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February 24, 2021
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Big News

First IU-wide virtual college fair lets prospective students visit multiple campuses

This story has been covered by: WANE.

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Inside Indiana Business

Anthem, Fever target social justice

Two hometown teams in Indianapolis have forged a multi-year partnership focusing on health, leadership, and advocacy with special attention given to social justice. The Indiana Fever and Indianapolis-based Anthem Inc. say the initiative will address issues in under-resourced communities. ... A cornerstone of the program is an academic element for professional athletes to become advocates for change. The two organizations are collaborating on the "Athlete to Advocate" professional executive certificate program. It was developed and will be led by the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI. It is designed to equip professional athletes to become effective advocates. "The Athlete to Advocate program is part of our school's ongoing commitment to collaborating with our partners in Central Indiana and around the world to support those who are working to achieve lasting change and make the world more just," said Amir Pasic, dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at IUPUI.

Related stories: The Indianapolis Star, Fast Company, The Washington Post, WTHR

Indiana Daily Student

Black Voices: First IU student chosen for Institute for Responsible Citizenship

IU sophomore and accounting major Zach Harper is the first IU student to be selected for a prestigious program for African American men, the Institute for Responsible Citizenship. He said he is excited to join the program as one of twelve sophomore African American male students from all over the country chosen for the two-summer program. According to the website, the Institute for Responsible Citizenship is a competitive two-summer program for some of America’s best and brightest African American male college students which was founded in 2003. ... "The most exciting thing about this is the comradery that the program offers because I like to just bond with people and form that brotherhood, which we need as African American men," Harper said. 


Grant aims to increase number of Black women in STEM careers

"Black women are just historically underrepresented in STEM," said Dr. India Johnson, with Butler University. She's one of the researchers working with a new grant to hopefully change that, titled, "Black women make up about 6.5% of the United States population but they only comprise about 2% of STEM jobs." Dr. Johnson and Dr. Eva Pietri, with IUPUI, received a $68,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to get a better understanding of who young, Black women see as mentors and how having a mentor can increase their sense of belonging in a field of study. "In previous research, India and I have found that Black female students tend to be more inspired by potential role models that match their race rather than those that match their gender," Pietri said. "So basically, a Black male or female scientist is a better role model than a white male or female scientist for a woman of color."

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Mississippi Today

Could Indiana's 'conservative' version of Medicaid expansion work for Mississippi?

Using public benefit programs as an incentive to promote personal accountability "sounds great in theory," says Kosali Simon, an Indiana University professor who studies health economics and policy. "In the end, it ends up being a huge cost to state taxpayers to send all these notices, and figure out how to get this money back." If Mississippi follows in Indiana's footsteps, even those who support HIP say it shouldn't be copied verbatim. ... Experts say the lack of outreach, coupled with complex administrative requirements, has likely hurt African Americans the most, exacerbating existing racial inequalities. "I think it affects everybody, but the concern I've heard the most is the Black population," Simon said. "Everything that's put as an additional requirement, where you have to do something active that requires resources, it's going to have disparate impacts because of the way resources are distributed" unevenly across different races.

The Indianapolis Star

Lawmaker wants to overturn Indy ethics rules, just in time to benefit GOP chair candidate

Sheila Kennedy, a professor of law and public policy at IUPUI who ran as a Republican candidate for Congress in 1980, said that Indiana ethics laws are very weak and "widely winked at." "A history professor friend of mine once told me that Indiana has a 'quid pro quo' political culture," Kennedy said in an email. She pointed to the recent tweets from Indiana Attorney General Todd Rokita insinuating the presidential election was stolen as "a good example of the disinterest in ethical public service evidenced by Indiana’s GOP -- they have a supermajority and can do what they want."

Indianapolis Recorder

The environmental challenges posed by lead pollution

Written by Ben Clark, a Ph.D. student in American studies and a research sssistant at the IUPUI Arts and Humanities Institute. A challenge that households and communities face is that lead pollution is often invisible, coming into homes through old and worn-out water pipes or through the dust that comes into the home from contaminated soil in the backyard. Unfortunately, people are too often unaware of the presence of lead in their environment until after someone shows symptoms of exposure: a child with cognitive challenges or an adult with kidney damage, for example. ... Why and how did homes and communities become polluted with lead? The answer depends on a number of factors, but it might be an issue of environmental racism.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

What happens to salt, sand dumped on roads?

Salt used to treat roads breaks down so it can't be swept up like sand. However, it doesn't just disappear. Salt can impact the chemistry of local waterways, it's corrosive to both vehicles and roads, and it can easily kill plants, said Gabriel Filipelli, chancellor's professor of earth sciences at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. "People don't really think about it because they're just happy not to crash on icy roads," he said. At the same time, the salt used to treat roads isn't particularly harmful to humans, at least not directly. And there really isn' t any other practical way to de-ice a highway. "It doesn't disappear into the air," Filipelli said. "What happens to it is not wonderful, but you have to pick your poison to some extent."

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Commentary: Americans want U.S. to be international leader

Written by Lee Hamilton, a senior adviser for the Indiana University Center on Representative Government; a distinguished scholar at the IU Hamilton Lugar School of Global and International Studies; and a professor of practice at the IU O’Neill School of Public and Environmental Affairs. Americans often disagree, sometimes forcefully, about what our role in the world should be. From my perspective, there is a lot more consensus on the topic than initially meets the eye. First, most Americans want the United States to be an international leader. They certainly want us to challenge efforts by Russia, China, Iran and others to assert their interests against ours. Americans want to keep the United States a global superpower. Some few may object to that, but the opposition is not widespread. Americans support the dense network of international organizations, global institutions and military alliances that we have entered and understand they are fundamental to our security and prosperity. They have favorable views of NATO, the United Nations and other alliances.

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