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December 17, 2020
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Fox 59

Indiana University medical students sign up to help administer COVID-19 vaccines

Indiana needs support for its COVID-19 vaccine deployment and already hundreds of medical students have answered the call for help. State health officials requested Indiana University School of Medicine to train students who will be on-call to administer vaccines. Within two weeks of the ask, more than 400 medical students had answered that call and an additional 209 IU nursing students signed up to help the vaccination effort. Right now, primarily first and second-year medical students are coming forward to volunteer. Brandon Toliver, a first-year medical student, signed up for this unique opportunity. "This is probably one of the biggest volunteer opportunities that I will ever have," he said.

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The American Scholar

Information insecurity

Written by Fred H. Cate, vice president for research, Distinguished Professor, and C. Ben Dutton Professor of Law at Indiana University, and Rachel D. Dockery, a senior research fellow in cybersecurity and privacy law at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and executive director of the Indiana University Cybersecurity Clinic. Last July, the European Union's Court of Justice struck down a 2016 agreement that made it possible to transfer personal data from Europe to the United States. The Court of Justice, unlike the more famous European Court of Human Rights, usually concerns itself with interpreting prosaic matters of European law. Perhaps because of this, the 2020 decision received little media attention, especially in the United States. Yet the ruling has potentially devastating effects on transatlantic trade, as well as serious national security and privacy implications.


Why being kind to others is good for your health

Of course, it could be that people who are in better health to begin with are simply more likely to be in a position to pick up volunteering. If you are suffering from severe arthritis, for example, the chances are you won't be keen to sign up to work at a soup kitchen. "There is research suggesting that people who are in better health are more likely to volunteer, but because scientists are very well aware of that, in our studies we statistically control for that," says Sara Konrath, a psychologist and philanthropy researcher at Indiana University. ... Empathy, a quality that is strongly linked to volunteering and giving behaviours, is highly heritable -- about a third of how empathetic we are is down to our genes. Yet, Konrath says it does not mean people born with low empathy are doomed. "We are also born with different athletic potential, it's easier for some of us to build muscles than for others, but all of us have muscles, and all of us if we do some exercises we will build our muscles," she says. "No matter where we start, and research shows this, all of us can improve in empathy."


How John Kerry can repair the US role in the global climate effort

No matter what, any US climate diplomacy will ultimately have to align with the US's domestic plans to tackle climate change. Which means the Biden administration will have to either somehow bring along obstructionist Republicans to enact meaningful legislation and/or use every tool in the executive toolbox to ratchet down US emissions. "I understand the frustration from young people when they see the same people put in power alongside stagnation in climate change policy commitments," says David Konisky, a professor in the School of Public and Environmental Affairs at Indiana University. "But it's also important to give a new administration time to prove that they were sincere in the commitments they made."

ABC 57

VIDEO: Dr. Brian Dixon discusses the arrival of the coronavirus vaccination

Dr. Brian Dixon, Director of Public Health Informatics at the Regenstrief Institute and IU Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, talks with ABC57's Brian Conybeare about Regenstrief's role in tracking coronavirus data for the state of Indiana and how things will change as the vaccination is distributed.

The Baltimore Sun

Billionaire MacKenzie Scott donates record-breaking $40 million to Morgan State University

Jacqueline Ackerman, associate director of research at the Women's Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, said the speed, transparency and careful research of Scott's giving habits is like nothing she's seen before. Thinking of what Scott's donations will mean to nonprofits -- which were stretched thin even before the pandemic -- made Ackerman emotional while reading her latest Medium post. "To be able to take a deep breath and know that you really can do what you need to do to help people in your community -- I mean, the note that she wrote said there were tears on the phones when she and her team would call these nonprofits," she said. "If I'm crying reading about it, it has to be really incredible for these organizations."

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