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February 5, 2021
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Big News

On-campus residence hall rates approved for 2021-22

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald Times.

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Fox 59

VIDEO: IU and IUPUI students prepare for more frequent COVID-19 testing in spring semester

Indiana University and IUPUI students prepare to head back to campus to begin some in-person classes Monday, and they are expecting more frequent testing after they arrive.


IUPUI launches scholarship for descendants of Indiana Ave, Ransom Place neighborhood

While Black History Month is only 28 days long, IUPUI is doing something that will honor Black history 365 days of the year. "During summer 2020 a large constituent group of IUPUI administrators and student leaders pulled together some various anti-racist initiatives and one of the suggestions that came from that was the Through Their Eyes Memorial Scholarship," Khalilah Shabazz said. ... The Through Their Eyes Memorial Scholarship is part of an inclusion plan first initiated in 2006 by IUPUI's Black Student Union. Khalilah Shabazz is the assistant vice chancellor for student diversity, equity, and inclusion. She said the call to give something back to a community that lost so much continues to echo more than 50 years after the first home was knocked down.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Author Michael Koryta discusses new book, new movie and writing in a pandemic

Author Michael Koryta is more likely to bring back a villain than a hero in his writing. "I'm not sure what it says about me that I struggle to write recurring heroes, but I'm drawn back to the villains," the 38-year-old Bloomington High School North and Indiana University graduate said in a recent email. One villain that appeared in a past novel comes back in his latest book, "Never Far Away," which comes out Tuesday. ... Through recurring characters in Koryta's world of fiction, his latest book release connects to his first movie adaptation. Warner Bros. recently announced the film adaptation of his 2014 novel "Those Who Wish Me Dead," starring Angelina Jolie, will debut on HBO Max on May 14.

La Junta Tribune-Democrat

La Junta parks study recommends fewer ball fields, expanded programming for adults

What do public parks mean to residents of La Junta? In a recent community survey, residents said La Junta parks make the city a more desirable place to live by improving mental health, physical fitness and by enhancing the community's appearance. Sarah Murray of Indiana University met with La Junta City Council members virtually Monday to discuss findings that Murray and her team uncovered after a year of research and analysis of La Junta's parks and recreation systems. Murray and her team's investigation was hampered by the COVID-19 pandemic, but their research showed that parks across the country have become more popular in a time where social distancing is the norm and wide, open spaces are preferable to cramped indoor quarters. ... Murray's research focused on several areas. One, community background research. "That's demographics. That's the history," said Murray. "That's public health indicators, all sorts of things like that. Our system baseline, like I mentioned, is looking at what parks do you have? How big are they? What programs do you offer? What types of amenities do you have?"

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The Mercury News

Zuckerberg part of $100M 'California Black Freedom Fund'

More than two dozen philanthropic organizations and corporations on Thursday launched the California Black Freedom Fund, a $100 million, five-year initiative that they say will provide resources to Black-led organizations in the state that are seeking to eradicate systemic racism. ... Although racial equity funds have been introduced in cities like Boston, the California fund's focus on "Black-led organizations is unique," said Una O. Osili, a professor at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy. Doing it at the state level with many funders also creates "an infrastructure and community around this work," she added. "I think that's very important."

CBS4 Indy

VIDEO: Web exclusive: Dr. Caine on building COVID vaccine trust in the Black community

CBS4 This Morning Anchor Nick McGill talks with Dr. Virginia Caine, director for the Marion County Public Health Department in Indianapolis, about building trust between the medical community and the Black community, particularly as it relates to coronavirus vaccination. Caine is also an associate professor of medicine at Indiana University School of Medicine's Infectious Diseases Division.


Emotional overload: The hidden cost of fighting COVID-19

With healthcare workers being at the forefront of the pandemic, they've seen countless tragic situations, ranging from healthy people growing dangerously ill to patients dying in hospital rooms without loved ones at their side. Dr. Barb White, PhD, the interim assistant dean at the Indiana University South Bend School of Nursing, said her past students are already taking note of the sheer amount of suffering. "I talked to one of our grads from four years ago, a week ago, and she said, 'I feel really sorry for the, the nursing students who are graduating now, because they are seeing more death in six months than I saw in four years,'" recalled White. “And that's the difference of the pandemic."


Tech troubles snarl seniors' attempts to sign up for vaccines

The big picture: Millions of older Americans aren't online at all, and many who do have internet access are struggling to find and use the sign-up portals that local health officials have scrambled to set up. ... Yes, but: An online appointment system has its advantages. In early January, some states like in Florida and California had a first-come, first-serve system where many seniors well over the age of 65 waited in line or in their cars for hours for a chance at a dose. "It was like trying to find when the new Xbox came out. You don't want that as your system for ... vaccines," said Ross Silverman, professor of health policy and management at Indiana University.

Sonoma State Star

SSU ready for in-person instruction?

Many experts believe the U.S. is far away from requiring a vaccine, but certain private organizations, like schools, may impose their own regulations that students can choose to follow. Ross Silverman, a professor of public health at Indiana University says "The best strategic approach to promote vaccination is to maximize communication and minimize barriers." If schools can aid their students in accessing the vaccine in appropriate ways, this will only help the population and the development of herd immunity. The new normal has become primarily online instruction and one can appreciate many of its benefits and pathways of access around the world. This time is proving that innovation and creativity are great problem solvers but many are anxious of a rush back too soon, for too many people. This could lead to a different set of problems than the ones it began with.

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