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February 16, 2021
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Big News

IMU unveils new restaurants, including Pan-Asian fare and Napolese pizza

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The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU study finds pandemic widened gap between 'haves,' 'have nots'

A recent study from Indiana University showed the COVID-19 pandemic has widened the gap between the so-called "haves" and "have nots." Groups who were struggling economically before the pandemic found themselves in even more precarious positions last spring. Unfortunately, it's not something that surprised Brea Perry, a sociologist at IU and co-author of the study. "One of the big take-home points is that these findings provide additional evidence that when there's some sort of crisis -- whether economic, a natural disaster, human made -- these exacerbate inequalities," she said. "They reflect the societal fault lines that were there before and tend make them worse."

Indianapolis Business Journal

IU medical school gears up for move to expanded Methodist Hospital campus

The Indiana University School of Medicine, an anchor on the IUPUI campus for decades, will move the bulk of its classrooms and operations into a new $245 million building on the expanded Methodist Hospital campus in 2024. The IU Board of Trustees approved the new site, which is west of Senate Avenue and just south of the IU Neurosciences Research Building and the IU Health Neuroscience Center on 16th Street. The move will take place in conjunction with IU Health’s massive, downtown consolidation of its Methodist and University hospitals onto one campus, the university said Feb. 5. ... IU said the new site for the medical school will provide flexibility and scale to accommodate medical education facilities as well as future research facilities. It is referring to the new campus as an academic health center. "This state-of-the-art facility, a critical part of the academic health center project, will transform how we prepare researchers and health care professionals to face the health challenges that lie ahead," said Jay Hess, dean of the medical school, in a written statement.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU Jacobs' New Voices Opera produces opera, that is, well, new

If you haven't heard of this group in awhile, it might be because they are relaunching. Like Bloomington Playwrights Project, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music's New Voices Opera produces only brand new works, in this case not plays and musicals but complete one-act operas. Remember the shock of reading Upton Sinclair's 1906 novel "The Jungle"? Recent Jacobs graduate John Griffith II has reinvented the expose about Chicago's old meatpacking industry, creating both libretto and score. "John Griffith (was) a very, very talented undergrad," said "The Jungle"'s music director and Jacobs doctoral student Samuel Grace in a phone interview. John's "The Jungle" opera was to have shocked, educated and thrilled its audience last spring and now is slated to do so this spring.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU traditional arts program gets $25K grant

Indiana University's Traditional Arts Indiana has been approved for a $25,000 Grants for Arts Projects award to support its Elder Music Recording Project, an initiative that will record older musicians and create listening guides that support the well being of older adults, according to an IU news release.

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Indianapolis Monthly

AUDIO: Indiana University's Dr. Aaron E. Carroll on running schools safely during COVID-19

When Dr. Aaron E. Carroll joined the team tasked with ensuring IU Hoosiers' safe return to school last fall, he knew it wasn't the science he'd have to figure out, there being a standard playbook in place for managing the spread of diseases like COVID-19 -- it would be the logistics and implementation of that playbook, including getting buy-in from a justifiably fearful and skeptical public. Now, many months later, case numbers are falling across the country and multiple vaccines are rolling out, but the coronavirus isn't done with us just yet. Dr. Carroll joined the Monthly Weekly to talk about how he fought the pandemic in Bloomington, why a safe return to school is not only possible, but desirable for most of America's schoolchildren, and how vaccines will change the way we live in 2021.

The Indianapolis Star

Op-ed: How Indiana, a manufacturing powerhouse, stands to benefit from Biden plans

Written by Gilbert Kaplan, chairman of the Advisory Board of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative at Indiana University's O'Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs, and Terrence Straub, a member of the Advisory Board at MPI and the O'Neill School Dean's Council. The American manufacturing sector has been challenged like never before by the pandemic. Much of this was predictable, given our increasing dependence on China for manufactured goods. It is also increasingly clear that the wealth and power of nations will be determined in large part by technology and manufacturing prowess, and that manufacturing is critical to the civic values of good jobs and strong communities all across America. For these reasons, we, as two members of the advisory board of the Manufacturing Policy Initiative at the O'Neill School of Public & Environmental Affairs at Indiana University, one Republican and one Democrat, welcome President Joe Biden's extensive manufacturing plan, described in a series of papers during his campaign and in a recent executive order.

Albuquerque Journal

Unwavering voice: Documentary looks at the life of groundbreaking Black singer Marian Anderson

Alisha Jones looked up to Marian Anderson not only as a vocalist, but as a Black woman. Anderson was breaking down barriers in the 1920s and ’30s, often being the only woman of color at events. Her hard-fought journey is chronicled in the American Experience documentary, "Voice of Freedom." It will air at 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 15, on New Mexico PBS. "I was trained as an opera singer and you can call her a patron saint of opera singers," says Jones, an assistant professor of Folklore and Ethnomusicology at Indiana University. "I was asked to do research on Marian."

Indianapolis Business Journal

International students, workers see hope in Biden administration

For international students seeking degrees at Indiana universities and hoping either to gain employment with domestic firms or start their own U.S.-based companies, the next four years promise to be far less angst-ridden and uncertain than the previous. That's because President Joe Biden, a Democrat, has promised to undo -- and has already started undoing -- many of the restrictions former President Donald Trump, a Republican, imposed on both international students and foreign workers in the United States. ... even with more lenient systems in place, obtaining visas, green cards and citizenship could still be a long, enervating process. "If you fix one aspect of the issue, then you're missing out if you don't fix another aspect," said Jenny Bowen, director of international student advising at Indiana University. "I can't imagine how that would ultimately look. It would certainly require a lot of cooperation."


After decades of discrimination lawmakers propose justice for Black farmers

One of the biggest changes proposed by the bill is providing more oversight to protect civil rights at the USDA. Valerie Grim, a professor at Indiana University Bloomington, says the discrimination lawsuit didn't address racism within the department. "There was really no punishment for the folks who, who have been engaged in systemic discrimination for decades, in terms of the local offices and how they were being managed and how policies were being implemented," Grim says.

The National Interest

Nikki Haley's campaign for the 2024 GOP nomination has begun

Experts, however, say that prospective GOP presidential candidates are "walking a tightrope right now" over whether to side with Trump. "Any Republican elected official, and especially someone who intends to run for president in 2024, as Haley does, is walking a tightrope right now," Marjorie R. Hershey, a professor emerita of political science at Indiana University-Bloomington, said. "It's apparent that former President Trump tried to undermine our democratic system, so any Republican who defends him will look unworthy in the eyes of many Americans. But the minority of voters who favor Trump are very passionate people, so any Republican official who breaks with Trump will risk their hatred -- and probably some death threats." Hershey added, "Haley seems to be trying to stay on the tightrope by criticizing Trump while also sounding like his friend and supporter. But the tightrope is very thin and keeps moving. The number of Republicans making a clear break with Trump will be a good indicator of how powerful they feel the remaining Trump base is within the GOP."


CBO projections of record high debt could complicate Biden's agenda

With the nation facing steep economic and public health challenges and inflation projected to remain relatively low, Kindred Winecoff, an expert on the politics of the global economy at Indiana University Bloomington, expects the government taking on more debt would have minimal immediate impact. Allowing Americans to fall deeper into debt because of the economic strain brought on by the pandemic could be far costlier in the long run. "There's going to be debt either way. ... It's just a choice whether we want that to be located in the private sector or the public sector," Winecoff said.


Indiana panels back tighter abortion law, ending gun permits

Indiana legislators advanced two measures Monday that join Republican-led drives across the country to tighten abortion laws and loosen gun restrictions. One Indiana House committee voted 9-3 in favor of a bill that would require doctors to tell women undergoing drug-induced abortions about a disputed treatment that could stop the abortion process ... Dr. Tracey Wilkinson, an assistant professor of pediatrics at the Indiana University School of Medicine, called the proposal "anti-science." "The state legislature should not mandate a physician to tell a patient these falsehoods that could ultimately endanger their patients' lives," Wilkinson said.

The Conversation

Private planes, mansions and superyachts: What gives billionaires such a massive carbon footprint

Written by Richard Wilk, Distinguished Professor, Provost's Professor of Anthropology and director of the Open Anthropology Institute, Indiana University; and Beatriz Barros, Ph.D. candidate in anthropology, Indiana University. Tesla's Elon Musk and Amazon's Jeff Bezos have been vying for the world's richest person ranking all year after the former's wealth soared a staggering US$160 billion in 2020, putting him briefly in the top spot. Musk isn't alone in seeing a significant increase in wealth during a year of pandemic, recession and death. Altogether, the world's billionaires saw their wealth surge over $1.9 trillion in 2020, according to Forbes. Those are astronomical numbers, and it's hard to get one's head around them without some context. As anthropologists who study energy and consumer culture, we wanted to examine how all that wealth translated into consumption and the resulting carbon footprint.

The Christian Century

The undergrads in my Bible class taught me a few lessons

Written by Arthur E. Farnsley, research professor of religious studies at IUPUI. I've taught religious studies at Indiana University for many years. My classes are about human activities -- literature and ethics and rituals -- and not about the truth or falsity of beliefs. But I know many of my students are not in my classes simply to satisfy their intellectual curiosity. Research shows that undergraduates, even at a state university, take religion courses to forward their own spiritual journeys. My class called Bible and Culture attracts students who read the Bible regularly and consider it a guide for their lives. They want my class to open the Bible up to them, but I have intentionally taught it in a form of belief suspension, striving for objectivity, looking through a glass darkly. For the most part, my students have played along.

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