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March 12, 2021
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A year of COVID-19, by the numbers

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Carbon emissions went back up as COVID-19 restrictions lifted

Though carbon emissions went down during Stay-At-Home orders last year, the pandemic may not have had as much of an effect on air quality in 2020 as we once thought. A professor at IUPUI says as restrictions lifted, carbon emissions went right back up. IUPUI earth sciences professor Gabriel Filippelli and his team found that, during the lockdown, Indianapolis's air quality improved by 25 percent compared to the previous five years. They saw similar decreases in the other cities they studied. But when businesses reopened and people started driving again, Filippelli said the trend reversed. As a result, he said carbon emissions in the U.S. only went down by about 12 percent in 2020 compared to the previous year. Emissions could climb even more as people get vaccinated and more restrictions are lifted. "So it wouldn't be surprising if there's no gap at all. That we're back to, in terms of climate, business as usual -- which is not a good business to be in," Filippelli said.


Why LGBTQIA+ people may feel more isolated during the pandemic

A new study zeroes in on how the pandemic has exacerbated already existing psychosocial and emotional issues that affect LGBTQIA+ people specifically. The research, published in the Journal of Homosexuality, examines how adults who are sexual or gender minorities have been disproportionately affected by the pandemic's abrupt -- in some cases seismic -- changes to how we live, socialize, and relate to one another. ... Kelly Wierenga, PhD, an assistant professor at the Indiana University School of Nursing, who is (Scott Emory) Moore's research partner and fellow author, said that in the early days of the pandemic, we really didn't know exactly how the sudden changes brought about my stay-at-home orders and physical distancing would affect people's overall mental and physical health. "Maybe it sounded great at first to eat chips and sit in sweatpants for a couple of weeks," she said. "But what is needed in order to minimize risk of spreading the virus can potentially negatively influence your health, especially your social and mental health. That is a big focus of what we are looking at here," Wierenga told Healthline.

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The Washington Post

The CDC said it's okay for vaccinated grandparents to visit. Some families say: Not so fast.

People who live far away from loved ones have found that different states have different rules about quarantines. Different doctors have different opinions on what is safe. And people's own inner compasses can vary wildly from those of their loved ones. "It's led to some rifts within families," said Jessica Calarco, an associate professor of sociology at Indiana University who has been following 250 mothers of young children for over two years. "There are so many different opinions of what's safe." ... Usually when people's ideas of safety are in conflict, "families have made the decision that is the most risk-averse decision," Calarco said. But as families weigh the pros and cons, health and safety can be defined in many ways. "Certainly many parents see a risk for their children of not seeing grandparents for so long, and certainly many grandparents feel a deep sense of loss of not being able to see their grandchildren."

Bloomberg Law

Small companies scramble on Microsoft hack as legal threat looms

Small and medium-sized organizations that lack cyber resources and response capabilities could face legal claims if they don't react fast enough to a global hack of Microsoft Corp.‘s popular email software. Organizations using Microsoft's Exchange software must figure out whether they or one of their vendors might have fallen victim, and what data may have been accessed or stolen. Failing to patch the issue right away, despite warnings from the U.S. government about the hack's urgency, could leave organizations vulnerable to legal claims that they didn't secure their systems. "This is a type of suit we have seen," said Fred Cate, a vice president for research and cybersecurity fellow at Indiana University's Maurer School of Law. "You usually have to show something other than something bad happened, but that they did something wrong," he added.

The Christian Science Monitor

'This is crazy pants': Pandemic redefines parenting ideals

Jessica Calarco, a professor at Indiana University Bloomington, has been following a group of 250 mothers with young children since 2018, and says women were already "holding themselves to almost impossible standards." Many reported skipping showers or going without meals to care for children. Now, during the pandemic, many said they felt even more pressure to "make things OK" for their children. One full-time lawyer told researchers that when she started venting about the impossible workload, her mother-in-law advised her to "cherish these times" instead. Another mother received texts from a family member with "50 fun activities you can do with kids at home." Well-meaning as the suggestions may be, they are not particularly helpful, Dr. Calarco says. "The social norms we have tell mothers that not only should they sacrifice themselves to maintain and support children's well-being, but in moments of crises they should double down on that investment," she says.

The Indianapolis Star

'No one single driver' to determine when state will open up after coronavirus pandemic

Although COVID-19 case counts and deaths have declined dramatically since December, the levels are still slightly higher than over the summer, said Brian Dixon, an associate professor of epidemiology at Indiana University's Fairbanks School of Public Health and director of public health informatics at the Regenstrief Institute. Dixon predicted that by the fall, as more people get vaccinated, including adolescents, and case counts decline further people may be able to stop wearing masks. “I think we won't need emergency orders by the fall," he said. “We're going to need them this spring."

Inside Higher Ed

How to count philanthropy

Students are increasingly conscious of concerns about donor control and reputational whitewashing, said Amir Pasic, dean of the Lilly Family School of Philanthropy at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. They're sometimes pushing back on how donors of the past were honored and continue to be honored. "That's not only in higher education but, more broadly, philanthropy," said Pasic, who was vice president of international operations at CASE from 2011 to 2015. "There is something in the global zeitgeist about the influence of wealthy people and our sense of the concentration of power and resources over so many domains. In places like higher education, we don't want to become so donor-focused that we forget the people we are serving."

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