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February 10, 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: Poets and Quants, WISH-TV, The Bloomington Herald Times, Inside Indiana Business, Indianapolis Business Journal, The Indianapolis Star, Indianapolis Recorder.

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Inside Indiana Business

Grand Challenge initiative making strides in precision health

Researchers from Indiana University's Precision Health Initiative say they continue to move forward in an effort to revolutionize the way clinical trials are conducted around the world. Launched in 2016, the $120 million initiative, which was the first to receive funding through the Grand Challenges program, is focused on getting the right treatment to the right patient at the right time. Dr. Tatiana Foroud, executive associate dean for research affairs at the IU School of Medicine, says the initiative has made progress in two areas: triple negative breast cancer and osteosarcoma, a rare childhood bone cancer. Foroud joined Dr. Sharon Moe, associate dean of translational science at the IU School of Medicine, to talk about the efforts made by the initiative.

WAMC

AUDIO: New study identifies bird species that could spread Lyme disease

Birds play an under-recognized role in spreading tick-borne diseases. They can travel long-distances and tend to split their time in different parts of the world, patterns that are shifting due to climate change. Now, a new study identifies which bird species could spread ticks and Lyme disease. WAMC's Hudson Valley Bureau Chief Allison Dunne spoke with the lead author of the study. Daniel Becker is a postdoctoral fellow at Indiana University. He and senior author Barbara Han, a disease ecologist at the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Dutchess County, used machine learning to identify bird species with the potential to transmit the Lyme disease bacterium to feeding ticks. Becker says they turned to machine learning because there was a piece missing in the Lyme disease literature about the role birds and migratory birds could play.

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Marketplace

Small-business optimism hits 8-month low

Each month, the National Federation of Independent Business releases its small business optimism index. In January, the numbers were lower than they've been in the last eight months. Uncertainty is a big driver of business pessimism. And there's certainly a lot to feel uncertain about: the rate of the vaccine rollout, the scale of the relief package and how long it'll take consumer spending to recover. ... More than 60% of small-business owners surveyed by NFIB said they're not interested in a loan. "They're not sure which way to go. They're not sure which investments to make," said David Audretsch, a professor of economic development at Indiana University. "So they stay frozen."

Fox 59

IU Health seeing spike in syndrome linked to COVID-19 that is attacking children and teens

Doctors at Indiana University (IU) Health are seeing a spike in a syndrome linked to the coronavirus. This illness is targeting children and teens. "It's tough to know which kids are going to come down with it, and that's one of the research questions trying to be answered," explains Samina Bhumbra, IU (School of Medicine) assistant professor of clinical pediatrics, "It was just described in late April, May of 2020, so it still a fairly new syndrome."

The Indiana Lawyer

House panel advances pregnancy accommodations bill with virtually no mandates

Deborah Widiss, associate dean for research and faculty affairs at the Indiana University Mauer School of Law, said she thinks HB 1309 would cause more confusion because even though employers wouldn't be required to provide accommodations under the bill, several federal laws may apply and require employers to make certain adjustments. "The reason why I think it might be a step back rather than a step forward is because I think it sends mixed messages in what is already a confusing area," Widiss said. Plus, she said, employees can -- and do -- already ask for accommodations, and employers can choose to honor those requests or not. "So it's not really doing anything for pregnant workers as it's currently written," Widiss said.

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