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March 17, 2021
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Big News

Everyday impressions during extraordinary times: Historians, archivists document the pandemic

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

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IUPUI prepares to host NCAA tourney games at Indiana Farmers Coliseum

IUPUI is part of this year's NCAA tournament hosting duties. They've got the court at Indiana Farmers Coliseum just about ready for games, and students at the university say they're excited. "I'm super excited IUPUI is doing more things in the sports community," said Katherine Shr, an IUPUI student. ... IUPUI is gearing up for the NCAA Tournament. They'll be welcoming more than 1,000 people to Indiana Farmers Coliseum. Games start this Friday. "It's incredibly exciting," said Ed Holdaway, IUPUI assistant athletic director for communications. "I mean anytime you're drawing attention to your university and your program at the highest level, it's incredibly exciting for all of us," Holdaway said.

The Indiana Lawyer

Even virtually, law school clinics teach value of personal connection

In the Child Advocacy Law Clinic at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Jesse Smith is honing his ability to explain court proceedings and complex legal issues to his clients involved in child welfare cases, including those who are barely out of diapers and just want to know when they can go back home. The second-year law student choose to enroll in the clinic because of the opportunity to work with actual clients and advocate for children in court. ... Talking and connecting is important in any legal setting, but for the clinics at law schools around Indiana, in-person interaction not only helps the students learn valuable skills, it also may provide low-income individuals the only means to get legal help. The experiences of clinics at IU McKinney, Notre Dame Law School and Indiana University Maurer School of Law show the different ways information is being exchanged during the global pandemic.

The Indiana Lawyer

Midcareer professionals offered chance to grow through IU McKinney, Purdue degree program

Professionals who are decades deep into their careers and who may have a yearning for more knowledge on legal and agriculture matters now have an opportunity to set themselves apart in their fields through a first-of-its-kind degree program offered by Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Purdue University. Students who complete the dual-degree program will receive a Master of Jurisprudence from IU McKinney and a Master of Science in agricultural economics from Purdue University. Legal training offered through IU McKinney emphasizes the understanding of regulatory oversight, administrative agencies' roles, policy questions and transactional structures. Purdue, on the other hand, offers an in-depth understanding of the food system's economics and the economic concepts and theories required to make effective decisions in a dynamic industry. The two mainstay Hoosier universities coupled together are a "match made in heaven," according to Miki Pike Hamstra, assistant dean of graduate programs at IU McKinney.

EHR Intelligence

How Regenstrief Institute has enhanced COVID-19 reporting in Indiana

COVID-19 has exposed the cracks in healthcare systems across the country. In Indiana, Regenstrief Institute and its partners had to make some critical patient data exchange adaptations and optimizations to improve public health reporting. But according to Shaun Grannis, MD, Regenstrief Institute vice president of data and analytics, the state of Indiana already had a strong data exchange foundation in place with Indiana Health Information Exchange (IHIE), its statewide health information exchange, which has supported public health use cases for the last two decades. "Our health information exchange provides notifiable laboratory cases to the state and it also provides syndromic surveillance information to the state," Grannis said in an interview with EHRIntelligence. "When COVID came along, we were able to leverage existing infrastructure."

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The Guardian

'They aren't used to losing': Wealthy New York enclave battles over offshore windfarm

Some experts stress the problem of Nimbys can be overstated -- Americans are broadly very positive about renewable energy, after all, and wind turbines have provided welcome income for people in rural, conservative areas. "It's rare to have extreme objections to renewables," said Sanya Carley, an Indiana University academic who has studied the issue. "There are pockets of resistance, though, and more so with offshore wind because it's new. People haven't had to confront the idea of seeing a turbine in the ocean before."


How arenas work to keep fans safe attending indoor sports

Coronavirus cases being down and vaccination rates up have made the conditions right for easing fans back in, said Shandy Dearth, director of undergraduate epidemiology education at IUPUI's school of public health in Indianapolis. She said if the U.S. were in a surge right now, it would be hard to mitigate risk of infection. ... "We know the mask use is a critical step to making this a successful event," Dearth said. "We've got a lot of lessons learned from the last year, so it's not an experiment. I think we know enough now to know what we need to do."

The Times of Northwest Indiana

Irish immigrants settled across Northwest Indiana, which once had a Little Ireland neighborhood

The Indiana Historical Society estimates the Irish populations grew in Northwest Indiana during the 1920s, while it declined in other parts of the state, as people flocked to work at the mills. "While U.S. Steel brought in a lot of immigrants from Eastern and Southern Europe, there were quite a few Irish from the beginning," said Northwest Indiana historian and Indiana University Northwest Professor Emeritus of History James B. Lane. "They were often foremen or skilled workers brought in from mills in Pennsylvania."

CBS Chicago

'I want to get vaccinated very badly': Indiana opens up eligibility to get COVID shots

Unlike other states, including Illinois, Indiana has an age-based vaccine distribution system. Indiana first vaccinated the oldest members of the population, then worked toward the youngest. Indiana University economics professor Micah Pollak studied the vaccine rollout. "They basically said age is the single biggest factor in determining whether someone gets hospitalized or suffers death. So we're going to start by knocking down age groups one at a time," Pollack said. "And so unlike other states they didn't provide exceptions for frontline workers or anything like that, it's been a very organized rollout and we're now down to the point we're open up to 45 and above. I think it's fantastic. We're cruising right along and there's some light at the end of the tunnel, finally."

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