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December 9, 2020
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IU Bloomington ranks 5th nationally in number of students who studied abroad in 2018-19

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

Everyday impressions during extraordinary times: Historians, archivists document the pandemic

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

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The Wall Street Journal

Can we make our sex lives fun again?

People have been having less sex -- with a partner or solo -- since the pandemic began, according to a longitudinal study called "Sex and Relationships in the Time of Covid-19" conducted by researchers at the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University. And the more stressed, disconnected or lonely a person has felt, the greater the negative impact on his or her sex life has been. ... How can we get our mojo back? ... Dress for success. Get out of your sweatpants! Get a haircut! Take a shower! Put on some clothes that make you feel good. This will create a feedback loop with your partner, says Justin Lehmiller, a research fellow at the Kinsey Institute and author of the book "Tell Me What You Want." "Feeling more attractive opens you up to feel more desire," he says. "And because you are showing that you are putting in the effort to attract your partner, it can lead to your partner responding."


Sharing pandemic birth stories helps mothers advocate for themselves, babies

For many mothers giving birth during the pandemic, pregnancy has not gone as planned. To learn about these experiences, a pair of researchers is collecting pandemic birth stories from across the country. Maria Brann and Jennifer Bute are communication professors at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. They're collecting the stories of women who have given birth during the pandemic. "We wanted to find out what kind of effect giving birth in a pandemic had on women's experiences and their relationships with other people and their social networks," Brann said. Brann and Bute use focus groups to gather the stories -- inviting women from across the country to take part. They are expanding on a previous study that explored what motivated women to engage in storytelling during pregnancy. Brann said they even came up with a term to describe the stories: mother wisdom. "And so what this is, is really an opportunity for women to learn from each other and to empower each other through this unique yet shared experience," she said.

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The Washington Post

The arguments for and against whether companies can be sued for coronavirus outbreaks

Reopening is dangerous. Some workers and customers will die, and some companies will face lawsuits as a result. But if your argument is that companies can’t afford the costs of paying for someone’s illness or death, then why do you think employees can afford it, asked Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, an employment law and labor professor at Indiana University who has advised businesses on reopening. "They will be stuck with either the decision to take a risk and return to work -- and if I die, my family is left without me and my paycheck, and there’s no compensation for it -- or give up my job and look for a new one at a time when the economy is in really bad shape," he said.


Marion County Prosecutor's Office creates Conviction Integrity Unit to review wrongful convictions

Inmates who were sentenced in Marion County could get a second look at their cases from a new unit in the Marion County Prosecutor's Office. The prosecutor's office plans to establish a Conviction Integrity Unit in 2021 that will review wrongful convictions, announced Marion County Prosecutor Ryan Mears. The CIU will be the first of its kind in Indiana. ... "I wholeheartedly commend Prosecutor Ryan Mears for the creation of a unit devoted to correcting injustices," Fran Watson, Professor at Indiana University McKinney School of Law, said. "Ensuring accuracy, legitimacy, and integrity of Marion County criminal convictions is a commitment to promoting fairness for all."


Indianapolis adds Indigenous People's Day, Juneteenth as holidays for employees

On Monday night, the Indianapolis City-County Council approved a proposal to change the city's official holidays for employees. Instead of observing Columbus Day, which falls on the second Monday of October, the city now plans to recognize Indigenous People's Day. ... City-County councilors also decided that Juneteenth will be a city holiday observed on June 19. That day marks the emancipation, or freedom, of the last African-American slaves in the U.S. on Jan. 1, 1863. That message of freedom and the Civil War's end didn't reach enslaved people in Galveston, Texas, until June 19, 1865. "I think, you know, commemorations such as Juneteenth are the kind that we continuously need to keep us aware and focused on the idea that freedom is a constant struggle," said Leslie Etienne, director of Africana studies at IUPUI.


70 percent of Hoosiers must develop antibodies from COVID vaccines to be effective: epidemiologist

Just how safe are the coronavirus vaccines that the FDA is expected to approve in the next week or so, and how many Hoosiers would need to get the shots to help end the pandemic? "I want to assure people that none of the steps were skipped or really even rushed to get this vaccine to where it's at currently today," IUPUI's Director of Epidemiology Education Thomas Duszynski said. He says the coronavirus vaccines are safe to get. "These vaccine manufacturers have been making vaccines for the public for many, many, many years. And they have to get it right," he added.

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