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March 5, 2021
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Big News

Indiana University plans for in-person fall 2021 semester

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

Calling all citizen-scientists: IU Herbarium seeking photos to document Indiana's flora

This story has been covered by: The Bloomington Herald-Times.

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Swimming World

Doc's guys: Doc Counsilman's legendary swimming program at Indiana University

In the late 1960s into the early 1970s, Doc Counsilman's Indiana University swimming program was a focal point of the sport. His legendary teams were a dominant presence not just on the collegiate scene, but also on the national -- and international -- stage. ... When Doc Counsilman took the reins of the Indiana program in 1957, the Big Ten Conference belonged to Michigan and Ohio State. Within a few years, though, Counsilman shifted the balance of power to the Hoosier State, and that control endured for two decades, with Indiana also emerging as a major force at all levels of competition.

Inside Indiana Business

Regenstrief launches online survey on COVID

The Indianapolis-based Regenstrief Institute and Indiana University have launched a second online survey to gather data about COVID-19 symptoms, behaviors, and vaccine attitudes. As with the pilot survey last April, the questionnaire is being distributed through banner ads on Microsoft News. Researchers say the broad approach on MSN.com allows them to gather large quantities of data from across the U.S. quickly. "The pilot project indicates this is a viable method to gather crucial public health data," said Dr. Shaun Grannis, vice president of data and analytics at Regenstrief. "In this second survey, we continue to receive a large number of responses providing insight into a population that we might not have access to otherwise."

Inside Indiana Business

IUPUI pitch competition to address referee shortage

The IUPUI Sports Innovation Institute is hosting a competition challenging college students to find ways to address a growing shortage of sports officials. The Innovation Challenge is a first-of-its-kind event being held in conjunction with the NCAA NextGen program and will feature 25 teams from 22 NCAA member schools pitching their ideas to a group of judges. The university says the number of referees continues to decline as officials retire or leave the job with fewer younger officials to replace them. Sports Innovation Institute Director David Pierce tells Inside INdiana Business the challenge seeks to solve a problem that many people don't know about. "No one's surprised that there are referees, but very, very, very few people, except for a handful of administrators where it really impacts their daily job even know that this is an issue," said Pierce. "Everyone inherently understands the role of the sports official, so there's some level of knowledge there, but then we really get to tap into students' creativity to come up with the solutions."

IU Voices in the News


Navigating consent is all about communication. Here's where to start

Kristen Jozkowski is a sexual health professor at Indiana University's School of Public Health. She -- as well as the other sex educators who spoke to NPR -- uses the framework known as affirmative consent, meaning an affirmative agreement to engage in sexual behavior. That agreement can be saying "yes," pulling someone closer or kissing back. Jozkowski says it's important to note that this agreement cannot be made when a person is too intoxicated, through alcohol or drug use, to make a decision about sex. And consent isn't affirmative if it's made through coercion, which includes threats of physical violence as well as emotional and social pressure to say yes or to not say no. ... (She) says the research suggests that soft refusals -- like coming up with an excuse not to have sex, pushing someone away, turning your head to avoid a kiss -- are generally understood for what they are: no. "People have a really refined ability to understand people's refusals, even those who don't include the word 'no,'" Jozkowski says. "There's a lot of other factors that may contribute to various forms of sexual violence."

Financial Times

US vs China: Biden bets on alliances to push back against Beijing

While Trump faced a tough time convincing European nations to exclude Huawei from their networks, Biden's nominee for commerce secretary, Gina Raimondo, was criticised for refusing during her nomination hearing to commit to keeping Huawei on an export blacklist, before later clarifying her position. Sarah Bauerle Danzman, an expert on the security implications of investment decisions at Indiana University, says the Biden team shares the same view about technology risks as the Trump team, but the key question is how they would evaluate the level of risk and the ability to mitigate threats in crafting policies. "They're going to have to think about the trade-offs in terms of when maximum pressure works and when it does not. A lot of this is about slowing the People's Republic of China. Nobody thinks we can keep this technology from the PRC forever."

The Times of Northwest Indiana

Dollar stores cropping up across Region, bucking trend of disinvestment in underserved areas

Dollar stores took off in popularity nationwide as many looked to stretch their budgets during the Great Recession. They can thrive even when times are tough, said Micah Pollak, assistant professor of economics at Indiana University Northwest. "Dollar stores are a good example of a business that is capable of moving quickly to take advantage of changing economic conditions," he said. "While the economy in Northwest Indiana is slowly rebuilding from the effects of the pandemic, the unemployment rate remains relatively high and household incomes depressed. Many families continue to look for ways to save money, and dollar stores rise to meet that need. They are often able to open more quickly than other forms of retail with more flexible requirements for space and employment."


Indiana's annual unemployment rate rose nearly 4 percentage points from 2019

Andrew Butters, Indiana University economics professor, said it's no secret that Indiana's reliance on manufacturing makes it a little easier to rebound from a pandemic-caused recession. But unlike the Great Recession more than a decade ago, people are more likely to be unemployed long-term. "These are often now people that were separated from a job probably very early on and that creates an altogether different type of environment," he said.

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