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January 15, 2021
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IUPUI researchers provide recommendations for improving public health in Indiana

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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VIDEO: Political expert weighs in on Wednesday's impeachment hearings

Steven Webster, Assistant Professor of Political Science at Indiana University Bloomington, spoke with ABC57's Brian Conybeare about the second impeachment hearings for President Trump and what (Wednesday's) events mean moving forward.

The Indiana Lawyer

Bill that would bar Indiana employers from requiring vaccinations sparks heated debate

A bill that would prohibit Indiana employers from requiring workers to get immunizations against COVID-19 or any other disease generated heated discussion Wednesday morning, reviving a debate over where to draw the line between public health and personal freedom. ... Ross Silverman, a professor of public health and law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, said employers sometimes need "necessary tools to protect society." He said federal law already allows certain exemptions from vaccination mandates, although employers can make a case to override the exemption if they feel it would make a direct threat to safety or cause undue burden on other employees.


No visible signs of increased security at Indiana Statehouse

Steven Webster, a professor of political science at Indiana University, believes Hoosiers can expect more violence in the coming weeks. Webster said, "One thing that we see is there is a lot of rhetoric from a lot of political officials that they are sort of fanning the flames of this anger and this violence we saw, multiple speakers at the rally the president held on the Ellipse before this mob attacked the Capitol, and the very sad thing about this is these are elected officials. These are people that hold offices of public trust." Webster says, though the actions at the Capitol were extreme, they were not unexpected. "So, we have seen rising anger among the mass public. We have seen extremely and inflammatory rhetoric from political officials, and then you marry this with a distrust in the intuitions of the electoral process, I think, for a lot of people, this was sort of the logical outcome of those trends." 

Fox 59

State COVID data puts Marion County in the red

Following new COVID numbers from the Indiana State Health Department, Marion County is officially considered in the red. While that generally means more restrictions, Mayor Joe Hogsett has been imposing tougher restrictions for months. "We saw large community spread October, November, December. We saw a little bit of a leveling off, maybe a downturn, but now we have lost those gains," explained Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology at Fairbanks School of Health at IUPUI. "We are letting our guard down. We are doing those things that we shouldn't necessarily be doing. Some can be contributed to the holidays."

The Daily News of Newburyport

Biden's toughest job -- A polarized America

Written by Lee Hamilton, a senior adviser for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government and a professor of practice at the IU O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. If the months since the November elections have shown us anything, it's that the U.S. is more deeply divided than we've experienced in a very long time. This has been building at least since the 1990s, starting in Congress and ultimately coming to be reflected in a polarized electorate, but it's reached the point where, rather than take pleasure in the success of a politician elected to the presidency, you have to keep your fingers crossed on his behalf.


Maybe a Tamagotchi will help

There's no one answer for why the Tamagotchi is so appealing. Travis Faas, a PhD candidate in human-computer interaction at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, has studied why people play virtual pet games. He thinks the caretaking aspect is critical for a segment of users, especially those who can't have their own pets. Many people crave the connection and emotional fulfillment of pet ownership, but circumstances in their lives prohibit it. "Tamagotchis give them that capability without having to have the responsibility or the monetary responsibility of taking care of a dog or taking care of a bird," he says. In a 2017 study he conducted with researcher Chaolan Lin, he found that the number one reason people played virtual pet games was that they wanted access to animals.

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