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March 16, 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.

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The Bloomington Herald-Times

IU's Pacifica Quartet wins second Grammy

The feelings of winning a second Grammy Award were much like those that came from winning the first. "We were super excited, surprised and incredibly honored," said Simin Ganatra, first violinist of the Pacifica Quartet. But the experience this year was quite the departure from when the quartet-in-residence at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music won its first Grammy Award in 2008. "It was so different from the format when we were in L.A. and all dressed up," Ganatra said. While the musicians didn't get to walk the red carpet, winning the best chamber music/small ensemble performance category for their recent album “Contemporary Voices" was a bright spot after a challenging time.

Related stories: WTHR, NPR, WRTI, Indiana Public Media, Violinist.com


Study: Jail populations fell dramatically across Indiana during pandemic

A new study from Indiana University found that jail populations fell by about 32 percent across the state during the height of the pandemic -- slightly above the national average. According to the study, Tippecanoe and Clinton counties saw reductions of over 20 percent in their jails. Montgomery County saw a nearly 50 percent decline in its jail census. ... Staci Rising is a Program Analyst for the IU Public Policy Institute who worked on the study. She said jail populations have begun to tick back up again and sheriffs say it's likely due to the public going out more.  “They may start arresting people again," she said. “For a while, they were issuing citations for things that they maybe usually would be arresting people for. So changes in law-enforcement activity, changes in the public's activity, they think those things are contributing to the uptick in the numbers again."

Related stories: WANE

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Inside Higher Ed

As students dispersed, tutoring services adapted

As the coronavirus pandemic forced college campuses to shut down last March, Tiana Iruoje scrambled to quickly transition peer tutoring services at Indiana University's Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering to online-only appointments. Iruoje, director of student engagement and success for the school, needed to be able to track student check-ins and tutor hours. She nearly hired a computer science student to develop from scratch a system that could do so. "The time and resources we would’ve spent to have him do it were outrageous," she said. Student tutors are typically available to Luddy students for walk-in sessions most weekday evenings. The tutors sit and wait at tables in a classroom with placards denoting their majors placed in front of them so "clients" -- students seeking tutoring -- can find the appropriate tutor to work with, Iruoje said. It's a valuable service for students studying difficult technology and engineering subjects, but with the physical tutoring space closed and then reopened only for limited use during the pandemic, Iruoje and the center's staff needed to be flexible and creative.

Modern Healthcare

Nurses fight conspiracy theories along with coronavirus

Nurses are often the health care providers with the most patient contact, and patients frequently view nurses as more approachable, according to professor Maria Brann, an expert on health communication at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis. That means nurses are more likely to encounter patients spreading misinformation, which gives them a special opportunity to intervene. "Nurses have always been patient advocates, but this pandemic has thrown so much more at them," Brann said. "It can definitely take a toll. This isn't necessarily what they signed up for."

India Currents

Working women in crisis

Not surprisingly,  mothers are also doing a disproportionate share of pandemic parenting, regardless of employment. This raises the question, why are mothers taking on so much more of the parenting responsibilities during this pandemic, even when they have a partner who could share the duties? And especially when those partners see the devastating effect it is having on the mothers, both emotionally and economically. "This is because of the gendered structures of paid work that existed long before the pandemic" according to Dr. Jessica Calarco, associate professor of sociology at Indiana University Bloomington. This division of unpaid labor that women in families have always done has been starkly laid bare during this pandemic. Women are in crisis. They are tired, depressed and scared.

Hartford Courant

Tax the rich to help poor and middle-class recover from COVID-19? Connecticut lawmakers debate

Indiana University law school professor David Gamage, who served in the Treasury Department under President Barack Obama, said that raising taxes on the rich would benefit Connecticut by providing enough revenue to close projected budget gaps. While the state has a projected surplus for the current fiscal year that ends on June 30, deficits could reach $1 billion in each of the next two years unless changes are made. "The states with the highest income tax rates -- like California -- have actually done the best in recovering from the early stages of this pandemic, and that's because the wealthiest individuals and families have been doing very well," said Gamage, who has advised states on tax reform. "It's the ordinary, Main Street economic activities that have been suffering."

News and Tribune

Indiana's jobless rate drops

The latest state employment report showed Indiana's jobless rate dropped as the Hoosier labor force continued its climb toward pre-pandemic levels. Indiana's unemployment rate dropped from 5.3% in December to 4.2% in January, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report released Monday. Up by 4,000 jobs from the previous month, the state's labor force climbed back in January to being only about 25,000 positions down from January 2020. Uric Dufrene, Sanders Chair in Business at Indiana University Southeast, said the labor force recovery suggests that more people are gaining confidence about safely returning to work. "In addition, as workers return to the labor force, they are finding jobs," Dufrene said. "And that is why we continue to see a declining unemployment rate. An expanding labor force, and a reduction in the number of unemployed is the best combination."

The Indianapolis Star

This is who will oversee IMPD policy: NAACP president, former police chief and others

City-County Council President Vop Osili was the first to put forth appointments: Indiana University criminal law professor Lahny Silva and Clyde Posley, senior pastor of the Antioch Baptist Church. ... Silva, an attorney and professor at IU's Robert H. McKinney School of Law IUPUI, received unanimous support with little discussion from the committee or the full council. ... Silva said in a statement that she hopes the board "can help ease community tensions by providing transparency, improving accountability, and creating a real sense of trust in our police department. We will build that trust by fulfilling our obligation to the community to ensure that the rules governing IMPD police officers are well-defined, accessible to the public, and reflective of best practices and current laws," Silva continued.  

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