number of voters were motivated to get rid of Trump, he said. "If you're angry at someone, you're going to be really motivated to get off the sidelines, so to speak, and participate," Webster said. "And so I think what was a real driving force in this election was the anger that Democrats had for four-plus years now toward Donald Trump. I think that was crucial."


PODCAST: Supreme Court may slight gay couples in foster care

Steve Sanders, a professor at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law, discusses Supreme Court arguments in a case that could let a Catholic charity refuse to work with same-sex couples when helping to place foster children in Philadelphia. David Yaffe-Bellany, Bloomberg Legal Reporter, discusses a surge of lawsuits by parents who've lost their jobs during the pandemic, alleging their employers discriminated against them for taking care of their kids when schools closed.

The Times of Northwest Indiana

Coronavirus on track to become No. 1 cause of death in Indiana

As (the) number of new coronavirus cases in Indiana spirals to near-daily records highs, hospitalizations have soared and the disease is on track to soon become the state's No. 1 cause of death. The state reported nearly 6,600 new cases in a single day last week, said Micah Pollak, associate professor of economics at Indiana University Northwest. "At this rate of growth, I think we'll be at 10,000 before the end of the month," he said. In Indiana's District 1, which includes Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton and Jasper counties, a total of 578 people were reported Friday to have died because of the virus. Pollak's calculations showed a seven-day average positivity rate of 14.7% for District 1 through Nov. 5, the latest data available. He calculates the rate differently from the Indiana State Department of Health.

Fox 59

Churches make decisions about moving services completely online amid COVID19 spike

Health experts say virtual services are a great option right now as the state fights to control the spread. But, if someone decides they do want to attend in-person services, make sure you're protecting yourself. "If you do go make sure you wear your mask, make sure you're sitting six feet away from other families, and make sure you're seeing that other people are wearing their masks as well," Shandy Dearth, Director of the Undergraduate Epidemiology Program at IUPUI's Fairbanks School of Public Health, said. "If they aren't wearing their masks, I would say something to one of the leaders of the worship center."

Indianapolis Business Journal

State legislators poised to rap IndyGo for fundraising flop

The coronavirus pandemic has made fundraising difficult for many not-for-profit organizations, one expert said, and those challenges are even steeper if the organization is newly formed. Una Osili, the Efroymson chairwoman at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI, said some organizations whose work puts them "on the front lines of the pandemic" have seen increased interest from donors. But not-for-profits whose work is not directly relevant to the health crisis are finding fundraising more challenging right now, she said. One reason is that the pandemic has curtailed many of the face-to-face meetings through which not-for-profits typically solicit prospective donors. "Those are much harder to do in a virtual setting," Osili said.


VIDEO: Community Link: Dr. Tyrone Freeman

Each week in Community Link, Carolene Mays-Medley and Marco Dominguez take a look at an organization or business that is making a positive impact on the community. With research focusing on American and African American philanthropy, Dr. Tyrone Freeman penned the book Madam C.J. Walker's Gospel of Giving: Black Women's Philanthropy During Jim Crow. Dr. Freeman, of Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, stopped by the Daybreak studios to talk more about the American entrepreneur. "She is a legendary American figure, very generous," said Freeman. "She's publicly known as America's first self-made female millionaire, because of her wealth and her success."

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