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January 7, 2021
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Big News

O'Neill School, University of Miami launch dashboard comparing COVID-19 executive orders nationwide

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Inside Indiana Business

IU launches regenerative medicine PhD program

The Indiana University School of Medicine is launching a new PhD program in regenerative medicine and technologies. The university says the program will train the next generation of leaders who will contribute to the rapidly growing discipline which will shape the future of healthcare. The program is expected to make a major economic impact by training new leaders in the field. "This program is interdisciplinary in nature and is primarily focused on skilled workforce development to shape the future of regenerative medicine," said Dr. Chandan Sen, director of the Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering. "It provides opportunities for industry internships and will meet the growing market demand in the regenerative medicine field."

IU Voices in the News


Mike Braun joins Senate Republicans' shameful attempt at undermining democracy

"Republican actions in Congress will not have any impact on the final decision to elect Biden as president since it is highly likely that a majority of Representatives and Senators will vote to accept the certification of votes by the state electors in all 50 states and the District of Columbia," Edward Carmines, a professor of U.S. politics and elections at Indiana University in Bloomington, told me Tuesday.

ABC 57

VIDEO: Dr. Bennion, political science professor, speaks on Capitol protests

Dr. Elizabeth Bennion, political science professor at Indiana University South Bend, speaks to ABC 57's Brian Conybeare on the protests inside the Capitol building. "This is something that we see I some other nations, but really have not come to expect in the U.S., were the peaceful position of power is our tradition and very much at the center of our democracy," Bennion says. Coneybeare asks Bennion about how she feels about the people who don't believe the results of the election and are protesting at the Capitol. According to Bennion, the reason for this is that President Donald Trump denies losing the election.


'It is the first thing we've had to smile about in 10 months'

This week IU Health's vaccine clinic became busy providing the second dose of the COVID vaccine for frontline workers. The second dose of Pfizer vaccines started on Monday, but a spokesperson for IU Health says the larger rollout began Wednesday. "This has been unlike anything I've ever seen. And I hope that the amount of illness in the hospital when this is over, I hope I never see this amount of critical illness again, ever," Dr. Gabriel Bosslet said. The Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine at IU School of Medicine and Pulmonary and Critical Care Physician at IU Health, Dr. Bosslet, was one of the first to receive his second dose of the Pfizer vaccine on Monday. "It feels like the end is close. It feels like the last year what we've been through in the last year is possibly starting to come to an end. It feels -- I'm giddy," Dr. Bosslet said.

Related stories: WFYI

Science News

How schools can reduce excessive discipline of Black students

Policy changes alone cannot close the gap, says Russell Skiba, a psychologist at Indiana University Bloomington who focuses on equity in education. Educators must also transform how they view Black students. "What we need are interventions that look at both a reduction in overall use of exclusionary discipline, but also focus on issues of implicit bias (and) structural racism," Skiba says.


Haven is folding, but there's still an opportunity to change health care

Back in 2018, when Haven started, there was a lot of buzz and the word "disrupt" was thrown around. Its early promises were big: Improve access to doctors, reduce costs and simplify health care for the employees of Amazon, Berkshire and JPMorgan. But health care has a lot of moving parts. "We have an incredibly fragmented, difficult-to-manage-and-change health care system," said Aaron Carroll, a health services researcher at Indiana University. "Any time you try to change one small part of it, you realize how little control you have over everything else."

Bloomberg Law

It's time for senators, House members to divest stocks in individual publicly traded companies

Written by Donna M. Nagy, Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington; and Richard W. Painter, University of Minnesota Law School. Members of Congress over the years have introduced bills that would prohibit senators, representatives, and their senior staff from owning securities of individual publicly traded companies. Neither the House nor the Senate has passed such a law. As we urged in a letter we sent to House and Senate leadership recently, Congress should do so, making this good-government measure one of the first bills signed into law by President Biden.


Indiana anticipates economic boost from hosting entire men's March Madness

Indianapolis Mayor Joe Hogsett said the city is investing in things to help the tournament run smoothly including public safety and health, police, and thousands of masks for the event. Indiana University Kelley School of Business economist Kyle Anderson said this and other purchases are good investments. "Certainly, there will be some expenses and some costs associated with it," said Anderson. "Generally, these are well worthwhile just for the city to get that kind of high-profile exposure, it's going to be worth it." ... Anderson said even without the traditional attendance numbers of March Madness, there will still be a financial benefit for the area. "Even if we don't have the kind of full event open to everybody, I think there's going to be a pickup in activity that's going to be really beneficial, especially to the downtown area," he said.


IU political scientist calls pro-Trump riot at US Capitol 'attempted coup'

Some political experts and members of Congress say an "attempted coup" occurred at the Capitol on Wednesday. Demonstrations against the 2020 presidential election results turned violent after some supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol. "It's an attempted coup, at least an attempt in some form or fashion to reject the election outcome," said Steven Webster, an assistant professor at Indiana University who studies anger in politics. "This sets a dangerous precedent, and I think the fact that this has happened means it's likely that it could happen again in the future." ... "We've had some pretty intense rhetoric coming particularly from the President of the United States," he said. "Public opinion is largely shaped by what our leaders tell us, and so when we have the president inciting violence and encouraging protesters to protest the legitimacy of the election outcome, there's the possibility for these events to happen."

Related stories: WISH-TV

The Conversation

'Once you engage in political violence, it becomes easier to do it again'

Interview with Ore Koren, assistant professor of political science, Indiana University. Q: You're a scholar of political violence. What were you thinking as you watched what's happened at the U.S. Capitol? Koren: First of all, I felt pretty stunned. I think that's a natural response to this. This is a new situation; it shows the power of misinformation and stuff that we're not really good at dealing with. My research focuses on organized political violence, which often happens in places where the state does not have much power to prevent violence, where the economy is underdeveloped, where democratic institutions are weak, and where there is a history of organized violence. And usually when we see events at this magnitude, they are accompanied by many casualties, which thankfully was not the case (Wednesday).

The Statehouse File

Country reacts as pro-Trump demonstrators breach U.S. Capitol

Marjorie Hershey, a political science professor at Indiana University Bloomington, said the breach is unprecedented in American history. But there's little about the moment that should surprise the country, she said. "Trump has his finger on the fears that have been generated for a lot of people by the demographic change that's been occurring in the United States," Hershey said. Hershey said political scientists like herself are revisiting the question of how American democracy has survived for as long as it has while other attempts at democracy around the world have failed. She said political scientists often consider two explanations: the structure of the institutions leading American government, which have changed little since their creation, and the country's political culture.


They invaded the Capitol saying 'Jesus is my savior. Trump is my president'

According to Andrew L. Whitehead, co-director of the Association of Religion Data Archives and professor of sociology at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, understanding Christian nationalism is essential to understanding what motivated many of the demonstrators and rioters in Washington. "I think that (the demonstrators and rioters) believe that God has a specific plan for this country, and that their vision for the country has been given to them by God," Whitehead said. "Christian nationalism at its core is this desire to see Christianity be privileged in the public sphere." The Christianity of Christian nationalism is very narrow and specific, according to Whitehead. It is typically white supremacist, nativist, and authoritarian. Whitehead and his colleagues previously found that adherence to a Christian nationalist ideology was one of the strongest predictors of a Trump vote. "In many ways, Christian nationalism is a threat to a pluralistic democracy where we have norms like the peaceful transfer of power," Whitehead said.

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