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November 30, 2020
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Big News

IUPUI, Indiana Department of Health release Phase 3 findings from statewide COVID-19 study

This story has been covered by: South Bend Tribune, The Herald Bulletin, Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly.

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The Bloomington Herald-Times

Celebrate Native American art in Bloomington and beyond

Native American Heritage Month is almost over, but Indigenous artwork and other artifacts are still on view in Bloomington and Indianapolis venues. "Although our building is temporarily closed to the public, we do have two online exhibits about Native American materials available to users from our Mathers Collections of World Cultures," said Judith Kirk, assistant director at the Indiana University Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. The building is closed for renovations, but the museum is very much "open," offering online exhibits and programs, and working with indigenous partners on planning new in-person programs and exhibits for a reopening to the public in Spring 2022. ... Indiana University's Eskenazi Museum of Art (at IUPUI) is celebrating by highlighting its collection of objects created by Indigenous artists. A "Tiny Tour" video available on the museum website features artworks in the African, Oceanic and Indigenous American Art collection created by female artists. The Indigenous Art of the Americas section also includes a small group of more recent Native North American artworks. "Tradition and Authenticity in Native American Arts" is a new essay by one of the museum's collections specialists Emma Fulce and is also available. Fulce discusses the definition of traditional Native American art and how an art object is deemed to be authentically Native American.

Fondation Lombard Odier

Fondation Lombard Odier's inaugural Prize for Academic Excellence in Philanthropy

Jointly established with the University of Geneva, Lombard Odier's Inaugural Prize for Academic Excellence prize has been awarded to two academic researchers for their work in the field of philanthropy. In the senior category, the CHF 10,000 first prize went to (IUPUI's) Richard Steinberg from the Indiana University (USA) for his paper entitled "The Design of Tax Incentives for Giving". These scientific papers will appear in a paper on philanthropy and taxation published by the Geneva Centre for Philanthropy of the University of Geneva. Patrick Odier, chair of the Fondation Lombard Odier Prize for Academic Excellence in Philanthropy jury, says: "The prize aims to encourage leading-edge research in the field of philanthropy, expanding the understanding of the discipline and best practices. ..." Finalists in the junior scholar category: Aligning tax incentives with motivations for philanthropy: Insights from brain and behaviour, Jo Cutler, University of Birmingham (UK); Why fiscally encourage philanthropy? The justifications used by political actors in Switzerland (2000-2019), Caroline Honegger, Romain Carnac, Philipp Balsiger, and Alexandre Lambelet, HETSL (HES-SO) and University of Neuchâtel (CH); Philanthropy as a self-taxation mechanism with happy outcomes: Crafting a new public discourse, Charles Sellen, Indiana University (IUPUI, USA).

Poets and Quants

Some top online MBA programs see applications surge

The online MBA degree continues to grow in legitimacy and popularity. ... This year's No. 1 ranked school–Indiana University's Kelley School of Business–posted the third-highest growth in applicants, going from 572 applicants in 2018 to 1,013 in 2020, a 77% jump in percentage terms.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Column: Sharing music, singing still possible in 'virtual' ways

Whether it's familiar hymns, "Messiah" or caroling together, music will be missed. But a number of Indiana University Jacobs School of Music students are making sure that loss is not complete, as they continue to provide -- even when school is out -- choral and instrumental music to congregations -- through online church services and other ways. (Graduate students) Anthony Ferreira and Josiah Hamill did not know each other a year ago when they were hired to work at Bedford's Presbyterian Church, a small congregation that values music. ... Their church is one of many in the region that takes advantage of the great reservoir of musical talent available through the IU's Music School. Singers travel as far as Indianapolis and organists even farther to provide musical excellence for church liturgies in normal times. Singers form a core group for church choirs, and the instrumentalists get to hone their considerable skills in a congregational setting. But during the pandemic, their resources have had to be stretched even further to meet the needs of a church population that values music as essential to their religious experience. So what do musicians do when faced with the challenges of this Advent? They create, and many are doing so to provide parishioners a "substitute" for the music of the season, if not the real thing, in person. Jono Palmer is a graduate student in choral conducting from New Zealand. He has served jointly the two Disciples congregation in Bedford and Bloomington by learning and providing technical assistance and editing online services for the two congregations. ... Since singing together in close groups is forbidden, virtual choirs have sprung up everywhere. Putting them together is a huge endeavor -- both for the technician and the individual singers, who have to perform solo, before they are merged into a harmonious whole.

Yahoo Style

The 15 COVID symptoms scaring doctors

A survey conducted by Dr. Natalie Lambert of Indiana University School of Medicine and Survivor Corps analyzed the long-term experiences COVID-19 survivors are having with the virus. The COVID-19 'Long Hauler' Symptoms Survey Report identified 98 long-lasting symptoms. "We're learning that once you get rid of the virus in a certain proportion of people, they still can not necessarily feel normal for variable periods of time," said Dr. Anthony Fauci, the nation's top infectious disease expert, in a Q&A with the Washington Post on Monday. Read on to discover the top 15 symptoms from the survey -- and also don't miss this essential list of the Sure Signs You've Already Had Coronavirus.

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The Seattle Times

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

Under the CARES Act, part of the federal government's pandemic relief program that passed in March, individual taxpayers can take a deduction of up to $300 for cash donations made in 2020 when they file their tax return in the spring. ... There are some details to keep in mind. To qualify for the deduction, the donation must be made in cash (paying by check or credit card is OK); stock, volunteer hours or donated goods don’t qualify. And the donation must be made to a qualified, 501(c)(3) public charity. Gifts to private foundations or individuals aren't eligible. The IRS offers a search tool to help donors verify if an organization is eligible to accept tax-deductible donations. 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 (at IUPUI).

Post Tribune

University students: Online learning, gearing up for rest of semester online, possible Feb return

(IU Northwest student) Greg Blandford did school online before this semester. When the COVID-19 pandemic hit in March and bumped universities and schools throughout the country online, he said he was ready for it. ... Two of Blandford's IUN classes were completely remote earlier in the semester while one was a hybrid, but now he, along with most other IU students, will continue the semester online until Feb. 8. ... As students, faculty and staff adapt to the year, IUN Executive Vice Chancellor Vicki Román-Lagunas said she thinks it is going far better than expected. "(It is) absolutely amazing. A lot of people rejected being remote, rejected teaching online," Román-Lagunas said. "We all have learned so much about new ways to teach and new ways to learn and new ways to operate at work. We've been successful."

Harvard Business Publishing

Leveling the digital playing field

Even students who typically have enough computing resources to access online education in normal times may run into trouble due to the extraordinary demands that the pandemic places on families. "In many households, you suddenly have more bandwidth usage across the board," explains Chris Foley, associate vice president and director of online education for Indiana University. "It's not just a matter of one student trying to access the internet. You might have two adults working full-time from home, plus children attending school or trying to complete college coursework. The router or internet service that worked well for occasional work-from-home days or streaming some entertainment is suddenly getting hit with a lot more traffic. Most home networks were not built for this high-demand usage." Foley says some Indiana University students figured out how to manage these bandwidth issues on their own, but others have struggled with triaging problems and identifying the weak link in the router-modem-laptop chain. To help, Indiana University set up a website called Keep Learning that serves as a one-stop shop for technology and networking advice.

The Conversation

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

Written by R. Andrew Butters, an assistant professor in the Department of Business Economics and Public Policy at the IU Kelley School of Business in Bloomington. President-elect Joe Biden has said fixing the economy will be one of his administration’s top priorities when he takes office in January. R. Andrew Butters, assistant professor of business economics and public policy at Indiana University and a visiting scholar at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, explains the challenges Biden will face and what kind of stimulus the U.S. will need.


How much will it cost to get a COVID-19 vaccine?

A COVID-19 vaccine may be approved for use by the end of December. The U.S. federal government has poured billions of dollars into the development of vaccines. They have also put in orders for hundreds of millions of doses. ... The federal government will likely purchase additional doses in the coming months. Already, the government has pledged to purchase an additional 500 million doses from Pfizer and may buy 200 million more from Johnson & Johnson. "The huge [amount of] money that we spent in this case is unprecedented. It's never happened before," said Haizhen Lin, an associate professor of business economics and public policy at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business and a faculty research fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. It's worth noting that many details included in these contracts have not been made public, said Lin.

Indianapolis Monthly

How Big Car Collective Is walking the tightrope in Garfield Park

If you'd like to see down-at-their-heels neighborhoods with real problems -- places where an arts-based revitalization campaign would likely flop -- then Matt Nowlin, research analyst at The Polis Center at IUPUI, advises visiting some of Marion County's postwar housing developments outside the urban core. They're just as gritty as any neglected downtown neighborhood, but more isolated. "Since 2010, the neighborhoods where poverty has increased the fastest are older suburban areas built in the '60s and '70s," Nowlin says. While Garfield Park is rough around the edges, it still has the structure to be attractive. And because Big Car owns the majority share of the houses where the artists live, one thing is certain: As Garfield Park becomes a wealthier, more popular place, the painters and musicians won't be pushed out. For that accomplishment alone, the project can be marked down as a success.


VIDEO: Family celebrates Thanksgiving separately to avoid COVID-19

Turkey and watching the Dallas Cowboys together are Thanksgiving traditions for the Vidal family. But this year, their daughter Jasmin Sanchez is joining them virtually from 2,000 miles away, where she is a medical student at Indiana University. "I would hate to go back home and be responsible for giving someone COVID, if I do have it. I think the smart decision right now is to just wait it out, see how cases are going, check back in around Christmastime," Sanchez said. Sanchez is currently on surgery rotation. She is in the hospital every day, interacting with patients who may or may not have COVID-19. While staying away is tough for Sanchez, she feels as if it is the right decision. "I know with the COVID cases rising, I would hate to put them in any sort of danger," Sanchez said.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Indy Beacons: Jazz legend David Baker became music professor

Written by Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Radiology, Pediatrics, Medical Education, Philosophy, Liberal Arts, Philanthropy, and Medical Humanities and Health Studies at Indiana University (IUPUI). (The late IU professor and director of jazz studies) David Baker's story poses many questions. How did a child from a family devoid of musicians become a world-class instrumentalist? Why didn’t this accomplished musician play for the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra? Why did he switch from his signature instrument, the trombone, to the cello? And how did a man who once walked away from academics become one of the great music professors? ... Baker excelled as both a teacher and a scholar. Many important figures in jazz studied with him, and he authored some 400 articles and 70 books, including "Jazz Styles and Analysis -- Trombone," "Jazz Improvisation" and "David Baker's Jazz Pedagogy." IU named him a distinguished professor, and a jazz composition scholarship was established in his honor. ... Baker was best known as one of jazz's great educators. He called improvisation the "sine qua non" of jazz and recognized two great problems in its teaching: first, the view that “either you’ve got it or you don't," and second, "fear and ignorance on the part of teachers." Before he died at 84 in 2016, Baker proved that jazz improvisation can be taught and that "the technique of teaching it can be learned."

Indiana Public Media

McRobbie: IU is well-positioned to help mitigate COVID-19, future pandemics

Indiana University officials have begun to feel more and more secure in their handling of the pandemic. President Michael McRobbie said as recently as four weeks ago, IU officials wondered if they would make it to the Thanksgiving break without changing direction. "The numbers were looking very good then, but we were worried if we were going to see spikes, and the state numbers were starting to go up," he said. "… Well we've kept our numbers constantly low and it's only been in the last three or four weeks that we're started to feel really confident about what we are doing." He still recognizes there are a lot of unknowns. But he believes since the university now feels good about getting a handle on what it is doing with students, faculty and staff, IU is positioned well to play a larger role in helping control this and future pandemics. Already in Indiana, IU's Fairbanks School of Public Health (at IUPUI) has led a comprehensive study about the spread of the disease in the state -- which has helped direct a public response.

Indianapolis Business Journal

High Alpha launching new firms at torrid rate

Indianapolis-based High Alpha has been gaining altitude since the venture studio launched in 2015, but with eight tech startups introduced this year, it’s entered a new stratosphere. ... "This is a testament to the people involved in High Alpha," said Todd Saxton, associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business (at IUPUI) and a Kelley Venture Fellow. "This organization is a tremendous asset to the local business and tech ecosystems."

Building Indiana Business

93% of Hoosier manufacturers think they'll survive pandemic

In a year of unpredictable outcomes and business projections, the manufacturing industry took a hit early in the COVID-19 pandemic but is bouncing back to end the year strong. The 2020 Indiana Manufacturing Survey: COVID-19 Special Edition, conducted by Katz, Sapper & Miller in partnership with Indiana University's Kelley School of Business at IUPUI and the Indiana Manufacturers Association, surveyed more than 100 Indiana-based companies and found 93% of respondents think their business will survive the impact of the pandemic. ... "Even with the push from the pandemic to make these adjustments sooner, companies ranked -- in order -- process and automation, workforce, supply chain, and products as the general areas of business operations they see leading to future change because of their experiences this year," said Mark Frohlich, associate professor of operations management at the Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. "Our past surveys revealed these long-standing issues before and showed that companies in every subset of the industry were working to find cost-effective solutions. Manufacturing companies, even more so this year, are becoming known for their ability to adapt to ever-changing factors such as technologies, employee standards, and economic issues."

The Tribune India

Kuldip Singh: The architect who changed Delhi's landscape

In pioneering architect Kuldip Singh's death, India has lost an icon of modernism in a post-colonial world ... "The British had left Delhi with an infrastructure unsuited to the state's ambitions. Nehru wanted to create a new and prosperous country from the ashes left behind by the Raj. This required an expanded civil service and buildings to house them and facilitate their work. So, Kuldip was one amongst many, but his buildings were singularly beautiful, challenging, and inventive," says Michael S Dodson, Professor of South Asian History at Indiana University, Bloomington, who is writing a book on modernist design in Delhi during the 1960s, '70s and '80s. This was an era when Kuldip, along with Raj Rewal, his partner for long, and structural engineer Mahendra Raj, were names to reckon with.

Health IT Analytics

Exchanging social determinants data to boost population health

Of the countless pieces of information needed to enhance population health, social determinants of health data are among the most critical. While it's widely understood that non-clinical factors have a significant impact on patient health, collecting and sharing this information is no small task."The biggest challenge to collecting data in the EHR itself is the human resources needed to document the individual social determinants of a patient," Brian Dixon, director of public health informatics at Regenstrief Institute, Inc. and Indiana University Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, said during a recent episode of Healthcare Strategies, an Xtelligent Healthcare Media Podcast.

Cancer Health

COVID-19 worsens mental health, sparks overdoses

The continued stress from COVID-19 has heightened mental health problems nationwide. And some experts say that has led to an increase in drug overdoses. ... Kurt Kroenke, MD, a researcher at Indiana University School for Medicine and the Regenstrief Institute, says it's common for people with substance use disorder to also have clinical depression or anxiety. "The technical term is called comorbidity and comorbidity means patients have more than one condition ..." he says. "They're at much greater risk of also suffering from depression, a probably a third to half or more ... as well as their problem with opiates."

The Associated Press

Ga. Sen. Perdue boosts wealth with well-timed stock trades

As the ravages of the novel coronavirus forced millions of people out of work, shuttered businesses and shrank the value of retirement accounts, the Dow Jones Industrial Average plunged to a three-year low. But for Sen. David Perdue, a Georgia Republican, the crisis last March signaled something else: a stock buying opportunity. ... There is no definitive proof that Perdue, who is among the wealthier members of the Senate, acted on information gained as a member of Congress or through his long-standing relationship with company officials. It's illegal to use nonpublic information gained as a company insider or member of Congress to make investment decisions. But legal experts say the timing of his sale, the fact that he quickly bought Cardlytics stock back when it had lost two-thirds of its market value and his close ties to company officials all warrant scrutiny. ... Perdue has previously said that outside financial advisers make most of his trades. But Donna Nagy, an Indiana University law professor, said that type of arrangement doesn’t preclude Perdue from directing an adviser to make specific transactions. She said one way for members of Congress to avoid questions about their financial holdings is to put them in a blind trust, which Perdue has not done. "All of these questions about the motivations behind our members of Congress and their personal securities trading could be alleviated if Congress passed a law that limited investments," said Nagy, who specializes in securities law. "Ordinary citizens should not have to question members of Congress about their investments."

Princeton Daily Clarion

Box: Holiday spike could put counties in severe COVID spread

Indiana State Health Department reported 80 new cases including an additional COVID-19 related death in Gibson County over the past two days. While the county's community spread metrics remain in the moderate to severe category, ISDH Commissioner Dr. Kristina Box said Wednesday that 74 counties (including Gibson) at level 2.5 of the moderate to severe metrics are approaching very high community spread of the virus. ... Dr. Nir Menechemi and Dr. Paul Halverson of the IUPUI Fairbanks School of Public Health reported some of the findings of a study of community spread in Indiana. Dr. Menechemi said the number of cases that are reported "represent just the tip of the iceberg," suggesting "It's now clear that people on the bottom half of the pyramid (mild or no symptoms) are responsible for the spread of the virus." ... Menechemi and Halverson both said masks can help protect people and the state’s economy.


How do we stop this surge? Here's what experts say could help

As the U.S. wades deeper into a brutal fall surge of the coronavirus, Americans are living under a growing list of restrictions aimed at curbing the exponential rise of COVID-19. ... Broad lockdowns do work as a measure of last resort, says Ana Bento, an assistant professor at the School of Public Health at Indiana University Bloomington. It's the simplest, most blunt tool to break the chain of transmission, which reduces the probability of people getting infected and lightens the load on the health care system. "That's the whole purpose of it," Bento says.

The Virginian-Pilot

The risks of another epidemic: Teenage vaping

While most of us strive to avoid inhaling aerosols that could harbor a deadly virus, millions of teens and young adults are deliberately bathing their lungs in aerosols rich in chemicals with known or suspected health hazards. I'm referring to vaping (or "juuling"): the use of electronic cigarettes that is hooking young people on a highly addictive drug -- nicotine -- and will be likely to keep them hooked for decades. Meanwhile, e-cigarettes and other vaping devices are legally sold with few restrictions while producers and sellers reap the monetary rewards. Although many states prohibit e-cigarette sales to persons younger than 18 or 21, youngsters have little trouble accessing the products online or from friends and relatives. ... "Juul made it cool, and young people who had never smoked cigarettes are becoming addicted to nicotine," said Erika R. Cheng, a public health researcher at Indiana University School of Medicine. In addition to nicotine, Juul pods contain a mix of glycerol, propylene glycol, benzoic acid and flavoring agents, the long-term health effects of which have yet to be determined, she said. "E-cigarettes were initially advertised as a means to help people transition from harmful tobacco smoking," Cheng said. "A lot of early users didn't even know they contained nicotine." Although a small minority of smokers have used e-cigarettes to help them quit or reduce their dependence on tobacco, most who use the devices vape to get their nicotine fix when they can't smoke regular cigarettes.

Shreveport Times

What to expect on Cyber Monday during coronavirus pandemic

Cyber Monday has grown in popularity in recent years with a record $9.4 billion being spent online last year on the big online shopping day. In any other year, growth in Cyber Monday revenue would be expected. But this is 2020 and nothing is so simple anymore. ... Consumers benefit from the extended shopping period, but it also could diminish the importance of Cyber Monday. "I think people have already decided if they are cyber shopping,'' Centenary College economics professor David Hoaas said. ... Others, though, expect more online shopping in 2020 because of the trend going that way in addition to the COVID-19 pandemic. "Most purchases will be online and the curbside and other store pick up options is expected to be used more,'' said Lalatendu Acharya, assistant professor of health sciences at Indiana University Kokomo.

The Republic

America needs to step up to the challenges

Written by Lee Hamilton, a senior advisor for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a Distinguished Scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a Professor of Practice at the IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Having won the election for U.S. President, Joe Biden now has an opportunity to take stock of America, to assess where we have been and where we are going. With voting now behind us, I see several trends that will challenge President-Elect Biden and his team. ... By stepping up to these challenges, President Biden will lift our spirits and make us feel better about our country. Our country and its institutions are, of course, imperfect. Not every challenge can be addressed at once. All of this puts a heavy, but not insurmountable burden on the President elect. In addressing them, he certainly will need help -- and lots of it. We are the United States of America, an exceptional nation, as we say, "if we do not step up, who will?"

The Times of Northwest Indiana

COVID hospital admissions, deaths expected to rise; decline in new cases offers some hope

Statewide, the average daily number of deaths could rise to about 90 by early December, making coronavirus more deadly than three other leading causes of death combined, said Micah Pollak, associate professor of economics at Indiana University Northwest. Heart disease, cancer and respiratory disease kill an average of 39.6 people, 36.9 people and 12 people per day in Indiana, respectively. Based on the latest available data, Pollak's model shows the average daily number of hospital admissions across Indiana could rise to more than 400 by month's end, up from just under 250 last week. "That's kind of the scary graph, because hospitals are at or close to capacity," said Pollak, who has been working with medical professionals to analyze coronavirus data. "We've got to deal with full capacity now, but we have admissions accelerating for another week to two weeks."

Market Scale

How campus CIOs can keep up with rising wifi and connectivity demands

Campus CIOs can successfully anticipate infrastructure requirements and stay ahead of the demand by studying trends and understanding the needs of their campus community. ... 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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