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January 15, 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.

Big News

IU's Janet McCabe nominated as deputy administrator of EPA under Biden administration

This story has been covered by: The Hill, Today News Africa, The Washington Post, The New York TImes, The Indianapolis Star.

IU Making Headlines

Indianapolis Monthly

A conversation with Una Osili, IUPUI's philanthropy expert

The new chairperson of IUPUI's School of Philanthropy (Una Osili) reflects on the crisis in her field, and how she talks to her kids about altruism. Why is it so important for people to donate right now, even when they may also be struggling? "We tend to think of giving as benefiting others, but the research we've done shows that people who are more charitable also feel more satisfied with their own lives. Philanthropy is a way of reclaiming agency amid a crisis."

Inside Indiana Business

IU med school, Regenstrief receive millions for study

The Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute in Washington D.C. has awarded nearly $3.5 million to the Indiana University School of Medicine and Regenstrief Institute in Indianapolis. The university says funding will support a study to look into what emergency departments can do to help the millions of people suffering from anxiety-caused chest pain. ... Regenstrief Institute Research Scientist Kurt Kroenke says non-cardiac chest pain and anxiety can be a vicious cycle for patients since they're usually sent home from emergency rooms after a cardiac event has been ruled out. ... Kroenke and Paul Musey, principal investigator for the study and assistant professor of emergency medicine at the IU School of Medicine, are leading the study. 


Science and culture: At the nexus of music and medicine, some see treatments for disease

When physician Babar Khan started studying delirium seven years ago, he set out to find a drug that could sooth the agitation, inattention, and hallucinations that characterize the disorder. Delirium is common in the intensive care units (ICUs) where Khan works, most recently as an ICU physician at Indiana University School of Medicine and a researcher at Regenstrief Institute, both in Indianapolis. Some 70–80% of ventilated patients in the ICU experience episodes of delirium that not only prolong their stay in hospital but can also lead to long-term cognitive decline. In the mid-2000s, Khan led two antipsychotic drug trials, neither of which worked for delirium. "So I started looking into more holistic interventions," he says. He recalled seeing some evidence, drawn from assessments of anxiety and sedative exposure in hospital patients, suggesting that music can not only ease anxiety in the ICU but can help with pain management. The music-related findings would spur Khan to start investigating music as an alternative to pharmaceuticals. He recently co-led a 2020 pilot trial using music to alleviate delirium in mechanically ventilated ICU patients. Encouragingly, he found that relaxing, slow-tempo classical music reduced patients' number of delirium days. That study is one of many new projects seeking evidence for music as a medical therapy.


What is graysexuality? We asked an educator at the Kinsey Institute

When it comes to sex research, there's no institution that looms larger than the Kinsey Institute. For decades, it has shaped our understanding of sex, gender, and sexuality, so we are thrilled to interview one of their researchers. Dr. Jessica Hille is a gender and sexuality scholar and the Assistant Director for Education at the Kinsey Institute for for Research in Sex, Gender, and Reproduction. Her research focuses on asexuality and ace spectrum identities, sexual pleasure and orgasm, and critical theory. She will be teaching an online course (open to the public!) about human sexuality this summer. Swell talked to Dr. Hille about the ace spectrum and the history, myths, and tensions surrounding the community.

IU Voices in the News

Indiana Public Media

Black families more likely to lack housing amid pandemic

Hoosier housing experts say the coronavirus has put added pressure on many families. There may be fewer options to live with relatives, leaving more parents and children without a permanent residence. ... And that can hit the Black community especially hard. Two-thirds of the people in family shelters in Indiana are Black, (Chelsea Haring-Cozzi of Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Preservation) says. A number of factors, including unemployment and housing loss exacerbated by the pandemic, have increased the needs of families experiencing homelessness. ... IUPUI housing policy expert Kelsie Stringham-Marquis says Marion County shelters don't always have beds that match a particular demographic -- like a father with children. "[There's] a chaotic outside factor, there's not always going to be a bed available that matches my family dynamic and my family structure," she says. "That creates a lot of tension and complication for individual families who are navigating housing instability."


Democrats flipped the Senate. So why is a Green New Deal still unlikely?

In the short term, Senate Democrats will have their hands full with the push to convict President Trump following his impeachment for inciting the riot at the Capitol. But after that's done -- or possibly simultaneously -- they'll turn to President-elect Joe Biden's legislative agenda and one of his top priorities, climate change. ... The narrow margin of victory in the Senate -- Democrats hold 50 seats, including two independents, and will need Vice President-elect Kamala Harris to serve as tiebreaker if they can convince conservative Democrats to toe the party line -- means that climate action will not look quite the way Biden intended. ... All this means that adding Warnock and Ossoff to the Senate "probably is insufficient to get a coalition that's willing to debate and enact the very large climate bill that has been imagined for a long time," said David Konisky, a professor of political science at Indiana University.

The Huffington Post

These textbooks in thousands of K-12 schools echo Trump's talking points

Christian textbooks used in thousands of schools around the country teach that President Barack Obama helped spur destructive Black Lives Matter protests, that the Democrats' choice of 2016 nominee Hillary Clinton reflected their focus on identity politics, and that President Donald Trump is the "fighter" Republicans want, a HuffPost analysis has found. ... Christian nationalists argue that the United States was founded as a Christian nation and has a special covenant with God, meaning that its citizens must implement a particular vision for this country or they will fall out of favor with God. The textbooks parrot these ideas, said Andrew Whitehead, associate professor of sociology and director of the Association of Religion Data Archives at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "As we see in these textbooks, they're afraid of outside forces or the U.S. won't be what it should be," said Whitehead. "There's always a particular prescription -- they have to be on God's good side. I think that's a big part of it." ... HuffPost's previous investigation of these textbooks found that they also dismiss evolution as junk science, characterize Nelson Mandela as a "marxist agitator" who helped drive South Africa to "radical affirmative action," and suggest that Satan hatched the idea of modern psychology.

The Conversation

Why the news media may not want to share Capitol riot images with the police

Written by Anthony Fargo, director, Center for International Media Law and Policy Studies, Indiana University. The images from the Jan. 6 siege on the United States Capitol will likely be seared into the memories of many Americans. However, it may be the unpublished images that will be of most interest to law enforcement agencies as they track down and arrest as many of the rioters as possible for breaking a range of laws. The agencies may request or demand that news organizations turn over their unpublished material, which would force the media outlets to make uncomfortable choices. Journalists argue that if they are forced to reveal confidential sources or turn over any news information they have gathered but not yet published, it will erode the trust of sources and the public, who will doubt the independence that journalists often claim. Journalists serve the public, not the government. But is the public better served by bringing criminals to justice than protecting a journalistic principle?

The Conversation

Francis Galton pioneered scientific advances but also founded the racist pseudoscience of eugenics

Written by Richard Gunderman, Chancellor's Professor of Medicine, Liberal Arts, and Philanthropy, Indiana University. The idea of scientist Francis Galton, eugenics suggested that negative traits could be bred out of the human species by discouraging reproduction by those considered inferior. It laid the groundwork for forced sterilization laws in the U.S. and Nazi "racial hygiene" programs and the Holocaust. While Galton is primarily remembered today, 110 years after his death, as the father of the shameful pseudoscience of eugenics, during his life he was considered one of the most influential thinkers of his day. He made seminal contributions in fields as diverse as statistics, geology, meteorology, anthropology, psychology, biology and psychometrics. My interest in Galton was renewed through my university's decision to remove from buildings the name of one of its past presidents -- David Starr Jordan -- who also happened to be a eugenicist.

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