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January 25, 2021
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Big News

Government orders have less impact on voluntary quarantine than having news about the pandemic

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Inside Indiana Business

IU Angel Network launches Sports Innovation Initiative

The IU Angel Network has launched an initiative targeting entrepreneurs and startups in the sports world. The organization says the Sports Innovation Initiative will connect sports-related startups founded by Indiana University alumni and students with support and expertise in order to commercialize their ideas. The effort was created in partnership with the IU athletics department and the IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, IU Angel Network Executive Director Jason Whitney said the initiative is two years in the making. "It came from a relationship that we had with the athletic department as we were reviewing the different technologies that they use to help support the performance of their athletes and the challenges that come with that, and the ways that the university could then provide additional resources to create startup companies or technologies to build on top of the ones they currently have to better support the student-athletes that we have here on campus," said Whitney.

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The Wall Street Journal

The new face of charitable giving during the pandemic

The pandemic has inspired a wave of charitable giving -- some through traditional methods, some by more innovative means. "We have seen an incredible generosity for Covid-related giving since the beginning of the pandemic," says Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs at the Indiana University Lilly Family School of Philanthropy.

Indianapolis Business Journal

Startup quietly building bone marrow bank in Indianapolis

Ossium is just the latest example of a biotech hoping to do big things in the field of regenerative medicine, the branch of medicine that develops and helps regrow, repair or replace damaged or diseased cells, organs or tissues. The field has exploded with breakthroughs in the past decade, said Todd Saxton, vice president for business development at the Regenstrief Institute, an Indianapolis-based medical research institute. "The field of cell and tissue regeneration has tremendous potential to save and improve lives as well as yield financial returns," said Saxton, who is also associate professor of strategy and entrepreneurship at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. "But the cost and risk are high, and proof of safety first and then efficacy create high hurdles."

The Conversation

Biden has pledged to advance environmental justice -- here's how the EPA can start

Written by David Konisky, professor of public and environmental affairs, Indiana University. On his first day in office President Joe Biden started signing executive orders to reverse Trump administration policies. One sweeping directive calls for stronger action to protect public health and the environment and hold polluters accountable, including those who "disproportionately harm communities of color and low-income communities." To lead this effort Biden has nominated Michael Regan to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Regan, who currently heads North Carolina's Department of Environmental Quality, would be the first Black man to serve as EPA Administrator in the agency's 50-year history. His appointment has fueled expectations that the agency will make environmental justice a top priority.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Teachers help students make sense of storming of the Capitol

Alex Cuenca, an assistant professor of curriculum and instruction in the Indiana University School of Education and a program coordinator for middle and secondary social studies, said it's crucial that schools and teachers help students make sense of what's going on around them. ... When it comes to protecting the mental well-being of students while discussing current events, Cuenca said truth matters. "What we do know from social studies education research is that when we present a sugarcoated version of America, that Black citizens and Black students know very well is an untrue retelling of the American story, that is absent of violence, absent of white supremacy, that's when a lot of the rejection of the educator and the narrative occurs," Cuenca said.

The Indianapolis Star

'Last line of defense': New bill would strip protections for many of Indiana's wetlands

When the (Clean Water) Act was substantially expanded in 1972, Congress did not clearly define what counted as "waters of the United States," said David Konisky, a professor in Indiana University's School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Under the Obama administration, the EPA ruled wetlands, small streams and other water bodies should be included in the Clean Water Act -- overall, encompassing about 60% of the nation's water bodies. Agricultural, oil and development leaders called it a massive overstep of federal power. The Trump administration reversed this Obama-era rule last year. "What it actually does in practice is say we're taking a lot of wetlands out of federal Clean Water Act jurisdiction, and we're going to instead leave it to the states to determine if they want to protect those resources," Konisky said. "So, because the new regulation from the Trump administration covers so much less, there are a lot more wetlands out there being left to states to figure out what to do with."

Orlando Weekly

Disney pulled the plug on Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, and nobody seemed to notice

Jonathan Ledbetter teaches human factor psychology at Indiana University. He previously worked for Disney and focused his Ph.D. dissertation on interactivity within attraction queues. He spoke to Orlando Weekly regarding the historic role Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom has played in theme park design. “Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom was outside of a typical attraction, you know, it was sort of attraction within itself. The gamification of it made it unique. One of the things that kept a lot of people really interested in coming back for more is because they had multi-levels. It wasn't just a one and done experience. If you go back and think about the interactive scavenger hunt found at Epcot, there, you know, once you got through most of the stories, it was done. There isn’t a lot of repeatability there, whereas, in Sorcerers of the Magic Kingdom, you can achieve certain levels. You power up on some of your cards. And the cards themselves become a type of game. They give you a certain set of cards, and then you want to collect them all; some are rarer than others. It really entices you to keep coming back for more because maybe you'll get that one rare card. With the different cards and multiple levels, it’s a brand-new experience each and every time. That's what's been so fascinating about Sorcerers. It's very much two-way interactive. What happens on the screen depends on which cards you present.”


Under strain of pandemic, some child care providers may face permanent closure

Indiana University associate professor Jessica Calarco says financial pressures on childcare facilities have ripple effects on parents looking for quality care. "When their child care centers close, it can leave them vulnerable to getting into situations where the quality of care is not what they're hoping for, and not with their kids' needs," Calarco said.

The Republic

What's next: Pence leaves office after leaving mark on history, democracy

During the session on Jan. 6, a violent mob of Trump supporters forced their way into the Capitol in a failed attempt to halt the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election, resulting in five deaths. Some of the pro-Trump protesters were heard yelling "Hang Mike Pence" during the riot and a gallows had been set up outside the Capitol by protestors. "His legacy will be defined by what happened in January," said Leslie Lenkowsky, an emeritus professor at the Indiana University’s O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs who has known Pence since the 1990s. "…Lots of people felt he had been too accommodating to some of the things that the Trump administration did, but he certainly stood up when it really counted."

The Indianapolis Star

Briggs: It's time to drop the COVID-19 pessimism

Micah Pollak, an economics professor for Indiana University Northwest, has been following the vaccine data in Indiana. He projects that, based on Thursday's 23,858 doses given, the state could give first shots to 70% of residents as soon as July 6. Public health experts have set a target of fully vaccinating (meaning both doses) 70% of the population in order to achieve herd immunity. Pollak's projection aligns with work by Thomas Duszynski, the director of epidemiology education at the (IU) Fairbanks School of Public Health (at IUPUI). Duszynski has created a herd immunity calculator that seeks to determine when Indiana will hit that 70% target based on dozens of variables. "If everything were ideal and we had enough vaccine, it's mid-to-late summer," Duszynski said. "But I know that's not reality, so I'm going to be conservative and say late fall."

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