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December 4, 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

IU Bloomington to host virtual commencement ceremony Dec. 19

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

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Indianapolis Recorder

Vaccine study resumes at Indiana University

After a brief pause of testing throughout the United States, researchers at Indiana University have resumed work toward a COVID-19 vaccine. Testing in the AstraZeneca study was put on hold briefly after announcing one patient -- not in Indiana -- experienced side effects. So far, over 3,000 Hoosiers have volunteered to take part in the clinical study for the vaccine, known as AZD1222. The trial is taking place at IU Health University Hospital in Indianapolis. Researchers want to expand the trials and engage a more diverse group of participants. Dr. Cynthia Brown, associate professor of clinical medicine (in the IU School of Medicine) and the director of the Indianapolis testing site, said she's looking to enroll 1,000 more volunteers in the upcoming weeks to make sure the testing is as thorough as possible. She said she would like the control groups to be as diverse as possible. "Historically, minority populations have been underrepresented," Brown said in a previous interview with the Recorder. "Looking at our sample of volunteers, we're trying to oversample Black and Hispanic people to bring more minorities in."

Herald Journal

Six awardees receive specialty crop grant funding

The Indiana State Department of Agriculture awarded more than $468,000 to six projects designed to grow the state's specialty crop sector, funded by USDA's Specialty Crop Block Grant program. Specialty crops include fruits, vegetables, tree nuts, dried fruits, and horticulture and nursery crops. ... Indiana University -- Indiana Tree Nuts: Building Supply Chains for Indiana grown Chestnut, Hazelnut, Pecan and Walnut. Award: $82,954.80. Project: Indiana University will identify the steps needed to establish an Indiana-based supply chain for Indiana grown chestnuts, hazelnuts, pecans and walnuts by conducting a supply chain assessment and hosting grower education workshops. The focus will be on the feasibility of building Indiana's nut aggregation and processing capacity, to increase the amount of value created by Indiana grown nuts.

Indiana Environmental Reporter

A seat at the table

A diverse panel of climate activists agreed bold action and bilateral collaboration are necessary as the United States takes its first steps in reclaiming climate change leadership amid the continuing COVID-19 pandemic. The pandemic has highlighted the severity of the climate change crisis, said representatives from three climate activist organizations during the virtual America’s Role in the World conference held by Indiana University's Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies Dec. 1-2. They agreed the Biden administration should take more ambitious action with regards to the fossil fuel industry, the root of the climate change problem, to avoid a "climate catastrophe," but differed on what steps to take next. ... The discussion was moderated by Janet McCabe, professor of practice at the IU McKinney School of Law and director of the IU Environmental Resilience Institute.

Indiana Daily Student

Recent IU study shows COVID-19 exposure risk in class is low

IU researchers recently conducted a study on the safety of IU's in-person instruction by comparing IU's positive COVID-19 data and the amount of in-person credit hours students took this semester. The study showed that students who took more in-person credit hours were less likely to test positive for COVID-19 than other students with fewer in-person credit hours, Lana Dbeibo, an assistant professor of clinical medicine at the IU School of Medicine and part of IU's Medical Response Team, said. The analysis started around two months ago, she said. ... Molly Rosenberg, an assistant professor of epidemiology at the School of Public Health and part of IU's Mitigation Testing Team, said there is no concrete evidence to support an explanation for the trend, but there is some speculation. ... Data was taken from the undergraduate populations on IU-Bloomington, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis and IU regional campuses, Rosenberg said. The date range was from Aug. 24 to the end of October.

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Montana Free Press

Making history, one memo at a time

In late March, when Gov. Steve Bullock directed Montanans to stay at home to slow the spread of COVID-19, Missoula County assembled an incident command team composed of operations, planning and logistics units. ... COVID collection projects like Missoula's have sprung up across the country and around the world over the last several months. Stephanie Rowe, executive director of the National Council on Public History (NCPH), said there was a lull when initial stay-at-home orders and shutdowns were instated as everyone dealt with the pandemic's new reality, but then public historians began to take action. The council, a membership association based at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has been keeping track of such projects and tapping into conversations about public history since its founding in 1980. Its goal has been to encourage collaboration between historians and the public, and the pandemic has only clarified the potential of those partnerships. "There are new connections and deeper conversations and more cross-institutional work being done right now," Rowe said. "And we're seeing so many of our sites and museums doing incredible groundbreaking work that used to be restricted to an in-person visitor. There are issues related to that: huge layoffs and furloughs in the public history sector, and especially in museums that are reliant on admissions revenue. So it's complicated, and it's not all good, but it is exciting to see these conversations drawing in more people from broader geographic areas than they ever did before." Rowe said the COVID situation has also driven new conversations about the ethics of collecting, which can be complicated when collectors are working with people in crisis. There are mental health issues. There are surveillance and privacy issues. There are issues about who gets to tell their stories and whose voices might go unheard. NCPH dedicates much of its virtual roundtables and space on its History@Work blog to such discussions.

The Indianapolis Star

Roger Penske announces Force Indy, new USF2000 team aiming to hire Black men and women

(Roger) Penske, IMS president Doug Boles, Penske Entertainment Corp. chief diversity officer Jimmie McMillian and NXG Youth Motorsports president and CEO Rod Reid were on hand Thursday at IMS to announce the creation of Force Indy, a race team that will compete in the USF2000 championship, the lowest rung of the Road to Indy ladder system, starting in 2021. ... Reid has already begun the hiring process for his team, including three young men who were on hand for Thursday's news conference. Nadeem Ali, (IUPUI graduate) Stewart Kelly and Derek Morris either have local college ties (Ali graduated from Purdue, Kelly from IUPUI) or graduated from the NXG Youth Motorsports program when they were teenagers. ... Added Kelly: "We're ready to make history."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Sheila Suess Kennedy: Using courts to promote homophobia is so last century

Written by Sheila Suess Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. Someone needs to explain civic equality to Curtis Hill -- and to the recent, retrograde appointees to the U.S. Supreme Court. As a number of media outlets have reported, Hill, Indiana's lame-duck attorney general, is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to strip same-sex couples of equal parenting rights -- evidently at the request of the newly conservative court. Hill wants states to be able to deny married same-sex couples the right to be recognized as parents of their children. The case, Box v. Henderson, poses a question the Supreme Court has already answered -- correctly -- twice. ... If the Supreme Court sides with our departing attorney general, states will be able to resume discriminating against same-sex parents and, in effect, marking same-sex marriages as second-class. ... Don't like gay people? Don't invite them to dinner. But condemning them to second-class citizenship shouldn't be an option.

Deseret News

Understanding America: Is there a connection between faith and firearms?

On the surface, the link between God and guns might seem paradoxical -- after all, Christianity, in its essence, promotes peace like all the Abrahamic faiths. Yet, researchers have found connections between faith and firearms. Not only is America the "most devout of all the rich Western democracies," according to Pew Research Center, but it is also the most armed. ... Experts don't have a complete understanding of the connection between faith and gun sales. Not only is the intersection between faith and firearms underresearched, experts say, it's something of a taboo. ... Another reason the connection between faith and firearms is poorly understood is because most of the research revolves around numbers, or quantitative data. ... The dearth of qualitative research might explain why Americans are "talking past each other" in the divisive debate over gun ownership and safety, says Andrew Whitehead, a sociology professor at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) and the author of "Taking America Back for God: Christian Nationalism in the United States." And understanding these attitudes could hold the key to creating policy that balances the constitutional right to gun ownership with the need to protect citizens from gun violence. For example, Whitehead's research shows that the higher one ranks on measures of Christian nationalism, the more likely they are to oppose governmental restrictions on firearms. "Christian nationalism doesn't cause a love of guns but these two things are intertwined," Whitehead says. Both Christianity and guns, he explains, are part of "assumptions about what it means to be an American."

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