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February 8, 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

$1 million alumni gift will help Kelley School, Consortium enhance diversity in business education

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald Times, Inside Indiana Business, Indianapolis Business Journal, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Recorder.

Sites for School of Medicine, bid request for Collins Living-Learning Center approved by trustees

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

5 new degrees, including 4 online, approved by IU trustees

This story has been covered by: Inside Indiana Business.

Significant number of Americans believe false narratives about validity of election, IU surveys find

This story has been covered by: Indiana Public Media, The Herald Bulletin, WFHB.

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Inside Indiana Business

Grant to help identify Alzheimer's

The National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging has awarded a nearly $5 million grant to allow researchers from the IU School of Medicine, Regenstrief Institute, IUPUI and the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine to study ways to identify Alzheimer's in patients, and to improve their quality of life. The five-year grant will allow researchers to look into low-cost, non-invasive ways to identify the disease. Three studies will be led by Malaz Boustani of Regenstrief, Purdue School of Engineering and Technology at IUPUI's Zina Ben Miled and James Galvin of Miami's Miller School of Medicine, which will be conducted in Indiana and Florida. Dr. Boustani says about half of the people with Alzheimer's were never diagnosed, and he says for those who do receive a diagnosis, it can take three to five years for the onset of symptoms. "Early detection can help patients and their families develop a brain care plan and potentially lessen the burden of the disease," said Dr. Boustani.

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The Washington Post

He became the nation's ninth vice president. She was his enslaved wife.

She was born enslaved and remained that way her entire life, even after she became Richard Mentor Johnson's "bride."Johnson, a Kentucky congressman who eventually became the nation's ninth vice president in 1837, couldn't legally marry Julia Chinn. Instead the couple exchanged vows at a local church with a wedding celebration organized by the enslaved people at his family's plantation in Great Crossing, according to Miriam Biskin, who wrote about Chinn decades ago. ... Amrita Chakrabarti Myers, who is working on a book about Chinn, wrote about the hurdles in a blog post for the Association of Black Women Historians. "While doing my research, I was struck by how Julia had been erased from the history books," wrote Myers, a history professor at Indiana University. " Nobody knew who she was. The truth is that Julia (and Richard) are both victims of legacies of enslavement, interracial sex, and silence around black women's histories."


VIDEO: Former Indiana poet laureate discusses Gorman's Super Bowl poetry

Poetry is seeing a surge in popularity, even before Amanda Gorman wowed audiences at President Joe Biden's inauguration. Now, she's reciting at the Super Bowl. The National Endowment for the Arts reports poetry reading by young people ages 18 to 24 has doubled since 2012. Indiana University Prof. Adrian Matejka is a former poet laureate for Indiana and a highly-acclaimed author. He discussed the surging renaissance for poetry with 13News anchor Anne Marie Tiernon. Anne Marie Tiernon: You must be so excited about this opportunity for Amanda Gorman this weekend. Prof. Adrian Matejka: It was a wonderful opportunity. I can't express to you how great it is to see poetry in the space in which we wouldn't really think about poetry and football together in the same conversation.

News and Tribune

Corporations have other, opaque ways to finance candidates

Even as corporations halt donations to members of Indiana's congressional delegation who declined to uphold presidential election results, campaign finance experts wonder whether there will be any impact. Marjorie Hershey, a political science professor with Indiana University, outlined the various ways companies and big spenders can use various alternatives to bypass public commitments to cut off politicians financially. "There are ways around this, and I don't mean to suggest that any particular corporation is finding those ways around it. It may be that they're being perfectly honest and they're not giving any political money, period," Hershey said. "But the avenue exists if they decide to follow it."

The Indianapolis Star

Nursing homes want COVID-19 liability protections. Critics say bills go too far.

Republican state lawmakers, who hold supermajorities in both chambers, are pushing two bills that will extend civil immunity to businesses, including nursing homes, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. ... But whether they are really necessary or a business-friendly overreach remains a point of contention. That divide is evident not only in the Statehouse testimony of supporters and critics, but also in the opinions of two Indiana legal experts consulted by IndyStar. "Overall, these bills are necessary for continued economic growth," said Jodie L. Madeira, a professor at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington. ... But Nicolas Terry, the Hall Render Professor of Law at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis and executive director of the Hall Center for Law and Health, called the (proposed) immunity expansion "completely unnecessary." "The bottom line is immunity shields, any kind of immunity, only ever protects bad actors," he said.

The Indianapolis Star

Authors of bill to eliminate Indiana's wetlands protections have ties to building industry

Several lawmakers behind a bill that would eliminate Indiana's wetlands protections -- and remove costly mitigation requirements for developers -- have close ties to the building industry that critics say should raise red flags. All three authors of the legislation run companies that are members of the Indiana Builders Association, the group leading the lobbying effort for the bill on behalf of homebuilders and developers. Two of those lawmakers are current or former board members of the organization. ... "If the people who are involved in trying to get this passed are those who will reap a financial benefit from it, that is just, that's the textbook case of conflict of interest," said Sheila Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at IUPUI.

The Scientist Magazine

Menstrual cycles intermittently sync with moon cycles: study

In a study published January 27 in Science Advances, researchers analyzed long-term data from women and found that for some their periods synced with lunar light and gravity cycles at certain times in their lives. ... Virginia Vitzthum, a biological anthropologist at Indiana University who was not involved with the research, is less convinced. In an email to The Scientist, she says that because the study found that synchronization was intermittent and not shared across most women, "it is not a compelling case that biologically meaningful synchrony is occurring." ... A few days before a woman's period begins, production of the hormone progesterone ceases, and low levels of this hormone trigger menstrual bleeding. She says that for a woman's menses onset to sync with the full moon, the progesterone-producing structure would need to receive a signal in advance of the full moon. "For such a complex set of signals to evolve and be maintained over evolutionary time, there would need to be some reproductive advantage -- I can think of none."

The Conversation

Talking politics in 2021: Lessons on humility and truth-seeking from Benjamin Franklin

Written by Mark Canada, executive vice chancellor for academic affairs, Indiana University Kokomo. The previous year in the United States was a turbulent one, filled with political strife, protests over racism and a devastating pandemic. Underlying all three has been a pervasive political polarization, made worse by a breakdown in civic -- and civil -- discourse, not only on Capitol Hill, but around the nation. In a new year, with a new president and a new Congress, there appears to be opportunity. Americans, starting with the president, are talking about turning away from the division of the recent past and choosing a different direction: talking civilly and productively about the problems the country faces. But how to do that? As a literary scholar, I appreciate the power of carefully crafted language, and I believe that Americans -- from those in government to those around the dinner table -- could take a lesson from one of this nation’s founders and greatest communicators: Benjamin Franklin.

The Conversation

Of microbes and mothers -- certain gut bacteria in mice can disrupt the mother-child relationship

Written by Bill Sullivan, professor of pharmacology and toxicology, Indiana University. There is perhaps nothing more heartbreaking and confusing than a mother who neglects her children. In 2017, approximately 675,000 children in the U.S. were victims of mistreatment, with 75% reported as neglected. The early postnatal months are critical to ensure proper physical and psychological development; children who are neglected during this phase can experience stunted growth as well as behavioral and learning problems. What could possibly subvert the basic instinct for a mother to take care of her child? ... Recently a research team from the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, led by Janelle Ayres reported a new influence on maternal behavior arising from an unexpected source: the bacteria that dwell in the mother's gut. Their intriguing study, published in Science Advances, was performed using mouse mothers and their offspring.

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