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March 3, 2021
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Sports Illustrated

AUDIO: Indiana AD Scott Dolson talks IU basketball with AJ Guyton

Indiana Athletic Director Scott Dolson joined AJ Guyton on the House of Hoosier Podcast on Tuesday afternoon to discuss his ascendance to athletic director and how it's been during his first year. Of course, the two talked about Indiana basketball as well, who have a big game at Michigan State on Tuesday night.

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The Republic

'Playing with light': New installation offers fun by interacting with former Republic building

A group of graduate students and a professor from Indiana University's J. Irwin Miller Architecture Program is inviting local residents to play along and have a little fun with light as they pass by the former Republic building in downtown Columbus. A new, interactive installation, "Lines of Light," is now installed along the glass panels of the building facing Second Street downtown, and will be open for the public to experience through April, said assistant professor of architecture Daniel Martinez. The installation uses motion sensors on the building's steel columns to activate a row of lights, which are more easily observed at night. Visitors can walk up to the outside of the building on its north side and use these sensors as part of a socially-distanced game.

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The Wall Street Journal

We urgently need an NTSB for cybersecurity

Written by Christopher A. Hart, former chairman of the National Transportation Safety Board, and Scott J. Shackelford, chair of the cybersecurity program at Indiana University Bloomington. Sen. Mark Warner (D., Va.) has called for the creation of a national cybersecurity safety board in response to the expanding fallout regarding the SolarWinds hack ("SolarWinds Hack Was Wider Than Thought," U.S. News, Feb. 24). We think that it's past time for such a move. The SolarWinds hack highlights many vulnerabilities that have gone unaddressed for too long.

Los Angeles Times

QAnon and conspiracy theories are taking hold in churches. Pastors are fighting back

The spread of disinformation isn't exclusive to religious groups and is widely seen as a larger casualty of the internet. In the last year, Facebook and Twitter have cracked down on QAnon-related accounts and appended fact checks to posts on COVID-19 and the presidential election. Conservatives and free speech supporters have said the social media companies have gone too far in canceling Trump's accounts for their role in the insurrection. Yet, because Christianity is the largest faith in the U.S., "it's key to look at churches and pastors as spaces where people organize and spread their ideas," said Andrew Whitehead, an Indiana University-Purdue University sociologist and co-author of "Taking America Back For God." Whitehead studies the growth of Christian nationalism, which he described as the "the fusing of Christianity with the belief that we are a Christian nation, one that God has chosen specifically for success and a particular Christian path, one that has been tied to the Republican Party and being white." This joining of politics and faith "has been influential for decades but was given a much bigger megaphone by Trump," he said. 

Foreign Affairs

India's farmers will benefit from reforms

Written by Surupa Gupta, a professor of political science and international affairs at the University of Mary Washington, and Sumit Ganguly, Distinguished Professor of Political Science and the Rabindranath Tagore Chair in Indian Cultures and Civilizations at Indiana University, Bloomington. In September 2020, India's Parliament passed three bills designed to change the way the country bought and sold agricultural goods. With its commanding majority in the legislature, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) forced the bills through with little discussion. Such haste and unilateralism are not unusual for the government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, which sought little input before eliminating all high-denomination cash bills in 2016, for example, or rushing a year later to implement a new goods and services tax. But while those earlier policies caused hardship and sparked some minor protests, the consequences of the farm bills are of another order altogether.

Muncie Journal

New family resource center opens to support families in Muncie and Delaware County

The "Strengthening Indiana Families Family Resource Center" opened Monday to provide resources to parents and children, with hopes their services will help strengthen families in Muncie and Delaware County. ... "The center is based on an innovative model of co-locating family supports increasingly being used across the country," said Bryan Victor, Project Evaluator and associate professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. "All parents need support at some time, especially during the current pandemic," said Susana Mariscal, Director of the Strengthening Indiana Families Project, and an associate professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. "We hope that the center becomes a space for parents to connect with other parents and their community, to find the resources and supports they need, to have fun and create positive memories that children can look back on, and to develop and build upon their strengths."


Treasury Covid contracts boom rewards telecom, consulting firms

The department hired consulting firms like Deloitte, which already had an established procurement relationship with Treasury and staff with the necessary clearance, to shoulder the burden of implementing the $2.2 trillion CARES Act and relief measures in a December appropriations and stimulus law, according to officials and the company. ... The booming government contracting business for consulting firms like Deloitte would logically help an industry that doesn't typically do well in recessions, said Joe Schroeder, an associated processor at the Indiana University Kelley School of Business who focuses on auditing firms such as the "Big Four" -- Deloitte, KPMG, PwC, and EY. These firms have shifted to consulting from auditing in recent years, but while auditing is a sturdy business in a downturn, private sector consulting is not, Schroeder said. "Their private client consulting is declining quite a bit, because private clients can't pay for it now," he said. "So to the extent that they're supplementing that by getting contracts from the government, that makes sense to me."


Is deceased Cincinnati fertility doctor the missing link for these newly discovered half-siblings?

In May 2019, Indiana became the first state to make it a crime for doctors to use their own sperm in treatment without their patients' prior knowledge and consent. Texas, Florida and Colorado are the only other states that have laws specifically outlawing doctors from using their own sperm to impregnate patients without their consent, the I-Team found during a review of published news and research reports on fertility fraud. "The Indiana approach was basically to create a civil and criminal cause of action for fertility fraud and, importantly, the criminal cause of action is called 'fertility fraud,'" said Jody Madeira, an Indiana University law professor.

McKnight's Long-Term Care News

COVID cases fall 82 percent in nursing homes; vaccination will help thwart variants, advocates say

Vaccination and careful planning remains the key to success in fighting emerging SARS-CoV-2 gene variants as well, according to (AHCA/NCAL Chief Medical Officer David) Gifford and other industry observers. ... But the high rates of vaccination in nursing homes offers hope that the industry will continue to be protected, said Jennifer Carnahan, M.D., MPH, of Indiana University Center for Aging Research at Regenstrief Institute, Indianapolis. "I think that one of the most important things is supporting our staff, having contingency plans, and being ready for worst-case scenarios," Carnahan told McKnight's Clinical Daily. "So on one hand I'm full of hope and optimism, on the other hand I think it's really important that we plan and be ready (in case of setbacks)."

The Indianapolis Star

Banning natural gas would cut emissions. But lawmakers don't want that happening in Indiana.

HB 1191 is written in a way that says cities can't put in place policies or requirements that would prioritize one fuel over another for heat and appliances in buildings. ... Critics, however, question whether protecting consumers is the true aim. They point to other Indiana laws that removed net metering and the state's energy efficiency program in recent years. Or a bill that would stop HOAs across Indiana from prohibiting rooftop solar that has not gone anywhere. Rep. Matt Pierce, D-Bloomington, even suggested a provision about HOAs be added to HB 1191, but that was disregarded. "One needs to take a slightly broader view of all the energy bills being considered now and that have been considered and passed in recent years," said Sanya Carley, and economics policy professor at Indiana University. "And they need to understand that not all those bills try to protect consumer choice."

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