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January 19, 2021
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IU Bloomington finalizing plans to be COVID-19 vaccine site

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times.

Kelley Direct is Poets and Quants' MBA Program of the Year -- a first for an online MBA program

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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

This story has been covered by: Indiana Public Media, Inside Indiana Business, WISH-TV, Indianapolis Business Journal, RTV6, Houston Chronicle, Bloomberg Law, Oklahoma Farm Report, Indiana Daily Student, The Hill, Today News Africa, The Washington Post, The New York TImes, The Indianapolis Star.

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Fox 59

College students head back to (class) across Indiana for adjusted spring semester

Thousands of college students are headed back to school for the spring semester, and most of them will need to test negative for COVID-19 first. Indiana University, Purdue University and Ball State University all start back on Tuesday, January 19. IU students will not go back to in person classes until three weeks after the semester begins. At Butler, classes will start a week later on January 25. "The spring semester is going to look very much like the fall semester," said IU Assistant Director of Public and Environmental Health Graham McKeen. Students who live on campus will be tested upon arrival. Throughout the semester, all students could be randomly tested as IU hopes to administer as many as 50,000 tests a week. ... "We've learned a lot, but a lot of it remains the same: distancing and masking are still the best tools we have," McKeen said.

Inside Indiana Business

IU launches academic accelerator

Indiana University has launched a program designed to promote the development of new high-tech ventures. The university says the Academic Accelerator, or A2, initiative is the result of a partnership with the National Security Innovation Network and Maryland-based research and technology commercialization company Eccalon. IU says the program will support promising applied research projects that will lead to real-world applications in both commercial and defense settings. It will also leverage the university's commercialization resources and connect IU researchers to potential end users.

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USA Today

Biden's climate crusade: How his plan to cut carbon emissions, create jobs could impact U.S.

Several key things are lined up in Biden's favor, the experts said. For example, two major changes have occurred in the 10 years since President Barack Obama had a similar majority in Congress, said David Konisky, a professor at Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. First, the climate problem has "taken on incredibly more urgency" as warming temperatures and rising seas create havoc and give scientists a better look at what's to come, Konisky said. Second, the public is increasingly aware of climate change because of the excessive heat nationwide, wildfires in the West and more intense hurricanes along the Atlantic coast. ... However, even with a super-majority for a time, Obama was never able to get a climate bill through Congress, and Biden's margin will be even thinner, Konisky said. "That could make it even more difficult."

Christianity Today

Biden's big Bible is heavy with history, symbolism

Donald Trump once claimed that Joe Biden would "hurt the Bible" if he became president, but the copy of the Scripture that Biden is bringing to the inauguration looks like it might hurt you if you tried to lift it.The book is about five inches thick, with a sturdy leather cover, and solid metal clasps holding it closed. ... The choice of a family Bible points to another kind of connection, according to Paul Gutjahr, professor of English at Indiana University and author of "An American Bible." "Biden strikes me as a guy who is very interested in underlining the communities that were formational for him," he said. "Family. Church. The towns he's lived in. The continuity seems really important to him. He wants to show the longevity of his rootedness."

Indiana Public Media

AUDIO: Trump impeached a second time

The U.S. House of Representatives voted Wednesday, for the second time, to impeach President Trump -- the first being the Trump-Ukraine Inquiry two years ago­­. ... we'll talk about the significance of this event and what it means for American politics. Guests: Leslie Lenkowsky, O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs professor emeritus of public affairs and philanthropy; Marjorie Hershey, professor emeritus Indiana University Department of Political Science; Gerard Magliocca, Samuel R. Rosen Professor, IU McKinney School of Law at IUPUI.


Indiana experts explain the role of schools in times of political unrest, violence

Stephanie Serriere is a professor of social studies education at Indiana University Purdue University Columbus. She said public schools are designed to preserve civic knowledge and function. "Democracy isn't a machine that runs on its own -- it must be constantly and diligently handed down to the next generation," Serriere said. Serriere said the recent attack means things like teaching students how to verify and critically research new information, and engage in civic action at every age are even more urgent. She also said it's vital for schools to teach history from multiple perspectives -- not just the "white militaristic" version. ... Lisa Aguilar is a school psychology professor at Indiana University. She said in the aftermath of the Capitol attack, it's especially important for teachers to have some sort of cultural competency training because of the racism and white supremacy expressed by capitol insurrectionists. "If teachers have exposure to that sort of training that's gonna be a defining factor in whether they're successful and how supportive -- positively supportive -- they can be to kids," she said.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Indiana scrambles to get COVID vaccines into arms

In Indiana, about 219,885 people -- just a little more than 3% of the state's population -- had received a shot by Jan. 12, according to the state's vaccine dashboard. About 40,281 people -- or less than 1% of the state -- had received a second shot and were considered fully immunized. "A lot of it's just going to depend on, how much vaccine can we get and how fast can we get it in people's arms?" said Tom Duszynski, an epidemiologist at the Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. ... "Indiana is about mid-pack among the states in the rollout, and I think the governor and his team have been transparent and thoughtful," said Nicolas P. Terry, executive director of the Center for Law and Health at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. Terry said blame for the slow rollout rests primarily with the federal government, which has underperformed, as it did last year with personal protective equipment and vaccine testing, "and then threw responsibility to the states."

Fox 59

VIDEO: Inauguration impacting MLK Jr. Day

Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2021 falls just two days before another historic day, when the first Black woman is sworn in as Vice President of the United States. In light of this accomplishment and other events in the last year, does (the holiday) hold more significance? Professor Jakobi Williams is a professor of African American studies at Indiana University. He talks to us why this year feels different than the last few.


Militant Christian nationalists remain a potent force

The notion that God would take direct interest in a U.S. election is an expression of the ideology of Christian nationalism, says Andrew Whitehead, a sociologist at Indiana University-Purdue University (Indianapolis) and co-author of "Taking America Back For God." "It's the idea that God has a plan for this nation, that God wants a particular outcome," Whitehead says. Such convictions, Whitehead says, gave extra potency to efforts in support of Trump's attempts to overturn his clear election defeat. "Religion is such a strongly and closely held system of beliefs and values," Whitehead says. "So if God has said, 'This is the way I want this nation run, and this is the person that I want leading it,' why would you brook any opposition, no matter what?"

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