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February 3, 2021
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Big News

New Bloomington Health Sciences Building ready to welcome its first students

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

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Brown County Democrat

IU student teams available to help area nonprofits

Southern Indiana's nonprofit organizations in need of a boost during the COVID-19 pandemic have a new resource at Indiana University Bloomington. The Student Agile Response Team, known as START, leverages the energy and skills of IU Bloomington's students along with the leadership and guidance of faculty and staff to meet the challenges faced by local organizations. From design, strategy, planning and communication to sustainability guidance, K-12 tutoring and mental health resources, the START initiative draws upon the expertise of every school on campus to create customized and multidisciplinary solutions. "The Student Agile Response Team is a safe, innovative way to connect our students with professional development opportunities at community organizations in Indiana communities," said IU Bloomington Provost and Executive Vice President Lauren Robel. "Our nonprofits need us now more than ever, and participating students can expand their skills while supporting the greatest needs of our neighbors." START is an initiative of IU Corps in partnership with the IU Center for Rural Engagement and all 16 schools on the IU Bloomington campus.

The Indianapolis Star

Indy Eleven to play 2021 home games at IUPUI

The Indy Eleven are "back home again." Indianapolis' United Soccer League franchise announced Wednesday that it would play its home games at IUPUI's Michael A. Carroll Stadium, the same venue where it played its first game in April 2014. The Eleven had been playing at Lucas Oil Stadium. ... "Indy Eleven would like to thank IUPUI and Indiana University for their cooperation and partnership," Indy Eleven President & Chief Executive Officer Greg Stremlaw said in the release. "During our first tenure at Carroll Stadium, the environment our fans created gave their Boys in Blue one of the best home-field advantages in all of American soccer."

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Indiana Public Media

Could getting a flu shot prevent a 'twindemic'?

The CDC recommends a flu vaccine could be more important than ever as threats of a "twindemic" looms. But the Indiana Department of Health has been consistently reporting baseline lows of flu activity since October. Graham McKeen is assistant university director of public and environmental health at Indiana University. He said flu vaccines spiked this year. "Luckily, I think all the public health measures that we're taking have had an effect," McKeen said. "We've seen a pretty low incidence of influenza nationally, at the state level, and at the local level." The state reported 390 new cases of "influenza-like illness" in outpatient facilities for the week ending January 23, down from 411 the previous week. Indiana has only reported three influenza-associated deaths this season. But while the flu has been consistently low, Indiana's COVID-19 cases have continued to fluctuate. McKeen says this speaks to how contagious COVID-19 is.

Dot Med

Data shows strain on ICU capacity leads to more deaths during COVID-19 pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic is straining health systems across the country, especially intensive care units. New research from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University School of Medicine shows that people treated in the ICU for COVID-19 are twice as likely to die when the ICU capacity is strained by the number of COVID-19 patients. "These results demonstrate that patients with COVID-19 are more likely to die if they are admitted to an ICU during times with peak COVID-19 caseload," said Dawn Bravata, M.D., first author of the study. "We know that strain on hospital capacity has been associated with increased mortality under normal circumstances. This study provides evidence that the same is true during the current pandemic." Dr. Bravata is a core investigator in the VA Health Services Research and Development Center for Health Information and Communication, a Regenstrief research scientist and an IU School of Medicine professor.

U.S. News and World Report

WEBINAR: Managing children's mental health: A pediatric hospital imperative

Many children's hospitals have seen an uptick in children and teenagers requiring emergent and intensive care to treat severe challenges. To meet these needs, many pediatric hospitals and care providers are redesigning their behavioral health programs, mobilizing community-based partners, and expanding research and specialized treatment efforts, all while tapping new technologies and striving to ensure that care is accessible and equitable. ... Hear from leading experts on urgent issues in pediatric health and what children's hospital executives, pediatric providers and key community stakeholders can do to improve the well-being of America’s young people, (including) Ukamaka Oruche, Ph.D., associate professor and director of global programs, Indiana University School of Nursing.

CBS4 Indy

How direct shipments of COVID-19 vaccines to pharmacies impact Indiana

Experts say pharmacies provide an ease of access to people in many areas where hospitals may not be as close, so the move to distribute vaccines directly to pharmacies in Indiana should help reach even more Hoosiers. ... "When developing this plan and looking at access -- it's such an important thing -- you want it as easily available to as many people as possible," said Thomas Duszynski, director of epidemiology education at the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI. "90% of Hoosiers live within 10 miles of a pharmacy, so that's huge," said Duszynski.

CBS4 Indy

Student loan scams on the rise as federal forbearance extended

The Better Business Bureau expects to see student loan scams continue to rise as the federal government extends its pandemic forbearance policies. ... Federal loans have been in forbearance since March, meaning zero interest and zero minimum payments. President Joe Biden recently extended the forbearance until at least September. It's supposed to help borrowers who are struggling to pay bills, but scammers saw an opportunity. ... "There is a desire for anybody that has student loans to … want to get rid of (it) as fast as humanly possible," said Indiana University Executive Director of Financial Wellness and Education Phil Schuman. Schuman stressed that while there are some ways to have your student loan debt forgiven or canceled, they are limited and take years and lots of paperwork to qualify.

Thomson Reuters Foundation

K-pop for the planet: Fans of South Korean stars take up climate activism

As K-pop became a global phenomenon in the last two decades, the philanthropic efforts of its South Korean stars -- from donating to orphanages to planting trees -- have pushed fans to adopt similar approaches to social and environmental problems. ... The diverse backgrounds of K-pop followers -- from North America to Asia -- are seen as key to engaging fans in deeper discussions on a range of contemporary issues. "K-pop fans are generally open-minded and outward-facing in their approach to the world. If they weren't, they'd listen to music from their own country in their own local language," said CedarBough Saeji, an academic who studies K-pop fan culture. "It shouldn't be surprising that they also share their views on their own local political, social and environmental issues," added the assistant professor in East Asian languages and cultures at Indiana University Bloomington in the United States.

WFHB

PODCAST: At your service: Organizing in the service economy

This show from over five years ago is prelude but might as well have been produced yesterday -- the federal minimum wage is still $7.25 an hour – it’s the same here in Indiana. ... Mid-twentieth-century union activism transformed manufacturing jobs from backbreaking, low-wage work into careers that allowed workers to buy homes and send their kids to college. Some union activists insist that there is no reason why service-sector workers cannot follow that same path. Guest: Fran Quigley, a clinical professor of law in the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He's the director of the Health and Human Rights Clinic, where students advocate for the rights of the poor, with a special focus on representing low-wage workers.

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