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March 10, 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

IU changes COVID-19 quarantine guidelines for those who are fully vaccinated

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

IU Making Headlines

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The scholar with the skeleton key

The idea had been forming on the edges of Jessica Calarco's mind for some time. So when she got a set of questions late last fall about the pandemic's toll on families from the journalist Anne Helen Petersen, Calarco recognized her chance to pull it into focus. After another long pandemic day of working and caring for her young children, Calarco felt it click. "Other countries have social safety nets," Calarco responded to Petersen. "The U.S. has women." It was just one line in a long interview. But Calarco, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University at Bloomington, knew she'd crystallized something important.

Live Science

Radioactive 'snowflakes' act like the tiniest nuclear bombs in the universe

Tiny snowflakes of radioactive uranium that trigger massive nuclear blasts might explain some of the universe's more mysterious star explosions. As smallish stars die, they cool into husks of their former selves known as white dwarfs. New research proposes that atoms of uranium sink to the centers of these aging white dwarf stars as they cool, freezing into snowflake-like crystals no bigger than grains of sand. There, these "snowflakes" can act as some of the tiniest nuclear bombs in the universe, becoming the "spark that sets off the powder keg," said study co-author Matt Caplan, a theoretical physicist at Illinois State University. ... The new research, accepted to the journal Physical Review Letters, proposes an explanation in which lower-mass white dwarfs without a binary star companion can explode as supernovas on their own  -- even without sipping mass from a nearby star. "Maybe we don't need the companion," study co-author Chuck Horowitz, a theoretical nuclear astrophysicist at Indiana University, told Live Science. "Maybe a single star on its own can explode."

IU Voices in the News

Indiana Daily Student

Indiana Court of Appeals searching for new appellate judge

Joel Schumm, a clinical professor of law at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, said the combination of lawyers and nonlawyers on the committee is one advantage of the system because the nonlawyers bring different perspectives and sets of concerns. Schumm said one advantage to the committee screening and interview process is the absence of fundraising by applicants. If a judge is running for election Schumm said, money is typically being raised. But with the appointment and committee process, candidates don’t need to. ... Any appeal from a trial court across Indiana can be heard by the Court of Appeals, which means cases can include a variety of legal issues from criminal to civil. Schumm said the court has the power to create legal precedent for every state trial court with a decision unless the State Supreme Court weighs in. "Beyond that, when the Court of Appeals issues an opinion, a lot of times that creates precedent that's going to apply to trial courts across the state," Schumm said.

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