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February 1, 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.

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The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU to increase COVID-19 testing

Aaron Carroll apologized during a recent Bloomington Faculty Council meeting. "I imagine many of you have been tested in the last month and are likely getting tested over and over," said the Indiana University director of COVID-19 mitigation testing. "My ticket has been called up the last three weeks, and I expect that will continue." The university is planning to soon reach about 50,000 COVID-19 mitigation tests a week, according to the News at IU website. Spring semester classes began exclusively online Jan. 19, and mitigation testing has already taken place for those who are in Bloomington. But with the in-person portion of the semester starting Feb. 8, Carroll said the university is planning to ramp up mitigation testing starting Saturday.

HealthDay

Most high school students are OK with wearing masks: survey

A research team studying live streams of high school graduations from last July found that most high schoolers are willing to wear masks. Students just need more education on how to wear them properly, as well as information about the importance of being consistent, researchers said. "The key to preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus relies on scientifically backed best practices and buy-in from the public to engage in these safety protocols," said study author Anna Mueller, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University. "As schools navigate how to keep students safe, young people's participation in these protocols is vital. And the good news is that teens seem willing," she said in a university news release.

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ABC57

VIDEO: Prof. Todd Roberson discusses Gamestop's rise in stock

Prof. Todd Roberson of Kelley School of Business at Indiana University Bloomington discusses with ABC57's Brian Conybeare the rise in Gamestop's stock prices as the rest of the Dow Jones falls.

The Conversation

Congress could use arcane section of 14th Amendment to hold Trump accountable for Capitol attack

Written by Gerard Magliocca, professor of law, Indiana University McKinney School of Law at IUPUI. Until recently, Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was an obscure part of the U.S. Constitution. The amendment is better known for its first section, which guaranteed individual rights and equality following the abolition of slavery. Section 3 of the 14th Amendment was created to tackle a different problem related to the Civil War: insurrection. It prohibits current or former military officers, along with many current and former federal and state public officials, from serving in a variety of government offices if they "shall have engaged in insurrection or rebellion" against the United States Constitution. ... Now, this provision is cited in the article of impeachment against former U.S. President Donald Trump, introduced after the insurrectionist violence at the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021. An impeachment trial is slated to begin in the Senate on Feb. 8. Even the trial is called off or acquits Trump, some senators are considering a resolution invoking Section 3 of the 14th amendment in an effort to bar him from holding future office.

Indiana Public Media

COVID-19 liability protection bill passes Indiana Senate, prompting concern from some workers

The Senate bill, authored by veteran GOP lawmakers Mark Messmer, Eric Koch and Liz Brown, would, among other things, prohibit civil tort cases that don't meet the gross negligence threshold. Jody Madeira, a professor at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law, says the legislature is free to constrain the types of harm about which you can sue. She believes most provisions strike a balance between competing interests, and supports the legislation's passage. "This doesn't prevent lawsuits altogether," she insists. "Businesses will still have to defend and say, 'this is what we did. That was reasonable.' "But, there could be unintended consequences. I do think it would have a chilling effect, particularly, plaintiffs themselves might think that they can't win the lawsuit, but lawyers might not take these sorts of suits, unless they're pretty sure," she said.

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