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March 19, 2021
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Entire NCAA tournament to run on renewable energy

It is going to be a historic month for the Hoosier State. For the first time, the entire NCAA Tournament and practices are taking place in Indiana. This year's Big Dance also will run entirely on renewable energy. Officials with IUPUI's Office of Sustainability tell us they figured out a way to reach carbon neutrality for the seven venues by buying renewable energy from wind farms in the Midwest. That's equivalent to 100% of the electricity used at the venues during the game days and practice days for March Madness. ... IUPUI officials say the goal is to set a new standard for sporting events here in the Hoosier state. "We can do this for March Madness. This is a historic event with five venues here in Marion County. But next time we host a Final Four here in another 5 years or a women's Final Four or fingers crossed another Super Bowl, this has become part of our common vernacular and part of our standard operating procedure as a city," explained IUPUI Director of Office of Sustainability Jessica Davis.

Inside Indiana Business

Ed tech startup using app to improve student performance

A recently-launched education technology startup is looking to improve student engagement and performance by helping them stay on target with their assignments. Boost was co-founded last year by Chief Executive Officer Josh Owens and Chief Research Officer Ben Motz, a research scientist at Indiana University. The company was this week announced as one of 18 global winners of the Futures Forum on Learning: Tools Competition, which was created to develop new technologies to address student learning loss from the COVID-19 pandemic. Owens, a former CEO of Indianapolis-based SupplyKick, tells Inside INdiana Business the company started as a research project conducted by Motz at IU.

IU Voices in the News


AUDIO: How do supply chains work?

Last year products like hand sanitizer and toilet paper were in-demand, and photos of empty store shelves were going viral online. This year the focus is on getting COVID-19 vaccines to the public, and many of us may not be aware of the critical role supply chains are playing. Today we learn about global supply chain management and the role it's played at the beginning of the pandemic and now, as vaccine rollout continues. Guests: Amrou Awaysheh, assistant professor of operations management at Kelley School of Business at IUPUI; Mohan Tatikonda, professor of operations management at Kelley School of Business at IUPUI; Kyle Cattani, professor of operations management at IU Bloomington.


Warmer weather means more insect activity

Humans aren't the only ones going stir crazy after the winter months; we can expect to see more insect activity as temperatures warm. Can anyone honestly say they are a fan of the emerging insects? They can be pesky, scary, and sometimes dangerous (depending on the species). One person who knows the importance of insects is Dr. Tom Clark, a biology professor at Indiana University South Bend. He specializes in entomology. "There's already going to be insects appearing," Clark says about this month. "You'll see stinkbugs, Asian lady beetles, and certain butterflies. ... the winter stoneflies are out; they're along the river here in South Bend."

The Indianapolis Star

Gov. Holcomb asked for business accommodations for pregnant women. Lawmakers balked.

During committee testimony, Deborah Widiss, an Indiana University law professor who has researched pregnancy-accommodation issues, also argued the bill language could cause confusion for small businesses who are not as familiar with anti-discrimination laws. "Rather than pass 1309, I hope this committee would consider a bill that would actually just require employers to provide reasonable accommodations," Widiss said, "to clarify the law, so that employers and employees understand their responsibilities, so that pregnant workers can get the support they need."

The Conversation

Most couples still make decisions together when they give money to charity -- but it's less common

Written by Jacqueline Ackerman, associate director of research at the Women's Philanthropy Institute at IUPUI, and Jon Bergdoll, applied statistician of philanthropy at IUPUI. While most U.S. couples make charitable giving decisions together, the share of joint decision-makers is declining, according to a study we published March 16. About 62% of couples decide about their giving together, down from 73% in 2005, the last time anyone studied this behavior in the general population rather than in rich families. Meanwhile, we found that it became more common for one partner to make all giving decisions for their household. When that happens, women are more likely to be in charge than men -- 15% and 12%, respectively. The remaining 11% of couples decide separately about what charities to support and how much money to give away, down from 16% in 2005.

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