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February 9, 2021
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New America

Indianapolis: When lead and racism are both in the water

By now we're all familiar with the story of Flint's water crisis. You may have heard about similar problems in Newark, Pittsburgh, or East Chicago. Indianapolis is no exception, as IUPUI professor Dr. Gabriel Filippelli points out in a recent op ed. ... Dr. Filippelli has done extensive research locally and globally into something he calls the "urban lead exposome." An exposome is the sum total of environmental exposures a person has over their lifetime. Dr. Filippelli is leading a project to map the urban lead exposome and is making his findings available to the public as part of a citizen-science project. ... The IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute (IAHI), with funding from the Indiana University Grand Challenges grant, has partnered with Filippelli and his team to fuse two mutually beneficial projects. The IAHI has an ongoing project called the Anthropocene Household, under the leadership of Dr. Jason Kelly that aims to explore and understand everyday experiences of people and their environments.

News and Tribune

IUS professor receives Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship

A professor at Indiana University Southeast has received the opportunity to help women succeed in educational leadership in Uganda. Doyin Coker-Kolo, professor at the IUS School of Education, was recently awarded a Carnegie African Diaspora Fellowship, which will allow her to eventually travel to Makerere University in Uganda to work with faculty and students. The fellowship program allows African-born scholars to develop educational projects at higher education institutions in Africa. Coker-Kolo, who was born and raised in Nigeria, is one of more than 50 people across the United States and Canada who received the fellowship.

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WANE

Epidemiologist predicts when Indiana will reach herd immunity from COVID

How soon until Indiana society returns to normal? It's a question Hoosiers have thought about every day since the COVID-19 pandemic began. An epidemiologist is predicting when normal might be. Dr. Thomas Duszynski, Director of Epidemiology Education at Indiana University Fairbanks School of Public Health (at IUPUI) has been calculating the variables of how fast Indiana can get to herd immunity, which he's defining as at least 70 percent of Hoosiers get the COVID vaccine. Duszynski thinks at this rate, with just a couple vaccine producers in the market, Indiana could return to normal around October. But he presses that this is a serious foot race to hit that 70 percent as fast as possible, faster than the time it takes any new strands of the virus to gain strength. "The race is can we get enough vaccine in people before these variants maybe take hold of the population and those case numbers start to go back up again," he said.

Inside Higher Ed

Giving to colleges and universities flattens in 2020

Donor-advised funds have been growing rapidly, said Una Osili, associate dean for research and international programs at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (at IUPUI). "The No. 1 recipient of a lot of the grants are education institutions," Osili said. "Higher education is an important destination of those donor-advised fund grants." ... The pandemic may have caused donors to shift giving to health and human service causes. The Black Lives Matter movement, which garnered new visibility at the very end of fiscal 2020, may have also driven donations to colleges and universities, the survey said. "Some institutions are involved in research around the COVID-19 vaccine. Some are working on providing educational opportunities in distressed neighborhoods," Osili said. "I think this is when higher education can show its relevance to communities."

Indianapolis Business Journal

Sheila Suess Kennedy: Don't use public dollars to create thought 'bubbles'

Written by Sheila Suess Kennedy, who recently retired as professor of law and public policy at the Paul H. O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs at IUPUI. The Indiana Legislature is back in session, and as usual, there are multiple reasons for concern. For example, there's House Bill 1005. It proposes to expand taxpayer funding for private education by more than $100 million next year. Indiana already has one of the nation's largest voucher programs, which was sold to the public on the theory that private schools would "rescue" students from failing public schools and improve students' academic performance. ... So why do our legislators continue sending Hoosier tax dollars to private schools, rather than spending to improve public education? Follow the money.

San Francisco Chronicle

Indiana deaths jumped by 18 percent during 2020 amid pandemic

A larger surge of coronavirus deaths in Indiana during December than was initially reported contributed to an 18% jump in the state's overall deaths during 2020. Preliminary totals from the Indiana Department of Health show nearly 77,000 died in the state last year -- an increase of almost 11,000 from 2019 -- as nationwide deaths also jumped with the global pandemic. ... No factor other than the COVID-19 explains the increase in mortality, said Shandy Dearth, an epidemiologist at Indiana University's Fairbanks School of Public Health (at IUPUI). "You can almost argue that our deaths should have been lower because think about the time we spent at home, we didn't have the car accidents, we weren't having some of the workplace injuries and deaths and things like that as the country shut down," Dearth said. "But we didn't have a total decrease in deaths, we definitely saw an increase in deaths. And that's definitely related to COVID."

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