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November 17, 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

5 mistakes people make when sharing COVID-19 data visualizations on Twitter

This story has been covered by: Health Analytics, Technology Networks.

IUPUI scientist awarded over $1.8M from NIH to advance research on diabetes

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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

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

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Fox 59

IU School of Medicine provides update on AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial

Officials with the Indiana University (IU) School of Medicine provided an update Tuesday afternoon on their progress made after being selected as a site for the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine trial. Dr. Cynthia Brown, the doctor leading the study, gave updates and introduced volunteer participants, who shared their experiences. ... The IU School of Medicine says several Hoosier volunteers are now enrolled in the late-stage clinical study of an investigational COVID-19 vaccine known as AZD1222. More than 3,000 Hoosiers applied within days of the local study site being announced. Brown's team looks to enroll more than 1,000 volunteers in eight weeks. Because COVID-19 has disproportionately affected Black and Latino families, study leaders are encouraging people from all backgrounds to join the study.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU's portion of new regional academic health center nearly finished

Indiana University's new $45 million health sciences building is on track for substantial completion at the end of the month. "Once we got started, things have gone really well," said Tom Morrison, vice president for capital planning and facilities at IU. "Given the size of it, and given all we've gone through in the last year, I wouldn't have predicted that seven months ago." The health sciences building is just part of what's being constructed at the IU Health Bloomington Regional Academic Health Center along the Ind. 45/46 bypass. An enclosed walkway with large glass windows connects the university's health sciences building with IU Health's new hospital.

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The New York Times

When schools closed, Americans turned to their usual backup plan: Mothers

Mothers are the fallback plan in the United States in part because of persistent beliefs that they are ultimately responsible for homemaking and child rearing, and because of the lack of policies to help parents manage the load. "Other countries have social safety nets; the U.S. has women," Jessica Calarco, a sociologist at Indiana University, told the journalist Anne Helen Petersen in a recent interview for her newsletter, Culture Study.

The New York Times

Are we seriously talking about closing schools again?

Written by Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics at Indiana University School of Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute. As the surge of coronavirus infections in the United States becomes undeniable, many leaders throughout the country are reacting by calling for closures. Bizarrely, they almost always seem to focus on schools first. That's exactly the opposite of what they should be doing. Don't get me wrong. With cases climbing to levels we haven't seen before, we need to restrict our physical interactions. But we should do so rationally and in an evidence-based manner. We should figure out what poses the greatest danger and act accordingly, instead of automatically asking schoolchildren to bear the brunt of the pain. We should not be having large weddings. We should not be going to public events. We should not be eating indoors at restaurants. We should not be drinking indoors at bars. These are the activities responsible for a vast majority of transmissions, and these should be the focus of our initial interventions.

National Journal

How Biden can convince Americans to wear masks

Legal and public-health experts told National Journal that some mandates -- in federal buildings, for example -- could be useful, but that Biden needs to take other important steps to convince Americans to wear masks, including providing consistent and accurate messaging. Mask mandates on the state and local levels have seen court challenges, noted Nicolas Terry, a law professor at Indiana University. "The best bet is for Biden and less-radicalized states, governors, state legislatures, to coax people into this rather than try to force them," Terry said. Terry added that Biden should be going back to "the original Public Health 101 playbook that was never used by the Trump administration, which is: You are transparent, you are consistent, you are truthful. We desperately need to get back to that."


Here are creative ways to teach your kids about charity

You don't need to have money to make a difference in someone's life, and teach your child to give back at the same time. In fact, it may help your kids navigate the pandemic a little easier.  "A lot of children are probably stressed out by this, so finding something where they can take an action, to make some small piece of this better might help them in ways beyond the expression of generosity," said Dr. Mark Wilhelm, a professor of economics and philanthropic studies at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.


Experts: Gobble all you like, but do it with the turkeys in your own household

There's no way to know for sure how many people are staying home this Thanksgiving. Airline travel is down as much as 88 percent from last year, according to airline analysts, and AAA predicts many fewer cars on the road. Still, many people are struggling to figure out what's best. "We highly recommend enjoying Thanksgiving with people who live in your household," says Andrea Janota, a public health expert at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "We see that the most transmission happens when we have mixing of households." In all likelihood, not everyone will follow this advice, so Janota has some ideas for people who still want to travel and see family, which requires some preparation prior to Thanksgiving day. "So staying home as much as possible -- maybe you do pickup of groceries, rather than going grocery shopping in the store," Janota says. "Making sure you're practicing really good hand hygiene, things like that."

eCampus News

How campus CIOs can keep up with rising network demands

Rob Lowden, CIO of Indiana University, says his institution generally sees its network traffic grow by about 20 percent year over year. "We try not to exceed 50 percent utilization of capacity on our network at any point," he says, "and when we do, we start planning for upgrades." This year, because there are fewer people on campus as a result of the pandemic, IU has had less traffic on its network. "We were typically seeing peak traffic at around 25 Gbps pre-pandemic and are now seeing it around 20 Gbps, so we are seeing traffic down roughly 20 percent," he says. However, "traffic to our virtual private network for off-campus users who are trying to access certain on-campus resources is up exponentially from pre-pandemic levels. As a result, we had to increase our VPN capacity."

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