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January 5, 2021
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.

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The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU Kelley School project helps Indiana businesses during pandemic

When the Diamond K Sweets store opened in Bloomington this summer, it faced some challenges. This was the Spencer-based confectionery company's second store. And it was opening during a pandemic when people were being asked to stay home. Store co-founder Kelsie Risk-Reyes said she turned to the Indiana University Kelley School of Business' HOPE Digital Project for help. Over a period of 10 days, students provided ideas on new ways the Owen County company could use social media platforms to engage with different Bloomington audiences. ... Since it was started in the spring, the HOPE Project has helped more than 360 small businesses and public organizations in 52 Indiana counties at no cost, according to the school. ... "To be fair, I still can't believe how successful and how much we've been able to do," said Bipin Prabhakar, chair of Information Systems Graduate Programs at Kelley. "If you were to ask me when I first started, this has exceeded my wildest expectations of success."

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The New York Times

The risks of the Covid vaccine, in context

Written by Aaron E. Carroll, a professor of pediatrics and associate dean for research mentoring at the Indiana University School of Medicine. At this point, most of us have heard about allergic reactions to Covid-19 vaccines: the doctor in Boston who had to administer his EpiPen, the hospital worker in Alaska who had trouble breathing. But it's not at all surprising that allergic reactions happen. What matters most is the severity and the rate at which they occur. And for the Covid vaccines, there's no doubt that the value of vaccination outweighs the risk.

The Atlantic

What the pandemic has done for dating

Written by Sara Konrath, who directs the Interdisciplinary Program on Empathy and Altruism Research at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Even when people live close to each other, many are delaying meeting in person and adding an extra step -- virtual dates. In May, OkCupid reported a 700 percent increase in virtual dating. Many dating apps are facilitating this step by creating video functions or offering badges for people to indicate their openness to it. The Bumble CEO even published a letter encouraging people to take their dates virtual. This step can be easy -- a half-hour FaceTime call -- and relatively low-stakes, because no one is commuting or spending money. Some people have videochats, or virtual dinners or drinks. Others play a game online. Some even watch movies together online, while at their separate homes. "My sense is that virtual dating in many ways is sort of a new step in the courtship process," Justin Garcia, the director of the Kinsey Institute at Indiana University, told me. "And I think it's probably here to stay."


Why the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a widespread existential crisis

Relationships are often the first thing to get a makeover when people take a hard look at their lives, says Amanda Gesselman, associate director for research at the Kinsey Institute, a research center that focuses on sex and relationships. Gesselman's research shows many people, particularly those in their twenties and thirties, are spending more time than usual on dating apps during the pandemic, and report having deeper conversations with the people they meet there, compared to before the pandemic. "A big trend right now is really focusing on what kind of connections you want," she says.

News and Tribune

Experts, local party leaders express concerns about challenges to election results

Rep. Trey Hollingsworth, who represents Indiana’s 9th congressional district ... was among the lawmakers who signed on to an amicus brief in a Texas lawsuit contesting election results in four battleground states. The case was rejected by the U.S. Supreme Court. Joe Wert, political science professor at Indiana University Southeast, said he worries about the precedent that will be set by contesting the election results. "It creates a precedent, and these kind of things are going to happen again," he said. "It kind of undermines democracy, really, and the least of what it is doing is sowing concern among the electorate -- are our elections safe, secure and legitimate? Suddenly now every election becomes a target, and that becomes dangerous for democracy." However, Wert notes that these efforts will almost certainly fail, saying it is "just a last-ditch, hopeless effort by Trump and his supporters."

Inside Higher Ed

A fairy godmother for once-overlooked colleges

Soon after (MacKenzie Scott's) announcement, college after college across the country, urban and rural both, issued press releases reporting "historic," "transformational" or "unprecedented" gifts from Scott. All the institutions are largely focused on educating students from low-income backgrounds or racial minority groups. "It was really exciting and moving to see so many institutions that haven’t been the big recipients of philanthropic dollars to be on her radar, and at the top of the list for her giving," said Genevieve Shaker, an associate professor of philanthropic studies at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. "The fact that her giving is unrestricted across many institutions that don’t normally receive gifts like this seems really unusual," Shaker added.

The Indianapolis Star

Indiana businesses vowed action after George Floyd's death. Here's what they're doing.

Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow is a clinical assistant professor of business law and management at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. ... Westerhaus-Renfrowsaid she's never seen Indianapolis businesses collectively respond to racial inequities the way they have publicly after Floyd's viral death. "I really have never seen anything like this where they are committed to building these community partnerships," she said. For Westerhaus-Renfrow, the pledge is unique because it centers on building inclusive communities around Indiana and includes working to reduce detrimental health disparities. It also emphasized the Black community. "Their pledges are inclusive of all, but they did identify that there is a very core and significant disparity for African Americans in the state -- in regards to the incarceration rate, homeownership," Westerhaus-Renfrow said. "They also went into education, prosperity, and health care."


'Dangerous precedent': 3 Indiana Republican lawmakers refuse to accept election results

On Wednesday Congress has to certify the results of the presidential election. In Indiana -- a state that voted overwhelmingly for President Trump -- its representatives in Washington are refusing to accept Joe Biden as the next president. Indiana Senator Mike Braun, Representative Jackie Walorski and Representative Jim Banks have all said they will object to certifying election results in certain states. ... They join several members of the House and Senate that have vowed to do the same. "The real outcome of this is likely just to be the delayal of the inevitable here which is a ratification and certification of Joe Biden's electoral victory,” said Steven Webster, Indiana University political science professor. ... "This is serious because it sets a dangerous precedent that people can challenge the legitimacy of an election simply because they don't like the outcome of that election."


RxPONDER: Chemo 'no longer a mandate' for some with breast cancer

Hi. It's Dr Kathy Miller from Indiana University. I want to make sure you saw the most exciting, impactful news from the San Antonio Breast Cancer Symposium. We finally have the results of the RxPONDER trial. RxPONDER, you will recall, was an attempt to expand the results of the use of multiplex testing -- in this case, with the Oncotype DX Recurrence Score assay -- to our patients with lymph node-positive disease. ... In the postmenopausal patients, which was roughly 75% of the patients enrolled in this trial, there was absolutely no benefit to chemotherapy -- not a trend, not a hint, not a suggestion. Importantly, the number of nodes didn't matter. There was no difference with one positive node or three positive nodes. For me, this means I'm comfortable expanding these results to patients who have four or five nodes. The biology speaks very clearly. Lymph nodes tell us about risk; biology drives what we can do that will impact that risk.

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