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December 2, 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

Blue-light glasses improve sleep and work productivity, IU research shows

This story has been covered by: Pharmacy Times, Study Finds, Psychology Today, The Telegraph, Forbes, MSN.

Kelley School receives State Department grant for outreach in North Macedonia

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

Kelley School researcher to advance secure, energy-efficient technology in manufacturing

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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News-Medical Net

Indiana University researchers report a specific type of childhood cancer

Researchers at Indiana University School of Medicine have published their work about a specific type of childhood cancer in the peer-reviewed, international oncology journal, Cancers. This research involves a combination therapy that significantly slows tumor growth in models, which includes a model established from cells taken from tumors donated by Tyler Trent. This is the first published manuscript that includes Trent's tumor model. The Precision Genomics team at Riley Children's Health found a genetic variation in Trent's tumors (named after him as TT1 and TT2) known as the MYC-RAD21 signature, which has been found in tumors that tend to recur. (Karen E.) Pollok (study lead and associate professor of pediatrics, Indiana University School of Medicine) said there are two drugs that can block its effects, a Chk1 inhibitor and a bromodomain inhibitor. Her team tested each drug individually, as well as in combination.

Post Tribune

Community news: University Chancellor named to executive committee

Indiana University Northwest Chancellor Ken Iwama was recently named to the executive committee of the Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities (CUMU), the longest-running and largest organization committed to serving and connecting the world’s urban and metropolitan universities and their partners. Members of the executive committee are presidents and chancellors of CUMU member institutions and are elected to serve two-year terms in their respective positions. Iwama began his tenure as the seventh Chancellor of Indiana University Northwest in August. He previously served as the College of Staten Island's founding Vice President for the Division of Economic Development, Continuing Studies, and Government Relations.

Poets and Quants

Sneak peek: Our 2020 best undergraduate business school profs

No doubt professors included this year impressed us in many different and unique ways. Abbey Stemler, who is an associate professor at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business is a first-generation college student and because of that, "being a professor was never in the realm of possibility." But Indiana University business law professor Jamie Prenkert became her mentor when she was just 21 and gave Stemler her first shot at teaching. "He and the Department of Business Law and Ethics at Kelley gave me a shot teaching, and it's been a remarkable journey ever since," Stemler says. "I'm truly grateful for the unexpected opportunities the Kelley School has given me."

Poets and Quants

Another Top 25 MBA program is waiving GMATs and GREs

Indiana University's Kelley School of Business has joined a growing number of prominent full-time MBA programs that is waiving GMAT and GRE test scores from its admissions process. Kelley is the fourth school with a top 25 ranked MBA to offer waivers due to the COVID pandemic, joining MIT Sloan, the University of Virginia's Darden School of Business, and the University of Michigan's Ross School of Business. At least nine of the top 50 MBA programs are now essentially test-optional.

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China Daily

Panel sees new subnational exchanges with China

While the administration of President-elect Joe Biden is still more than a month away from taking office and will have to focus on domestic issues first, China experts say that this is a good time for subnational parties in the US to advance relations with China. That was the view of speakers at the annual China Business Conference hosted by the America China Society of Indiana (ACSI) and held virtually for the first time. ... Wendy Leutert, GLP-Ming Z. Mei Chair of Chinese economics and trade at Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies and the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures, said that "having a successful subnational economic cooperation is also a very important part of the overall US-China relationship and it helps to promote more positive bilateral engagement at the national level".

Scientific American

Information overload helps fake news spread, and social media knows it

Written by Filippo Menczer, is Distinguished Professor of Informatics and Computer Science and director of the Observatory on Social Media at Indiana University Bloomington, and Thomas Hills, a professor of psychology and director of the Behavioral and Data Science master's program at the University of Warwick in England. We prefer information from people we trust, our in-group. We pay attention to and are more likely to share information about risks -- (for example), the risk of losing (a) job. We search for and remember things that fit well with what we already know and understand. These biases are products of our evolutionary past, and for tens of thousands of years, they served us well. People who behaved in accordance with them -- for example, by staying away from the overgrown pond bank where someone said there was a viper -- were more likely to survive than those who did not. Modern technologies are amplifying these biases in harmful ways, however. Search engines direct (us) to sites that inflame (our) suspicions, and social media connects (us) with like-minded people, feeding (our) fears. Making matters worse, bots -- automated social media accounts that impersonate humans -- enable misguided or malevolent actors to take advantage of (our) vulnerabilities.

Fox 59

VIDEO: Local charities reach out on Giving Tuesday

The Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI tracked charitable giving from the start of the pandemic last spring. "This has also been a time of incredible generosity," said Associate Dean Dr. Una Osili. "We've seen Americans at all different levels of income really step up and help their neighbors and help friends in need and funders, corporations, foundations, have also increased their giving." Dr. Osili said charities and non-profits need to lean forward in social media and virtual contact to keep their supporters engaged during the pandemic and after. ... Dr. Osili said that while frontline charities distributing food and PPE supplies have benefited from donations during the pandemic, non-profits related to the arts have suffered without a product to place in front of the community. "In this pandemic many of us feel like we cannot necessarily control what happens day-to-day," she said, "but what we can do is make a difference where we are and, regardless of your economic circumstances, all of us have something to give."

Business Insider

Trump threatening to veto $740B in military spending unless Congress revokes internet law he hates

President Trump is trying desperately to get Section 230, the part of US law that protects Big Tech companies, revoked. The president tweeted late Tuesday night that he would veto the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA) unless it included a repeal of Section 230."If the very dangerous & unfair Section 230 is not completely terminated as part of the National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), I will be forced to unequivocally VETO the Bill when sent to the very beautiful Resolute desk," Trump tweeted. The NDAA is an annual defense bill that grants roughly $740 billion in spending to the US military. Trump in July threatened to veto the bill if lawmakers voted to rename army posts named after Confederate generals. ... "Even in the most optimistic scenario any final rule will be challenged immediately in court and be put on hold," said Scott Shackelford, associate professor of business law and ethics at Indiana University. "Plus, any executive action in this context cannot fundamentally change Section 230, not without Congressional action."

New Orleans City Business

Be effective with your generosity in 2020

In a year like 2020, choosing where to direct your dollars is like picking your favorite child. Should your money go toward nonprofits providing basic needs, organizations fighting for social justice or a campaign to help local small businesses stay afloat? If you prefer donating your time, how do you give back when volunteer events are limited by the pandemic? ... Choosing which cause to support is deeply personal. If you haven't already, make a list of your values and what you're grateful for. This list is the basis for your giving plan that can help you determine which causes to prioritize and which ones you can say no to, says Jeannie Sager, director of the Women's Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University. Sager says you can also use a giving plan to frame your actions outside of hitting the "donate" button. "What kind of volunteerism are you doing? What messages are you sending as you retweet or share things on social media? How does that tie into your philanthropy and your values?" she suggests asking yourself.

Indiana Public Media

Indiana's unemployment rate falls, but so does the number of workers

Indiana’s unemployment rate fell to 5 percent, continuing an encouraging downward trajectory since the start of the pandemic. But the number of people in the labor force is falling too -- and that’s not a good sign. ... Kyle Anderson, economist at the IU Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis, has been watching new applications for unemployment benefits rise over the past few weeks. He said the drop in the unemployment rate should be tempered with plenty of caution. "I think that's a more current indicator that says that this kind of 'good news' report that we just got is not going to last," he said. "We're going to see more challenges."

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."

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The Indianapolis Star

Earlier promotions. More ways to shop. How the coronavirus pandemic is changing retail.

The pandemic has forced retailers to rethink the shopping experience to create multiple channels to get products to cautious consumers ... From Black Friday promotions starting as early as October to order pickups in store or curbside, some pandemic-induced shopping changes will likely stick around in the post-COVID 19 world, experts say. ... "E-commerce is at a place they didn't expect it to be until 2030," said John Talbott, director of the Center for Education and Research in Retail at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business at Bloomington. Keith Niedermeier, clinical professor of marketing at the Kelley School of Business at Bloomington, said more Americans have become acclimated to online shopping. "In the U.S., people -- especially older consumers, still in a lot of categories -- wanted to shop in person, wanted to feel those goods," Niedermeier said. "Because we've been forced to adapt that because of the pandemic, I think it's forced a lot of people into the e-commerce market who were reticent and weren't doing that before."

Retail Dive

What the pandemic has cemented about Gen Z

Marketing to young shoppers this holiday season will look different -- and create different winners -- but much of the group's core values have stayed the same. ... "Gen Z is the most equipped to deal with the changes and transition to the so-called new normal that we're living in," Keith Niedermeier, a clinical professor of marketing at the Kelley School of Business at Indiana University, said. "They're digital natives. They're used to communicating with one another through devices, through apps, through platforms, through Zoom."

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