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February 25, 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

Indiana University plans for in-person fall 2021 semester

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times, WTHR, Palladium-Item.

CoVaxxy tool visualizes relationship between online misinformation and COVID-19 vaccine adoption

This story has been covered by: Becker's Hospital Review, Axios.

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Inside Indiana Business

Universities ink 'playbook' for COVID-19 strategies

While much of the country and the state of Indiana are struggling to manage the pandemic, local life sciences leaders point to the state's research universities as leading the charge -- creating the playbook for how to mount an effective response to COVID-19. Very early in the pandemic, Indiana University, Purdue University and the University of Notre Dame chose to spearhead their campuses' response, so they could better control safety and not drain the resources of their local communities and state at large. The three universities have strategies to diagnose their populations and control outbreaks; school leaders acknowledge their expertise, ability to control resources and nimble nature play a role -- but more importantly is the schools' will to make it happen. "I'm still disappointed at how so much of the country, when we say, 'Well, you can do this,' seems to respond with, 'Oh, well, that's just too hard. We can't do that.' And I'm like, 'That's what you said six months ago, that's what you said nine months ago, and some people have done it. Just do it. We're not out of this yet.' Still, there's just a lot of that attitude," says IU Associate Dean for Research Mentoring Dr. Aaron Carroll. 

Fox 59

VIDEO: IUPUI making changes to improve the health of staff and students

Chancellor Nasser Paydar is interivewed about changes IUPUI is making to improve the health of staff and students.

Inside Indiana Business

Kelley School to host Big Ten event on business academia

The Indiana University Kelley School of Business will today host all 14 Big Ten schools for a virtual event that aims to encourage more women and people from underrepresented backgrounds to enter business academia. IU says the webinar series is an effort to create awareness about the potential for students to pursue doctoral programs. The event will focus on the benefits of pursuing a career in academia and the steps to take for those who are interested. In an interview with Inside INdiana Business, Kelley School Chair of Doctoral Programs Rebecca Slotegraaf said there are several key reasons for hosting the event. "One is that diversity is really important in higher education," said Slotegraaf. "There are very few underrepresented faculty members and there's very few underrepresented students in doctoral programs. There's a strong importance for having faculty with diverse demographic backgrounds because they can serve as role models to students."

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The New York Times

Vaccine hesitancy in cancer patients

Written by Susan Gubar, distinguished emerita professor of English at Indiana University. Do the vaccines against the coronavirus offer cancer patients the same hope that they hold out to healthy people? The women in my cancer support group expressed hesitancy as the vaccines started to be administered to health care workers. Lucy Cherbas, in chemotherapy for recurrent ovarian cancer and in the over-70 population slated to receive the vaccine next, described the moral impediment that some healthy people also confront in a different variant. "If I accept the vaccine," she said, "it will be with a strong feeling of guilt that at best I will be prolonging my life for a few months or years, while others behind me in line still have full lives to live if they don’t succumb to Covid-19."

WQAD

Your health: Lessening the impact of childhood cancer treatments

Kids with cancer now have an 84% chance of surviving five years or more thanks to advancements in treatments. But those life-saving therapies often have long-lasting consequences. "They have a higher rate of chronic conditions like Type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, just that premature aging things, things that we normally wouldn't expect to see," said Melissa Sherman, a research assistant at the Regenstrief Institute at Indiana University. More than 60% of long-term survivors have at least one chronic health condition after childhood cancer treatment, and more than one-quarter have a severe or life-threatening condition. Sherman and her colleagues are studying the impact of a specialized exercise program on cancer survivors between the ages of 15 and 39 who had at least three months of chemotherapy. 

The Conversation

Giving while female: Women are more likely to donate to charities than men of equal means

Written by Tessa Skidmore, research associate of philanthropy, Women's Philanthropy Institute and doctoral student of philanthropy at IUPUI; and Charles Sellen, Global Philanthropy Fellow, Lilly Family School of Philanthropy, IUPUI. The American poet Ambrose Bierce wrote in 1906 that a philanthropist is "a rich (and usually bald) old gentleman who has trained himself to grin while his conscience is picking his pocket." While this satirical description may have resonated at the time, it no longer rings true today -- in terms of the physical description if not the metaphorical critique. Major donors, people who give away massive sums of money, are becoming more diverse. More are women and 50 years old or younger. As scholars of how women give and global philanthropy, we’ve learned that women overall are more likely to give, and give more, than men, and these differences can be seen in a variety of ways.

Journal Gazette

The numbers are in: Studies confirm vouchers' harmful effects on learning

Written by Christopher Lubienski, a professor of education policy at the Indiana University School of Education in Bloomington. The question of school vouchers is back on the legislative agenda in Indiana. The current private school voucher program -- already the largest in the nation -- was originally pitched as a way to help poor families get access to higher-quality schools. Now, arguing that school choices should be available to families regardless of income, Republicans are pushing for an expansion of the program to include subsidies taken for more middle-class families, including those making up to almost $150,000 a year. Critics note that this would come at the expense of funding for public schools. Proponents say that competition leads to better outcomes.

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