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February 2, 2021
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Big News

James Shanahan, founding dean of The Media School, to step down July 31

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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WFYI

Almost 40 cities working to reduce greenhouse gas emissions through IU program

During the first years of the program in 2019 and 2020, 17 municipalities partnered with Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute to find out which sectors emit the most gases that contribute to climate change and try to make them greener. Some also made climate action plans. This year, another 22 local governments will do the same. That means municipalities covering almost half of the state’s population will be working on some kind of emissions reduction strategy. Andrea Webster is the implementation manager for Indiana University's Environmental Resilience Institute, which created the program. "It's just so exciting to see this happening in a state like Indiana that has been behind for a while, and we're catching up," she said.

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The New York Times

One thing that's missing in the reopening plans of U.S. schools: the trust of Black families.

Even as more districts reopen their buildings and President Biden joins the chorus of those saying schools can safely resume in-person education, hundreds of thousands of Black parents say they are not ready to send their children back. That reflects both the disproportionately harsh consequences the coronavirus has visited on nonwhite Americans and the profound lack of trust that Black families have in school districts, a longstanding phenomenon exacerbated by the pandemic. ... By one estimate, a $23 billion gap, or $2,226 per pupil, separates funding for predominantly white districts and nonwhite districts, and Jessica Calarco, a sociologist at Indiana University Bloomington who has studied reopening, said the pandemic had amplified that inequity. "If you know your school doesn't have hot running water, how would you feel about sending your child to that school knowing they can’t fully wash their hands before they eat lunch?" she asked.

Open Access Government

Scientists find new truths about how forests impact air quality

A team from Indiana University, West Virginia University, Jet Propulsion Laboratory, the University of Virginia and the University of Warwick are looking into how tree species impact ecosystems -- beneath the soil, as well as in the general forest. ... "There's been a shift in our thinking over the past decade about what controls soil carbon storage," said Richard Phillips, professor of biology in the IU Department of Biology and co-author on both studies. "We used to think that slow decaying leaf detritus was the main driver of soil carbon storage, but we now know that fast-decaying compounds released by roots may be what causes soil carbon to persist."

Observatory of Educational Innovation

A rising number of researchers are leaving academia

Desertion in academia is neither new nor the result of the pandemic. ... Job uncertainty due to the increasing number of graduates and the few permanent positions in universities, the culture of "publish or perish," burnout, and mental health crisis in academia are just some of the factors that have led to more and more scientists leave science. ... For Stasa Milojevic, associate professor at the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University and author of the study, the change is due in part to creating postdoctoral positions "permadocs" since they are supposedly temporary jobs of which increasingly dependent on academic research. ... "The existence of the postdoctoral position has changed the dynamics of the laboratory ... It has allowed people to stay longer in the field in the hope of getting a more permanent job. I think the existence of so many postdoctoral positions is leading to the dropout picture we're looking at," Milojevic said.

Vietnam Plus

13th National Party Congress charts comprehensive strategy: Professor

The freshly-concluded 13th National Congress of the Communist Party of Vietnam has set forth a comprehensive strategy of turning Vietnam into a developed country in the next 25 years, a Vietnamese professor in the US has said. Prof. Tran Ngoc Anh from Indiana University Bloomington and Director of the Vietnam Initiative (at IU) told the Vietnam News Agency on February 1 that the key to the strategy lies with the responsibility-related mechanism. A minister must be responsible for his ministry's performance and a provincial leader must take responsibility for the implementation of tasks in his or her locality, he explained.

WISH

VIDEO: Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site opens 'The Night Indianapolis Roared' exhibit

The Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site has a new exhibit highlighting the night he won the nomination to become Indiana's first U.S. president. It's called "The Night Indianapolis Roared." It features a gallery that captures some of the moments of June 25, 1888, the night Harrison won the Republican Party's nomination to become first president of the United States from Indiana. The new exhibit is part of the New Century Curator Initiative, a partnership between the Benjamin Harrison Presidential Site and IUPUI's Museum Studies program. It offers an opportunity for students in Museum Studies to assist in developing an exhibit for the presidential site. Allison Baker, an IUPUI graduate student, talked to News 8's Randall Newsome on Monday's "All Indiana" about her role in helping build the exhibit before it opened to the public. Watch the videos for more.

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