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March 1, 2021
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Big News

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

This story has been covered by: WAVE3, Becker's Hospital Review, Axios.

Indiana University plans for in-person fall 2021 semester

This story has been covered by: WPTA21, WANE, The Bloomington Herald-Times, The Bloomington Herald-Times, WTHR, Palladium-Item.

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Study shows automakers delaying recalls to minimize negative attention

Many automakers have the best intentions when it comes to swiftly issuing recalls and getting vehicles fixed. However, a recent study by Indiana University's Kelley School of Business shows that 73-percent of recalls are announced in clusters, suggesting a pattern to these types of announcements. ... the automaker that initiates a recall is hit the hardest – obviously depending on how catastrophic the mistake is. Of the six automakers included in the study, only 9-percent of its recalls were leading the pack; Toyota was the exception to the rule with much more random recalls -- 31-percent of them being leading recalls. "The implication is that auto firms are either consciously or unconsciously delaying recall announcements until they are able to hide in the herd," said George Ball, assistant professor of operations and decision technologies and Weimer Faculty Fellow at Indiana University.

Inside Higher Ed

A racial trust deficit in higher ed

Students of color have "substantially less trust" in their colleges compared to their white peers, according to a new report by the Indiana University Center for Postsecondary Research. Kevin Fosnacht, associate research scientist at the center and co-author of the report, said the college trust gap between Black and white students, at 0.47 standard deviations, was particularly large. The disparity in perspectives was described in the report as being "of sizes rarely seen in education research." There was an even larger gap (0.58 standard deviations) between Black and white students' "out-group trust," which in this case refers to their trust in individuals who are of different races than themselves, the report said.

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Here's why 2021 could be a big year for labor unions

At Amazon, a historic vote is underway at the e-commerce giant's Bessemer, Alabama, warehouse. There, more than 5,800 employees are voting by mail as to whether they should join with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union and form Amazon's first US union. "It is not surprising that recent forces have come to lead to an organizing campaign in Amazon's Alabama plant," said Kenneth Dau-Schmidt, Carr Professor of Labor and Employment Law, Indiana University-Bloomington. "Amazon workers have had long-running concerns about the speed of work, safety and pay. During the pandemic, these concerns have only increased."

Indiana Public Media

In rural Indiana, volunteers outnumber staff in some COVID-19 vaccine clinics

If volunteers hadn't stepped up, Greene County's health department would have been operating with just one full-time staff member at its clinic. Similar challenges are felt across the state, according to Kerry Thomson, the executive director at Indiana University's Center for Rural Engagement. She says the center and other thought leaders are doing their best, but resources targeted for rural communities are rare. "We're all in this alone, almost," she said. "If we could develop some best practices and disseminate them quickly, in a trusted meant manner, and allow the people on the ground who are innovating well, to share what's working in their communities, then I think that we could have gotten a faster response." Thompson doesn’t blame any single entity, but insists the current challenges are a result of systemic issues that have plagued rural healthcare for decades. "It's something that we should learn from," Thompson said.

The Indianapolis Star

House environmental committee a no-show despite Indiana being one of U.S.' most polluted

Jim Perry, a professor emeritus at Indiana University's (O'Neill) School of Public and Environmental Affairs who studies public management and government reform, said the concern about complexity raises a question. "If we have a legislator who's dealing with complex public policy issues who says the proposals before him, or before her committee, are too complicated, the question is: Is that person up to the job?" he said. ... On the other side of the Statehouse, the Senate Environmental Affairs committee heard and passed three bills. The foundational question here, Perry said, is what are the obligations of a legislator to respond to issues raised by fellow lawmakers or citizens, and does (Rep. Doug) Gutwein's lack of hearings signal an abandonment of that responsibility? "Most American citizens," Perry said, "would say that legislators performing their responsibility would make a good faith effort to attend to the substance of particular bills brought before them."


Reports of people cheating to get COVID-19 vaccine don't reflect NW Indiana health care settings

With high demand for the vaccine increasing as more people become eligible and a limited supply of the doses, ethics professors at local universities said gaming the system to get a vaccine out of turn is morally questionable at best and points to inadequacies in the way the vaccine is distributed in the communities where that's occurring. "I have heard that especially the elderly are at risk of getting pushed out by people who think they're more deserving," said Anja Matwijkiw, a professor of professional ethics and human rights at Indiana University Northwest in Gary. "I find it pretty shocking."

Atlanta Black Star

New Josephine Baker biography chronicles 'labor on screen' as first 'global' Black woman film star

Josephine Baker is a name that most have heard before. She was an entertainer, activist and the first Black woman to star in a major motion picture. But her impact was even bigger than that, according to Terri Simone Francis, associate professor and director of the Black Film Center/Archive at Indiana University and author of a new biography: "Josephine Baker's Cinematic Prism." ... "There's a Josephine Baker for everyone," Francis said. "There's the Josephine Baker of exuberance and adventure -- of a delightful eroticism in her dancing and all of that -- the ambition. There's the Josephine Baker of the '30s who is the first Black woman to star in a film in 1927, ‘Siren of the Tropics.' She then goes on to make two other feature films in the '30s and then another one in the early post-war period. And then during World War II, we have Josephine the spy."


Where Indiana stands on minimum wage debate

When it comes to raising minimum wage, experts say the proposed amount can make all the difference. "It lifts people out of poverty," said Kyle Anderson, an economist at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business in Indianapolis. "So, we really do have a beneficial impact for a significant number of households." He said overall, raising the minimum wage is good for the economy if it's small increases but he isn't sure what more than doubling the minimum wage would do. "We don't know and I would urge caution among policy makers to take that big of a jump so whatever we do I think it should be phased in and a little more gradual," said Anderson.


Learn how farmers are adapting to a changing climate

One local expert at the Environmental Resilience Institute at Indiana University says everyone has his or her own opinion. But what matters most is learning to adapt no matter the changes. "In general farmers recognize that they are farming under whatever weather conditions they're given," Rachel Irvine, Lead Research Technician, said. "So they are very focused focus on adapting and making sure they still maintain their livelihoods and produce the crops we all need and rely on."

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