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March 8, 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

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

This story has been covered by: The Indianapolis Star, Public News Service, WAVE3, Becker's Hospital Review, Axios.

70th running of men's Little 500, 33rd women's race scheduled for May 26

This story has been covered by: The Indianapolis Star, The Bloomington Herald-Times, Indiana Public Media, Indiana Daily Student.

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Inside Indiana Business

VIDEO: Big changes underway at IUPUI Kelley School

Big changes are in the works at the (IU) Kelley School of Business (at IUPUI). The school is retooling its undergraduate program curriculum as well as shifting how it uses technology in the classroom. We get details from IUPUI Kelley School of Business Undergraduate Faculty Chair Charlotte Westerhaus-Renfrow.

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The New York Times

Here's how to give to women's causes

The Women's Philanthropy Institute, at Indiana University's Lilly Family School of Philanthropy (at IUPUI), has tried to quantify donations to groups focused on women and girls, but even its leaders admit that their efforts have limits. "It can be challenging to define this group, because many charitable organizations have multiple arms, and some serve women and girls," said Jeannie Sager, the institute's director.

The Wall Street Journal

How tech will change sex and intimacy, for better and worse

Will our sex lives be better in the years ahead? The answer depends on how we manage the risks and benefits of "sextech," the wide range of new technologies that aim to enhance our experience of sex, says Justin Lehmiller, a social psychologist and research fellow at Indiana University’s Kinsey Institute, who studies sexual behavior. Dr. Lehmiller is host of the "Sex and Psychology" podcast and author of "Tell Me What You Want: The Science of Sexual Desire and How It Can Help You Improve Your Sex Life," which came out in 2018. Sextech includes sex toys, wearable devices, virtual reality and robots. It has the ability to transform our lives and be a force for good, helping us explore our sexuality and boosting intimacy and connection with our partners. It also raises alarms about privacy and consent. Though some sextech is on the market now, it is very expensive, says Dr. Lehmiller, who expects it to become more widespread in the next 10-20 years. The Future of Everything spoke with Dr. Lehmiller about next-generation sex toys, the evolution of touch and the potential risks of virtual sex.

The Seattle Times

MacKenzie Scott, a philanthropist and ex-wife of Jeff Bezos, remarries

Billionaire philanthropist MacKenzie Scott has remarried after her high-profile divorce from Amazon's founder, Jeff Bezos. In a letter posted to the website of the philanthropy nonprofit organization the Giving Pledge on Saturday, Dan Jewett, a science teacher at the prestigious Seattle school attended by her children, said that he was "grateful for the exceptional privilege it will be to partner in giving away assets with the potential to do so much good when shared." ... "I don't think it's that surprising to me that she added her husband," said Debra Mesch, professor at the Women's Philanthropy Institute at Indiana University. "She's saying, 'We're a couple now and our household giving is going to be together.' That's what a lot of couples do."

The Conversation

Is gaming good for kids?

Written by John Velez, assistant professor of communication science, Indiana University. Gamers, have you ever noticed that you're the first person to spot animals at the zoo? Or if someone drops candy on the ground, you know exactly where every piece landed? That may be because you play video games. Research has shown people who play video games like Fortnite or Rocket League have higher visual acuity, meaning they can keep track of multiple moving objects at once -- or even see things in the fog or rain that others cannot. It's one of the many benefits researchers like me have discovered about playing video games. For those who think video games are a waste of time or a negative force in your life, it might be worth showing them what the latest science has to say.

Indiana Daily Student

An Indiana House bill could make access to abortion harder in the state

Indiana House bill 1577 introduces regulations on abortion services and telemedicine. The bill, which was referred to the Senate on Feb. 23, would make access to abortions more difficult, legal and medical experts said. IUPUI associate professor of law Seema Mohapatra said states are continuing to introduce legislation placing restrictions on abortion, and with the current composition of the court and recent cases, even when it is challenged, likely will be upheld. Mohapatra said almost every aspect of the Indiana bill limits abortion services and, if passed, would decrease access to abortions, especially for the most poor and vulnerable Hoosiers. "This Supreme Court is probably going to uphold these laws, which really harms poor people and people of color the most, because those are the people that are most at risk of not having access to abortion care," Mohapatra said.

The Bloomington Herald-Times

Vaccine immunity won't last forever, but neither will pandemic

People who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 can breathe a sigh of relief. At least for a few months. That's about how long Lana Dbeibo, director of vaccine initiatives for Indiana University, can say, with certainty, immunity from vaccination will last. That doesn't mean it won't last longer. But length of immunity from vaccination is one of the many things about this new disease that scientists are still learning. "The most accurate answer I can definitively give is more what we can get from studies that were done, where participants were followed for three to four months," Dbeibo said. "That's the minimum we know it lasts. After that, we don't have any hard scientific evidence immunity lasts beyond, not because it doesn't but because we don't have data."


COVID-19 at 1 year: Lack of information tested area health centers as pandemic took hold

Indiana University Northwest economics professor Micah Pollak -- used to crunching numbers -- has built a following on social media posting COVID graphs since the start. "It was purely for my own sake," he said. "So, I could understand what was going on better. Regain some of that sense of control." ... The Lake County Health Department's site at the county fairgrounds in Crown Point administers 2,000 vaccines per week. ... Other states haven't been as organized, several noted. "My parents are in Iowa. For them, they do not have a centralized website. They have to call around," Pollak said. "Often, they're just told, 'Sorry, we don't have enough vaccines allocated. We didn't get anything this week.'"

Indianapolis Business Journal

Are cryptocurrencies on the verge of going mainstream?

Even if banks are cleared in the future to deal in Bitcoin or other non-stablecoin cryptocurrencies, it's not yet certain how that could work. How, for instance, might a bank make a Bitcoin-based loan? The price of Bitcoin fluctuates so frequently that the agreed-upon loan would likely change value during the time it takes to close the deal. "The big challenge is that the value of Bitcoin is so volatile that people won't know the value of the transaction that they're doing," said Rob Neal, professor of finance at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business at IUPUI. "This is a problem that's going to restrict the widespread adoption of any of these cryptocurrencies."

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