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March 19, 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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Fox 59

How did Indy become the top choice to host the NCAA tournament?

The Super Bowl in 2012 saw mass expansion of Indy's infrastructure. The city expanded the size of the convention center, created a new airport terminal, and saw the building of the JW Marriott hotel. These additions have been vital to the city's lure as a destination for big events like this. "We have entered another Super Bowl bid. We were supposed to host the NBA All-Stars and that got cancelled," explained IUPUI Marketing Lecturer Kim Donahue. "This is our chance to remind everybody that this is why we have been in the running for all these things, and it's time for us to stake our claim."


Atlanta shootings amplify racial concerns among Asian-American Hoosiers

A new report this week by the forum Stop AAPI Hate found about 3,800 anti-Asian racist incidents over the past year across the country. "I have friends who have been attacked and I have been supporting them," said Yunyu Xiao (assistant professor in the School of Social Work at Indiana University Bloomington and IUPUI). ... Overall, some people tell News 8 it’s crucial that people step up and help make a difference. "Support for to ensure the safety in the neighborhoods is definitely need to moving forward," Xiao said. ... James Wimbush, Indiana University vice president for diversity, equity and multicultural affairs, said Wednesday, "As we continue to work towards a more inclusive and equitable environment for us all, it remains vital we listen to the issues and concerns of diverse communities."

Indiana Public Media

Indiana University professor: Pesticide fines bill won't stop dicamba drift

An Indiana University professor questions whether a bill aimed at curbing the misuse of a controversial weed killer will solve the problem. Dicamba has been known to drift off of the farm fields where it's applied and damage neighboring crops. Marc Lame teaches environmental management and spent a decade helping farmers in Arizona control pests and weeds. He said the $1,000 maximum fine that Indiana's proposing in Senate Bill 227 is much lower than some other states. ... "The farmers found that the fines were so low that, you know, it was worth the hassle to just pay the fine and not have a problem with weeds in their fields," Lame said.

The Indianapolis Star

NCAA Tournament could be a boon for Indianapolis. It could be an unnecessary risk, too.

The boost in customers will be extremely helpful to businesses near the games but won't make a significant difference to the overall economic recovery, said Kyle Anderson, an economist at Indiana University Kelley School of Business Economics. "We have an $100 billion economy here just in Indy," he said. "One-hundred million that's just the back of the envelope math. It's 1/10 of 1%." But the biggest gains may be down the road, Anderson said, if Indianapolis attracts more big events. "Maybe that's the biggest story," he said. "The eyes of the sporting community are going to focus on Indianapolis for the next three weeks. That's a phenomenal benefit to the city."

Green Queen

Food psychology expert debunks 'Why Smart People Make Bad Food Choices' in new book

Professor David B. Allison, dean of The Indiana University School of Public Health-Bloomington and among the top scientists awarded the most grants from the National Institutes of Health (NIH), believes that answers to solving the interrelated global health and climate crises driven by our broken food system can be found in the "breadth of fascinating research findings" uncovered in the book. "He challenges common misconceptions and asks the reader to think anew, to think broadly, and perhaps most of all, to think big," commented Professor Allison. "His billion calorie project exemplifies this much-needed big-thinking as we consider 'One-Health' accepting responsibility not only for our own health, but also for that of our planet."

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