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January 12, 2021
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IU School of Medicine offers new program for innovative health care

Indiana University School of Medicine launched a new PhD program to train the next generation on a new dimension of health care. Indiana Center for Regenerative Medicine and Engineering Director Chandan Sen said regenerative medicine is shaping the future. "What this does is it brings in the concept of replacing or regenerating human cells, tissues or organs to restore normal function of the body," said Sen. Sen said there is a huge need for a bigger regenerative medicine workforce, across the country and here in Indiana.

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IU research institute admins disability resource database

Indiana University's Indiana Institute on Disability and Community and the AWS Foundation of Fort Wayne are partnering to implement Indiana Disability Resource FINDER as part of the university's library information and referral services. The database provides access to community services for persons with disabilities and their families. FINDER is a free online resource specifically designed to connect people with disabilities, family members, and professionals with disability-related programs and services. "Research has shown that locating information about disability services and resources is a major hurdle for community stakeholders and disability professionals," said Derek Nord, IIDC director. "As a state-wide tool, FINDER assists in making information accessible and geographically relevant for all Hoosiers. Through our extensive work across Indiana that touches on all stages of life, the IIDC is excited to expand FINDER's reach to make it the go-to resource."

News and Tribune

IUS to begin spring semester with three weeks of virtual learning

Indiana University Southeast is continuing its measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as the spring semester begins. The spring semester will start Jan. 19 with three weeks of virtual learning only, and classes may begin offering in-person learning Feb. 8. Like the fall semester, the majority of classes will remain virtual or hybrid. Kelly Ryan, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, said IUS is maintaining the same approach for COVID-19 mitigation on campus. "We felt we should keep it where it is," she said. "IU Southeast is proud of being a campus with small class sizes. It's feasible in some areas to possibly increase some in-person instruction, but we don't want to put staff and students at risk. It's simply not the time."

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The Washington Post

There's an alternative to impeachment or 25th Amendment for Trump, historians say

If Trump is impeached by the House, two-thirds of the Senate would have to vote to convict him in a trial that would be held after he leaves office. Using Section 3 of the 14th Amendment wouldn't require a super majority, historians noted, and wouldn't complicate the start of Joe Biden's presidency. Gerard N. Magliocca, an Indiana University law school professor who has studied Section Three, said a majority vote in Congress would express lawmakers' opinion that Section Three applies. The courts would then have to make that legal declaration. "It's not just something that Congress can do," he said in an interview. ... Congress passed the Amnesty Act of 1872, which removed a prohibition against holding office by all but the most senior Confederate leaders. In 1898, wider amnesty was granted as a "gesture of national unity" during the Spanish-American War, Magliocca wrote. ... Magliocca said the amnesty was aimed only at Confederates, not anyone else in the future who might violate the provision. "Those waivers don't mean that it can't be applied today," Magliocca said in an interview.

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The New York Times

How white evangelical Christians fused with Trump extremism

Like many Republicans in Congress, some evangelical leaders who have been most supportive of Mr. Trump distanced themselves and their faith from the rioters. Robert Jeffress, pastor of First Baptist Dallas, called the violence "anarchy." The siege on the Capitol "has absolutely nothing to do with Christianity," he said. "Our support of President Trump was based on his policies." But critics said it was too late to try to separate the white conservative Christian culture that helped push Mr. Trump to power from last week's violence in Washington. "You can't understand what happened today without wrestling with Christian Nationalism," Andrew Whitehead, a sociologist at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said on Wednesday, adding that white evangelical movements have long at least tolerated far-right extremism, well before Mr. Trump. "They provided the political and theological underpinnings of this, and it has allowed anarchy to reign."

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AUDIO: COVID-19 update

Many public health officials say January could be a particularly bad month for the COVID-19 pandemic. Today we talk to a live panel of public health experts about the vaccine rollout, how the media is covering it, and the impact of choosing not to get a vaccine during the pandemic. We also learn about the COVID-19 variant, which has made its way to Indiana. Guests: Katharine Head, Associate Professor in the Department of Communication Studies, (IU) School of Liberal Arts (at IUPUI); Graham McKeen, Assistant University Director of Public and Environmental Health, Indiana University; Lana Dbeibo, Assistant Professor of Clinical Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine; Thomas Duszynski, Director of Epidemiology Education, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at (IUPUI).

The Indianapolis Star

OPINION Op-ed: Indiana's drinking water faces Flint-like risk. Here's what we can do about it.

Written by Gabriel Filippelli, a Chancellor's Professor of Earth Sciences and director of the Center for Urban Health at IUPUI. The Environmental Protection Agency has released its long-awaited revision to the regulations that protect children from lead in their water. Bottom line: It's a mixed bag, with some significant improvements but also some critical omissions that must be addressed. With all that 2020 and early 2021 have brought us, this rule revision is likely to slip through the cracks, but it shouldn't. The revision does include a whole host of long-overdue improvements, including mandating testing in school water supplies and adjusting the testing process itself to be more realistic about how we pour a glass of water in our homes. This is good news, and bravo to the scientists and staff at the EPA. But what isn't included in the revisions is the situation that caused tens of thousands of Flint, Michigan, children to get poisoned by lead in their drinking water.

E and E News

What Trump's dismal deregulatory record means for Biden

The Trump EPA's Affordable Clean Energy rule, which the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit examined this fall, is not expected to survive the anticipated swings of the Biden administration's regulatory ax. Nor is the Obama-era Clean Power Plan -- which the Supreme Court put on ice, but which never got a final ruling -- expected to return. "Even without ACE, I think it would have perhaps been timely to look at the rule anyway, but the ACE rule certainly provides that platform," said Janet McCabe, a law professor and director of the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University.


Poet Ross Gay explores a joy informed by deep sorrow

In one of his most famous poems, "A Small Needful Fact," Ross Gay remembers Eric Garner, who was choked to death by a New York City police officer in 2014. Gay notes that Garner worked as a gardener once, and "in all likelihood / he put gently into the earth / some plants which most likely / … continue to grow." It’s a powerful poem, shared widely on social media, in which the poet accesses a deep emotional landscape through specific observations. He witnesses. Gay, who teaches at Indiana University, won the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize for his 2015 Catalog of Unabashed Gratitude. In the title poem, he meditates on loss, joy and sorrow, all for which he gives thanks. ... Leah Rumack spoke to Gay this past fall.


Fertility fraud: How popular DNA kits are exposing dirty doctors

Florida is one of few states in the country cracking down on a dark corner of the fertility industry: doctors using their own sperm to inseminate patients. A new law that went into effect in July 2020 holds fertility doctors more accountable, criminalizing the act of using reproductive material without a patient's consent. ... So why don't we know who that doctor is? Why aren't any of his victims in this story? "If you are a doctor and you committed fraud, then essentially you can buy your silence," said Dr. Jody Madeira, a professor of law at Indiana University Bloomington.

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