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November 19, 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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The Bloomington Herald-Times

Despite vaccine news, IU's COVID testing, mask mandate likely to continue in 2021

While pharmaceutical companies have shared promising news about COVID-19 vaccines recently, life at Indiana University is expected to remain the same for much of 2021. In fact, COVID-19 testing will likely increase. "I just think that we are not going to see vaccines for most of our constituents on campus for quite some time," said Aaron Carroll, director of COVID-19 mitigation testing at IU. Carroll, who is also a professor of pediatrics at the IU School of Medicine, provided an update on the COVID-19 situation at IU and fielded questions during the IU Bloomington Faculty Council meeting Tuesday. There are several reasons why he does not think the university's response to the disease will change any time soon.

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The US social safety net has been ripped to shreds -- and women are paying the price

Written by Jessica Calarco, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University. Across the nation, people are navigating a new normal: caring for ailing family members; supporting partners through unemployment; turning their living quarters into offices; tending to children between work calls or helping them learn at home. To be sure, the pandemic presents challenges for all adults, but the new reality has exposed the inequalities that place an outsized burden on women -- in Covid-19 times and in normal times.

The Indianapolis Star

How Hoosiers are adjusting Thanksgiving for pandemic -- and what experts say is safe

Tom Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at IUPUI, said the answer is clear: Hoosiers should limit their celebrations to people they live with. "At this point, it's just not safe to celebrate Thanksgiving with people other than in your own household," Duszynski said. ... Beth Trammell, an associate professor of psychology at Indiana University East, said changing holiday traditions can lead to negative emotional reactions in a year already filled with so many hardships. Since lockdown began in March, Americans have faced losses, disappointments and emotional fatigue, Trammell said. Now those struggles are coming to a head as the holiday season approaches. "I think it feels big now because it feels like just another blow from 2020," Trammell said. "It's, ‘Here we go again, another set of experiences that we're not going to be able to do what we want to do.'" ... Ukamaka Oruche, an associate professor at the IUPUI School of Nursing who works with children experiencing emotional behavioral challenges, said families should prepare their children that holidays will be different, but there will still be some sort of celebration. "We'll do it in a way that keeps us safe and keeps other people safe," Oruche said.


'The Gen Z Dictionary' helps parents understand what their teens are saying

Kelly King, a professor at Indiana University, was tired of not understanding the vernacular her Gen Z students were using in class. "'The Gen-Z Dictionary' is a little manual for people like me who are totally clueless about what the younger generation are saying," King said. "Some of the words replace some of our old school words like 'cool.' So instead of saying, 'oh, that's cool,' say, 'oh, that's dope' or 'that's electric.' If something really tastes good say, 'that's fire.'"

The Times of Northwest Indiana

Video chat programs help put a new face on the holidays

As the holidays approach, families can enjoy each other's company and still socially distance with the help of video calling.
But how does one choose the application that's right for them? Whether you pick Zoom, FaceTime, WebEx, Google Duo or Facebook's video calling feature, you will likely find a user-friendly application that brings loved ones into focus to create holiday memories. "Virtual experiences are safe ways to stay connected during the pandemic and are richer experiences than connecting on Facebook, email or even having a phone call," said Aaron Pigors, director of Web and Instructional Media Services at Indiana University Northwest. "After the first time set-up, most video calls are very easy to use," he said. "There are a lot of video calling options out there. They all fundamentally do the same thing."

The Christian Science Monitor

Could the job of preserving America's wolves shift to states?

The Colorado ballot initiative, Proposition 114, passed by just 2 percentage points, making history as the first time a state's voters, rather than the federal government, called for wolf reintroduction.  ... Robert Fischman, a professor of law and public and environmental affairs at Indiana University, says Colorado's move might herald something of a rejuvenation for conservation at the state level. When the Endangered Species Act passed in 1973, says Dr. Fischman, the states, which had historically led conservation efforts, became "junior partners" to the federal government. "So I think this is a story of a revival for states taking the lead in managing not just their game populations, which they have continued to do through the 1970s, but now to have a renaissance of conservation efforts, and a renaissance of local extinction reversal efforts," he says.


AUDIO: Study measures impact of reading, creative writing on communication, problem-solving skills

 An Indiana University study partners with the Indiana Department of Correction to measure the impact of reading and creative writing programs on communication and problem-solving skills. The Indiana Prison Writers Workshop offers sessions studying the works of renowned authors. Staci Rising is the Program Manager at the Center for Health & Justice Research at the IU Public Policy Institute (at IUPUI), and she spoke with WFYI's Terri Dee.

Indiana Public Media

Growing COVID concerns: 'We should have listened to the science people'

Graham McKeen, assistant director of public and environmental health at Indiana University, said the current wave of new COVID infections appears bigger and more widespread than the surges that happened in the spring and summer — and threatens to be worse. "Still, even with 10 million cases in the United States, still, about 90% of the people have not had this disease. And you're coupling that with the highest level of spread yet," (McKeen) said. There is good news on horizon. Pfizer and Moderna both said they have vaccines that may be more than 94% effective. But if they receive FDA approval, it will still be months before they are ready. And in the meantime, McKeen said it’s important to remember there are still a lot of susceptible people. "There's still no treatment or vaccine that's highly effective," McKeen said. "Those things are coming, thankfully. And there's still a very high risk associated with this very new, mysterious respiratory virus."

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