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November 30, 2020
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Big News

Madeleine Albright, Judy Woodruff headline America's Role in the World conference

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

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Homework is bad, research confrms

Status-reinforcing processes, or ones that fortify pre-existing divides, are a dime a dozen in education. Standardized testing, creating honors and AP tracks, and grouping students based on perceived ability all serve to disadvantage students who lack the support structures and parental engagement associated with affluence. Looking specifically at math homework, the authors of the new working paper wanted to see if homework was yet another status-reinforcing process. As it turns out, it was, and researchers say that the traditional solutions offered up to fix the homework gap won’t work. "Here, teachers knew that students were getting unequal support with homework," said Jessica Calarco, the first author of the paper and an associate professor of psychology at Indiana University. "And yet, because of these standard, taken-for-granted policies that treated homework as students' individual responsibilities, it erased those unequal contexts of support and led teachers to interpret and respond to homework in these status-reinforcing ways."

Inside Indiana Business

Survey: Hoosier manufacturers expect to weather COVID storm

A new survey suggests many Hoosier manufacturers believe their business will survive the impact of the pandemic. The 2020 Indiana Manufacturing Survey: COVID-19 Special Edition says while Indiana's manufacturing industry took a hit early in the pandemic, it seems to be bouncing back toward a strong end to the year. ... The study was conducted by Indianapolis-based Katz, Sapper & Miller in conjunction with the Indiana University Kelley School of Business at IUPUI and the Indiana Manufacturers Association. Mark Frohlich, associate professor of operations and supply chain management at the Kelley School, tells Inside INdiana Business the survey showed some companies experiencing hardship while others saw improved business. "We've all been hearing how COVID's been kind of a story of two different worlds and that's something that certainly came through this year in the study," said Frohlich. "Thirty-one percent of the Hoosier manufacturers reported very little trouble in terms of their market and their business."

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Brent Wallarab named inaugural David N. Baker professor

The Indiana University Jacobs School of Music has awarded its inaugural David N. Baker Professorship to Brent Wallarab, associate professor of jazz studies. The award was presented in a virtual ceremony during a performance of the Latin Jazz Ensemble livestreamed Monday from IU’s Musical Arts Center. Wallarab was a student and graduate assistant to Baker, the late distinguished IU professor of music and chair of the IU jazz studies department, which he founded. His wife, Lida Baker, created the position to honor him. "Carrying this title is an honor, and I will continue to teach and mentor my students to the very best of my ability while embracing the legacy of my teacher, mentor, boss and friend David Baker," Wallarab said.

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The New York Times

It's easier to get a tax deduction for donations this year

While $300 may not seem like a large sum to donate, it can go a long way toward helping charities stretched thin by the demands of the pandemic, nonprofit specialists say. "It's a step in the right direction," said Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University.


'There is always a need for food assistance': 10 ways you can help people this Thanksgiving

Food banks and similar organizations may have specific needs for their own individual responses right now, and you can be most helpful by checking their website or calling ahead. Ask what items are in short supply or what the organization could benefit from most, Una Osili, an economist and associate dean for research and international programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, told MarketWatch. ... "For many donors, starting locally makes a lot of sense," Osili said. ... Of course, there are plenty of national and global organizations that need help too. Osili highlighted America's Food Fund and Feeding America at the national level, and the World Food Program, CARE, UNICEF, World Vision and Mercy Corps at the global level. "Food insecurity has been one of the top areas that we're seeing in many different countries where vulnerable groups, especially women and children, are facing higher levels of hunger as a result of the health and economic crisis," she said.

The Conversation

How Biden might stimulate the sputtering US economy: 4 questions answered

Written by R. Andrew Butters, assistant professor of business economics, Indiana University. The pandemic and the subsequent impacts on the economy have been nothing short of devastating. But the primary challenge actually isn't so much an economic one at all; it is a public health challenge. Until COVID-19 is under control, I think optimism about the health of the economy will remain fleeting. The job losses and slowdown in economic activity experienced across the country are likely to persist for many months or even years. The effects have also been highly uneven across industries. Employment in some sectors, such as finance and insurance, has fully recovered, while industries like leisure and hospitality are still struggling to get back on their feet. These uneven losses could also contribute to increases in income and social inequality.

The Jakarta Post

New BTS album racks up millions of listens within hours

Tens of millions of fans around the world raced to listen to the latest offering from BTS on Friday, as the K-pop sensation dropped their highly anticipated new album to a deluge of excitement. Three hours after BE was made available on a simultaneous worldwide release, the video for first track "Life Goes On" -- a song offering a message of hope in the face of the coronavirus pandemic -- had been viewed almost 20 million times on YouTube. ... The new album needs "to persuade the sceptics who have more recently heard about BTS that their work is powerful, original, and deep", CedarBough Saeji, a visiting professor at Indiana University Bloomington, told AFP. "If this album can demonstrate that loyal fans exist in large part because of phenomenal artistic offerings, the critics who attribute BTS's success only to loyal fans will be forced to reassess."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Shariq Siddiqui: Give Trump supporters time to get past election

Written by Shariq Siddiqui, assistant professor and director of the Muslim Philanthropy Initiative at the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University, senior fellow at the Center for Global Politics and founder of the Center on Muslim Philanthropy. How do we achieve unity after such a divisive election? Four years ago, the days after were among the worst in my life. I felt horrible! Donald Trump had won, and I felt his racism, bigoted and hateful rhetoric had been endorsed by my fellow Americans. ... This year, many Americans also feel horrible. More people voted in this election than ever before. President Trump received the second highest number of votes in history! And to the surprise of many, he made gains among minorities. ... Many in my circles ask: How could people vote for Trump, despite his horrible rhetoric against minorities? But all I could think about is how bad those Trump supporters must feel right now. I am sadder that they are in pain, than I am that they voted for Trump.

The Indianapolis Star

How to read Indiana's daily coronavirus dashboard

Brian Dixon, an associate professor at Indiana University's Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health and the director of public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute, said the all-test rate is reflective of what's happening with testing right now. He called it the gold standard. ... Positivity rates are closely tied to the number of tests -- but maybe not in the way you think. "There's a myth out there that if we do more testing, it's going to raise positivity," Dixon said. "The reality is actually the opposite. So, in theory, if we have generally the same amount of virus in the population, and we increase the amount of testing that we do, we are going to find some more cases, but it's not going to grow as dramatically as that increased testing volume that we're doing," he said. "So we'll actually bring positivity down." ... Graham McKeen, a public health expert on IU's COVID-19 medical response team, said he expects the probable death number to remain steady or grow more slowly as testing continues to grow and doctors continue to find more effective ways to treat people who may have the disease. 

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