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February 5, 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.

Big News

Breath test to detect COVID-19 in development by IUPUI researchers

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IU student develops app to combat social media burnout

Britain Taylor has created ShuffleMe, a predictive software app that helps users track the impact of social media on their mental health. Taylor is a member of The Mill, a nonprofit startup accelerator in Bloomington. She's completing a Ph.D. in intelligent systems engineering at Indiana University.

The Times of Northwest Indiana

Black History Month pop-up exhibit comes to Chesterton Art Center

Indiana University Northwest's Mobile Art + Action brought a pop-up Black History Month exhibit to the Chesterton Art Center. The exhibit features the work of IUN professors and alumni, hand-painted protest paper signs by international artists, the touring School of the Arts Mobile Art + Action Community Lab, The Black ABCs and "Echo Location" on loan from The Floating Museum arts collective. It shines a spotlight on living contemporary African-American artists. "I am very excited about this partnership with the Chesterton Art Center. The Mobile Art and Action Community Lab initiative was developed as a Covid-19 pandemic 'pivot' for the School of the Arts at IU Northwest. As Lauren Pacheco, Director of Arts Programming and Engagement, and I began to reset our public engagement goals, we quickly re-focused on bringing new art experiences into Northwest Indiana communities. During February, you can find our Mobile Art and Action Community Lab on display at the SouthShore Art Center, the Chesterton Art Center, and in the John W. Anderson Library at IU Northwest," School of the Arts Dean David Klamen said.

Music Business Worldwide

Tim Zawada joins The Numero Group as managing director

The Numero Group has hired (Indiana University Kelley School of Business alumnus) Tim Zawada as its new Managing Director. Until now, Zawada has run his own record label, Star Creature Universal Vibrations. He joins Numero's headquarters in Chicago. ... Tim Zawada said: "I've spent the last decade living two parallel lives with Numero Group being the perfect intersecting destination. Beyond the music, what attracted me to Numero was the size, strength and depth of the catalog, plus the absolute tenacity of their release schedule. This is a company that I can bring my operational and technical skills to help really scale and mature into the modern media company.

Related stories: Variety, Music Connection


How to make a Fitbit for an Elephant

When Daniella Chusyd was in graduate school at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, she noticed that many of her colleagues used step counters like Fitbits to study obesity and activity among people. She wondered if she could use the same method in her own research, which examines how obesity and metabolism affect reproductive health. There was only one difference: Chusyd studies elephants. ... For the most part, the zoo animals were game, though Chusyd lost one device after an elephant used its trunk to rip it off and step on it. Chusyd, now a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Public Health at Indiana University, says that because this was such a novel use of the devices, she also had to validate all the data by watching the elephants as they walked, counting their steps, measuring their stride lengths, and matching those observations up with the accelerometer data. ... But Chusyd says these sensors produced incredible data that researchers wouldn’t otherwise be able to get. "You gain insight into animal behavior that you wouldn't be privy to otherwise, because it's impossible to follow them 24 hours a day, seven days a week, or see them all the time because of their environment," she says.

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Bloomberg Law

Vaccine doubts threaten U.S. rollout in marginalized communities

The U.S. could return to a degree of normalcy by the fall, but that target date depends largely on the nation's ability to vaccinate somewhere between 70% to 85% of the nation in order to reach herd immunity. But the two biggest stumbling blocks remain: supply -- which the Biden administration has said it will ramp up -- as well as ongoing skepticism about taking the vaccine. Failure to vaccinate rapidly only increases the chances the virus will mutate in ways that make vaccines and antibody treatments less effective. "While vaccination is a very private decision, it is something that depends on everybody making that decision so that we can have that public benefit," Katharine J. Head, an associate professor at Indiana University whose research focuses on health communications in vaccines and cancer screenings, said in an interview.

ABC 57

VIDEO: COVID: By the numbers

When coronavirus numbers start piling up, it gets to be a little overwhelming. I spoke with an infectious disease expert about trials of tracking this data, how she plucks insight from it, and what we need to look for over the next year. "I'm an infectious disease modeler, that is to say I take data driven analysis and build mathematical models to try and understand as to why a disease is emerging in a population and how it might develop over time," said Ana Isabel Bento, an assistant professor in the School of Public Health at Indiana University, Bloomington. She has worked with all sorts of diseases, from the flu to Ebola. When the pandemic started, it was all hands on deck for researchers like her at Indiana University and around the world.

Indianapolis Recorder

'The very problem is the solution': Researchers want more Black women in STEM

Black women, who represent about 6.5% of the country's population, make up only 2% of the STEM workforce, according to the National Science Foundation. A team of researchers from Butler University and IUPUI, using a $68,000 grant from the National Science Foundation, wants to better understand the influence of race and gender on the effectiveness of role models in STEM for Black women. ... Johnson and her research partner, Eva Pietri, an assistant professor of psychology at IUPUI, know from previous research that Black women view Black people (men or women) as role models more than they view white women as role models. ... Pietri said previous research shows simply showing a six-minute video of a Black female computer scientist to Black female students increases their interest in computer science. Pietri, who has known Johnson since they were in grad school together, said panels with women in STEM could also help for high school students. These are measures that could help start the trend of getting more Black women into STEM, but Pietri said it's the hard data she and Johnson are going after now that can get the attention of academic scientists to really make a difference.

Kokomo Tribune

Editorial: Guiding teens toward healthy behaviors

(A)ll Indiana residents should heed the results of the Indiana Youth Survey. Its subject matter affects households in every block, neighborhood, town, city and county. The Indiana University School of Public Health conducted the survey for the 29th time, with IU's Institute for Research on Addictive Behavior administering the process to students in 281 schools across the state, including many in the Wabash Valley, from January to early March 2020. The Indiana Family and Social Services Administration Division of Mental Health and Addictions funded the survey. Its findings are serious. ... Awareness efforts have likely helped reduce substance use among Indiana students. The dangers of vaping are a prime example, given the decrease in the rates of use since 2018, shown in the survey. "We need to be really vigilant, though, because that could trend back upward," said Rosie King, evaluation specialist at IU's Indiana Prevention Resource Center.

The Indianapolis Star

'We had hope': Burmese Hoosiers protest military coup, seek support from elected officials

Sui Par was only 4 years old when she and her parents fled the dictatorship in Myanmar, formerly Burma. ... And this week, the now 18-year-old student at Indiana University Bloomington witnessed the pain and heartbreak it caused her parents again to see Myanmar's military had seized control Monday in a coup. "And for the younger generation is emotional too," Par said. "History should not be repeating itself. The people there are already devastated by poverty, devastated by COVID-19 and we had hope for our country." Par was one of more than 100 Burmese-Chin community members and allies who gathered Wednesday at Monument Circle to protest the military coup in Myanmar and to demand the release of the country's civilian leader, Aung San Suu Kyi, who was detained.


PODCAST: A sexist recession

The pandemic has hit many of us hard in different ways. But women in particular find themselves at the intersection of multiple crises. Across the economy, jobs in female-dominated industries are disappearing. Inside the home, moms are often shouldering the brunt of the extra child care burden that comes with school closures. How are women getting by right now? And will the setbacks they’re experiencing be permanent? Guest: Jess Calarco, professor of sociology at Indiana University.

Journal Review

Indiana meeting with 2 presidents recalled, 11 years later

Fourth-grader Fallon Heaslip eagerly gathered with the crowd of other students and staff members outside of Sycamore Elementary School on that sunny Tuesday afternoon. A few feet away, Malik Harris, also a fourth-grader, was staring at the road in anticipation, waiting for the chance encounter that even now -- more than a decade later -- he still remembers with vivid detail. After all, not everyone gets to meet the president of the United States in their lifetimes. But with the recent inauguration of President Joe Biden, Heaslip and Harris have now officially met two. It was Nov. 23, 2010. President Barack Obama and then-Vice President Biden were touring Kokomo and visiting facilities like Chrysler and other businesses downtown. ... Harris -- who now studies journalism at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis -- recalled (the) scene. "Everyone at the school thought there'd be a possibility that they (Obama and Biden) would come, but nobody thought they'd get out and shake hands with the kids or talk to the kids," he said. ... Harris (noted) that something as simple as shaking hands and being in the presence of the most powerful people in the country at that time was such a significant moment for him.


AUDIO: COVID-19 update

Today we talk to an epidemiologist about the current state of contact tracing. A public health researcher tells us about his new report on how much trust people have in science, and how misconceptions and conspiracy theories about COVID-19 are spread. And we talk to someone leading a vaccine trial at IU to get an update on vaccine distribution. Produced by Drew Daudelin. Guests: Shandy Dearth, Lecturer and Director of Undergraduate Epidemiology Education, Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI; Jon Agley, Associate Professor, Indiana University School of Public Health at IU Bloomington; Cynthia Brown, Associate Professor of Clinical Medicine, Indiana University School of Medicine.

National Education Policy Center

NEPC Review: 'Toward Equitable School Choice' (Hoover Institution, November 2020)

Written by Christopher Lubienski, professor, Indiana University School of Education. A report from the Hoover Institution seeks to offer evidence-based guidance for policymakers in shaping more equitable outcomes from school choice programs. This review examines the report's claims, its representation of the research, and its use of research in forming those recommendations. The review finds that although the report is useful as a snapshot of the current status of choice programs in the United States, its use of research is often problematic. Some of the research is misrepresented, many claims are made without citations to evidence, and some of the recommendations bear no connection to the evidence provided in the report. As such, the report is, as intended, a political guidebook for conservative policymakers that fails to offer evidence-based guidance on making choice more equitable.

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